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United Way
of Summit County


         February 23, 2017  

Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro and City of Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan
speak to United Way Tocqueville Society members.
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Check out our new 2017 Engagement Calendar

In 2016, United Way brought together 164 local companies and more than 1,800 volunteers to distribute 88,975 supplies to thousands of children and families across Summit County. While those are some pretty impressive numbers, we think we can do better. That’s why our new 2017 Engagement Calendar is filled with more volunteer opportunities for corporate groups and individuals than ever before. Check it out >

SAVE THE DATE: Join us for our Annual Meeting
on April 25

Last year, we asked you to reimagine United Way, and to imagine a brighter future for Summit County. Since then, we have been hard at work talking to key community members and devising new strategies to maximize our impact. At our next Annual Meeting on April 25, we will show you the results of our hard work – a series of forward-thinking, ambitious, Bold Goals that will guide our organization, and our community, as we work to create a better tomorrow for Summit County. We hope to see you there. More >

Imagination Library now serving more than
10,000 children

For a young child, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of opening the mailbox to discover a brand-new book with their name on it. Thanks to United Way’s Imagination Library, more than 10,000 local children are having this experience every month. Learn more about how United Way is changing lives by giving the gift of reading >

Bridges Workshops Participation Surges

With nearly half of all Akron children living in poverty, there is a pressing need to build a critical mass of individuals and organizations who can advocate for struggling families. With its Bridges Summit County initiative, United Way is doing just that. Bridges community workshops train individuals and corporate groups to to be a part of the solution to generational poverty. And thanks to growing demand, Bridges is expanding its schedule of trainings to serve more people than ever before. Find out more >   Register for a workshop >

iC.A.R.E. Mentors Walk the Red Carpet

A caring, consistent role model can make an enormous difference in the life of a young person. Last month, United Way celebrated the hard work and dedication of its iC.A.R.E. mentors with a red carpet appreciation event. Watch this video to hear how one person can make a positive impact that can last a lifetime. More >

Read to Me Day

Reading aloud to children is one of the easiest ways to promote literacy. On March 3, United Way’s first Read to Me Day of 2017 will give volunteers the opportunity to share the gift of reading with students of Barberton City Schools. Volunteers may bring a book of their own, a library book, or a new book to donate to the classroom. Register to participate >

Books Still Needed for Page it Forward Book Drive

Literacy is an essential skill for success in school and beyond. Yet nearly two-thirds of low-income households do not have age-appropriate children’s books. United Way’s Page it Forward Book drive enlists the help of organizations from across Summit County to collect and distribute thousands of books for Akron Public School students. Register to participate >

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