Torchbearers Making a Difference in the Community

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is no secret that service is an essential part of Torchbearers. There is no better way to get to know the community in which you live than getting involved in its nonprofit sector. In the last quarter 51 Torchbearers engaged in TB approved service hours and brought in over 3856 total hours (including outside service).

“There are so many great organizations and groups doing incredible work in Akron every day. Having the ability to be a part of that community in a meaningful way, and give back through service events is one of the reasons I wanted to be a Torchbearer,” said Kelli Fetter, Class of 2017.

Over the course of the first quarter, Torchbearers have engaged in a wide range of service projects. This includes, but is not limited to, working with children, lending a hand at silent auctions and radiothons, and sorting and distributing food. See the list below:

  • St. Bernard’s Hot Meals: TB’s lended a hand with setting up, preparing and serving food, and greeting those in need.
  • Red & White on Thursday Night benefiting the Arthritis Foundation Ohio: TB’s volunteered for the 20th anniversary.
  • 12th Annual Portage Lakes Polar Bear Jump: TB’s coordinated parking and aided in other areas when necessary. This event raised $30,000 for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank this year.
  • Akron Children’s Hospital “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon: TB’s worked the First Energy phone bank for the Akron Children’s Hospital Radiothon. The radiothon raised $551,886 this year.
  • Torchbearers Anniversary: TB’s supported event organizers to produce one of the most successful anniversary events to date.
  • 4th Annual Andrea Rose Teodosio Angel Art Auction: TB’s helped with set up, breakdown, sign-in and the silent auction.
  • Career Day at Richardson Elementary School: TB’s presented information about their careers to 3rd-5th graders at Richardson Elementary.
  • Victim Assistance Program Mardi Gras Gala’s 25th Anniversary: Torchbearers aided in the silent auction to support the Victim Assistance Program.
  • Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank: TB’s sanitized and sorted various food items before they head out to the food pantries in the area.
  • Aspire! Signature Event (Boys & Girls Club of the Western Reserve): TB’s aided in set-up, the silent auction, dessert dash, and other assorted tasks.

There is a plethora of great volunteer opportunities in the coming months. It is part of the Torchbearers mission to aid in the creation of a better Akron for everyone. Those interested in submitting potential TB aligned opportunities can contact Chrissy Myers at cmyers@auiinfo.com.

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