AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Local organizations strive to make a difference in the community. To celebrate, Austintown hosted a community day at Austintown Township Park.
“Today is Make a Difference Day. It is a national day of service where people are invited to come out into the community and make a difference, ”said Leah Sakacs, organizer of the event.
AmeriCorps Seniors, Senior Support Action Group and Advocates for Austintown have teamed up for the very first event. The idea behind this is to bring the community together to make it a better place for everyone.
“Each of us must help each other. When they say during the pandemic, “we’re in the same boat,” we’re in the same boat every day, all day, ”Sakacs said.
The event aimed to bring out the community to support local businesses and beautify the park.
One area was previously covered in leaves, but around 30 volunteers of all ages spent three hours cleaning it up in the park.
“There were a few areas where only the shrubs were overgrown and there were weeds, so they cleaned everything up just to make this space more enjoyable,” Sakacs said.
Local businesses and community organizations attended the event to share information and resources.
“I think the best part is the community, that we are a community here in Mahoning County and we should all come out here for the betterment of our community,” said Christopher Wess of the Elder Service Commission. Mahoning County fighters.
The children were able to play or make sweets at each of the vendor’s tables.
There was also a basket raffle to raise funds to support the Austintown Farmers Market.
“We’re going to help get, earn money and educate the community, to get a really good accessible sidewalk and walkway for our elders to come to the farmer’s market,” said Lynne Azar, of the Jewish Community Center.
Event organizers hope this event encourages people to get involved in their communities.
“Being an Austintown resident myself, I really thought it would be cool to be able to come here and give back to my own community,” Sakacs said.