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BUSINESS UPDATES | Oak Hill Collaborative receives $20K grant from Youngstown Foundation

Also among today's business updates: Boardman Civic Association; Mercy Health; Jewish Family & Community Services; HeyDay Health; and American Red Cross of Greater Akron and the Mahoning Valley.

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant to the Oak Hill Collaborative for its Digital Advantage Initiative. 

“We are very grateful for the ongoing support from The Youngstown Foundation, which enables us to continue our mission of bridging the digital divide by assisting Mahoning Valley residents in signing up for reduced internet bills, discounted computer equipment and free classes,” Pat Kerrigan, executive director of the Oak Hill Collaborative, said in a news release. 

“Today, meaningful access to the internet is a basic human right, and Oak Hill Collaborative is a critical community partner in this effort,” Lynnette Forde, president of The Youngstown Foundation, said.

Boardman Civic Association awards dinner set for Monday

BOARDMAN — The Boardman Civic Association will recognize Community Award winners at its annual dinner Monday at the Lariccia Family Community Center in Boardman Park.

The event is open to the public. Doors will open at 5 p.m. The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the presentation of the awards. Dinner is included in Boardman Civic Association members’ dues. The cost is $15 for nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased here.

This year’s award winners are:

  • Citizen of the Year: Judge Joseph Houser;
  • Business Person of the Year: John Kufleitner, Kufleitner Auto Group;
  • Community Service Award: Boardman Community Baseball;
  • New Buildings Awards: Valley View Investors LLC and The Parikh Network;
  • Refurbished Building Award: Sweeney Buick GMC.

Mercy Health to partner with Guild Education

YOUNGSTOWN — Mercy Health will collaborate with Guild Education to offer an education program to eligible Mercy Health associates.

Mercy Health will pay 100% of all part- and full-time associates’ tuition and fees for select clinical pathways, including nursing, medical assistant and laboratory programs. Associates are eligible on Day One of employment. Additionally, the new education program will cover tuition assistance and tuition reimbursement for 115 academic programs, undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and nursing degrees.

“We are committed to providing career growth to our associates as they serve our patients,” Dr. John Luellen, president of Mercy Health-Youngstown, said in a news release. “Our collaboration with Guild will open many doors for our associates, enabling them to realize their career aspirations and enhancing their ability to care for our communities.”

For more information about the program, click here.

Jewish Family & Community Services partnering with HeyDay Health

YOUNGSTOWN — Jewish Family & Community Services is partnering with HeyDay Health to provide access to health care for individuals on Medicare.

Dr. Nupur Mehta and his team are offering in-home visits and will also be available by appointment at JFCS.

HeyDay Health offers in-home, phone and video primary care visits for adults on Medicare and Medicare Advantage in the Mahoning Valley.

For more information, contact Lynne Azar at 330-746-7929, ext. 199.

Bernett Williams named 2022 H. Peter Burg award recipient

AKRON — Bernett L. Williams, vice president of External Affairs at Akron Children’s Hospital, has been named the recipient of the 2022 H. Peter Burg Community Leadership Award.

Williams was selected by a committee of past award winners and will receive the honor during the 26th annual Acts of Courage Awards on March 3, 2022.

The American Red Cross of Greater Akron and the Mahoning Valley presents the H. Peter Burg Award each year to one or more individuals who best exemplify leadership in the community, compassion for its people and dedication to the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross.

Williams joined Akron Children's leadership team in 2010. In her role as vice president of External Affairs, she advocates for the hospital on federal and state levels. Additionally, she facilitates the hospital's partnership with Akron Public Schools for the Akron Children's Hospital Academy of Health and Human Services at North High School. Williams also oversees the Bridges Out of Poverty Program at Akron Children's.

Williams has spent most of her professional career in the nonprofit sector. She joined the American Red Cross in 1990 and received several awards and promotions for her service. Her final position at the American Red cross was as assistant director of Blood Services for the Northern Ohio Region, an 18-county territory.

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