Howland partners with Food Bank

Howland partners with Food Bank

On behalf of the Howland Township employees and administrators, we would like to thank everyone who rolled down their windows and contributed to the kettle collection at Howland Corners on Dec. 1. This was the township employees’ annual holiday project to give back to their community by donating their time and effort to make this successful.

You donated $8,243 that has been given to the Second Harvest Food Bank and designated for the food pantries at Bolindale Christian Church and Howland Township Community Church. Some of the money also purchased turkeys that will be distributed this holiday season at these pantries. For every dollar donated, the food pantries will be able to purchase $15 in food.

The Bolindale Food Pantry began in April as a collaboration between the Bolindale Christian Church and Howland Township and is located at 2749 Fairview Ave. SE. It is open the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Howland Community Church Food Pantry is located at 198 Niles Cortland Rd. SE and is open the second and fourth Fridays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

We are always heartened but never surprised by our community’s generosity. Thank you for opening your hearts and pockets for our fellow neighbors.

Rick G. Clark, James T. Saker and Matthew G. Vansuch

Howland Township Trustees

Hoops for Hope was success

The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley held its first Hope Classic High School Basketball Showcase Dec. 8 at the Struthers Fieldhouse. The Hope Classic invited both boys and girls scholastic teams from the area and beyond to compete in a one-day event with teams that they wouldn’t ordinarily face over the course of a season.

The H.F.M.V. is a volunteer organization that assists in raising funds for chronically/terminally ill children.

Our event was attended by over 300 players/coaches, 100 volunteers and participants and on behalf of the organization, I want to thank all the individuals, including the athletic departments of the participating schools, the board of trustees, city of Struthers and the Struthers School District for all of their help and assistance in our first Hope Classic attempt. If not for the aforementioned groups, this event would not have enjoyed the success that it did.

Anthony Spano, Youngstown

The writer is founder and executive director of Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley.