Changes coming to United Way

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Bob Hannon, president of the Youngstown and Mahoning Valley United Way, was one of the speakers at the Regional Chamber’s “Good Morning Youngstown” breakfast on Friday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Social Hall.

Hannon announced the agency will be making some changes this year to better impact the community. He would not be specific, but said it has to do with how the United Way funds the 34 agencies that it currently supports with money.

Some of those agencies will no longer be getting United Way funds because the plan is to focus more on problem areas. Hannon said about a third of the 1,200 United Ways nationwide are currently making this transition, and another 400 or so are already on board.

“In the past, our United Way has been for the most part a fundraiser that distributes money to agencies and programs. Part of our change is we want to be part of an organization that is funding programs that create sustainable, long-lasting change in the community. So we are shifting our business model a bit,” Hannon said.

He would not be specific on which agencies would be eliminated or what the focus areas will be. That announcement will come this summer.

Hannon also acknowledged a successful campaign last year, with the Youngstown and Mahoning Valley United Way raising more than $2.5 million.

The agency is getting ready for a sold-out fundraiser event in April. The Lake Club will host golfers Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam.

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