Wean Foundation showcases grant recipients


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – 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 an intentional focus on encouraging, cultivating and supporting resident engagement and leadership development.

“That there is some element of collaborative involvement, so it’s just not one or two people doing something. They are involving the residents around them or the neighborhood groups around them,” said Lori Wiebe, administrative and capacity building officer at the Wean Foundation.

The grants range from $500 to $5,000.

This year, the foundation received more than 60 applicants. Forty-three of those projects were accepted and will share the $143,000 in grant money.

This year’s recipients are:

  • 2017 Willard Lot C.A.B.L.E.: $5,000
  • 4 Square Block Watch New Beginning Neighborhood Beautification: $2,110
  • 6th Ward Citizens Coalition Community Mobilization Event Series: $3,100
  • Boulevard Park Block Watch Beautiful Boulevards of Rush and Euclid: $4,975
  • Central City Neighborhood Association Central City Unity Garden & Pocket Park: $4,507
  • Citizens Uniting Citizens Project Family Ties: $3,064
  • Community Volunteer Council Pantry Cooking 101: $1,630
  • Crandall Park North Neighborhood Association Crandall Park Improvement Project: $2,127
  • Dandee’s Lion of the Field Ministry Blossoming Dandies: $793
  • Earth Angel Farm Urban Farm Cooperative Project: $2,948
  • Economic Justice Team Bus Stop: $3,350
  • Friends of the Mahoning River 5th Annual Mahoning River Fest: $2,395
  • Friends of the Warren Heritage Center Black History Timeline: $1,058
  • Game Changers Leadership and Peer Mentoring Initiative 2016 Leadership Empowerment Day: $2,830
  • Garfield Community Garden All Ages Community Involvement: $2,900
  • Heart Reach Ministries, Inc. Adopt A Block Operation Restoration: $2,830
  • Historic Perkins Homestead Neighborhood Assoc. Perkins Rose Garden Revitalization: $4,069
  • Just Because Children’s Fun and Health Fair: $3,285
  • Lit Youngstown Youngstown Stories: $2,600
  • Mahoning Commons Association Mahoning Avenue Corridor Public Art Project: $4,740
  • Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past, The Sojourn to the Past: $5,000
  • Martin Luther Lutheran Church Hope for Newport Community Garden: $3,225
  • Neighborhood Ministries Rockford Health and Fitness: $4,000
  • Northeast Homeowners and Concerned Citizens Association McGuffey Road Neighborhood Pocket Park Beautification Project: $5,000
  • Pointview Children and Families Garden Dirt, till, watering systems, and shed: $3,430
  • Popcorn, Cookies, and Jazz (PC&J) PC&J Annual Afternoon in Crandall Park: $3,075
  • Quilts from the Heart Quilts from the Heart: $5,000
  • RCF Family Life Center “Portraits of Promise” Family Nights: $1,082
  • Robins Project, The Movies in the Community: Taking the theater into the Neighborhood of Warren: $5,000
  • Sewing Bank, The Mending The Community: $1,166
  • Southside Community Garden Yr. 5 – Butterfly and Garden Enhancement: $4,991
  • Southside Fine Arts Academy Groovin’ the City: $2,934
  • St. Patrick’s Church of Youngstown St. Pat’s Community Gardens & 4-H Oak Hill Clovers: $2,036
  • Stop One Place Help is Available, Inc. Assistance to the less fortunate of Trumbull County: $5,000
  • T.N.R. of Warren, Inc. Purrfect Solution to Community Cats Phase 2: $5,000
  • Taft School Area Block Watch Taft Wildflower/Pollinator Garden: $554
  • Upper North Heights Neighborhood Association Crandall Park Project 3: $1,515
  • Upton Association, The 4th Grade Ohio History Concentration on Warren: $3,810
  • Warren Interfaith Community Action Committee Interfaith Park Revitalization Project Phase One: $4,989
  • West Side Community Center Healthy Lifestyle Family Project 2016: $4,589
  • Youngstown Early College Expanding STEM education through inquiry learning with 3D-printing: $2,948
  • Youngstown Urban Minority Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Outreach Program, Inc. Martin Luther King After School Program: $3,475
  • YSUscape YSUscape Blight Club: $5,000

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