PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES


2-1-1

Helps people throughout our community find local resources when they don’t know where to turn for help. Services include supplemental food and nutrition programs, substance abuse treatment, disaster services and more. Simply dial 2-1-1, or text your zip code to 898-211 for referrals to utilities and food pantries. Learn more about 2-1-1 >


BANK ON RUBBER CITY

A coalition led by United Way and the City of Akron that works to expand access to safe and affordable banking products and services for Summit County residents. Learn more about Bank On Rubber City >


BRIDGES VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

In order to positively impact the lives of people in poverty, we must explore the way we think and behave. In a Bridges Workshop, you will learn how the economic realities of poverty, class and wealth impact individuals and communities. Learn how you can help promote economic opportunity and economic mobility. Learn more about Bridges Workshops >


COLLEGE AND CAREER ACADEMIES

United Way works with Akron Public Schools’ College and Career Academies to build partnerships with local businesses – providing valuable hands-on learning experiences for students and strengthening the education to employment pipeline. Learn more about College and Career Academies >


COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

United Way hosts a variety of volunteer opportunities uniting our community to help make a difference. Learn more about Community Engagement >


FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER

A safe, welcoming place in a school where parents and caregivers can get information, assistance and referrals to community resources – from financial assistance to peer support and more. Learn more about the Family Resource Center >


FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT CENTER (FEC)

Created through a partnership with the City of Akron, the FEC provides free, one-on-one financial coaching, helping Summit and Medina county residents acquire the skills to budget and save, access safe and affordable banking and raise their credit scores. Learn more about the FEC >


HOUSING SERVICES

Coordinates access to homeless shelters, permanent supportive housing and rent assistance for individuals and families living in Summit and Medina counties who are homeless or facing eviction. Learn more about Housing Services >


IMAGINATION LIBRARY

Mails one book per month to preschool-age children – at no cost to their families. All children ages birth through five in Summit and Medina counties are eligible. Learn more about Imagination Library >


POLICY & ADVOCACY

United Way advocates at the local, state and federal level for causes vital to our community. We build a coalition of strong, unified voices calling for action on issues related to our Bold Goals. Training and resources are available for those interested. Learn more about Policy & Advocacy >


VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA)

Provides free tax preparation assistance to working families and individuals, helping them take advantage of valuable benefits, like the Earned Income Tax Credit. Learn more about VITA >