Protecting Stark’s Future: A Call to Coordinate Child Poverty Strategies

Around this time last year, Stark Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Stark County in partnership with The Center for Community Solutions released the 2019 Stark County Community Assessment, a data report of more than 50 indicators of health, social and economic conditions.  As we drilled down into our community’s data, we noticed that every single issue of concern was …

209 Health and Safety Kits assembled for families experiencing economic challenges

(Canton, OH) November 23, 2020 – Volunteers from Employers Health, GlenOak Student Council, Women United and more assembled 209 health and safety kits for distribution to local agencies serving families in need. “We want to make sure people have the resources they need to stay healthy going into the holiday season,” said Nancy Bundy, member of United Way of Greater …

Nominate an exemplary youth who volunteers in our community

(Carroll and Stark Counties, OH) November 20, 2020 – United Way of Greater Stark County is now accepting applications for the 2021 Inspired Youth award. “Volunteer work is empowering,” says Maria Heege, United Way of Greater Stark County President & CEO. “It teaches youth the value of teamwork, commitment, and follow-through. Volunteering offers them real-life experiences that provide unique opportunities …

Tax preparation volunteers needed at drop-off tax clinics during upcoming tax season

(Stark and Carroll Counties, OH) November 6, 2020 – United Way of Greater Stark County is now accepting applications for volunteer tax preparers for the upcoming tax season. No experience is necessary. Individuals who participate in the 2021 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program receive virtual training and IRS Certification appropriate for their volunteer position, as well as materials for …

Canton Refinery Provides Career Pipeline for Local Students Through a New Program

(Canton, Ohio) November 5, 2020 – Stark State College’s FAME program and United Way of Greater Stark County partnered with Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s Canton refinery to create a new program called Marathon STEM Success. United Way and Stark State College were awarded a $45,000 grant to expand the curriculum of the FAME program. FAME (Focus on African American Males in …

Anne with her sons in front of Jackson High School

United Way calls for donor action to meet urgent community needs

(Stark and Carroll Counties, OH) Oct. 22, 2020 — With five weeks left in its annual fundraising campaign, United Way of Greater Stark County is calling on community residents to donate and help meet the growing needs of Stark and Carroll Counties. The organization has raised $2.2 million, which is 43% percent of its $5.1 million goal. “This year has …

COVID-19 Hit as Record Number of ALICE Families Face Deeper Financial Hole

ALICE Report: A crisis in the making. Ohio ALICE households increased from 31% in 2007 to 39% in 2018 – the highest increase in 10 years, fueled by high-priced basics and stagnant wages. (Stark and Carroll Counties, Ohio) October 16, 2020 — When COVID-19 hit, more than 1.1 million Ohio households were already one emergency away from financial ruin — …

July 2021 – June 2022 Funding Application Process Opens Oct. 8

(Stark and Carroll Counties, Ohio) October 6, 2020 – Funding will be determined through a competitive process. To be eligible to apply for funding, organizations must be incorporated as a non-profit organization by the state of Ohio and have tax- status under IRS code 501(c) 3. Timeline for RFP: 10/08/2020: OPEN – Letter of Intent available (Link to submit the …

1,384 food deliveries from May to Sept of 2020

(Canton, Oh) Sept 30, 2020 Ride United Last-Mile Delivery, in partnership with DoorDash, brings food and supplies to vulnerable populations. This program supports delivery of food boxes and household supplies to vulnerable populations throughout Greater Stark County. Last week marked the delivery of one million meals to those in need throughout the United States via Ride United Last-Mile. This program …