In a desperate appeal, longtime Good Neighbor volunteer Lee Wallach has asked me “to please scare up some younger volunteers” to help at the Spicer unit of Good Neighbors, located inside Trinity Lutheran Church, 50 N. Prospect St., Akron. So, that’s what I’m trying to do.
“There were once five clothing units in the city of Akron,” the 80-something Wallach said. “They were located in North Hill, West Side at Work Drive and West Exchange Street, Firestone Park, EACH [East Akron Community Housing], and Spicer Street. … We are now down to only one unit in the inner city, and we are planning to shut our doors Feb. 28 if we can’t find some fresh blood.”
The unit provides clothing for families in need. Wallach — who has been invested for many years in the organization’s mission — said if the Spicer unit closes, clients will have to go to Ellet or the Wooster-Hawkins area.
“We need folks (men and women) who are willing to serve a half-day two or more Thursdays a month. We open the doors at 9:30 for clients, but volunteers arrive 30 to 45 minutes earlier to set up. … We also keep records of who has received help, how many in the family and the date they were served.”
Presently, the Spicer unit is operated by two volunteers who are under 70 and five in their 80s. And, quite frankly, they want to and deserve to retire.
Interested in making a difference in a vitally important community cause? Please call Good Neighbors Inc. at 330-733-1453.
If you’re looking for a worthy place to donate or receive used furniture, please consider CORE (Community Outreach Resources Exchange) Furniture Bank.
You can donate mattresses, beds, dressers, sofas, end tables, coffee tables, lamps, TVs, dinette sets and chairs, large appliances, bedsheets, blankets, towels, dishes, pots and pans, etc. Upholstered items should be clean and free of holes and pet hair.
Here is CORE’s pitch as detailed on www.core furniturebank.org:
“No child should have to sleep on the floor. … Make a difference in someone’s life today. Contact us for a free furniture pickup. Your donated furniture will be in another family’s home within a week. Just contact us at 330-379-3188, option 2, and leave us a message. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. A CORE volunteer will contact you to arrange a pickup day and time that is convenient for you.
“You may also deliver your items to our warehouse on State Road in Cuyahoga Falls on Wednesdays and Thursdays, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.; or Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.” Call for the location.
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or email@example.com.