Our Impact

Bold Goals. Meeting Needs. Improving Lives.

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Bold goals by 2028

Our Bold Goals are the focus of our work at United Way of Summit & Medina. They are what keep us accountable to our community.

Bold Goal 1:

Ready for success

65% of APS third graders reading at or above grade level

2015-2016 baseline: 38%
2021-2022: 40%

Bold Goal 2:

Youth success

90% of APS high schoolers graduating in 4 years, with 60% college/career ready

2015-2016 baseline: 75% and 21% respectively
2021-2022: 82% and 40% respectively

60% of Akron youth employed or active in extracurriculars

2019 baseline: 46% (Suburb = 60%)

Bold Goal 3:

Financial empowerment

Financially empower 11,000 people in Summit County and 2,500 people in Medina County

Summit County 2016 baseline: 42,000 people in Akron live in households earning less than Ohio’s cost of living.
June 2018 – June 2022: 3,271 Summit County residents are on the path to financial empowerment.
Medina County baseline: 9,000 people in the city of Medina live in households earning less than Ohio’s cost of living.

Bold Goal 4:

Health equity

Reduce the Black infant mortality rate in Summit County to 6 per 1,000 live births

2019 baseline: Black infant mortality rate is 15.4 per 1,000 live births while the Summit County infant mortality rate is 6 per 1,000 live births.

A System that Puts People at the Center

The current support system is too hard to navigate for people seeking help. We know it isn’t helping the way it should. So we listened to the people who use it, and now we’re building a better system – one that puts people at the center.

Meeting Needs by the Numbers

More than 81,000 people reached out to us for assistance in 2021. United Way of Summit & Medina manages this up-to-date database of support services. This data provides unique insights into how people are connected with the solutions they seek.

​Referred services in Summit County

Top 5 Zip Codes Assisted

44256     44281     44212     44254     44273

Referred services in Medina County

Top 5 Zip Codes Assisted

44306     44320     44305     44314     44310

Making an Impact In Our Community. With Our Community. For Our Community.

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Taste of Medina County

Thursday, October 6 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Weymouth Country Club
United Way of Summit & Medina is bringing together local Medina County restaurants to show off their culinary skills and treat guests to some of the finest food our community has to offer.

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

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