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.

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...

CATCH launches kids toward healthier lifestyles

Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) is a program to prevent childhood obesity by promoting healthy eating and physical activity. CATCH is a national model that has been used for more than 25...

Bridges "Getting Ahead" graduate discovers her full potential

Ana Paula dreamed big and worked hard to get where she is today. She has a good job, owns her own home and is providing a great life for her children. Ana was able to overcome poverty by taking...

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