First Serve

Emanuel will participate on Sunday, September 9th in an interfaith day of service called First Serve. First Serve brings together more than 1,000 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 area. Leaders from the city of Akron, along with the Summit Lake and North Hill neighborhoods, 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 traditions from all three faith communities. Then, volunteers are released 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 services in the communities where volunteers have served – bringing together the volunteers and residents with food and fun.

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