News & Updates

United Way premieres Holiday Snack Pack Food Drive

Nov 10, 2016
 While winter break is a time for rest, fun and celebration for students, many children in Akron will come home to empty cupboards. With nearly half of Akron’s children living in poverty, many...

Channeling Passion Into Action: Building Impact Through Volunteer Engagement

Oct 24, 2016
October 24, 2017 By BILL LOWERY, UNITED WAY OF SUMMIT COUNTY BOARD MEMBER; REALTOR, STOUFFER REALTY INC. Published on In March of this year, I had the privilege of...

Retiree Gives the Gift of Reading with Imagination Library

Sep 29, 2016
Visit an Akron supermarket with a young child in tow and you may come across Kathryn. The 70-year-old retired stockbroker has made it her mission to get children to read with the help of United Way’s...

Fatherhood Initiative Helps Dad Build Bond That Lasts

Sep 29, 2016
Michael, 59, and his 17-month-old son, Anthony, are inseparable. When Michael goes to work cutting hair at a barbershop in East Akron, Anthony comes with him. “My job is to keep Anthony protected, by...

Refugee Family Gives Son the Gift of Reading With Imagination Library

Sep 29, 2016
Four-year-old Layeh Wonna may be too young to read on his own, but he loves looking at the illustrations in the books he receives each month through United Way’s Imagination Library. As his mother,...

Return on Investment: How United Way Multiplies Donor Contributions - Part 1

Sep 27, 2016
September 29, 2016 By JIM MULLEN, PRESIDENT AND CEO, UNITED WAY OF SUMMIT COUNTY Perhaps you’re used to hearing “return on investment,” or “ROI,” as a financial term. Perhaps you think it sounds out...