Posted by Sandy Naragon, Grant Committee Chair
As the Rotary Club of Akron continues to grow our community partnerships, we must be mindful of our capacity to serve.  Rotary’s worldwide motto is Service Above Self and Akron Rotary is no different. 
In member surveys, “Service to others” is consistently identified as a key reason for joining Akron Rotary. Recently, I discovered how fun it is to have my husband Jeff join me.  I took the lead of Service Projects Chair Cyndi Kane—who often drags…I mean invites husband Michael to join her!
What fun we had stuffing 130 bags of food for students at Innes School!  I encourage you to look at your schedule and sign up for a Wednesday or two and invite your spouse, significant other or child to join you.  What a great opportunity to introduce the power of volunteerism and helping others—especially another young person—to your child. 
I'm so proud of us!  Akron Rotarians have been packing food for Open M's Kids Backpack Program to benefit Innes students since the beginning of the 2023-24 school year. Let's end the school year strong! The need has grown from 100 to 130 kids, but we've met that challenge.  
We pack from 3-4 pm on Wednesdays.  Delivery to the school happens Thursdays at 9 am—I did it this morning and it only took me 25 minutes from arrival at Open M to pulling out of Innes to head home. Use the link below to volunteer.
This project timing doesn’t work for you?  There are many ways to serve—visit the website for other opportunities!