is the Dorothy O. Jackson Society?
The Dorothy O. Jackson Society of
the United Way of Summit County was created to increase United Way’s
impact on our community through minority involvement.
The Dorothy O. Jackson Society supports the
mission of United Way by:
- Increasing understanding of United Way’s
work on underlying community problems
- Building bridges between business and
community leaders and minorities
- Increasing the number of minority
Jackson is considered Akron’s "goodwill ambassador".
For almost 20 years, Jackson served as Deputy Mayor of the City of Akron.
She was the first African-American woman to serve in an Akron mayor’s
cabinet. Jackson retired in June 2003 but continues her community
Prior to becoming Deputy Mayor, Jackson
worked twelve years with Goodwill Industries, followed by a sixteen-year
career with the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority as the Social and
Tenant Services Administrator.
Jackson has won many awards over her
decades of service to the community, including the Bert A. Polsky
Humanitarian Award, the Ohio Black Women’s Leadership Caucus Rosa Parks
Award, United Way’s Distinguished Service Award, and the Urban League’s
Community Service Award. She has also been inducted into the Ohio Women’s
Hall of Fame. A 28-unit handicapped housing development was named Dorothy
O. Jackson Terrace in her honor. The Jewish National Fund named a park in
Israel in her honor and she was inducted into African American History
Dorothy O. Jackson Society Reception Photos - November 2011
Project Blueprint Alumni/Dorothy Jackson Society Golf
Outing 2011 Photos
Dorothy O. Jackson
Society Thank You Event Photos - Dec. 2, 2010
The Dorothy O. Jackson Society encourages members to LIVE UNITED by
focusing on giving, advocating and volunteering.
increase the number of minority donors giving at the $1,000 leadership
level and encourage participation in United Way’s Young Leaders Society,
The Women’s Leadership Giving Society and The Tocqueville
provide information through social, personal development and networking
events to minority leaders and prospective donors on how the minority
community participates in and benefits from the United Way.
participation in United Way’s decision-making process and increase
involvement in our community. Volunteer opportunities include Community
Investment Committees, Day of Action, Project Blueprint and much more.
- Increasing your impact to our community
through your gift to United Way
- Being recognized as a philanthropic
individual and a community leader in our annual Leadership Directory
- Interacting with diverse groups of
community leaders to effect lasting change in our community
United Way is
our Community Stronger
United Way of Summit County is committed to improving lives and supporting
programs and services that meet the needs of our richly diverse and dynamic
supports a continuum of educational opportunities in our community to help
children and adults achieve their potential.
- Programs such as Widening the Reading Circle and The Dolly Parton
Imagination Library make books accessible to children and place an
emphasis on literacy at an early age.
- The READY Program and Cross Cultural Communication offer assistance
to individuals for whom English is a second language to allow for a
smoother transition into our community.
- Project: LEARN focuses on adult literacy to ensure individuals can
maximize the educational and work opportunities available to them.
IncomeUnited Way helps
provide resources to allow individuals and families to be self-sufficient
and financially stable.
- The Summit County Re-entry Network supports released felons’
reintegration into society with counseling, housing assistance and job
- Bridges Out of Poverty is a collaborative effort between local
government, social service organizations, health care organizations and
more to eliminate the obstacles individuals and families face in
acquiring the resources they need to be successful.
- Assistance with basic needs such as utility assistance and emergency
shelter is also available through many United Way supported programs.
focuses on improving health and reducing risky behaviors for all our
residents in Summit County through education, prevention and treatment.
- Recreation and wellness programs are available to keep kids active
and engaged in their own well-being.
- Health information, including risk factors and reduction, is
available for individuals facing heart disease, arthritis and more.
- Health care services for the uninsured are available through United
Way’s support of the Free Clinic.
United Way Funded ServicesThe following
percentages illustrate an overview of United Way funded services provided to
individuals identified as members of racial minorities*:
• 64.8% of those using neighborhood organization services provided by
EACH, YMCA and the Urban League
• 51.5% of recipients of crisis intervention provided by Battered Women’s
Shelter, ACCESS, and Legacy III
• 70% of recipients of emergency assistance services
• 37.5% of the children receiving funded day care
• 38% of recipients of financial assistance for medical care
• 60% of the individuals receiving alcohol/drug abuse prevention and
• 77% of the individuals receiving legal services
* These figures only reflect clients specifically identified as belonging
to a minority, many services are provided without knowledge of ethnicity.
Dorothy O. Jackson Society Committee
Vice Chair: Paul Hardy,
The Goodyear Tire &
Tony Banks, FirstEnergy Solutions
Virgil Brown, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber
Theresa Carter, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation
Judi Hill, Akron Public Schools, Retired
Ellis Jones, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Teresa LeGrair, Boys & Girls Clubs of the
Judge Carla D. Moore, 9th District Court of
Jacqueline Silas-Butler, Project GRAD Akron
HonoraryDeputy Mayor of
Dorothy O. Jackson,
James N. Crutchfield, Founder, Dorothy O.
James V. Stewart, Stewart-Calhoun Funeral Home*
Thanks to these generous sponsors of
the Dorothy O. Jackson Society
For more information on the
Dorothy O. Jackson Society please contact Margaret Palisin, Senior Resource Development
at 330.643.5514 or email email@example.com