AKRON, Ohio - It's a program called Safe at Home, and its key roll is to promote awareness and lead volunteer projects that make northeast Ohio homes safer.
Safe at Home was created and is led by Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley. This year, NewsChannel5's Building Better Neighborhoods will be part of the effort, activating WEWS volunteers, who will help with projects in a dozen Akron homes.
Volunteers will install handrails, fix potentially hazardous flooring and repair dangerous electrical systems.
Rebuilding Together director Paul Holm said he believes Safe at Home has been instrumental in helping residents avoid serious injuries or even death.
"With the elderly population increasing by almost 250,000 in northeast Ohio between 2004 and 2020, and then doubling again by 2050, we are on the front lines of helping to increase independence, prevent death and injuries from falls," Holm said.
"Complications from falls are one of the leading causes of death among seniors, age 65 and over."
Residents interested in volunteering or making a donation, should contact Rebuilding Together of Greater Cuyahoga Valley through its website , or call 330-773-4100.
5 On Your Side is also promoting Akron's Day of Serving on Sat. Oct. 13. The event will feature 200 students and adults working together on a wide variety of projects. The event includes church youth groups from Steubenville, Medina, Akron, Dover, Logan, Bucyrus, Cuyahoga Falls, Gallipolis, Columbus and North Canton.
NewsChannel5's Bob Jones is also a part of the effort that begins with volunteer check-in at Lock Park 3, 200 S. Main St. at 7 am.
Meanwhile, NewsChannel5 is also trying to spark volunteerism and help make a difference when it comes to vacant and condemned properties.
We're inviting residents to report nuisance properties through our Building Better Neighborhood initiative .
Just send us pictures and information on vacant homes in your neighborhood and we'll forward the information to your city building department, in an effort to move the properties to progress.
We are also giving residents information on how they can volunteer in their neighborhoods to make them better. Those interested in starting a volunteer effort in their neighborhood should contact Hands on Northeast Ohio for more information.