United Way Day of Action

By Johanna Barnowski, Intern

United Way Day of Action took place on June 21. Through United Way of Summit County, 1,400 volunteers worked on 41 different projects across Summit County. The United Way Day of Action is a way for community members to make a lasting difference and invest in a better future for Greater Akron.

Women hand each other rakes as they work doing mulch

Volunteers working together at Talbot-Whitney Park

Keep Akron Beautiful was able to take a part in two of these projects through the use of our Community Pride Trailer and our Litter and Illegal Dump Cleanup Trailer.

Two women landscaping next to Compass Coffee sign

Volunteers landscaping in front of Compass Coffee at The Well CDC Cleanup Trailer.

Our Litter and Illegal Dump Cleanup Trailer was on site at The Well CDC for “Middlebury Blitz” in the surrounding neighborhood of Middlebury. The Well CDC is dedicated to making Middlebury a thriving community of flourishing people. Middlebury Blitz had a turnout of around 100 volunteers ready to make a difference!

Man pushing wheelbarrow of mulch

Volunteer mulching at The Well CDC

Middlebury Blitz accomplished several different projects such as litter cleanup, landscaping, and building an outdoor stage/patio. These projects will make a lasting difference in Middlebury as they help The Well CDC accomplish their mission.

Men building and half built patio

Patio/stage beginning and progress at The Well CDC

Park sign "city of akron talbot-whitney" park with park in background

Our Community Pride Trailer was on site at The City of Akron Talbot-Whitney Park and East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation (EANDC). This project had a turnout of around 60 volunteers. They worked hard doing landscaping, mulching, litter cleanup, building benches, painting benches, painting playground equipment, planting flowers, and staining fences.

The volunteers (including kids!) were able to completely transform these areas. These projects will help revitalize and strengthen this community.

Keep Akron Beautiful is thrilled that we could assist United Way of Summit County, The Well CDC, The City of Akron, and EANDC by equipping their volunteers with the tools they needed to make change in these communities. Visit The Well CDC, EANDC, and Talbot-Whitney Park to see all that was accomplished from these two projects during United Way Day of Action!

pile of trash bags and debris at park

people feeding vines into truck to chomp them

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