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.

Volunteer Profile: Brighid Hillmuth

In late 2017, United Way of Summit County issued a call for volunteers for its brand-new Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Launched in January of this year, VITA offers free tax...

Volunteer Profile: Lauren Osina

Once a week during the school year, Lauren Osina of Malco Products, Inc. takes an hour out of her work day to visit her iC.A.R.E. mentee, Bre, at Barberton High School. “iC.A.R.E. has probably been...

Volunteer Profile: Vishal Bhatt

For Vishal Bhatt, the key reason he continues to be involved in United Way – both as a board member and a volunteer at United Way events – is that he believes in its mission as embodied by its Bold...

Volunteer Profile: Christel Silas

Christel Silas’s first memory of volunteering is going along with her mother when she was five years old to solicit donations for a national charity. “Everyone was like, ‘Your mom is weird,’” she...

Volunteer Profile: Vince & Nancy DiGirolamo

Vince and Nancy DiGirolamo have been involved with United Way for more than fifty years, ever since Vince started out at National City Bank of Akron in the 1960’s. Since then, Vince served as...

Bridges Summit County Helps Educators Confront Poverty

On the morning of February 17, 2017, a bustling crowd filled the central rotunda of Tallmadge High School. It wasn’t the usual crowd, however. Students were off that day, and in their place, the more...

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