Along with trading “heels for hammers,” Dot Org Solutions is hoping to help replicate the “Neighborhood Reborn” model into other neighborhoods throughout Akron. On June 17, about 150 volunteers and more than 15 local organizations will band together to help improve the Middlebury/University Park neighborhood behind Dave’s Supermarket (Excelsior and Roselawn avenues). The work performed during this all-day event will include home repairs, landscaping work, reclaiming lots from newly demolished homes, new trees and an “artistic board-up” of abandoned homes, among other improvements. Here is a look at Dot Org Solutions’ role in this expansive project.
Who is participating?
Dot Org Solutions LLC (DOS)
Amy Wong, president
Jeanine Black, marketing and PR strategist
Sara Lundenberger, fundraising and marketing strategist
Andrea Metzler, content and creative specialist
How are you involved?
DOS is creating a web page for community partners to share information about the project and give the public a space to share their thoughts and opinions. The Dot Org team will also be trading heels for hammers to volunteer for the Neighborhood Reborn event on June 17.
Why did you get involved with this project?
Andrea previously worked with United Way where she became involved in the project through Day of Action. When she came to work for Dot Org Solutions, a creative and consulting agency specializing in marketing, PR and fundraising for nonprofits, she recruited her new employer to participate in the project as well. Because the project and partners align with the company’s core business of helping nonprofits, it was an easy decision to get involved. Our team already volunteers significantly in the community so the project is a perfect fit for Dot Org.
What outcomes have you seen since your organization’s involvement?
The outcomes we expect to see will occur once the project is in the final stages and after completion. We are expecting to see other neighborhoods encouraged to share their stories via the website and submit them for consideration for these projects.
What will your organization do during the June 17 event? Is your organization doing any work leading up to the event?
On June 17, our team will volunteer in the afternoon. Prior to the event, we will help promote the project via the website we are creating and we will continue to help the committee with any other work that needs to be done.
What happens next? What does the future of the Roselawn/Excelsior neighborhood, the project and the community collaborations look like?
Next, we build off of the success of this group and project. We will replicate the project throughout the remaining portions of the Roselawn/Excelsior neighborhood and then other parts of Akron.