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.

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...

Mini farmers markets bring healthy food to low-income neighborhoods

United Way donor investments are supporting mini-farmers markets in low-income “food desert” neighborhoods. Here, residents can use their SNAP and EBT benefits (food stamps) to purchase all foods for...

Arts2Youth helps prevent summer learning ‘slide’

For several days in August, United Way’s Arts2Youth pilot program brought kids together with local artists to combat summer learning loss, otherwise known as "summer slide." Artists worked with kids...

Bill Lowery: Young Leaders Society

If you were foolish enough, it would be easy to miscast Bill Lowery, a well-dressed, fresh-faced Realtor whose office is tucked away in Fairlawn between West Market and Sand Run. It would be easy to...

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