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Activate Akron series encourages conversation, service opportunities in greater Akron

In April, the Community Impact committee launched Activate Akron – a series of exploratory conversations about Akron-related issues of interest to Torchbearers. The April topic was education in Akron, but recent topics have included social justice, behavioral health, and economic development. The goal of Activate Akron is to generate ideas and learn where Torchbearer membership […]

Torchbearers celebrates 11th annual AkRun & Crawl

Held Saturday, May 20 in the Merriman Valley, this year’s AkRun & Crawl drew hundreds of runners for the annual 5K race, which followed the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Like last year, the event kicked off after dark following introductions from Torchbearers President Michael Wilson, as well as special guest, Akron City Council […]

Join us May 20 for AkRun & Crawl

The 11th Annual AkRun & Crawl will be held Saturday, May 20 at 9 p.m. This 5K race follows the scenic Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail through the Merriman Valley and is followed by pub crawl through the Valley Bar District. Like last year, this will be an after-dark glow run, complete with glowing […]

Reserve Your Spots for Leadership Akron: Edge

In partnership with Torchbearers, Leadership Akron: Edge is a high-energy addition to any internship or new hire experience. The summer program connects your interns or early career professionals to Akron as a place to build a life and a career.  With access to community decision-makers and behind-the-scenes tours of our greatest assets, Edge heightens talent […]

Torchbearers S.P.A.R.C. Meaningful Change

In 2015, Torchbearers was awarded a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight foundation to help enhance Greater Akron. To that end, Torchbearers dedicated $25,000 to establish the S.P.A.R.C. program – Small Projects Achieving Real Change. The idea behind the initiative was to encourage members to partner with community leaders and organizations to […]

Downtown Akron Unveils Outdoor Audio System

New visual and audio features have been installed in seven unused phone booths with the purpose of bringing art and streamed music to the sidewalks of Downtown Akron. West Akron residents Allyson Boyd and Kat Pestian received a $4,000 grant from the Knight Foundation through the Torchbearers’ S.P.A.R.C. (“Small Projects Achieving Real Change”) project to […]

Passing the Torch: From One President to Another

By Michael Wilson I first met Nicole through Torchbearers, and five years later, she has grown to become one of my very best friends. Seeing her passion and dedication towards the amazing city that we call home has been an inspiration, and she’s not alone. She has led the entire organization that is full of […]