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Fibus Family Foundation Awards $5,500 Grant to Neighborhood Cleanup Team

Friday, March 13, 2020

 On Friday, March 13, the Fibus Family Foundation awarded a $5,500 grant for YNDC’s Neighborhood Cleanup Team. The Neighborhood Cleanup Team is a coordinated effort that engages program staff, AmeriCorps national service participants, and community volunteers to address critical housing and safety issues in the neighborhoods of Youngstown, Ohio. This program involves three primary components: 1) cleaning up and boarding up abandoned properties to reduce crime and restore a basic sense of order and dignity to neighborhoods, 2) cleaning up, grading, and planting grass on overgrown vacant lots (where houses have been demolished) so that they can be sustainably maintained by YNDC or adjacent neighbors, and 3) demolishing collapsing or failing detached garages which present serious safety hazards for children and families in need.  All aspects of the program align with priorities set forth in resident-driven neighborhood plans and are activities that address unmet needs in Youngstown’s neighborhoods. Many thanks to the Fibus Family Foundation for the support!