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My Neighborhood, Our Akron: North Hill Cleanup

On October 25th, as part of "My Neighborhood, Our Akron," volunteers from IIA helped Director of Neighborhood Assistance, John Valle, do outdoor work at Redeemer United Methodist Church and Trinity UCC, both in North Hill. IIA has benefited several times from groups of volunteers who have come to help with building and vehicle maintenance, yardwork,…
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Early Thanksgiving Meal for IIA English Classes

On November 17th, IIA's Women's Board hosted an early Thanksgiving lunch for nine of IIA's English classes. Over eighty people came to learn more about the holiday and, of course, to eat. Many food options were available. The mashed potatoes and green beans were a hit, but the cranberry sauce won over few.    …
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Walking Tours

(Click on photo above to see video of two Walking Tour participants learning to use the book drop at the North Hill Branch Library.)

In May of 2014 the International Institute of Akron (IIA) began holding Walking Tours for newly arrived refugees of the North Hill neighborhood of Akron. Often, refugees are hesitant to explore their neighborhood on their own because of communication barriers, and must rely on friends and family members to help them meet their daily needs. The Walking Tours encourage self-dependence by giving them a safe and supportive way to become more familiar with their neighborhood. The Walking Tours, which were inspired by a similar program at the International Institute of New England, have two main goals. The first is to familiarize recently resettled refugees with the various businesses and services in the North Hill neighborhood. The second goal is to increase awareness among local businesses of the unique needs of the refugee population.