Good Neighbors, Inc.
The purpose of Good Neighbors is to help families and individuals in times of crisis and need with clothing, emergency food and support.


Good Neighbors E-Newsletter
May 31, 2016

ELECTIONS: Congratulations to our newly elected Council President, Valerie Straw. She began volunteering at our Goodyear Heights Food Center in 2010. Valerie coordinates the school drives and Christmas giving program for our food center.  Thanks to outgoing Council President, Candy Lorkowski, for her service to Good Neighbors.  She began volunteering at Good Neighbors in 1984 and has been serving as the Tallmadge Good Neighbors Chairperson since 1989.

RECOGNITION: We would like to thank Philip Maynard and Roger Read for funding the renovation projects in our Goodyear Heights Community Outreach Annex Building. Thanks to Philip for funding our food center's new ramp, steps and concrete pad for the cargo van.  
    Our Goodyear Heights Food Center now has a new cargo van to haul food from the Akron Canton Food Bank to our food center, thanks to the generosity of the Akron Community Foundation, VanDevere, Robert and Judy WilsonGeorge and Rita Camilletti, Sean and Nancy O'Connor.
​    Thanks to the ACME Grocery Company for their continued support. They held a "Pack The Pantry Food Drive" with the proceeds benefiting our Good Neighbors locations.  They recently presented our organization with $18,572 in gift cards to help purchase food for those we serve.      We would like to thank the Akron Community Foundation for bringing over 40 people on a "Food Insecurity Bus Tour" to our Goodyear Heights Food Center.
    The people that we serve at our Goodyear Heights Food Center appreciate receiving the reading books provided by Bright Star Books.
    Thanks to the Portage-Summit Diaper Bank for providing diapers and wipes free of charge to our Goodyear Heights Food Center for more than a year now.  
    Lynette Brown from the Ohio State University Extension has been teaching a free workshop, "Eating Smart, Being Active", to the families that we serve at our Goodyear Heights Community Outreach and Food Center. 
    Thank you to the Cuyahoga Falls PTA for holding a "Fill The Bus" food drive and collecting more than 3,000 cans of food for the Cuyahoga Falls Good Neighbors. 

UNIT ACTIVITIES:  During the 2015 year, our Good Neighbors locations gave groceries to 20,773 families and clothing to 8,316 families. Our volunteers gave nearly 43,000 hours of their time to help those we serve.  
    Our Goodyear Heights Community Outreach Food Center and the Central Office are well-stocked and funded thanks to the efforts and dedication of our Food Center Chairman, George Camilletti, who also serves as our Ways and Means Chairman. George has been volunteering at Good Neighbors for more than 12 years and spends 6 days a week hauling thousands of pounds of food from the Akron Canton Food Bank and other stores to our food center.  IBH and many other volunteers help George unload the van each day. George also volunteers his time to take care of the landscaping and maintenance for our food center, central office and annex building.  We have been serving more than 1,000 families every month at our food center.
    Thanks to Charlene Nevada-Hummel and George Camilletti for volunteering their time to write the grants for Good Neighbors.
    Council Committee Members and Food Center Volunteers, Mary Pallone and Jenny Siebert, volunteered their time to plant flowers around our food center, central office and annex buildings. Thanks to Sharon Connor and the RIGHT Committee for the beautiful flowers.
    Lee Strawn recently celebrated his 102nd birthday.  He continues to volunteer every Tuesday at our food center.  He began volunteering for Good Neighbors in 1977.
    Our new Food Center Volunteer, Valerie Lowe-Hawks, has quite a history with Good Neighbors.  Her mom, Ruth Lowe, was our past council vice president and president.  Ruth helped open our very first food center. 
    Our Cuyahoga Falls Unit helped 555 families with gift cards, gifts, groceries and clothing for Christmas.
    They are starting to collect items for their school drive which is planned for the first week of August.
    Their Food Purchasing Volunteer, Dave Taylor, has been averaging 5 tons of food per month to keep up with the needs of the community. With the help of other volunteers, he picks up food from the Akron Canton Food Bank and delivers it to their unit. Dave also serves as a Good Neighbors Trustee.
    Our deepest sympathy to the family of Louise Coyle.  Louise volunteered for more than 20 years, helped open our Cuyahoga Falls Unit and was past council president.  Her daughter, Kim Gaug, is the Cuyahoga Falls Chairperson and served as our past council vice president and president. Their service and dedication to Good Neighbors is greatly appreciated.
    Our Ellet Unit helped 52 families with Christmas giving items. They also helped many families with food for Easter. During the 2015 year, they helped 1,063 families with groceries and clothing.
    They are grateful for the many non-perishable food donations they have received. They are in need of items to stock their refrigerator and freezer. Chicken and hot dogs are always needed.
    Our Green Unit helped more than 400 families with Christmas giving and helped many other families with gift cards, groceries and clothing during the month of December.
    They are getting ready for their back to school supplies program which is planned for August and September. They will be sending out letters to the parents of children in their area asking what their needs and wishes are for Christmas.
    Our Spicer Unit will be closed the first 2 weeks of July. They are in need of monetary donations to purchase new underclothing and socks for those they serve. During the 2015 year, they helped 583 individuals with clothing.
    Our Superior Unit received a $2,000 grant from the Akron Community Foundation Millennium Fund to purchase school uniforms for the children they serve. They are in need of women's and children's clothing.
    Our Tallmadge Unit helped 67 families with Christmas giving items. They also helped many families with food for Easter. During the 2015 year, they helped 441 families with clothing and 750 families with groceries.

IN REMEMBRANCE:  Our condolences to the families of the Good Neighbors volunteers that we have recently lost: Joyce Beckner, Louise Coyle, Jon Daugherty, Grace Dettra, Dorothy Elsey, Sandi Gula, Eva Hiney, Joanne Kelsch, Susan Martucci, Marge Nees, Katherine Reilly, Linda Ricci and Rose Steurer.

Thank you to ALL of our volunteers and supporters!
With the help and support of the community,
we can make a difference in the lives of many people.

A past client recently posted on our Facebook page..."When my fiancee and I were both down on our luck, Good Neighbors was always kind to us whenever we needed food or clothing.  These guys were amazing, if you ever need food and help they will be happy to assist you!  We went to the Goodyear Heights location and the Cuyahoga Falls location, both were fantastic!"

We have a supporter who donates regularly to our locations. She said that she continues to support Good Neighbors because we helped her so much back in the 1970's. She had received help from the Cuyahoga Falls Good Neighbors, " I have never forgotten it, I want to give back". 

    When Good Neighbors purchased our Goodyear Heights Community Outreach Annex Building, we were able to pay off the mortgage in a little over three months, thanks to the generosity of supporters and past clients. Many of our past clients sent financial contributions for our building fund with notes stating that they wanted to give back because Good Neighbors helped them when they were in need.  
    Thanks to the generosity of their community, the Cuyahoga Falls Good Neighbors was able to purchase and renovate their new building.

LEADERSHIP: Good Neighbors, Inc. Governing Council and Trustees

President - Valerie Straw
Vice President - Alberta Veri
Treasurer/Administrative Secretary - Debi Foss
Assistant Treasurer - Wilma McMasters
Recording Secretary - Debi Foss
Trustee Chairman - Ted Mosko
Trustees - Frank Copeland, Jay Hershey, Flo Iacobucci, Ted Iler, Ted Mosko,
Susan Reynolds, Dave Taylor, Mike Trinko, Alberta Veri and Robert Wilson.
Unit Chairmen - Cuyahoga Falls - Kim Gaug and Linda Pearson,
Ellet - Ella Krinjeck, Food Center - George Camilletti and Richard Young,
Green - Dorothy Cormany and Patricia Stiles, Spicer - Kathryn Burkins,
Superior - Wilma McMasters and Lee Thomas, Tallmadge - Candy Lorkowski. 
Committee Members - Valerie Straw, George Camilletti, Ted Mosko,
Flo Iacobucci, Richard Young, Alberta Veri, Mary Pallone, Jenny Siebert,
​Jerry McCarty, Lew Meeker, Ted Iler and Debi Foss.

HISTORY:  Good Neighbors was a simple beginning when friends Laura McClure of North Hill and Nurse Frances Watson helped a family in need with clothing.  Good Neighbors has grown from the basements of these two caring women, to the first organized unit in North Hill, to fourteen centers.  Currently, Good Neighbors operates seven locations in Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Ellet, Green and Tallmadge.
    Over three-hundred volunteers give their time and talents to operate our seven locations.  We have one part-time paid employee who works at our central office and serves all locations.  The Good Neighbors Governing Council consists of five officers, ten trustees, eleven unit chairmen and nine committees.
    Good Neighbors emphasizes the person-to-person approach believing that the people we serve need the personal interaction of our caring volunteers, rather than an impersonal hand-out.  We are people helping people, offering a hand-up, not a hand-out.
    Good Neighbors is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3), charitable organization. Form 990 is filed with the IRS annually.  We are registered with the BBB and the State of Ohio Attorney General's Office. We rely on donations and financial contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations, schools, churches, civic and social organizations, to help those we serve. Donations of non-perishable food, clothing, coats, shoes, diapers, formula, baby food, blankets, cleaning supplies, small household items, dental and personal care items are always needed.
    Since 1957, Good Neighbors has been helping families and individuals throughout the community with clothing and emergency food, free of charge.  Some of our units offer layettes, school supplies and have Christmas giving programs.  Visits are permitted every 30 days with a referral, which can be obtained from Info-Line or another social service agency.
    The Good Neighbors Central Office building was built in 1917. It was the past headquarters of the Boy Scouts in Akron.  Linda Edmiston has restored the 1917 Boy Scout picture outside of the entrance door.


Founders Laura McClure and Frances Watson


Past, the Boy Scout Headquarters in 1917. Currently, the Central Office of Good Neighbors.

Good Neighbors Locations
Closed for Holidays
Visits are permitted every 30 days with a referral and identification

Goodyear Heights Food Center
Serving Akron Area Residents
Located at 1453 Goodyear Blvd, Akron, OH 44305
The parking lot is located at 1456 Bingham Path, Akron, OH 44305
Open Monday through Friday from 12 noon - 3:00 p.m.

Cuyahoga Falls 
Serving Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Munroe Falls,
Peninsula, Silver Lake and Stow Residents
Located at 1742 Second Street, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 233, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
Phone: 330-928-8057
Facebook: Cuyahoga Falls Good Neighbors
Open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
For food and clothing
Donations are accepted on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Serving Ellet and Lakemore Residents
Located in the North Springfield Presbyterian Church
2630 Albrecht Avenue, Akron, OH 44312
Open on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
For food and clothing

Serving Residents living in the following Zip Codes:
44319, 44216, 44685, 44720, 44232
Located in Greensburg United Methodist Church
2161 Greensburg Road, P.O. Box 155, Green, OH 44232
Phone: 330-899-9880
Open on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
For food and clothing
Drop box for clothing donations is located in the back parking lot

Serving Akron Area Residents
Located in the Trinity Lutheran Church
50 North Prospect Street, Akron, OH 44304
Open on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Visits are permitted every 60 days for clothing

Serving Akron Area Residents
Located in Centenary United Methodist Church
1310 Superior Avenue, Akron, OH 44307
Open on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
For clothing

Serving Tallmadge Residents
Located at 74 Community Drive, Tallmadge, OH 44278
Open on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
For food and clothing

Central Office
Located at 1453 Goodyear Blvd, Akron, OH 44305
Phone: 330-733-1453 / Fax: 330-794-8832
Facebook: Good Neighbors, Inc.
Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.