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.

Paul Hardy: Dorothy O. Jackson Society

It didn’t take long for Paul Hardy to realize how important United Way is to The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. In fact, that happened shortly after he arrived as an engineer 37 years ago. In...

Summit County Fatherhood Initiative Creates Stronger Families

Troy is committed to helping his 11-year old son Xavier with his homework. And, even though he works a full-time job now, Troy attends nearly all of Xavier’s football practices and games. He is proud...

Michele Cerminaro: Women’s Leadership Council

As a member of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC), Michele Cerminaro is able to exercise her commitment to something she’s long enjoyed: mentoring young professional women. Through the WLC...

Neighborhood Leadership Institute Graduates Teach Inner City Kids About Gardening

Prepare, Cultivate. Nurture. Grow. Each of these words could refer to tending a garden, or encouraging healthy habits in kids. In inner-city Akron, Eden’s Blessing is a group doing both. In 2013,...

Brian Thomas: Leadership Society

At first, Brian Thomas, president and CEO of AAA Akron Auto Club, eased into his increasing involvement with various nonprofit organizations, including United Way of Summit County. “The emerging...

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