First Serve 2017

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Meet at First Congregational Church of Hudson (47 Aurora St., Hudson, OH 44236) - then will proceed to Summit Lake Park:

380 W. Crosier St.

Akron, OH 44311

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Come join more than 1,000 volunteers serving one neighborhood: Summit Lake of Akron – an area that is being reinvigorated thanks to a new effort focused on the Canal Towpath Trail that routes through the community.

All are invited to participate.

First Congregational Church of Hudson, Temple Beth Shalom and the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent are partnering again this year to lead the effort. Leaders from the city of Akron and the Summit Lake neighborhood are joining this year’s efforts.

What is First Serve?

First Serve, the annual church-wide service event at First Congregational Church of Hudson, engages people of all ages in a day of service. Each year on the second Sunday in September, members and friends come together for a sending service, then separate into crews to work on one of several service projects. Projects are as varied as the skills of those who share in this wonderful day of service to others.

Here's a list of this year's projects.

This year there will also be a Children’s Fair to engage families with young children from the Summit Lake area and our faith communities. In a designated area in the park, volunteers will engage children in games, crafts, a fishing derby and other activities from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm. Families are asked to bring donations of food for the Akron Canton Food Bank (cereal, peanut butter, canned tuna, canned vegetables, canned beef stew, canned soup).

First Serve Schedule

9:00 a.m. Sending Service at First Congregational Church of Hudson

10:00 a.m. Project crews meet at Summit Lake Park; Breakfast snacks and beverages available

10:00 a.m. Children’s Fair begins for families with small children

12:30 p.m. Hotdog Cookout Lunch at Summit Lake

4:00 p.m. Complete project and head home.


Who can participate?

Anyone can participate! Projects are designed for families and people of all ages and abilities. Children can participate with their parents. For the safety of all involved, adults who are working on a project with minors will be background checked. Parents and guardians of minors are asked to complete permission forms following registering any under-aged participant.

Can I register more than one person at the same time?

Yes. You will have the opportunity to choose how many people you would like to register for any interested projects.

What is the schedule for the day?

At 9 a.m., there will be a Sending Service at First Congregational Church of Hudson located at 47 Aurora Street, Hudson, Ohio, 44236. We will travel to meet up with our project crews at Summit Lake Park. Crews will begin projects around 10 a.m. and end by 4 p.m.

What happens if it rains?

This is a rain or shine event.

How will I find out more specific information about my project?

Once you register, your contact information will be sent to your project leader who will contact you with details closer to the actual day of service. If you have any questions in the meantime, contact Sue Wimer at

How will I get to my project site?

You will receive information from your project leader closer to the date. But, everyone is also encouraged to meet at First Congregational Church of Hudson for the Sending Service at 9 a.m..

Do I need to bring supplies to the project site?

In most cases, supplies will be provided. For some projects, you may be asked to bring some project-specific supplies. Your crew leader will provide details closer to the event date.

Will food be available?

In the morning when crews gather at Summit Lake Park at 10 a.m., breakfast snacks will be available to take to your project site. Lunch items (Kosher/vegetarian too) will be available for pick up 12:30 p.m. at Summit Lake Park.

What if I need childcare?

Children are invited to participate in the day's events, but some may be too young to contribute. Childcare is offered for children 4 and under at First Congregational Church of Hudson starting at 8:45 a.m.You can make a childcare reservation when you fill out the Volunteer Registration Form

What should I wear?

T-shirts are provided for all registered volunteers - please be sure to denote sizing on your registration form. Please be practical - dress in layers, wear sunscreen and be prepared for a variety of conditions.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Contact Sue Wimer at

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Meet at First Congregational Church of Hudson (47 Aurora St., Hudson, OH 44236) - then will proceed to Summit Lake Park:

380 W. Crosier St.

Akron, OH 44311

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