As OPEN M (Opportunity for People Everywhere in Need Ministry) bids a fond farewell to Dottie Achmoody upon her retirement from her role as CEO on March 31, we look back at her extraordinary accomplishments and the impact she has had not just at OPEN M but on the greater Akron community.
Posted in Charity, Community, Education, Food, Health, Neighborhoods, Poverty, Youth
Tagged Akron, Bridges Out of Poverty, Child Care, Community, Community Works Connection, Dottie Achmoody, Education, Food Pantry, Free Clinic, Kindergarten Readiness, Ministry, OPEN M, Summit County Ohio
Campaign Spreads Awareness, Combats Stigma on Mental Illness
Mental illnesses are brain disorders that are biologically based medical problems. Untreated, they can cause severe disturbances in thinking, feeling and relating. This results in substantially diminished capacity for dealing with the ordinary demands of life. Mental illness can affect people of any age and occur in any family. They are not caused by bad parenting and not evidence of weakness of character.
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Tagged ADM Board, Brain Disorders, Change Direction, Citizens, emotional suffering, emotional well-being, family members, Five Signs, Homeless, Mental Health, mental illness, NAMI, nonprofit leaders, Pledge, Portage Path Behavioral Health, Senior Citizens, Students, Summit County, Veterans, wellness, Youth
Key Steps to Reading Success program improves children’s reading abilities
Story reprinted courtesy of Summit Education Initiative
Summit Education Initiative (SEI) knows that:
- schools want to engage families;
- families want their children to be successful; and
- books at home make a difference in children’s learning and development
Along with SEI, Shelley Houser, a literacy coach for The University of Akron Center for Literacy, had to determine how to incorporate all three ideals into one program. The goal? Reduce the number of children in need of a Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plan (RIMP) across Summit County.
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Tagged Akron Public Schools, books, Center for Literacy at the University of Akron, Education, Families, Key Steps to Reading Success, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Readiness, Literacy, Reading, Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plan, Summit County, Summit Education Initiative
Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) is a community-based drug overdose prevention and education project. Participants receive training on recognizing the signs and symptoms of overdose, distinguishing between different types of overdose, performing rescue breathing, calling emergency medical services and administering intranasal Naloxone. The project seeks to provide free training, as well as a kit containing the potentially life-saving drug naloxone (aka, Narcan), to combat the serious problem of opioid overdose deaths.
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Tagged Addiction, community-based drug overdose prevention, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADM) Services Board., Education, Heroin, Morphine, Naloxone, Narcan, Ohio Department of Health, Opioids, overdose, prescription medications, Project DAWN, Summit Alcohol, Summit County Opiate Task Force, Summit County Public Health
Story by Lyndsey Schley
Growing community organization plans to expand efforts with community support
Akron Snow Angels is a non-profit that has been providing the homeless with warm clothes and necessities throughout the winter since 2015.
The organization also aims to teach community members compassion for the homeless by offering opportunities to interact with them, Founder Erin Victor said.