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.
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.
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 30 – June 2, 2023. Follow the sign up link for details and to sign up!
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 email@example.com
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEVELOPING CITY PARTNERS
The Landing desires to see the homeless community in Akron discover, experience, and live in Jesus’ love for them. They do this by building relationships, being a safe space, and bearing Jesus’ message of reconciliation.
Ways to Serve: Engage women on a monthly night out (crafts, games, etc) or join a men or women’s bible study to encourage each other in learning God’s word. There is also an opportunity share in a community meal, spending time serving food and eating with others in the community.
Next Steps: Contact Sarah Yajko at email@example.com to be connected to The Landing
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.
Their goal is to engage families via faith communities to open their homes to care for vulnerable children. They desire to help families before a crisis hits with the hope that they can keep families intact, minimize children entering foster care, and reduce abuse and neglect.
Ways to Serve: Attend the training to become a host family, to be able to provide a short-term, safe environment for kids whose families are in crisis. Become a family friend to support the host family and/or the biological family with practical needs. Host an informational gathering in your home.
Next Steps: Contact Sarah Yajko at firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected to Safe Families