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United Way
of Summit County


          JUNE 30, 2016  


“Stuff the Bus” Brings Supplies to At-Risk Students
For a child in need, a backpack full of school supplies can mean the difference between fitting in and falling behind in the classroom. With summer underway and a new school year just around the corner, United Way’s Stuff the Bus school supply drive – supported by participating sponsor Steere Enterprises – brings together corporate and individual volunteers to ensure that at-risk students in Akron Public Schools have the materials they need to succeed. Find out more, or request a collection bin for your organization here >

More than 200 Volunteers Build North Hill Playground
On June 18, more than 200 volunteers transformed Suddieth Park in the North Hill neighborhood of Akron by building a playground in JUST ONE DAY! The event – a collaboration between United Way and KaBOOM! – featured appearances by Mayor Dan Horrigan and three Akron-native NFL players. The brand new playground will provide years of exercise and amusement to hundreds of children in the surrounding neighborhood. More >

 See photos from the KaBOOM! Build Day on Facebook >

“Neighborhood Reborn” Gives Much-Needed Makeover to University Park Blocks
A safe home in a thriving neighborhood is essential to the stability of every family. But to the tens of thousands of Akron families living in poverty, that can often seem like little more than a pipe dream. During United Way’s Day of Action, volunteers from throughout Summit County came together to bring that dream closer to reality for residents of Akron’s University Park neighborhood. The project, named Neighborhood Reborn and sponsored by Depend, is part of United Way’s efforts to revitalize neglected parts of Akron. More >
See photos from Neighborhood Reborn on Facebook >

Day of Action 2016 Was a Resounding Success!
Day of Action this year was more than just Neighborhood Reborn and the KaBOOM! playground build. Hundreds of dedicated volunteers from all across Summit County came together to channel their passion into action and create a lasting positive impact throughout their community. Together, they helped dozens of nonprofit organizations throughout Akron. Learn more about the amazing work done by United Way volunteers here >

See photos from Day of Action on Facebook >

2016 Knight Breakfast to Feature Dan Pallotta
United Way's annual Knight Breakfast will feature an extra special guest — Dan Pallotta, renowned speaker and author of several books about the nonprofit sector. Pallotta’s 2013 TED talk “The Way We Think About Charity Is Dead Wrong,” has been viewed more than 3.9 million times, making it one of the 100 most-viewed TED Talks of all time. Please join us for this must-see event. >

VIDEO: 2016 Smart Start Baby Shower
What does it look like when dozens of dedicated volunteers get together to distribute hundreds of bags filled with thousands of baby supplies to expectant mothers in Akron? How can YOU help United Way fight for the health and wellbeing of children throughout Summit County? Find out by watching our newest video! >

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