Along with the many volunteer hours within the community, the Women of WITAN (Women in Touch with Akron’s Needs) annually award up to $88,000 per year to community organizations.  Since 1943, WITAN has granted over 1.5 million dollars to community nonprofit agencies.

Grants 2019-2020   $80,093

Allocations 2019-2020  $5,930

Access $2,500 – IDs/Birth certificates needed to secure housing/employment

Battered Women’s Shelter $10,000 – ID/Birth certificates; Interpreter services; transportation costs

Bright Star Books $2,000 – support literacy efforts through Summit
County WIC clinics by purchasing and distributing books and educating parents on the importance of early literacy

CORE Furniture Bank $7,500 – Maintenance of trucks used to collect furniture

Family Promise $2,993 – Welcome kits with basic bedding supplies for homeless families

Good Samaritan Hunger Center $5,000 – Support mobile food pantry

Haven of Rest $5,000 – Support Women’s Residential Program

Lift Up Ministries $3,600 – Building materials/labor to build shed to house equipment and supplies for home repairs and lawn services for low-income and disabled elderly

Mobile Meals $6,000 – Meals and nutritional supplements for homebound elderly and disabled

Open M $10,000 – Provide medications and supplies for low income diabetic patients

Pregnancy Solutions $3,000 – Support Parent Path Program; parenting skills and infant equipment

Rape Crisis Center $10,000 – Support for non-offending caregivers in child sexual assault cases

Stewart’s Caring Place $5,000 – Support emergency food pantry

Summit County Collaborative $4,000 – Food, transportation, housing, and Against Human Trafficking education for survivors; scholarships for staff training

Women’s Auxiliary Summit Co $3,500 – Beds for Kids Program; provide a safe place for children to sleep

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) $500 – toward birthday gift cards and stuffed animals for children in residential foster care

Children’s Concert Society $250 – toward Scholarship Funds for the Scholastic Composers Contest for students in grades K-12, designed to encourage creativity and musical literacy

Collaborative Against Human Trafficking $400 – toward the S.O.A.P project (Saving Our Adolescents From Prostitution). This Project provides bars of soap labeled with the National Hotline for Human Trafficking number. The soap is placed in area hotels to provide a resource for potential victims to reach out for help.

First Congregational Church of Akron $600 – toward fabric and sewing supplies for the Prayer Blanket Ministry. These comforting blankets are distributed at local hospitals as well as given to anyone who expresses a need for one.

Here’s Hope Horse Farm $600 – toward therapeutic riding lessons for special needs children.

JOBS (Jump on Board for Success) $580 – toward program expenses such as training/mentoring materials, background checks, and marketing. This program provides mentoring, guidance, vocational training, childcare, and financial budgeting to help single mothers become self-sustaining parents and providers.

Keys to Serenity $600 – toward entertainment expenses for a day of fun and support for children and caregivers affected by the opioid epidemic. This non-profit was recently started by a mother who lost her daughter to the opioid epidemic and is now raising her grandson. Her goal is to provide support for other caregivers who are raising children whose parents are unable to care for them because of the effects of the opioid epidemic.

Lift Up Ministries $600 – toward supplies needed to make minor home repairs for elderly, low income, and disabled home owners. 

Limitless Ambition $600 – to support The Purposely Chosen Teen Program which is a facilitated curriculum-based program for teen girls in the Akron Public Schools. The program is designed to equip and empower these young women with the tools they need to pursue passion, demonstrate leadership, and overcome obstacles to success.

Stewart’s Caring Place $600 – to fund the 2020 Essential Oils Series. This monthly series teaches participants who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis how to promote sleep, boost immunity, benefit digestion, increase energy, support metabolism, and balance moods through the use of essential oils.



More information on WITAN’s philanthropy

For a complete listing of all grants click button to download Excel Spreadsheet

In 1943, Marion Geyer, a Beacon Journal columnist assigned to cover local society events and women’s news, helped WITAN to grow from a handful of dedicated founders to a thriving group of energetic and civic-minded Akron women. Miss Geyer publicized our social events and fundraising efforts, which she continued to enjoy even after her retirement. In recognition of her ongoing support, Miss Geyer was made an hononary member of WITAN. When she died in 1974, it was learned that Miss Geyer had included WITAN in her will. Her gift of $20,000 is now a named fund under the WITAN endowment fund. The interest generated by the principal fund is used annually to fund a civic non-profit agency project.

The WITAN Remembrance Fund was established in 1965, in honor of a Founder and the second president of WITAN, Eleanor Woodward. The monies donated to the fund are given to the Arboretum at the Seiberling Naturealm. These yearly donations are used for the planting of trees at the Naturealm.


Akron Public School – $600   JOBS (Jump on Board for Success) – $580
Bath Church – $200 Keep Akron Beautiful – $780
Blick Clinic – $1600   Keys to Serenity – $600
CASA/GAL – $3956   Lift Up Ministries – $3000
Child Guidance and Family Services – $554.50   Limitless Ambition – $600
Children’s Concert Society – $2500   Memorials of Angels – $1800
Choices Social Center – $1174   Mental Health America – $500
Christ Child Society – $500   Mobile Meals – $600
Coleman Behavioral Services – $600   Pajama Program – $600
Collaborative Against Human Trafficking – $400   Pregnancy Care – $600
Community Habilitation Services – $600   Regina Health Center – $600
Community Social Center – $280   Ronald McDonald House – $600
Community Support Service – $600   Safe Landing Youth Shelter – $600
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad-$2400   Shelter Care – $600
Dancing Classrooms NE OH – $500   South Street Ministries – $1200
Emergency Assistance Center – $600   Stewart’s Caring Place – $2898
First Congregational Church of Akron – $600   Summit County Historical Society – $550
Goodwill Industries  – $2100   Summit County Probate Court – $600
Green Good Neighbors – $600   Summit County Public Health – $593
Hattie Larlham – $600   Tarry House – $1800
Health Education Center/Akron Health Dept. – $1100   True North Ministries Compass Gardens Project – $600
Hero’s Hope Farm – $2200   Valentine Project – $600
Interfaith Caregivers – $600   Willard Food Pantry – $1200

The WITAN Endowment fund was established to commemorate the 50th anniversary of WITAN. The money invested in the WITAN Endowment fund is money that will create income in perpetuity and will insure the future of WITAN’s philanthropic endeavors.

This scholarship program awards $1000 per year to a deserving, non-traditional senior woman at the University of Akron. The guidelines for the scholarship include; senior ranking, academic standing and financial need. The first award was made in the fall of 1999.