Monthly Archives: March 2017

It Takes a Village

Key Steps to Reading Success program improves children’s reading abilities


booktableStory 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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Project DAWN provides free training and a life-saving drug to combat the Opioid Epidemic

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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Akron Snow Angels spread warmth and awareness about homelessness

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.

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Understanding Addiction



A recent publication about the Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board (ADM ) was completed by Akron Life Magazine. It includes stories about recovery, education for the next generation, a local resources recovery guide, and what you can do to help. The following article, “Understanding Addiction,” is from the Recovery It’s Worth the Fight, edition.

Fighting a public health issue like opiate addiction takes cooperation. Organizations must come together at the local, state, and national levels to help prevent and reduce substance abuse in communities. At the local level, there are many initiatives to inform and assist Summit County residents trying to help loved ones stay safe.

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INFO LINE 2-1-1 Referrals Now Available via Text Message


Info Line is making it easier for Summit County residents to find and access basic needs assistance by adding texting capability to its 2-1-1 information service. 2-1-1 OnDemand allows people to receive referrals for food and utility assistance via text so they don’t have to use valuable phone minutes. The service also helps free up Info Line’s 2-1-1 staff so they can spend time answering phone calls that are more in-depth.

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