United Way Broadens Direct Services

Partner Expands Service Due to COVID-19
Posted on 06/30/2020
Image of United Way of Summit County LogoUnited Way of Summit County is expanding several of its direct service programs in response to COVID-19. This effort includes working with Akron Public Schools to open a third Family Resource Center in the fall, expanding 211 services and increasing capacity at its Financial Empowerment Center. Family Resource Centers provide a safe, welcoming place in a school where parents and caregivers can get information, assistance and referrals to community resources. United Way has already opened Family Resource Centers in Robinson and Helen Arnold CLCs. In March, United Way's 211 program partnered with DoorDash to deliver free boxes of non-perishable food from local food banks to people at high risk from COVID-19. This service has now expanded to operate locally 24 hours a day, seven days a week.The Financial Empowerment Center, created in partnership with the City of Akron, helps clients to reduce debt, increase savings, create sustainable budgets and improve credit scores. Started in May, the "Ask a Financial Coach" aspect of this program gives Summit County residents a place to call and get answers to their financial questions. A new financial coach will be hired to expand capacity. Learn more at uwsummit.org.
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