Category Archives: Poverty

Elves & More to distribute 1,000 bikes to kids in Akron, Stark and Cuyahoga counties

Story Courtesy of Cleveland.com

This Sunday, families in two area neighborhoods will awaken to the rumbling of 14 semi-trucks as they roll in loaded down with brand-spanking-new bikes.

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A Calling That Has Changed Her Life

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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.

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

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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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Bridges “Getting Ahead” Grad Looks to a Bright Future

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Story and Photo Courtesy of the United Way of Summit County

At 23 years old, Tia has been through a lot. Kicked out of her parents’ house shortly before her 18th birthday, she spent years in an abusive relationship, had three children and was homeless for much of 2015. Yet, despite the turmoil of her last few years, Tia is determined to make a better future for herself and her family.

“I’ve been trying to go to different programs, to see how to better my life,” she says. “To get out of the whole trapped feeling.”

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