Wean Foundation Awards 28 Grants to Urban Efforts

WARREN, Ohio — The Raymond John Wean Foundation announced Tuesday it has awarded grants that range from $1,040 to $5,000 to 28 organizations in Youngstown and Warren, the total of the grants coming to just under $100,000.

Seven organizations received $5,000 grants: Historic Perkins Homestead Neighborhood Association, Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past, Stop One Place Help Is Available Inc., Hunger Helpers, Pride Youngstown, Quilts from the Heart and T.N.R. of Warren Inc.

Forty organizations applied for grants and the foundation, although its Neighborhood Success and Leadership Program, chose 28 to develop and execute “resident-driven, grassroots projects,” the foundation said.

Those awarded grants, the amounts, and purposes:

  • 4 Square Block Watch, $1,810, new beginning neighborhood beautification.
  • Boulevard Park Block Watch, $4,750, Rush and Euclid boulevards in Youngstown.
  • Central City Neighborhood Association, $4,520, Washington Street Park expansion.
  • Community Volunteer Council, $1.040, cooking program.
  • Youngstown East High School, $3,655, Panther Garden Club.
  • The Fashion Crew, $3,030, Reduce reuse and upcycle.
  • Friends of the Mahoning River, $2,160, Fourth Annual Riverfest.
  • Historic Perkins, $5,000, Phase 4 of Perkins Rose Garden Revitalization.
  • Hunger Helpers, $5,000, healthy deliveries.
  • Just Because, $3,720, Children’s health fair and fun day.
  • Mahoning Valley Sojourn, $5,000, to defray expenses of 15 Youngstown high school students during their weeklong leadership development when they visit sites of civil rights history in the South.
  • Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Youngstown, $1,726, Hope for Newport Community Garden.
  • Neighborhood Ministries, $4,000, Rockford health and fitness.
  • Old Furnace District Neighborhood Association, $4,250, pocket park project.
  • Pointview Children and Families Garden, $3,680, greenhouse growth and education.
  • R.E.P. Learning Center, $1,248, read and succeed.
  • Pride Youngstown, $5,000, Seventh annual Youngstown Gay Pride Festival and Community Picnic.
  • Quilts from the Heart, $5,000.
  • The Robins Project, $4,977, Summer box office series.
  • Rocky Ridge Neighborhood Association, $1,848, action plan implementation.
  • Southside Community Garden, $1,982, year 4.
  • Stop One Place, $5,000, help for the less fortunate of Trumbull County.
  • N.R. of Warren, $5,000, “Purrfect solution to community cats.”
  • Taft 4-H Club, $3,750, Taft Grows Green.
  • Upper North Heights Neighborhood Association (of Youngstown), $3,420, Crandall Park project.
  • West Side Community Center, $4,540, part 2 of youth health and fitness program.
  • Youngstown Urban Minority Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Outreach Program Inc., $1,170, Discovery 3 After School Science Extravaganza.
  • YSUscape, $2,170, North Campus Gateway revitalization plan.

SOURCE: Wean Foundation.

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