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Pfizer Donates $500,000 To Young Ohioans In Appalachia

Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks during the Ohio State of the State address in the Fritsche Theater at Otterbein University in Westerville, Tuesday, March 6, 2018.
Paul Vernon
Associated Press
Ohio Governor John Kasich

Gov. John Kasich is celebrating a $500,000 donation from Pfizer as a major boost to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.

Kasich says the drug manufacturer's donation proves that it’s all hands on deck when it comes to helping the youth of Appalachia who often face issues of poverty and drug abuse. While he says the donation is a big help, he urges more members of the community must also step up and take action.

“Don’t wait around, waiting for somebody to show up to solve your problem. You need to take ahold of it yourself and you need to drive the change you want at the community level and everybody can do something,” Kasich says.

He says the state has helped by adding $20 million in the capital budget to support new and existing community centers.