We are mothers, wives, dads, nanas, husbands. We are whatever the moment calls us to be. We are sisters, brothers, aunties to twelve. We are works in progress, friend to many, we put on a brave face, we struggle. We are people, we are support systems. We ARE here for one another. WE ARE OPEN M.
To accomplish our mission, we rely on the generosity of more than 1,200 volunteers a year. Regardless of your skill set or amount of time available, there are opportunities for you to make a difference in the community by volunteering at OPEN M.
OPEN M is supported by businesses, churches, foundations, individuals, and organizations who provide financial support, food, gifts, and volunteer time. Your donation can support the organization as a whole, or be dedicated to a specific program. OPEN M gladly accepts cash, checks, and credit cards.
The mission of OPEN M, a Christian ministry, is to provide pathways out of poverty for all by feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, and strengthening the community. We do this by offering five programs to the community, all with the common goal of breaking the cycle of poverty and improving the health of the community, one family at a time.
Community Works Akron (CWA) offers a 5-day workshop focusing on job readiness, financial literacy, and getting & keeping a full-time job.
Food programs help you feed your family with emergency food assistance, hot lunches, and monthly food giveaways.
Free Medical Clinic that provides primary healthcare, with a range of specialties to those without health insurance.
We host other services like A.A. throughout the year.
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Food and Building Manager
Community Works Akron Manager
CWA Employment Support Specialist
UP Program Coordinator
AKRON, OH (May 1, 2020) - In response to the novel coronavirus, OPEN M has moved their Walk fundraiser to a virtual event. The Walk is an annual event that raises nearly $20,000 to support the mission of OPEN M; providing pathways out of poverty by feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, and strengthening the community. Community members are encouraged to take a walk any time during the month of May and chalk words of encouragement along their path. The purpose of the event is to raise funds and awareness for OPEN M while encouraging other members of the community. “Our community is grieving. COVID-19 has had a profound impact on our world but this event is an opportunity to share encouragement and inspiration during such a difficult time,” said Jess Rist, Development Manager of OPEN M. Participants who share their chalk art and tag OPEN M on social media (@OPENMMinistry) will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize. For more information, contact Jess Rist at firstname.lastname@example.org
Effective February 10, 2020, Patricia Wicks has stepped in as Interim CEO for OPEN M during a change in leadership. Robert Titus has resigned as CEO and is pursuing other opportunities. "OPEN M would like to wish Bob well in his future endeavors and we look forward to a very bright and promising future," shared John Margida, Board President. The OPEN M team remains steadfast to serving the Summit County community since our founding in 1968. “OPEN M has served the community for 51 years. It will continue to build on its rich history and continue to provide food, medical and dental care, and employment services for our community well into the future. We are blessed with a strong team who is committed to service,” Wicks says. Patricia Wicks has served on the OPEN M Executive Board for almost two years and looks forward to resuming her role after a permanent CEO is selected and transitions into the leadership role. In the interim, she brings 25 years of experience in community development, non-profit management, and building effective teams. A search committee has been established and will begin the selection process for a new CEO soon.
A 50 year anniversary is no small feat and is absolutely something to celebrate.
And that’s just what OPEN M did on September 14th!
Over 330 of OPEN M’s closest friends gathered at St. George Family Center in Fairlawn to ring in this milestone anniversary complete with a 19 piece big-band orchestra.
This year OPEN M was honored to have Harry & Fran Donovan and Roger B. Chaffee, MD as honorary chairs for the gala. Individuals who without a doubt have guided OPEN M to where we are today and where we will go in the future.(more…)
Our Food Pantry has a pretty small reception area and can only handle a few clients at a time. So anyone waiting on their appointment has to wait outside the door until they're able to be let in. While that isn't too bad for a few months a year, through the winter and in the heat of the summer that can be a real issue. Not only does this awning provide them cover from the elements, whether is be sun, rain or snow, but it also gives them a bit of privacy from the street. (more…)
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