News & Updates

EDITORIAL: Saving lives in the opiate crisis

Jan 14, 2019
Read on> Those are heartening words from Jerry Craig, the director of the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board. He told Amanda Garrett of the Beacon...

United Way posts record volunteer numbers for second year in a row

Jan 14, 2019
United Way of Summit County today announced that in 2018, for the second year in a row, participation in its volunteer events surged over the previous year. In 2018, 3,829 volunteers took part in...

Hope in the new year: Summit County overdoses and overdose deaths plummet in 2018

Jan 11, 2019
Read on> By Amanda Garrett Beacon Journal/    The opioid crisis that’s gripping much of the U.S. may finally be loosening in Summit County. Both the number of overdoses and...

2-1-1 Helps Akron Grandmother Get New Refrigerator

Dec 21, 2018
When her refrigerator died suddenly in late summer, Lozzie found herself in an uncomfortable situation. “September 2018 was warm,” recalls the Akron grandmother. “If you’ve never been without a...

Jim Mullen: Where can you go for help in Greater Akron? Try 2-1-1

Dec 08, 2018
By Jim Mullen Posted Dec 8, 2018 at 7:30 PM Updated Dec 8, 2018 at 7:48 PM    Right now, in Summit County, there are thousands who are struggling, but do not know where to turn for help. They may...

United Way releases volunteer engagement calendar for 2019

Dec 03, 2018
United Way of Summit County today announced the release of its new engagement calendar for 2019. Available on the United Way website at, the calendar lists more than a dozen...