COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESPONSE

Mahoning Valley

Our Work

A message from our Bob Hannon, President of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley

TEXT COVID19 to 313131 to donate to the COVID-19 Response Fund

As the coronavirus, COVID-19, presents us with uncharted territory, the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley is currently working hard to fill the needs of our residents during this national pandemic.

We are currently working closely with our funded partner agencies, non-profits, government agencies, school districts, and the business community to come up with solutions to the problems our students, families, and individuals will face in the coming weeks.

If you are an agency looking for more information on our COVID-19 Response Fund , click here.

We are updating our HOW WE ARE HELPING section of this page daily.  Check back to learn how your United Way is helping.

Our United Way is collaborating with key partners to make sure we make the right decisions and that the solutions are efficient, responsible, and timely. We are ensuring the right infrastructure is in place to meet the needs of people in the Valley during this time.

If you would like to donate to our COVID-19 Response Fund, please go to our website at www.ymvunitedway.org/covid-19-response-fund/ or text the word:

COVID19 to 313131.

Any questions, please call the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley at 330-746-8494

All money raised will stay here in the Mahoning Valley and there will be NO fees administered by United Way. All money raised will be invested back into the community.

HOW WE ARE HELPING

  • Your United Way created a COVID-19 Response Fund. You can donate by texting COVID 19 to 313131. All the funds will stay here to help those in need. No administration fees.

    Roxann Sebest, Director of Marketing and Communications

  • Your United Way teamed up with the City of Youngstown and the Youngstown City School District to distribute 25,000 meals to students in Youngstown on Monday. Our team worked the Williamson Elementary School site along side the Youngstown Police and Fire Departments as well as Youngstown City School Administration and Staff. We will be helping every Monday as long as the children are out of school.

    Roxann Sebest, Director of Marketing and Communications

  • "We are so grateful for your thoughtfulness to our families in this time of need. On behalf of our families and the Beatitude House we would like to express our appreciation for all your generosity. Thank you and God Bless."
    Your United Way provided gift cards and meals for 35 families served through our partner agency the Beatitude House.

    Beatitude House Staff

  • Our Success After 6 staff is busy making sure our students have everything they need during the "stay at home" order. They spent the beginning of this week delivering food to families who are unable to get out of their homes. They are practicing safe social distancing and dropping the bags on the porches, but we are trying our best to serve the children and families who are part of our larger United Way family.

    Roxann Sebest, Director of Marketing and Communications

  • "I miss you very much very much. How have you been? I am writing to you because I have not stopped thinking about you and your classmates. Please make sure you are listening and being kind to your siblings and families. I cannot wait to hear about how you are doing and what you have been working on at home!"
    Our Success After 6 Champions are making sure to keep in contact with their afterschool students. They will be getting letters in the mail very soon!

    Miss Emily, Success After 6 Champion

  • Liberty Schools distributed their Giant Eagle gift cards to their families in need.
    "It was so humbling what took place at our school. United Way is a huge part of us helping people. Your gift cards and your United Way and donors, you don't know what that did for people - our students and families in Liberty. We truly appreciate how many lives you've helped and how many lives United Way has changed in this crisis"

    Joe Nohra, Liberty Schools Superintendent

  • Last week, we distributed 500 $50 gift cards to several local school districts. This week, we will distribute 500 more. The schools are then deciding who needs help. And it is working:

    Hi United Way,
    Just wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you for United Way's generosity supporting the needy families of our Girard City Schools. The Giant Eagle Gift cards brought relief and tears of joy to many!
    Kind Regards,
    Bryan and Girard Board of Education

    Girard City Schools Administration and Board of Education

  • Our Success After 6 staff is helping out at schools who are packing food for their students.
    "Special thanks to our United Way. They have really stepped up in our time of need. We couldn’t ask for a better partner in education to serve our Campbell community and entire Mahoning Valley - Campbell City Schools"

    Campbell City School Administration

  • As school districts across the Valley are working to feed their children, whether its by delivering breakfast and lunches to their students by bus or setting up pick up sites, we had a generous donor - The Jane F. Lamb Charitable Foundation - pledge $50,000 to get immediate assistance to students and families. We purchased grocery store gift cards to get into the hands of 1,000 families across 6 local districts at the moment. Thank you to Jim Sisek of the Lamb Foundation, Bob Graff of Giant Eagle, Nemenz IGA in Struthers, and Lincoln Knolls Save A Lot for helping us get this done!

    Roxann Sebest, Director of Marketing and Communications

  • Your United Way is keeping lines of communication open with our 35 funded partner agencies. We hosted a phone conference the week of March 16 to assess the needs of our community. This week we continue to call the agencies to see where they stand as the needs and situation remains fluid. We continue to work on our three tier response approach - immediate needs, short term needs (2-6 weeks out), and long term needs. Your United Way continues to talk to key partners on how we can support - whether its financially or any other options - to get the services to the people who need them most. We are collaborating in various ways to make sure we are working together and not in silos.

    Roxann Sebest, Director of Marketing and Communications

  • Your United Way is in daily contact with the City of Youngstown through the Mayor's Office. We hold daily conference calls with the Mayor and his team to see how best we can assist the City to reach the vulnerable populations within the city.

    Roxann Sebest, Director of Marketing and Communications

  • Your United Way is in daily contact with several school districts including Youngstown City Schools District, Youngstown Community School, Campbell City Schools, Girard City Schools, Liberty Schools, and Struthers Schools to assess their needs. We hope to broaden our reach as best we can moving forward.

    Roxann Sebest, Director of Marketing and Communications

  • Rather than respond to the COVID-19 crisis in isolation, our local foundations and United Ways are working collectively to support Mahoning Valley nonprofits and residents.
    Six local funders—The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, Mercy Health Foundation of Mahoning Valley, The Raymond John Wean Foundation, United Way of Trumbull County, United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, The Youngstown Foundation—pledge to leverage resources, informational and monetary, to strengthen investments made to address COVID-19 and its impact on Valley residents.

    Valley Foundations and United Ways

  • VISIT OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH FOR STATE INFORMATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS

  • VISIT MAHONING COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH FOR LOCAL INFORMATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS

  • VISIT CDC'S PAGE FOR NATIONAL INFORMATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS

  • YOUR LOCAL 211 CAN HELP YOU FIND THE RESOURCES YOU NEED DURING THIS NATIONAL PANDEMIC

  • YOU CAN FIND A LISTING OF LOCAL FOOD BANKS HERE

  • GET HELP WITH UNEMPLOYMENT CAUSED BY THE CORONAVIRUS

  • YOU CAN FIND A LISTING OF ALL SCHOOL FOOD DISTRIBUTION SITES AND TIMES

  • OHIO MEANS JOBS

  • GIVE BLOOD. MANY BLOOD DRIVES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED, BUT IT IS STILL SAFE TO GIVE AND THE NEED IS GREAT. CLICK HERE TO FIND A DRIVE NEAR YOU.