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The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley’s 21st annual Day of Caring is set to welcome a record 1,000 volunteers from 90 local businesses and organizations.

While land contracts can be an alternative route to homeownership for people without access to traditional mortgages, the terms often lead to more community destabilization in areas already weakened by the foreclosure crisis, according to researchers, attorneys, fair housing activists and other officials.

Activists demanding the city take efforts to protect residents from predatory land contracts took to Youngstown City Hall Tuesday to demand action.

The Raymond John Wean Foundation is celebrating 10 years of funding community projects in the Mahoning Valley.