We are excited to share that the Stronger Together: Akron and Westfield Heart & Soul program has completed Phase One of the Heart and Soul model. Click here to see milestones.
Phase One included introducing the program to our community, receiving endorsements from City Councils in both Akron and Westfield, hosting several awareness events and coordinating the development of the pocket park in a vacant lot on Reed Street in Akron. Check out our Phase One Report for more details!
We are moving ahead quickly with Phase Two, which is focused on connecting with and listening to everyone in our communities. We're launching this phase with a survey and a goal to hear from 500 people! If we receive 500 responses by Dec. 31, we'll draw for $100 cash, gift cards and other prizes.
Akron and Westfield communities were awarded one of the first three national seed grant from the Community Heart & Soul program. The Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program funds resident-driven groups in small cities and towns working to revitalize their communities by undertaking the Community Heart & Soul process.
The full news release is available here.
The Stronger Together: Akron and Westfield Heart & Soul program was featured in a recent post on the national Community Heart & Soul page. We're excited with the momentum we've built!
Click here to read the article.
Members of the Westfield City Council approved a resolution to support the Stronger Together: Akron and Westfield Heart & Soul program at their meeting on June 21. Click here to read resolution.
The Akron City Council passed a resolution supporting the Stronger Together: Akron and Westfield Heart & Soul program and the Community Heart & Soul model in our community. Click here to read the resolution. Thank you to the council and City of Akron for their support as we move forward with this exciting opportunity!!
The council also approved a lease agreement for the vacant lot in the 200 block of Reed Street. One of the first Stronger Together projects will be a beautification project in that lot to create a seating area for residents and visitors to enjoy.