Akron Summit Community Action, Inc. is the Summit County sponsor for the National Circles® Campaign. This evidenced-based initiative brings the community together to end poverty.


Circles® connects people who are motivated to move out of poverty and become self-sufficient (Circle Leaders) to economically stable volunteers from the community who are committed to changing the dynamics of poverty (Allies).

One Circle Leader and two Allies are matched, forming an intentional friendship of support. With the help of their Allies, Circle Leaders set and achieve goals unique to their individual needs and learn from one another, while also having the opportunity to work together to address barriers within the community.  

Circles® meetings are held every Wednesday evening at Westminster Presbyterian Church on West Exchange Street, Akron, Ohio.  Leaders and Allies are asked to attend at least two meetings per month for 18 months. 

To be eligible to participate as a Circle Leader or Ally, participants must have successfully graduated from a Getting Ahead program (Circle Leader) or complete Ally orientation and attend a Bridges Workshop (Ally).


For more information about Circles®, please contact the Circles Administrator at or 330-940-1105.