The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley announced that thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the 2016 annual campaign raised $3,002,847 for the community, exceeding the $2.8 million goal. This is the first time the campaign raised more than $3 million dollars since 2004. Our focus in Early Education, especially with our Success After 6 initiative, continues to drive our campaign. The increase in funding will allow us to expand our program in 2017 to help put more children on the path to success. In 2016, our United Way also received Charity Navigator's highest rating for fiscal responsibility and money going into programming.
"Our United Way is working hard to serve the children and our families in the Mahoning Valley, and to make sure our funds are being spent responsibly. Our donors are recognizing this and continue to generously give back to their neighbors in need." said Bob Hannon, President of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. "We want to thank our donors for remaining loyal as we transformed into a Community Impact United Way. They placed their trust in us, and we want to continue to make them proud."
The United Way announced its 2016 campaign results at the Young Women's Mentorship Program at Taft Elementary School in Youngstown. They were joined by 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students as well as their mentors who are part of the program. Young Women's Mentorship is one of United Way's education programs that provides social-emotional curriculum, financial literacy classes, and career advice. The students are paired with women mentors who come from various professional backgrounds.
Taft Elementary is also the second site of our Success After 6 program, which is an early childhood education initiative that focuses on the whole child and whole family. Success After 6 launched in 2015 at the Youngstown Community School. It's a program that partners with the schools and community organizations to provide wrap-around services such as tutoring, after-school programming, food pantries, and health screenings. We also fund 60 programs from 31 non-profit agencies that do work in education and emergency services.
"We cannot do this work alone. So, we are working side by side with the educators in these schools and other organizations and non-profits in this community," said Hannon. "We want to make sure we are doing our part to help provide food, clothing, and shelter to those in need; whether its through Success After 6 or our partner agencies."
Gary Small, President and CEO of Home Savings Bank, served as the 2016 campaign chair. Home Savings provided strong support to the campaign and is a great advocate of our Success After 6 program.
“It has been my sincere pleasure to participate in this campaign which funds important programs that are vital to the Mahoning Valley," said Small. “We are very proud that our employees pledged at a record level and that our community pulled together to exceed the campaign goal and support the great work the United Way does in our neighborhoods.”
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. We plan to grow the Success After 6 initiative so it can impact even more children and families.
2016 Campaign Break Down
The top 10 Workplace Campaigns were:
• General Motors
• Dearing Compressor and Pump
• Compco Industries
• Youngstown State University
• Home Savings Bank
• The Surgical Hospital at Southwoods
• Altronic, LLC
• AIM NationaLease Co.
The top 5 foundation gifts came from:
• Home Savings
• Frank & Pearl Gelbman Charitable Foundation
• General Motors Foundation
• Walter & Helen Bender Memorial Fund
• PNC Foundation
New foundation gifts came from:
• Sheetz Foundation
• Dollar General Literacy Foundation
• Staples Foundation
• The Magic of Michael Foundation