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9/12/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Habitat holds Build Day with Westfield Insurance

WESTFIELD CENTER — Habitat for Humanity of Summit County partnered with Westfield Insurance on a unique build day Sept. 11.

The company’s employees spent that day helping to construct wall panels for two Habitat homes in the Westfield Insurance parking lot. Habitat officials said this was the first mobile work day for both Habitat and Westfield.

Partner families were expected to attend the event along with Habitat for Humanity of Summit County President and CEO Rochelle Fisher, Westfield Group Leader and CEO Jim Clay and Westfield Insurance Community Investment Leader Jani Groza.

Habitat for Humanity of Summit County is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that works in partnership with people in need to improve the condition in which they live. Company officials said Westfield Insurance has been a supporter of Habitat since 2000.


Legacy III announces award recipients

SOUTH AKRON — In celebration of 17 years of service to the Greater Akron area, Legacy III will host its Community Awards Dinner 2013 Sept. 20 at Guy’s Party Centre, 500 E. Waterloo Road.

Legacy III’s mission is to provide supportive housing services to homeless women in Summit County who are recovering from chronic substance abuse, mental health disorders and physical disabilities. Program participants are assisted in re-establishing stability in their lives, advocating for themselves and becoming economically self-sufficient members of society.

During the dinner, Legacy III will publicly recognize individuals who demonstrate excellence in empowering others to achieve self-sufficiency, and two organizations that help to improve the quality of life in the community. 

The following have been selected to receive awards at the dinner: Christina Beynon, Linda Harding, Reneé Greene, Sheldon Wrice, Paul Zindle, Tremain Fields, Cathy Johnson, Edith Golson, Denny Wilson, Lillie Jackson-Tisdale, Vernon and Barbara Sykes, Jacqueline Silas-Butler, Bruce Butcher, Toree Stokes, Mustard Seed Development Corp. and Nazareth Housing Development Corp.

“Each honoree was selected for his or her contribution to increasing the quality of life for the disadvantaged,” said Board President Jacqueline Thomason. “We have chosen a very diverse group of people to honor, each being highly deserving of public recognition. We consider this year’s honorees our unsung heroes.”

“The Community Awards Dinner 2013 is also in honor and celebration of Legacy III’s success in providing quality services to homeless women in our community,” added founder and CEO Darnella McNeil. “The gap filled by Legacy III is critical to our local continuum of care, and without these services many women would continue to fall through the gap and stay bound in their addictions and homelessness.”

The dinner will begin at 6 p.m., and tickets are $45. For reservations or more information, call 330-375-0071 or visit www.legacythree.org.


Kathleen Folkerth and Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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