Active Community Partners

For information about how to do one of these projects with a class or how to work with a community partner, please contact Dr. Theresa Beyerle.


          Shelter for homeless women and children

ADM Board

Provides a cost-effective, efficient system of prevention and care for persons suffering from addiction and/or mental illness.

Akron Area Arts Alliance

Promotes arts and cultural activities in Summit, Portage and Medina Counties. 

Akron Art Museum

         Displays new and historic art, conducts creative workshops and concerts.

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank 

         Collects and distributes food donations for local food pantries.

Akron Children's Hospital

The largest pediatric healthcare system in Northeast Ohio, operating 2 pediatric hospitals, 20 pediatrician visits each year and about 70 pediatric specialty locations across the region. 

Akron Digital Media Center

         Provides training for community members to become local journalists for the Akron community.

Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA)

          Connects people to resources for housing, transportation, job training, consumer credit      counseling, utility assistance and other needed services.

Akron Racers 

         Women’s professional softball team

Akron Rotary Camp

         Respite camp for children and adults with disabilities.

Akron Summit Community Action, Inc (ASCA, Inc)

Offers resources and educational training that promote economic self-sufficiency to low-income residents, including the Head Start Program, and Youthbuild 

Akron-Summit  County Public Library

         Provides educational materials to the community.

Akron Urban League

Seeks to improve the economic, cultural, social, educational and recreational conditions affecting all citizens of Summit County, particularly African Americans, other minorities, and those most in need. 

Akron Zoo

         Enables the community to have an enlightening animal experience while promoting local conservation.

American Chemical Society

Promotes science education, science research, and public understanding of science.

American Red Cross

         Responds to disasters and emergencies with needed supplies and volunteers.

Axess Pointe Community Health Center

Provides quality, affordable and compassionate health in all communities. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina and Stark Counties

A local chapter of the national youth-serving organization, based on a one-to-one relationship between an adult volunteer and a child at risk. 

Blick Clinic

Provides a variety of clinical outpatient, residential and day program services for individuals with developmental disabilities, behavioral health needs and other related conditions. 

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve 

         Youth development organization with after-school services for school aged at risk kids.

BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Promotes business volunteerism and fosters excellence in nonprofit organizations. 

Cascade Locks Park Association

         Preserving, protecting, and promoting, the heritage of the Cascade Locks Park & The Erie Canal.

Child Guidance & Family Solutions

         Administers counseling and provides education, support, and resources for children with mental disorders through community agencies, schools and families.

Community Support Services

         Provides basic needs resources for people who have severe mental disorders.

Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park

         Engage public support and enhance public use of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park through programming and advocacy.

Crown Point Ecology Center

         Promotes organic farming, youth education, and ecological practices through an organic          farm.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park 

         National conservation of land for animal and ecological preservation and human recreation.

Downtown Akron Partnership

Dedicated to bringing people, activity, business and a thriving civic life back to the heart of Akron.

East Akron Community House 

         Improves housing conditions in East Akron by producing homes, providing economic      development programs, and increasing energy efficiency in homes.

Fair Housing Contact Service

         Helps eliminate discrimination in  housing, while promoting community involvement, providing  education, and performing research involving affirmative action.

Freedom House for Women

Establishes and maintains housing, family unity, employment, educational opportunities and sober living to enhance the quality of life of women. 

Girls Scouts of Northeast Ohio

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Habitat for Humanity

         Builds homes for families in need.

Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary

Rescues, rehabilitates and provides an adoption program for abused, abandoned and neglected farm animals. 

Hattie Larlham 

         Hattie Larlham is a nonprofit organization that provides services to more than 1,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Haven of Rest

         Provides food, shelter, clothing and recovery programs for homeless men and women.

H.M. Life Opportunity Services - Humility of Mary Housing

Serves families trapped in the cycle of homelessness through transitional housing.

Humane Society

Rescues and rehabilitates abused, abandoned, and neglected animals of Summit County, places them in good homes and investigates and prosecutes animal cruelty. 

Info Line, Inc.

         Connects people who need community services to local resources.

International Institute of Akron

         Creating and implementing  services to assist the foreign born to integrate into our society, to promote public awareness of the value of ethnic diversity, and to encourage international communication.

Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, Inc

JA programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs that make their community more robust and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.

Keep Akron Beautiful

         Develops and implements public education and community improvement programs on litter prevention, recycling, waste management and beautification for the City of Akron.

Leggett Elementary School

         Akron Public school serving Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Mason Elementary School

Akron Public school serving Kindergarten through 6th grade. 

Mature Services

Provides the highest quality programs and services to support, strengthen and empower adults as they age. 

Mobile Meals, Inc.

         Provides nutritious meals and services to people of all ages and economic circumstances throughout Northeast Ohio

Mothers Assisting Mothers 

         Provides resources and educational services to families living with  chronic illness

Mustard Seed Development Center

Provides Financial, Homebuyer, and Foreclosure education services to disenfranchised individuals in low to moderate income households. 

National Museum of Education

Recognizes and preserves the accomplishments of America's students, teachers and administrators for the inspiration of future generations.  

Nazareth Housing

         Develop housing for low and moderate-income families in Summit County.


Focused on the development of cutting-edge, affordable and practical green building principles that stimulate economic development. 

Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition

         Provides educational programs, events and publications about the Heritage Canalway to preserve the natural, historical and recreational resources throughout the area.

Open M

         Helping people with long and short-term needs of food, health care, child care, and educational programs for children, adults, and families.

Pegasus Farm

Therapeutic riding center to enable riders with disabilities to achieve control and mobility they may not otherwise experience. 

Pregnancy Care

         Serving women who face untimely pregnancies by providing   testing, emotional support, educational  services and material goods.                

Project Learn

         Provides free and confidential basic literacy, GED, ESOL and college transition classes for adults.

Rebuilding Together

         Provides home rehabilitation services to low-income elderly and disabled homeowners.

Ronald McDonald House

         Provides a respite and rejuvenating place for the families of the sick children.

Rubber City Roller Girls

         Nonprofit roller derby team which gives back to the community by providing a “Skate for Kids” event for homeless and other at-risk children.

Salvation Army
         Meets human needs through community fellowship, rebuilding lives after disasters, providing comfort and support.


         Provides affordable workshops and business counseling for organizational growth and development.

Spicy Lamb Farm

A Cuyahoga Valley National park farm focused on sustainable farming and environmental stewardship.

Spring Garden Waldorf School

         Independent school for  kindergarten through 8th grade.

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

         National Historic Landmark estate and property which stands as a museum of historical information about Akron.

STEM Middle School

Akron Public school serving grades 5th through 8th, with a focus on science, math and technology. 

Stewart's Caring Place

Provides support services, free-of-charge, to individuals and families touched by cancer. 

Summa Health System

         Nonprofit hospital in Akron.

Summa Hospice

         Hospital service to enhance the comfort and quality of life for patients with  a terminal illness.

Summa Western Reserve

         Hospital branch of the Summa Health System

Summit County Historical Society

         Preserve and interprets the history of Summit County and Akron, and  educates regional communities about the people and events that have shaped our rich history.

Summit County Reentry Network

Works with adult felony ex-offenders to reduce the rate of recidivism, increase community safety, help reunite families and make the local economy stronger. 

United Disability Services

         Enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities and their caregivers.

United Way of Summit County

         Mobilizing community resources to advance the community good.

Urban Ounce of Prevention

Specializes in quality health and wellness services that focus on promoting the well-being of inner-city families. 

Valor Home

Operates emergency, transitional, and permanent housing for male and female veterans. 

Victim Assistance

         Provides support, prevention, and justice for victims of tragedy, their families and the surrounding communities.     

Victory Gallop

Therapeutic and recreational horseback riding for children with behavioral and/or emotional challenges and life-threatening illnesses.   


Nurtures the potential of kids, promotes healthy living, and fosters a sense of social responsibility.        


         Offers low-income people, ages 18-24, hands-on home construction training, education and leadership skills/life skills while they work toward their GED or high school diploma.