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         JUNE 2017  

United Way teams up with APS for College & Career Academies

Last month, Akron Public Schools announced that United Way of Summit County would be joining in the work of its College and Career Academies, serving as an intermediary between APS and local businesses to provide hands-on learning opportunities to students. This effort will help advance United Way’s Bold Goal #2 by boosting college and career readiness among APS graduates. Learn more >

PHOTOS: Day of Action 2017

Yesterday, 1,525 volunteers and more than 40 local companies came together to take on our community’s most pressing problems through 41 service projects all over Summit County. It takes teamwork and a lot of effort to make a lasting difference, but our volunteers know that the time is now to invest in a better future for Greater Akron. Thank you to everyone who participated for all of your hard work!

View photos from Day of Action on Facebook

Register to attend our Knight Breakfast

At our annual meeting in April, we set our sights on some Bold Goals for 2025. To hit those targets, we’re going to need forward-thinking ideas and bold new approaches. Join us for our Knight Breakfast on August 17 to see us unveil our strategies and learn how we plan to build a better future for Summit County.
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Op-Ed: Four Bold – and Achievable – Goals

You’ve probably heard about our Bold Goals for 2025. But what do they mean for the future of Summit County? Find out in this op-ed by new United Way board chair Christine Amer Mayer.

Join us for our Stuff the Bus Kickoff with the RubberDucks

Our Stuff the Bus school supplies drive collects classroom materials – pens, pencils, paper and more – for Akron Public Schools students, so that they can begin the school year ready to learn. Join us on July 9 as we kick off Stuff the Bus with a RubberDucks game at Canal Park. Tickets are $5, and you can get an additional one free if you request a collection bin for your company or sign up to volunteer at one of our Stuff the Bus engagement events.

To request tickets, register to volunteer or view a list of needed supplies visit here.

United Way of Summit County earns four stars from Charity Navigator

On the heels of our April announcement of our Bold Goals, United Way received its fourth consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. This recognition places United Way of Summit County in the top 11 percent of charitable organizations in the country.

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Discover prescription drug savings with FamilyWize

The FamilyWize pharmacy savings card – provided with support from United Way – makes medications more affordable to people with no or limited prescription drug coverage. Savings cards are free and there are no enrollment or eligibility requirements. Just take your FamilyWize card to participating pharmacies for discounts on all FDA approved medicines. Look for the Drug Price Look-Up Tool link on our website to find out how much you can save with FamilyWize.

Register to participate in a Bridges workshop

How do you build a grassroots response to poverty? United Way’s Bridges Summit County workshops give corporate representatives and 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 here, or register for the next workshop on July 19.


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