Leadership Highlight

Dr. Ahmad Jadallah

The day of service would not be possible without our Volunteer Project Leaders. Dr. Ahmad Jadallah is from The Islamic Society of Akron & Kent (ISAK) and led an outdoor painting project in 2021, a gardening project in 2020 and a playground clean-up in 2018! Thank you, Ahmad for your continued dedication and service to First Serve!

Reflection from Ahmad on his experience at First Serve: First Serve has been a great opportunity to highlight how, as different religions, we have more in common than we do differences. It is our opportunity to help those in need and give thanks for all the blessings that God/Allah has bestowed upon us. I have also had the opportunity to meet new people I may have not ever had the chance to meet and make new friends. The fellowship is wonderful and I can only hope that our message spreads and more communities plan days of interfaith service around the world.

Interested in being a project leader for the 2023 Day of Service? Contact Sue Wimer or Kris Stoehr.

Building Relationships

The First Serve Interns are off to a great start to the summer, building relationships and having fun. Students from North, Hudson, and Copley High Schools have joined forces to learn more about each other and our partners in the North Hill Community.

Their first week was spent at North High School working in the clothing room, touching up the preschool mural, and weeding the memorial garden. From there the students went to Akron Co-Op Farm where they learned farming techniques from a variety of individuals of different ethnic backgrounds, they weeded gardens, painted tables, and even tried their hand at driving a tractor. The students were excited to get inside for a few days and assisting with the sorting of clothes at Trinity UCC. They had a great time getting to know other volunteers who routinely work at Trinity as they prepare clothing bags for local refugee families.

This week, the students are assisting with the Little Cuyahoga Explorers Summer Camp sponsored by the Living Waters Association. The interns are working directly with 15 kids from across the Akron Area to learn about the importance of clean water and biodiversity. Thanks to all our partners for welcoming our intern students and providing them an opportunity to learn more about the North Hill Community while growing their relationships with each other.