Patricia “Pat” McLean is a REALTOR® member with Stark Trumbull Area REALTORS® who has serviced the Trumbull County area since 1998. Pat began her work in the Warren community after there was a movement to improve the look and atmosphere of downtown Warren was formed. Later, she joined a group called Warren Grows, which later became known as Main Street Warren whose plan was to beautify and improve business in the area.

“One year, just before Easter, [we] helped organize a street sweep downtown to clean up the salt and cinders from the sidewalk in the downtown area. There was a nice turnout and we had fun,” Pat says.

Pat’s inspiration to help her community was inspired by the lack of organization, although many residents wanted to volunteer. She was aware that Warren needed change which prompted her to inquire about what needed to be done and what she could participate in legally.

Through the Covid-19 Pandemic, McLean continued volunteering where she could.

“Covid has slowed down some charitable donations,” McLean stated. “The organizations were not accepting goods, but they are now up.”

Volunteering is a great way to network, help your community, and fill up any unwanted free time. Many community members who participate can find different ways to make the process enjoyable, even during tedious events. McLean recalls her favorite memory during the street sweeping event that the participants, including politicians, had a bit of fun.

McLean’s contributions to the public have not gone unnoticed by the city of Warren. In fact, she has been nominated for the Valley Legacy Award by Lutheran Retirement Services for her contribution to the Pachore Music Hall. Pat achieved this award from her work installing handrails in the balcony and later securing a $500,000 donation toward an elevator that helps attendees have access to the balcony.

“I [also] secured a $5,000 donation toward a lift at the Trumbull Art Gallery,” McLean said.

McLean says her most rewarding job was serving as a driver that transported dogs to Cranberry Township where they would be taken in their “forever homes.” Pat says this was very beneficial in her personal growth. McLean helps people who are cleaning out their old homes but suggesting for them to donating their goods to the Menagerie Welfare League, or to St. Vincent De Paul.

Do you know someone who should be featured in next month’s STAR Member Spotlight? Contact STAR Communications Administrator, Alana Watkins by phone at (330) 494-5630, or by email at awatkins@star.realtor.

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