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, …

Blankets of Hope drive runs November 1 – 16

(Canton, OH) November 1, 2018 United Way of Greater Stark County is collecting new blankets from November 1 – 16 to blanket our community in the upcoming winter months. Many shelters do not have enough blankets in stock to assist the current need, let alone the needs in the upcoming winter months. This drive will help re-stock their shelves so …

Tax Preparation Volunteers needed during upcoming tax season

(Canton, OH) October 23, 2018 – 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 2019 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program receive training and IRS Certification appropriate for their volunteer position, as well as materials for self-study on basic income …

2 new Stark Walk paths make 17 total routes now available to Canton residents

(Canton, OH) October 18, 2018 – Signs will soon go up to identify the 2 new walking paths in Canton. The new paths are in the Aultman Neighborhood and are part of the ever-growing Stark Walks program, designed to encourage safe and free exercise. Stark Walks gives residents new places to exercise and inspires neighbors to form walking groups. The …

Girl UP program event teaches young ladies that there are other options for them other than traditional careers

(Canton, OH) October 16, 2018 – October 5, 130+ middle school academy school girls attended the first Girl UP event of the school season. United Way of Greater Stark County’s Women United, Canton City Schools, Beaver Excavating and TimkenSteel partnered together to introduce the girls to the non-traditional careers available to women. The girls met female professionals working in the …