Service & Justice

First Church has a strong commitment to being a partner in the pursuit of justice and equality for all. As a downtown Akron church, our members and friends work actively to engage social issues of poverty, racism and inequality facing many of our neighbors and community members.

Using the menu on the right, please read more about our initiatives and partner-programs and consider joining us in this vital work of hands-on ministry and advocacy following the example of Jesus who told us in Matthew 25:40: “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me.”


For ten months each year, the First Church congregation supports the efforts of selected local non-profit organizations through our Mission of the Month program. This program consists of donations that are a combination of a guaranteed $600 from First Church’s Outreach funds, plus any donations offered by our community members for that month’s selected organization. We will work with each month’s selected organization to create social media messaging that First Church will use to let the community know about the work of the organization and to encourage donations. Please check back for more information on when we will begin accepting applications again.

Our 2021-22 recipients are:
February 2021: OPEN M
April 2021: Victim Assistance Program
May 2021: Asian Services in Action
June 2021: Boys and Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve
July 2021: South Street Ministries
August 2021: Stewart’s Caring Place
September 2021: Good Neighbors
October 2021: Limitless Ambition
November 2021: Family and Community Services, Inc.
January 2022: Community Support Services
February 2022: Falls Cancer Club, Inc.
March 2022: Ronald McDonald House Akron
May 2022: Akron Area YMCA
June 2022: Nazareth Housing Development Corporation