2018 – 2020 STRATEGIC PLAN

2018 – 2020 STRATEGIC PLAN



The vision for OPEN M is to be a community leader in breaking the cycle of poverty and transforming lives, one person and one family at a time.



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.



SERVANTHOOD – meeting the needs of others by following Jesus’
example of love, humility, and service.

RESPECT – treating others with dignity and valuing them as made in the image of God.

COMPASSION – understanding who we are serving, dedicating our
focus to their needs, and adjusting our assistance accordingly.

HONESTY – being open, straightforward, fair, authentic, transparent, accountable, and behaving ethically in all interpersonal interactions.


In pursuit of this vision and consistent with its mission and core values, OPEN M will be guided over the next three years by the six broad goals identified in this strategic plan.


Transforming Lives…Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, Strategic Plan 2018-2020 provides a dis­tinct roadmap for OPEN M over the next three years.

This strategic plan, developed in conjunction with a number of community partners, volunteers and others, will help OPEN M focus its efforts to build on a fifty year legacy of addressing unmet community needs. The strategic goals are aimed at ensuring that OPEN M remains a vital, financially viable ministry that can effectively offer programs and services consistent with its mission, vision and core values.

Most importantly, implementation of this plan will result in a re­newed and expanded commitment to strengthening programs that break the cycle of poverty one person and one family at a time and move them closer to independence, productivity, and inclusion in the community.

Provide effective and sustainable mission-relevant programs addressing unmet community needs.

Position OPEN M as a major community leader in strengthening current and developing new mission-relevant collaborative relationships and strategic partnerships.

Optimize the current and future potential of OPEN M’s employees and volunteers.

Strengthen OPEN M’s Board of Directors structure, composition, and functioning.

Increase the awareness and visibility of OPEN M’s mission and services.

Enhance OPEN M’s sustainability by increasing its philanthropic support and generating new revenue sources.


We hope you will continue to financially support OPEN M. As we implement our strategic plan our financial needs are sure to grow and we pray you can commit to grow with us!

Donations can be made by clicking the button below, over the phone by calling 330-434-0110 x405, or by mailing a check to 941 Princeton St., Akron, Ohio 44311.

Re-Occurring Donations:

You are now able to set up your own re-occurring donations on a weekly, monthly or annual basis. We know life can get busy, and maybe this can ease it just a bit. You just set up your donation once and it will automatically charge your card on your selected frequency.

Tribute Gifts:

You can now make your online gift “in honor of” or “in memory of”. You will also have the ability to send an eCard to that individual or someone near to them to let them know of the tribute you’re giving to them. It’s just another simple way for us to help make your gift even that much more meaningful.

Tax Receipts:

As one last convenience, you will also receive an automatic tax receipt emailed to you to keep for your end of year charitable donation records.

Help spread the word by sharing the mission of OPEN M with members of your church, local businesses, and medical service providers within your community. We’d be happy to provide you with printed materials to set out at your place of business, church or any other location where you see the need.

Social Media:

Make sure you give us a follow and share our stories with your friends!

More than 1,400 people volunteer at OPEN M each year. We invite you to join us. Volunteer opportunities include everything from helping in the food pantry and administrative tasks to serving in the clinic or becoming a mentor.

Give us a call to see how you can get involved or click the button below to check out our 2018 Impact Guide for all of the ongoing & monthly volunteer opportunities!



Help OPEN M by donating today!

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