First Serve 2020

Harris-Jackson Coat Distribution

Akron Cooperative Farms

Over 20 First Serve volunteers built planter boxes and picnic tables, painted buildings and completed a hoop house by leveling the ground around the base and installing additional support to the plastic.

Arts Now: Painting Hopscotch

First Serve in partnership with Arts Now, painted hopscotch at five different locations including: Cascade Village, Patterson Park Community Center, North High School, Valley View AHMA, and Harris-Jackson CLC.

Elizabeth Park

First Serve in partnership with Akron Parks Collaborative, Friends of Elizabeth Park and Big Love, planted an edible landscape garden filled with fruit trees and bushes. In addition, two swinging benches were built and installed by First Serve volunteers and unwanted brush was cleared away from various locations throughout Elizabeth Park.

Market House

Volunteers primed and painted newly finished walls in the living room, dining room, kitchen, hallway and bathrooms of the Market House.

North Hill Community House

A team of volunteers deconstructed the old ramp at North Hill Community House and built a new ramp.

North High School

Volunteers at North High School installed a gravel pad under the bleachers on the football field – despite the rain! They also landscaped the Memorial Garden, hung photos of record holding athletes and several locker rooms received a new coat of paint.

Patterson Park

A firewood storage shed was constructed to be used with the warming barrel First Serve installed in 2019. 

Rooted in Christ Community Church

A new Rooted in Christ Community Church sign was constructed and mounted by First Serve volunteers. They also built an enclosure around the dumpster, trimmed trees on the property, and added to the existing retaining wall to make it higher.

Valley View Preschool

A First Serve family assembled a new Little Tikes House for the preschool.

13,900 Kits Assembled!

Throughout the month of August, First Serve Volunteers have been busy, at home, assembling 13,900 kits!  Welcome Back to school packages were assembled for all Akron Public School Staff Members in North Hill. School supply kits were created for every student at Findley CLC to use at home to during the school year. Kindergarten Reading Kits assembled for students in Summit County. Backpacks were filled with school supplies for new students entering Harris-Jackson CLC this fall. School supplies were bagged for every student at North High School and kits were assembled for the program, Girls On The Run.

First Serve Goes Back to School

Supporting Akron Public School Teachers, Staff and Students in North Hill

First Serve has been at North High School working on projects this summer! Volunteers have freshened up display cases and bulletin boards, applied zip ties to unused lockers, painted several locker rooms, reframed and hung athletic photos, and landscaped areas around the building. We also painted a beautiful sidewalk mural that celebrates the diversity at North High. Thank you, NHS students from the Akron North Rotary Interact Club for volunteering. It was so nice to meet you!

North High School appreciates all of the support and generosity demonstrated by First Serve and its volunteers. We are excited to form this long-lasting relationship between the members of First Serve and the staff, students, and community served by NHS.

Kim Sabetta

Campus Principal, North High School

Akron Cooperative Farm

June 13, the greenhouse given to the Akron Cooperative Farm by Trinity United Church of Christ has been reassembled! In addition, raised garden beds were built for use by the North High School Disabled Student’s Group, picnic tables were built, and the Akron Cooperative Farm sign was moved to a new location. What a beautiful and blessed day!

Dear all, what a fine day we had!  Congratulations to all!  It was a great privilege to be a part of all this goodness. YAY First Serve!  Yay everyone! It would be hard to imagine a better day for the raising of the building. It was a JOY to see a structure built in a day, and to do some of the work as well to get it finished. SO many people to thank and acknowledge!!

Mary O’Conner

ACF Board of Directors

It was a great day – with great crews, great leaders and I am glad to be back serving in north Akron!

Karen Farkas, FCCH

Julia & I both agreed it was fun, and was such a great “mental health day,” being outdoors in the gorgeous weather and working side by side with our church friends helping others.

Thanks for coordinating everything!

Leslie Bowser, FCCH

Chalk the Walk in North Hill

July 6 through July 31, First Serve is sponsoring a Chalk the Walk Competition throughout the North Hill Community. A team of First Serve volunteers assembled the kits on June 29th. They were then distributed to various locations such as North Hill Community House, Patterson Park Community Center, Valley View AMHA Community Room, and Cascade Village Community Center, for children ages 3-18 to pick up. Look at all the beautiful artwork that has been created!