Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries recently received two grants through the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley. Goodwill was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Kennedy Family Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley. This grant will be used to provide support for the vocation rehabilitation services and programs that are currently not funded or under-funded. The funds will be used to pay wages, benefits, etc. of staff as well as other operating costs associated with providing services to individuals in sheltered/organizational employment and placement, and occupational health services. Goodwill also received a grant of $10,000 from the Western Reserve Health Foundation, a supporting organization of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley. The funds will be used to support Goodwill’s visual services program. As visual support services continue to grow, additional funding support is required. The grant will help to offset operational costs not currently covered by other funding sources. “The grant from the Western Reserve Health Foundation will help Goodwill to provide visual support services in our community. Radio Reading, preschool vision screening, social services for people who are blind or visually impaired, and the eyeglass program all provide needed services that can correct vision problems and/or maintain and create independence,” says Mike McBride, executive director of Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries.