August 8, 2017


Urban Vision Executive Director Selected for Leadership Akron’s 2017-2018 Signature Program

18 August 2017

Akron, OH—  Urban Vision’s Executive Director, Rodney Matthews, has been selected for Leadership Akron’s 2017-2018 Signature Program, Class 34.

Rodney is one of thirty-six community leaders taking part in the program, which includes site visits, seminars, and connections with business leaders to discuss important issues affecting Akron. Each month, members will spend a day focusing on an issue that impacts the city, including health care, education, justice and social services.

Rodney Matthews, Urban Vision’s Executive Director, said, “I am honored to have been chosen to be a part of such an important group of Akron change makers.”

About Leadership Akron

Since its founding in 1984, with the purpose to connect leaders to advance community, Leadership Akron has served over 1000 graduates who remain involved in the community.


Urban Vision invites everyone to its 25th Anniversary Celebration. For more about Urban Vision, visit


Evelina Seifert, Urban Vision




Urban Vision Honored with 2017 Huntington-Akron Foundation Award

7 August 2017

Akron, OH—  Urban Vision has been selected received the 2017 Huntington-Akron Foundation Award, honoring its legacy and achievements in holistic ministry to the people of their North Hill neighborhood of Akron.

Urban Vision received the award at a private Huntington-Akron Foundation Award Reception on Tuesday, August 1, at Firestone Country Club, amidst preparation for the Bridgestone Invitational. Founders Rodney and Jodi Matthews accepted the award from Huntington-Akron President Nicholas Browning, together with several Urban Vision staff members, board members, and interns. A $15,000 grant from The Huntington-Akron Foundation also accompanied this award.

Rodney Matthews, Urban Vision’s Executive Director, said, “We are humbled by the recognition of the work we do in the North Hill community to meet the needs of the people with dignity.”


About the Huntington-Akron Foundation Award  

The Huntington-Akron Foundation Award was created to honor organizations and foundations in Akron for their outstanding commitment to improving the lives of people in the Akron area and the communities in which they live.


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