2021 Annual Day of Service








First Serve 2021 ~ An Interfaith Day of Service in North Hill Akron

Saturday, September 11, 2021, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Be a part of the 10th Annual Day of Service by volunteering for one of many projects on Saturday, September 11th. Breaking from tradition, First Serve has moved to a Saturday to coincide with the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. Our morning will start with a brief outdoor sending service—Rise up in Faith, Hope & Love—as we remember 9/11 and ground ourselves for our communal work in the community. 

As we continue to build relationships with the students and staff at North High School, this year’s projects will be focused on updating and refreshing classrooms, hallways, and restrooms in the school and areas outside. Sign ups will include painting rooms, washing windows, writing notes of support to teachers, painting outdoor designs, building wood structures, framing photos, cleaning display cases and much more. We will even have an opportunity for children to chalk the sidewalks surrounding NH and create a peace garden for the school.

Building relationships is the primary focus of First Serve and what better way to meet people than by working on a project, sharing lunch or playing a game. This year, many projects will be done within a few hours leaving time for people to join or cheer on the badminton tournament, play frisbee and participate in a soccer skill course.

Projects will also be located at some of our partner locations: Akron Co-op Farms, Patterson Park and Elizabeth Park.

Volunteer Sign Up Information:

Registration Opens August 1st.

Volunteers can sign up for a location and a job. At NHS many of the same projects will be located in different areas of the school. Small teams will be assigned to specific areas following the Akron Public Schools Covid 19 guidelines.

Schedule of Events

8:00 AM – Gather at North High School Athletic Field

8:29 AM – Sending Service and Moment of Silence for 9/11

9:00 AM – Volunteers Go to Project Locations

12:00 Noon – Lunch on Front Lawn of North High School – Provided by First Serve

1:00 PM – Continue Projects, Badminton and Soccer Games Begin

3:00 PM – End of First Serve 2021

The First Serve Dove

This year, the First Serve Dove is honoring the anniversary of 9/11 by transforming it into shades of blue, depicting the artwork of Spencer Finch’s installation, Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning. This piece of art hangs in the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in NYC. The dove will be printed on the back of this year’s t-shirt.