WKBN Features Friends for Neighborhood SUCCESS Grant Program

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Resident Council Members for the Raymond John Wean Foundation

Sara Smith, who serves on the Raymond John Wean Foundation as a Resident Council member, was asked by the Foundation to be interviewed by WKBN regarding the Neighborhood SUCCESS Grant which is open to applicants again this year. The grants range from $500 to $5,000 to support grassroots projects in Warren and Youngstown.

Friends of the Mahoning River has been a recipient of this grant for the last two years. This grant supplies Friends with their efforts to put on their annual RiverFest, on the first Saturday of June each year. During the interview, Sara spoke of the support system that that Foundation offers.

She was quoted as saying, “The most important thing the Wean Foundation did for us was to give us confidence in ourselves.”

In the WKBN feature, there were several views of the Mahoning River and the Trumbull Canoe Trails Club giving free canoe and kayak rides. The article and video were broadcast on October 24.

Assistance for Grant Applicants

Sara Smith has also volunteered to be at the Foundation on December 10, 2016 and January 7, 2017 to assist grant seekers in completing an application for the Neighborhood SUCCESS Program. Youngstown and Warren non-profit groups are able to request $500 to $5,000 to support community projects.

$1.3 Million has been given to more than 400 projects and programs in the categories of: Community Revitalization, Economic and Educational Opportunities and Public Service leadership. These are grassroots projects where an idea is taken in its infancy and given resolution within a one-year period of time. To learn more, visit the foundation website.