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ACCESS homeless shelter seeks volunteers for playground build

Apr 30th, 2019

ACCESS, Inc., Akron’s homeless shelter for women and children, is seeking volunteers to help build its new playground, provided by Myer Design Inc. and funded by an anonymous donor.

Earlier this year, ACCESS announced 2019 will be its “Year of the Child.” This 12-month campaign focuses on bringing more attention to the needs of the hundreds of children served by the shelter each year and continuing its work to strategically assist children during their homelessness crisis.

As part of Year of the Child, ACCESS says it is aiming to ensure kids get to feel like kids.

“We have a full-time child advocate at ACCESS, who makes it their daily mission to ensure every child has what they need to be taken care of while at ACCESS,” said Jackie Hemsworth, executive director of ACCESS Shelter. “This playground is more than a place where youth staying at ACCESS
will play. It’s a place for them to feel safe, welcome, and playful—even when at a shelter.”

Individual and groups of volunteers are needed on Saturday, May 18, from 8 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2 to 5 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. at ACCESS, located at 230 W. Market St., in Akron.

All volunteers are welcome and no tools or experience is needed. Volunteers must be 18 years old or older and should plan on volunteering in rain or shine.

For questions or to register, contact, Brittanny Lee, Volunteer Coordinator at or 330-376-0997 ext. 109.

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