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
Office Manager - CEO Assistant
Food and Building Manager
Events, Volunteer & Development Manager
Community Works Akron Manager
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…)
OPEN M strives to be more of a "hand up" rather than a "hand out" organization. We believe the "Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime." proverb and try to lead by example with our programs, specifically with Community Works Connection. Sometimes circumstances align and truly allow us to follow through with that in a big way. (more…)