SpitzerCares.org hopes to fund a million meals in 2012 through food pantries, shelters, kids’ cafés, and backpack programs. For every dollar it earns via community car washes, donations, and fundraising events, SpizerCares.org can provide four meals to northern Ohioans in need. Patrons can keep up with the organization’s progress online as a ticker shaped like an apple tallies the number of meals SpitzerCares.org has shelled out so far this year.
A licensed chiropractor since 1989, Dr. Gary Minorik has been helping patients achieve improved spinal health at his own clinic since 1993. Today, he and his fellow back-focused doctors help diagnose and treat conditions including carpal tunnel, pinched nerves, and whiplash using restorative, hands-on techniques and a holistic approach. His staff of licensed massage therapists ease back pain with gentle strokes, helping spines achieve better alignment than a regiment of plastic army men.
Under the direction of Dr. Frank C. Jacobs for more than 20 years, Summit Choral Society fills audience ears with the language of choral music. Scribed by the quail-feathered fingers of a musical genius, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion will serenade souls when sounding out from the formidable vocal cords of the Masterworks Chorale with accompaniment by six soloists, a double orchestra, and petite vocalists from the Children’s Choir Program. Nestle into a grand-tier chair for immediate acoustic digesting or an orchestra spot for direct eye contact with the conductor.
Established in 1985, the Ronald McDonald House of Akron serves as a home away from home for families with children hospitalized at the nearby Akron Children?s Hospital. With amenities that include private rooms and bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, free laundry facilities, and indoor and outdoor play areas, the house serves as a comfortable respite where families can rest and recuperate after emotionally draining hospital visits. Most importantly, it ensures that parents can remain close to their hospitalized child and focus on his or her care rather than where they can afford to stay or get meals. Although guests are asked to donate $10 per night, no families are ever turned away due to an inability to pay. Housing costs are largely funded by community donations and fundraising efforts.
At Pet Planet LLC, animal-loving supervisors keep close watch over pets for daycare and overnight boarding. Visiting cats and dogs—all of whom must meet basic vaccination requirements—mingle with a crew of furry compatriots in a leash- and cage-free environment that features cozy couches and stimulating toys. Playroom webcams allow owners to check in on their pets whether at the office, on vacation, or in the doghouse.