Valley Rescue Mission seeks support for Like-A-Thon

By William K. Alcorn


The community is invited to help the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley’s $100K in 100 Days Summer Relief effort by joining the agency’s Like-A-Thon on Facebook.

Stadium Auto Group and an anonymous donor have each pledged to donate $2.05, the equivalent of the cost of a meal, up to a maximum of $1,000 each to the Rescue Mission, for each new Facebook “Like” it receives through Sept. 20.

Facebook users are invited to post their “Like” on Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley’s Facebook page at All that is required is a simple click to “Like” the Mission, said Lynn Wyant, director of development.

The Like-a-Thon is part of the Mission’s “100K in 100 Days Summer Relief” effort to avoid a potential deficit at the end of the its fiscal year Sept. 30.

Rescue Mission has provided food, shelter, safety and a second chance since 1893. The mission, however, is experiencing a 30 percent increase in the number of people needing shelter leading to increased expenses.

At the same time, the mission has seen a reduction in giving and projects, Wyant said.

Individuals who wish to contribute to the mission’s “Summer Relief” campaign may do so by sending a gift to Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley Summer Relief, 2246 Glenwood Ave., Youngstown, OH 44511.

Donations may also be made online at; and they can be dropped off 24 hours at day at the mission’s resident facility at 962 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. or during regular business hours at its Distribution Center at 2246 Glenwood Ave.

Others in the community are welcome to join Stadium Auto Group and the anonymous donor by joining in on the sponsorship efforts and providing a financial incentive for each new “Like” the Mission receives.

The starting number of 811 “Likes” was determined July 20. As of Friday, the mission had accumulated 240 new likes.

For information about the Like-A-Thon or the Summer Relief campaign, contact Jim Echement, executive director, at 330-744-5486 visit the mission’s website at

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