Since 1978 the Lorain County Urban League (LCUL) has been committed to its mission to empower African Americans and all Disadvantaged persons in our community to participate equally in the educational, economic, and social mainstream.

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."


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.

Frank Whitfield, President & CEO

Board of Trustees

Cindy Kushner
Director, Marketing and Outreach Initiatives
Lorain County Community College

Timothy Williams
Greater Victory Christian Ministries Church

Jennifer L. Kidd, SPHR
Human Resources Manager
University Hospital Elyria Medical Center

Charlita Anderson-White
Juvenile Division of the Lorain County
Domestic Relations Court

Catherine Woskobnick
Vice President, Mission Integration
Mercy Hospital

Dr. David Hall
Oberlin City Schools

Eric W. Schwarz, CFP
Senior Wealth Director
BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Lorain County Urban League Guild

The Lorain County Urban League Guild was founded in 2013 in Lorain County, Ohio. The Guild is an auxiliary which assists the Lorain County Urban League by providing volunteer services, fundraising, leadership development and promoting public awareness. The Guild has established bylaws and officers are elected on a annual basis. The Lorain County Urban League Guild is a member of the National Council of Urban Leagues, which is comprised of several chapters nationwide. Guild representatives meet and participate annually at the National Urban League Conference.


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 Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.