LIVE UNITED Stories

In Summit County, every day, people make the decision to be part of positive change – whether it’s overcoming personal adversity, or by being a champion for a better community. Here are just a few stories of people working in our community to advance the common good.

Akron Financial Empowerment Center Helps Family Get Out of Debt

When Amy’s mom told her and her husband Harry about the Akron Financial Empowerment Center, the information came at just the right time. Amy and Harry were struggling financially. “We were falling...

Couple Commits to Financial Success Through United Way’s Financial Empowerment Center

Newly engaged couple Rachael and Delah first visited the Financial Empowerment Center in September 2019 to find out if they were on the right track to start their new life together. They expected to...

United Way’s Financial Empowerment Center Helps Akron Resident Reclaim Finances

Today, Danielle smiles as she pays her bills each month, but just over a year ago she walked into the United Way’s Financial Empowerment Center in tears because she was unable to pay for her...

Local Mom Finds Support Through Family Resource Center

When TwaNysha signed her twin boys up for kindergarten in 2019, one of the stops on the school tour was at United Way of Summit & Medina’s Family Resource Center (FRC). United Way’s FRCs offer...

Peer Recovery Support Specialist Helps Fight Addiction Crisis

Trish Eddy, a certified peer recovery support specialist at Catholic Charities, ends every phone call to an addiction recovery patient with the words, “I love your whole soul.” It’s her reminder to...

United Way's 211 Helps Senior Citizen Rebuild Life After Incarceration

When Albert returned home after three months in jail, he had hoped to make a new start. But from the moment the senior citizen stepped foot in his front door, he found that his life had been upended...

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