April 2017

Volunteers make gardens accessible
Gardeners with disabilities will be able to use the Garfield Community Garden this season, thanks to new elevated gardens and a brick path. At the corner of Woodland Avenue NE and Perkinswood Boulevard NE near the old Garfield school, a group of volunteers came out Thursday to build elevated gardens that…

Legal Creative Supports the Local Arts Community
Founding The Legal Creative, which provides free legal help to the local arts community, isn’t the first time Denise Glinatsis Bayer found her twin interests in law and the arts intertwined. Bayer, a senior associate with…

Free training offers at area tech centers
The Greater Oh-Penn Manufacturing Apprenticeship Network is doing the work to get 300 apprentices in five years. To achieve that goal, Workforce Investment Areas of Mahoning and Trumbull…

Grant Funds Engineer Intern – Wean Foundation Supplies $500
Trumbull County commissioners on Wednesday signed off on a Youngstown State University internship program that will benefit the county engineer’s office this summer. The non-profit leadership summer honors internship at YSU is being funded this year by the Raymond John Wean Foundation, which provided a $5,000 grant to…

March 2017

Youngstown CityScape Sees Streetscape Blossom
For the 21st year, just after the Memorial Day weekend, volunteers and CityScape staff will spend a Saturday morning beautifying the downtown and arteries that lead to Central Square. They will plant flowers, weed flowerbeds, spread mulch and pick up litter. Last year, more than 650 participated in Streetscape, an effort that…

Wean Foundation participates in leadership-development program
The Raymond John Wean Foundation, one of 12 organizations selected from across the county, will participate in The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Investing for Results, a leadership-development program dedicated to closing racial disparities by giving funders the framework needed to guide their grantmaking, grantees and partners toward…

Leadership Program
The Raymond John Wean Foundation, one of 12 organizations selected from across the county, will participate in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Investing for Results, a leadership development program dedicated to…

Nonprofit Talent Interviews Jennifer Roller, The Raymond John Wean Foundation
Jennifer Roller has been with the Wean Foundation since 2007 and served most recently as vice president and interim president. Roller has represented the Foundation’s interests as a committed civic leader, staying abreast of current civic affairs and trends. Alongside the Foundation’s past two presidents, she has worked closely with strategic partners to…

Youngstown wayfinding program to be in place by year’s end
City officials expect to have its wayfinding system in place by the end of the year thanks to $105,000 in grants it received.
And the program designed to help people better navigate downtown and the surrounding areas could grow if…

Wean Foundation fund Mahoning Valley initiatives
The Raymond John Wean Foundation awarded grants totaling $103,000 at its board of directors’ meeting earlier this month. In addition to aligning with the foundation’s priorities of economic and educational opportunities, those funded demonstrated a keen ability to…

Wean makes three awards
The Raymond John Wean Foundation board on Friday awarded grants totaling $103,000 including one for a women’s entrepreneurship program at the Youngstown Business Incubator. Jennifer Roller, foundation president, said in a news release those funded this quarter demonstrated “a keen ability to leverage local, regional and state dollars.” Roller said the grants will allow one of the most vulnerable in the area to…

Wean Foundation Awards $103K in grants
In addition to aligning with strategic priorities of economic opportunity and educational opportunity, the organizations demonstrated a keen ability to leverage local, regional and state dollars, the foundation said in announcing the grants. “The foundation’s support of these organizations will equip…

Wean Foundation awards local SUCCESS grants
The Raymond John Wean Foundation announced Feb. 23 that it awarded $98,988 to 30 local organizations that seek to improve neighborhoods and communities…

2017 Education Series for Nonprofits
We are Warren and Eastern Ohio Education Partnership (EOEP) launched February 21, 2017, a new four-part educational series for community and non-profit organization leaders to develop the necessary skills, process, and resources to adapt and thrive in a new global environment. The first session shared…

February 2017

Wean Foundation awards $98K in Neighborhood SUCCESS grants
The Raymond John Wean Foundation recently awarded $98,988 in 2017 Neighborhood SUCCESS grants to 30 resident-led organizations seeking to transform their neighborhoods and communities. Neighborhood SUCCESS is a program that supports grass-roots organizations seeking to develop resident participation and leadership, promote communication and collaboration among residents and build on…

Wean Announces $99,000 in Grants Awards
The Raymond John Wean Foundation has awarded nearly $99,000 to 30 resident-led organizations in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, the foundation announced Thursday. The awards were made as part of the foundation’s Neighborhood Success program, which supports grassroots organizations looking to build community involvement. Annual grant awards range…

Beatitude House Executive Director Elected to Council
Sister Janet Gardner, executive director of Beatitude House, will soon serve the Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God as general councilor.  Gardner will serve for a four-year term beginning March 12. Since 2013, Gardner has served at Beatitude House..

Wean Foundation Distributes $2.4 Million in Grants
2016 was a year of multi-faceted efforts at The Raymond John Wean Foundation that included grantmaking, convening, advocating and providing leadership. All were rooted in our commitment to empower residents to create a healthy, vibrant, equitable and economically stable Mahoning Valley.  In 2016, with assets of nearly…

January 2017

Nonprofit Summer Intern Program Accepting Applications
The Raymond John Wean Foundation has awarded $65,000 to the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Youngstown State University to implement an internship program this summer. The 2017 Nonprofit Leadership Summer Honors Internship Program will hire 10 YSU students to work with area nonprofits over the course of the 12-week internship. The students will be on…

December 2016

Fund for Our Economic Future Awards $850,000
Fund for Our Economic Future, a philanthropic collaborative of foundations, corporations, universities and local governments, has approved $850,000 in grants to support job creation in northeastern Ohio. Team NEO was awarded a one-year operating grant for $650,000 for its shred regional economic…

Here’s a thought
It was among the poignant suggestions from one of the most memorable speeches of my time – Jim Valvano’s 1993 ESPY’s speech. “To me there are three things everyone should do every day,” he said. “Number one is laugh. Number two is think – spend some time in thought. Number three, you should have…

Lit Youngstown book focuses on 12 ‘Phenomenal’ local women
The lives of 12 local African-American women are profiled in “Phenomenal Women: Twelve Youngstown Stories.”The book is the first to be published by Lit Youngstown, which will celebrate its release at a reception Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave. The event, free and open to the public, will include…

Wean Foundation gives more than $900K
The Raymond John Wean Foundation awarded grants totaling $900,152 to local Mahoning Valley organizations, making it the foundation’s largest grantmaking quarter of the year…

Wean Foundation awards grants
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…

Wean Foundation Awards $900,152 in Grants
 The Raymond John Wean Foundation awarded grants totaling $900,152 at its December board meeting, making this the foundation’s largest grant-making quarter of the year. The work represented by the five grantees represents…

Plan approved to turn abandoned trestle into Youngstown gateway
Plans are in the works to turn a time worn part of Youngstown’s landscape into a gateway, welcoming visitors to the downtown area.Transformation of the Mahoning Avenue Archway is one of five community projects selected for funding by the Innovative Plan for Leveraging Arts Through Community Engagement initiative…

Christmas event in Square snowballs
Christmas in the Square will offer a full slate of activities around Courthouse Square from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, culminating with the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree at 8 p.m. Celedonia said the event’s expansion was made possible through generous…

November 2016

Turning Foundation Awards $52k to Area Teachers
The Turning Foundation, in conjunction with the Raymond John Wean Foundation and the Eastern Ohio Education Partnership, has announced 17 teachers as the recipients of its 2016 Innovative Mini Grant program. A total of $52,096 was award to the teachers in northeastern Ohio for “sharing new and creative classroom practices supporting 21st century teaching and…

CityScape Partners With Mahoning Commons Association For Youngstown’s Largest Mural
Over 60 individuals came together on a beautiful Saturday morning on November 5, 2016 to help install what is believed to be the largest mural in Youngstown’s history. The mural, titled ‘Project Yo’, was designed by Random Acts Of Artists and installed at the WRTA headquarters on Mahoning Ave. Its theme is the evolution of a city…

October 2016

NOTEWORTHY: Neighborhood SUCCESS
Neighborhood SUCCESS, a program of The Raymond John Wean Foundation, supports grassroots groups in the development of community projects that enhance the quality of life in Warren and Youngstown. Grants of $500 to $5,000 are awarded for resident-driven projects that align with the foundation’s strategic priorities. A maximum of 30 projects will be funded each year. The goals of Neighborhood SUCCESS are…

Picture Perfect Hair Day at Kirkmere
A smile spread across Kaelyn Spell’s face as she gazed into the mirror at her new hairstyle. “She got four cornrows going to the back,” said stylist Tasha Hicks of All in One Beauty. Hicks is one of several stylists and barbers who…

Ohio educators discuss poor grades on school report cards
School report cards released by the Ohio Department of Education in September revealed poor grades for many schools in the area, leaving many districts and parents confused.  On Thursday, the Eastern Ohio Education Partnership organized a luncheon at the Raymond John Wean building in Warren to address the report cards. There, a roomful of non-profit organizers, business leaders, politicians and..

Wean grants fuel environmental, social and economic change in valley
Foundation president, Jennifer Roller, said the Neighborhood Success Grant is not typical. It’s a collaborative effort where an idea is taken at its infancy and given the resources to grow.

Make A Difference Day: Indoor projects spread cheer
It was less-than-ideal conditions for outside projects Saturday for the 14th annual Make A Difference Day, so many worthy projects took place indoors. The Guardian Angels of Trumbull County Probate Court hosted a party at the…

Volunteers Sought to Install Mural at WRTA Garage
The Mahoning Commons Association is seeking volunteers Nov. 5 to help install a mural that consists of 25,000 segments of chain-link fence at the headquarters of the Western Reserve Transit Authority, 604 Mahoning Ave.

September 2016

6th Ward YouthFest is Saturday
The 6th Ward Citizens Coalition is hosting a free YouthFest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church, 3919 Southern Blvd. The goal is to provide family fun and educational opportunities for…

City Club Comes to Youngstown
The City Club of Cleveland is an institution that has hosted discussions intended to help democracy thrive for over 100 years. Using Cleveland’s example as an inspiration, the City Club of the Mahoning Valley will hold its inaugural event on Wednesday.

Youngstown City Schools Seeks Partners
People are watching the Youngstown City School District and a lot is riding on whether the schools – after years of disinvestment and apathy – can deliver quality education. Out school improvement process is undertaken with an end in mind…

Two organizations receive $60,000 and $50,000, respectively
The Raymond John Wean Foundation approved grants totaling $110,000 to Mahoning Valley organizations at its September meeting. The grants are awarded to agencies committed to Wean’s strategic priorities of economic opportunity and educational opportunity, including for children from birth to 5 years old. The Turning Foundation was awarded $60,000 over two years to…

Wean Foundation Awards $110K in Grants
The Raymond John Wean Foundation approved grants totaling $110,000 at its September meeting to Mahoning Valley organizations committed to its strategic priorities of economic opportunity and educational opportunity.

August 2016

Butterfly habitat on display Saturday on North Side
Visitors are guaranteed to see one giant butterfly at the new butterfly habitat from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday on Ohio and West Dennick avenues on the North Side. Neighbors and students pulled together over the summer to transform…

The new City Club of the Mahoning Valley has its first event on Sept. 21
The new City Club of the Mahoning Valley, which its founders say will be a forum for open debate and the exchange of ideas, will have its first event Sept. 21. The club, a chapter of the City Club of Cleveland, will “feature a high level of discussion on various issues,” said Phil Kidd, its co-founder and the associate director of Youngstown CityScape. “We need something similar to…

July 2016

Butterflies tantalize fest-goers
“We come to this event every year. We haven’t missed yet,” the Youngstown man said, referring to Saturday’s fourth annual Butterfly Festival at Southside Community Garden near Williamson Avenue and Erie Street on the South Side…

Teen girls create websites at entrepreneurship camp in Warren
Young women from Trumbull County are learning how to use technology to better market themselves as entrepreneurs at the Inspiring Minds Summer Camp. The Youngstown Business Incubator program teaches girls, ages 14-18, how to create websites over a two-day camp…

YSU Gets $100K NEA Grant for Public Arts Project
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded Youngstown State University a $100,000 grant to launch a public arts project in Youngstown.The award is among the largest of 64 NEA Our Town grants — out of nearly 250 applicants…

June 2016

Chaney students participate in Invention Project
Javon Kullum and Jose Santiago, both 12, and Antoine Sharpe and Kamron Jackson, both 11, huddled around a table in a Chaney Campus classroom, hard at work.They are among 40 middle-school students in the Invention Project, a program…

Warren energy incubator seeks funding help from port authority
The Western Reserve Port Authority’s economic- development committee has recommended to the full board that it provide $25,000 in support to the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center.First the committee got an update from TBEIC’s chief executive, Dave Nestic, and…

Wean Foundation Awards $729,400 in Grants
The Raymond John Wean Foundation approved grants totaling nearly $729,400 at its June 2 meeting to organizations committed to its strategic priorities of community revitalization and educational opportunity. Funding includes $115,000 for Western Reserve Land Conservancy, which…

Wean Foundation awards $729,400 in community investment grants
The Raymond John Wean Foundation approved grants totaling nearly $729,400 at its June meeting to organizations committed to its strategic priorities of community revitalization and educational opportunity…

3 Commit $100,000 to Fund for Our Economic Future
The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, Trumbull 100 and the Youngstown Foundation have jointly committed $100,000 over three years to the Fund for Our Economic Future, Jennifer Roller, president of the Raymond John Wean Foundation, announced Tuesday…

May 2016

Kids show plucky talent
Marian Mihas, music teacher at Jefferson PK-8 School, said that last November, she wrote a grant for the school and was awarded a Success Grant from the Raymond John Wean Foundation for $1,828. Mihas said the grant was used to pilot a ukulele music project…Jefferson 4th and 5th Graders showing off their Ukuleles 

20 celebrated as Wean Foundation emerging leaders
Graduates of the Raymond J. Wean Foundation’s 2016 Emerging Leaders program celebrated participation in the nine-week experience with community stakeholders at a recent “Launch Party.”The event took place last week at The Soap Gallery in downtown Youngstown. It provided a…

Jennifer Roller of Wean Foundation is speaker at KSU Trumbull commencement
Jennifer Roller, president of the Raymond John Wean Foundation, will be the speaker at the May 13 Kent State University at Trumbull spring commencement speaker.Close to 100 of the more than 225 students graduating this spring will participate in the ceremony, which…

April 2016

Family Gets Garden Award
The Jennifer and Neil Hockman family in Warren were presented the Serve Ohio Award from Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership for their volunteer work on the ”Good Looking View Children’s Garden,” 1236 Buena Vista Ave. NE, Warren. The award was presented during National Volunteer Week, and noted…

How Rust Belt city Youngstown plans to overcome decades of decline
Youngstown, Ohio is an upper-midwest city that has come to symbolize the nation’s distress of deindustrialization with high unemployment and crime rates. But after decades of decline, the city has plans to…

2015 Emerging Leaders named
Twenty residents from Warren and Youngstown recently were selected for the 2016 Emerging Leaders program at The Raymond John Wean Foundation. This group of grass-roots leaders will take part in a nine-week series of comprehensive workshops designed to cultivate…

YSU Summer Bridge wins $20,000 grant from Wean Foundation
The Center for Student Progress Summer Bridge program at Youngstown State University was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from the Raymond John Wean Foundation. Summer Bridge is a free, one-week residential program for first-time traditional-aged multicultural freshmen entering YSU, said Michael Beverly, senior academic coach in the YSU CSP. He said the grant will be used for…

TNP announces award recipients
Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership is announcing the recipients of the ServeOhio 2016 Service Award for the Northeast Ohio region. They are Neil and Jennifer Hockman, who are mentors for TNP’s Lots of Love Program through which they…

March 2016

Wean Foundation Awards Nearly $140,000 in Grants
The Raymond John Wean Foundation has awarded nearly $140,000 in grants. The grants were for programs seeking to promote financial stability, create better opportunities for academic success, and support the collaborative efforts of public and private partnerships, according to the foundation. Nearly half of the grant funds…

Wean Foundation Awards $140K in Community Investment Grants 
The board of directors of The Raymond John Wean Foundation awarded grants totaling nearly $140,000 for programs seeking to promote financial stability, create better opportunities for academic success and support the collaborative efforts of public and private partnerships. The East Side Organizing Project was granted…

Wean Foundation Showcases Grant Recipients
A foundation that helps local community projects celebrated its successes on Thursday night. The Raymond John Wean Foundation showcased the works of its 2015 grant recipients. A total of 28 projects were awarded funds. The funds were awarded as part of Neighborhood SUCCESS, an 8 year-old Wean Foundation program that supports a wide range of projects with…

January 2016

Wean Foundation Awards $2.1 in Grants
The Raymond John Wean Foundation awarded nearly $2.1 million to organizations whose work aligns with the Foundation’s strategic priorities of community revitalization, economic opportunity, educational opportunity, including early childhood (0-5) and public service leadership. Among those receiving funding from the Warren-based philanthropy were…

December 2015

Wean awards neighborhoods, women and families
The board of directors of The Raymond John Wean Foundation awarded grants totaling $1.5 million at the December meeting. The grants awarded to create and enhance economic, educational and professional opportunities for residents in Trumbull and Mahoning counties, focuses attention on the needs of…

YBI to get $20,000 Wean grant for Women in Entrepreneurship
The Raymond John Wean Foundation has announced nearly $1.5 million in grant awards to organizations working in the Mahoning Valley, including a $20,000 award to the Youngstown Business Incubator for development of its Women in Entrepreneurship Program. “Building on YBI’s tradition of promoting and cultivating entrepreneurship in the [Mahoning] Valley, we believe…

October 2015

TNP fights city blight
As the first decade of the 21st century came to a close, Warren was bleeding. Matt Martin, who in 2010 was brought in to head Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, said he recalls seeing a map of the city’s vacant buildings that highlighted blight – it slashed through the city like an arrow, and it was TNP’s job to…

Ohio CDC Association Announces 2015 Member Awards
The Ohio CDC Association today announced its 2015 Member Awards during the Association’s 31st annual conference at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center. The two-day gathering, Oct. 1-2, convened 250 community development leaders from around Ohio under the theme, Igniting Collaborative Innovation. The 2015 winners and their awards are…

Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. and The Raymond John Wean Foundation win awards
The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. and the Raymond John Wean Foundation won three of the seven statewide awards today given by the Ohio Community Development Corp. Association at its annual conference in Kent…

YNDC will receive $420,000 in federal funding for neighborhood stabilization
The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. will receive $420,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Community Economic Development Opportunity for its neighborhood stabilization program, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, announced. The program uses effective strategies developed by YNDC to stabilize neighborhoods…

September 2015

Area groups make a difference
Marking the 13th annual Make A Difference Day, area agencies and clubs are preparing for the national day of caring and volunteerism by donating goods, sewing blankets and simply helping others. Niles Community Services will participate…

Wean’s impact to be felt for generations
When Shari Harrell read the three major nominating criteria for this year’s Ohio Philanthropy Award, she knew immediately she was in the presence of one person who was a perfect fit for this high achievement. Gordon Wean, chairman of The Raymond John Wean Foundation based in downtown Warren…

Over 200 Mahoning Valley nonprofit leaders attended the Wean Summit
“Hello. My name is Maia Beatty. What do I need to know about you?” That is Beatty’s greeting to everyone she doesn’t know, and, she says, a sure way to set the tone for virtually all networking occasions. “Networking is not about you. It’s about how you leave other people feeling. To like you…

Wean takes philanthropy in the Valley to higher level
The best philanthropists know that there’s more to philanthropy than writing checks. And among philanthropists, Gordon Wean is one of the best of the best. Last week he was in Columbus receiving the Ohio Philanthropy Award. In announcing Wean’s selection, Suzanne T. Allen, president of Philanthropy Ohio, which gave the lifetime achievement award, said it “recognizes his volunteer philanthropic…

Wean Foundation President Channels Opportunity to Mahoning Valley Region
Jennifer Roller can pinpoint moments that have served as guideposts in her professional life. And they all involve people.From a YSU professor who invited her to sit on a national conference panel to the former supervisor who encouraged her to reframe her work strengths, Roller remembers…

Ohio fund awarded $1.5M for criminal justice reform
A newly established Ohio collaborative fund received $1.5 million for initiatives to reduce racial disparity and the number of people incarcerated in the state, according to a news release. The Ohio Transformation Fund, formed in 2015, is a group of local and national partners dedicated to criminal justice reform…

Wean to Receive Ohio Philanthropy Award
Gordon Wean, chairman of the Raymond John Wean Foundation and board member of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, has been named this year’s recipient of the Ohio Philanthropy Award. He will receive the award at Philanthropy Ohio’s conference Sept. 18. The Ohio Philanthropy Award recognizes individuals…

Wean Foundation awards four grants
The Raymond John Wean Foundation approved four grants totaling $187,861 at its September board meeting. The grants reflect commitments in the Foundation’s strategic priorities of community revitalization, economic opportunity, educational opportunity, including early childhood (0-5), and public service leadership. “These grants reflect our continued commitments to our strategic priorities,” Raymond John Wean Foundation President Jennifer Roller said in a news release. “From nurturing…

Wean Foundation Awards $187,861 in Grants
Directors of The Raymond John Wean Foundation have approved grants totaling $187,861 in its third grant-making cycle of the year. The grants reflect commitments in the foundation’s strategic priorities: community revitalization, economic opportunity, educational opportunity, including early childhood and public service leadership. “From nurturing financial independence in youth to neighborhood beautification to code enforcement and blight remediation, we are…

August 2015

YSUscape does work in Wick Park area
YSUscape recently cleaned up 10 houses in the Wick Park neighborhood, but that’s not enough for them. Saturday, Youngstown State University students came together once again to work on properties in that area. The group of about 70 worked on 19 homes.

July 2015

Wick Park neighborhood properties get a facelift
Vacant properties in the Wick Park Neighborhood on the North Side received a facelift. More than 40 volunteers, mostly Youngstown State University students, came together Saturday to clean up, and board up, about 10 homes. Many of the properties have been vacant and…

Inspiring Minds concludes program with awards
Inspiring Minds’ Summer Enrichment program helped Danajah Coleman, 14, step out of her comfort zone. “We went out of state for five days without our parents,” the Warren G. Harding High School sophomore said. The high-school group visited…

Raymond John Wean Foundation builds nonprofit and foundation capacity
The foundation in Warren, Ohio is hosting a day-long summit featuring stimulating speakers, discussion and entworking opportunities addressing a variety of critical nnpfrofit capacity-building topics.  The event…

MVHS announces winner of preservation awards
The Historic Preservation Committee of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society Board of Directors is announcing the winners of the 2015 Historical Preservation Awards.  The awards honor those in Mahoning and Trumbull counties who take an active role in…

June 2015

High school graduates get scholarships from MVCAP
Some local students on their way to college got some financial help on Thursday by earning $1,000 scholarships. The students were honored Thursday at a luncheon at Youngstown State University. The Mahoning Valley College Access Program awarded scholarships to 33 recently graduated high school seniors. It is part of what MVCAP leaders call…

TNP Works to Eliminate Blight in Warren
As he stands across the street from a two-story gray house on Scott Street, Matt Martin turns to look at the patches of grass and dirt on both sides. “Thirty days ago, those were houses. Since there’s no backyard, we knew we’d have to tear down one of them to make a side lot,” says the executive director of Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership. “But they were in such bad shape…

Wean Foundation awards grants totaling $263,421
The Raymond John Wean Foundation recently approved five grants totaling $263,421 in its second grant making cycle of 2015, including $100,000 over two years to the newly launched Ohio Transformation Fund. The Wean Foundation is the first Ohio-based funding organization to partner…

YSU Interns Gain Experience at Area Nonprofits
Ten Youngstown State University students are working internships across the region this summer as part of the 2015 Nonprofit Leadership Summer Honors Internship Program. The Center for Nonprofit Leadership at YSU, housed in the Williamson College of Business Administration, was awarded a $50,020 grant from The Raymond John Wean Foundation to implement…

Foundation leaders share achievements
The 2015 Class of Emerging Leaders from the Raymond John Wean Foundation’s Neighborhood SUCCESS 2.0: Emerging Leaders program celebrated their leadership accomplishments with community stakeholders at the recent Share the Learning event. The 10 civic leaders from Warren and Youngstown gathered…

Wean Foundation Announces $263,421 in Grants
At its June board meeting, The Raymond John Wean Foundation approved five grants totaling $263,421 in its second grant-making cycle of the year. The five grants reflect commitments in the Foundation’s strategic priority areas of community revitalization and educational opportunity. “These grants strongly represent who we are as a strategically focused…

Raymond John Wean Foundation approves $263,000 in grants for community revitalization, educational opportunity
The Raymond John Wean Foundation of Warren announced it has approved five grants totaling more than $263,000 for projects that reflect its strategic priority areas of community revitalization and educational opportunity. Of particular note, the foundation said in a news release, is a two-year, $100,000 commitment…

10 Emerging Leaders Finish Training
Ten emerging Mahoning Valley leaders celebrated completion of a 12-week neighborhood leadership- development course Tuesday at the Raymond John Wean Foundation offices. They were the second group to complete the program, the first having completed it in 2013. The foundation-sponsored…

May 2015

Mahoning Valley Historical Society announces award winners
The Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s Historic Preservation Committee has announced the winners of the 2015 Historic Preservation Awards. The awards honor those in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties who take an active role in preserving historic buildings, sites and districts. The winners will be honored at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s 140th annual meeting…

MVHS to Present Awards at June 16 Annual Meeting
The Mahoning Valley Historical Society will recognize this year’s winners of its annual Historic Preservation Awards at its 140th annual meeting. The annual meeting will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 16 at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center downtown. The awards honor individuals and organizations in Mahoning and Trumbull counties for their role in preserving historic buildings, sites and districts…

Historical society names Preservation Award winners
2015 Historic Preservation Awards -The awards honor people and projects in Mahoning and Trumbull counties who take an active role in preserving historic buildings, sites, and districts. The Market Block Building on Courthouse Square in Warren also won a Commercial Revitalization Award. The building, built in 1868, evolved through a variety of uses and was sitting vacant in the late 2000s. In 2011, the Chesler Group of Cleveland purchased the building to renovate it for the Raymond John Wean Foundation. The designers…

Robins site gets cleanup
The front of Robins Theatre, 160 E. Market St., was the scene of busy workers Saturday morning working to clean up the street and facade of the Warren landmark. The people working outside were volunteers for a grassroots, non-profit group calling…

Lake to River Science Day draws hundreds of students
More than 300 students, parents and volunteers gathered at Stambaugh Stadium on the Youngstown State University campus last month for Lake to River District 15 Science Day. District Science Days are sanctioned by the Ohio Academy of Sciences. District 15 Science Day was jointly hosted by YSU…

April 2015

Wean Foundation Essential in YBI Expansion
A $630,000 program arranged by the Raymond John Wean Foundation assisted the Youngstown Business Incubator’s expansion. Foundation officials were on hand Thursday for the official announcement of YBI’s acquisition of the former Vindicator building downtown. During the press event, Barb Ewing, YBI chief operating officer, said without Wean’s participation..

YBI taking over Vindicator building
Business incubator officials bought the original home of the Youngstown Vindicator on Vindicator Square. The purchase and renovations to the building will cost $6 million. A $3 million grant from the federal government helped pay for the project, and an additional $2 million in…

YBI announces campus expansion, acquires Vindicator building
The Youngstown Business Incubator today announced the acquisition of the fifth building of their Tech Block campus. Located immediately adjacent to the existing YBI campus, the new facility is the former publishing building for The Vindicator. The building is 57,000 square foot…

YBI acquires Vindicator building; announcement Thursday
The Vindicator’s nearly 85-year-old downtown office building will experience a transition to the Tech Belt in the next year. The Youngstown Business Incubator, 241 W. Federal St., at 11 a.m. Thursday, will formally announce its $5.5 million plan…

11 Warren and Youngstown emerging leaders begin Wean Foundation leadership program
Eleven Warren and Youngstown residents began a 12-week program in March designed to cultivate local leaders through the Raymond John Wean Foundation’s second-year Neighborhood Success 2.0 program. “I wanted to gain confidence…

Kitchen Incubator Assists Mahoning Valley Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs who live in the Mahoning Valley area and want to start a business in the technology or additive manufacturing (3D printing) arenas might seek help from the Youngstown Business Incubator. But for people looking to jumpstart a restaurant…

March 2015

Wean Foundation Awards $130,000 in Grants
The Raymond John Wean Foundation, at its March board meeting, announced $130,000 in grants to four local organizations: Empowering & Strengthening Ohio’s People, Inspiring Minds, Tabernacle Baptist Church – CDF Freedom Schools and We Are Warren. The organizations and their programs are aligned with the foundation’s strategic priorities of community revitalization, economic and educational opportunity and public service leadership, said Jennifer Roller, foundation president. “The foundation goes far beyond funding programs,…

Four organizations in Youngstown and Warren benefited
The Raymond John Wean Foundation has awarded $130,000 in grants to local organizations Empowering & Strengthening Ohio’s People, Inspiring Minds of Warren, Tabernacle Baptist Church-CDF Freedom Schools and We Are Warren.  Aligned with the foundation’s strategic priorities of community revitalization, economic opportunity, educational opportunity (including early childhood, 0-5) and public-service leadership, each organization provides solutions to challenges…

Local groups awarded $130,000 from Wean
Five local community-based organizations were awarded $130,000 from the Raymond John Wean Foundation, the agency announced Friday. The groups are: Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People – $30,000 to support a program that provides financial education to people 55 and older who receive a low to moderate income; Inspiring Minds – $25,000 for a program that engages students in academic enrichment programs that previously resulted in higher high school graduation rates,…

Work aggressively to narrow the gender gap in STEM fields
In recent years, the united states succeeded in narrowing the many dimensions of the gender gap. In health care, in wages and in political power, women have made some noteworthy shifts toward closing the once-wide gulf of inequality with men. In one large and critical discipline, however…

U.S. Route 422 plan must move forward
Last month’s announcement that a collaborative effort to make improvements to the U.S. Route 422 Corridor in the area of Girard and Youngstown remains on track came as good news for the area. The 3,500-acre swath of land along the Mahoning River needs the planned improvement if it is to continue to be identified as the “Region’s Gateway to Jobs. “The corridor redevelopment plan was…

Association receives grant for garden
The Historic Perkins Homestead Neighborhood Association received a $5,000 Wean Foundation Success Grant for improvements to the rose garden near the entrance of Perkins Park. Lou Lepro said at the association’s February meeting that work would be done in the spring and…

February 2015

Wean Foundation announces 2015 Neighborhood SUCCESS grants
The Raymond John Wean Foundation has awarded nearly $100,000 in grants to 28 grass-roots organizations in Warren and Youngstown through its Neighborhood SUCCESS and Leadership Program for 2015. Neighborhood SUCCESS 1.0: Engaging Residents awards grants of $500 to $5,000 to develop and implement resident-driven, grass-roots projects in the Foundation’s strategic…

Wean Foundation Awards 28 Grants to Urban Efforts
The Raymond John Wean Foundation announced Tuesday it has awarded grants that range from $1,040 to $5,000 to 28 organizations in Youngstown and Warren, the total of the grants coming to just under $100,000. Seven organizations received $5,000 grants…

Chaney girls set sights on science, technology, engineering, math
They measure and build and create and sometimes indulge in girl talk. They’re the Chaney STEM Girls, a group that meets after school twice monthly to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The group started last year when Pam Lubich, Chaney’s STEM coordinator, received a FirstEnergy grant and bought supplies. This year, she earned a Wean Foundation grant to continue…

Students Get Creative in Chaney Computer Club
Apple, Microsoft and Dell are some well-known computer makers. Now add the Chaney Computer Club to the list. Students in Benjamin Dooley’s Computer Club are designing, building and programming a fully functioning Raspberry Pi computer. A $500 FirstEnergy grant bought the devices, and a $2,000 grant from the Raymond John Wean Foundation paid for accessories. Students get to…

Earth Angel Farm hosts fundraiser
Wearing brightly colored costumes, sequins, hats and feathers, guests at the Peacock Ball showed their style and their support of Earth Angel Farm and other nonprofit organizations. “We asked people to show their colors like a peacock,” said Holly Maggiano, a local neurologist and founder of Earth Angel Farm…

Bennett takes oath as new MetroParks board member
The newest member of the Mill Creek MetroParks Board of Park Commissioners, Germaine Bennett, took the oath of office at a meeting Monday night. Judge Robert Rusu Jr. of Mahoning County Probate Court appointed Bennett, of Youngstown, to the position…

Students urged to complete FAFSA by Feb. 15 deadline
Youngstown State University and the Mahoning Valley College Access Program are joining forces to encourage students planning to enroll in college to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by the Feb. 15 priority deadline. “We find many students waiting until school starts in the fall to apply for financial aid; unfortunately, for some types of aid, this is too late,” said Lita Willis, executive director of MVCAP. “We are doing everything…

25 Under 35 MVPs: Attorney, Architecht, Fundraiser
As the 26 nominees for this year’s 25 Under 35 awards sat in the front of a packed room filled family, friends and colleagues, videos started playing to announce the three winners of the MVP award. The videos featured words from co-workers and friends who talked about the nominees’ personalities, what they’ve…

TNP Spends $560K to Improve Quality of Life
The Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership spent 2014 “returning derelict vacant properties to productive use,” helping residents become homeowners, restoring houses, encouraging urban farms and more healthful diets, its executive director, Matt Martin says. In its 12-page annual report, released Friday, the partnership recapped its community outreach efforts…

41 grass-roots groups seek Wean funds for neighborhood projects
Joan Sullivan is looking forward to beautifying and improving a city park that features a large chess board with 30-inch pieces, so one of her opening moves was to try to secure funding for the ambitious project. “We’re going to add a greenhouse with recycled composting…

January 2015

Wean Foundation looks to invest in community
A local foundation is working to help make lives better in the Mahoning Valley, by providing grants to groups in the community. Eres McKee, is the program officer for the Neighborhood Success and Leadership program with the Wean Foundation. The program is providing 30 local groups from the Valley with grant money up to $5,000 this year to better help the community. “This is what really makes me excited about the work that we do. They really look at the issues…

Germaine Bennett appointed new Mill Creek board commissioner
Mahoning County Probate Judge Robert N. Rusu Jr. has chosen Germaine Bennett to be the newest commissioner on the Mill Creek MetroParks board, he announced Wednesday. Bennett, of Youngstown, will fill the unexpired term of Valencia Marrow, who resigned her position for personal reasons. Bennett is a longtime educator and…

Programs earn state recognition
The Ohio Local History Alliance has presented the Harriet Taylor Upton Association with the “History Outreach Award” for the many historical tours of Warren’s historic district to children and adults.Elizabeth Cole Clark, who submitted the application for the award, said the association was in competition…

December 2014

Wean Foundation announces grants for 4th quarter
The Raymond John Wean Foundation awarded eight fourth-quarter grants totaling $1,239,920, making it the largest grant-making quarter of the year. “These grants support a strong group of organizations, the work of which is aligned with our core values and strategic priorities,” said Jennifer Roller, Foundation president. Of the eight grants awarded…

Village Capital Corp. is enlarging its Northeast Ohio footprint
The nonprofit, which has been vital to Cleveland since its 1992 launch, is aiming to help neighboring cities. Village Capital Corp. quietly has driven catalytic change in Greater Cleveland for more than 20 years. And while the nonprofit’s predominant focus always will be on the city of Cleveland, it’s increasingly looking to how it might spur revitalization in other neighboring communities in Northeast Ohio. With the housing market…

Wean Foundation awards 8 grants
At its December board meeting, The Raymond John Wean Foundation approved eight grants totaling $1,239,920 — making this the foundation’s largest grant-making quarter of the year. Of the eight grants awarded, five were made from…

Wean Foundation Celebrates Partners’ Accomplishments
The Raymond John Wean Foundation last night convened its strategic partners in the Mahoning Valley – the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. and Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership — to celebrate their collaborative work and share the vision of the partnership with board members, staff and employees. “Together with our strategic partners, we are working to catalyze…

November 2014

Wean Foundation Hosts Strategic Planning Session
The Raymond John Wean Foundation will present a strategic planning course, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 2, at its Western Reserve Room, 147 W. Market St., Warren. Janus Small, president of Janus Small Associates, a Cleveland-based consulting firm, will discuss…

Group commends schools’ academic successes
The Eastern Ohio P-16 Partnership for Education recognized 32 school districts from Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Ashtabula counties for earning an “A” in one of several categories on the most recent state report card. The fifth annual “Excellence in Education — Celebrating our Schools” took place…

October 2014

Magnet has skilled approach to lead way with work-based learning program
As manufacturers continue to look for ways to close the skills gap and attract new employees to the industry, Magnet’s Work-Based Learning program could serve as a possible model. There’s a lot of information available on work-based learning, but it’s unique…

Fleming appointed to YMHA board
Mayor John A. McNally has appointed Suzanne Fleming of Youngstown to the Board of Commissioners of the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority. Fleming is retired from Youngstown State University’s Center for Human Services Development and now serves on the boards…

2015 Nominees Announced for 25 Under 35 Awards
The Mahoning Valley Young Professionals and the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley today announced the nominees for the 25 Under 35 awards. A committee comprised of club members and foundation employees…

People on the move
Wean Foundation has new program officer: Eres McKee has joined The Raymond John Wean Foundation as the Program Officer for Resident Engagement. McKee is responsible for developing productive relationships with partners aligned with the work of the Foundation. Previously, McKee was…

Grants available from foundation
Neighborhood SUCCESS and Leadership, a program of The Raymond John Wean Foundation, seeks to transform the Mahoning Valley’s current leadership to include informed resident participation in decision-making that affects neighborhoods and communities. The program awards $500 to $5,000 grants…

September 2014

Nonprofit officials share ideas at summit
Life is always challenging for the Mahoning Valley’s many nonprofit organizations, which explains why 75 of them sent 280 representatives to Youngstown State University for the Eighth Annual Nonprofit Summit. The day-long summit…

Wean Foundation approves $135K in grants to nonprofits
The Raymond John Wean Foundation approved $135,000 in grants to three nonprofit organizations. They are Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, Virginia Polytechnic and State University’s Metropolitan Institute and The News Outlet…

Wean Foundation Nonprofit Summit Set for Sept. 18
Nonprofit professionals from across the region are invited to connect with peers while learning from nonprofit experts and from each other at The Eighth Annual Nonprofit Summit Sept. 18 at Kilcawley Center on the campus of Youngstown State University.  The day-long event features 15 interactive workshops…

August 2014

Warren group to host garden walk
The Community Concerned Citizens II is sponsoring its sixth annual Victorious Garden Walk from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the gardens off York Avenue near Jackson Street S.W. Mary Ann Franklin of CCC said the public is invited to browse through the urban community garden. “Everyone can see the new…

July 2014

Pocket of fun 
From the foundation of a former home rises a new place for families to make memories and share in the company of others. Among other things, the Washington Street Pocket Park in Warren offers a large chess board crafted with the labor and creativity of volunteers in the spirit of fellowship…

Leadership gathering is successful
Neighborhood SUCCESS and Leadership, a program of the Raymond John Wean Foundation, recently hosted Getting to Know You events in downtown Youngstown and Warren. More than 50 resident community leaders, partners and staff attended to encourage each other to make a difference in their neighborhoods and to explore opportunities available through…

Wean Event Focuses on Leadership
Over 50 resident community leaders, partners and staff gathered recently for ”Getting to Know You” events held in Warren and Youngstown for the Raymond John Wean Foundation’s Neighborhood SUCCESS and Leadership program. The events, designed to encourage those making a difference in their neighborhoods…

Wean Foundation hosts session in Warren
Neighborhood Success and Leadership, a program of The Raymond John Wean Foundation, has been holding “Getting to Know You” events this summer with the next to be held Tuesday in Warren. Jennifer Roller, president of Wean Foundation, said the…

Success, Leadership open house Tuesday 
The Raymond J. Wean Foundation’s Neighborhood SUCCESS and Leadership program will have an open house titled “Getting to Know You-Warren” from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 147 W. Market St. Call 330-394-5600 for information. The open house enables the Wean staff, 2014 Emerging Leaders and Resident Council members to meet with residents to share opportunities available through the program, said Jennifer…

Wean Foundation to hold open house
The Neighborhood SUCCESS and Leadership Program of The Raymond John Wean Foundation, will hold its second of two open houses from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Western Reserve Room at the foundation’s headquarters, 147 W. Market St., in downtown Warren. Entitled, “Getting to Know You…

Scholarships Awarded through College Access Program 
Warren G. Harding graduate William Anastasiadis has a love for science. He talks about learning everything he can about the natural world in a way that will ultimately help others. Anastasiadis will get a chance to pursue his dreams and begin his education at Baldwin Wallace University with the help of a scholarship through the Mahoning Valley College Access Program (MVCAP). Thirty-one $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Valley…

June 2014

Education Group Earns Grants for Collaboration 
Eastern Ohio Education Partnership was recently awarded $165,000 from The Raymond John Wean Foundation ($125,000 over two years), The Youngstown Foundation ($25,000), the Frank & Pearl Gelbman Foundation ($10,000) and the Ward Beecher Foundation ($5,000) to support its collective impact model. With the support of these foundations…

Freedom School Focuses on Literacy, Civil Rights
It wasn’t a conversation normally heard on the first day of school, but Summer Freedom School doesn’t aim to be a typical summer school. As Donielle Lisbon, an Youngstown State University education intern from Struthers, led a discussion about the impact of Negro leagues baseball on the Civil Rights Movement, the hands…

Education Partnership Gets Grants from 4 Foundations
The Eastern Ohio Education Partnership has been awarded grants from four foundations to support its collective impact model. The model analyzes data to identify education programs doing “great work” and organizes the individuals doing such work to create and measure…

Wean Foundation Awards $175K in grants
The Raymond John Wean Foundation of Warren recently gave a combined $175,000 in grants to three community groups. The organizations are:  Eastern Ohio Education Partnership: $125,000 over two years to support organizing activities…

Wean Foundation awards $175,000 in grantsAt its June board meeting, the Raymond John Wean Foundation announced $175,000 in grants to Eastern Ohio Education Partnership, Power of the Arts, and Tabernacle Baptist Church, three groups operating within the community. According to a Wean Foundation release, Eastern Ohio Education Partnership was awarded a $125,000 grant…

3 Groups Share $175K Wean Foundation Grants
The Raymond John Wean Foundation has given $175,000 in grants to three community groups, Eastern Ohio Education Partnership, Power of the Arts and Tabernacle Baptist Church, the president of the foundation, Jennifer Roller, announced Thursday. Eastern Ohio Education Partnership was awarded $125,000, disbursed over two years…

A Work of Art
Trumbull Art Gallery is nearing the finish line. Director Pat Galgozy still wasn’t sure earlier this week whether TAG Summerfest classes, which start Monday, would be held at the gallery’s new home at 156-160 N. Park Ave., Warren, on Courthouse Square or whether they will have to start next door…

Bru built it, and they came
Say to someone, “If you build it,” and millions worldwide will answer, “They will come.” It’s from Kevin Costner’s fictional “Field of Dreams” — a film testament to faith in tradition and value in relationships past and present. Bru (officially Brunilda) Turner has a sports passion also built around tradition and relationships, but it’s golf. And she’s building her field of dreams. And they have come…

422 Corridor plan unveiled
An ambitious development plan to spur industry and stabilize neighborhoods along the U.S. Route 422 corridor was unveiled Friday by the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., in cooperation with the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber and the Trumbull County commissioners. With Vallourec Star in Girard as a…

Sad goodby, helpful hello
While we’re sad to see one of the few remaining staples in downtown Warren – Mickey’s Army-Navy Store – close, the opportunities created by the new occupant of the Main Avenue building is pretty exciting. Eastern Gateway Community College’s partner…

May 2014

Staff changes at Wean Foundation
The Raymond John Wean Foundation has made changes in its staffing. Beverly-Ann Burks joins the foundation as program officer for resident engagement. She is responsible for developing productive, positive relationships with partners aligned with the foundation’s work.  New officer manager is Joette Orsini, responsible for organizing…

Wean Foundation names new officers to lead organization
With Jennifer Roller named the president of the Raymond John Wean Foundation last month, the nonprofit is making other staff additions and changes. The reorganization streamlines operations and strengthens the Foundation’s core commitment to its five issue priorities: early childhood (0-5), educational opportunity, economic opportunity, community

Wean Foundation Announces Staff Changes
The Raymond John Wean Foundation today announced several staff additions and changes. The reorganization streamlines operations and strengthens the foundation’s core commitment to its five issue priorities: early childhood (0-5), educational opportunity, economic opportunity, community…

Franklin touts city successes in speech
Mayor Doug Franklin highlighted the $10 million in capital improvements coming to city buildings and roads this year, the attraction of an employer and the increased vitality of Warren’s downtown during his third State of the City address. The remarks, given Wednesday in city council chambers, mentioned the bond issue Franklin proposed…

Pittsburgh nonprofit lures expert from Youngstown – Gillespie will lead Neighborhood Allies
Youngstown’s population will take another hit when Presley Gillespie and his family move to Pittsburgh this spring. The 47-year-old founding director of the Ohio city’s Neighborhood Development Corp., which has been nationally cited for its revitalization work…

Wean officer named president
The word ”interim” has been removed from the front of Mahoning Valley native Jennifer Roller’s name. She is president of the Raymond John Wean Foundation. Roller has been with the Foundation since 2007, serving as program officer and most recently as vice president and acting president. She has worked…

April 2014

Jennifer Roller Named President of Wean Foundation
Directors of The Raymond John Wean Foundation have elected Jennifer Roller as the next president effective immediately, the foundation announced Tuesday. She has been with the Foundation since 2007, serving most recently as vice president and acting president. Since joining the Foundation, Roller…

Jennifer Roller Named President of Wean Foundation
Mahoning Valley resident Jennifer Roller is the new president of the Raymond John Wean Foundation. The Wean Foundation’s board of directors named Roller, 46, of Youngstown to the top position effective at its meeting March 5. She previously was the Foundation’s …

Record turnout for summit
Current and prospective business owners from around the Mahoning Valley gathered in downtown Warren on Monday for the third annual Minority Business Summit. According to event organizer Kisha Jackson, the attendance for this year at the Raymond John Wean Foundation at least doubled…

Project to use responses of Warren parents, students to create more programs
A survey of Warren students and parents showed a great desire for swimming, greater use of school recreational facilities and the need for financial literacy education. The survey results, released to the public Thursday at Warren G. Harding High School, are part of a Wean Foundation-funded project called We Are Warren…

Quilts From The Heart
Quilts from the Heart received a $5,000 grant from Neighborhood SUCCESS and Leadership, a Program of The Raymond John Wean Foundation, so that the club is able to continue the mission of making quilts for any traumatized child. The group also received…

Oak Hill Collaborative Makes a Difference
Corrine DeCesare spent a year working along with her father in the oil fields throughout the Midwest. Then, just more than a year ago, she decided to trade that life for a business of her own, one inspired by her faith. Today, DeCesare runs a seamstress and clothing line…

March 2014

Wean Foundation Announces 2014 Capacity Building Events
The Raymond John Wean Foundation has announced its 2014 calendar of Capacity Building Events available to all nonprofit organizations in the Mahoning Valley. The events are designed to respond to community interests of the Mahoning Valley as well…

Trumbull officials celebrate getting more than minimum of demo money
Matt Martin, executive director of Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, says the $3.2 million the Ohio Housing Finance Agency awarded to the Trumbull County Land Bank last month will allow the county to knock down 250 more of its most-blighted homes. That’s on top of the 500 demolitions…

Recipients are Eastern Gateway Community College/Policy Matters Ohio
At its March meeting, the Raymond John Wean Foundation approved funding for $65,000 in grants to two community initiatives, Eastern Gateway Community College and Policy Matters Ohio, in support of educational and economic…

Wean Foundation gives $65,000 in grants
The Raymond John Wean Foundation will provide $65,000 in grants to Eastern Gateway Community College and Policy Matters Ohio to support educational and economic opportunity in Trumbull and Mahoning counties.  Eastern Gateway has been awarded $50,000…

Government use of vacated buildings good
Usually I agree with the Tribune Chronicle’s insights, but not with the editorial “Warren hurt by government property grab” published Feb. 21, 2014.  The main reasons why government (county, city, schools) acquired these downtown properties…

February 2014

Wean Foundation gives nearly $100K in grants
The Raymond John Wean Foundation recently awarded nearly $100,000 in grants to 27 grass-roots community organizations and student-led groups in Warren and Youngstown under its Neighborhood SUCCESS and Leadership Program. The program consists of two distinct…

Wean Foundation Awards $100K to 27 Organizations
The Raymond John Wean Foundation has awarded nearly $100,000 in grants to 27 grassroots community organizations and student-led groups in Youngstown and Warren, Acting President Jennifer Roller announced Thursday. The grants range…

January 2014

Most Building a better U.S. 422 – Residents, officials weigh in on ideas for improvement
As possible plans and strategies for the state Route 422 corridor redevelopment plan began coming to light Tuesday night, residents and county officials displayed cautious optimism with the findings. Philadelphia-based Interface Studio held the public meeting…

Intriguing: Big Jim London Has Big Impact
James London stands six-foot-six and weighs 348 pounds, so his nickname, “Big Jim,” is no misnomer. And to the residents of the South Side Youngstown neighborhood where he makes his home, what he’s accomplished far exceeds his physical size. Nearly eight years after he moved to the Idora neighborhood…

Join revitalization of Warren neighborhood
I am so happy that the houses are finally coming down, with the Moving Ohio Forward Grant money from the state of Ohio. I want to personally thank the M&M demolition and landscaping company, special shout out to Flip and Dante, the excavating crane operators and the entire crew. I watched…

Warren makes prudent move to improve delivery of services
A popular drugstore chain in the Mahoning Valley, Ohio and 41 other states touts Convenience, Value and Service in the initials that form its name. Warren city leaders could very easily apply those same attributes to its recent $2.5 million purchase of the Gibson Building in downtown Warren where several city departments…

December 2013

We Are Warren hopes to build on small summer recreation program
Paul Trina, Warren schools athletic director, is among a group of people who wanted to bring back something they remember from their childhoods in Warren: an organized recreation program for all children. In the 1970s, Warren had 12 elementary schools — and each one competed against the others in sports, and did arts and crafts. The program, at one time run by Warren schools…

New program targets Warren youth
A community-wide initiative was announced Thursday morning in Warren that will help make a difference in the lives of the city’s youth. “We Are Warren” is a collaborative movement focused on planning a strategy for delivering recreation, education and leadership development services…

‘We Are Warren’ Wants to Hear Residents’ Voices
Mayor Doug Franklin, schools Superintendent Michael Notar, Jennifer Roller and Deryck Toles want residents of this city to speak up and tell them how to further improve the quality of life in this city. The four formally kicked off the “We Are Warren” initiative…

“We Are Warren” campaign calls for public input
Planning is underway for a community-wide campaign called “We are Warren”.  The city’s initiative would host programs for the city’s young men and women. The Raymond John Wean Foundation, Inspiring Minds, city hall and the school district are developing…

‘We Are Warren’ to focus on future of youth
Launching a campaign to get young people involved in creating a better community, Inspiring Minds and the Wean Foundation are putting together “We Are Warren,” what they call an effort to help area youths discover and achieve their hopes. The Wean Foundation is providing a $30,000 grant…

Wean Foundation extends its support of three strategic partners
The Raymond John Wean Foundation will continue to support three “strategic partners” with $950,000 in new grants for 2014. The money will go to the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. and Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership. The groups will receive continued support…

Wean Awards $950K to 3 Community Organizations
The Raymond John Wean Foundation has awarded $950,000 in new grants to three of their “strategic partners”  in the Mahoning Valley. The organizations — the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. and Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership…

Wean awards nearly $1 million in grants
The Wean Foundation on Thursday announced $950,000 in grants that will be split among three organizations. The Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative will get $400,000, which will help support their development of healthy neighborhoods and sustainable change. The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation will receive $350,000, which will go to…

Boulevard Park Block Watch will have a sign lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday
The Boulevard Park Block Watch will have a sign lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the corner of Midlothian and Euclid boulevards. The block watch on the city’s upper South Side received $4,180…

October 2013

Youngstown Native Named Acting President of Wean Foundation
Jennifer Roller, a Youngstown native, is acting president of the Raymond John Wean Foundation. The Foundation is not engaged in an active search to fill the position of president on a permanent basis. Instead, it is “pausing to assess its options,” officials said. Her appointment was effective Oct. 7…

September 2013

Wean invested $1.25 million in YNDC efforts
The Raymond John Wean Foundation is one of 10 recipients of the Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in partnership with the Council on Foundations. The award recognizes the foundation…

Wean Foundation wins National Honor
The Raymond John Wean Foundation has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. The award, offered in partnership with…

Wean Foundation Honored for Efforts in Youngstown
The Raymond John Wean Foundation has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in partnership with the Council on Foundations, as one of 10 recipients of the Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. The award honors philanthropic…

Nonprofit Summit Told Sector’s Influence Growing
The nonprofit sector has the potential to supplant business and government as the dominant sector in society, predicts the editor of a magazine covering the sector. “We’re in a very exciting time in the nonprofit sector. I fully expect…

Speaker:  Nonprofits can dominate future economy 
A national expert in the field said nonprofit organizations have a chance to dominate the local and national economy, over business and government, within two decades. The sector of the economy that engages…

Philanthropy’s Promise Marks 2nd Year
Foundations representing nearly $3.76 billion in annual giving are signed on to Philanthropy’s Promise, a national effort to prioritize the needs of and empower low-income people, communities of color, the elderly and other underserved populations…

Nonprofits attend Summit
A Summit for nonprofit organizations was held on Thursday at Youngstown State University.  The program was part  of the annual Raymond John Wean Foundation Summit. More than 300…

Over 325 nonprofit groups to meet at YSU
Representatives from over 325 nonprofit organizations will gather at Youngstown State University on Thursday.  The collaboration is a part of The Raymond John Wean Foundation’s…

Wean Foundation distributes $160,225 to 3 organizations
The Raymond John Wean Foundation awarded grants totaling $160,225 to three local organizations:  JA Worldwide, Mahoning Valley College Access Program and Youngstown City Scape.  The awards…

July 2013

Butterfly Festival at Southside Community Garden
The event is sponsored by the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., the Wean Foundation and Grow Youngstown. Guests are invited to feed and watch for…

Garden produce helps feed the Hungry
DePiore Hlebovy wrote the grant that made the Dorothy Day House a recipient of a $4600 Neighborhood Success Grant from the Raymond John Wean Foundation…

June 2013

Youngstown spends $1M-plus on studies, largely unused
The highly touted Youngstown 2010 Citywide … Development and the Raymond John Wean Foundation each giving $50000…

Youngstown News, Raymond J. Wean Foundation awards $112K
WARREN — The Raymond John Wean Foundation awarded $112,500 in grants to three local organizations: Community Solutions Association, Power of The…

50 Youngstown kids have chance for free Camp Experience
The Summer Educational Enrichment Program was made possible by the Raymond John Wean Foundation, the Young Philanthropist Fund and the Youngstown Community…

Youngstown Takes Pride
Kim Akins, a board member of Pride Youngstown, said that they are a non-profit organization funded by the Raymond John Wean Foundation…

CAYL Insitute – The CAYL Raymond John Wean Principals
The CAYL Raymond John Wean Principals Scholars Project is a learning community for elementary school Principals in Mahoning and Trumbull…

Youngstown News Wean Foundation to present Research Findings
Youngstown local news, classifieds, jobs, homes, cars, discussions, contests Youngtown Warren Ohio…

PALO Creative Adds Wean Foundation to Client List
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Raymond John Wean Foundation is among 11 new clients that PALO Creative reports it recently added to its roster. Palo will…

May 2013

Wean Building Wins Award
By WKBN Staff Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 1:39 pm The Raymond Jean Wean Foundation building in Warren was awarded as the best commercial…

Heritage Ohio Honors Wean Foundation Building
WARREN, Ohio — The Market Block Building, 147 W. Market St., home of The Raymond John Wean Foundation, has been recognized with the Best Commercial…

April 2013

Bridges expands their Support
The Raymond John Wean Foundation awarded the student group $3000 last year. Another $500 is in the pipeline from the Community Foundation of Western PA and…

New Perspectives offered at Warren Shale Forum
The conference is taking place at the Raymond John Wean Foundation on West Market Street. The conference kicked off Friday and will continue today…

Wean Foundation Earns Praise
This is especially true by the continued generosity of the Wean Foundation. The foundation’s continued focus in our area is noteworthy…

Franklin gives State of City
WARREN – Even in the face of a slow economy, Warren Mayor Doug Franklin expressed … elsewhere,” Franklin said at the Raymond John Wean Foundation…

Wean Foundation Releases Capacity-Building Schedule
WARREN, Ohio — The Raymond John Wean Foundation Tuesday released its 2013 calendar of capacity-building events. It is available to all nonprofit…

Program Assists Non-Profits
The Wean Foundation hosted the Capacity Building Event Tuesday in Warren with 60 non-profit organizations from the area. The program is the second in a…

March 2013

Wean Foundation Makes First Grants in New Program
WARREN, Ohio —- The Raymond John Wean Foundation has awarded 30 grants that total almost $110,000 under its Neighborhood Success and Leadership…

Wean Foundation hands out grants
WARREN – The Raymond John Wean Foundation presented nearly $110000 in grants to nine Trumbull area and 21 Youngstown area charities under its Neighborhood…

Grant to help the Disabled
The grant is through a program of the Raymond John Wean Foundation and helps those under-served in the community through employment, education and…

Wean Foundation awards over $100,000 in Neighborhood
The Raymond John Wean Foundation has awarded 30 grants totaling almost $110,000 under its Neighborhood SUCCESS and Leadership Program…

Wean Foundation Awards More Than $100,000 in Grants
The Raymond John Wean Foundation has restructured its community and neighborhood success grant programs to cultivate leaders and engage residents in…

Wean Foundation hands out grants – Tribune Chronicle
WARREN – The Raymond John Wean Foundation presented nearly $110000 in grants to nine Trumbull area and 21 Youngstown area charities under its…

Varying amounts were distributed under its revamped Neighborhood
By William K. Alcorn The Raymond John Wean Foundation has awarded 30 grants totaling almost $110000 under its Neighborhood SUCCESS and Leadership Program…

Community organizations awarded by Wean Foundation
The Raymond John Wean Foundation awarded more than $712000 to the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative, Youngstown Neighborhood Association and the…

Wean Foundation awards $837,500 TribTodaycom News Sports Jobs
WARREN Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership is one of eight organizations receiving money from the Raymond John Wean Foundation for its work improving…

Youngstown News, Wean Foundation distributes $837,500
The Raymond John Wean Foundation has awarded $837,500 in grants to eight organizations in the Mahoning Valley, including $712,500 to three groups under…

February 2013

Wean Foundation hands out grants
WARREN – The Raymond John Wean Foundation presented nearly $110000 in grants to nine Trumbull area and 21 Youngstown area charities under its Neighborhood…

Wean Foundation awards more than $100,000 in Grants
The Raymond John Wean Foundation has restructured its community and neighborhood success grant programs to cultivate leaders and engage residents in…

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