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United Way
of Summit County


         MARCH 2017  

Sixty-six new graduates of the Bridges Summit County
Getting Ahead program, February 28, 2017.
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Join us on April 25 for our Annual Meeting

Last year, United Way invited the community to reimagine a better future for Greater Akron. At this year’s annual meeting, we will take a step closer toward that future by unveiling our Bold Goals for 2025. These goals will be our stakes in the ground as we mobilize a large-scale effort to improve the lives of local children and families. Join us on April 25 to find out what the future holds for Summit County. >

Get Involved: Donate Supplies for our
Smart Start Baby Shower

United Way’s Smart Start Baby Shower helps at-risk expecting moms prepare for the excitement and responsibility of motherhood by giving them much-needed supplies and information on how to keep their babies healthy and happy. Donations for the baby shower will be collected from April 17 to May 15. Click to see a list of requested items, or to register to volunteer at the baby shower on May 18. >

United Way Recruiting New AmeriCorps VISTAs

Do you know someone who wants an opportunity to develop new skills while getting hands-on experience in the nonprofit sector? United Way is looking for hardworking, team-oriented individuals to serve the local community as AmeriCorps VISTAs. Check out our current VISTA openings. >

Page it Forward Book Drive

The Page it Forward book drive collected and distributed more than 10,000 books for Akron Public Schools students, making United Way’s first volunteer event of 2017 a great success!  Besides bringing smiles to the faces of thousands of children, these books will help kids develop reading skills that will serve them for a lifetime. Visit Facebook to see photos from the event, or click here to view our results poster.

In the News: Akron and United Way see
'once-in-a-lifetime' change

The last few years have seen profound changes in leadership across Akron – from the mayor’s office to United Way itself. Read about how this new generation of leaders is making its mark on Summit County, as well as remarks by United Way CEO Jim Mullen, in this article from Crain’s Cleveland Business. >

Register to participate in a
Bridges workshop – April 19

How do you build a grassroots response to poverty? United Way’s Bridges Summit County workshops give everyday citizens the tools to help local families gain financial stability. Through guided, in-depth discussions, workshop participants learn to be allies and advocates for those working to move beyond poverty and into prosperity. Learn more, or register for a Bridges workshop. >

United Way celebrates end of 2016 campaign

Last year, over 400 local companies gave back to the community through United Way campaigns, of which 164 participated in United Way engagement events. This month, we commemorated the end of our 2016 campaign at our annual Campaign Celebration event. A tremendous thanks to 2016 Campaign Chair Bill Caplan, our Campaign Cabinet and everyone else who made this year of pivotal change and momentous success possible. View photos of the 2016 Campaign Celebration on Facebook. >

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