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.

Books of Their Own Spark a Love for Learning

Each day, Nevan and his sister Bekah run to the window when they hear the mail truck and then to the mailbox to see if they have received a new book.   “They absolutely love reading and when we get...

Student One Step Closer to Goal of Becoming a Lawyer

Kerry has yet to graduate from high school, but he’s already completed an internship in a law office, which puts him one step closer to his goal of becoming a lawyer. The Firestone High School senior...

Bridges Summit County Helps Hardworking Mom Get on the Road to Financial Stability

Rebecca is pleased to be considered a role model and advocate for people living in poverty. As an Americorps VISTA working in support of Bridges Summit County, Rebecca connects residents of public...

Mark Krohn: Advocate for the Common Good

Mark Krohn has for many years felt committed to ending poverty and resolving issues around education and health. Having battled systemic poverty through the charter school company he ran, Mark...

Mentoring Program Inspires and Cultivates Young Women

When Kristen moved recently to Summit County, she was looking for ways to connect with her new community. Through United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council Mentoring Program she found that connection....

Reentry Network Offers Hope for the Future

Judy is one busy lady. Her days are filled with job interviews, volunteering and applications to colleges to complete her degree in criminal justice. Her ultimate goal is to attend law school and...

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