Service-Learning Projects and Active Community Partners

Active Community Partners

For information about how to do one of these projects
with a class or how to work with a community partner,
please contact Dr. Theresa Beyerle

Akron Summit Community Action, Inc Develop new media functions for existing website
Akron Summit Community Action, Inc Participate in peer mentoring program
Akron Summit Community Action, Inc Design visual supports for a special education class
Akron Summit Community Action, Inc Develop physical education activities for children with little or no gym equipment
Akron Summit Community Action, Inc Create DVD highlighting current programming
Akron Summit Community Action, Inc Conduct analysis of parent involvement in Head Start Programs
Habitat for Humanity Design and produce mural of Habitat homes in Summit County.
YMCA Camp Y-Noah Revamp camp menu options to include healthy, kid friendly options
YMCA Green Family Teach swimming lessons for all ages
YMCA Green Family Design wooden platforms for water slides

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Akron Rotary Camp Design a gardening curriculum for children with special needs
Akron Rotary Camp Map out a plant nature trail
Akron Rotary Camp Create instruments for music program for children with special needs
Akron Rotary Camp Build a wood shed
Akron Rotary Camp Develop an orientation course for new staff
Akron Rotary Camp Critique and suggest new ideas for staff recruitment
Child Guidance and Family Solutions Assess billing process and develop suggestions for efficiency
YMCA Develop and administer pre and post tests for various programs
YMCA Capture impact stories about programs by interviewing participants
United Disability Services Modify everyday items with custom switches for people with disabilities
United Disability Services Design and provide music therapy (dance, theater, or music)
United Disability Services Analyze and critique group homes for physical accessibility
United Disability Services Conduct various adaptive art classes (ceramics, painting, etc)
United Disability Services Adapt technology to increase job effectiveness
United Disability Services Design a web based catalog for adapted toys
United Disability Services Adapt yoga, exercise and gross motor activity for people with disabilities
United Disability Services Adapt garden carts with tactile and aromatic plants
National Museum of Education Special event planning, promotion, and facilitation

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Organization Project Description
Community Support Services Create a video to highlight provided services and impact on the people served.
Nazareth Housing Dev. Corp Help design business systems for procedures and processes.
Spring Garden Waldorf School Create marketing tools from statistical analysis of enrollment trends.
Spring Garden Waldorf School Design a truss to change a flat roof to a gable
Spring Garden Waldorf School Design and estimate cost for an outside storage area
Summa Western Reserve Hospital Interact with adults in an adult day-care center.
Mobile Meals Update technology to enhance efficiency of service delivery.
Mobile Meals Update organizational systems including: client needs assessment, billing, manual/driver service delivery confirmation, and inventory maintenance system.
Akron Zoo Strategize how to administer a levy campaign.
Akron Zoo Develop social marketing proposal in relation to return-on-investment.
Akron Zoo Investigate alternative energy practices.

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Organization Project
Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority Design and deliver programs for different populations: elderly, mentally ill, young mothers.  Programs can focus on health, food, exercise, recycling, etc.
Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority Design programs to involve mentally ill young adults in leadership development initiatives. Other activities also welcome.
Akron Racers Develop grant proposals, promotional materials to support Akron Racers Fastpitch team
ASIA, Inc. Develop and provide activities for pre-school age children who do not speak English. Parents are on site in workshops or classes.
Cascade Locks Park Association Produce and possibly film a production on the history of Howard Street. Script already exists
Cascade Locks Park Association Using material from 1913 Flood, develop interactive learning program
Cascade Locks Park Association Provide help with developing archives.
Cascade Locks Park Association Analyze canal water to determine existence of bacteria, organisms, etc.
Cascade Locks Park Association Assess attendance/usage of park facilities/towpath/etc.
Center for Child Development Analyze data to determine enrollment and revenue trends and develop procedures to simplify the process of enrollment management.
Crown Point - Ecology Center Research  the Native American history of a local farm in Bath. Results will be used to plan a Native American Festival for the organization.
Crown Point - Ecology Center Design and conduct wind technology assessment to determine if wind technology is an economical choice for a local ecology center.
Crown Point - Ecology Center Survey local farm and create an inventory map of the native wildflowers, grasses, and edible plants  for wildflower walks.
EDGE Program (EACH) Provide mentoring/discussions to  high school students with potential barriers to success.
Habitat for Humanity Analyze blueprints to determine ecological and cost-effective building practices.
Haven of Rest Ministries Conduct energy audit of buildings. Suggest ways to increase efficiency of operations
Haven of Rest Ministries Provide afterschool enrichment activities, tutoring, art projects, etc. for children. Ages range from toddler to school age.
Info Line Work with InfoLine to respond to community needs. Provide information and referral services to the public.
International Institute Develop and provide workshops for immigrant women. Topics may include domestic violence, self-defense, health issues, etc.
Leggett Elementary School     Create PSA s for topics such as preventing the flu
Mobile Meals Develop marketing plan for organization that distributes meals to local residents and service providers
Mobile Meals Assist with planning and development of archives for organization
Pregnancy Care Teach classes on topics such as prenatal care and parenting
Pregnancy Care Adapt formatting of documents, logos, and various existing materials
Pregnancy Care Design and develop marketing materials at appropriate reading level for identified audience
Rebuilding Together Assist with event planning, proposal writing.
Rubber City Roller Girls Design promotional posters and flyers for roller derby team. Design covers for program booklets.
Salvation Army Analyze foot traffic in building. Determine what signs are needed and where to place them.
Salvation Army Examine logistics of holiday food and gift distribution plan. Provide suggestions for more efficient operations.
Salvation Army Develop plan for improving volunteer recruitment for Red Kettle drive.
STEM Middle School Create video to spotlight STEM school  for promotion/funding opportunities
STEM Middle School Develop health/wellness training for public middle school staff members
Summa Hospice Write life-stories for hospice patients. May be done by interviewing, or by transcribing recorded memories.
Summa Hospice Gather photos and memories for hospice patients. Create collage that hangs over bed.
Summa Western Reserve Design and conduct research study to determine if adult daycare delays institutionalization
Summa Western Reserve Use simple art activities to enrich participants in adult day care
Summit Education Initiative Analyze data from Ohio Dept of Education re: schools in Summit County. Write report/summary.
United Disability Services Analyze and label food in pre-made lunches that are sold by local nonprofit.
Women’s Endowment Fund Develop grant proposals and other materials for a fund of the Akron Community Foundation that supports organizations promoting women and girls
Women’s Endowment Fund Conduct assessment of local  interests and national trends to determine topic for 2010 community forum focused on women and girls.
Dynamics Community Theater Create a simple newsletter template for a theater organization

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Active Community Partners


          Shelter for homeless women and children

Akron Art Museum

         Displays new and historic art, conducts creative workshops and concerts.

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank 

         Collects and distributes food donations for local food pantries.

Akron Digital Media Center

         Provides training for community members to become local journalists for the Akron community.

Akron Racers 

         Women’s professional softball team

Akron Rotary Camp

         Respite camp for children and adults with disabilities.

Akron Summit Community Action

          An anti-poverty social service agency dedicated to providing services that address the needs of low income residents.

Akron-Summit  County Public Library

         Provides educational materials to the community.

Akron Zoo

         Enables the community to have an enlightening animal experience while promoting local conservation.

American Red Cross

         Responds to disasters and emergencies with needed supplies and volunteers.

Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA)

          Connects people to resources for housing, transportation, job training, consumer credit      counseling, utility assistance and other needed services.

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve

         Youth development organization with after-school services for school aged at risk kids.

Cascade Locks Park Association

         Preserving, protecting, and promoting, the heritage of the Cascade Locks Park & The Erie Canal.

Catholic Charities Community Services Summit County
         Versatile services for youth, developmentally disabled, and the elderly which include food distribution, counseling, and adaptations for people with disabilities. 

Child Guidance & Family Solutions

         Administers counseling and provides education, support, and resources for children with mental disorders through community agencies, schools and families.

Community Support Services

         Provides basic needs resources for people who have severe mental disorders.

Crown Point Ecology Center

         Promotes organic farming, youth education, and ecological practices through an organic          farm.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park 

         National conservation of land for animal and ecological preservation and human recreation.

Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park

         Engage public support and enhance public use of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park through programming and advocacy.

East Akron Community House 

         Improves housing conditions in East Akron by producing homes, providing economic      development programs, and increasing energy efficiency in homes.

Fair Housing Contact Service

         Helps eliminate discrimination in  housing, while promoting community involvement, providing  education, and performing research involving affirmative action.

Habitat for Humanity

         Builds homes for families in need.

Hattie Larlham 

         Hattie Larlham is a nonprofit organization that provides services to more than 1,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Haven of Rest

         Provides food, shelter, clothing and recovery programs for homeless men and women.

Info Line, Inc.

         Connects people who need community services to local resources.

International Institute of Akron

         Creating and implementing  services to assist the foreign born to integrate into our society, to promote public awareness of the value of ethnic diversity, and to encourage international communication.

Keep Akron Beautiful

         Develops and implements public education and community improvement programs on litter prevention, recycling, waste management and beautification for the City of Akron.

Leggett Elementary School

         Akron Public school serving Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Mature Services, Inc

         Offers programs and services to support, strengthen, and empower adults as they age.

Mobile Meals, Inc.

         Provides nutritious meals and services to people of all ages and economic circumstances throughout Northeast Ohio

Mothers Assisting Mothers 

         Provides resources and educational services to families living with  chronic illness

Nazareth Housing

         Develop housing for low and moderate-income families in Summit County.

Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition

         Provides educational programs, events and publications about the Heritage Canalway to preserve the natural, historical and recreational resources throughout the area.

Open M

         Helping people with long and short-term needs of food, health care, child care, and educational programs for children, adults, and families.

Pregnancy Care

         Serving women who face untimely pregnancies by providing   testing, emotional support, educational  services and material goods.                

Project Learn

         Provides free and confidential basic literacy, GED, ESOL and college transition classes for adults.

Rebuilding Together

         Provides home rehabilitation services to low-income elderly and disabled homeowners.

RePlay for Kids

         Adapts and distributes toys and assistive devices for children with disabilities.

Ronald McDonald House

         Provides a respite and rejuvenating place for the families of the sick children.

Rubber City Roller Girls

         Nonprofit roller derby team which gives back to the community by providing a “Skate for Kids” event for homeless and other at-risk children.

Safe Landing Youth Shelter

         Emergency shelter for troubled young people 11 years of age and older.

Salvation Army
         Meets human needs through community fellowship, rebuilding lives after disasters, providing comfort and support.


         Provides affordable workshops and business counseling for organizational growth and development.

Summit County Historical Society

         Preserve and interprets the history of Summit County and Akron, and  educates regional communities about the people and events that have shaped our rich history.

Summit Education Initiative

         Improves education for all children in Summit County

Spring Garden Waldorf School

         Independent school for  kindergarten through 8th grade.

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

         National Historic Landmark estate and property which stands as a museum of historical information about Akron.

Stewart's Caring Place

         Provides support services and resources free-of-charge to individuals and families touched by cancer

Summa Health System

         Nonprofit hospital in Akron.

Summa Hospice

         Hospital service to enhance the comfort and quality of life for patients with  a terminal illness.

Summa Western Reserve

         Hospital branch of the Summa Health System

United Disability Services

         Enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities and their caregivers.

United Way of Summit County

         Mobilizing community resources to advance the community good.

Victim Assistance

         Provides support, prevention, and justice for victims of tragedy, their families and the surrounding communities.    

Victory Gallop, Inc

         Therapeutic and recreational horseback riding provider for children with behavioral and/or emotional challenges and life-threatening illnesses.


          Supports healthy lifestyles for all by providing development opportunities for mind, body, and spirit.       


         Offers low-income people, ages 18-24, hands-on home construction training, education and leadership skills/life skills while they work toward their GED or high school diploma.

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For information about how to do one of these projects
with a class or how to work with a community partner,
please contact Dr. Theresa Beyerle