Ep.55- United Way and Women United

The United Way may be a national organization, but their impact locally in the Valley cannot be understated.   Stacia Erdos of Mahoning Valley United Way & Sue Filipovich of Women United talk about the nuts and bolts of the United Way, their fundraising, barriers they’ve face this year, and where they’re head as they continue to do amazing things for our area. 

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Ep.54- Sharon Letson, Youngstown CityScape

Maybe you’ve gone downtown and noticed new landscaping along the street. Or there’s a feeling that downtown has a nice fresh look to it. Maybe you  found out something about the area you never knew before. Chances are Youngstown CityScape was behind it. This remarkable organization is led by Executive Director Sharon Letson, who swung by the studio to talk about their history, their initiatives, and a few of her favorite things about the Valley. 

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Ep.53- Renee Fuller, Mahoning Valley Second Harvest Food Bank

It may not be in plain sight, but every day thousands of families around the Valley struggle to put food on the table. Thankfully there are organizations like Second Harvest Food Bank of Mahoning Valley. Renee Fuller, Development Director of Second Harvest Food Bank, joined the podcast this week to talk about their history, their mission, and a little behind the scene look into the process to get food out to families in need. Loved hanging out with her and hearing her advice on different and creative ways we can give. 

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Ep.52- Kelli Catullo, Project MKC

Project MKC’s motto is “because all deserve to feel special,” and it’s something that truly drives those involved with it to make a difference, like outgoing President Kelli Catullo. From diaper drives to adopt a family during the holiday, this amazing organization is helping families across the Valley everyday. Listen to find out all about Project MKC and visit www.projectmkc.org to find out how you can help.  

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Ep.51- Jane MacMurchy, Animal Charity

Leading up to the holidays, we’re spotlighting some of the incredible non-profits in our area. First up is Jane MacMurchy and Animal Charity of Ohio. This organization is near and dear to our hearts, and the work they do to rescue animals and place them in homes around the Valley is simply inspiring. It takes special people to do this work and each and every person at Animal Charity is just that. You can find out more information and make a contribution at www.animalcharityofohio.org

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Ep.50- Derrick McDowell, Youngstown Flea

What does it mean to go all in on your vision? To visionary, entrepreneur, Youngstown evangelist, and now commercial property owner Derrick McDowell, it means making a difference and transforming a community. The Youngstown Flea has a new home and Derrick goes behind the scenes on the process that got it there… and he and his realtor may or may not take a few self-congratulatory moments. 

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Ep.49- Bryan Blakeman, Mayor of Columbiana

As you may have heard on this podcast, Columbiana is on fire and Mayor Bryan Blakeman is a big part of why. Vision, a willingness to take chances, transparency and collaboration are driving the city forward resulting in one of the hottest areas in the region. A great conversation enjoyed with some Modern Methods. 

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Ep.48- Jason Orzel, The Dusty Ball Bag

The Dusty Ball Bag – there’s really not much else to say here, so we suggest you listen to this week’s podcast to hear how owner Jason Orzel came up with the awesome name and put his DIY skills to work to create the ultimate backyard experience in Poland. Shout out to guest co-host Ellie Platt of Platt Insurance. Recorded over some cold ones from Modern Methods. 

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Ep.47- Hannah Ferguson, Brewer and Vintner

Hannah Ferguson – Brewer at Modern Methods, Founder of the DOPE Brand, and vintner is this week’s guest. Through her multiple roles, Hannah has a driver seat view into all that’s happening in the Valley and the role the craft beer scene is playing. 

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Ep.46- Brock Beatty, Numbers Brewing Co.

Take a drive down Rt. 11 and stop in the picturesque small town of Lisbon, and that’s where you’ll find Numbers Brewery. Where’s the name come from and how’d they get started? Why Lisbon? What’s with the out of order numbered menu? Co-founder Brock Beatty spills the beans on this week’s podcast, where he joined Lisa Resnick to talk all that, the amazing collaboration between brewers in the region and where Numbers is headed. Plus, he reveals a few of his favorite go to spots on both sides of the Ohio River.

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