Youngstown Blue Coats Founder Recognized as Hometown Hero

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Patty Summers, founder of the local nonprofit Youngstown Blue Coats, has been recognized through the Hometown Heroes program by Save A Lot.

Summers was recognized for her efforts in helping homeless veterans and individuals in the Mahoning Valley area by collecting and distributing warming items. Collaborating with various agencies that provide local assistance and resources, Summers and the Youngstown Blue Coats aim to follow the organization’s motto: “In America, nobody should freeze to death.”

Summers was among five people and organizations throughout the country honored for making a difference in their communities, with each Hometown Hero receiving a $500 Save A Lot gift card.

The others selected are:

  • John Adams, operations manager of Streetside Showers in Palm Bay, Fla., who provides a mobile shower, clothing and other necessities to people in that area.
  • Sara Cruea, founder of the Grounded Festival, a yoga and wellness festival in Long Point State Park in New York.
  • Jenna Hullett, owner of Judah’s Blessings, a nonprofit that assists children in the foster care system in Indiana.
  • Yukti Jain, coach with First Lego League and Project CS Girls who inspires young women to get involved in STEM activities.

The winners were selected by public voting on Save A Lot’s Facebook page.

Pictured at top: Patty Summers, founder of Youngstown Blue Coats.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.