About Us

 

Want to learn more about what we do and why we do it? 

Scroll down below and get to know us better or download, print and share our Neighborhood Network brochure HERE!

  • Neighborhood Network/Habitat for Humanity Partnership
  • Our Mission
  • We Do This By…
  • Core Team and Staff
  • Community Partners & Funders
  • Get Involved
Neighborhood Network meeting trolley tour

 

 

Becoming a Habitat for Humanity Program

In June of 2016, Neighborhood Network partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, fourteen other organizations and approximately 150 volunteers for the first “Neighborhood Reborn” project where we completing eleven exterior home repairs, four “artistic board-ups” and multiple vacant lot clean ups on Roselawn and Excelsior Avenues in the Middlebury neighborhood of Akron. Due to the project’s success, two additional Neighborhood Reborn projects were completed in October 2016 and May 2017, expanding the impact to the remaining portion of the Roselawn/Excelsior neighborhood and moving to the Bettie Street neighborhood in Middlebury. Because of these proven partnerships and mission/programmatic alignment, Neighborhood Network officially because a Habitat for Humanity of Summit County program in May 2017.


Our Mission

To build a unified voice to renew our community.

With focus on the Middlebury and University Park neighborhoods in Akron.


We do this by:

    • Engaging neighborhood organizations, block clubs, faith communities, social service agencies, and businesses
    • Building relationships and community
    • Identifying, strengthening and connecting our assets
    • Cultivating leaders and
    • Advocating for action that attracts investment and ensures a safe, economically vibrant place to live, work and raise a family

  • Get Involved:

  • Interested in getting involved with Neighborhood Network? We appreciate the help from any Community Champions! We are always door knocking, planning events, or helping neighbors with issues that might need a few more hands! Please email Marissa and MarissaL@hfhsummitcounty.org or Megan at MeganD@hfhsummitcounty.org to to let us know your ideas or to learn what we have going on. Also, check out our Instagram and Facebook @NeighborhoodNetworkAkron for the most up to date information on the Network!

 

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Meet the Neighborhood Network Core Team Members

Dr. Carolyn Behrman

Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of the EXL Center, The University of Akron

Carolyn Behrman became involved with Mason Elementary School and the Bettie Street Block Watch in the early 2000s when she and her students sought partnerships for community-based research. Read More...

 These partnerships helped university students learn research methods while working with partner organizations on real-world concerns. Over the years, she has been fortunate to find colleagues and makes friends in the Middlebury community. She joined the Neighborhood Network Core Team in 2015.

Pastor Francel Parker

Pastor, Open Door Church

Pastor Francel Parker joined the Core Team in 2019.

Lisa Ennis

Executive Director, Kohl Family YMCA at University Park

Lisa lives and works in Akron, Ohio. She joined the Y movement in 2007 and works to strengthen community through life-changing Y programs and services. Read More...

Lisa believes it is a privilege to work for an entity dedicated to removing barriers, so that everyone has the ability to learn, grow and thrive. She joined the Neighborhood Network Core Team in 2017.

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Roberta Rogers

Recreation Supervisor PPT, Mason CLC

Roberta G. Rogers is a Recreation Supervisor PPT at Mason CLC on E. Exchange Street.  She has a great husband and two successful young adults to be proud of. Read More...

 She was a devoted to teaching teachers for Akron Public Schools. She has strong beliefs in her church. She is a active achiever in community groups and works hard as a positive group leader. Roberta joined the Neighborhood Network Core Team in 2015.

James Talbert

Joined the Neighborhood Network Core Team in 2021 – more information to come!

Eric Green

Director of Environmental & Occupational Health and Safety, The University of Akron

Eric Green has worked at the University of Akron since 2005. While at UA Green has worked closely with community development corporations, city and county departments/agencies, neighborhood watch groups, community gardens, and UA student/staff community engagement actives. Read More...

Green completed the Leadership Akron UniverCity Leadership Class in 2015 and has served as a university representative on safety committees, regional transportation projects, special improvement districts, community arts programs, and other planning and development projects. Green also volunteers as a facilitator for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and as a youth soccer coach. Eric was a founding member of the Neighborhood Network Core Team in 2010.

Ron Shultz, Neighborhood Network Core Team Member

Sue Hazelet

Manager of Senior’s Institute Research, Summa Health

Sue is a former resident of the Middlebury neighborhood and currently works and attends church in Middlebury. Read More...

She joined the Neighborhood Network Core Team in 2016 through her work with church activities focused on inner city missions.

Pastor Ron Shultz

Pastor, Family of Faith United Methodist Church

In addition to being the pastor of Family of Faith United Methodist Church since 2009, Pastor Shultz is a founding member of the Neighborhood Network. Read More...

His church, which is located at 800 E. Market Street, hosts the monthly Neighborhood Network meetings. A native-born Akronite, Pastor Shultz has a deep passion for urban ministry which led him to become an active leader in the early development of the Neighborhood Network and continues to be the foundation for his work on the Core Team today.

Lyle Jenkins

Middlebury Resident and Adolph Community Garden Co-Coordinator

Lyle is a Middlebury history expert – ask him anything about Middlebury’s past and he’ll either know it on the spot or know who to ask. Having led multiple Middlebury walking tours and facilitating the Adolph Street Community Garden, Read More...

Lyle doesn’t just know the history of Middlebury but it’s current state and as a member of the “What’s Next Committee” and resident, he’s a integral part of it’s future. Lyle joined the Neighborhood Network Core Team in 2016. 

 

Marissa Little

Neighborhood Network Manager

A graduate from the University of Akron, with a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. Read More...

Marissa has organized community residents to improve and advocate for the Middlebury and University Park communities since May 2015.  Marissa, her husband, two cats and two dogs live in Akron. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and bar-tending at the local winery.

 

Megan Delong

Neighborhood Network Coordinator

Megan Delong loves her neighborhood and the people in it. The Akron Native graduated from the University of Akron with a degree in Sociology in 2018, and has lived with her significant other Sam in Middlebury since 2019.  Read More...

Megan became more involved with Neighborhood Network once she started to coordinate the Middlebury and University Park Walk Audits. In her role now, she hopes to learn more about community organizing and planning events that encourage community pride among neighbors. In her off time, Megan can often be found painting, volunteering on local committees, or enjoying the tacos from Azteca.


Community Partners

 

Akron Materials

Akron Glass Works

 

Akron Glass Works

Citizens Akron

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East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation

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Family of Faith UMC

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Let’s Grow Akron

 

LINKS Community and Family Services

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The Well Community Development Corporation

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The W.O.M.B.

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University Park YMCA

The University of Akron

The University of Akron

Wild Woman Designs and Consulting

 


 

 

 

Our Funders

 

Government : City of Akron    Image result for akron community foundation logo