Author Archives: Michael S. Miller

About Michael S. Miller

Michael S. Miller is Director, News and Community Content, for United Way of Greater Cleveland. A Cleveland native, Michael most recently served 10 years as Editor in Chief for Toledo Free Press. He is a three-time finalist for the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Best Columnist in Ohio award and has received more than 45 industry awards for writing and editing.

A lesson in community

The path to my interaction with United Way began in 1983, when I was 17. My father decided one day he was tired of being a father, and left for parts unknown. It was like a Bruce Springsteen song: He … Continue reading

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The waiting mentor

James Williams waited, appraising the activity around him but not engaged in it. Like the final game piece in a chess match, he waited. For seven years, Williams has been a volunteer with My Mentor My Friend. The program, funded … Continue reading

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Join us to Give the Basics in Cleveland for Giving Tuesday

We all understand the life requisites of food, clothing and shelter. But those who struggle to maintain those critical needs may find themselves unable to afford basics many of us take for granted; hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, … Continue reading

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Ricky Smith brings the hugs to Giving Tuesday

Ricky Smith hugs. Not demure “good to see you” hugs, but full-contact, arms locked, “love to see you” hugs. Like his comedy, his charity work and his personality, Smith’s hugs are in-your-face, premeditated and real. “Hugs and high-fives are the quickest, … Continue reading

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2-1-1 service is line of defense for veterans in need

Military veterans seeking help from United Way 2-1-1 do not see it, but a special flag literally oversees their conversation. Tim Grealis, United Way of Greater Cleveland Veteran’s Line coordinator, works under a framed U.S. flag that honors his Uncle … Continue reading

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Finding a corner

The volunteers facing the fence formed a line about 25 feet long. The chest-high black iron line of defense around Cleveland’s Louis Agassiz school stretched about 800 feet. Despite a marked disadvantage in length, the United Way/Cleveland Browns-led crew approached … Continue reading

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