An update from the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley | Fall 2016
WRHF BACKS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
Grant supports Youngstown program that brings wider sidewalks, safety education, biking equipment and more
The Western Reserve Health Foundation is playing a key role in a multi-year effort to make it easier -- and safer -- for Youngstown students to walk or ride their bicycles to school. A recent $30,000 grant from the WRHF enabled the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. to hire a coordinator for its Safe Routes to School program, an educational effort backed by more than $500,000 of investments in wider sidewalks, bike racks, signage and flashing lights near three city schools. Read more here.
HEALTHY FOOD INITIATIVES ON THE GROW
Health foundations advance incentives that draw public assistance recipients to farmers' markets, cooking classes
Low-income residents in Youngstown and Warren have responded positively to efforts that encourage them to buy and eat locally grown, healthy food. The Western Reserve and Trumbull Memorial health foundations have recognized the importance of these initiatives by providing grants to neighborhood non-profit organizations in both cities. The programs run the gamut from local farmers' markets to cooking classes to community gardens. Read more here.
NEW FUND PICKS UP STEAM
Fund for Women and Girls organizes leaders circle, delivers initial grant, launches networking effort
The fledgling Fund for Women and Girls, established and administered by the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, has gained momentum with the organization of a leadership group, the announcement of its initial grant and the success of its first networking event. The fund has established a Guiding Circle of 10 Mahoning Valley women who will work with the foundation to set the fund's direction. Read more here.
INNOVATIONS 2.0: BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES SET FOR NOV. 21
Conference at Avalon Inn will explore factors that influence our health and ways we can boost outcomes together
Our annual conference, Innovations, is growing! Innovations 2.0 will focus this year on how we can build an overall healthier community. This means creating changes that will surround families in every neighborhood with opportunities to live their healthiest lives. Join us at the Avalon Inn in Howland on Monday, Nov. 21 for a daylong conference to explore our community's health status, the factors influencing our health and new ways we can effectively improve our health outcomes together. Read more here.
OHIO REPORT CARD EVENT SET FOR OCT. 27
More details coming soon on closer look at complex approach to measuring schools
Join leaders of the Community Foundation and other local organizations for a discussion of how the Ohio Report Card affects you, your family and your business. The event is set for noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Raymond John Wean Foundation offices, 147 W. Market St., Warren. Organizers include the Community Foundation, Eastern Ohio Education Partnership, Wean Foundation, Turning Foundation and Mahoning and Trumbull County educational service centers. Watch for an email with more details soon.
CONTINUING ED SEMINAR SET FOR OCT. 27
Attorneys, accountants invited to program on ethics
The Community Foundation is inviting local attorneys and accountants to a free October continuing education seminar on professionalism and ethics. Titled "The Ethics of Fairness in Client Interaction and Representation," the seminar is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 in the President's Suite in Youngstown State University's Kilcawley Center. A mixer for attendees will follow. Read more here.