Saturday, December 10, 2016
At its December board meeting, The Raymond John Wean Foundation awarded grants of $900,152, making this the foundation’s largest grant-making quarter of the year.
The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. and the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership each received a grant for their work to bring change, leverage opportunities and encourage resident engagement, according to a foundation news release.
The Mahoning Valley College Access Program received a grant for its programming that increases college access through admission and financial-aid advising and college persistence, with an emphasis on Warren and Youngstown city schools.
Youngstown State University’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership received a grant for the 2017 Nonprofit Leadership Summer Honors Internship Program to continue its effort in connecting regional nonprofit and public-sector organizations with valuable and talented students, allowing opportunities to increase nonprofit skills and marketability.
Lastly, the Economic Action Group received a grant to fill resource and skill gaps necessary to build on the city of Youngstown’s current momentum toward sustainable community and economic development.
The work of the five grantees represents community revitalization, access to educational opportunities and the creation of economic opportunity in the Mahoning Valley.
Raymond John Wean, after having achieved success in the flat-rolled steel processing industry, in 1949 created the foundation that bears his name in Warren.
Since then, more than $100 million in grants have been awarded to a variety of nonprofit organizations in support of the foundation’s vision to empower residents to create a healthy, vibrant, equitable and economically stable Valley.