Stories about the people and organizations that enrich our community.
Building up a “Good Place”, or a good city, is something that we are very passionate about. So any time that we hear about an organization working to improve our city, we want to report on it. Especially if it includes collaboration, which we believe is the best way to get things done.
The Healthy Summit 2020 is a beautiful example of community collaboration. The Healthy Summit 2020 got its start as Healthy Summit 2010, with the intention of helping the community improve the coordination of its health and human services.
Many community members gathered to bring this together, forming a thriving collaboration that has produced positive results.
On Friday, Feb. 21, the Vernon L. Odom Fund of Akron Community Foundation awarded $7,800 in grants to programs that promote diversity and enrich the quality of life within local minority communities.
On Friday, Feb. 21, Akron Community Foundation’s board of directors reported a record $181.6 million in assets as of Dec. 31 – an increase of $12.6 million over the same quarter last year. The growth was fueled by more than $5.7 million in gifts received Sept. 1-Dec. 31 and investment returns of 5.8 percent for the same quarter.
The Women's Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation recently awarded $72,050 to 11 nonprofit organizations that improve life for Summit County's women and girls. This latest round of grants was ratified by Akron Community Foundation's board on Friday, Feb. 21, at its quarterly meeting.
March 13: Livestock Mortality Composting Certification Training. Composting livestock and poultry mortality in agricultural operations is a legal option for disposal in Ohio. Ohio requires each operator to attend a mortality composting training session conducted by Ohio State University Extension. Attendance at this training session fulfills the Ohio legal requirement for conducting mortality composting on your farm. Presenter: Cliff Little, Ohio State Extension Educator, ANR Guernsey County
Registration fee for March 13 is $30 (Includes booklet, certification and light refreshments) March 13, 2014 9 a.m. ‐ 12 p.m. Happy Days Lodge, Cuyahoga Valley National Park 500 W. Streetsboro St (Rt 303) Peninsula, Ohio 44264
The City of Akron PeaceMakers, a youth civic/anti-crime group, is sponsoring FREE financial literacy workshops for high school students on Saturday, March 1st at the Main Branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High Street, downtown, Akron.
Workshops will be facilitated by an executive member of the Akron PeaceMakers and are totally peer to peer. Participants may attend up to three 40-minute workshops focusing on: Budgeting, Student Loans and Credit Cards. Each participant will be eligible to win a $2,500 scholarship. Workshop times are 11am, 12pm and 1pm. All workshop materials will be provided.
The group will also be holding a PeaceMakers Orientation beginning March 12. Application for becoming a Peacemaker is attached.
The Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation recently awarded seven grants totaling $25,725 for projects supporting the 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation. Akron Community Foundation’s board ratified the grants at its quarterly meeting Feb. 21.
Coming to Cleveland and Akron in August 2014, the Gay Games is a world-renowned sports and culture festival that emphasizes inclusion and participation. Nearly two-thirds of the grants awarded by the Gay Community Endowment Fund supported Gay Games-related arts and culture programming, including dance performances, concerts and theater productions. Other grants will fund conferences held before and during the Gay Games that raise awareness about LGBT issues.
In October, the Gay Community Endowment Fund announced a $100,000 commitment to the 2014 Gay Games, making the fund the official host sponsor of 2014 Gay Games sports in Akron and Summit County. The commitment – which includes $35,000 from Akron Community Foundation, a $10,000 contribution from Ron Bailey and Bill Edwards, and proceeds from the fund’s 2013 Sugar Plum Tour – is the largest collective award in Gay Community Endowment Fund history.
United Way of Summit County (UWSC) welcomes Beth B. Boggins to the position of vice president of marketing & brand management. In her new role Boggins provides leadership for the planning and direction of all marketing strategy for UWSC. Her duties include brand management, media and public relations, communications and event planning. She will also serve as a key member of the UWSC executive leadership team and offer counsel to the president and key volunteers.
Boggins is a three-year veteran staff member of UWSC. Prior to her promotion, she served as assistant vice president of major gifts.
Boggins has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and communications. Most recently, she was a marketing consultant for Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA) where she developed strategic marketing plans for the implementation and supervision of all future ABIA marketing activities. Prior to that, she served as assistant director/senior director of communications and community relations for University Park Alliance (UPA) where she worked to promote the visibility and enhance the public images of the University Park neighborhood and the UPA organization. For nine years, Boggins was director of marketing for TrenDesign, LLC, an advertising agency she co-founded.
Hattie's Garden is a sustainable agriculture garden that grows chemical-free produce. The program is also a Hattie Larlham vocational program for adults with developmental disabilities.
Employees with developmental disabilities work with Hattie Larlham job coaches to learn gardening skills, such as proper tool use and safety, soil preparation, tilling and digging, greenhouse watering and care, seedling care, weeding and harvesting fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Employees also assist with selling the produce to the public. The benefits of a healthy diet and the importance of harvesting crops at their optimum nutrient level are woven into the program.
In 2011, Hattie Larlham partnered with Crown Point Ecology Center and the County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board to plant the first Hattie's Garden, which is located at the Crown Point Ecology Center. The garden currently employs seven people with developmental disabilities and their job coaches. Hattie's Gardens also maintains a flock of 20 free-range, laying hens. These hens produce eggs that are collected and packaged in cartons for sale with the produce at Hattie's Gardens.
The policy produced by the Summit County Food Policy Coalition calls for two measurable action items:
- Eliminate food deserts in Summit County
- Preserve farmland within Summit County
We reported on efforts to identify and measure food deserts in our story from Jan. 10, 2014. This week we investigate one very successful effort to preserve farm land.
With an abundance of documentaries being released on food in America, it seems an awakening is happening. Many have begun to realize what an impact urbanization and industrialization have had on agriculture and how that is affecting our everyday lives. Right here in Ohio we've seen a huge shift over the years between local farmers and growers providing our food, versus products being shipped as far as countries away.
It's alarming to say that the percentage of people working in agriculture, and of food consumed/produced locally is now less than two percent.
Darwin Kelsey, Incorporator and Executive Director of the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy (CVCC), hopes to change that; bringing things back into balance. In doing so, one of the things Kelsey finds important to address is farmland preservation.
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