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 1,000 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 through our Health, Food and Employment Services, all with the common goal of breaking the cycle of poverty and improving the health of the community, one family at a time.
Employment Services offers various programs and educational opportunities to assist each participant in finding meaningful and lasting employment.
Food programs help you feed your family with emergency food assistance, hot lunches, and monthly food giveaways.
We offer a Free Dental Clinic, Pharmacy and Medical Clinic, that provides primary healthcare, with a range of specialties to those without health insurance.
We host other services like Christmas for the Love of Children, A.A., Tax Prep and Legal Aide throughout the year.
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In partnership with the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, OPEN M will host three Mountain of Food distributions throughout the months of November and December. The direct distributions will take place on Nov. 20, from 9 - 11 a.m., Nov. 24 from 2 - 4 p.m. and Dec. 18 from 9 - 11 a.m. The extra November Mountain of Food will take the place of the Thanksgiving Eve meal held at OPEN M in years past. “We recognize that holidays are a stressful time for most people, but that stress is greatly intensified for those living in poverty, said Christine Curry, OPEN M CEO. “It’s a heavy burden to bear when you don’t know where your family’s next meal will come from, much less a holiday meal. We hope that this extra food distribution will alleviate some of that worry.” OPEN M’s Mountain of Food program distributes free food to those in need on the third Friday of every month. This program provides mainly perishable foods such as, bread, fresh vegetables, fruit, meat and more. Due to the unprecedented need throughout Northeast Ohio, the Mountain of Food program has been extended beyond Summit County to residents of all counties with no referral required. Guests are served on a first-come-first-serve basis and asked to stay in their cars at all times while practicing current social distancing guidelines. More than 54 million people may face food insecurity in 2020 due to COVID-19, including a potential 18 million children, according to Feeding America. In a typical year, more than 80 tons of food move through OPEN M’s doors and out into the community through a culmination of food programs. As unemployment continues to rise, along with food insecurity, OPEN M anticipates serving a record number of people in 2020. The Mountain of Food program is one of four programs provided by OPEN M to alleviate hunger in our community. For more information on OPEN M food programs, please call 330-434-0110 or visit www.openm.org/food-programs. OPEN M is actively seeking volunteers to assist with the Mountain of Food program. To volunteer, please email email@example.com or call 330-434-0110 to speak with Development Manager, Jess Rist.
AKRON, Ohio, Nov. 2, 2020—On Friday afternoon, President, Paula Burris, and other members of the Kent Area (OH) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated presented a $1,050 check to OPEN M in support of the Hot Lunch program.
The Links, Inc. has a long tradition of “engaging in the educational, civic and intercultural activities in communities they serve. Founded in 1946, it is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women, who are committed to enriching, sustaining, and ensuring the culture of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.”
“OPEN M is grateful to welcome The Links, Inc. as a partner as we join together to assist with improving the quality of life for communities who need our support in having their voices heard,” said Christine Curry, OPEN M CEO.
OPEN M’s Hot Lunch program provides fresh and nourishing meals to members of the Akron Community facing hunger. This meal is provided in partnership with local churches, organizations and community groups who purchase, cook, and serve each meal during the last two weeks of each month except November and December.
In 2019, churches, businesses and organizations prepared and served more than 7,200 Hot Lunches, valuing at more than $28,800. During the beginning phases of the pandemic, the program was put on hold but has since returned with COVID-19 restrictions in place, including serving outdoors and in to-go containers.
For more information on OPEN M’s Hot Lunch program or any of our Food, Health or Employment Services, please visit www.openm.org or call 330-434-0110.
On December 25, 2019, 680 children woke up to presents under the tree and food on the table from OPEN M’s Christmas for the Love of Children Program. OPEN M is turning to the community for help to provide more families with a Christmas this year. The Christmas for the Love of Children program provides gifts, school supplies, food, and more to hundreds of Akron families and children from 0-18 years of age during the Christmas season. OPEN M expects the need in the community to be even greater this year due to the pandemic. The Christmas program is fully funded by generous donations which determines how many children OPEN M is able to serve. Each year, an outside agency selects Akron families and children in need and refers them to OPEN M’s Christmas for the Love of Children program. Information is collected on each child including their age, sizes and wish lists. Sponsors will use this information to provide them with $50 worth of gifts or a monetary donation. There are many ways for the community to get involved with the program other than sponsorship. OPEN M is seeking donations of food items, school supplies, and volunteers to make the program a success. To sign up, please contact OPEN M’s Development Manager, Jess Rist at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-434-0110 ext. 409. To learn more about the program, visit www.openm.org/christmas.
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!
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