600 volunteers to improve community at today's Day of Caring


After a breakfast Friday at the Covelli Centre, some 600 volunteers from organizations, businesses and schools split into groups to work tirelessly for the 19th annual United Way Day of Caring.

For the past few years, the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley has joined with the city of Youngstown, Green Youngstown, American Red Cross and Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. to focus on cleaning community neighborhoods.

Nearly 400 of the volunteers as well as union workers from General Motors and First Energy Ohio went to South Side neighborhoods and businesses along the Market Street Corridor, cutting overgrowth, dragging trash and debris, clearing sidewalks and picking up litter. The other volunteers visited and cleaned 16 other sites in Youngstown.

Roxann Sebest, United Way director of marketing and communications, said this is a great chance for volunteers and donors to help their own community in a more direct way.

“People love it. You have bankers working alongside union members and hairstylists and students, getting to know each other and working together,” she said.

Read more about the day's teams and projects in Saturday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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