The COVID-19 pandemic transformed the landscape of need in our community overnight. As crisis response gives way to long-term recovery efforts, United Way of Summit & Medina is working to empower our community with tools to revitalize our neighborhoods, stimulate our local economy, strengthen families and help Summit and Medina counties find lasting prosperity.
Calls for help to United Way of Summit & Medina’s 211 service doubled in the week after Ohio’s first reported coronavirus case. Food assistance requests nearly quadrupled at the start of the pandemic. To help our community weather the crisis and get back on track, United Way is working to provide for the basic needs of residents, including food and shelter through investments in community partners and United Way programs like 211 and Housing Services.
Family Resource Center
Family Resource Centers bring supportive programs and wraparound services to where they’re needed most – within our local communities. Located inside schools, Family Resource Centers connect students and their families to health and social services, academic enrichment and more, so that students, schools and neighborhoods can succeed.
Financial Empowerment Center
When the pandemic began, thousands of local residents that had been making progress towards financial stability suddenly faced lost jobs or reduced pay. United Way’s Financial Empowerment
Center offers free financial coaching and services like Volunteer Income Tax Assistance to residents of Summit and Medina counties. Remote and no-contact services are available. By helping residents grow savings, reduce debt and prepare for emergencies, United Way is helping families maintain, or rebuild, a secure financial footing.