HOODIES FOR THE HOLIDAYS brought to you by United Way of Greater Stark County's Young Leaders Society

Give back this holiday season! Join the United Way of Greater Stark County Young Leaders Society in inspiring nearly 200 local high school students to pursue their college aspirations. With help from community supporters like you, we’re able to provide students at local participating high schools with alumni letters, admissions packets and hoodies from the colleges of their choice.

"Thank you for the hoodie! I'm going to Kent and have already been accepted! I am so happy to have a hoodie ready for my first year there this fall!" - Justin 

"I'm emailing to thank you for your generosity in giving us all hoodies from the college of our choice. They are very warm and it is nice to know we have someone supporting us in our goal to be successful. I hope you do this next year for other teenagers in the program." -Madison

"Words cannot describe how grateful I am to have received my NYU hoodie from you! It's so nice to have someone to back up and support our future life decisions. Thanks again, it means so much to me!" -Haley       


This year YLS has partnered with the following schools to provide more than 150 sweatshirts for the Hoodies project: Alliance High School, Canton Harbor High School, CHOICES, Early College and Sandy Valley High School.

"As students plan or discuss their future beyond high school, many dream of attending college. Whether they are the first in their family to attend college or one of many, they all have one thing in common - they need support! United way of Greater Stark County's Young Leaders Society and community sponsors are teaming up for the third annual Hoodies for the Holidays! With the hoodie of their choice, a personalized letter from an alumni and an admissions packet- we are showing students from Alliance High School, Sandy Valley High School and Compton Learning Center that we support their dream of educational advancement! Will you join us in this exciting opportunity by being a sponsor or donating, today? – Jenifer Hill

WAYS TO PARTICIPATE: Individual monetary donation, business or organization program sponsorship, donate new college hoodies, submit an alumni letter or help raise money by attending a fundraising event.

INDIVIDUAL MONETARY DONATION: simply text PURCHASE to 41444 to make a credit card donation from your mobile phone.

BUSINESS OR ORGANIZATION SPONSORSHIP: If you are a business or organization interested in sponsoring Hoodies for the Holidays, please click on the link below for a sponsorship form   | 2017 Hoodies Sponsorship Form

DROP OFF LOCATION: United Way of Greater Stark County: 401 Market Avenue North, Suite 300, Canton


Thursday, November 2, from 5 – 8 PM: George’s Lounge is located at 229 Cleveland Avenue Northwest, Canton, Ohio, 44702. YLS current, future and past chairs will be behind the bar serving customers and a portion of all bar sales that night will go to Hoodies.

Tuesday, November 7, from 11 AM – 10 PM: Taggart’s Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant is located at 107 South Main Street, Magnolia, Ohio, 44643. 10% of all proceeds that day will be donated back to the Hoodies project.

Monday, November 27, from 5 – 9 PM: Chipotle Mexican Grill, 1630 West State Street, Alliance, Ohio, 44601. Half of each bill will be donated back to Hoodies. Must show flyer or mention United Way of Greater Stark County’s Young Leaders Society.

WRAPPING PARTY:  December 6 @ United Way of Greater Stark County - 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM to 6 PM.

THANK YOU TO THE 2017 SPONSORSHIPS AND IN-KIND DONATIONS: Master's Level: Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Malone University, University of Mount Union and Kent State University at Stark  |  Bachelor's Level: The Canton Student Loan Foundation, The Karcher Group, Schauer Group, Inc., C.A.M.P. (Cast Apprenticeship and Mentorship Program) and Winick Endodontics  | Associate's Level: ACC Home Realty, LLC,  Stewardshop Property Solutions; Canton South Dental Group, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. attorneys at law, Mary Hakaim ACC Home Realty, and College Club of Canton  |  In-Kind: Liquid Apparel, 6th Street Yoga & Walsh University


FOR MORE DETAILS: Contact Hoodies for the Holidays Chairperson, JENIFER HILL at hill.jenifer.m@gmail.com or CARRIE CLEMENS, 330-491-9974, carrie.clemens@uwstark.org


2016 HOODIES FOR THE HOLIDAY: 215 students in 2016  | Washington High School & Canton South High School  | Sponsors: Master’s Degree: Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce  |  Bachelor’s Degree: The Canton Student Loan Foundation and The Karcher Group  | Associate’s Degree: Morris Auctions and TrackSense, Inc.

2015 HOODIES FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Thank you to everyone who donated! 

Thank you to all of the Young Leaders Society members, donors and sponsors for making United Way's first-ever Hoodies for the Holidays a success! With your support, we collected 237 hoodies. Students in career tech programs from Canton City School and Plain Local School Districts received a hoodie from the school of their choice, scholarship information, college admissions information and a letter of encouragement from an alum of that school.