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United Way
of Summit County

           January 14, 2016

United Way of Summit County Leads
Bridges Summit County

About a decade ago, Bridges Summit County was first introduced locally as a blueprint called Bridges Out of Poverty, an initiative that restores hope to the poor and provides measurable, transformational change that can eliminate poverty in our community over time.

Multiple organizations came together to make Bridges Summit County a reality. Already, nearly 900 people living in poverty have graduated from the Bridges Getting Ahead program. A promising 2014 evaluation of the program with a sample size of more than 300 showed that Getting Ahead graduates on

average earned significantly more income per month, had a lower percentage of unemployment and a higher number of work hours per week than on program entry.

Now, United Way is taking this good work several steps forward. In November 2015, United Way moved beyond its roles of organizer, fiscal agent and funding agency and brought Bridges Summit County in-house as an initiative of United Way.

Read the Akron Beacon Journal op ed “End poverty by first ending hopelessness” by Jim Mullen, United Way president and chief executive officer.

Find out more about Bridges Summit County on our website and register to attend the next
Bridges Summit County Community Workshop on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you want to join the effort to help the needle move on generational poverty in Summit County, this is where to start! Explore poverty, its causes, the hidden rules of poverty and its impact. This is not a program, but an approach to working with those in poverty.

United Way Announces Community Engagement
Projects for the Year

United Way is offering more opportunities throughout the year for companies to encourage their workers to get involved and volunteer in the community. Through our new 2016 Community Engagement Calendar, corporations can find a variety of hands-on volunteer opportunities to help employees understand, experience and feel connected to the work of the United Way. These community engagement projects, planned and organized by United Way staff, can accept large groups and offer team-building and networking.

View a full schedule of this year’s events and a downloadable calendar here.

“Page it Forward” Book Drive First Engagement
Project of 2016

February 1 through February 29

Donate books and give the gift of reading to children in Summit County!
Collect books at your place of work or make a donation for United Way to purchase books in bulk at a discounted price.

Your organization can participate in the book drive, or volunteer for the “Page it Forward” Book Drive Sort-a-Thon. Find out more.

Join Us for United Way Night at the Zips Basketball Game – Free Tickets Available!

Saturday, February 6, TBD p.m.,
Zips v. Central Michigan, JAR Arena

Please join us to celebrate the University of Akron United Way campaign! We have a block of game tickets to give away to United Way supporters. Follow this link to reserve up to four tickets.

Tickets will be available the evening of the game at Will Call and must be picked up by the individual registered for them. Please bring a photo ID. Hurry, only 150 tickets are available.

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90 North Prospect St. | Akron, OH  44304-1273 | 330.762.7601 |