Welcome to the Lorain County Urban League

The Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities.

Our mission is to empower African Americans and underserved people to thrive through direct service, collaboration, and advocacy.

Our vision is to create a pathway for clients to increase their income, secure housing, and become financially stable using a holistic coaching approach to deliver housing, employment, financial, and educational services.

For 44 years the Lorain County Urban League has worked in a variety of ways to strengthen and support the local African American community. Founded in 1978, the Lorain County Urban League is devoted to empowering African Americans and other disadvantaged groups to enter the economic and social mainstream. From its earliest days in the civil rights movement, through years of partnership with government and public agencies, the Lorain County Urban League has been a beacon of hope and a catalyst for change in Lorain County.

Board of Directors

Cindy Kushner
Director, Marketing and Outreach Initiatives
Lorain County Community College
Brittany Lovett
Community Foundation of Lorain County
Marketing and Communications Officer
Linda Hoptry
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
Finance Manager Business Cases
John Monteleone
School Principal
Lorain City Schools
Sharon Furcron
Senior Manager, Supply Planning
Fortune Brands Global Plumbing Group
Sylvia Duvall
President
Lorain County Urban League Guild
Mike Thomas
Senior Director
Nordson Corporation
Steve C. Harmon
Assistant Vice President
Community Development Relationship Manager
Huntington Bank
Melissa Kobasher
Magistrate
Lorain County Domestic Relations Court
Ben Kosewski, MS, MBA
Director, Oncology Service Line
Mercy Health — Lorain and Youngstown
Lee Rivera
Bank Manager
Dollar Bank

Our Team

Parris M. Smith

President and CEO

Suzie Dills

Accountant

Dee Baker

Director of Outreach and Community Engagement

Achilles Morales

Education and Youth Development Coordinator

Latrice Williams

Housing Intake Specialist

Ruthie Wilson

Administrative Assistant

Samairia Atkinson

Administrative Assistant


Lorain County Urban League Guild

What Is The Guild?

The Lorain County Urban League Guild is comprised of community volunteers, civic leaders, business and professional men and women committed to improving the quality of life for African-Americans and others. The Guild is an auxiliary that serves as ambassadors for the Lorain County affiliate and the National Council of Urban League. Guilds.

The Guild meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month ​at 6:00 p.m. at the Urban League offices located at 200 Middle Ave Suite 200, Elyria, Ohio 44035.

Membership dues are $50.00 annual. If more information, contact Angela Lee at 440-323-3364.

 

FAQs

Who can become a member?
Membership in the Lorain County Urban League Guild is open to all persons who express an interest in the mission of the Lorain County Urban League and the Lorain County Urban League Guild and who are willing to support and/or participate in its programs. Membership is an open one which does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, economic status, sexual orientation, or any other protected class.
Are dues required?
Dues for the Guild are $50 annually.
When does the Guild Meet?
Guild meetings are held once a month on the third Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
How do I become a member?
For more information on how to get your Guild membership, please contact Sylvia Duvall at 440-323-3364.

Lorain County Urban League Young Professionals

What Is The LCULYP?

The Lorain County Urban League YP’s are a diverse group of young professionals ranging in ages from 21 to 40 and the most valued asset we have is our members. White collar? Blue collar? No Collar? It doesn’t matter! As long as you are proficient in your profession, we want you! We are about developing leaders and making a positive impact in our community, and we want you to be a part of the LCULYP family. The YP’s are an auxiliary that serves as ambassadors for the Lorain County affiliate and the National Council of Urban League. Young Professionals.

Membership dues are $85.00 annual. If more information, email yp@lcul.org.

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