We’re a non-profit charitable organization passionate about serving those in need in the Greater Akron area with prepared meals, clothing, friendships, and warm hearts.
"Foxes have dens, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."
The Peter Maurin Center is a place of giving – hope, love, faith, prepared meals, and warm clothing. Our mission is to serve individuals and families who are unsheltered and marginalized in the Greater Akron area. We’re a non-profit charitable organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code.
Our facilities and community extends spiritual and corporal works of mercy in accordance with Matthew 25:31-46, as expressed in Catholic social teaching. At The Peter Maurin Center, we don’t have any paid staff, only volunteers who are as passionate about extending a helping hand as we are.
I have been privileged to volunteer at the Peter Maurin Center for the last 8 to 10 years, generally to prepare and serve lunch on Fridays. I act as a stock boy, sous chef, a cook in training, the guy who opens forty cans for beans, potato peeler extraordinaire, a greeter of guests, a server, a dishwasher. I sweep floors and wash tables. After serving dinner and while cleaning up I and others set aside food for the Saturday's Matthew 8:20 group of volunteers.
From the smallest crumb to a pair of socks, and even a friendly face of hope, The Peter Maurin Center invites anyone who loves community to join us in doing good deeds for those in need. Every single person and effort means the world.