Our Community

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank was formed in 1982 by a group of community leaders who made a commitment to provide emergency food to our neighbors in need. Today, the Foodbank provides food and other essential items to member hunger-relief programs in eight Northeast Ohio counties: Caroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit Tuscarawas and Wayne.

This is one of our team's favorite places to volunteer and you'll see us there quarterly. We're excited to help the foodbank provide 5075 meals and counting!

Volunteering at Food Bank

Akron Children's Hospital logo

We are proud to support a hospital system that is ranked among the best children's hospitals by U.S. New & World Report, consisting of 2 hospitals in Northeast Ohio and over 60 primary, specialty and urgent care locations. This is why we participate in events like Dancing for the Kids and initiatives like Reach Out and Read.

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Dancing for the Kids logo

Each year, ten partner dance teams consisting of one local celebrity and one University of Akron Dance Student take the stage to compete in a Dancing with the Stars-type competition for charity to raise funds and awareness for Cancer Research in The Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders.

2018 was the 7th Annual event and our team's 2nd year participating. We were the 2018 Title Sponsor, and in 2017 John's wife, Dr. Sarah Adams was one of the dancers.

If you'd like to support the cause or learn more, please click here.

Sarah in action
Sarah lightup
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People celebrating
People dancing
Children on stage

Each year John and his wife Sarah host the Mr. John R. Adams and Dr. Sarah A. Adams Williams Honors College Speaker Series at the University of Akron. The Speaker Series allows John, Sarah and the team to give inspiration to young students, with motivation and direction for their future. Past speakers include Rory Vaden, Jim Tressel and Alex Sheen.

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Being a part of Northwestern Northwestern Mutual Akron/Canton gives us the opportunity to get together with like-minded individuals who have the same goal: to help others. Each year the office comes together in an Annual Blanket Drive to create blankets for those in need.

AGA Blanket Day
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