WRTA Campaign Highlights Organizations that ‘Light Up the Valley

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A dozen local organizations that “Light Up the Valley” have been chosen to be featured in the 2022 WRTA Holiday Lights Campaign. The 12 were chosen from more than 50 nominations submitted recently.

Western Reserve Transit Authority along with sponsors First National Bank and WKBN will honor the selected organizations at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 15, at Concept Studio, 217 W. Federal St. downtown.

The 12 spotlighted organizations will be featured in TV, social media and signs on WRTA buses through the end of the year. A drawing will be held during the kickoff event and one organization will also win a $3,000 TV advertising campaign.

The 2022 Holiday Lights selection committee was comprised of three local leaders who will also introduce the featured organizations. The committee included Holiday Lights co-chairs Vince Brancaccio, CEO of Help Network of NEO (Suicide/Crisis Hotline), Barb Ewing, CEO of Youngstown Business Incubator, and Sydney Williams, CDO of New Day Recovery/On Demand Healthcare. 

The 2022 WRTA Holiday Lights featured organizations are:

Yellow Brick PlaceYellow Brick Place is a nonprofit dedicated to providing support to anyone on the cancer journey. Its purpose is to nourish and comfort the mind, body and spirit. All services are free of charge.

Youngstown Blue CoatsIts motto is “In America, Nobody Should Freeze to Death.” This nonprofit provide coats, shoes and other warm clothes to veterans and homeless.

Glenwood GroundsThis nonprofit coffee shop/cafe is in the Fosterville neighborhood of the city. The cafe is staffed by volunteers.

The Bummer Fund — The Bummer Fund provides financial support to responsible pet owners in times of temporary medical crisis or emergency for a pet.

NAMI Mahoning Valley— The Mahoning Valley branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness provides support, advocacy and education to individuals and families who are dealing with mental illness.

Cadence Care NetworkCadence Care Network offers foster care as well as behavioral health treatment for children, teenagers and adults.

Gateways to Better Living Gateways is a nonprofit agency that provides home care for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Jewish Family and Community Services — The nonprofit provides numerous services including educational support, assistance to those facing difficult life decisions, members of the aging community, those living with mental health disorders, and those that need developmental support.

Alta Care Group — Alta Care Group is a nonprofit specializing in the treatment of children and adolescent behavioral health.

Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. — YNDC is a neighborhood planning and development organization with a mission to stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods throughout the city of Youngstown. Since 2010, YNDC has implemented a broad spectrum of neighborhood revitalization programs leveraging over $70 million in reinvestment in Youngstown’s neighborhoods.

YoFresh FoodsYoFresh Foods is a local small business that is growing deeper roots in the Valley. Partnering with with local nonprofits, YoFresh Foods puts a fresh look into feeding people and kids all over Mahoning Valley.

Boys + Girls Club of Youngstown —The Boys & Girls Club of Youngstown provides youth, ages six to 18, a safe place during out-of-school times throughout the school year and summer. The Boys & Girls Club provides access to free, healthy meals and snacks; and introduction to STEM, SMARTS, and Life Skills.

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