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Mayor Forms Task Force Consisting of Seasoned Non-Profit Board Members and Community Leaders to Review and Guide the City Regarding EACH


City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of stephanie york
Published: 04-11-2014


            Akron, Ohio (April 11, 2014) – Today, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic announced the formation of a special task force to examine and provide a going forward plan for the East Akron Community House (EACH).  This task force will be used to help guide the City into making decisions about the organization that has been a bedrock of programs, assistance, and support for the citizens in East Akron, but which has recently fell into desperate financial and legal trouble. 

             “In the past, EACH has done important work and has provided East Akron residents with invaluable programs and assistance.  Nobody wants to see East Akron without the essential services that EACH has provided.  This taskforce is made up of people who intimately know how non-profits function, and will help give the City the guidance it needs.  The task force will be able to advise on whether EACH can again be the successful entity it once was,” noted Mayor Plusquellic.  “The task force members are people who are seasoned non-profit board members and active community citizens.  They all want to see the people of East Akron have the services they need.  These individuals can view EACH passionately yet realistically, all while keeping the interests of the East Akron residents at the forefront.”

            The task force will be chaired by Reverend Ron Fowler, Pastor Laureate, Arlington Church of God, and Retired Summit County Judge, Marvin Shapiro.  Others who have agreed to serve on this task force include:

  • Fred Wright, President/CEO, Akron Urban League
  • Malcolm Costa, President/CEO, Akron Summit Community Action, Inc.
  • Lee Gill, Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Equity/Chief Diversity Officer, University of Akron
  • Bernett Williams, Vice President of External Affairs, Akron Children’s Hospital
  • Lois Foster,  Retired Vice President Community Impact at United Way of Summit County


             “I have organized this task force so that the City can plan its next steps with respect to getting the citizens of East Akron the programming it needs.   This is a remarkable group of Akron leaders who deeply care about this community-- every part of this community-- and they will provide the City with thoughtful and informed guidance.   I personally thank them for their willingness to serve in this capacity, and I especially thank Judge Shapiro and Reverend Fowler for offering their leadership.”

            After listening to City Council members speak regarding EACH, Mayor Plusquellic had this to say, “I am appalled at some of the public comments made by some council members regarding this issue.  It would be completely irresponsible to just send taxpayers money to an organization that is under investigation by the Attorney General, without first getting guidance from intelligent, informed, and interested people.  I would not expect any City money to transfer to EACH before the Attorney General’s investigation is over.  However, I want to be in a position to make quick decisions regarding the funding of East Akron programming once the Attorney General has completed his investigation.  This task force will give me the information I need to make those crucial decisions.”


For further information, contact:
stephanie york
communications director
Phone: 330-375-2345
E-mail: [email protected]

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