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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Tagged 2-1-1, Assistance, Food, Help, Info-Line, OnDemand, Residents, Resources, Richard Stahl, Services, Summit County, Tanya Kahl, United Way of Summit County, unlimited texting, Utilities
iC.A.R.E. mentor Juwana Owens (left) with mentee, Takiyah Anderson
Story Courtesy of Summit Education Initiative (SEI)
Juwana Owens never experiences a dull moment with her mentee, Takiyah Anderson.
“She refers to herself as ‘the life of the party,’” Owens says with a smile.
When she first joined iC.A.R.E. Mentoring, a program of United Way of Summit County, as an AmeriCorps VISTA in August 2016, Owens didn’t know what to expect during her first lunchtime session with Takiyah and, later, her older sister Takiera, at Roswell Kent Middle School in Akron.
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Tagged Akron Public Schools, AmeriCorps VISTAs, Education, iC.A.R.E. (Creating Authentic Relational Energy), Jonathan Greer, Mentoring, Students, Summit Education Initiative (SEI), United Way of Summit County, Volunteers
Story by Tom Crain
Education beyond K-12
Educational requirements for Summit County refugees 18 years and older are serviced through Project Learn, an organization spearheading the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instruction. Project Learn is part of Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) through the state of Ohio and is funded by the Ohio Board of Regents. It also receives support from United Way of Summit County, GAR and Akron Community Foundation.
Project Learn partners with local refugee resettlement organizations, including International Institute of Akron (IIA), Asian Services in Action (ASIA) and World Relief, to administer classes. There are 64 different countries represented in Project Learn’s ESOL program, with over 40 languages spoken. At any one time, there are 20 classes held at various sites throughout the county, with a current enrollment of 550 students, many of whom are refugees.
Posted in Community, Education, Neighborhoods
Tagged Adult Basic and Literacy Education, Akron, Akron Community Foundation, Asian Services in Action, Bhutanese, Community, Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, GAR, International Institute of Akron, Languages, Neighborhoods, Nepal, nepali, North Hill, Project Learn, Refugees, Summit County, United Way of Summit County, World Relief
More than 200 volunteers from Foresters Financial, United Way of Summit County, the city of Akron organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the Akron community will join forces on Saturday, June 18, to give area kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at Suddieth Park in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood.
The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in April.
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Tagged Akron, Children, Community, Families, Foresters Financial, KaBoom!, Kids, National Football League players, Neighborhoods, North Hill, Play, Suddieth Park, United Way of Summit County, Volunteers