The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley announced today that thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the 2018 annual campaign raised $3,065,532 for the community, exceeding the $2.9 million goal. Our United Way's impact work, which focuses on early education initiatives such as Success After 6 and Success By 6, drives the growth in our campaign.
"We want to thank all of our donors and volunteers for helping us once again exceed our goal. We truly appreciate their generosity, and our United Way wants to ensure them that we spend their dollars responsibly and spend them right here in the Mahoning Valley to support programs and initiatives for our neighbors in need." said Bob Hannon, President of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. "We know that change does not happen alone. It takes our donors, volunteers, board members, partner agencies, schools, students and families to all work together to make an impact. In 2019, we are celebrating our 100th Anniversary and hope to continue to strengthen these relationships to make change with a new generation."
The United Way announced its 2018 campaign results at McGuffey Elementary School in the Youngstown City School District, one of thirteen Success After 6 sites. Huntington Bank is the "Adopt-A-School" sponsor for this site. William Shivers, Regional President for Huntington Bank's Mahoning Valley and Canton Regions, was the 2018 Campaign Chair.
“It has been a privilege to serve as Chairman of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley’s Annual Campaign alongside Bob Hannon, and his team of dedicated staff and volunteers,” said William C. Shivers, Regional President for Huntington Bank’s Mahoning Valley and Canton Regions. “This Campaign season was met with a few obstacles. But, this community knows how to rally together and turn challenges into opportunities. It is very inspiring to see the major collaboration within this community as we join hands to help the United Way continue to serve as a vital resource to help improve the quality of life for thousands of individuals in the community,” Shivers said.
Students from the Success After 6 after-school program joined the United Way staff and Huntington Bank for the announcement. Success After 6 is an early childhood initiative that focuses on the whole child and whole family. It provides wraparound services, including an after-school program, to students in Campbell, Girard, Liberty, Youngstown City Schools, and Youngstown Community School.
“It has been eye-opening for me to witness the United Way’s work up close and personal. Most recently, through Huntington’s sponsorship of United Way’s Success After 6 initiative at McGuffey Elementary School,” comments Shivers. “If you haven’t observed a United Way program such as Success After 6, Success By 6, Day of Caring, Imagination Library, and so much more, I encourage you to do so.”
We want to thank the other "Adopt-A-School" sponsors - Gloria Jones and Fireline Inc for adopting Martin Luther King Elementary School in honor of the late Roger Jones, Denise Debartolo-York and the Debartolo Corporation for adopting Williamson Elementary School, Chris and Ed Muransky for adopting Youngstown Community School, and an anonymous donor for adopting Taft Elementary School.
Huntington Bank is one of many companies who not only help fund our work through generous donations, but they also volunteer their time to work with the students in our Success After 6 schools. We have more than 400 volunteers from dozens of local companies and organizations going into all 13 of our Success After 6 sites to work with the students from tutoring, mentoring, reading, vision screenings, and helping with special events.
"We are able to engage our donors on a whole new level when we have them volunteer alongside our students and families that we serve. " said Hannon. "The volunteers often tell us the experience benefits them more than it may benefit the student. The only way our United Way will succeed is by partnering with our community in this way."
Our United Way also funds 51 programs run by 35 non-profit agencies that do work in education and emergency services. These agencies are valuable partners and continue to impact our Valley in significant ways.
Our United Way also funds Success By 6, a pre-kindergarten readiness program that helps students prepare for their first time in a classroom, and Imagination Library, a free book program for children under the age of 5 in Mahoning County that also helps parents with literacy techniques. Our two mentoring programs, Young Women's Mentorship at two schools and Promising Men's Mentorship Program at Youngstown Community School,
2018 Campaign Break Down
Top Workplace Campaigns:
- The Muransky Companies
- General Motors and UAW #1112
- Dearing Compressor and Pump Co.
- Compco Industries
- Youngstown State University
- Home Savings Bank
- Dinesol Plastics, Inc.
- Exal Corporation
New Workplace Campaigns:
- Exal Corporation
- Integrated Fab
- Western Reserve Port Authority
- Coleman Professional Services
- Frank & Pearl Gelbman Charitable Foundation
- Home Savings Charitable Foundation
- Walter & Helen Bender Memorial Fund
- PNC Foundation
- Walter E & Caroline H. Watson Foundation