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FirstEnergy Foundation Awards $5,000 Grant to YNDC

Monday, November 18, 2019

On Monday, November 18, the FirstEnergy Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to YNDC for Corridor Improvement Corps. The Corridor Improvement Corps is a comprehensive revitalization strategy aimed at improving public health, safety, and quality of life for residents by leveraging community volunteers to complete physical improvements to Youngstown’s neighborhood corridors. These improvements will include 1) cleaning and clearing trash and overgrowth from vacant lots and buildings, 2) planting hearty urban trees, 3) installing landscape fencing, 4) cleaning up and replacing unsafe sidewalks, and 5) improving corridor lighting and signage around public spaces and corridor businesses. When applied systematically, these improvements will restore a basic sense of order to Youngstown’s corridors and will result in sustainable improvements to the safety and quality of life for Youngstown’s residents. Over time, they will continue to foster an environment that encourages reinvestment and economic opportunity for Youngstown’s residents and transforms corridors into welcoming gateways to our city. Corridor Improvement Corps will continue to engage many partners in cleanup and volunteer workday projects, including the City of Youngstown, corridor businesses, churches, stakeholders, and residents. Many thanks to the First Energy Foundation for the support!