CITY SERVE

 

Grace Church partners with a variety of organizations throughout the Greater Akron Area. Find out more about each of these opportunities below to see how each one impacts the community, as well as ways to be involved.

Are you interested in serving locally? Click the button below and fill out the City Interest Form.

UPCOMING EVENTS

CityServe is a way for individuals, families, and life groups to have a simple way to connect with the vision of city partnership. We will have a brief time of sharing Grace’s vision on why serving in the city matters, how Grace partners, and who we partner with.

There will be plenty of time to learn about our partners and how you might join in the work that they are doing.

You will be able to leave CityServe with information to take to your life group or the ability to take the next steps in serving.

 

Use the sign up form to let us know you are interested and someone will follow up with you to schedule a time to meet. 
Sometimes life gets busy and time gets away from us. So we invite you to take a break and join us for a fun, informative tour with our urban partners!  Come with us to visit and get to know our partners together.  The tours focus on enabling you to get a taste of their passion for serving God daily in their neighborhoods.

We are working on putting together the tours with our partners so please let us know which partners you are interested in visiting. This will help us put the tours together. 

Use the sign up form to let us know you are interested and someone from the give it away team will follow up with you.

There are needs in our community and we have the resources to help with those needs. We can be the bridge that helps a parent keep their job, an individual have safe, reliable transportation, relieve the burden of yardwork for a widow, or finish tasks for an organization that enables them to further their ministry. We want to connect with others and our communities by meeting these tangible needs.

Our next GO+DO project will be to pack 1 million meals for Feed My Starving Children from May 31 – June 4, 2022. Follow the sign up link for details and to sign up!

At Grace, we want to be a church that supports our community and comes around vulnerable youth and families. One of the ways we are doing this is by offering avenues of partnership to support families, mentor youth, provide resources, and even become a foster/adoptive family.

We believe that every child deserves to have a loving adult presence in their life. And we believe that every person is changed through giving of themselves to another person.

Be a part of the Surrounded movement here at Grace and with the greater Akron community as we see lives changed one person at a time.

 

KEY CITY PARTNERS

First Glance offers programs to students (grades 6-12) and young adults (ages 18-29) in the Kenmore Community. Their programs include a recreational night, young adults program, skate night, an abstinence program, The Connect for young parents. Their goal is to offer teens and young adults a safe place of grace and unconditional love.

Ways to Serve: Be a friend to teens during Ladies Night Out, Man Up, Rec Night, The Connect, or bible study, bring prepared meals

Next Steps: Attend the next CityServe Orientation and fill out a volunteer application here.

 

Rahab is devoted to rescuing and restoring women who have been trafficked. Their programs include prison visits, pen pal ministry, Bible studies (in and out of prisons), Soup ‘n’ Shop (women come from the jail to have a home-cooked meal, shop the boutique, and hear about Christ’s love), prayer walks, and Strip Club outreaches, and more.

Ways to Serve: Volunteers needed at Soup ‘n’ Shop to visit with the women, be a part of the Club Outreach, Street team, Minor Mentors, Adult Mentors, Jail ministry, and Bible Studies.

Next Steps: Attend the next CityServe Orientation and sign up for Rahab’s orientation here.

South Street is a group of individuals who are committed to living, serving, and loving on the Summit Lake community through a variety of programs like urban gardening, bike shop, The Front Porch café, church services, summer camp, after school tutoring, and open gym.

Ways to Serve: Rich Kids after school tutoring, Faithful Servants medical clinic, being a friend at Re-Entry meetings, Providing meals for re-entry, Bike Shop, Open Gym, Summer Camp, eat at the Front Porch and financially supporting the ministry.

Next Steps:  Attend the next CityServe Orientation and meet with a staff member about getting involved at jgrant@southstreetministries.org

 

Urban Vision serves in the North Akron community to share the story of Jesus one child and family at a time. Their programs include after school tutoring (SOS), Kids Club (pre-k to 5th grade), Explorers (6th-12th grade), On Your Mark preschool, and summer camp and Summer SOS

Ways to Serve: Tutoring, After School program support, Kids Club assistant, Supply donations, teach a skill to the students, volunteer at the Back to School and Christmas Store, financially support Urban Vision.

Next Steps: Attend the next CityServe Orientation and fill out an application: https://www.ministryopportunities.org/Application.aspx?oid=14216

A Christ-centered, Biblically-based and clinically-supported 12-month residential ministry for men struggling with drug and/or alcohol addiction. Their desire is to provide compassionate, individualized care and life-changing truth which empowers men struggling with drug and/or alcohol addiction to restore their relationship with God.

Ways to Serve: Prayer team, provide haircuts for the men monthly, help with food needs, orientation help, and nurse practitioner

Next Steps:  Attend the next CityServe Orientation and fill out the volunteer form on their website at https://restoreaddictionrecovery.com/connect-with-us/volunteer/

DEVELOPING CITY PARTNERS

South Akron Youth Mentorship desires to transform worldview perspective from societal dependence to personal independence through application of Biblical principles, importance of education, necessity of excellence in vocational efforts, and life skills mentoring.

Ways to Serve: Group and individual mentoring for elementary and high school age students, tutoring, work readiness, as well as summer programming.

Next Steps:  Attend the next CityServe Orientation and meet with a staff member (Ron Kent) about getting involved at ron.saym@gmail.com.

The Garage helps at-risk youth in Wadsworth through club meetings, hang out time and mentoring.

Ways to Serve:  High School and Middle School programming, Teen Moms program, Discipleship groups, Young Adults, and Juvenile Justice programming

Next Steps: Attend the next CityServe Orientation and connect with Garage staff through their website below

 

 

SEEDnet’s mission is to infiltrate spiritually, emotionally, economically, and developmentally oppressed people-groups, proclaim the gospel, and then give them their own church.

Ways to Serve: Become a person of peace within a under-resourced community

Next Steps:  Attend the next CityServe Orientation and meet with a SEEDnet staff person

​Legacies of Success is a Christian community development corporation created to help revitalize and stabilize the North Hill community by providing affordable housing and promoting homeownership.

Ways to Serve:  Assist in home improvement projects

Next Steps: Attend the next CityServe Orientation and fill out the volunteer information at https://www.legaciesofsuccess.org/volunteer.html

 

JOBS (Jump on Board for Success) was created to help teen/young mothers and at-risk young women who struggled with employment. Each women is paired with a mentor to assist in life skills and to walk alongside them during the process of moving towards self-sufficiency.

Ways to Serve: Become a mentor to a teen/young mother. Also looking specifically for female entrepreneurs, IT instructors, Administration instructors, and more.

Next Steps:  Attend the next CityServe Orientation and meet with the JOBS staff.

We have come alongside Copley Middle School to work with students as tutors during the school day but also to be able to mentor students one-on-one and begin to build relationships with them.

Ways to Serve:  Tutor/Mentor a student during 1-2 periods a week.

Next Steps: Attend a brief orientation with Student Ministries and Child approval through Grace Church. Click on learn more below to fill out the form and let us know you are interested.

 

We hope you’ll find that Grace is somewhere that you can feel comfortable to explore faith, ask questions, grow spiritually, and connect with others. And most importantly, of course, we hope you connect with God!