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CFMV Reports 2019 Impact, Updates Changes in 2020

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Working to report back to the broader community, the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley recently published […]

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CFMV Reports 2019 Impact, Updates Changes in 2020

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Working to report back to the broader community, the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley recently published […]

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Heart Ball Shows How to Succeed at Virtual Fundraising

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – In March, the leaders of the Youngstown chapter of the American Heart Association found they had weeks […]

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Nonprofits Adjust Operations in Wake of Virus

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Like all entities during the coronavirus outbreak, nonprofits are being challenged to change the way they do […]

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Nonprofit Helps Salem See the ‘Brightside’

SALEM, Ohio — Once a month a line of people can be seen stretching down the sidewalk of Broadway Avenue […]

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Hile Does It for the Smiles

SALEM, Ohio — Jamie Hile works full-time as a registered nurse and has three children, so it’s safe to say […]

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Down Syndrome Association Was Born from Need

BOARDMAN, Ohio — Seven years ago, Sandee Timmerman’s niece came to her with what had become a bittersweet announcement: her […]

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Marlena Timmerman Brings Greetings, Hope

It’s understandable if a new parent expresses worry over the responsibility of raising a child. It’s a lifelong commitment and […]

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Hearing Missions Reconnects People

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Wanda Drahos sits quietly in her chair while Dr. Megan Annis sets her hearing aids and her […]

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Giving Back Is More Than a Job for Ball

While interviewing for a job at the Centers for Hearing Care in Boardman, Gibby Ball found her interests being pulled […]

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Hoyt Center Mixes the Arts with Purpose

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — It takes several minutes of walking – mostly uphill – for Carol Daviei to get from […]

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Wildlife Artist Keeps Students Coming Back

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — With a pale fall sunlight filling the classroom, all attention is on Jocelyn Beatty and the […]

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Walnut Grove Provides Place for All to Play

CANFIELD, Ohio — If ever there is a question why the board members for The Walnut Grove spent five years […]

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Butler’s Docents Serve as ‘Face of the Museum’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — From school children to senior citizens to babies in strollers, volunteer docents serve the mission of The […]

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TAG Displays the Art of Partnerships

WARREN, Ohio — On the last day of Summerfest 2019, five students sit at a table in the lobby of […]

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In Retirement, Art Feeds Sferra’s Creative Soul

WARREN, Ohio — In the basement of the Trumbull Art Gallery downtown, six artists sit at long tables working on […]

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Piggyback Supports Families Facing Adversity

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — By all accounts, Landen Fitzgerald is a typical 8-year-old boy. He plays football during recess at McGuffey […]

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When Warning Signs Surface, They Intervene

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Aubryanna and Preston Traenkle are your average 9- and 7-year-old siblings. They enjoy hot dogs, getting their […]

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Warren Family Mission Offers Shelter, Food, Recovery

WARREN, Ohio — On a bitterly cold morning in late March, some 500 area residents stood in a line snaking […]

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Boys & Girls Clubs Encourages Youth to Reach Full Potential

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Reggie Watson lines up his shot at one of the pool tables at The Boys & Girls […]

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Common Wealth Plants Sustainability on Elm Street

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Shannon Blackshire had all but given up hope on making her passion into a business until a […]

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United Returning Citizens Guides Transition for Ex-Felons

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Danielle Littles starts his day at 2:30 a.m., drives to Cleveland and local markets to buy produce […]

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Art Education for Those ‘Who Need it the Most’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — On a Tuesday evening, long after working professionals have gone home for the day, the first floor […]

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Nonprofits Reassess Impact, Funding Sources

By Jeremy Lydic YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Come 2019, changes to the way nonprofit organizations report the results of grant-funded programs […]

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The Way Station Makes Lifelong Impact

COLUMBIANA, Ohio — For more than 20 years, Timothy Colaizzi of Columbiana worked as a long-haul truck driver and was […]

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Merger Gives YWCA Mahoning Valley Greater Impact

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — After more than a century of serving the needs of women in their respective cities, the YWCAs […]

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Creating Opportunity with Training and Clay at HopeCat

By Jeremy Lydic SHARON, Pa. — Wearing medical scrubs and a white lab coat, Calette Robinson applies a blood pressure […]

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Walker Shapes Clay and Learns Lessons for Life

SHARON, Pa. — To some, the process of “throwing clay” might seem perfectly straightforward: Put the clay on the pottery […]

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YMCA’s Impact Goes Well Beyond Fitness

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — In September 2017, Richard Balog had “a bump” a bit smaller than a tennis ball surgically removed […]

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Tom Gacse & Loretta Pflug, YMCA of Youngstown

Tom and Loretta talk about the LiveStrong program at the YMCA of Youngstown.

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Animal Welfare League Finds ‘Forever Homes’

WARREN, Ohio — When Lezlie Chronister’s husband’s dog died, he wanted to get another. But Chronister’s answer was matter-of-fact. “I […]

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France Teaches Kids Pet Responsibility

WARREN, Ohio — Alpha might be the perfect dog to help teach kids about pet responsibility and safety. He never […]

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Flying High Creates Second Chances

Ask Rontrell White why he enrolled in Flying High Inc.’s welding program and he’ll tell you in one word – […]

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Inspiring Minds Alumni Inspire Others to Follow

WARREN, Ohio — An electrical engineer with the U.S. Department of Defense. A program assistant for a nonprofit founded by […]

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