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Brandon Scarborough

Turning Young Men’s Dreams into Reality After graduating from Mt. Union College and then receiving his master’s in education, Brandon Scarborough, now 37, realized he wanted do to more with his career than to just hold a traditional job. Throughout his life, he witnessed too many young African-American men who needed focus, who needed a […]

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Tommy Bruno

Rocking into the Hardship of Recovery The Greater Akron region is no stranger to addiction issues, and in turn, to creating measures to resolve those issues and to help those in need. As early as 1935, Henrietta Seiberling, daughter-in-law of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company founder F.A. Seiberling, brought Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, both admitted alcoholics, […]

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EXL Center, University of Akron

The EXL Center, The University of Akron Connecting Student Leaders with the Community The EXL Center at The University of Akron (UA) was created in 2015 to produce leaders by “supporting innovations in teaching and learning that are hands-on, team-based and engaged with the community,” says current co-director Carolyn Behrman, Ph.D., an anthropology professor at […]

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AHMA, Reach Community Center

Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, Reach Opportunity Center Empowering a Neighborhood When discussing philanthropy, we usually think of powerful people doing good things in a community. But sometimes a community can discover its own power in a place. One visit to the Reach Opportunity Center in Akron’s Summit Lake area provides evidence enough. The laughter of […]

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Jen Vliet, Akron Hope

  Inspiring The Next Generation Through Outreach Jen Vliet, The University of Akron student, started Akron Hope on campus in July 2015 when Charleston Hope founder Emily Hoisington reached out to her. Jen happens to be the cousin of Emily’s boyfriend, Chad Cooke, who had sadly passed away. Chad’s commitment to creating hope became the […]

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Philip H. Maynard

Supporting Youths’ Hearts and Minds “I’ve been very blessed over the years and believe that when you give, you also receive; not only is it a duty and an honor, but it’s really a true joy. The Maynard Family Foundation is focused on children, education, and helping those who are working on reinventing,” says Philip […]

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Betsy and Ryan Hartschuh

Fulfilling a Vision of Learning Through Play In 2011, after traveling out of state with their two young daughters to several hands-on learning museums (commonly known as “children’s museums”), Betsy and Ryan Hartschuh recognized the value of creating a similar space in Akron where children and their families could learn through play. Along with a […]

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