Around Town: Event to celebrate family-friendly workplaces

Original Article: Necole Sims, | Sept. 30, 2018

October is Family-Friendly Workplace Month, and United Way of Greater Stark County’s Women United, in partnership with Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Stark Economic Development Board, will celebrate with the Family-Friendly Workplace Awards Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Oct. 10 at the Kent State University at Stark Conference Center, 6000 Frank Ave. NW, Jackson Township.

This year’s winners are Employers Health, Schauer Group and TimkenSteel.

Employers Health’s corporate culture reinforces the importance a family-friendly workplace provided by observing holidays in a progressive manner by closing at noon on the day before such holiday to allow its employees to travel and or prepare for holidays, and closing its offices on or before Dec. 24 and re-opening on or after Jan. 2.

Schauer Group, Inc. is a family-owned and operated business. The business offers the following programs that empower their team members: flextime/flexible working schedule; telecommuting/work from home; part-time career opportunities; paid maternity/paternity leave; employer-sponsored healthcare: for individual, family and/or dependents; and education reimbursement.

TimkenSteel’s family-friendly practices offer competitive benefits to its employees and their family members: paid parental leave; competitive time-off policies; Employee Resource Groups; scholarship program (seven college scholarships to children of employees); telecommuting and flexible work schedules; pre-tax spending accounts with employer contribution: Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts; company-sponsored family events; wellness platform; Employee Assistance Plan; extended medical services for kids away from home; annual financial incentive to see their primary care physician regularly; and an education reimbursement policy.

The featured speaker is Keith Maki, director of Marketing and Public Relations at Cascade Engineering.

Tickets are $30 per person. For information or reservations visit

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ICAN Housing recently received an $8,000 Team Depot Project grant from the Home Depot Foundation. This project is part of our eighth annual Celebration of Service campaign.

The money received will be used to renovate a single-family home in Stark County. A group of Home Depot associates will volunteer their time to improve the home of a U.S. military veteran. Renovations begin Saturday and include painting the interior of the home, landscaping the outside and installing new appliances, as well as other small projects.

“Giving back and doing the right thing are two of the core values of the Home Depot. They are what drive our mission to improve the quality of life for American veterans and their families. We love to get out into the community and volunteer as Team Depot with our nonprofit partners to give back to those who have sacrificed so much,” explained Home Depot store manager Mike Morgan.

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The annual meeting of the Stark Soil and Water Conservation District recently held its annual meeting. It honored two organizations for their exemplary work in protecting natural resources in Stark County.

Winners were the Wilderness Center in Sugar Creek Township, which received the Cooperator of the Year Award, given to an individual, organization or farm family that demonstrates a consistent commitment to protecting and conserving soil, water and other natural resources; and Bachtel Excavating, which won the Contractor of the Year Award. It recognizes an individual or company that demonstrates a commitment to implementing and promoting best management practices on construction sites.

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Take Back the Night: Finding Hope in the Arts 2018 takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N, Canton.

The evening will feature performances by local artists, who will explore these serious topics focused on the overlooked, under-engaged and under-served groups who experience violence.

The event is free. For information visit