United Way Announces $3.2M in Funding

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The board of directors for United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley approved $3.2 million in funding for the organization’s education initiatives and local nonprofits.

“The Mahoning Valley is fortunate to have strong agencies that provide crucial programs and services that strengthen our community and affect our most important assets, our fellow citizens.” said Julie Smith, United Way Board Member and Impact Committee chairwoman, in a release. “We are also appreciative of the dedication of our volunteers who spend countless hours, reviewing funding requests and agencies to ensure that donors’ contributions are invested most wisely.”

United Way will provide $1,120,605 in funding to 36 area organizations, ranging from ACLD Learning Center to YWCA of Youngstown, whose programs deal with emergency services and early-childhood education. Several agencies will receive future funding as part of the Success After 6 program, which will be held in five school districts in the 2018-19 school year – Youngstown Community School, Youngstown City Schools, Girard City Schools, Liberty Local Schools and Campbell City Schools.

United Way’s education initiatives received $1,940,898 in funding, including $240,900 for Success By 6, $434,773 for Success After 6 and $1 million for Success After 6’s 21st Century Grants.

$235,210 will also be given to area nonprofits as donor-designated funds.

“Our United Way wants to break down the barriers that many of the students, families, and individuals face every day here in the Valley.” said Bob Hannon, President of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. “We believe the focus areas of Early Childhood Education and Emergency Services is the best way we can address the ongoing needs of our neighbors in need as well as provide them resources that will allow them to achieve success.”

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