REGION Federation plans event for charities

More than 40 nonprofit agencies will get money from the federation.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown Area Jewish Federation will host an open house for Mahoning and Shenango Valley charitable organizations that are recipients of "Blood Donor Challenge" funding from its 1996 Donor Advised Endowment Fund.
Representatives of more than 40 area nonprofit agencies and religious institutions have been invited to, and will receive, checks at the event, which will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Jewish Community Center.
In response to a growing blood emergency, and in an effort to increase donations to local charities, the anonymous creator of the 1996 Donor Advised Endowment Fund established the Blood Donor Challenge program.
From late 2004 through mid-2005, blood donors participating in drives by the Mahoning, Trumbull and Mercer counties' chapters of the American Red Cross received the opportunity to earmark a $25 donation, or $50 for first-time donors, in their honor from the fund to an area charity of their choice.
The Donor Advised Fund will distribute a total of $7,500 to area social service agencies.
The anonymous creator of the Donor Advised Fund of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation has stated that he established his charitable giving program because "it is important that each of us does as much, if not more, than we were able on behalf of agencies who service those in need." He further noted that "it is Jewish tradition to perform acts of kindness and righteousness" and that he hopes that the challenge will "make the doing of good deeds contagious."
In addition to the Red Cross chapters, some of the many organizations which will receive Blood Donor Challenge funds include:
*American Cancer Society.
*34 West Theater Company.
*Salvation Army.
*Children's Rehabilitation Center.
*Warren Family Mission.
*Beatitude House.
*Tod Children's Hospital.
*Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley.
*St. Vincent de Paul Society.
*Habitat for Humanity.
*Angels for Animals.
*Youngstown Area Arts Council.
*Animal Charity.
*Boardman Rotary.
*Catholic Charities Regional Agency.
*Children's Museum.
*Easter Seal Society.
*Community Solutions Association.
*Jessica Moorehead Foundation.
*Poland United Methodist Church.
*Price of Peace Center.
*Program Family Service.
*Sojourner House.
*St. Charles School.
*Sts. Peter and Paul School.
*Teen Challenge.
*Multiple Sclerosis Service Agency.
*Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center.
*United Way and Youngstown Spiritual Society.
For more information, contact Atty. Deborah L. Grinstein, endowment director of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, at (330) 746-3250, Ext. 114.

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