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
September 30, 2016


"Good Neighbors truly appreciates the positive support that the Acme Grocery Store has provided. They are the epitome of corporate support for the people of our community. Their contributions have provided thousands of meals to the families of the Akron area who are in need".                         George Camilletti, Ways and Means Chairman


Acme's Pack The Pantry Food Drive Fundraiser Kick-Off

Good Neighbors Update


Bober, Markey, Federovich Employees

The Bober, Markey, Federovich Employees and Volunteer Richard Young cleaned, landscaped and painted our Central Office, Annex and Food Center during the United Way's Day of Action.
    Charlene Nevada-Krummel and George Camilletti continue to volunteer their time to write the grants for the Goodyear Heights Community Outreach and Food Center, Central Office and Superior Unit.
    Volunteer Lee Strawn, 102 years old, was recently awarded the 2016 Hower Community Service Award. George Camilletti, our Ways and Means and Food Center Chairman, was the 2014 recipient of this award.
    Citizen Green Electronics and Repairs and Danielle Sawat held a school supplies drive to benefit the children that we serve at our seven Good Neighbors locations. Thank you to the following businesses: Dante's Gameday Grille, Crooked River Garage, YMCA (Akron - East Market Street), Craft Beer Bar, Everick Repair and Install, The Pierogi Lady, Advanced Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 330 Hair Studio, Portage Therapeutic Massage, Urban Lace, All About The PieceLil' Frog Fashions, Falls YMCA, Falls Wheel and Wrench and Good Neighbors Volunteer Valerie Straw for assisting with this drive.

    Thank you to all of the volunteers that give their time and talents to operate our seven locations.
    The Goodyear Heights Community Outreach and Food Center
was open for 21 days in September from 12:00-3:00 p.m. and served 1,179 families (3,821 individuals) and was open for 23 days in August from 12:00-3:00 p.m. and served 1,184 families (3,876 individuals). So far this year, more than 9,428 families (29,906 individuals) have been helped with groceries and personal care items.
    Volunteers George Camilletti and Richard Young are the Co-Chairmen for the Food Center. They have Chairmen that volunteer their time to run the daily operations at the Food Center: Richard Young on Mondays, Jim Cuckler on Tuesdays, Larry Steurer on Wednesdays, Wilma McMasters on Thursdays and Monte York on Fridays.     
    Thanks to Bill Sudduth, Roger and Susan Reynolds, Mike Letta
Bill Genovese, Phil Martucci, Mary Pallone and Jenny Siebert for volunteering their time to haul thousands of pounds of food from the Akron-Canton Food Bank to the Food Center every week. Thanks to IBH, Frank Copeland, Tim Doody and Dave G. for their assistance and to George Camilletti for placing the food orders.
    The Good Neighbors Council President and Food Center Volunteer, Valerie Straw, is heading up the non-perishable food drive. Last year, they had 26 schools participating and now on their way to another successful food drive this year.
    Over the summer, three generations of the Asper/Shay Family volunteered at the Food Center. 
    The Food Center will be able to provide dental supplies and personal care products, thanks to the grant money received from the McAlonan Fund and the Kormanik Fund of the Akron Community Foundation.
    Thanks to Laray and Nancy Salsberry for their support. They continue to donate hundreds of blankets for the families at the Food Center.
    For more than a year now, Ginger Swanson of the Portage-Summit Diaper Bank has been providing thousands of diapers for the families that we serve at the Food Center. 
    The Cuyahoga Falls Unit had a successful school drive, thanks to the help and support from Mayor Walters and their community. Their Christmas Drive is scheduled for December 13th, 14th and 15th. They are in need of unwrapped gifts for teenagers. Donations may be dropped off on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. During the months of January through August, their volunteers have helped more than 2,544 families with groceries and clothing. 
    The Ellet Unit has helped 226 families with groceries and 518 families with clothing, during the months of January through August. They also helped many families with school supplies and clothing for the new school year.
    The Green Unit had a successful school drive. They are now getting ready for their Christmas giving program, which will be held on December 6th. Thanks to their volunteers and great community support, they have helped more than 1,578 families with groceries and 1,579 families with clothing, during the months of January through August.
    The Spicer Unit is in need of contributions and donations to continue to help the people that they serve with new underclothing and socks. They have helped many families with school supplies, school uniforms and clothing. 
    The Superior Unit was able to help many families with school uniforms and shoes, thanks to the grant money received from the Venarge Fund and the Millennium Fund for Children of the Akron Community Foundation
    The Tallmadge Unit has helped more than 285 families with clothing and 510 families with groceries, so far this year. They are getting ready for Thanksgiving and for their Christmas giving program.

Our condolences to the families of past Good Neighbors Volunteers, Donald Ford and James Spindler.

    Louise Coyle helped open our first Cuyahoga Falls Unit in 1968 and had volunteered at Good Neighbors for more than 40 years. 
    Thanks to Philip Maynard and Roger Read for funding the renovation projects in the Annex and the concrete projects at the Food Center.

A Good Neighbors Volunteer reflected on the upcoming holiday season and the struggle to amass the needed supplies to provide the holiday and daily foods in more vast quantities. The site preparation and handling the additional short term volunteers. The cost involved, turkeys or hams, working with limited storage and funds. Assisting clients as they choose holiday gifts and supplies, establishing schedules for the clients and handling those who cannot come at their assigned time. The clean-up. Think about what Good Neighbors means to the clients that we serve during the holiday season. For many people, what we provide is Christmas. Hence, the need to do it right and to the very best of our ability. Christmas is a special time of year, especially for the children. Everyone should be able to share in the sparkle and happiness. 

Good Neighbors, Inc. Governing Council and Trustees
President - Valerie Straw
Vice President - Alberta Veri
Treasurer/Secretary - Debi Foss
Assistant Treasurer - Wilma McMasters
Trustee Chairman - Ted Mosko
Trustees - Frank Copeland, Jay Hershey, Flo Iacobucci, Ted Iler, 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/Wooster - Lee Thomas and Wilma McMasters, 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.

Thanks to all of our dedicated volunteers and supporters!

"Blessed are those who give without remembering
and receive without forgetting." Anonymous​