(Sept. 7, 2017, Warren, Ohio) – The Raymond John Wean Foundation, at its September Board of Directors meeting, awarded Community Investment grants totaling $345,000 to four grantees whose work is representative of the Foundation’s strategic priorities.

Grants from the Foundation’s responsive portfolio were made to:

Fresh Coast Communities for its Youngstown Green Infrastructure Community Education Program. Fresh Coast Communities is a nonprofit invested in redeveloping vacant and underutilized urban land to support neighborhood revitalization. Partnering with Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation and The Colony, the program will create a community education task force comprised of neighborhood leaders, trained in Green Infrastructure principles. The task force will, through public meetings, inform and educate residents, empowering them to exercise their voice in future infrastructure plans.

Mahoning Valley Manufacturers’ Foundation for Manufacturing Readiness 2.0, a two-year program that uses targeted recruitment and screening, job readiness training, technical training, supportive services, job placement and post-employment coaching for adults interested in entering the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing Readiness 2.0, with an emphasis on place-based hiring, expands the work of the initial Manufacturing Readiness program that has been in place since 2013.

REVITALIZE Home Mortgage in support of its REVITALIZE Home Mortgage Loan Fund. This investment will leverage other community resources in a regional effort to provide a two-county lending model for first-time homebuyers who are unable to access conventional banking products. Loans will be focused on homes identified and rehabilitated by Warren’s Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and Youngstown’s YNDC in support of neighborhood revitalization efforts across the Mahoning Valley.

The City Club of Cleveland to support the growth and sustainability of the City Club of the Mahoning Valley. The City Club of the Mahoning Valley’s mission is to “inform, connect, and motivate citizens to take action on issues relevant to our region and beyond.” Building on three 2016 pilot events in the Valley, all highly regarded and well-attended, operational support will develop 2017 programming and marketing strategies as well as establish a membership base.