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SOTUS PROGRAM - Mary Ellen Sotus believed that it was hard enough for a young single mother/woman to achieve a secondary education without having to work multiple part time jobs to make ends meet while in school. Mrs. Sotus established the Sotus Foundation in to help pay for living expenses for Lawrence County women who are in school, thus ensuring that they have more time to focus on their studies.

LIFT PROGRAM - Lifting Individuals For the Trades provides direct support to local residents that are interested in improving their prospects through a career in the trades. Support is available to pay for everyday expenses in order to improve students' chances of finishing their education and securing local employment.

SCHOLARSHIPS - The Community Foundation offers over 200 scholarships every year to local seniors in order to help pay for their college tuition. These competitive scholarships amount to over $500,000 in assistance every year. For more information, visit the Scholarships page.

FREEDOM WARRIOR PROGRAM - Our local veterans put their lives on the line to protect our freedom and way of life, the least we can do is be there for them when they need a little help after leaving the military. Open to veterans residing in Mercer, Lawrence, Trumbull, and Mahoning Counties, this program provides one time grants to help with unexpected expenses.

ECHO PROGRAM - Families of graduates from Brookfield High School can apply for direct assistance to pay unexpected expenses.

ADRIENNE'S ARMY - After Adrienne Litman Toth passed away of cancer in 2015, her family and community came together to establish a foundation in her name that eases the financial burden that families in the Shenango Valley face while battling this disease. A greater sense of normalcy will in turn help to provide an environment where individuals may focus on healing.

PINK ANGELS - Greenville is blessed to have angels that provide financial assistance to those that are battling cancer. This assistance helps to pay for the unexpected items, such as hotel stays and increased gasoline usage, that come along with an individual beating this disease.

LYDIA'S LOVE MOMENTS - Congenital heart disease among newborns is something for which no new parent is prepared. The committed group behind this program ensures that families can have the little things taken care of while their new member of the family battles to get better.

FILLING IN THE GAPS - Established by the Lawrence Community Foundation, this program assists Lawrence County foster children by providing them with the every day items, such as toothpaste and shampoo, that will bring a little bit of normalcy to their lives.

STUDENTS FOR CHARITY - Established by local entrepreneur Jim Winner, this program will match the dollars raised by any organized Students for Charity fundraiser held by students in a Mercer or Lawrence County high school.

SHOE OUR CHILDREN - Back to school season provides an opportunity for this program to ensure that Mercer County children have the correct footwear to make it through the school year.

PATCHWORK FOUNDATION - This program not only helps to ensure that the elderly of Northern Trumbull County receive the basic care necessary to stay healthy, but also that no Badger Elementary School student goes hungry over the weekend.

SMALL TOWN NEIGHBORS - Northern Trumbull County winters can be especially brutal, made even worse when a child does not have a winter coat, gloves, and boots. Thanks to this program students in the Badger school district receive these essential items.

COMMUNITY EVENTS LLC - The Community Foundation has established an affiliate that specializes in helping any group that would like to fundraise and improve the lives of others throughout our region.


For more information on any of the above, please e-mail Deb Groover.

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