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Caring Communities of Summit County



Caring Communities of Summit County is a consortium of human service agencies concerned about developing new ways to deliver human service intervention.  Agencies, churches, businesses, organizations and residents join forces and determine how existing services can be made more accessible and better address the needs of the community.  Currently, there are two sites in operation: Crouse Caring Community, located in the Crouse Elementary School and Erie Island Caring Community, located in the Erie Island Elementary School.

This is not an education project per se, but is using educational sites for the implementation of its program philosophy.  Six goals established for Caring Communities include community outreach activities, supplemental education, and after-school recreational activities for children, family support, mentoring for boys and girls, and peer support for single mothers.


Year Collaborative Initiative Established:            1992


Number of Schools/Agencies/Organizations Served:  35


Evaluation Summary:

For the past four years, Crouse Caring Community has held a retreat in order to develop goals and objectives for the entire year.  From these established goals and objectives, an Evaluation Committee was organized to outline a list of activities necessary to meet evaluation requirements both internal and grantee. 


External Sources of Funds:

Funding comes from a variety of public and private sources.  Summit County Children Services acts as the fiscal and administrative agent.


Contact Person(s):

Kathey D. Winston                                                          

Executive Director                                                          

Caring Communities of Summit County            

1000 Diagonal Road                                                   

Akron, OH 44320                                                 

(330) 761-1621


Rene Belcher

Program Site Manager

Erie Island Caring Community

1532 Peckham Street

Akron, OH 44320

(330) 873-3410


Sonia Rice

Program Site Director

Crouse Caring Community

1000 Diagonal Road, Room 103

Akron, OH 44320

(330) 761-1621

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