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Volunteers Will Clean Up 21 Vacant Homes on the City's North Side - The Vindicator


The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley’s 17th Annual Day of Caring, sponsored by NYO Property Group and Lowe’s, is Friday.

More than 550 individuals from local businesses and organizations will take part in the communitywide volunteer experience, many working on projects at United Way-affiliated nonprofit agencies.

The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley decided to take its Day of Caring to the next level and make a larger impact in the community by teaming up with the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. and Green Youngstown to revitalize a neighborhood on Youngstown’s North Side, said Robert Hannon, United Way president.

Hannon said about 275 of the registered volunteers will spend the day in a three-block area between Fifth and Ohio avenues focusing their efforts on 21 blighted homes that are located on Fairgreen, Lora and Norwood avenues. Volunteers will clean up debris and overgrown vegetation and board up vacant homes, he said.

YNDC is excited to join United Way and Youngstown for the Day of Caring, said Ian Beniston, YNDC executive director.

“This is a huge first step in implementing the Crandall Park Neighborhood Action Plan as we fight blight at 21 vacant homes,” Beniston said.

The volunteers will use R.U.B.Y. (Revitalization and Urban Beautification of Youngstown), a trailer that contains tools and supplies that can be borrowed for free for cleanup or beautification projects within the city.

At the Day of Caring breakfast at 8 a.m. Friday at the Covelli Centre, campaign co-chairmen Ed and Chris Muransky will announce the campaign goal. Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel will be the featured speaker.

At 9 a.m., the volunteers will start their projects.

Volunteers are assigned to projects at 17 nonprofit agencies, such as Potential Development, the YWCA and Neighborhood Ministries.

They will help with landscaping, cleanup and remodeling, and chaperone field trips.

Other Day of Caring sponsors are State Farm, AIM NationaLease, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, Dearing Compressor & Pump, Huntington Bank, Park Vista, Sam’s Club and Simon Roofing.

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