Our Mission

Serious illness can wreak havoc on family life.  Caring for the ill demands endless time and energy.  Extra curricular activities of both children and parents can go by the wayside.  Academics can falter.  Family dinners become rushed events in the back of a car.   Birthdays and holiday celebrations go unplanned.

 

We are here to help. 

 

The Piggyback Foundation of Youngstown is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to maintaining normalcy for families experiencing life-threatening illness.   We provide funding, referrals, and volunteers to help with family's emotional needs - specifically those of the children.   For more information or to apply for services, please see the links below.

Kids Count
Kids Count

The Piggyback Foundation of Youngstown helps kids enroll in and maintain extracurricular activities like sports, art, or theatre.

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School Counts
School Counts

The Piggyback Foundation of Youngstown helps children maintain academic success through tutoring, counseling, and other necessary services

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Celebrations
Celebrations

The Piggyback Foundation of Youngstown helps provide planning, services and funding for special events like holidays and birthdays

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Kids Count
Kids Count

The Piggyback Foundation of Youngstown helps kids enroll in and maintain extracurricular activities like sports, art, or theatre.

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About

The Piggyback Foundation of Youngstown helps families maintain a sense of normalcy during times of serious illness.  We care for the family as a whole; with particular attention given to the needs of the children. Services include tutoring, special occassion assistance, extra curriculars, and family outings.

Apply

In order to receive Piggyback services, an application must be received and approved.   Families must provide a doctor's note confirming a life-threatening illness.   The illness can be in any family member that permanently resides in the home.   Financial need is not considered. See our Services page for more information.  Or, click here for an application.

 

Donate

The Piggyback Foundation of Youngstown relies on donations to help local families maintain normalcy during times of serious illness.   The money stays in the community -benefiting citizens of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley suburbs. Donations are fully tax deductible and a receipt will be provided for tax purposes.   

Get Involved

We are always looking to partner with members of the community!   There are many opportunities to get involved as an individual, corporate sponsor, partnering agency, donor, Board of Directors member, etc.  

 

Please see the contact page and latest news for ways to get involved.
 

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Fall/Winter 2022

Huge thank you to Eastern Gateway Community College nursing students!  They donated Halloween safety and craft bags for every PBF child!!  We are excited to bring safety and creativity to our Youngstown kids!

 

THE HOLIDAYS ARE UPON US!! 

We are in need of donors to sponsor local, Youngstown families battling life threatening disease.  This year, our families have requested gift cards so that they can personally shop for their children/parents/siblings. 

Piggyback prides itself on serving its families in the way that best suits their unique needs and lifestyles.   So -- we are honoring their request and asking for gift cards!

We hope you will join us in making the holiday season extra festive for these deserving families!   Click HERE to donate/sponsor.