McGuffey Centre begins roof repair campaign

Staff report


McGuffey Centre, 1649 Jacobs Road, is replacing its roof and is beginning fundraising efforts with a “Raise the Roof 3000 for 100” campaign.

Center officials are seeking support of individuals who have benefited from the services and activities provided by the East Side facility.

The campaign seeks to get 3,000 people to donate $100 each, although contributions of lesser amounts are welcome. All charitable gifts are tax deductible.

For each $100 received during the campaign, the Youngstown Foundation has agreed to provide a 5 percent match.

Checks should be made out to Youngstown Foundation with McGuffey Centre indicated on the memo line. They can be mailed to ANC/McGuffey Centre, P.O. Box 717, Youngstown, OH 44501, or to the Youngstown Foundation, P.O. Box 1162, Youngstown, OH 44501.

The first McGuffey Centre was created, chartered and made a nonprofit organization in 1951. The center house featured a variety of social, cultural and welfare activities for a once-neglected section of Youngstown until 1961, when an old farm-house frame was restructured. McGuffey Centre is the last inner-city community center in operation in the city.

The center’s mission continues to be providing educational and recreational services to community members and programs of social and economic development to empower, improve and preserve healthy families, according to a center news release.

For campaign updates or questions regarding contributions, contact project coordinators Olla L. Tate, treasurer, or Wayna Hightower, financial secretary for the board of directors, by calling 330-720-2328.

For further information, call 330-744-4377, fax 330-744-4534 or email

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