Summit County Children Services, with support of its Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC), recently hosted the 8th Annual Community Appreciation Breakfast to recognize and thank volunteers, businesses, organizations and community leaders for their support of Summit County Children Services and the children and families in Summit County. The slogan for this year’s Child and Family Awareness Month was “A Family is the Sunshine in My Day.”
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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.
Story by Lyndsey Schley
Volunteer Marissa Dove drove up to the North Hill house on a rainy morning. She volunteers with World Relief Akron, a local refugee agency, and had stopped to pick up a Bhutanese-Nepali family that had just arrived in the United States a few days prior.
The father, mother and two young boys were running late, like so many families with young kids. The youngest was crying. He had gotten sick overnight. They climbed into the SUV and Dove helped get him into the car seat. His mother rubbed his legs to comfort him as they drove downtown.
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Tagged 90-day Resettlement Process, Akron, Bhutanese, Children, Churches, Community, Culture, Evangelical, Family, Good Neighbor, International, International Organization for Migration, Kara Ulmer, nepali, North Hill, refugee, United Nations, Volunteers, World Relief Akron
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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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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