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Sunday, April 8
Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m.
Friday, April 20, 9 - 11 a.m.
Mountain of Food
Tuesday, April 24, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Champions for Wellness
Wednesday, April 25, 11 a.m.
Administrative Professionals luncheon benefiting OPEN M
Friday, May 4
Thanksgiving in May Akron Boards of Trade
Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m.
Walk for Kids
Monday, May 7, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Bridges out of Poverty Workshop
|Walk for Kids |
Walk for Kids-Get Involved
This year's Walk for Kids is taking on a new look! We are gearing up and heading to the park! The Walk for Kids will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 11 - 1 p.m. at Silver Springs Park, Heritage Barn, Stow (5238 Young Road, Stow, 44224). OPEN M is excited to share with everyone all the great amenities the park has to offer while addressing the reason we are raising money, the kids. A park is a wonderful place for kids, adults, and families of all sizes to come and spend time together. Support systems, like families and friends are a big part of everyone's life and it is important to promote family time together.
OPEN M is looking to reach out to kids in a new holistic way with new programs and curriculum. OPEN M encourages you to get your group involved with the Walk for Kids by either hosting a fundraising event, sponsoring the event, getting a walk team together, start a friendly competition between departments or offering a matching programs as an incentive for your group to give back! Below are ideas of how your group can get involved with the 2012 Walk for Kids and truly make a difference to the children in our community.
· Matching gifts program
o Offer your group a benefit for their efforts to volunteer and give back to a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. You choose how much you will match compared to what your group raises.
· Brown Bag your Lunch Day
o Encourage your group to bring their lunch from home and donate what they would have spent on lunch to OPEN M.
· Premium parking
o Reserve a premium parking spot. Sell tickets to raffle the spot.
· Sponsor lunch/breakfast
o Bring in pizza and pop for lunch or coffee and donuts for breakfast and charge $2
· Other Ideas
o 50/50 or Raffle
o Chili/soup cook off luncheon
o Bake Sale
o Car wash
o Talent Show
o Rummage Sale
o Spaghetti Dinner
o Send out a letter to family and friends asking for sponsorships
o Board game tournament
o For more ideas you can check out www.better-fundraising-ideas.com
For every $100 raised and turned in before the Walk for Kids to OPEN M, 941 Princeton Street, Akron OH 44311, you will receive a free OPEN M tote bag to show your participation! This is a great opportunity for groups, children, individuals, businesses and more to get involved and show your support for our community! If you have any questions please contact Tiffany at Projects@openm.org or call her at 330-434-0110, Ext. 404.
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|Directions to Walk for Kids |
Directions to Walk for Kids event at the Heritage Barn, at Silver Springs Park, Stow on Saturday, May 5 from 11-1p.m.
Take route 8 North, get off at exit 7 Graham Road, turn right onto Graham Road (1.6 miles), turn left onto Darrow Road, veer to the right onto Stow Road (1.7 miles), turn right onto Call Road (1.1 miles), turn left onto Young Road, Silver Springs Park, Heritage Barn opening will be on the left hand side, follow signs.
Take route 8 South, get off at exit 7 Graham Road, turn left onto Graham Road (1.6 miles), turn left onto Darrow Road, veer to the right onto Stow Road (1.7 miles), turn right onto Call Road (1.1 miles), turn left onto Young Road, Silver Springs Park, Heritage Barn opening will be on the left hand side, follow signs.
|Getting Ahead Graduates |
Getting Ahead is a class offered through Bridges Out of Poverty to help those living in poverty. OPEN M has had the opportunity to bring 96 individuals through this program and graduate. The class meets twice weekly for 8 weeks. During the classes, the investigators learn about social classes, communication, resources and much more! They also get to investigate poverty and set goals for themselves that will help them reach stability. After the 8 weeks is over we have a graduation for the 12 investigators and ask everyone to give a speech and talk about their thoughts on Getting Ahead, what they have learned, what they would like to do differently, and their goals. Please see below quotes from Getting Ahead Class 8 investigators. We are so proud of each and every one of them and know they will do great things in the future!
Thoughts on Getting Ahead classes from class 8
- Getting Ahead helped me think about and change my behavior- Tianna Brunson
- "Getting Ahead was an opportunity by chance"- Jeri Weems
- Getting Ahead allows you to reflect on the past and project into the future-Jeri Weems
- It is motivational- Jeri Weems
- Helped me answer the question "How did I get here?"- Jennifer Martin
Some goals of Getting Ahead Class 8
- Go back to School
- Get a job
- Finish nursing school
- Save money
- Save money for transportation
- Be able to buy a house in the future
- Spend more time with God
- Start an adult daycare
- Give back to the community more
What have I learned...
- I need to have a strong work ethic, stay close to friends and family that are positive, and always educate myself- Toney Blocker
- Social classes, hidden rules, and to always stay motivated- Sonia Davis
- Getting by isn't enough but getting ahead is- Pam Smith
- I learned self-awareness, who I am, what I want to do, what is the best me, and how do I get there- Jeri Weems
What I am going to do differently...
CLICK HERE to view the Getting Ahead Class 8 speeches
- Stay positive, stay motivated and set short term goals that I can reach- Toney Blocker
- "Relationships"- strive to do better and stay beautiful- Sonia Davis
- Give back as I have received- Jeri Weems
- Stop being so negative about my situation and start doing something today- Damon Smartt
- Focus on my life and what I want to do- Cherita Brunson
|Champions for Wellness|
Champions for Wellness: How to deal with depression and anxiety
Champions for Wellness is a series started by OPEN M's free medical clinic to educate, support, and empower patients to live healthy lives, both physically and mentally. The last Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m., a different topic will be discussed at OPEN M, and will be open for anyone in Summit County to attend! These sessions will have time for education, discussion, participation, socializing and learning about community resources. Each month the session will be run by different experts in the community, and hosted at OPEN M, 941 Princeton Street in Akron. Each session will have a light dinner served and door prizes!
For April we will be discussing how to deal with depression and anxiety.
When: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Time: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Speaker: Andrea Denton, Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board
Topic: Dealing with stress, depression, and anxiety may feel overwhelming. Come and discuss with others, learning you are not alone, and learn of ways to deal with these feelings and emotions. Everyone is welcome to attend.
|Administrative Professionals Appreciation Lunch|
Do you know an administrative professional that needs to feel appreciated? On Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at Tangiers (Akron), Superior Staffing will be offering an Administrative Professional Luncheon from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. This is a great way to show your appreciation for the administrative professionals in your life! Take them to lunch with Keynote speaker Kristie Van Auken, Senior Vice President of the Akron-Canton Airport. After the lunch portion, there will be a few vendors available if you would like to do a little shopping. In addition, each person that attends will receive several nice gifts.
The event is one you will not want to miss and the administrative professional in your life will really know how much you care. Which overall leads to greater satisfaction in the workplace, better attitude, and an even more efficient professional in your life. Proceeds raised will go to support OPEN M. Therefore, not only are you enjoying a fabulous afternoon but OPEN M benefits! It does not get better than that. We hope to see you at there.
For tickets call 330-983-2732 or e-mail Amanda Patterson at APatterson@SuperiorStaffing.com. Tickets are $30; you must R.S.V.P. by April 18. Hurry tickets will go fast so get yours today!