United Way of Summit & Medina announces $3M in grants following revamped application process

Jan 12, 2023

United Way of Summit & Medina announced that it has awarded grants
to 40 organizations throughout Summit and Medina counties for its one-year funding cycle beginning
in April 2023. In total, the grants announced today amount to $2,998,500.

The funding is the result of a months-long process led by volunteer members of United Way’s
Community Impact Task Force. For this latest funding cycle, in order to streamline the process for
agencies, United Way of Summit & Medina overhauled its grant application procedures. Rather than
submit extensive grant proposals, applicants were invited to submit a Letter of Intent explaining how
their organizations could partner with United Way and its direct service programs to advance the
organization’s Bold Goals by 2028. As the pool of applicants was narrowed down, agencies were then
invited to speak in person to the task force about their work.

“This year’s revised process allowed new or smaller agencies to apply for United Way funding. Our
goal is to broaden and strengthen our ecosystem of supportive services, and strong local partners
who are rooted in the community help make that happen,” said Annie McFadden, chief of staff,
community impact and communications, at United Way of Summit & Medina.

Grants, however, are just a portion of United Way’s investments in the local community. In 2022,
United Way spent more than $36 million on programs – both external and internal – that directly
served area residents. This includes the Financial Empowerment Center, which provides free financial
coaching services, and United Way’s 211, which provides information and referrals to supportive
services 24/7.

“We’re grateful for the generosity of our donors and philanthropic partners, who make this investment
possible,” said Jim Mullen, president and CEO of United Way of Summit & Medina. “And we are
grateful for the hard work of members of our Community Impact Task Force to engage with
organizations doing this vital work. These funded partners have programs that directly align with our
Bold Goals, allowing us to increase our collective impact in the community. We look forward to
working with these organizations to build a better future for Summit and Medina counties.”

United Way Funded Agencies for 2023-2024:

ACE Mentor Program of Greater Akron-Canton
Akron Area YMCA
Akron Inner City Soccer Club
Akron Interfaith Immigration Advocates
Akron Urban League
Alchemy, Inc.
Asian Services in Action (ASIA)
Battered Women’s Shelter/Rape Crisis Center
Building for Tomorrow
Catholic Charities
Child Guidance & Family Solutions
Community Legal Aid Services, Inc.
Early Childhood Resource Center
Family Promise
Feeding Medina County
First Tee – Greater Akron
Greater Akron Chamber
Greenleaf Family Center
Habitat for Humanity of Medina County
Heart to Heart
Leadership Akron
Love Akron
Minority Behavioral Health Group
National Inventors Hall of Fame
Out of School Time Alliance
Progressive Alliance CDC
Project GRAD Akron
Project Ujima, Inc.
Red Oak Behavioral Health
Stewart’s Caring Place
Summit Education Initiative
The Salvation Army
The University of Akron
The Well Community Development Corporation
Tri-County Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates (JOG)
Urban Vision

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