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Foundation awards grant to Goodwill

Published: Sat, October 21, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.

Goodwill will use some grants to buy new tables and chairs.
LIBERTY -- Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries recently received 10,000 from the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley through a grant from the Kennedy Family Foundation.
Part of the grant will be used to replace the exit doors throughout the Goodwill facility on Belmont Avenue. The remaining 5,000 will be used to replace the furniture in the evaluation unit.
Several of the doors were replaced in the past few years, and the additional doors will complete the project, Goodwill officials said in a press release.
The three exit doors to be replaced are located throughout the plant. They are metal security doors that have begun to rust and threaten building security. In addition to these doors, the doors to the courtyard also will be replaced.
The evaluation unit was in need of tables and chairs that were more appropriate for use by people with disabilities. The new tables and chairs will be more ergonomic and accessible to people with disabilities, and will accommodate 15 people.
Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries employs and provides vocational rehabilitation services to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Also provided are Radio Reading services and various other social services.
Through its services, Goodwill helps people overcome barriers to employment and become independent, tax-paying members of the community. Goodwill operates seven stores, two donation centers, and a used car lot. All proceeds remain with Goodwill and stay in the community.
The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley is operated exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes, which effectively assist and promote the well being of residents of the Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Information about the foundation can be found at www.cfmv.org.

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