Giving Voice – Lending a Hand

Below you will find a list of organizations that have been touched by The Summit's "Turning Outward" program. To find out more, click here to view the mission of "Turning Outward."

If you'd like us to consider your favorite non-profit for a Turning Outward broadcast, email our Julie DiVitto at julie@913thesummit.com. Please include the contact person for the organization, so that we know who to contact, should we choose them for a broadcast.

Click here to read about our Turning Outward broadcasts from 2011, 2010, 2009.

 

Community Legal Aid Celebrate 60 Years of Service to Those in Need

On Thursday, November 1, 2012 – Summit Director of Creative Content, Garrett Hart was on-site at the Akron Civic Theatre live broadcasting, for Community Legal Aid’s 60th Anniversary Celebration, as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project.

Community Legal Aid

 

 

During the one hour broadcast, he interviewed Sara E. Strattan; Executive Director Community Legal Aid and Attorney at Law, William D. Dowling; Attorney/Mediator, and Judge Todd McKenney, Keynote Speaker.

Community Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm serving the legal needs of low-income and elderly residents of central northeast Ohio. 

Learn more about Community Legal Aid at communitylegalaid.org.

 

October 25, 2012 – The Summit’s Director of Operations & Membership, Andrew James was on-site broadcasting live at The University of Akron Student Union Ballroom for the inaugural Summit of Sustainability Awards, as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward project.  Sustainable practices were the focus of the awards luncheon, including the recycled materials used in the awards themselves, as well as the composting of any leftover food.

Susmmit of Sustainability Awards

 

 

During the one hour broadcast, Andrew interviewed Paula Davis; President & CEO Keep Akron Beautiful, keynote speaker Elaine Gallagher Adams; senior consultant with the buildings program at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), and Dan Colantone;     President & CEO Greater Akron Chamber. 

The City of Akron, Summit County, the Greater Akron Chamber, Keep Akron Beautiful, and a host of sustainability sponsors want to recognize local businesses and non-profits for their efforts to institute more sustainable practices.  This awards program reveals the best sustainable business practices going on within our community and showcases the winners for others to emulate.

 

October 5, 2012 –Canton Palace Theatre, 605 Market Avenue, Canton showcasing Canton Film Festival’s opening night and The Canton Symphony Orchestra’s 75th Year.

On Friday, October 5 – Summit general manager Tommy Bruno was on-site broadcasting live as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project

Canton Symphony Orchestra

 

 

During the live one hour broadcast, he interviewed Michelle Mullaly; Executive Director, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Paxos; Executive Director, Canton Palace Theatre, and Rachel Waddell; Canton Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor and who will be conducting The Speedbumps with The Canton Symphony Orchestra on Friday, October 26, 2012 as part of CSO’s Pop Series.

Learn more at ArtsinStark.

 

Akron Bar Association’s Health Law Section presents
Break the Cycle of Addiction

September is National Recovery Month

On Thursday, September 27, 2012 – Summit Director of Creative Content, Garrett Hart was on-site at Akron Bar Association’s Sidebar event in observance of Recovery Month, live broadcasting as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project.

Akron Bar Association

 

 

During the one hour broadcast, he interviewed Marc Merklin; Managing Partner Brouse McDowell, and Michael Van Buren; Health Care Law Brouse McDowell.     

Founded in 1875, the Akron Bar Association, through education, advocacy and community service, empowers its members to reflect the highest professional standards, enabling them to earn the community’s utmost respect so our legal system will be recognized as fair, accessible and just.

Community Health Center’s Break the Cycle of Addiction is a week-long event which brings public awareness to the fact that addiction does not discriminate as it spreads through our community, beyond the city limits and into our suburbs, and why treatment is important.  Helpful resources are available in our own community.

For help or more information visit commhealthcenter.org or call 330-315-2676.

 

On Wednesday, September 26, 2012 – Summit Director of Creative Content, Garrett Hart was on-site at Akron’s J.O.G. our WAY, broadcasting live as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project.

During the one hour broadcast, he interviewed Chris Canova; Executive Director, J.O.G. our WAY, Brian Williams; Chairman, Board of Directors, J.O.G. our WAY and Superintendent of Buckeye Local Schools, and Stephanie Foxworth; Graduate of J.O.G. GED program and student at the University of Akron.

J.O.G. our WAY

 

 

Workforce Advocacy for Youth (WAY) proudly serves students and graduates at twelve Metropolitan Akron-area high schools in Summit and Medina Counties. They are a non-profit organization operating the Jobs for Ohio's Graduates (JOG) program. JOG is an affiliate of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG).

Since 1986, WAY has assisted thousands of youth in transitioning from school to work and has maintained a standard of excellence. Their professional staff is a team of dedicated individuals who aspire to four simple values…a solid work ethic…responsible citizenship…lifelong learning…productive lives.

See them on YouTube and learn more at jobstop.org.

 

Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation Compassion for the Compassionate

On Wednesday, September 5, 2012 – Summit Director of Creative Content, Garrett Hart was on-site at Akron’s John S. Knight Center live broadcasting for The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation’s Compassion for the Compassionate: Supporting Those Serving Others, as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project. 

Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation

 

 

During the one hour broadcast, he interviewed Rick Kellar; Margaret Clark Morgan president, Fr. Norm Douglas; Heart to Heart Communications co-founder, Dr. Robert Denton; Summit County’s Victim Assistance Program co-founder and executive director, and Fr. Lyndon Harris; event keynote speaker.  Fr. Harris was the priest at St. Paul’s Episcopal Chapel across from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

There is often a long-term emotional cost of being able to perform in high-demand, care giving situations. Professionals who help and care for others can be overwhelmed by the nature of their involvement.

The goal for participants of Compassion for the Compassionate is that they gain knowledge and skills to understand and address the impact of Compassion Fatigue while enhancing their professional and personal well-being.

Learn more about The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation.

 

Community Health Center Foundation's 11th Annual Golf Classic

August 13, 2012 – Summit general manager, Tommy Bruno was on-site at Fairlawn Country Club, 200 N. Wheaton Rd. (Akron) for Community Health Center’s 11th annual Golf Classic, live broadcasting as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project.

Community Health Center

 

 

During the one hour broadcast, he interviewed Chrissy Gashash; CHC Marketing & Public Relations Manager, Joe Scalise; Horizon House Housing Coordinator, and Board President, Robert J. Papa.

All proceeds raised from the Golf Classic are used to supplement the Community Health Center’s substance abuse prevention, treatment and housing programs designed to strengthen families in our community.

For more information visit commhealthcenter.org.

 

August 2, 2012 – The Summit’s Director of Operations & Membership, Andrew James
was on-site live broadcasting in Bath, Ohio at Crown Point Ecology Center as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project.

During the one hour broadcast, he interviewed Ellen Otto; Marketing & Special Events Coordinator, Christine Thomas; Taste of Earth chairperson, and Loretta Haugh; Taste of Earth co-chairperson.  Topics discussed included Crown Point’s history, recent accomplishments, and the upcoming Taste of Earth Annual Fundraiser Dinner/Auction.

Crown Point online

Crown Point Ecology Center is green space that matters – a biologically diverse living laboratory that serves to demonstrate practical applications of ecology. The 115-acre Crown Point farmland in Bath, Ohio is a regional model for sustainable agriculture and environmental education.

At Crown Point, they believe that ecological land stewardship encourages structural and social change through local food production, positive impacts on the environment, health of our citizens, and local economic development.

Explore Crown Point Ecology Center at crownpt.org.

 

On Tuesday, July 24, 2012 – Summit Director of Creative Content, Garrett Hart was on-site at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens inside Molly’s Café, live broadcasting, to highlight the history and background of the Estate, educational programming, and upcoming

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens online

events, including Dancing Under the Stars, as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project. 
Participants interviewed by Garrett during the one hour broadcast include, Gailmarie Fort; VP, Outreach & Communications Stan Hywet, Toivo Motter; Director of Education, and Eric Wheeler; Director of Marketing.

The Manor House is one of the finest examples of Tudor Revival architecture in America. The Seiberlings chose architect Charles S. Schneider to design the home for $150,000.

History and background, about the Estate:

  1. Seiberling legacy/Goodyear founder
  2. 6th Largest Historic Home in the Country
  3. Summit County’s Only National Historic Landmark
  4. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  5. One of only 776 museums out of 17,500 nationwide accredited by the American Association of Museums; one of 26 in Ohio
  6. The groundbreaking took place in early 1912

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path  Akron, OH

History, events, membership/volunteer info at stanhywet.org.

 

July 18, 2012 – Summit Director of Creative Content, Garrett Hart was on-site live broadcasting at The Raymond John Wean Foundation’s

The Raymond John Wean Foundation online

unveiling and dedication of its new offices and community meeting and incubator facilities in therevived Courthouse Square area in the center of Warren, OH, at 147 West Market Street, as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project.

During the one hour broadcast, he interviewed Gordon Wean; Wean Foundation chairman, Jeffrey Glebocki; president of the Wean Foundation, and Michael Chesler; president and CEO The Chesler Group Inc.
The new quarters, will more than triple the Wean Foundation’s old office space. The two-story, Civil-War-era building has undergone a year-long, sensitive historic restoration by the Chesler Group Inc. The relocation will allow the Foundation to better fulfill its mission of promoting resident engagement, equity, collaboration and innovation in the Mahoning Valley.

For more information, visit rjweanfdn.org.

 

On Thursday, June 28, 2012 – Summit general manager, Tommy Bruno was on-site at Akron Rotary Camp 4460 Rex Lake Drive, live broadcasting as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project. 

During the one hour broadcast, he interviewed Dan Reylolds; Akron Rotary Camp Executive Director, Beth Hubich; camp counselor and Ohio University student, Dawn Housley; camp staff-member and parent of campers, and Bonnie Wojno; Akron Rotary Camp Dreamweaver, accompanied by two campers.

Rotary Camp online

 

 

The Akron Rotary Camp provides children with special needs a place to spend their summers - a place where disabilities & limits don't hold them back.  All Akron Area YMCA Camps are American Camp Association accredited.
Akron Rotary Camp has become a cherished and trusted resource, where children and adults with special needs develop relationships, life skills and memories that last a lifetime.

Over the years, Akron Rotary Camp has aspired to provide facilities and year-round programs that are responsive to an ever-growing range of special needs.  Welcoming more than 1,000 children and adults each year into day, overnight and respite camping programs, the Rotary Club of Akron has committed to the rejuvenation of this ACA accredited camp to continue providing year-round enriching camp programs where abilities shine.

Learn more, support, get involved rotarycamp.org.

 

June 15, 2012 – The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps – PO Box 2733 Canton, Ohio - bluecoats.com – 330-433-9115.

Summit Director of Creative Content, Garrett Hart was on-site at InfoCision Stadium - 375 E. Exchange St. Akron, OH live broadcasting, to showcase The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps as they celebrate their 40th anniversary and kick-off the 2012 Drum Corps International Tour.

Bluecoats online

 

 

During the one hour broadcast, he interviewed Scott Swaldo; Bluecoats Board President, Chris Wanko; Bluecoats Board Member, and David Glasgow; Bluecoats Executive Director.

The Bluecoats are a non-profit music education organization made up of 150 young men and women between the ages of 15 and 22. The Bluecoats were founded in 1972 as an outgrowth of the Canton Police Boys Club.

The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps provides a program for youth in music and performance training. Leadership, personal, character and social development skills are emphasized through the challenge, excitement, and self-discipline presented by the corps through travel, competition, and pursuit of excellence.

 

June 6, 2012 – Leadership Akron – 54 East Mill Street, Suite 201, Akron, Ohio - leadershipakron.org – 330-436-5291.

Summit general manager, Tommy Bruno was on-site at the Goodyear Blimp hangar at 841 Wingfoot Lake Rd. Mogadore, OH live broadcasting, to showcase Leadership Akron’s Class XXVIII Graduation as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project.

Leadership Akron online

 

 

During the one hour broadcast, he interviewed Linda Conrad; President, Executive Director Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Mona Sarkar; Vice President Wealth Team, Manager FirstMerit Bank, and Kelly Pariso; Financial Advisor/Associate VP
Ameriprise Financial.

A community’s health and well-being depends on the ability of leaders to readily work together, collaborating to seize opportunities, address challenges, and develop new solutions. Akron has long benefited from a collaborative base of leaders who know one another and readily work together to get things done.

Leadership Akron’s role is to strengthen and broaden this base of leadership. The year-long program helps leaders see beyond their own spheres to the bigger picture of the community, and inspires them to become more effectively involved as community leaders.

 

May 23, 2012 – Mobile Meals Inc. – 1063 S. Broadway - Akron, Ohio mobilemealsinc.org - 330-376-7717

Summit general manager, Tommy Bruno was on-site at Mobile Meals Inc. live broadcasting from their nearby warehouse, as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project, in observance of Older Americans Month and the 40th Anniversary of the passage of the Older Americans Act.

Mobile Meals online

 

 

During the one hour broadcast, he interviewed Lorie Travaglino; President/CEO Mobile Meals Inc., Beth Tenda; parent of young clients, Victoria Jackson; client and volunteer, and Thomas Crookes; Mobile Meals, Inc. Board Member since 2004.

Serving Northeast Ohio since 1971, the mission of Mobile Meals Inc. is to feed people that cannot feed themselves, by providing quality meals and nutritional services to individuals of all ages who are at nutritional risk.  Many of those are older people, who sometimes their only interaction with the outside world is a daily meal delivery, allowing them to remain in the comfort of their own homes longer.

 

NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness

May is Mental Health Month

On Wednesday, May 9, 2012 – Summit Director of Creative Content, Garrett Hart was on-site at the Hilton-Fairlawn live broadcasting, for NAMI Summit County’s 26th Annual Dinner, as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project.

NAMI online

 

 

During the one hour broadcast, he interviewed Karen Winters Schwartz; author and keynote speaker, Dr. Fred Frese; Associate Professor of Psychology NEO-Med/NAMI Summit County board member, Jerry Craig; Executive Director ADM Board of Summit County, and Dr. Steven Jewell; Medical Director of Child Guidance & Family Solutions/Award for Exemplary Psychiatry recipient.

Did you know that one of every four people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime?  Factor in the family members and friends who are affected, and mental illness touches one of every two people. 

Learn more about mental illness at namisummit.org.  There are weekly family support meetings, and longer courses explaining the illnesses, along with coping and communication skills.

 

Stewart’s Caring Place: Cancer Wellness Center

On Thursday, May 3, 2012 – Summit general manager, Tommy Bruno was on-site at Stewart’s Caring Place live broadcasting, to promote their 6th annual Hope Walk, as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project.

During the one hour broadcast, he interviewed Raven DeVoll; Stewart’s Caring Place Events Coordinator, Sally Oneacre; Hope Walk Chair, Christy Mattey; Stewart’s participant.

Stewart's Caring Place online

 

 

Stewart's Caring Place: Cancer Wellness Center is a nonprofit organization that began as a grassroots effort led by the family and friends of Dr. Stewart Surloff whose cancer journey ended in the fall of 2001. During his life, Stewart shared the struggles and triumphs of his cancer experience and taught us that "There is more to cancer than chemotherapy and surgery."  Today, Stewart's carries on his legacy by providing support services, free-of-charge, to individuals and families touched by cancer, serving Summit, Medina, Stark, Portage and Wayne Counties.

Doors have been open since 2004.  Services include free counseling, exercise classes, support groups, children’s programs, massage therapy, a resource library and a wig room.

Learn more at stewartscaringplace.org and Hope Walk.

 

Summit Education Initiative’s "Their Success Is Our Success" Event

On Monday, April 30, 2012 – Summit general manager, Tommy Bruno was on-site at Summit Education Initiative’s "Their Success Is Our Success" Event, live broadcasting as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project.

SEI online

 

 

During the one hour broadcast, he interviewed Derran Wimer; Executive Director, Summit Education Initiative, Nick Browning; President/CEO Akron Region FirstMerit Bank, Dr. Joseph Zarconi; System Vice President for Medical Education and Chief Academic Officer” for Summa Health System, and Jeff Ferguson; Superintendent of Tallmadge City Schools.

Key points discussed during the interviews:

  • The Cradle to Career Alliance
  • The importance of bringing members of the community together from different sectors…health care, business, manufacturing, education, social services, and foundations to participate in improving student outcomes.
  • The impact The Cradle to Career effort is already having in Tallmadge and in many other districts in Summit County.   
  • The many opportunities available that individuals can go to the website and just sign up to get involved.

Learn more, get involved - seisummit.org.

 

Habitat for Humanity 25 Years Serving Summit County

On Tuesday, April 17, 2012 – Summit general manager, Tommy Bruno was on-site at Habitat for Humanity of Summit County’s annual Appreciation Dinner, live broadcasting as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project.

Habitat for Humanity of Summit County online

 

 

During the one hour broadcast, he interviewed Charlotte Batties; Habitat Homeowner, Amar Shah and Bill Hardy; University of Akron Campus Chapter President and Treasurer, and Reverend Mark Frey who talked about HFHSC’s upcoming mission trip to Malawi.

As Habitat for Humanity of Summit County celebrates their 25th Anniversary this year, they hosted their annual Appreciation Dinner to thank and recognize all who have supported them over the past year.
Habitat for Humanity of Summit County is a non-profit, ecumenical organization that builds and renovates homes in partnership with qualified families. They are dedicated to making simple, decent and affordable housing available in our community for low-income families in need.

They have already built over 150 homes, and have housed more than 180 adults and nearly 325 minors in the past 25 years.  Habitat for Humanity of Summit County has homes in Akron, Barberton, Copley Township, Stow and Twinsburg.

Learn more, support, get involved hfhsummitcounty.org.

 

On Tuesday, March 20, 2012 – Summit Director of Creative Content, Garrett Hart hosted a live broadcast from The Summit’s own Studio A, as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project. 

During the one hour broadcast, he interviewed Rosanne Drake; Annual Fund Director Hattie Larlham Foundation, Mike Sweeney; event organizer, and Mike “Mad Dog” Adams; event headliner.

Hattie Larlham online

 

 

Event organizer, Mike Sweeney shared how he and Rosanne created this event, which has grown from about 200 attendees at Musica to the current location at the Tangier.  Rosanne’s inspiration to find a cure is for her granddaughter who has Cystic fibrosis.  Mike “Mad Dog” Adams has been the event’s headliner since the first year.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:

  • clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and
  • obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.

To learn more visit cff.org.

 

On Thursday, February 2, 2012 – Summit Director of Creative Content, Garrett Hart was on-site at Youngstown’s American Heart Association live broadcasting as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project.

During the one hour broadcast, he interviewed Mariann Pacak; local supporter

American Heart Association online

 

 

of The American Heart Association, Rachel Barber; 2012 Tri-county Heart Ball Chair, Michelle Janci; survivor.

Topics discussed included:

Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.  See the warning signs of heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest here.

To support, volunteer or learn more visit the American Heart Association online.

 

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012 – Summit Director of Creative Content, Garrett Hart was on-site at Medina Creative Housing live broadcasting as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project.

During the one hour broadcast, he interviewed Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty; Medina Creative Housing Executive Director, Sue Tokarski and her son Dillon Mates;

Medina Creative Housing online

 

 

Dillon recently moved into Medina Creative Living III, Ashley Shook; Medina Creative Produce greenhouse employee, and Ethan Contini; Supportive Employment Maintenance Enclave worker.

Medina Creative Housing was formed by a group of concerned parents who were looking for a brighter future for their children with disabilities. In 1992, they launched a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation that would enable Medina County residents with disabilities to live the American Dream, to live independently in a home of their own designed to meet their special needs.

Medina Creative Housing works with families to encourage early planning and timely transition of adult children with disabilities into independent housing with supports designed and/or adapted to meet their child’s individual needs. Today, Medina Creative Housing provides single family homes and is expanding housing options through development of Medina Creative Living subsidized garden style apartment units. They now provide specialized housing to over 50 people coupled with a social/recreation program enhancing our residents' lives.

Additionally, they provide homemaker/personal care supports to assure success. Their "Life Steps" life skills training program is providing a stepping stone to independence. Their Property Maintenance Employment Enclave is providing real life experience and on the job training. Their newest enclave, Medina Creative Produce, is a fully operational hydroponic greenhouse that produces 900 heads of lettuce a week. They also design and install handicapped accessible modifications to meet individual physical needs. Medina Creative Living’s programs continue to grow and they are available to assist other organizations in program development through partnerships and consulting.

To support, volunteer or learn more visit medinacreativehousing.com.