Building Communities
Connecting Opportunities


Since 1978 the Lorain County Urban League (LCUL) has been committed to its mission to empower African Americans and underserved people to thrive through direct service, collaboration, and advocacy.


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.

There is a role for everyone to play, whether you are a parent, teacher, student, community leader or business leader. Consider making a donation, becoming a mentor, a tutor or taking out a membership. We believe that working together, we can achieve more while "empowering communities and changing lives."

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The National Urban League was founded in 1910 to assist African-Americans who were migrating from the Rural South to the Industrial North. Assistance was provided in four program areas, Housing, Employment, Education, and advocacy on securing human rights and civil rights for all disadvantaged groups.

The organizational model that the NUL established in New York City attracted attention and soon affiliates were formed in various cities across the country. There are now 94 affiliates of the National Urban League in 34 states and in the District of Columbia.

The Lorain County Urban League was established in 1978.

Lorain County Urban League - Founded in 1978
Parris Smith
Parris Smith, Interim President & CEO

Interim President & CEO

With the support of the Board of Directors, Parris Smith has recently been named to lead the organization as the interim President and CEO. Ms. Smith earned her first degree from Lorain County Community College at age 18, her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cleveland State University and master’s degree in Psychology with a focus on Public Health and Social Change from Walden University. She has worked at LCUL for four years as the Urban League Fellow Project Ready Coordinator; Senior Empowerment Coach and Program Manager and currently serves on the board of Leadership Lorain County as was a graduate of the Best Class of 2017 and is a founding committee member of Connections Lorain County, a young professionals group with Leadership Lorain County. As a student, she personally benefited from LCUL program partnerships such as Rising Stars with Mercy Health. We thank Ms. Smith for stepping up and look forward to her further contributions to the organization!

Board of Trustees

Charlita Anderson-White
Juvenile Division
Lorain County Domestic Relations Court
Syliva Duvall
Lorain County Urban League Guild
Jennifer L. Kidd, SPHR
Human Resources Manager
University Hospital Elyria Medical Center
Cindy Kushner
Director, Marketing and Outreach Initiatives
Lorain County Community College
Sharon Furcron
Global Outdoor Fulfillment Manager
GE Current
Jim Leone
Agape Financial LLC
Mike Thomas
Senior Director
Nordson Corporation
Timothy Williams
Greater Victory Christian Ministries Church​
Catherine Woskobnick
Vice President, Mission Integration
Mercy Hospital