YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – When Kyle English and the inspiration he leads, the Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio, began planning for 2020, the management by no means imagined the challenges that may lie forward.
However because the coronavirus pandemic grew to become a risk after which a actuality, the group knew what needed to be accomplished. And thru its Giving Week marketing campaign in June, the Neighborhood Basis of Western Pennsylvania raised $574,502 to assist nonprofits that wanted assist to proceed their work.
On Friday, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Mahoning-Shenango Chapter honored 20 organizations and residents, together with the Neighborhood Basis, at its thirtieth Nationwide Philanthropy Day held at Stambaugh Auditorium.
“Most of all, I wish to thank the area for stepping up,” stated English in a pre-recorded assertion. “I’ve at all times stated in case you give a area the chance to provide, they’ll step up and achieve this.”
Even because the pandemic has introduced new challenges to the philanthropy sector, native assist stays robust and permits nonprofits to proceed their work.
“We’ve got been lucky that even in these very troublesome instances, philanthropy stays robust in our 5 counties, enriching our residents and high quality of life in so some ways,” stated Lisa Lengthy, president of the AFP Mahoning-Shenango Chapter.
These honored at Friday’s occasion embody Sharon Hrina, retired vice chairman of Akron Youngsters’s Hospital Mahoning Valley; Mike Iberis and Renee Fulton, Second Harvest Meals Financial institution of the Mahoning Valley; Racole Taltoan, Dionne Dowdy and Nyesha Ford, United Returning Residents; and Bridget Lackey, Mercy Well being Produce Field Program.
This yr’s occasion was held as an in-person occasion and live-streamed on-line. It targeted on those that assisted their communities or members of the health-care trade through the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of many honorees, the Mercy Well being Produce Field Program, tailored to supply well being meals for people, seniors and households with pickup and supply companies through the pandemic. This system has operated from April by means of November in Mahoning and Trumbull County with assist from SCOPE.
“With all of the unexpected obstacles this yr, I wasn’t certain how we have been going to have the ability to do it,” stated Bridget Lackey, dietician and neighborhood well being educator. “However with the assist of the Mercy [Health] Basis in addition to Mahoning County commissioners, I really feel we’ve accomplished an excellent program and an excellent service to our neighborhood and to our over 500 sufferers which can be enrolled in this system.”
Pamela Russo, Clever and Properly program coordinator at Wickshire Senior Living, offered extracurricular actions for dementia sufferers on the facility through the pandemic. She additionally helped the sufferers write letters and emails to the sufferers’ households to take care of contact.
“It’s simply been a blessing and an honor to be on this area of labor for 21 years,” Russo stated. “I additionally wish to say thanks to the AFP for honoring the COVID-19 employees this yr.”
The Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley was additionally honored for offering meals to the neighborhood through the pandemic. The meals financial institution noticed a 40% improve in requests for help.
The meals financial institution, with assist from the Ohio Army National Guard, offered 6.2 million meals within the Mahoning Valley, a 1.5 million improve in comparison with this time final yr.
“We started to work with our donors and different venders to be able to get extra meals in, and have been profitable in getting roughly 50% extra meals in than final yr,” stated Mike Iberis, govt director of the Second Harvest Meals Financial institution of the Mahoning Valley.
Different honorees embody:
For extra on a few of this yr’s honorees, learn The Enterprise Journal’s story from our November situation, “Philanthropy Day Honors COVID-19 Heroes.”
Pictured at high: Bob Hannon, president of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, was emcee for the occasion.
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