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United Way
of Summit County

          OCTOBER 15, 2015
Leadership Akron, United Way Launch “Diversity on Board” to Train Minority Board Members

Diversity on Board, a program to recruit and train minority leaders was rolled out in an unusual meeting room last month: a Cuyahoga Valley scenic railroad train. Formerly known as Project Blueprint, Diversity on Board is now a joint effort between United Way and Leadership Akron. Minority representation on Summit County nonprofit boards is lacking, according to a study released this spring by the GAR and Knight foundations. The pilot class of about 20 people will start in March 2016 and continue for a year. More

(Photo by Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal)

2nd Annual “Stuff the Bus” Event a Big Success!

On September 13, a big yellow school bus pulled into Lock 3 in downtown Akron during the Global Village Festival of Greater Akron. United Way’s second annual Stuff the Bus community engagement event finished up with a flurry of people and school supplies loaded aboard. This finale event followed more than a month of collecting
items students and teachers in Summit County public schools will need for a successful school year. Members of United Way’s Young Leader’s Society filled backpacks with items and readied them for delivery through a week-long sort-a-thon. More than 20 businesses served as collection points, and provided supplies and volunteers. More

Campaign News
GOJO Kicks Off Month-Long Campaign

Myers Industries is "All in for United Way"

Meggitt Receives United Way Leadership Award,
Launches Campaign

Fifth Third Celebrates Campaign Start With "Tape Ted Tuesday"

Bridges Summit County Trainer’s Certification Seminar

Do you want to join the effort to help the needle move on generational poverty in Summit County? Become a Bridges certified trainer November 16-18. This training prepares individuals to carry back Bridges information to their own organizations for in-house staff development. A collaborative initiative, Bridges provides a framework to help employers, community organizations, social service agencies and individuals learn how to effectively reach and support individuals and families who are striving to go from financial dependence to independence. More

Neighborhood Leadership Institute Seeks Participants
for 2016 Class

The Neighborhood Leadership Institute of Summit County is an 11-week leadership training program to improve quality of life through grassroots collective engagement, advocacy and action. Currently, the program is accepting applications for its 7th class. Beginning in February, the class meets weekly on Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m. Participants leave with skills and training to create sustainable impact in their community, a greater appreciation for the assets of their neighborhood and a lifetime connection to the Institute’s network of more than 160 other grassroots leaders. Apply here

Janet Jackson and Robert DeJournett
Event to Feature President and CEO of
United Way of Central Ohio

The “Power of Giving,” the signature event of United Way’s Dorothy O. Jackson Society, will be held 5:30 to 8 pm on Thursday, November 12 at the Akron Urban League. Janet Jackson, President and CEO of United Way of Central Ohio, will be keynote speaker. Ms. Jackson was a valuable advisor to United Way when the Society formed almost ten years ago. Robert DeJournett, Director of Community Relations and Diversity for Summa Health Systems, will be the recipient of the Community Leader Award. More

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