United Way prepares for Giving Tuesday, despite threat of donor loss due to GM announcement

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People across the globe and in the Valley will be taking part in Giving Tuesday.

It’s a holiday where people donate money to various non-profits to benefit those in need. Last year more than $274 Million were raised worldwide.

Charities like the United Way of the Mahoning Valley work for donations all year. They say every little bit helps.

“Giving Tuesday may not be as big for us as it is for some other non-profits. I think we’ll do well, I think it will be a good day for those in the Mahoning Valley. This is a very generous community,” said Bob Hannon of the United Way

The United Way focuses on success for children in need.

This Giving Tuesday they are raising money to get children brand new books through the Success after six program.

With the recent announcement of General Motors pulling the Chevy Cruze production from Lordstown, the United Way of Youngstown expects it to affect people’s ability to give.

They have already seen a decrease in the number of people able to give from GM Lordstown since the recent shift cuts. Which the President of the United Way says was a sign they would lose their biggest donor and has been preparing for it.

“Good thing for our United Way is that I think we have found other revenue streams. We’ve tapped into larger corporate gifts grant opportunities. So, while this is a big hit for us it’s not going to close us or cause us a major concern,” Hannon said.

He says this will cost them about 100,000 in donations.

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