February Monthly Meetup Summary

Learning Topic 

How to handle broken promises: An unfortunate inevitability

How do you handle promises you have made and broken? How about promises others have made to you and broken? At this month's meetup we discussed broken promises and the unfortunate reality that promises will be broken to us and by us. 

So how should you handle a broken promise? While there is no perfect process to handle broken promises, we introduced a guide with helpful thoughts on how to best handle these situations.

Just as careful consideration and planning is needed when making promises, the same consideration is needed when handling broken promises. To help members get better at handling these unfulfilled promises, they performed an exercise using this guide.

Want to try it for yourself? Download our "How to Handle Broken Promises" diagram chart and exercise sheets below.



Featured Promise Story 


Apologize: A promise story

This month's featured promise story is shared by a supporter who has struggled with broken promises and commitment within her own relationships. Her story highlights her decision to take accountability for her actions, starting with an apology. She confronts the lack of follow through in her words and decides to accept whatever the outcome may be of her apology to a friend.




This video is part of a series of promise stories from the lives of everyday people. We believe a video can convince people around the world to make a promise to better humanity. We believe this series, titled "A promise story," will inspire our followers to share their stories with us.

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January Unified Promise


Delete Blood Cancer: Let's get swabbing! 

Did you know that every four minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia? For many, their only hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant. 

On January 26 th, six of our volunteers participated in our Unified Promise for the month of January. They set up a bone marrow registration table in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center at University of Akron. Volunteers encouraged people to simply swab their cheeks and fill out the necessary paperwork in order to register for the Bone Marrow registry. For each individual we signed up, we helped someone potentially find a match! 

A big thank you to our volunteers for running this registration event and a special thank you to the 30 people who registered and potentially saved a life!



February Unified Promise

Feed People, Fight Hunger 

On  February 11th, we held our February Unified Promise at the Akron- Canton Regional Food Bank. Together as a Chapter we worked to make a difference in our community. With 1 in 7 individuals in our area classified as food insecure, our help to fight hunger is needed.
We had a great turnout with 13 volunteers in attendance. Together we packed and sorted donated food for 3 hours. With our help the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank is able to provide 84,000 meals to people struggling with hunger in our community each and every day. 


A big thank you to all of our volunteers who attended. A special thank you to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank for working with us, and for all the good they do in our community. Be sure to check out photos from the event below and tag yourself in any photos.




March Unified Promise

Everyone Wins: Basketball Game with Special Needs Kids

Most kids, whether they were the athletic type or not, have found memories of playing a neighborhood sport game at some point in their childhood. But the fact is, children with physical or mental disabilities face challenges joining a sports team, and communities with programs open to this population may be hard to come by. Fortunately Empower sports works to provide these children with an opportunity to have fun and socialize.


Join us on March 20th from 5:30pm to 7:30 PM as we team up with Empower sports for our March Unified Promise. We need up to 20 volunteers to enjoy an evening of fun basketball activities with children with disabilities. Being a star player is NOT a requirement but a willingness to help foster an environment of inclusion, team-work, and fun is vital.Games are purely for fun, we don't take score or care about traveling and things like that. No skill is needed! 

Wear comfortable gym clothes - gym shoes, shorts, comfortable shirt. Pizza will be provided.




Leadership Needed

Needed: Akron Leadership Team

We are still looking for volunteers to help fill leadership positions for the Akron Chapter! 

Akron Chapter Leader                                                                                                                                                      

  • Help establish and maintain community partnerships
  • Manage leadership team
  • Public speaking and meeting management
  • Fill in the gaps

Video & Photography Volunteer

  • Collect content for the local Chapter & Unified Promises
  • Determine best practices
    • Capture Chapter members' individual promise stories

Logistics Volunteer

  • Pick up food and supplies
  • Arrange for printed materials
  • Meeting set up
  • Event coordination

Communications Volunteer

  • Promote chapter through partnerships
  • Manage social media page
  • Event marketing