Published by Crain's Cleveland Business
United Way had a big turnout at a volunteer event on June 21 — thanks to the participation of a few dozen Akron-area companies whose employees came to help.
About 1,400 volunteers came to this year's annual Day of Action event, about twice as many as last year, said United Way of Summit County spokeswoman Beth Boggins.
They came from 39 companies from in and around Akron and undertook 38 projects across Summit County.
This year's "featured project" was the revitalization of a park and neighborhood and park on Akron's east side — specifically, Talbot Whitney Park and the neighborhood around 550 S. Arlington Road.
The crew did general clean up work, spread new mulch, did landscape planting, installed new benches and repaired some kids play equipment.
More than 70 volunteers from specialty chemical company A. Schulman, auto parts maker Malco Products and the guitar effects gurus at Earthquaker Devices took on that project alone, according to United Way.
Boggins said she was "very pleased" with the turnout at this year's event, which is meant in part to raise the visibility of United Way in Akron, along with its increased emphasis on direct involvement and volunteerism.