Now taking nominations for volunteer recognition, February 14 to March 13

(Canton, OH) February 14, 2019 – United Way of Greater Stark County and The Canton Repository come together yearly to recognize some of the volunteers who impact our community, inspire others to serve and create meaningful change. The 45th anniversary of National Volunteer Week is April 7 – 13. This special week recognizes friends, neighbors, colleagues and family members who …

Start the college semester off right by applying for a book scholarship from YLS

(Canton, OH) February 13, 2019 – United Way of Greater Stark County’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) is now accepting applications for a college book scholarship. The scholarship recipient is eligible to receive a total of $4,000 ($1,000 per year) to offset the cost of text books for college. This will be the second year that YLS has given out book …

Now accepting community project submissions for Day of Caring Through March 1

(Canton, OH) February 12, 2019 – For 26 years, United Way’s annual Day of Caring event has connected generous community volunteers with local organizations through a wide variety of service projects. These partnerships make it possible for local agencies, schools and organizations to complete projects they could not undertake on their own. At the same time, participants receive a firsthand …

CARE Team Aligns Resources and Social Services for Stark County Schools

(Canton, OH) February 7, 2019 — Through the Stark County CARE (Coordinates & Aligns Resources to Engage, Empower & Educate) Team initiative, more students and their families in our community receive the help and support services they need to succeed in school. CARE Team coordinates and aligns resources to engage, empower and educate our youth, families and communities to equip …

Bridges Out of Poverty workshops can help people understand the stigmas of poverty

(Canton, OH – January 22, 2019) United Way of Greater Stark County is offering training to help individuals and organizations understand and address the unique challenges created by economic diversity. Bridges Out of Poverty workshop curriculum is relevant to employers, educators, community organizations, social service agencies and policy-makers who want to learn more about the fundamental causes and stigmas of …

It’s tax season and VITA is ready to assist local residents with free tax filing

(Canton, OH) January 10, 2019 – United Way of Greater Stark County’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is now scheduling appointments for the 2019 tax return season. VITA assists individuals and families who have an income of $65,000 or less by filing their taxes for free. VITA volunteers work with clients to identify tax credits that are often overlooked, …

United Way wrapping up fundraising campaign this week

(Canton, OH) December 4, 2018 – The needs of those living in poverty and homeless are constant throughout the year. But, during the fall and harsh winter months, items like warm blankets and dry socks are critical to preventing frostbite and hypothermia, as well as a number of other health concerns. Blankets and socks are the most requested item by …

This is what community impact looks like with Young Leaders Society

(Canton, OH) November 20, 2018 – This December, nearly 200 high school students will receive a hoodie from a college or university of their choice from Young Leaders Society’s (YLS) signature program, Hoodies for the Holidays. This is the 4th year YLS has implemented Hoodies. The program focuses on offering encouragement to students planning to attend college, seeking to inspire …

United Way shines light on hidden poverty in Greater Stark County

(Canton, OH) November 6, 2018 United Way of Greater Stark County is shining a light on the hidden poverty in our community. Its latest research report reveals that 38 percent of Greater Stark County households cannot afford basic life necessities, including housing, food, transportation, child care and health care. United Way uses the term ALICE to describe this hidden population, …