WKBN recognizes Caring for Our Community Day on Friday

WKBN employees worked with several organizations in the Valley throughout the day, including YNDC and the American Red Cross

WKBN will recognize Nexstar and WKBN's Caring for Our Community Day by helping out around the community.
WKBN's Matt Jones, Christina Mullen and Lauren Wood volunteered with the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation for Nexstar and WKBN's Caring for Our Community Day.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – WKBN recognized Nexstar’s Founders Day of Caring and WKBN’s Caring for Our Community Day by helping out around the community on Friday.

WKBN employees worked with the American Red Cross, Animal Charity, the Boys and Girls Club, the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation and Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley throughout the day.

Nexstar, WKBN’s parent company, includes stations from across the country — from New York, to Texas, to California — that are all committed to community service. This day of service is another way to give back to organizations across the nation.

The Boys and Girls Club

Volunteers are critical for the Boys and Girls Club of America to accomplish its mission of helping put young people on the path to better futures.

Those who volunteer can make a difference in the life of a child by helping with homework, coaching a game, teaching an art project, and more.

To get involved, visit the Boys and Girls Club of America’s website.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Video: Storm Team 27 Meteorologist Rich Morgan at the American Red Cross blood drive

The community was invited to stop by the WKBN station to donate blood. An air-conditioned bus is parked in the front parking lot of the station, where nurses will take donors inside to help save a life.

A newer, faster way of getting through the line to give blood can be set up online. Blood drive worker Crystal Rodgers says people can download the American Red Cross App or go to the American Red Cross’ website to get all of the necessary information.

Through the app, donors can schedule appointments, find donor locations and view their donor cards to access their vitals and past donation records.

Through the Red Cross website, a special Rapid Pass section allows donors to answer the questionnaire given to everyone before they donate blood. This way, when you go to donate blood, you won’t have to answer the questions there, you can either show a nurse a copy of your answers on your phone, or you could print them out and bring them with you. There is also a book available that gives information about donating blood.

Rodgers said using the Internet is the best way to donate blood to save time, but she still recommends giving yourself 45 minutes to an hour when donating.

Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation

Video: First News This Morning Anchor Lauren Wood at YNDC

WKBN 27 First News Anchor Lauren Wood, Reporter Christina Mullen and Meteorologist Matt Jones were out with YNDC on Wychwood Ave. in Youngstown, helping clear out a house.

About 10 volunteers were swinging hammers throughout the day, including Jaclyn Kessler, who enjoys working with YNDC because she says the group strives to make sure people have homes.

“I wanted to get involved because I am working on my Gold Award Project, which is the highest honor in Girl Scouts, and I wanted to get youth from different areas to come together and work on different projects,” she said.

YNDC’s Demo Day included tearing down the house’s kitchen, which will have brand new appliances for the family who buys the house.

Tiffany Sokol is the housing director for YNDC, she oversees projects and understands the importance of helping out the community.

“Our workdays are extremely vital to everything that we do with our housing program at YNDC. We’re able to get volunteers out here to do the demo work and get our houses prepped for our skilled construction laborers to come in and do the rehab work on these houses. It saves us a whole lot of time to have these houses prepped and ready to go by volunteers, and that allows us to get more houses done each year,” she said.

Anyone can take part in these work days. The next is coming up tomorrow in the Idora neighborhood, at 3726 Glennwood Ave. Work runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“We’re going to be landscaping the island on the intersection of Midlothian and Glenwood, and we’re also going to be landscaping that house again in preparation to sell that house to a new homeowner,” Sokol said.

For more information on this project, visit YNDC’s website.

Animal Charity

Video: WKBN volunteers at Animal Charity

WKBN volunteers also helped out at Animal Charity in Boardman.

Animal Charity Director Lisa Hall says days like today help them catch up on work that otherwise needs to be put on hold.

“The more volunteers we have, the more we can do … They took down all the weeds behind the building for us, which was very labor intensive, and now we have some volunteers cleaning up our front porch for us,” she said.

Volunteers also helped walk dogs and socialize with cats at the shelter.

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