Hats off to a recent international delegation of 130 leaders from Goodyear who, for their team-building exercise, had a very enlightening and emotional experience.
“As a part of the event organized by Odyssey Teams Inc., (at a Cleveland hotel) the Goodyear executives from around the world were broken up into teams to work together to build 26 bikes,” said Carol McCullough, development specialist with Boys & Girls Clubs.
“Led to believe that the bike assembly was simply part of their team-building day, participants found that they needed to network and collaborate to gain access to all the tools necessary to complete their project. They had no idea that upon completion they would meet the new owners of the bikes they just built — local youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve. Each club member was paired up with a team so that training participants could personally meet the child who would receive the bike they just built, along with a helmet and a lock.”
FedEx Custom Critical provided delivery of the new bikes, after inspection by professional bike mechanics, to the Boys & Girls Club members for free.
“The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve (BGCWR) is to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens,” McCullough continued. “Both after school and during the summer months, BGCWR provides at-risk children and teens with a well-rounded array of youth development programs … Programs such as Diplomas to Degrees, Money Matters, Club Tech, Fine Arts, and Healthy Habits are designed to infuse a sense of belonging, usefulness, competence and influence into each child.”
For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, please write to 889 Jonathan Ave., Akron, Ohio 44306; or call 330-773-3375 Ext. 18.
Stories inspire food drive
The stories 83-year-old Marjie Steinly tells about growing up in the Great Depression and the financially strapped years that followed have been taken to heart at Akron’s Orchards of Ridgewood living and rehab center.
Orchards’ activity director Diana Macafee and the residents there have decided to sponsor a community food drive in her honor for Harvest of Hunger now through July 17. Please drop nonperishables off at the nursing center, 3558 Ridgewood Road.
As Marjie’s story goes, she was one of seven children in her family and she remembers many days going hungry when her father was laid off from Firestone.
In addition to the canned-food drive, a big basket from Arnold’s Candies Inc. will be raffled with all proceeds going to Harvest for Hunger. For more information, please call Macafee at 330-666-3776 or Jan Smith at 330-351-1530.
IBH benefit golf outing
Interval Brotherhood Homes is hosting its 27th annual golf outing Monday at Fairlawn Country Club, with registration at 11 a.m. (or online at www.ibh.org/Events/) followed by a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start.
Contests are planned with prizes. Lunch and hors d’oeuvres reception are included.
All proceeds go to the IBH Addiction Recovery Center, a long-term alcohol and drug residential treatment facility. “Since 1970, IBH has helped over 15,000 people who have suffered from alcohol or drug addiction,” said spokeswoman Marsha Pohlman.
For more information on the golf outing, please contact Geri Douglas Marshall at 330-644-4095 or email@example.com
WITAN rummage sale
WITAN (Women in Touch with Akron’s Needs) will host a rummage and bake sale 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 20 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1361 W. Market St., Akron.
The sale items run the gamut from furniture and household goods to clothing and jewelry to books, toys and sporting equipment. For more information about the sale or to donate items, please call chairwoman Cheryl White at 330-607-5789.
Proceeds go to support WITAN’s funding of community projects like Good Neighbors Food Pantry, Crown Point Ecology Center, ACCESS and Family Promise. WITAN has granted more than $1.2 million to the community since its 1943 inception.
Grocery bags needed
OPEN M (Opportunity for People Everywhere in Need Ministry) — an ecumenical Christian ministry committed to feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, nurturing children, building families and strengthening the community — is desperately low on plastic grocery bags. Volunteers use the bags to pack a three-day emergency food supply.
Got bags to spare? Please drop them off between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at 941 Princeton St., Akron.
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or firstname.lastname@example.org