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Health & Human Services

Committed to the basics – and beyond.

Protecting the health of our residents means protecting the health of the entire community. 

Akron Community Foundation and its fundholders envision a Summit County where all residents enjoy a healthy, rewarding life. The lingering effects of the recent recession have reminded Akron Community Foundation, our fundholders, and all the residents of Summit County how health and wellness are at the heart of our quality of life. If one person’s needs go unmet, everyone around can suffer. 

We help residents who are most vulnerable to the economy meet their basic needs, including food, clothing, shelter and safety from abuse. Our initiatives encourage systemic improvements in the accessibility and availability of each.

The community foundation's commitment to providing food forged a new partnership with the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank: the Food Pantry Capacity Fund. This initiative provided much-needed infrastructure to local pantries so they could better store and distribute fresh, healthy food to their clients, many of whom had found themselves in a position of need for the first time in their lives. 

Are you a fundholder?

We can keep you up to date on the community’s health and human services landscape. Or, we can offer funding options in this and other areas of interest. Contact Margaret Medzie for more information.

Since 2000, the community foundation has made approximately $8 million in competitive grants to programs that address:

  • Food, clothing and shelter needs, including Family Promise of Summit County, which helps homeless families with children remain together and achieve lasting independence
  • Preventative health care and health education, including Summa Health System to support educational services and support groups for new mothers
  • Substance abuse, public health and mental health, including a grant to help Emerge Counseling Services provide counseling for residents who are uninsured or cannot afford care
  • Social and legal aid services, including The Arc of Ohio, which provides civil rights advocacy on behalf of Summit County residents with disabilities

Nonprofits interested in applying for a Health & Human Services grant can review deadlines and other important information on our Community Fund Grants page.