United Way Bold Goal Impact Investments

United Way of Summit County announced on November 17, 2017 investments for its two-year funding cycle beginning in 2018. The investments are centered on achieving the organization’s four Bold Goals aimed at improving key community measures by 2025. Altogether, the investments announced today amount to a more than $1 million increase over the previous funding cycle.

In total, subject to the successful completion of partnership agreements, United Way announced funding to 49 programs at 40 partner agencies:

Bold Goal 1: 65 percent of Akron Public Schools third-graders reading at or above grade level.

Investments include funding for high quality preschool experiences, home visitation and out-of-school-time programs:

• Akron Area YMCA Early Care & Education, Akron Area YMCA – $306,000
• Toddlers & Preschoolers Succeeding (TAPS), Child Guidance & Family Solutions – $250,000
• The Learning Zone, The Salvation Army – $20,000
• The READY Program, Asian Services in Action (ASIA Inc.)  – $76,000
• AMHA - Early Childhood Initiative, Building for Tomorrow – $204,700
• LINKS Early Intervention Home Visitation Program, LINKS Community Family Services – $55,000
• South Street's After School, South Street Ministries – $50,000

Bold Goal 2: 90 percent of Akron Public Schools high-schoolers graduating in 4 years, with 60% college/career ready.

Investments include funding for tutoring and out-of-school-time programs:

• Year-Round Youth Development/After School Soccer Program, Akron Inner City Soccer Club – $20,000
• Summer Enrichment Day Camp, Akron Urban League – $60,000
• Urban Youth Academy STEAM Program, Akron Urban League – $125,000
• International Community Empowerment Project, Asian Services in Action (ASIA Inc.) – $35,000
• Summer Environmental Education Academy – Akron, Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park – $40,000
• School to Career Transitions Program, Jobs for Ohio Graduates (JOG) – $75,000
• College and Career Central, Project GRAD Akron – $75,000
• Students With A Goal (SWAG), Students With A Goal – $65,000

Funding for programs addressing both Bold Goals 1 and 2:

• Building Great Futures for Akron's Youth, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Reserve – $100,000
• Girl Scout Journey Program, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio – $50,000
• Learning Zone Afterschool and Summer Programming, The Salvation Army – $35,000
• CATCH KIDS CLUB (CKC), Akron Area YMCA – $88,500
• APS Innovation 365, National Inventors Hall of Fame – $170,000
• Kickin' UP KidsSpace, Shaw Jewish Community Center – $28,700
• Set On Success (S.O.S.) Afterschool Enrichment, Urban Vision – $95,000                                                      

United Way’s Bold Goals strategic plan calls for direct service programming to achieve Bold Goal 3 – to financially empower 11,000 Akron residents. Last month, the City of Akron announced the opening of its first Financial Empowerment Center, developed in partnership with United Way.

Bold Goal 4: Reduce emergency room visits due to drug overdoses to 1,000.

Investments include funding for harm reduction and overdose prevention, awareness and outreach and family and peer support:

• Mobile Ascent Solution, Catholic Charities – $82,235
• Barberton Emergency Department Medically Assisted Treatment Program, Summa Health – $80,000
• Technology-Enabled Transportation Program, Summa Health – $100,000
• The Deterra Project: Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse, Summit County Community Partnership – $50,000
• Summit County Opiate Task Force, County of Summit ADM Board – $35,000
• Rock and Recovery 2.0, Friends of 91.3 The Summit FM – $20,000
• Mobile Outreach Program, Summit County Combined General Health District – $50,592
• Recovery Coach Academy & Community Response Team, The Packard Institute, Inc. – $100,000

The 2018-2019 grant cycle also includes funding for the following basic needs programs:

• Emergency Shelter for Women & Children in Crisis, ACCESS, Inc. – $75,000
• Self-Sufficiency Services, Asian Services in Action (ASIA Inc.) – $29,500
• Basic Needs Program, Battered Women's Shelter – $110,000
• Basic Needs/Emergency Services, Catholic Charities of Summit County – $49,120
• Family Promise of Summit County, Family Promise of Summit County – $30,000
• Recovery Housing for Women, Legacy III – $44,500
• Education & Support, Stewarts Caring Place – $15,000
• Goodwill Agency Bus Pass Assistance Program, The Goodwill Industries – $10,000
• Safe Housing & Support Services for Individuals Reentering Community, Truly Reaching You – $25,000
• 24 Hour Crisis Response Program, Victim Assistance Program – $51,117

An additional eight nonprofit organizations received funding as backbone or APEX partners of United Way:

• Summit Education Initiative – $220,000
• ConxusNEO – $100,000
• Heart to Heart Communications – $65,000
• Leadership Akron – $40,000
• Lebron James Family Foundation – $25,000
• YMCA Neighborhood Leadership Institute – $15,000
• Summit County Fatherhood Initiative – $40,000
• Soap Box Derby – $15,000

Additionally, $250,000 will be invested in United Way impact initiatives including iC.A.R.E. Mentoring, Imagination Library, Bridges Summit County, AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and  Bank On Rubber City in partnership with the City of Akron.