News & Updates

Jim Mullen: End poverty by first ending hopelessness

Nov 11, 2015
Published in the Akron Beacon Journal and on This is hopelessness. You didn’t become poor, you were born poor. As were your parents and probably their parents before them. Being poor, you...

CATCH launches kids toward healthier lifestyles

Oct 30, 2015
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

Oct 30, 2015
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

Oct 30, 2015
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’

Oct 30, 2015
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...

Bridges Summit County to offer trainer certification seminars

Oct 22, 2015
Monday, November 16 – Wednesday November 18, 2015 Join the collective effort to break the cycle of generational poverty in our community. Become a Certified Bridges Trainer. Bridges Trainer...