Monthly Report to the Community Happy new year • JANUARY 2013 IN THIS ISSUE: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Students give back Christmas spread to over 850 children! By Dottie Achmoody Summa ad Dental donation Kudos Corner Donor list Special pantry volunteer Acme cash back program Dottie Achmoody As we rang in the New Year, we could not help but reflect back on Christmas. This past Christmas OPEN M ran its annual Christmas for the Love of Children program. We had over 150 people step forward to sponsor children for Christmas. Because of these very generous individuals, groups, and churches, we were able to provide a Christmas for over 250 families including 100 pounds of food for each sponsored family! We appreciate all the groups and churches who donated the food that allowed OPEN M to be able to provide food boxes to the families. “Special Santa’s,” our donors, blessed over 840 children this year with gifts; each child received at least two gifts (totaling $50 or more) for Christmas. It was a wonderful holiday season seeing everyone come together to reach out to the community. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help make this program possible. This includes the many groups and churches that hosted toy and stuffed animal collections for our Christmas program. A special thank you to Sam Keller from Keller Rigging and Construction for his donation, which allowed OPEN M to purchase several needed food items for our food boxes and buy numerous children’s gifts. The smiles on the children’s faces say it all. Their hope, joy and spirit add to the meaning of Christmas. In addition, we are extremely grateful to our sponsors and those who contributed to the Pajamas for Kids program. We are so proud of the difference that we have made for the families of Akron. OPEN M (Opportunity for People Everywhere in Need Ministry) is an ecumenical Christian mission. We are committed to Feed the Hungry, Care for the Sick, Nurture Children, Build Families, and Strengthen the Community. Board of Trustees Beverly Bokovitz, MSN, RN Roxia Boykin, MPA, RN Darryl Brake John M. Davis Jess W. Hurst, CFP Dr. Eric Johnson Joy D. Kosiewicz Shawn Lyden Jeffrey A. Murphy John S. Murphy Scott Myers Patricia J. Neely Joe Thibault Jil Williams Michael G. Wojno OPEN M Foundation Ann Amer Brennan – Chair Eileen Burg Philip H. Maynard Frank Harvey Scott Myers Michael G. Wojno OPEN M Staff Dottie Achmoody, MPA CEO, Ext. 407 Kaitlyn Achimasi Behavior Health Coordinator, Ext. 419 Pat Adolphson Accounting Assistant, Ext. 405 Desi Becker Clinic Receptionist, Ext. 413 Bobbie Boyer Food Service Manager, Ext. 416 Dan Bricker Building Manager, Ext. 422 Felicia Bronner Education/Diamond Ladies Coord., Ext. 410 Tiffany Cawley Director of Development, Ext. 404 Angel Favaro Education Manager, Ext. 402 Patrice Fox, BSN, RN Nursing Administrator, Ext. 414 Lamont Graves Operations Manager, Ext. 409 Colleen McMahon Executive Assistant, Ext. 428 Eric Nelson Clinic Coordinator, Ext. 406 Family Development, Ext. 403 Ken Price JOBS Coordinator, Ext. 433 Sanford Trado Accounting Manager, Ext. 405 Michelle Unangst, Grant Writer, Ext. 405 OPEN M is located at, 941 Princeton Street in Akron, Ohio. (330) 434-0110 FAX: (330) 434-6661 www.openm.org 2 OPEN M Report to the Community Students give back The Christmas for the Love of Children program is a large program at OPEN M helping over 840 children this year. Our distribution day took place on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. This is the day that we take all the sponsored children’s gifts and we distribute them to more than 250 families in Summit County. This year some of the athletes from the StowMunroe Falls High School Athletic Leadership Council volunteered to spend the day at OPEN M helping with getting gifts, loading cars, checking people out, lifting food boxes and many more volunteer tasks. The Athletic Leadership Council is a group of student athletes from Stow-Munroe Falls High School that get together for monthly meetings for leadership training and community service. This elite group is selected by coaches and teachers at the school. Five students graciously came with hearts wide open, ready and willing to help in any way possible. Kristen Cannon, Dylan Hartwig, Sydney Trathen, Kayla Thomas, and Jessica Guider were the students that volunteered their time at OPEN M. They range in grade level from sophomores to senior students. They represented the sport teams of tennis, wrestling, volleyball, cross-country, track, and basketball. Athletic Director Cyle Feldman and volunteer Valerie Bonacci also chipped in and volunteered right alongside their students. In addition, the Stow-Munroe Falls High School boy’s basketball team lead by Dave Close sponsored Stow families with gifts and food for the holiday season. We are so thankful to the students, coaches and teachers for taking time out of their busy schedules to volunteer at OPEN M and give back to the community. The distribution day ran very smoothly with their assistance. Athletic Leadership Council of Stow Munroe Falls High School (from left to right) Sydney Trathen, Dylan Hartwig, Cyle Feldman, Kayla Thomas, Jessica Guider, Kristen Cannon, Valerie Bonacci www.openm.org 3 A clinic’s Christmas and patients’ love by Desi Becker OPEN M Free Clinic has so many wonderful patients. They are always very willing to give back to the clinic to show their appreciation. It was the first week of December and time to decorate the waiting room. During a few clinics, the clients participated in spreading Christmas cheer. They put the Christmas tree stand together, placed the lights and garland on the tree, fluffed the wreaths and decorated the waiting room with poinsettias. The finishing touches came when each patient who desired to participate decorated the tree by placing the bulbs on the limbs; Dental Donation Every year the Akron Dental Assistants Society (ADAS) chooses an organization where they can donate items to a dental clinic. The ADAS selected OPEN M as a recipient of this generous gift for the year of 2012. Carol Vozar, who is a volunteer assistant in our free clinic since October, hand delivered the items on 12.12.12. Paper towels, suction tips, toothbrushes, paste, and clean wipes were a few of the donated items. In the picture to the right, Clinic Coordinator Eric Nelson, is receiving the items. Moreover, to our surprise, the ADAS blessed our dental clinic with a $100 donation! Thank you, Akron Dental Assistants Society for your generosity. 4 OPEN M Report to the Community OPEN M Free Clinic has so many wonderful patients. however, these were not your usual bulbs! The clients were encouraged to write messages on the bulbs or to decorate them with a silver Sharpie. Some drew snowflakes, stars and hearts while others sent personal messages. Still others wrote “Season’s Greetings,” “We’re thankful for OPEN M” and, finally, one patient wrote “Sretan Bozic,” which translates from Serbian to “Merry Christmas.” Kudos Corner We would like to send a big thank you to… • North Springfield Presbyterian Church for donating hats and gloves as Christmas gifts for kids in the OPEN M Building Blocks program • Everyone who helped out with the Christmas for the Love of Children program • Lisa Becker and Mary Rinaldi for helping coordinate and collect pajamas for Pajamas for Kids collection and also for shopping for the Christmas for the Love of Children program • Chapel Hill Christian School – North for collecting 906 pounds of food • DeVitis Italian Market for providing OPEN M with discounted food for a program • Keller Rigging & Construction for the donation of food and Christmas gifts • Fairlawn Area Chamber of Commerce for picking OPEN M as one of the chosen charities to receive money from the annual Holiday Auction and for the wonderful donation of 150 pounds of food and toys for Christmas • Summa Health System for their donation of over 200 pajamas for the Pajama’s for Kids program and for volunteering during the Christmas season • To all of our amazing receptionists who also have a smile for everyone who comes in the OPEN M doors: Sharon Wood, Dolores Kolb, Lucy Wyss, Bonny Mills, Patricia Tramble, Aisha Allen, Jeri Weems, Joan Schoenheit, Mary Yvonne Horton, Margaret Parsons, Audrey Keller and Drewcilla Stovall. • Blick Clinic for donating and making hats for our Christmas for the Love of Children program • Robert J Catering for donating premade food including delicious macaroni and cheese, cheese cubes, fruit and vegetables to our children’s program • Toshiba Bob for being Santa for the Christmas program • Everyone that helped to make Thanksgiving Dinner a success again this year • Phil Martucci for donating his time and food for a Christmas lunch for the OPEN M staff • All the churches, groups and individuals that donated food for our Christmas Boxes • • To the volunteers that helped to put food in the boxes for Christmas • All the food pantry volunteers • Ken Price for volunteering to be Santa for our Building Blocks program and sharing the story of Christ with our children To all the businesses and churches who donated gifts, toys, blankets and food for the Christmas program. Your love was shared with everyone who came through our doors to receive their gifts. • Jared Galleria of Jewelry for donating boxes of new teddy bears for the Christmas for the Love of Children program January / February Hot Lunch Schedule Mon. Jan. 21 Hudson UMC Mon. Jan. 28 Stow UMC Mon. Feb 18 Hudson UMC Mon. Feb 25 Harmony Springs Christian Tues. Jan. 22 Fairlawn Lutheran Tues. Jan. 29 St. Barnabas Catholic Church, Northfield Tues. Feb 19 Granger UMC Tues. Feb 26 Peninsula UMC Wed. Feb 20 Open Wed. Feb 27 First Congregational Church Hudson Wed. Jan. 23 Christ Church Episcopal Thurs. Jan. 24 Twin Falls UMC Fri. Jan. 25 Sigma Theta Tau Wed. Jan. 30 First Congregational Church, Hudson Thurs. Jan. 31 Green Valley UMC Thurs. Feb 21 Twin Falls UMC Fri. Feb 22 Macedonia UMC Thurs. Feb 28 First UMC Cuyahoga Falls www.openm.org 5 Thank you to our donors! OPEN M Donor List November 21st through December 21st AARP Coventry Chapter 3820 The Rev. & Mrs. K. Lee Achmoody Mr. & Mrs. Neil Adams Ms. Carol Adams *Akron Baptist Temple *Akron Bible Church Ministries Akron Community Foundation Akron General Health System- Halo Nurse Program Allenside Womens Guild Mr. & Mrs. Mal Ames Anonymous (6) Mr. & Mrs. Donald Armbrust Association of Medical Social Workers Glenn Atwood Ault Brothers Inc. Mr. & Mrs Daniel Auman Ms. Marilyn Averell Patty Bachtel Mr. & Mrs. Todd Bahr Mr. Wayne Baker Mr. & Mrs. David Baker Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Balogh Mr. & Mrs. Frank Barber Ms. Elizabeth Barber Mr. G. Philip Barnhart Dr. William Bauman Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Stow Mr. & Mrs. C. E. Belknap Ms. Mona Bishop Mr. Brian Bishop Mr. & Mrs. Mark Blaser Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bowman Mr. & Mrs. Libert Bozzelli Mr. & Mrs. John Bradford Mr. & Mrs. David Brennan Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund Mr. & Mrs. Larry Brimlow Mr. & Mrs. Alan Burky Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Butler Ms. Jill Cabe Mr. & Mrs. Clayton Canfield Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Carpas Mr. & Mrs. John Caulfield Dr. & Mrs. Roger Chaffee *Christ UMC of Akron Ms. Nickie Ciolli-Hetrick Mr. & Mrs. Henry Clark Ms. Judith Clifford Mr. & Mrs. Barry Collier Community Fellowship Ministries Copley Discount Drive-Thru Inc. *Copley United Methodist Church Mary S. and David C Corbin Foundation Ms. Carolyn Cox Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Crosier Cub Scout Pack #3327, Hudson David E. Bedillion Agency, Inc. Mrs. Sally Davies Minister Walda Davis Mr. & Mrs. Walter C. Davis Rev. & Mrs. Doug Denton Ms. Lucille DeShon DeVitis Italian Market Ms. Mary Didonato Mr & Mrs. Patrick DiMauro Mr. & Mrs. Robert Dixon Mr. & Mrs. John Dixon Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Dixon Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Doll Mr. & Mrs. John Donatelli Ms. Dorothea Douds Dr. Frank Douglas Mr. & Mrs. Robert Dughi Ms. Irma Earley *East Ohio Conference of The UMC Eastwood Church of The Brethren Mr. & Mrs. Melvin Eberly Ms. Brenda Eich Ms. Mary Engle *The Episcopal Church Diocese of Ohio *Faith Lutheran Church, Fairlawn *Fairlawn Lutheran Church Lutheran Womens Missionary League Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Falcone *Family of Faith United Methodist Women *Family of Faith Willing Workers SS Class Ms. Beverly Fenning 6 Mr. & Mrs. Rita Filer *The First Congregational Church, Tallmadge *First United Methodist Church, Cuyahoga Falls Mr. & Mrs. William Fisher Flowercraft Club Ms. Mary Ellen Foster Mr. & Mrs. Paul Franklin Ms. Denae Freshly Paula Fulmer Gallery of Framing, Fairlawn Gavin Scott Salon & Spa, Stow Dr. & Mrs. Gary Giorgio Ms. Maureen Glynn Mr. & Mrs. George Goodrich Mr. John Goudie Ms. Judith Grayhem Dr. & Mrs. Alex Guira Ms. Hilda Gullion Ms. Nancy Ann Gupta Mr. & Mrs. Michael Guster Mr. & Mrs. Bob Habyan Ms. Paula Hannum Ms. Carolyn Hansinger Mrs. Martha Hart Mr. Frank Harvey, Jr. Ms. Patricia Hawk Mr. & Mrs. William Heilmeier Mr. & Mrs. Jim Heilmeier Diane Hengle Mr. & Mrs. William L. Hergenrother Ms. Kathryn Hibbard Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Hine *Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, LSF Guild Mr. Roger Hoover Mr. & Mrs. Leon Hosey *Hudson United Methodist Church Lisa Hughes Mr. Jesse Hurst Mr. & Mrs. John Ingram Ms. Kristine Jacobson James Douglas Evans Architect Inc. Mr. & Mrs. George Janes Jared – The Galleria of Jewelry Craig Johnson Dr. & Mrs. Brian Jones Mr. & Mrs. Fred Karm Keller Rigging & Construction Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Kenepp Kenmore Komics & Games Ms. Elizabeth Kerr Mr. & Mrs. Edward King Kiwanis Club of Stow Munroe Falls Mr. & Mrs. Edward Kline Mr. & Mrs. Dale Koblenzer Mr. & Mrs. Carl Koltas Thomas Kot Elfrida Krister Ms. Clara Krum Mr. & Mrs. John Kugler Mr. Kyle Kutuchief Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Labbe Lakeville United Methodist Women Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Leffler Mr. & Mrs. Peter Lepp Dr. & Mrs. James Lewis Ms. Patricia Lollini Ms. Anna Maerean Mrs. Marjorie Magee Marhofer Auto Family Ms. Althea Marquardt Mr. & Mrs. Corby Mathisen Mr. & Mrs. John McBride Mr. & Mrs. Stanley McDermott Dr. & Mrs. John McFadden Janet McFarlin Mrs. Shirlee McMahon Mr. & Mrs. Edward Mechenbier Mr. & Mrs. Donald Mervine Miller Family Foundation Mogadore UMW Wyatt & Candice Monteith Mr. & Mrs. Charles Monroe Ms. Theresa E. Morelli Dr. Mark Munetz Mr. & Mrs. John Murphy Mr. & Mrs. Scott Myers Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Nasrallah Richard Neal *New Covenant Community Church, Inc. OPEN M Report to the Community Northampton Grange Ms. MaryAnne Nowak *Oak Hill Presbyterian Church OMNOVA Solutions Foundation Our Lady of the Elms Ms. Marcella Pace Mr. & Mrs. William Painter Ms. Dianne Papes Mr. Pete Pappas Mr. & Mrs. Jesus Paredes Mr. W. Stuver Parry Dr. & Mrs. Charles Peter Rev. & Mrs. Marshall Peterson Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Pitts Mr. & Mrs. William Post Presbyterian Women of Westminster Church Rebecca Pruitt Mr. & Mrs. Bart Rahe Mr. & Mrs. Sam Rajiah Mr. & Mrs. William Rank Mr. & Mrs. Zar Reader Mr. & Mrs. Edward Reed Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Reichelt Mr. & Mrs. John Riemenschneider Ms. Helena Rizzo Dr. & Mrs. Duane Roe Shirley Russell Sharon Salem Mr. & Mrs. Edward Sauer Dr. Carole Savan Ms. E. W. Schneir Mr. & Mrs. John Schoenheit +SD Myers, Tallmadage Mr. David Siegfried Ms. Barbara Simcox Carol Simpson Mr. & Mrs. Robert Smethers Rev. & Mrs. David Smith Mr. Richard L. Smith Mr. & Mrs. C.M. Solis Mr. Anthony Sonderman Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Soos The Spiritual Sisters Mr. Richard Srail *St. John St. Paul Lutheran Church *St. Paul’s Episcopal Church St. Paul Catholic Elementary School Students, Akron Ms. Helen Stansfield Mr. & Mrs. Walter Starcher Mr. & Mrs. Charles Starkey Ms. Maureen Stevens *Stow United Methodist Women +Stow-Glen Retirement Village Dr. & Mrs. Richard Stratton *Streetsboro United Methodist Church Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Stress Summit County Land Title Association Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Swank The Church In Silver Lake Mr. & Mrs. Howard Tolley Troop & Family Assistance Center, Region 1, Northeast Ohio *United Methodist Church of Macedonia United Methodist Women, Akron Sue Ellen Utley Mr. & Mrs. Emil Voelz Shirley Wagner Mr. Jackson Wagner Mr. & Mrs. Al Wavle Wayside Furniture Inc. Dr. & Mrs. Jon Weingart Janice Weinhardt Mr. & Mrs. Norbert Weisend Ms. Brenda Wentland Mr. & Mrs. Gary Whidden Ms. Gail Wild Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Williams Dr. Jay Williamson *Woodland United Methodist Church Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Wright Mr. & Mrs. David Yeager York United Methodist Church - United Methodist Women Mr. & Mrs. Jack W. Young Yusef Khan Caldron, No 24 * Covenant Church + Community Partners In Honor Of Ann Brennan Janet DasVarma Sandra Dawson Jean Foust Froncie Repetti Alice Bergstrom by Mr. & Mrs. John Yankey In Memory Of Carol Brodbeck by Ms. Janna Bruner In Honor Of Dr. Roger Chaffee by Mr. & Mrs. Harry Donovan In Honor Of Jennifer Dixon by Mr. & Mrs. James Dickson In Memory Of William G. Fox by Akron BMW Club Aldawood Hills Landowner Assoc Mr. & Mrs. Peter L. Anderson Mr. Charles Daub Mr. & Mrs. Robert Dixon Mr. & Mrs. E. Thomas Dowd Frank Edwards Erie Industrial Supply Co The Ewart-Ohlson Machine Company Dr. & Mrs. Robert Faulkner Ms. Mary Goletz Mr. & Mrs. George Janes Mr. & Mrs. Barry Klein Mr. & Mrs. William Knittle Dr. Ben Laubach Ms. Tina Lim-fulton Mr. Ron Martin Colleen McMahon PCC Airfoils Dr. Kristi Pielstick Mr. & Mrs. James Salem Ms. Sara Jane Salstrom Mr. & Mrs. Charles Torgersen Caroline Wilson Dr. & Mrs. James Wilson Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Zeno In Memory Of Ron Glosser by Mr. Philip Bradley Mr. & Mrs. David Brennan Ms. Kimberly Gillman Good Place Publishing The Patricia and J. Harvey Graves Family Foundation Guideposts Ms. Leonna Haines Mr. Frank Harvey, Jr. Hershey Trust Company Mr. & Mrs. Robert Leatherman Mr. & Mrs. W. Riley Lochridge Mr. Philip Lutz Ms. Joan McNeely Mr. Harry Meek Mr. & Mrs. Donald Sturtz Mr. & Mrs. James Sutphin The House of LaRose Mr. & Mrs. Norman Wells In Memory Of Charles E Hart by Mrs. Martha Hart In Memory Of Robbin Harvey by Mr. & Mrs. Tim McMahon Mr. & Mrs. John Yankey In Honor Of Parry Keller Jo & George Honig Ruth & Wendell White by Mrs. Patricia Neely In Memory Of Glenn C. Kennedy by Ms. Mary Kennedy In Memory Of JoAnn Chaffin Martin by *Family of Faith United Methodist Church - Esther Circle Mr. & Mrs. Edward Mickels Trubridge, Inc Ms. Roberta Ulmer In Honor Of Shirlee McMahon’s 81st Birthday by Tim, Colleen, Katy & Connor McMahon In Memory Of Dave & Peg Neely Miriam Keller Lois Lance by Mrs. Patricia Neely In Honor Of Hannah Nitz by Mr. & Mrs. Steve Rybka In Honor Of Margaret Parsons by Mr. & Mrs. Terry Drake In Honor Of Laura Robinson by Nancy Gromen In Honor Of Marge Sampson by Mr. & Mrs Ronald Sampson In Memory Of Marjorie Van Nostran by Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Lyle Ms. Janice Paden In Honor Of Parents Norb & Edie Weisend by Ms. Ellen Wolcott In Memory Of Husband, Lance Wernowsky & Daughter Connie by Mrs. Norma Wernowsky Special pantry volunteer by Bobbie Boyer Volunteers are our lifeline – without them we would not be able to do all that we do. They fill in for one another when needed; they make the days more enjoyable and are willing to help do whatever is needed when asked. They are all special in their own ways. One of these special people is my oldest grandson, Kyle. When Kyle was younger, we did not see much of him with his father being in the Air Force. In his earlier years, he lived in New Mexico, Texas and even Japan. The last few years he lived with his mother in Texas until they moved to Michigan. This move provided the opportunity for us to see more of him. wanted to enlist in the Marines. Then about two months ago, he came to Akron to live with his dad and stepmother before leaving for basic training in February. In his time here in Akron, he has come to be my special volunteer. When I need his help all I have to do is ask. He does whatever is asked of him and if he sees something that needs to be done, he does not hesitate to jump in and get it done. All by himself, he brought down all the food that was upstairs for the Christmas food boxes. Without his help, Dan and I would have had to find the time to do it ourselves. Therefore, with the remaining time he has with us I would like to let him know how truly special he is to all of us in the pantry. A few months after graduating from high school, he got a welding job, but after a few months of working decided he www.openm.org 7 OPEN M 941 Princeton Street Akron, OH 44311 Return Service Requested Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 1196 Akron, OH 44309 IMPORTANT DATES Monday, January 7, 9:30 a.m. Clinic open enrollment call in Friday, January 18, 9-11 a.m. Mountain of Food Monday, January 21 Office closed Tuesday, January 22, 3:30 p.m. Champions of Wellness Thursday, January 24, 5 p.m. Legal Aid Saturday, February 9, 9 a.m. Annual Membership Meeting The Acme Community Cash Back Program Once again, the OPEN M Free Clinic is registered with the Acme Community Cash Back Program. The Cash Back program runs from September 22, 2012 through February 9, 2013. The OPEN M Free clinic asks everyone to shop at Acme Fresh Market, save any receipt with the words “Cash Back” on the bottom and turn it into the OPEN M Free Clinic. The receipts are all gathered and Acme Fresh Market will issue a rebate check to OPEN M for up to 5 percent of the amount printed on the bottom of the receipt. The Cash Back amount includes all Acme brand merchandise purchases. Thank you for your support!
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