Do you enjoy using the Towpath trail? Volunteers are needed to help keep our community gems shine! There are TWO opportunities for you to help this Saturday for Make a Difference Day.

Grab your costumes and help clean up the Canal, Towpath Trail and Summit Lake at our Halloween-themed Canal Cleanup! Your help is needed to conserve and restore Ohio's natural, historic and recreational resources. Lunch is provided and we are also offering a costume contest for all who come dressed for the occasion. There is no minimum age to volunteer so adults bring your little one’s hands to help out. Register for the Trash and Treat project HERE

If trash and treat are not your thing, then consider joining the young professionals of the Akron area with the Market Street Underpass Improvement project. Volunteers will be tackling a Towpath Trail underpass volunteer project with the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition. We will be tearing out over grown vegetation around the underpass to prepare for spring plantings.

The underpass project is led by the organization’s Associate Board, a group of young professionals located throughout the National Heritage Area who dedicate their time to helping the organization grow through many volunteer and community engagement opportunities. The first underpass project took place at Russell Avenue in south Akron, where the group and volunteers cleared overgrown weeds, planted new landscaping, painted the retaining wall and fence, covered graffiti and sealed the asphalt shoulders of the trail. Enhanced lighting is being installed to complete the project.

The underpass improvements were identified as projects through iTowpath, a project funded by Knight Foundation to enhance, activate and better connect the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail through downtown Akron.

Register for the Market Street Underpass Improvement Day project HERE

Make a Difference Day began in 1992 and has become one of the largest annual single days of service nationwide. The volunteer initiative is guided by TEGNA Inc., the parent company of WKYC, and Gannett media properties. The Arby’s Foundation and Points of Light are national sponsors.

Projects are coodinated locally by BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence.