As the pandemic has presented us all with new challenges, this was especially apparent for the Community Impact Committee. CIC chairs Sonja Pagniano and Tom Dolezal led their committee to think outside the box and come up with creative service ideas that members could do safely, and from home if they wished.
Sonja shared, “It was challenging for the Community Impact Committee (CIC) to adapt to COVID-19 and come up with a way to still support the Greater Akron community with limited contact volunteer activities. Our committee worked hard to quickly change our processes and provide Torchbearer members with unique opportunities that still met with our mission and vision.”
CIC stepped up to the challenge and was able to provide members with multiple different service opportunities of all forms. If members felt comfortable volunteering in person, they were welcome to, but many of the opportunities could also be performed at home.
“Some examples during this time include members giving blood, writing thank you cards for the Akron Canton Foodbank, spreading joy through our letters of encouragement program, and some made in-kind donations to ACCESS, UA Campus Cupboard, and more. We know, too, that Torchbearers didn’t stop at just the volunteer opportunities we advertised during this time, many went out of their way and helped organizations like Let’s Grow Akron, Downtown Cuyahoga Falls Partnership, StreetHearts, and more,” said Sonja.
Thank you to all members who completed service and continued making a difference in the community during quarantine and the COVID-19 pandemic.