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YWCA of Youngstown, Trumbull county announce merger

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

On this International Women's Day a major announcement from two organizations with more than 200 years of history in the Mahoning Valley.

The YWCA of Youngstown and the YWCA of Warren will merge and form the YWCA of the Mahoning Valley.

It's something they've been working on for two years.

They will still maintain two locations.  One in Youngstown and one in Warren.

According to President and CEO Leah Merritt, they really don't anticipate any major job loss.

But the merger means that YWCA Mahoning Valley will now have just one Board of Directors, and will be able to cut some administrative costs.

"The help will be in those overhead costs that we all must take on independently.  Everyone needs an audit, you need insurance coverage, you need those types of things to run your business.  And this way we will be able to combine some of those services and save in those areas economically," Merritt tells 21 News.

Those costs will include bookkeeping and property management.

However, the YWCA plans to always live up to its mission of helping women and children get the support they need to get back on their feet.

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