Volunteers work to repair youth center

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Local businesses teamed up to help a Youngstown youth organization in need of a new roof. Crews worked through the cold and rain Friday to get the job done.

When the Youngstown Police Athletic League was faced with having to move from its facility on Mahoning Avenue, Utility Workers Local 118 donated a building at 4140 Southern Boulevard to them. While the building was a wonderful gift, the structure was in need of repair and a new roof.

“We were having problems with leaking, and we couldn’t really do the work inside until the work on the outside was done,” said PAL Executive Director Edward Colon.

Greg D’Angelo with ABC Supply Company in Youngstown heard about the organization’s need and decided to take on the project.

“We donated the material through our vendors. We put together a team of roofing contractors to do this community service project,” said D’Angelo. “We got M&J Roofing. We’ve got Fabian Construction and we’ve got Home Depot all participating.”

Nine employees from the Boardman Home Depot worked on the outside of the building cleaning up and doing landscaping.

“I love to see people in Youngstown come together and do anything, especially for such a great cause as our youth,” said Buddy Colley, manager of Boardman Home Depot. “Our youth are our future, and they have to be here for it. We have to support these guys.”

Colon said he plans to start work on the interior of the building next and Home Depot is ready to help with that, too.

“Home Depot is coming back with a bigger crew, and we are going to do quite a bit of work on the inside.”

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