Bridges Summit County

Empowering Financial Independence in Summit County

Bridges Summit County builds bridges for people to move from financial dependence to independence.


Our goal is for Summit County to become a place where all sectors come together to stabilize our community. This requires individuals, businesses, courts, social service agencies, faith-based, educational, and health care organizations to implement Bridges Summit County in their own settings. This work is already taking shape across our community.

iC.A.R.E. Mentoring

In the summer of 2016, United Way of Summit County welcomed iC.A.R.E. Mentoring (Creating Authentic Relational Energy) as a new member of its family of community impact programs and initiatives. Created in 2013, the iC.A.R.E. Mentoring program provides Summit County students in grades K-12 with nurturing and supportive role models.

College & Career Academies

On May 16, 2017 Akron Public Schools (APS) was named a Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) community. The designation means the College and Career Academies of Akron will join a national network supported by the Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company that is transforming public high schools into career-themed academies to better prepare students for college and professional success in today's competitive global economy.

Imagination Library

Through the United Way of Summit County's Imagination Library, preschool children receive free books! Each month, a brand new, age appropriate book will be mailed to every child enrolled. With the arrival of the first book, the classic “The Little Engine That Could,” children begin to experience the joy of finding their very own book in their mailboxes. These moments continue each month until the child turns five, and in their very last month in the program the book they receive is “Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come.”



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