Hometown Heroes: Howland woman defines volunteerism

Julie McAllister Vugrinovich of Howland is this week's Hometown Hero


HOWLAND, Ohio (WYTV) –  There are people who volunteer and then there is Julie McAllister-Vugrinovich.

She is on the board of 10 non-profit organizations and is involved in seven others.

The dining room table in her Howland home is covered with a sampling of her volunteer accomplishments. There are plaques, pictures, scrapbooks and magazine covers documenting a life filled with community service.

“I just have a passion for helping others. It is truly what I love and enjoy to do, and I feel blessed,” McAllister-Vugrinovich said.

Julie McAllister-Vugrinovich was homecoming queen of the Champion High School Class of 1982. Even at a young age, she was involved: Girl Scouts, Y-Teens, 4-H, softball, volleyball and the band.

But her “oh yeah” moment came in 1991 when she joined the Warren Junior Women’s League.

“All of the things I am involved in now is because of Junior League. It has taken me in many different directions,” McAllister-Vugrinovich said.

Those directions include Northeast Ohio Adoption Services, Homes for Kids, Betty’s Angels, the YWCA, League of Women Voters, the United Way, the Upton House Association, the Cortland Queen contest, and the Warren Area Board of Realtors.

McAllister-Vugrinovich was nominated by her fellow Junior League member, Kellie Pope.

“When I saw the Hometown Hero promos, I thought if there was ever anybody who deserved it, I thought everybody should see how amazing she is,” Pope said.

When asked how much money she has helped raise over the years, it started in the thousands and ended at $2 million.

McAllister-Vugrinovich, who is a huge Elvis Presley fan, is married and is a full-time Realtor with Howard Hanna. She is a very busy woman.

“I am learning to say no a little more,” she said.

But on being a Hometown Hero, McAllister-Vugrinovich said yes.

“I would be very honored to be a Hometown Hero. I have never had any desire to leave this area. I grew up in Champion and this always be my home, the Mahoning Valley,” she said.

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