Announcement: Updates from Community Action Wayne / Medina:

Due to the public health risks associated with the COVID-19 virus, our offices in Wooster and Medina are closed to the public. As a result, there will be no walk-ins. Please follow the guidelines below for each program.

We are available to conduct some business through phone calls, email and/or mail. Phone in hours currently are from 8:00am to 3:00pm, and calls will be returned within two business days.

All Head Start and Early Head Start, services are being conducted via virtual classroom until at least April 10th. For Head Start program and enrollment questions, please call CAW/M 330.264.8677 and leave a message. Car seat classes, Getting Ahead and R Rule classes are suspended yet life coaching is being conducted.

Housing and economic assistance services will continue as follows:

Please complete any HEAP, PIPP or Winter Crisis applications online at or call our appointment line at 844-493-1196 to schedule a phone interview.

Transportation for essential trips such as work, groceries, medical appointments and pharmacies can be arranged by calling 330-317-2206. To purchase passes through the City of Wooster pass program, please call 330.264.8677.

For emergency food please call us at 330-264-8677 and leave a message with the operator and someone will return your call to schedule an appointment for delivery.

Free tax return preparation has been suspended as the IRS has extended its deadline. The service will resume as soon as possible. Car repair funds are currently depleted. The assistance will resume as soon as possible

For questions, please call our central office at 330.264.8677. Further information is available on our website at

Announcement: Resources available to Summit County Students

The Salvation Army of Summit County is a support partner for our University of Akron students. 

  • Students needing food access can receive a daily, hot meal between 12pm-12:45 at 190 S. Maple St Akron, OH 44302. 
  • In addition, UA students can request access to a bag of food items each week by calling 330-762-8481. 
  • Please let them know you are an enrolled UA student seeking support.  Per the regular protocol, may be asked to provide your UA ID and/or a current class schedule. 

Students who are worried about utility shut-off notices are encouraged to review provider websites, as many have suspended shutting off service during this time.  If you are concerned, the Salvation Army may be able to assist you with calls to providers such as utilities or landlords. You are encouraged to call 330-762-8481. Please let the desk know that you are a UA student seeking support. 

2-1-1 Summit County Resource Database can be access by going to or by phone at 330-376-6660. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

  • Questions such as food pantries, medical access, utilities, and more can be answered through this call center, powered by the United Way of Summit County. 
  • Important information can be found here:

The United Way of Summit County will continue to provide free, confidential financial coaching for UA students during this time.  You are encouraged to schedule an appointment with UAs liaison from United Way, Tory Longwill, via the online scheduling system or through an email to 

Unemployment information is available through the Department of Job and Family Services. If you are currently laid off, due to COVID-19, you are highly encouraged to review the Q/A found here: Many local businesses such as Acme, GOJO, and Meijer are hiring immediately.  We encourage you to visit Handshake [] and other online search engines for companies looking to fill pivotal openings. 

If you are concerned about the ability to access your courses due to COVID-19, please complete a Help-A-Zip Referral – Emergency Assistance.  A member of the ZipAssist team can provide direction and resources.  Please be detailed in your questions or concerns. Website: 

Local internet providers are offering short-term deals or free access.  Companies such as Comcast and Spectrum released information recently about this discounted access. and


Bridges to Campus / Food Pantry

The Bridges to Campus initiative is a college-wide collaboration to promote success and retention of under-resourced students.  A work group made up of Wayne College faculty and staff guide these efforts with particular focus on the Bridges Out of Poverty framework developed by Dr. Ruby Payne, Ph.D.

Additional information about Bridges to Campus initiatives, including information on training and events, may be found on the work group's Libguide.

Wooster Hope Center Food Pantry at UA Wayne College

The Wooster Hope Center and The University of Akron Wayne College have partnered to create a food pantry on campus for students and staff.

Any Wayne College students, faculty, or staff who identify as living at 200% or below the federal poverty guidelines (i.e. less than $25,520 per year for one person) is eligible to use the food pantry once per week.


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Tarah Eastwood OR

Victoria Furin

UA Wayne College Food Pantry Coordinator / Resource Managers


Fall 2020 Pantry Hours:

  • Monday: 9:00 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 11:00 a.m. -- 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 9:00 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m.
  • Additional hours by special arrangement with Victoria