How Donating to United Way Helps Provide Local Support

May 11, 2023

United Way of Summit & Medina does things differently. We envision a community where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, financial stability and healthy lives. Through our direct services, innovative ecosystem, and bold goals, we can make that happen. Keep reading to learn how your donations can help us make a difference in our community, with our community, and for our community!

Why Donate to United Way?

We are laser focused on building a system that breaks down the barriers that prevent our community members from getting the help they need. Through our direct service programs, we are creating positive changes in the lives of real people! But, we can only do that with the generosity of our donors. For every dollar our donors give to United Way, we generate an 13 to 1 return on investment.

So, why donate to United Way?

When you donate to United Way, you are supporting the work that makes a difference in thousands of lives.

When you donate to United way, you are making a choice to not sit idly by while community members struggle – many in silence. Instead, you are making an active decision to fight the inequities that hold so many people back.

When you donate to United Way, you are a part of the solution!

How Your Donations Meet Community Needs

The donations we receive benefit multiple causes. From supporting our Bold Goals and 211 to providing housing services for those in crisis, you can trust that your donation will make an impact. Keep reading to learn more about what your donations go towards!

Housing Services

Housing is a basic need that everyone deserves. United Way of Summit & Medina’s Housing Services coordinates access to homeless shelters, permanent supportive housing and rent assistance. Your donations allow our case managers to provide personalized service and connections to helpful resources, working with each client to address their individual needs!

Learn more about our housing services!

Financial Empowerment Center

Our Financial Empowerment Centers in Akron and Medina help Summit and Medina County residents build financial stability by giving them the resources to budget and save, pay down debt and boost their credit scores. By donating to United Way, you are providing community members access to the financial coaches they need in order to get back on their feet.

Learn more about our Financial Empowerment Center!


Our 211 line helps people throughout our community find local resources when they don’t know where to turn for help. We provide information on thousands of services for Summit and Medina County residents, including supplemental food and nutrition programs, prenatal care, mental health services and more. When you donate to United Way, you are ensuring that our community has 24/7 access to our trained and trauma informed call center.

Learn more about 211!

Bold Goals

Finally, your donations to United Way of Summit & Medina help us reach our Bold Goals by 2028. These goals keep us accountable to the community and focus on reading literacy, youth success, financial empowerment, and health equity.

Learn more about our Bold Goals!

Benefits of Donating to United Way of Summit & Medina

When you turn on the news or scroll social media, it’s easy to feel weighed down by the suffering happening around us. It’s also easy to feel like the problem is too big, that there’s no solution. But sometimes to find a solution to a big problem – you just need to take the first step.

Be a part of the solution and make your first step donating to United Way and Summit & Medina. Take a moment to know that while your support might not fix everything, it’s getting us even closer to a world where everyone has equal access to the help they need!

Donate to United Way of Summit & Medina today!

In our community. With our community. For our community.

Invest where it matters

Your donation directly benefits the people of Summit & Medina counties.

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