Even though she was never a girl scout herself, the Girl Scouts of America brought Abby Darin all the way to Akron from New Hampshire.
“Once I graduated school, I was like, I need a change of scenery or I’m not ever gonna leave. So on a whim, I ended up doing a year of AmeriCorps Vista in Akron with the Girl Scouts,” Abby says, “and I have been here ever since.”
Abby’s role with the Girl Scouts involved “school programming and volunteer and membership recruitment and building.” She worked with Jennings CLC and other schools in North Akron to help make the program more accessible to local students and families. She also worked as the assistant camp director at Camp Ledgewood, a Girl Scout camp in Peninsula. Then she became the community membership executive for Stark, Portage and Mahoning counties and worked to recruit and train volunteers.
The Devil Strip is a not-for-profit, community-owned news cooperative. We rely on your financial support to make it possible for us to provide coverage of Akron’s artists, musicians, nonprofits and small businesses. As a member, you can help shape the direction of The Devil Strip and of the city.
After working with the Girl Scouts for a while, Abby decided it was time for a change of pace. She became a staff development specialist at the Oriana House, a substance abuse treatment and community corrections center.
“What I like about the job is I get to support so many other people in Oriana House doing that really hard person-to-person work,” she says. For her, this includes training staff and helping them keep up on their licenses.
Abby didn’t plan on staying in the Akron area permanently, but the vibrant arts culture, along with all of the delicious restaurants and excellent parks system, drew her in.
Blue Door Cafe and Bakery in Cuyahoga Falls is Abby’s favorite place to eat.
When looking for ways to get involved in the community, Abby found the theatre scene very welcoming. She is a part of an improv group called Point of No Return and has also done performances with another theatre company called Wandering Aesthetics.
As a friend to some TDS contributors, Abby felt that it only made sense to become a member of the co-op.
“I just think one of the cool things about Akron and Summit County as a whole is that it’s so community-based, and just the fact that you’re taking something more nuanced, like a paper or a cultural art magazine, and making it into a community really interested me,” she says.