Release Date: March 6,2019

Urban Corps is launched in downtown Akron

New initiative provides volunteer opportunities through Downtown Akron Partnership

Downtown Akron Partnership announces the creation of Urban Corps, a new volunteer program providing year-long opportunities at events and projects in downtown Akron. The program was revealed at DAP's annual meeting on Feb. 26.

The Urban Corps replaces the long-running Green & Clean program that began as a one-day initiative in May and grew to a month long event that engaged volunteers with projects like mulching, flower planting and trash removal. This initiative is possible through support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Akron Civic Commons.

"We love having the opportunity to work with the community to better our neighborhood," said Kelli Fetter, DAP's director of engagements and events. "We are excited for the chance to expand this work beyond just Green & Clean events."

With this new program Downtown Akron Partnership plans to build a team of Akronites dedicated to the vibrancy and growth of downtown Akron. This initiative gives volunteers, called team members, the opportunity to be involved at events in downtown Akron like 3rd Thursday, public space enhancements, and cleaning and planting projects.

Team members will be rewarded for hours of service with an Urban Corps t-shirts from Rubber City Clothing. The t-shirt is earned after 20 hours. For each additional 20 hours of service up to 80 hours a badge will be added to the shirt. At 100 hours of service the t-shirt will be upgraded to an Urban Corps sweatshirt. An annual event celebrating all volunteers will be held for team members.

Individuals can sign up to be an Urban Corps team member by visiting downtownakron.com/urbancorps and clicking 'sign-up' to create an account through GiveGauge. Team members must be at least 18 years of age or be accompanied by an adult to be eligible for service hours. An instruction for becoming a team member is also available.