ACTION Fundraiser Banquet Set Thursday

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The Alliance for Congregational Transformation Influencing Our Neighborhoods, or ACTION, will hold its 11th annual fundraising banquet at 5 p.m. Thursday at St. Luke’s banquet hall in Boardman.

The guest speaker will be Mahoning County Juvenile Court Judge Theresa Dellick, who will speak about “Working Together for a Safer Community.” Honorees this year are the Mahoning County Chiefs of Police and Habitat for Humanity and its director, Monica Craven.

Fr. Ed Noga, pastor of St. Patrick Church in Youngstown and vice president of ACTION, said the local organization is part of a national faith-based organizing group that provides the local organization with lots of training on “one-on-ones.” He said the training is aimed at getting people to understand community issues and come up with a plan of action to solve them.

“For my congregation, it’s the most deliberate, regular contact we have with people of other faiths and other denominations. The national network only comes into the community if we commit to having urban and suburban churches and synagogues involved,'” Noga said.

He said ACTION, which was founded in Youngstown in 2001 and currently has 17 member institutions, was heavily involved in the passage of the Youngstown City Schools bond issue. He said members visited 7,500 homes to drum up support for the issue.

Fr. Noga said the organization is currently working with the city of Youngstown on housing demolitions because there have been some changes in the law that allow organizations such as ACTION to pull together funding to pay for demolitions done through the city. The group has funded the demolition of two abandoned homes so far.

Judge Dellick said she is not a member of ACTION, but she has worked with them on issues and “welcomes their input and support.”

Tickets for the banquet cost $35 each or $260 for a table of eight. For more information, 330-782-7433.

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