United Way of Summit County celebrated a successful campaign, honored its many partner companies and announced a vision for its future Wednesday during its annual meeting at the John S. Knight Center.
In 2017, United Way announced its four Bold Goals by 2025 — to boost third-grade reading scores, high school graduation rates and college/career readiness among Akron Public Schools students, financially empower thousands of local working families and fight addiction. United Way President and CEO Jim Mullen said those goals remain, but he also underscored the necessity of creating new partnerships with local businesses, elected representatives and other nonprofit agencies in order to grow United Way’s work to scale.
2019 campaign chair Bradley Wright also announced the start of 30th anniversary celebrations for United Way’s Tocqueville Society. The Tocqueville Society was founded in 1989 under the leadership of Ann and David Brennan and has generated more than $25 million.
Also announced were the newly elected members of United Way’s board of directors. Halle Jones Capers, Bill Considine, Laura Culp, Mayor Dan Horrigan, David James, Phil Maynard, Mike Mazzeo, Brock Steere and Dr. Tim Stover were elected to their second three-year terms. Whitt Butler, Ken Babby, Judge Alison Breaux, Steve Dimengo, Jesse Hurst, Nizar Trigui, Angela Wells and Ebony Yeboah Amankwah were elected to their first three-year terms. William Steere, Steere Enterprises, was elected to a one-year term. County Executive Ilene Shapiro was elected to a first three-year term following an unexpired term.
Christine Amer Mayer, United Way board chair, stepped down from her role following the conclusion of her two-year term. Mark E. Krohn succeeded Mayer.
GOJO received the 2018 “Spirit of Caring Award.” United Way’s highest corporate honor, the Spirit of Caring Award is presented annually to the company that best embodies United Way’s call to action. GOJO supported United Way’s 100th anniversary as a Red Feather Centennial Sponsor. In 2018, the company sponsored Sam Salem Community Learning Center for the Page It Forward, Stuff the Bus and Holiday Snack Pack drives, ensuring that every student in that school received bags full of free books, school supplies and healthy snacks.