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.
Chief Executive Officer
Food and Building Manager
Community Works Akron Manager
CWA Employment Support Specialist
Employment Services Program Coordinator
Help OPEN M earn 5% cash back by shopping store brands at your local Acme Fresh Market Store. Collect receipts between August 6, 2020 and December 26, 2020, and turn into the collection box at OPEN M! The collection box is at the front desk of OPEN M. 941 Princeton St., Akron, Ohio 44311. Invite your friends and family to save receipts!
AKRON, OH, August 3, 2020—OPEN M is pleased to announce Nick & Cindy Browning as Honorary Chairs for the virtual OPEN M Gala honoring the unsung heroes of OPEN M on Friday, September 11, 2020. The Browning’s generosity and endless care has touched the lives of many including the hearts of the OPEN M community. The Brownings were chosen as Honorary Chairs because of their many years of dedicated service to OPEN M. Their values embody the generosity and servant spirit OPEN M was built upon. “OPEN M is grateful to have Nick and Cindy Browning serve as Honorary Chairs for our Gala,” said Christine Curry, OPEN M CEO. “We are blessed to have them as dedicated advocates taking the lead to encourage members of the Greater Akron Community and Summit County to help us provide support to the growing number of individuals and families who need our help.” Guests will arrive at St. George Family Center at 6:30 p.m. for an OPEN M Watch Party or view the program online from home. OPEN M Watch Party tickets are limited due to COVID-19 and expected to sell out quickly. All guests will have the opportunity to watch the program, enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, bid on silent auction items, purchase adventurous raffle tickets and enjoy a night of entertainment and fun from wherever they choose. Virtual guests will have the choice of a dinner delivery or they may donate the cost of their dinner back to the OPEN M Food Pantry. "It is an absolute privilege to serve as Honorary Chairs for the 2020 OPEN M Gala. Cindy and I both feel strongly about the mission of OPEN M," said Nick Browning. "We have thoroughly enjoyed our time getting to know the passionate volunteers, staff, Board and supporters of this organization, and we look forward to celebrating with everyone whether it be at the OPEN M Watch Party or from home," added Cindy Browning. The annual fundraiser will go towards supporting the mission of OPEN M to provide pathways out of poverty in Summit County. Purchasing tickets or sponsorship to the OPEN M Gala allows OPEN M to carry out its mission throughout the year. Tickets for the 2020 Virtual Gala are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.openm.givesmart.com. For more information on how you or your company can become involved, visit www.openm.org/2020gala/ or contact Jess Rist, Development Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 330-434-0110 ext. 409. About Nick Browning Nicholas Browning is president of Huntington’s Akron Region. Browning joined Huntington in 2016 following the merger of FirstMerit into the company. While at FirstMerit, he served as executive vice president, Akron president and CEO and was responsible for coordinating the activities of retail, wealth and commercial banking for the Akron Region, with direct responsibility for all aspects of Akron commercial banking. In addition, he was a member of the FirstMerit Bank, N.A. board of directors and executive committee. Prior to joining FirstMerit, Browning was a commercial banker with Ameritrust Bank and NCNB, where he began his banking career. Browning earned his MBA from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and marketing from the University of South Carolina. He is a trustee for the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Akron, Summa Health System Hospitals, Akron Community Foundation, Sisler McFawn Foundation, Summit Education Initiative, United Way of Summit County and Downtown Akron Partnership, and a member of the University of Akron College of Business Advancement Council. He was 2012 campaign chair for United Way of Summit County/Red Cross Campaign and is past board president of United Disability Services and Greenleaf Family Center. About Cindy Browning Cindy Browning is a dedicated community volunteer, having retired from Summa Health in 2017. During her 35-year nursing career, Cindy specialized in home health and hospice care. Her passion for hospice continues as a volunteer for Hospice of Summa, and through her work for Grace House Akron, where she is the volunteer coordinator and serves on the capital and policy committees. Cindy also serves on the Humane Society of Summit County Board and enjoys volunteering at the First Congregational Church of Akron’s food pantry. Past volunteer work includes Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Hudson United Methodist Church and Open M. Cindy earned her B.S. in nursing from the University of South Carolina and holds a master’s degree in nursing from Walden University. Cindy and her husband, Nick, live in Akron with their two quirky, rescued dogs and have three adult children.
AKRON, OH, July, 27, 2020— The OPEN M Board of Directors and staff are pleased to announce the selection of Christine R. Curry as the new CEO of OPEN M effective July 20, 2020. Curry succeeds OPEN M’s Interim CEO, Patricia Wicks, who assumed the position in February 2020. OPEN M selected Curry after an extensive search led by the OPEN M Board of Directors. During her short, but challenging, months as CEO, Wicks has made many necessary changes in the functionality of OPEN M including the optimization of the current and future potential of the OPEN M staff along with many other notable achievements. Under her leadership, OPEN M raised $100,000 for construction and first-year operating costs of the Harry and Fran Donovan Dental Clinic ; served hundreds of families in the Mountain of Food Program; earned a Gold Rating in the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinic’s Quality Standard Program; and helped dozens of new and existing clients facing unemployment or job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. OPEN M anticipates that Curry will leverage these achievements to lead the organization in enhancing and expanding its services to meet even more people in need in the Summit County Community and beyond. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, we would like to welcome Christine to the position of CEO and the OPEN M family. We are extremely excited and look forward to Christine bringing her years of experience and success to OPEN M,” said John Margida, president of the OPEN M Board of Directors. “Christine brings a diverse background that will enhance our Ministry and we look forward to OPEN M becoming the benchmark for organizations across the region,” Margida added. Prior to joining OPEN M, Curry served the Northeast Ohio Medical University as special assistant to the president and as stewardship and development program coordinator within the University’s Division of Advancement. She previously spent two years as a member of the City of Akron’s Mayor’s cabinet as director of communications and more than 18 years at The University of Akron, in a variety of roles including director of development/stewardship and donor services, director of alumni relations and as a public relations representative. Curry is a proud alumnae of Akron Public Schools, graduating from Garfield High School and The University of Akron where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communications. She is a strong believer in giving back to her community and currently serves on the Akron Roundtable Board of Trustees, LeBron James Family Foundation - LAB Community Board and our Lady of the Elms Board of Trustees. Curry is a member of Leadership Akron - Class 24. “It is truly my privilege to serve in this role for OPEN M. I am looking forward to guiding our organization to new heights as we move our mission forward to meet the growing needs of individuals and families who require our help today. OPEN M is here for the community. We are here to give the people of Akron and Summit County hope, help and sustainability,” said Curry.
Patients of OPEN M Clinic: Due to CDC recommendations after the outbreak of COVID-19, we have had to update our procedure for seeing patients in the clinic. Here are the changes you can expect to see for the indefinite future:
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