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United Way
of Summit County


         DECEMBER 15, 2016  


Make a Difference in a Child’s Life –
Become an iC.A.R.E. Mentor

When you volunteer with United Way’s iC.A.R.E. in-school mentoring program, you can give an Akron Public Schools student the stability and support they need to find success in the classroom and beyond. The results are striking – absenteeism rates decrease by nearly 50 percent for students who are mentored through in-school programs. Already, there are students waiting, and the need for mentors is growing by the day. Just one hour per week is all it takes! Sign up to volunteer here >

Creating a Future We Can Aspire to, Together

You’ve probably already heard that change is happening at United Way, but what does that mean? This blog post by David Jennings, our Community Impact Task Force chair, shows how we are working hand in hand with partners from throughout Summit County to create ambitious, bold goals to guide the future of United Way – and our community.

There’s Still Time to Make a Year-End Gift

Your year-end, tax-deductible donation can help support our Bridges Summit County “Getting Ahead” program, which empowers local people living in poverty to develop their own plan for financial stability. Your donation of $20 will support one hour of participation in a ‘Getting Ahead’ workshop. $2,000 will support full participation in the 32-session series for one individual. Any increment in between helps families build more stable, successful lives. Help us reach our goal of seeing 200 new graduates from Getting Ahead by July 1, 2017! >

FamilyWize Saves Summit County Residents
$3 million

Through a partnership with FamilyWize, United Way of Summit County provides free, easy to use prescription savings cards to members of the local community. This fall, the total amount saved by Summit County residents on prescription medication surpassed $3 million. Thanks to United Way, more than 31,000 local families, children and individuals have enjoyed access to more affordable healthcare. Learn more about FamilyWize, or request a savings card here >

Holiday Snack Packs Food Drive
Premieres this Week

With donations pouring in and all volunteer spots filled, our inaugural Holiday Snack Packs Food Drive is gearing up to be a huge success. On Dec. 21, students at Schumacher CLC, Case Elementary, Harris Elementary and Portage Path CLC will receive bags full of nutritious snacks to enjoy over winter break. Thank you to all who have contributed and an extra special thanks to our friends at GPD Group, who will donate, sort and distribute snacks for all the kids at Portage Path CLC!

Crain’s Forty Under 40 Recognizes Sarah Flannery

Sarah Flannery is a current member and past chair of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council. This year, she was recognized as one of Crain’s Cleveland Business’s “Forty Under 40,” which honors individuals in Northeast Ohio whose civic and professional work are reshaping the future of the region. Congratulations, Sarah!

Let Us Know What You Think

Do you want to help make United Way better? Let us know what you think about our organization by answering this brief, three-question survey, and you could win a $50 Giant Eagle or Target gift card. 

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