19th Annual Day of Caring
September 2, 2016
THANK YOU TO THE 700 VOLUNTEERS FROM 63 DIFFERENT BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO MADE THE 19TH ANNUAL DAY OF CARING A HUGE SUCCESS!
500 OF THOSE VOLUNTEERS CLEANED UP 71 HOMES AND INSTALLED DOZENS OF SMOKE DETECTORS.
200 OF THOSE VOLUNTEERS WENT TO 16 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND DID LANDSCAPING AND PAINTING PROJECTS.
The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley hosted its 19th Annual Day of Caring, sponsored by Huntington Bank and Hometown Pharmacy, on Friday, September 2nd. The community wide volunteer event had 700 individuals from 63 local 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 announced it's 2016 Campaign Goal to be $2.8 million dollars.
The United Way is honored that so many businesses and organizations take time out of their work day to volunteer for this day.
"It's great to see how much the Day of Caring has grown over the last few years," said Bob Hannon, President of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, "By partnering with the City of Youngstown, Green Youngstown, and the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC) we are able to bring hundreds of people together to improve the neighborhoods of Youngstown. "
Nearly five hundred (500) of the volunteers spent the day on the city's South Side working along the Market Street Corridor in neighborhoods between Hudson Ave, South Ave, Evergreen Ave, and Midlothian Blvd. The City of Youngstown and its employees play a major role in the cleanup efforts with many of its work crews as well as the Youngstown Police Department assisting the volunteers.
"The City of Youngstown says “Thank You” in advance to the United Way, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation and all of the many volunteers, employers and students participating in the 2016 United Way Day of Caring." said Mayor John McNally of the City of Youngstown, "The Day of Caring provides what is often missing in volunteer efforts and in neighborhood clean-ups: the THOUSANDS of man (and woman) hours that make such a dramatic and immediate impact in and on our City neighborhoods. "
The 500 Day of Caring participants focused their efforts on blighted homes and vacant properties. They cleaned up debris, overgrown vegetation, board up the vacant homes, and installed free smoke detectors in occupied homes. Republic Services has once again stepped up to help with any garbage and debris brought to their landfill. Partnerships with local businesses like Republic help make the Day of Caring a successful project year after year.
"YNDC is proud to once again partner with the United Way, City of Youngstown, American Red Cross, local businesses and many other community groups to continue the battle against blight on Youngstown’s South Side." said Ian Beniston, Executive Director of YNDC, "The Day of Caring has become the most impactful community workday of the year and great example of what we can accomplish when everyone works together. We look forward to another great day fighting blight!"
The American Red Cross once again partnered 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 partner with United Way to make a difference and save lives by installing free smoke alarms as together we improve our neighborhoods." said Karen Conklin, Executive Director of the Red Cross, "Others wanting free smoke alarms should contact the Red Cross by calling 330-392-2551."
Green Youngstown also partnered with United Way and YNDC to help make this project a reality. The volunteers will use 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 are assigned to projects at 16 different non-profit agencies, such as Potential Development, YWCA, and Youngstown CityScape. They helped these non-profits with landscaping projects, clean up efforts, and remodeling.
All of the registered volunteer teams were entered into a drawing to win a Luxury Suite Night at a Youngstown Phantom's Game. Each year the Phantoms bring a large team of volunteers, and they wanted to provide an award and incentive for the other groups participating this year. The team from PNC Bank won the suite night! Congrats to team PNC, who are loyal Day of Caring supporters.
Title sponsors for the Day of Caring are Huntington Bank and Hometown Pharmacy.
Other major sponsors include Republic Services, Community Corrections Association, Jon and Adrienne Howell, and Youngstown Phantom's Hockey. These sponsors also helped make the Day of Caring possible: AFL-CIO Union Counselors, AIM NationaLease, Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley, Dearing Compressor and Pump, Mercy Health, Sam's Club, Simon Roofing, Wedgewood Pizza, Western Reserve Building Trades, Flambeau's, Dom's Ice House, and Coca-Cola.
Thank you to our Volunteer Groups:
910th Airlift Reserve
AFL-CIO Building Trades
Akron Children's Hospital
American Red Cross
Boardman High School
Burgan Real Estate
Cardinal Mooney High School
Casal's de Spa Canfield
Casal's de Spa Howland
Commons at Greenbriar
Community Corrections Association
Dearing Compressor and Pump
Eat N' Park
Farmers National Bank
First National Bank
General Motors Lordstown
Home Savings and Loan
Jackson Milton Schools
L. Calvin Jones
Mahoning County Board of DD
Paul Milligan & Associates, CPA's
Talmer Bank and Trust
United Health Care
Youngstown Junior League
Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber
YSU Pete's Pride
YSU SNLO Group
Community Action Partnership of Mercer County, PA