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Record Gift Funds Miraculous Recoveries – 2013-07-24

Written By: Tracy Burt

IBHIn July 2005, while people were prepping their barbeques for Independence Day, Larry Soper, enslaved by drug and alcohol addiction, was planning his suicide.

“I Googled the least painful ways,” he said. “There were chat rooms even. It was a very dark place.”

For years, the life of the former standout student, author and sports columnist from North Canton had been “measured out by the crack rock or syringe,” he said. Then, on July 7, Larry found his freedom at the IBH Addiction Recovery Center, a 154-acre treatment facility in Coventry Township.

The organization now has a permanent source of funding thanks to the IBH Foundation Fund of Akron Community Foundation, which began June 7 with a recordbreaking gift of $12 million.

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Employee of Distinction Award nominations accepted through July 31 – 2013-07-19

Goodwill Akron

Written by: Staff Reporter @the Akronist

The elements most often missing from an employer’s compensation package are recognition and appreciation. Goodwill Industries is offering employers in Summit, Medina, Portage, Ashland and Richland Counties an opportunity to give their stellar employees the recognition and appreciation deserved through the Employee of Distinction Award Luncheon hosted by Goodwill Industries. Employers can nominate – AT NO COST – the employees they would like to publicly recognize. The deadline to nominate employees is July 31, 2013. Every honoree is acknowledged at the event, listed in the commemorative program, and in the running to be named one of the five 2013 Employees of Distinction Awards. All honorees will also receive two free tickets to a performance at Akron’s historic Civic Theater. This year’s keynote speaker is Hideo “Hank” Hara, chief technology officer, Bridgestone Americas in Akron, Ohio.

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Sustainable Health Care starts with collaborations – 2013-06-26


Written by Gina Burk

Local collaborations focus on building a system with a “triple-bottom line” measure of social, economic and environmental impact in an industry affecting approximately 16 percent of the national and regional economy, according to government statistics.

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YMCA’s Summer Camps Offer a Variety of Experiences, Endless Opportunities for Fun and Growth (Part 1 of 2) – 2013-06-22

YMCA’s Phoenix School

By: Katie Sobiech

Summer camp is a great time for kids to make new friends, gain independence, learn new things and have a whole lot of fun. And there is nothing quite like the local YMCA Camp.

Have you ever sent your kids to camp, or even considered it? You might after discovering all that goes on there.

Some exciting things planned for campers this summer include horseback riding, shooting a bow and arrow, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, archery, bb guns, swimming, and learning about nature.

“And along with the fun activities we teach kids core values, such as responsibility, caring, honesty and respect. We focus on that. It gives a deeper understanding of what it means to grow in character, not just skills,” Taylor Ellis, Girls Village Director, said.

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Summit DD Helps Clients Launch their Own Businesses through Microenterprise Program – 2013-04-12

Urban Vision

By Katie Sobiech

Creativity leaps off of the pages of a catalogue displaying the beautiful artwork of clients of Summit DD’s Community Employment Microenterprise Program.

Entrepreneurs, artists and authors make up just a few of these talented individuals titles.

Only 2 years old, this program has the already received the Governor’s Award for Business Administration in 2011, and been nominated for the same award for their arts.

This free, confidential service helps Summit DD clients who would like to start their own business. Together, they work on the brainstorming process, business plan, set-up, marketing materials, paperwork and start-up funding.

An example of one of their successes is Colleen Kelly, a Motivational Speaker and Author (www.TalksOnWheels.com).

The Microenterprise Adventure

“Microenterprise is about helping clients with their own businesses. I help people develop their own businesses,” Gary L. Peters, Microenterprise Advisor at Summit DD, said.

Peters currently oversees about 30 business activities.

“It’s about their talents and what they want to do with their own business,” he explained.

“There are 2 ladies making yoga pillows, we have a lot of artists, a paper shredding business, books, honey…,” he shared, “We have a taffy business. He just started and is doing very good.”

Most recently they published a book of poetry and are working on another children’s book.

They also make “disability themed” greeting cards, Peters said.

“I help them out in the beginning and usually they just spin off on their own. Once they get going I have very minimal contact with them,” Peters said.

What’s to Come

Last year their focus was on arts, this year it has shifted to food. With the whole food movement growing, Peters couldn’t imagine a better time.

“We’re getting into urban gardening. The whole local foods concept is a big field for disability employment,” he shared.

“I’m always looking for new ideas. It’s fun. We see what their interests are, what their capabilities are,” he continued.

As of right now their products can be found at local fair trade stores, including Market Path in Akron.

“It’s is a good outlet for us,” Peters said.

The Autism Society in Columbus also has a store that carries their items. Or you can find them at local events. Last year they attended nearly 20!

They are also looking for consignment shops to carry their items.

If you are interested in this opportunity please call or email Gary L. Peters for more information: 330-634-8186 / gpeters@summitdd.org.

For more info. on Summit DD, please visit http://www.summitdd.org .