LIVE UNITED Stories

In Summit County, every day, people make the decision to be part of positive change – whether it’s overcoming personal adversity, or by being a champion for a better community. Here are just a few stories of people working in our community to advance the common good.

Police Officer Gives Back Through iC.A.R.E. Mentoring

Officer Michael Gould prefers to leave his uniform at home for his weekly iC.A.R.E. in-school mentoring session. It can be distracting for middle-schoolers, and besides, he doesn’t want his mentees...

United Way’s Imagination Library Helps Family Build Bonds Through Reading

When Amanda’s three-year-old daughter Paislee received her latest Imagination Library book, it was her 13-year-old son, Owen, who rushed to the mailbox to retrieve it. “He probably won’t admit that...

Retiree Gives the Gift of Reading with Imagination Library

Visit an Akron supermarket with a young child in tow and you may come across Kathryn. The 70-year-old retired stockbroker has made it her mission to get children to read with the help of United Way’s...

Fatherhood Initiative Helps Dad Build Bond That Lasts

Michael, 59, and his 17-month-old son, Anthony, are inseparable. When Michael goes to work cutting hair at a barbershop in East Akron, Anthony comes with him. “My job is to keep Anthony protected, by...

Refugee Family Gives Son the Gift of Reading With Imagination Library

Four-year-old Layeh Wonna may be too young to read on his own, but he loves looking at the illustrations in the books he receives each month through United Way’s Imagination Library. As his mother,...

Bridges “Getting Ahead” Grad Looks to a Bright Future

At 23 years old, Tia has been through a lot. Kicked out of her parents’ house shortly before her 18th birthday, she spent years in an abusive relationship, had three children and was homeless for...

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