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.

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March 30, 2021

Good Neighbors

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    Mrs. Comunale volunteered at our Good Neighbors Highland Square Unit in the 1960's and made laundry detergent for the clients.  We are grateful to her family for continuing to support our organization.
    Recent reviews on our Good Neighbors, Inc. Google Business Page...  "Good Neighbors is a HUGE help to me when I'm low on food. They give all kinds of stuff like fruit, vegetables, milk, eggs, bread and some meat! And the people who volunteer or work there are so nice and treat you with respect." / "God Bless them for what they do." / "Always kind faces." / "Best help ever. Thanks!" / "Nice people, fast service and good food." / "Very helpful, loving, caring people." / "Very nice place." / "A great public service for people in immediate need of a variety of healthy food!" / "Great people, great services." / "Fresh vegetables and the like." / "Nice people!" / "They were very friendly. They packed lots of groceries for us. They were a life saver. Thank you Good Neighbors."
    
We thank outgoing trustees Frank Copeland and Flo Iacobucci for their service and dedication. Their second terms will end in April.

Unit Activities

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Good Neighbors Community Outreach and Food Center

    Thank you to Anne Lowery for making 500 children's face masks and 100 adult face masks for the volunteers and families visiting the food center. Each one is individually wrapped with cleaning suggestions. Anne has generously given her time and talent to make more than 5,000 beautiful face masks for organizations throughout the community. We appreciate Anne's kindness and generosity and thank the Lowery Family for their continued support.
    The VanDevere Employees made a generous financial contribution  from their employee's "wear jeans to work day" to benefit the food center and other local charities.
    The following churches continue to provide groceries, personal care items and funding for the food center:  Cottage Grove ChurchEastwood Church of the Brethren (Quilters), Family of Faith United Methodist ChurchFirestone Park Christian Church, First Congregational Church of Akron, Goodyear Heights Presbyterian Church, Grace Baptist Church, Green Valley United Methodist ChurchHarmony Springs Christian Church of Green, Montrose Zion United Methodist Church, Crop Walkers of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Wedgewood United Methodist Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church.
    Thank you to Paul & Rue Blum and Ellen Daugherty for delivering the donations from their churches.
    Get well wishes for volunteer Bill Genovese. We are praying for his full recovery.
    Our condolences and deepest sympathy for the Iacobucci Family.  Dominic Iacobucci was a wonderful volunteer and a kind man, he will be greatly missed. We are fortunate to have his wife Flo and brother Paul volunteering on Thursdays. 
    We welcome our new volunteer Gail McAlister.
    Bright Star Books and the Goodyear Heights Branch of the Summit County Public Library continue to provide books throughout the year for the families visiting the food center.
    For health and safety precautions, the food center was closed for 2 weeks in February and remains temporarily closed on Fridays. The volunteers and staff continue to provide a safe environment for everyone visiting our food center. 
    An additional canopy will be added outside of the food center building to help shelter the visitors waiting to receive their food orders.
    George Camilletti manages and maintains the food center, office and annex buildings. The volunteers and staff wish him a very happy birthday!

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Cuyahoga Falls Good Neighbors

     The Cuyahoga Falls Good Neighbors is now open additional hours to better serve their community. They have improved the outside lighting for their evening hours. Donations of food, paper products, baby diapers, cleaning supplies, personal care items, new clothing and monetary donations are always needed.
    Bob Goldstein and Mike Amos manage the Cuyahoga Falls Unit.
    Please visit their website at cfgoodneighbors.org or their Facebook Page at facebook.com/goodneighborscuyahogafalls for unit updates.

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Ellet Good Neighbors

    Chris Krinjeck Bolyard reported that they remain closed during the pandemic. When possible, they provide grocery store gift cards for many of their clients. Donations of grocery store gift cards are always needed.

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Green Good Neighbors

    Patricia Stiles reported that the volunteers continue to serve their clients outside by taking the food in grocery carts and delivering it to the trunk of their cars. They have been serving those in need throughout the pandemic. 
    They are in the process of working out a plan to move the clothing from the gym to their prior clothing room by the first of June.
    Their donation drop box is temporarily closed, they hope to reopen it soon. Donations are accepted on Wednesday mornings from 8-11 a.m.
    Please visit their website at greengoodneighbors.org for unit updates.

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Superior-Wooster Good Neighbors

    Lee Thomas reported that they reopened to clients on February 2nd.
They are in need of baby diapers and personal care items for the families visiting their unit.

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Tallmadge Good Neighbors

    Candy Lorkowski reported that the volunteers are busy getting ready for their Easter distribution. All of their volunteers have been vaccinated against Covid-19. They had a few clients that had Covid but fortunately, they are returning to good health. The volunteers wish to thank their community for their generous support during the pandemic.  They wish a blessed Easter to all.

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Happy Spring!
Thank you for your support!

For additional information and updates,
please visit our website or Facebook page.