WRTA ‘Lifts’ 18 Nonprofits in Holiday Lights Campaign

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Western Reserve Transit Authority is celebrating the spirit of the season with its Holiday Lights campaign, which officially kicks off tomorrow.

A special event will be held at Concept Studio event center downtown where 18 local nonprofit organizations will be recognized for their contributions to the community.

As part of the Holiday Lights campaign, the name and logo of each organization will be featured on the back of select WRTA buses. Information about each of the 18 organizations chosen for the WRTA Holiday Lights Campaign is on the WRTA website and mentioned in its social media.

“WRTA Gives the Valley a Lift” all year, providing transportation to workers going to and coming from jobs, students, seniors going to the doctor or going shopping, veterans and people with disabilities.” says Executive Director Dean Harris. “Through our riders, we’ve connected with the organizations that Light Up the Valley with their good work 365 days a year.”

The kickoff will feature brief comments, a plaque for each recognized organization, refreshments and live musical entertainment.

“We see the good work they do in the faces of our riders. And we are pleased to do a small part in recognizing that work.” says Harris.

The campaign is sponsored by First National Bank and WKBN TV 27.

The organizations being recognized in 2021 are:

  • Animal Charity of Ohio
  • Buster’s Brigade
  • City Kids Care
  • Compass Family and Community Services
  • Down Syndrome Association of the Valley
  • Gateways to Better Living
  • Help Network of NEO (Crisis and Suicide Hotline)
  • Mercy Health Resource Mother’s Program
  • Potential Development
  • Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County
  • Project MKC (formerly Making Kids Count)
  • Rich Center for Autism
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Sight for All United
  • SMARTS Students Motivated by the Arts
  • Ursuline Sisters HIV/AIDS Ministries
  • Youngstown Community Food Center/Gleaners Food Bank
  • New Day Recovery

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.