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.

Mini farmers markets bring healthy food to low-income neighborhoods

United Way donor investments are supporting mini-farmers markets in low-income “food desert” neighborhoods. Here, residents can use their SNAP and EBT benefits (food stamps) to purchase all foods for...

Arts2Youth helps prevent summer learning ‘slide’

For several days in August, United Way’s Arts2Youth pilot program brought kids together with local artists to combat summer learning loss, otherwise known as "summer slide." Artists worked with kids...

Bill Lowery: Young Leaders Society

If you were foolish enough, it would be easy to miscast Bill Lowery, a well-dressed, fresh-faced Realtor whose office is tucked away in Fairlawn between West Market and Sand Run. It would be easy to...

Books of Their Own Spark a Love for Learning

Each day, Nevan and his sister Bekah run to the window when they hear the mail truck and then to the mailbox to see if they have received a new book.   “They absolutely love reading and when we get...

Student One Step Closer to Goal of Becoming a Lawyer

Kerry has yet to graduate from high school, but he’s already completed an internship in a law office, which puts him one step closer to his goal of becoming a lawyer. The Firestone High School senior...

Bridges Summit County Helps Hardworking Mom Get on the Road to Financial Stability

Rebecca is pleased to be considered a role model and advocate for people living in poverty. As an Americorps VISTA working in support of Bridges Summit County, Rebecca connects residents of public...

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