What's First Serve?

First Serve brings together more than 800 individuals from different faiths and backgrounds to work alongside each other for a day of volunteering in Akron.

First Congregational Church of Hudson leads this effort in partnership with Temple Beth Shalom, the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent and several other faith communities in the Hudson and Akron area. Leaders from the city of Akron are also part of the support team that has helped grow this amazIng event.

Volunteers begin the day at a sending service, a 30-minute gathering that includes music and prayer from all three faith traditions. Then, volunteers are sent into the community to work on a variety of projects – anything from painting, to landscaping work, alley cleanups and beyond. The day concludes with celebration event at Lock 3 – bringing together the volunteers and residents with music, food and fun.