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What does it mean to be a member of a community?  For many, it simply means being there to support one another in good times and bad.  Whether it’s free job training at HopeCAT, fitness classes at the Lawrence County YMCA, or helping out our furry friends through the Animal Protection League, our region contains programs that help in giving people (or pets!) a hand up when needed.

The Community Foundation offers many different ways in which donors can have an impact on any aspect of community life.




A graduate from our class of 2020 relocated to Lawrence County due to a gulf coast hurricane. Living in a new city and uneducated, she earned her GED at CareerLink and was referred to our Medical Assistant program. She drove 45 minutes each way from Elwood City daily for 10 months, five days a week. She built meaningful relationships with her fellow students and excelled throughout the program. We helped her receive an externship placement for staffing the Emergency Room at Sharon Regional Medical Center. Our first extern received top marks and was hired upon completion – along with one of her classmates!

Once displaced, unemployed and uneducated, she is now caring for some of the most vulnerable people as a front-line worker in the midst of a global pandemic and recently passed her national certification exam.

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