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First Serve Serve First
Sun, September 11, 2016, 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM EDT
Come join more than 1,000 neighbors from three faith communities gathering together to serve NE Ohio in honor of September 11.
All are invited to participate.
On the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001, the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent, Temple Beth Shalom, First Congregational Church of Hudson, and other community members commit to rising above fear by uniting in love and service. This year, through the First Serve Serve First service event, our three faith communities will partner with first responders in the greater Akron, Cleveland areas and within Hudson neighborhoods. As we work together with first responders and neighbors, we hope to foster trusting relationships that lead to cooperation, compassion and ultimately peace.
What is First Serve Serve First?
First Serve Serve First, the annual church wide service event at First Congregational Church of Hudson, engages people of all ages in a day of service for our communities. Each year on the second Sunday in September, members and friends come together to worship, then separate into crews to go out to work in service to those in need. 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.
We are also collecting numerous items in preparation for the day's activities. See a list of how you can help here. There will be a collection area located at the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent, Temple Beth Shalom, and First Congregational Church of Hudson.
For information about becoming a food vendor for the cultural good fest, click here.
First Serve Serve First Schedule
9 am: Sending Service at First Congregational Church
10 am: Projects begin throughout NE Ohio
5 pm: Cultural Food Fest & Celebration at First Congregational Church
Who can participate?
Anyone can participate! Projects are designed for families and people of all ages and abilities. Children can participate with their parents. If children are too young, childcare is provided.
For the safety of all involved, adults who are working on a project with minors will be background checked.
Parents and guardians and minors are asked to complete permission forms following registering any underaged participants.
What if my group wants to volunteer?
You can register up to nine people on this site. For groups of 10 or more, please contact Karen Joshi email@example.com.
What happens if it rains?
This is a rain or shine event.
How will I find out more specific information about my specific projects?
Once you register, your information will be provided to your project's leader. The leader will contact you with details closer to the actual day of service. If you have any questions in the meantime, contact Karen Joshi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will I get to my project site?
More information will come 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 early in the day. From there, groups will gather together and caravan to specific locations.
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 lunch be provided at the project sites?
Yes, each crew will be taking a cooler with turkey and vegetable sandwiches, drinks and snacks to eat during the day.
What about dinner?
Volunteers will come together in the evening starting at 5 p.m. for a Cultural Food Fest and Celebration at First Congregational Church of Hudson. Restaurants and other food providers will have stations offering a variety of samples from their menus for all to enjoy. All food is being 100% donated in honor of the volunteers' service that day.
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 3 and under at First Congregational Church of Hudson from 8:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. and from 4:45 p.m.– 7 p.m. the day of the event at no cost. If needed, please be sure to check your needs on your 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 Karen Joshi at email@example.com.