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The Big Day of Serving Comes to Akron


Hundreds of Teenagers Unite to Transform Akron Neighborhoods

City of Akron Press Release
Published: 10-02-2013

          Akron, OH (October 2, 2013) - On Saturday, October 5, hundreds of teenagers will converge in Akron to bring help and hope to our citizens in need. They will unite to work on projects such as painting, landscaping, cleaning and beautifying city blocks, alleyways, and parks.  They will also remove graffiti and clean vacant lots.

          Known as “The Big Day of Serving,” this massive joint effort is organized by Group Mission Trips (Group)—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Since 1977, Group has hosted nearly a quarter of a million participants and provided more than six million hours of volunteer service directly to people in need.  Group makes a real difference by serving elderly and disadvantaged people, while also having fun working with friends and meeting other teens from the area.

          This is the second year Akron will be hosting this project. The Big Day of Serving director, Tony Myles, said, “Akron has given us some of the best projects I have ever worked on.  It’s an amazing opportunity for the students, who will be able to make a real difference. This kind of project gives legs to their faith.”

          Many projects are different from last year, including:


  • Clean up: Mount Hope Cemetery, Rolling Acres mall, Mud Run Golf Course


  • Landscaping: Buchtel HS (spell the word "Griffins" out of boxwood shrubs), Perkins Parks, Hyre Park Trail, Lest We Forget, Tot lots


  • Painting: Good Park Golf Course, the Civic Theater, Lock 3, Firestone Park, Fire Station #12


          “We’re expecting around 200 students from youth groups and churches from all over Ohio and surrounding states,” noted John Valle, Director of Akron’s Department of Neighborhood Assistance.   “This is one of the most worthwhile, fun, and energizing events we hold in the City.  It starts out Saturday morning with an opening rally at 8:30 am, with music and an emcee, and then the students will head out to make a difference in the city, and in the lives of our residents.”

          Attendees include church youth groups from around Ohio and Pennsylvania. The Media is welcome to join the participants at any of the service locations, or at Lock 3. Those interested in more information about the Big Day of Serving can email Tony Myles at [email protected], or view the official page at


For further information, contact:
stephanie york
director of communications
Phone: 375-2345
E-mail: [email protected]

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