18th Annual Day of Caring
September 4, 2015
Day of Caring makes headlines!
Thank you to everyone who made the 18th Annual Day of Caring an amazing success! The community wide volunteer event continues to grow, once again attracting more volunteers than 2014 with nearly 700 individuals from local 54 businesses and organizations registered to participate this year.
The Day of Caring also kicked off the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley's campaign. United Way President Bob Hannon and 2015 Campaign Chair Dave Coy, General Manager of WKBN/WYTV/WYFX, announced that our goal is $2.6 million dollars. They also welcomed Alan Batey, President of General Motors North America, to the breakfast. He announced that General Motors will match their employees gifts to United Way.
"Our United Way's mission is to be the driving force for collaborative impact, and the Day of Caring is a prime example of that," said Bob Hannon, President of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, "Our partnership with the City of Youngstown, Green Youngstown, and the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC) is strong, and we continue to transform neighborhoods in the city by coming together for sustainable change. This year we are excited to team up with the American Red Cross to make an even greater impact for the families of Youngstown."
Four hundred (400) of the volunteers spent the day in a four block area on the city's South Side in the Cottage Grove Neighborhood off of South Avenue.
"The City is thrilled to have so many organizations volunteers to help throughout the City. I am especially grateful for the board-up and clean-up efforts that will be done in the areas between South Avenue and Cottage Grove Avenues." said Mayor John McNally of the City of Youngstown, "With over 75 board-ups that day, the United Way Day of Caring will make a great impact on four Southside streets that are burdened by blight and clean-up needs."
Day of Caring participants focused their efforts on blighted homes that are located on East Judson Avenue, Hilton Avenue, East Ravenwood Avenue, and East Auburndale Avenue. They cleaned up debris, overgrown vegetation, board up the vacant homes, and install free smoke detectors in occupied homes.
"YNDC is proud to partner with the United Way, City of Youngstown, American Red Cross, and other community groups to begin the enormous battle against blight in the Cottage Grove neighborhood." said Ian Beniston, Executive Director of YNDC, "YNDC's team has been hard at work preparing for this large scale clean up and we are very thankful for the hundreds of volunteers and partners that will stand with us on September 4 to FIGHT BLIGHT."
The American Red Cross saw the perfect opportunity to partner with United Way, YNDC, and the City of Youngstown to help reduce the risk of fires in homes.
"The American Red Cross is proud to participate in the United Way Day of Caring by installing free smoke alarms in every home that needs them. The Valley is a high fire incident area." said Karen Conklin, Executive Director of the Red Cross, “The United Way-Red Cross Partnership will help decrease the number of fire injuries and fatalities in our community."
Green Youngstown also partnered with United Way and YNDC to help make this project a reality. The volunteers used R.U.B.Y. (Revitalization and Urban Beautification of Youngstown). R.U.B.Y. is a valuable tool available to residents or volunteer groups looking to do a clean up or beautification project. The trailer contains tools and cleanup supplies that can be borrowed for free for projects within the City of Youngstown.
The rest of the volunteers were assigned to projects at 16 different non-profit agencies, such as Potential Development, YWCA, and Neighborhood Ministries. They helped these non-profits with landscaping projects, clean up efforts, remodeling, and help chaperone field trips.
Title sponsors for the Day of Caring are Huntington Bank and Hometown Pharmacy. Other sponsors include NYO Property Group, Marucci and Gaffney Excavating, Republic Services, Lowe's, General Motors Lordstown, AIM NationaLease, Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley, Dearing Compressor and Pump, Banner Supply, Mercy Health, Sam's Club, Simon Roofing, Wedgewood Pizza, Chick-Fila, and Coca-Cola.