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Diverse faith communities serve together in honor of Sept. 11

Published: August 31, 2016 12:00 AM

Three Northeast Ohio faith communities are coming together to host a day of service on Sept. 11 - in honor of the 15 anniversary of that unforgettable day.

The event is called First Serve Serve First - and will feature more than 1,000 individuals of all ages from Temple Beth Shalom, the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent, and First Congregational Church of Hudson volunteering in Cleveland, Akron and surrounding communities.

Projects will focus on working with first responder organizations, including:

/ Alley clean up with Cleveland Police

/ Small repairs for Akron Central Police Department

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/ Bike inspection station for neighborhood kids in Akron

/ Repairs for the Freedom House for homeless veterans in Kent

/ Yard cleanup for disabled first responders or survivor families

/ Red Cross Blood drive

/ Holiday cards for military

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/ And much more.

First Serve Serve First schedule: interfaith service of encouragement before volunteering begins on Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Hudson, 47 Aurora St.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. crews gather and go to project sites. At 5 p.m. there will be a cultural food fest at First Congregational Church of Hudson.

"Much of our culture tells us to live in fear of that which we don't know or is different, and it's easy not to trust when we're isolated from our neighbors. People of faith are called to another way: to be about building relationships that bring about cooperation, compassion, and ultimately peace," says Dr. Rev. Peter Wiley, Senior Pastor, First Congregational Church of Hudson.

"Side by side, as people of three faiths, we will offer loving service to the greater Northeast Ohio community."

For more information or to access volunteer registration, visit http://firstserve.eventbrite.com. or contact Sue Wimer, 440-655-3732, firstserve@hudsonucc.org.

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