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United Way
of Summit County


         August 11, 2016  


Bridges “Getting Ahead” Awarded
Healthier Buckeye Council Grant

In June, United Way’s Bridges Summit County initiative received a $437,161 grant through the local Healthier Buckeye Council. The grant, which comes from the State of Ohio, will allow Bridges to expand its “Getting Ahead” classes, which provide individuals living in poverty with the support and resources they need to achieve financial stability. Graduates of Bridges “Getting Ahead” classes, on average, have lower unemployment rates and earn significantly higher incomes.
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Dan Pallotta’s Knight Breakfast Talk
to Be Streamed Live
With noted author, activist and entrepreneur Dan Pallotta set to keynote our sold-out annual Knight Breakfast, we want to make sure everyone has a chance to hear Dan’s message of community impact through innovation. Tune in online on August 17 at 8:00 a.m. at uwsummit.org/live to hear him describe how nonprofits can expand their reach by rethinking the way they operate. Use password Knight to access the live stream broadcast.

BLOG: Read Jim Mullen’s take on why Dan’s visit is so important to our community >

Looking to Strengthen Its Impact in Akron,
United Way Revises Its Donor Policy

After in-depth discussions with community leaders, program partners and volunteers, United Way’s board of directors voted to change its donor policy. The changes, which will be phased in gradually, will help ensure that United Way will be able to invest a greater share of its resources directly into Summit County. Please take a moment to read board chair James Merklin’s Akron Beacon Journal op-ed laying out the case for change and visit the United Way website for more information on what led to the policy changes.

Help Kids Get Ready for School with Stuff the Bus!
United Way’s Stuff the Bus school supplies drive helps children get ready for school by making sure they have the materials they need to succeed in the classroom. Pencils, paper, notebooks and more, donated by corporate partners and individuals, will be sorted by volunteers on Aug. 30 and distributed to Akron Public School students on Sept. 8.

Volunteer for the sort-a-thon or distribution day >

Make an online donation to support Stuff the Bus >

Stop by the Akron RubberDucks Team Shop at Canal Park with a school supply donation and receive a 10% discount on your purchase through August 19. Find a list of the most needed items >

United Way Earns Third Consecutive Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator rates nonprofits throughout the country, awarding its highest four-star rating only to organizations that meet the highest standards of transparency and efficiency. Last week, United Way of Summit County earned its third four-star rating in a row, making it the highest rated charity in Summit County and placing it in the top 14 percent of nonprofits in America. More >

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