Grant received for Camp F.R.I.E.N.D.

Grant received for Camp F.R.I.E.N.D.


The Autism Society of Mahoning Valley has received a $10,000 grant from the Hine Memorial Fund of The Youngstown Foundation to support its 4th annual Camp F.R.I.E.N.D.: Finding Rewards In Every New Day, an inclusive day camp experience for children, teens and young adult students with autism and their friends.

Camp F.R.I.E.N.D. is hosted by the Youngstown Central YMCA and facilitated by ABA Therapy Solutions for a week each month this summer.

The grant will help the camp expand from a single week to three and enable the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley to offer scholarships.

Remaining camp weeks are July 30-Aug. 3 for a full special-needs day camp with neurotypical peers for ages 3-22, and Aug. 13-17 integrated camp with the Youngstown YMCA day camp for ages 6-13.

Thanks to supplements and sponsorships, the reduced fee for camp is $150 per student per week, and financial scholarships are available. Registration forms are available for download at and can be mailed by request by emailing ASMV at

Continuing education program on ethics


Western Reserve Association of Health Underwriters is offering “In Pursuit of Ethics,” a three-hour continuing education program on Thursday at the Upstairs Restaurant & Lounge, 4500 Mahoning Ave.

Lunch and networking begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the program presented by Judy DeShon, community outreach coordinator, Better Business Bureau of Akron.

The event is open to all. The cost, with lunch, is $15 for WRAHU/OAHU members or free if just attending the program. The cost for nonmembers is $75.

Vaccination clinic


Mahoning County District Board of Health is having a rabies vaccination clinic for all dogs, cats and ferrets 3 months and older from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Struthers Police Department-Garage, 6 Elm St. Cost is $8 per shot (cash only), and no appointment is necessary.

Owners must have their pets on a leash, in a cage, or carried inside a pillowcase. The clinic does not include a physical examination of the animal. The health board, Lisa Kurtz, D.V.M., East Park Veterinary Center, and the city are sponsoring the clinic.

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