In response to the global health crisis directly impacting the Mahoning Valley, CFMV created a fund to address pressing needs of Valley residents. Focused currently on the impact of COVID-19, this fund is intended to become a long-term resource to assist our community now and in the future when needs arise.
The Mahoning Valley Community Response Fund provided support and resources to eligible organizations working with those disproportionately affected by an emergency or crisis, in this case COVID-19 and the consequences related to the virus’ outbreak.
Joint Application and Coordination
The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, The Raymond John Wean Foundation and The Youngstown Foundation created the Mahoning Valley COVID-19 Response and Stabilization Application for Nonprofits. This common application allowed grantees to submit the same request to any one of the foundations or all three at the same time, simplifying the application process and expediting funding decisions.
How to Apply
This funding opportunity is now closed. Organizations looking for funding can visit the Apply for a Grant page to review open grant opportunities and guidelines.
- Ohio Urban Renaissance ($5,000): To directly impact the quality and efficiency of the organization's programs, facility, and organizational infrastructure. Ohio Urban Renaissance serves over 100 high school to late adolescent-aged Youngstown youth and operates from the Ohio Urban Renaissance Center that O.U.R. acquired and is restoring on the City's north side. Networking efforts with various community organizations and partnerships have led to additional resources for the youth engaged with O.U.R. This was part of a $35,000 collaborative grant awarded with the Williams Swanston Charitable Fund, and three other component funds of the Community Foundation: the Arnett Family Fund, the Kennedy Family Fund and the Willanna and William DiCiero Memorial Fund.
- Youngstown Area Jewish Federation ($5,000): These funds will be used to help feed 538 older adults in the Mahoning Valley.
- God's Warehouse ($4,295): To support the purchase of a pallet jack, which will ease the physical burden of moving pallets of food on volunteers, allowing the organization to continue meeting the increased needs of clients in a timely manner.
- Youngstown Community Food Center, Inc. ($5,000): To support the repair of two refrigerated semi trailers used to maintain proper temperature for food. In addition to a continued increase in need for normal operations, funding will enable Youngstown Community Food Center to partner with a local group of veterans to participate in two upcoming drive thru food giveaways to be held at the Covelli Center. Our funding was part of a $15,000 collaborative grant with the Youngstown Foundation.
- Philanthropy Ohio ($25,000): To support Philanthropy Ohio's Ohio Collaborative for Educating Remotely and Transforming Schools Fund (OCER) in 2020. The funds will be added to a statewide fund and re-granted through a Request For Proposal process. The collaborative fund will enable Philanthropy Ohio to help Ohio schools and students meet learning needs that are driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be distributed to selected public districts, community schools, networks, consortiums of schools and ESCs to support project-based partnerships. Our funding was part of a $75,000 collaborative grant with The Raymond John Wean Foundation and the Youngstown Foundation.
- Youngstown Playhouse, Inc. ($2,500): Arts & Culture Challenge Grant
- Building Neighborhoods of Youngstown ($5,000): To support the repairs and rehabilitation of homes for low to moderate income homeowners in Youngstown. These renovations often help bring homes into compliance with the City of Youngstown Code Enforcement and assist with the revitalization of local neighborhoods.
- Compass Family And Community Services ($30,000): To support the operations of COMPASS' Daybreak Youth Crisis Center, which has seen increased expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic for screening, training, PPE, increased sanitation, social distancing activities, technology (online education and mental health via tele-health), and staffing. This funding will stabilize the program due to funding losses directly linked to the pandemic, to plan for another round of Stay at Home Orders/Alternate School Opening Plans in the Fall, and to respond to the possible 'referral surge' expected as Ohio reopens. Funding for this grant was provided by the William Swanston Charitable Fund.
- Fairhaven Foundation ($2,500): To support the Fairhaven School's Grocery Card and Fairhaven Bulldog Backpack programs, which both provide food assistance to Fairhaven families. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many of the school's families very hard, leading to an increase in asks for financial support, especially with regard to food.
- Fine Arts Council Of Trumbull County Inc. ($2,500): Arts & Culture Challenge Grant
- HELMS Foundation ($2,500): Arts & Culture Challenge Grant
- Hopewell Theatre ($2,500): Arts & Culture Challenge Grant
- Lit Youngstown ($2,500): Arts & Culture Challenge Grant
- Millennial Theatre Company ($2,500): Arts & Culture Challenge Grant
- Packard Museum Association ($2,500): Arts & Culture Challenge Grant
- Simply Slavic ($2,500): Arts & Culture Challenge Grant
- Trumbull Art Gallery ($2,500): Arts & Culture Challenge Grant
- Trumbull County Historical Society ($2,500): Arts & Culture Challenge Grant
- Warren Philharmonic Orchestra ($2,500): Arts & Culture Challenge Grant
- Grace African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church Nursing Guild ($3,800): To support the iPads for Warren City Seniors Program, where iPads will be purchased and distributed to senior citizens along with one year of internet service for the devices. The purpose of the program is to reduce the social isolation being faced by seniors due to COVID-19 by providing virtual communication methods. The iPads will allow seniors to connect to news, church services, family and friends, as well as enable them to find resources, order groceries, receive telehealth visits, and to enjoy other leisure activities. Icons on the devices will be enlarged, particularly those that the seniors will be more likely to use. Seniors will need to pre-register and a committee will select those to receive the iPads. Preference will be given to those seniors who are disabled, suffer from chronic illnesses or those having a dependence on support systems for food, transportation, medication or other essential needs.
- Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation ($3,300): To support the organization in providing grants for food and shelter to displaced restaurant, foodservice and hospitality workers in the Mahoning Valley area. All monies raised by the Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation will be disbursed in the form of grants to affected workers.
- Veterans' Outreach ($5,000): To support local veterans in the Mahoning Valley though the Direct Aid Program and Freedom Food Pantry. Support to veterans is typically used to cover basic needs such as shelter, food and utility payments. However, sometimes more complicated needs arise such as negotiating evictions, foreclosures, insurance issues, medical issues, and home repairs. Our funding was a part of a $10,000 collaborative grant with the Youngstown Foundation.
- Big Reach Center of Hope ($5,000): To support five months worth of transportation expenses for food delivery for Big Reach Center of Hope's weekly, no contact, drive-thru food distributions, where 50-100 carts of food are being distributed each week. Big Reach Center has also partnered with various organizations such as Project MKC to provide families with other essential items such as diapers, and they provide food boxes to organizations such as Ohio Living and Heart Reach Neighborhood Ministries who serve those unable to leave their homes due to lack of transportation or health issues. Funding was provided as part of a $10,000 collaborative grant with the Youngstown Foundation.
- Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning Valley ($10,000): To support homeowners that have purchased homes through Habitat for Humanity's homeownership program. All families served through this support are low-income and many are struggling to keep up with mortgage payments during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has also impacted Habitat for Humanity MV as they've halted construction on new homes and had to temporarily close both of their ReStore locations, which provides funding for the organization to build houses and enables them to work with families who need assistance. Funding was provided as part of a $20,000 collaborative grant with the Youngstown Foundation.
- Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership ($2,500): To support the purchase of necessary personal protective equipment and signage for seven Mahoning Valley Farmers Markets located in Howland, Youngstown's Northside, Warren, Austintown, Niles, ACTION Pop Up Markets and Grow Urban Farm at Flying High Inc. Supplies will include masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, spray bottles, bleach, informational signage, and chalk for temporary arrows and signage. TNP will first seek to secure these supplies locally to continue to support our local economy, and plan to purchase enough supplies to last the full summer market season for all seven markets. Funding was part of a $5,000 collaborative grant with the Raymond John Wean Foundation.
- ACTION, Inc. ($5,000): To support the Grab & Go meal delivery program, which delivers hot, nutritious meals to Mahoning Valley individuals who are homebound, lack adequate transportation and/or suffer from limiting health conditions. While ACTION's Hunger Ministry previously began hosting healthy eating events at various faith-based and nonprofit locations, in collaboration with the Kitchen Incubator and trained, volunteer drivers, the Grab & Go initiative is the organization's response to the stay-at-home order due to COVID-19. Demand for the Grab & Go meals has been overwhelmingly positive, and funding will enable ACTION to expand from providing 300 meals per week to 400 meals per week.
- Community Legal Aid Services, Inc. ($1,000): To support community education and outreach efforts for Mahoning Valley residents to address legal issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically in the areas of financial relief and housing stability. Funding will be used to develop greater awareness of the free legal resources provided by Community Legal Aid, which they anticipate will lead to Legal Aid advocates assisting individuals with low income to navigate issues such as accessing stimulus payments and facing eviction due to missed rent payments.
- Family & Community Services, Inc. dba SCOPE Senior Services ($2,500): To support SCOPE Senior Services in continuing providing free grocery delivery to homebound, Trumbull County residents. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SCOPE has doubled the number of residents to whom they deliver free groceries to on a bi-weekly basis, which includes seniors, veterans and disabled residents of any age.
- Northeast Ohio Adoption Services ($15,000): To support the IGNITE mentoring program, which pairs foster care youth/young adults living in the Mahoning Valley with a professionally-trained, supportive adult mentor, who also lives locally. The isolation and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the life-threatening mental and physical health risks for the foster youth and young adults engaged with Northeast Ohio Adoption Services, and funding will support additional Mahoning Valley mentorship matches. Funding for this grant was provided by the William Swanston Charitable Fund and was a part of a $27,000 collaborative grant with the Youngstown Foundation.
- Ohio Urban Renaissance ($2,500): To support the distribution of needed supplies for children of Youngstown families working to overcome many obstacles during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative is part of Ohio Urban Renaissance's (OUR) EFFORT program, which works with young fathers to foster positive influence in parenting. The leadership of OUR has established relationships and connections with the young men and serve as role models with similar life experiences and relatability. Funding for this grant was provided by the William Swanston Charitable Fund.
- YWCA Mahoning Valley ($5,000): To support the YWCA Mahoning Valley in continuing to serve Mahoning Valley children in their housing, child care and Y Girls STEAM Ahead programs. Funding will not only address food insecurity for families with children residing in YWCA housing, but also the digital divide and obstacles in remote learning for youth in their child care and STEAM programs. Funding for this grant was provided by the William Swanston Charitable Fund.
- Boys & Girls Club Of Youngstown ($5,000): To support the purchasing of food, remote programming supplies, and hygiene/cleaning supplies for the Drive-Thru Food Pantry that is available twice a day on Wednesdays. The organization has food offerings weekly to families until they can reopen for normal in-person Club programming. During these times, they want to continue regular programming by a remote approach of academic assistance (school supplies), health and wellness education (offering hygiene and cleaning kits), to compliment being a resource to our families for food access. Funding for this grant was provided by The William Swanston Charitable Fund, and was a part of a $10,000 collaborative grant with The Youngstown Foundation.
- Broadway Recovery Services, Inc. ($7,500): To support the organization in providing safe recovery homes for men recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Our funding was part of a $15,000 collaborative grant with the Youngstown Foundation.
- Mahoning County Public Health ($20,000): To support the health, wellness, and access to care needs of Mahoning County families served through the MY Baby's 1st Coalition. Community Health Workers will continue to play a significant role in connecting families to service providers of the Coalition for needs that will include on-demand transportation to medical appointments, pharmacy and grocery trips, etc.; telecommunications capacity for clients and Community Health Workers to continue engaging while in-person meetings cannot take place; and immediate needs funding, such as food, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items for mom and baby, etc. Funding for this grant was provided by The William Swanston Charitable Fund, and was a part of a $55,000 collaborative grant with the Wean Foundation and The Youngstown Foundation.
- Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley ($3,000): To support the continuation of providing meals for those who are hungry and a place to sleep for men, women and children experiencing homelessness. The organization has experienced an increase in operating expenses due to a reduction in donated food items, and capacity numbers for both clients and staff have been lowered in efforts to practice social distancing. Funding will be applied to increased food costs, purchase of face masks for clients and to purchase in-house supplies for cleaning, laundry and sanitization. Funding for this grant was provided by The William Swanston Charitable Fund, and was a part of a $9,000 collaborative grant with the Wean Foundation and The Youngstown Foundation.
- Trumbull County Planning Commission ($25,000): To support the Trumbull County Planning Commission in assisting the County's Emergency Operations Center with the acquisition of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 tests to be delivered to over 75 home health, hospice, long term care providers, hospitals and first responders who care for our the County's most vulnerable populations The initiative will be carried out in coordination with Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and other local volunteers. The Planning Commission has also been researching leads to procure additional PPE and has inventoried a 13-county region for available PPE in coordination with many other groups and volunteers. Funding for this grant was provided by Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation, and was a part of a $45,000 collaborative grant with the Wean Foundation.
- Academy for Urban Scholars Youngstown ($5,000): To support the distance learning model for a nonprofit, public charter high school in Mahoning County. With the sudden impact of COVID-19, students without access to technology were provided paper packets to assist with coursework but still struggled to complete assignments without the assistance of their teachers. Funding will be used to purchase laptops and to secure internet access for students needing adequate technology infrastructure at home. Students will then have immediate contact with teachers through virtual classrooms and access to learning material uploaded into the school's learning management system. Our funding was part of a $12,500 collaborative grant with the Wean Foundation.
- Cadence Care Network ($15,000): To support the sustainability of School Social Workers to continue providing behavioral health services for 11 Trumbull County public schools. Prior to schools' shut down due to COVID-19, Cadence Care Network's School Social Workers were on track to serve 1,500 students and provided various onsite services including individual and group counseling, school presentations, peer mediation training, and peer-mentorship. Social Workers also trained school staff on Trauma-Informed Care, suicide prevention, crisis prevention and peer support. During the school shutdown, School Social Workers are still serving as many clients as possible utilizing telehealth services via phone and video conferencing. They are also still offering services to school staff regarding crisis support and referrals to other community resources. Funding for this grant was provided by the William Swanston Charitable Fund.
- Project MKC ($15,000): To support the purchase of diapers for emergency distribution to Project MKC's 51 partner agencies throughout the Mahoning Valley. COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted children and families who lack access to basic needs, and with many parents being out of work and staying at home, the need for diapers is growing exponentially. Project MKC experienced major disruption in their supply chain for diapers in mid-March and has suspended all volunteer activities for repackaging products, but they are continuing to distribute diapers to area pantries, agencies and organizations. Funding for this grant was provided by The William Swanston Charitable Fund, and was a part of a $25,000 collaborative grant with the Wean Foundation and The Youngstown Foundation.
- Ursuline Center/HIV Ministries ($7,500): To support wrap-around care for individuals living with HIV/AIDS in the Mahoning Valley. Only having the capability for face-to-face medical appointments with contracted doctors, the impact of COVID-19 has caused a reduction in scheduled appointments because of hospital demands on those doctors. The COVID-19 pandemic has also caused clients to have work hours reduced or termination of employment. Funding will not only the provide the capacity to offer telemedicine, allowing clients to receive their medications and maintain their health, but it will also support clients and community members with rent and/or utilities assistance in order to avoid eviction or utility shut off, and to purchase grocery or gas gift cards for emergency situations. Our funding was part of a $21,500 collaborative grant with the Wean Foundation and the Youngstown Foundation.
- Warren Family Mission ($10,000): To support the increase in daily to-go meals and supplemental food bag program. Adapting to offer a drive thru pantry, the organization has seen a significant increase in need and is providing over 1,200 bags of food a week. The number of hot to-go meals has exceeded 750 meals daily, and they expect to serve over $14,000 meals in the month of April. They have seen a dramatic increase in the number of families who are depending on their organization for food service, with an estimate of over 70% of people receiving food having children. Funding for this grant was provided by The William Swanston Charitable Fund, and was a part of a $20,000 collaborative grant with the Wean Foundation and The Youngstown Foundation.
- Protestant Family Services ($10,000): To support provisions for the emergency financial needs of Mahoning Valley residents that have no source of income, no accumulated savings or emergency funds to cover expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Protestant Family Services seeks to serve others' needs while encouraging them to be more self-sufficient and prepared for future crises, but experienced challenges in being able to cover clients' needs during such an unexpected and drastic emergency as this. Protestant Family Services will assist individuals with utilities costs, rent payments and medication expenses, and will also connect them with partnering agencies for additional support as needed. Our funding was part of a $40,000 collaborative grant with the Wean Foundation and the Youngstown Foundation.
- Valley Counseling Services ($5,000): To support the continued safety and wellbeing of their clients, including rental assistance, co-pay/co-insurance/deductible payment assistance, prescription co-pay assistance, internet access for families with children, PPE for nurses, one-time use masks for clients coming into the building needing lab work or injections, and assistance with paying for cell phones for clients that do not have a phone and need to receive services using telehealth.
- Youngstown Community Food Center, Inc. ($10,000): To support the purchase of additional equipment and food for a food pantry serving Mahoning Valley residents. The Youngstown Community Food Center has experienced a significant increase in demand from both residents and area agencies in need of food, and has distributed a record volume of goods since February. The increase includes demand from agencies that provide delivery services for seniors and individuals with disabilities that are unable to leave their homes to purchase food. Our funding was part of a $20,000 collaborative grant with the Youngstown Foundation.
- Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation ($25,000): To support a mortgage payment assistance program for residents of the city of Youngstown whose household income is at or below 120% of the area median income who lost employment income on or after March 14, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak causing their housing costs to exceed 50% of their household income. Our funding was a part of a $100,000 collaborative grant with the Wean Foundation.
- Beatitude House ($5,000): To support food and rent/utility assistance for Mahoning Valley families in the organization's program. Funds for food will be distributed via gift card or direct food distribution for those with no transportation. Many clients in their Scholars program are working students and have lost their jobs. They are working with landlords for flexibility in payments and utilities won't be shut off, but the debts are still owed. Our funding was a part of a $15,000 collaborative grant with The Youngstown Foundation and Wean Foundation.
- Second Harvest Foodbank Of The Mahoning Valley ($10,000): To support additional produce and shelf-stable foods for distribution throughout Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Of the typical 1 million pounds of food on hand, the food bank has less than 500,000 pounds currently, and has seen a sudden decrease of donated food by 75%. To make up for decrease in supply and dramatic increase in demand, the food bank is ordering more food through a supplemental program. Our funding was a part of a $45,000 collaborative grant with The Youngstown Foundation and Wean Foundation.
- Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership ($10,000): To support a full time Support Specialist position that will conduct eligibility screenings for emergency rent/mortgage and water assistance, connect with Mahoning County community members to gather information about their needs, and connect to MVCAP programs and services as well as refer connect with community resources. The individual will also promote the 2020 Census by encouraging residents to complete the census and assist in obtaining absentee voting ballots. Our funding was a part of a $25,000 collaborative grant with The Youngstown Foundation.
- East Side Church of Christ ($2,500): To support the emergency food pantry in Trumbull County. COVID-19 has impacted their ability to provide all requested services because of lack of funds to purchase food. While still able to help, their amount of food available per family has been less than usual. The pantry had been in operation for over 12 years and supported completely by member's giving.
- Blue Star Family Counseling Services, Inc. ($15,000): To support mental health services for Mahoning Valley residents, with an emphasis on trauma and individuals working the frontlines of the COVID-19 epidemic. The organization has shifted to seeing patients virtually and in person with required precautions, and is supporting clients who are unable to pay for services due to loss of job, loss of insurance, non covered services (phone only sessions) and reduced income due to COVID-19.
- Community Volunteer Council ($3,000): To support the expansion of their weekly food distribution program in Trumbull County. Giveaways have more than doubled for the organization, requiring an increase of food purchasing as well as additional storage equipment.
- Inspiring Minds ($5,000): To support food and meal distribution to youth and their families engaged in the Warren and Youngstown programs. Food insecurity is just one of the many obstacles that have been amplified for low-income students during the pandemic. The organization is also conducting educational check-ins and offering remote tutoring and support to students who need it. Virtual support groups are being organized so students can connect and discuss their feelings and needs during this stressful time. In order to promote community, IM students also will be able to help others through creative community service ideas, such as video messages to seniors living in nursing homes.
- Northeast Homeowners and Concerned Citizens ($2,500): To support essential item distribution to residents of northeast Youngstown. Items will include diapers, wipes, personal hygiene products, household cleaning products, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, laundry soap, dish soap, etc. Our funding was a part of a $5,000 collaborative grant with The Youngstown Foundation.
- Bolindale Food Pantry ($810): To support the purchase of a new freezer for the food pantry serving residents in the Bolindale neighborhood of Howland Township. The organization's third freezer stopped working several weeks ago, with an order of 780 lbs. of meat from the local food bank on the way to support the increased demand from the COVID-19 crisis.
- Trumbull Community Action Program ($5,000): To support food distribution to families of Trumbull County Headstart. A grocery delivery program was established when head start classes were cancelled and families are receiving a weekly delivery to their homes. Families are located across Trumbull County, including rural areas that do not have many other resources or giveaways offered at this time. Over 170 families live in rural areas, including Brookfield, Masury, Hartford, Kinsman, Cortland, Southington, Mecca, Lordstown, Newton Falls and Leavittsburg. Families continue to report they could use even more food assistance.
- Meridian HealthCare ($15,000): To support food deliverers for the individuals living in Meridian's housing facilities across the Mahoning Valley, including 159 men and women and 18 families with approximately 40 children. These individuals include the homeless, veterans, women with children, men, individuals with chronic mental illness, and low-income senior citizens, all of which have obstacles to make trips to grocery stores. With this initiative, food is provided, self-quarantine is encouraged and anxiety and fear is decreased. Our funding was a part of a $30,000 collaborative grant with The Youngstown Foundation.
- God's Warehouse ($5,000): To support the purchase of food for the established pantry in Mahoning County that has nearly doubled the number of families served a month, from 500 to 950. The supply of food has greatly diminished, and it has become difficult for the organization to purchase food at reasonable costs. The pantry is located on Western Reserve Rd, providing access to support for families in more suburban and rural communities. Our funding was a part of a $15,000 collaborative grant with The Youngstown Foundation.
- American National Red Cross - Lake to River Chapter ($5,000): To support the availability of blood and modifications to safely provide disaster response services in the Mahoning Valley. The organization will increase frontline workers and resources to safely collect, test and manufacture blood in order to ensure the organization can backfill vacancies and continue to collect blood. Since mid-March, 24 blood drives were cancelled resulting in a loss of 580 pints of blood. In addition, they moved to a revised disaster response mode, screening responders for symptoms and assessing disasters virtually as much as possible.
- Ohio Living Home Health and Hospice ($5,000)*: To support the purchase of personal protective equipment for patients and staff as well as hire and train temporary and contract staff In order to continue to provide a high level of care for patients in the Mahoning Valley. Since the start of the pandemic, the organization has seen a 50% increase in usage of personal protective equipment (gloves, masks, respirators, gowns, shoe covers) as well as medical equipment and disinfectant supplies. In addition, they are facing worker shortages, as a number of staff have had to self-isolate, and they anticipate that those numbers will continue to grow as the pandemic spreads.
- Shepherd's Foundation ($5,000)*: To support the purchase of personal protective equipment for patients and staff at Shepherd of the Valley facilities in the Mahoning Valley. PPE purchases have dramatically increased, as typically equipment is only used for patients with an infectious condition but all staff and patients are using now to protect everyone.
*Grants for personal protective equipment (PPE) are made as reimbursements. When organizations are able to secure supply orders, they will submit invoices and request the reimbursement.
- Heart Reach Neighborhood Ministries ($10,000): To support the expansion of their distribution hubs in Mahoning County that are providing: 1) Daily microwavable nutritious dinners for children ages 1-18; 2) School breakfasts/lunches and school activity packets in Campbell; 3) Emergency food boxes for families; 4) Diapers, toiletries and other family essentials; 5) Oh Wow! STEM activity packets; 6) Super Kids program activity packets; 7) Goodie bags for children (treats, small games, books, etc.). Our funding was a part of a $30,000 collaborative grant with the Wean Foundation and The Youngstown Foundation.
- HFLA of Northeast Ohio ($25,000): To support the emergency loan program that can provide up to $1,500 for Mahoning Valley residents economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A streamlines process was implemented to ensure quick loan decisions to help cover basic needs such as food, gasoline, daycare, medication, utilities and rent/mortgage. Our funding was a part of a $50,000 collaborative grant with the Wean Foundation.
- Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries, Inc. ($5,000): To support the workforce efforts to provide job seeking support to Mahoning Valley individuals who lost employment in connection to COVID-19 as well as offer remote team training opportunities for Valley companies who have unexpectedly required their employees to telework without preparation or training. There are immediate openings in certain industries such as grocery stores, janitorial services, and healthcare, and Goodwill has created remote and virtual services to support community members as they apply for those jobs. In addition, existing training in computer skills, information technology, and healthcare certifications are now all remote through course platforms and telecommunication channels. Our funding was a part of a $15,000 collaborative grant with the Wean Foundation and The Youngstown Foundation.
- Youngstown Promise Neighborhood ($7,500): To support a Choice Food Pantry and distribution of food and household items to families impacted by the closure of the Taft and Wilson school food pantries of the Youngstown City School District. Distributions will occur twice a week, providing items not available from the other food giveaways such as baby formula, milk, eggs, bread, fresh meats, fruit and vegetables. Our funding was a part of a $15,000 collaborative grant with The Youngstown Foundation.
- United Returning Citizens Inc. ($2,500): To support basic needs of returning citizens in the Mahoning Valley related to the COVID-19 crisis. Many returning citizens have lost their jobs because they are considered "nonessential", and that loss of income and security will greatly impact ability to pay bills, mortgages, rent, etc. as well as have a potential negative impact on mental health. In addition to financial assistance, URC will provide care baskets with essential items and toiletries to lessen their burden as well as launch a hotline to help individuals navigate these turbulent times. Our funding was a part of a $5,000 collaborative grant with The Youngstown Foundation.
- Youngstown Area Jewish Federation ($2,500): To support the childcare program providing necessary care for children of medical and front line personnel in the Mahoning Valley. The program will run 24 hours a day so that medical professionals do not need to worry about childcare. They are also expanding the family services department and have started a hotline to either provide a service to individuals or direct people to other organizations.
- Basement Outreach Ministries Inc. ($2,500): To support the increase in their outreach services in Trumbull County, including food/ hygiene product distribution, meal delivery and shelter care. They have shifted their operations to limit the volunteers preparing meals, and have increased their delivery services for food and hot meals to limit the traffic of individuals coming into their facility. In addition, they have modified their support for homeless families and individuals to ensure they have safe housing, providing motel stays rather than staying in a crowded shelter setting.
- Salvation Army-Warren ($10,000): To support the expansion of their food pantry in Trumbull County. Their requests have almost doubled each day, with an anticipated increase as the economic climate worsens and neighboring food pantries have closed due to lack of volunteers and food supply. To meet the demand, the organization has already converted their gym into a food warehouse where they can store and pack groceries. Our funding was a part of a $25,000 collaborative grant with the Wean Foundation.
- Salvation Army-Youngstown ($10,000): To support the expansion of their food pantry in Mahoning County. Already serving 50 households a day, they report numerous families contacting the organization for support daily. They are supplementing the limited supply they are able to get from Second Harvest Food Bank, as well as purchasing perishable dairy and meat items to make sure families are getting well-rounded orders. Our funding was a part of a $30,000 collaborative grant with the Wean Foundation and Youngstown Foundation.
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This fund was seeded by several component funds of the Community Foundation, as well as the Western Reserve Health Foundation, Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation, and the William Swanston Charitable Fund. We continue working with other local funders to leverage support and strengthen our regional response to this crisis.
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