Akron, Ohio at Haven of Rest Ministries
Coordinator: Barb (Boso) Bragiel '91
Details: The Haven of Rest is a faith-based rescue mission that serves as a light to the homeless community in and around the Akron area. We will either be assisting with cleaning rooms and common areas or sorting and cleaninng produce. Details won't be solidified until the week of service. Please bring a positive attitude and a caring spirit! You must be 15 years of age to volunteer and it is important to note -- DO NOT WEAR SHORTS! Site details.
Atlanta, Georgia at Kate's Club (at Piedmont Park)
Coordinator: Tracy (Berry) Strong '08 WEC
Details: Kate's Club is a non-profit organization that empowers children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling. By creating friendships with kids and young adults that share the same experience, Kate's Club guides children through their grief journey in a comfortable, safe, and uplifting setting. We will be providing, preparing, and cleaning up lunch as well as running their field day events. Participants must be ten years of age or older. Site details.
Bend, Oregon at Habitat for Humanity
Coordinator: Autumn (Lodge) Persinger '97
Details: The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a used and surplus building supply outlet, offering a huge selection of building material, appliances and furniture at 50-75% off retail prices. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. We will help with a variety of tasks at the Habitat ReStore. Site details.
Canton, Ohio at Canton, YWCA
Coordinator: Wendy (Fox) Lichtenwalter '72
Details: The YMCA of Central Stark County was founded in 1866 and today serves nine communities. Twenty child care and day camp programs operate and serves over 90,000 program and membership participants each year. Key program areas include child care, camping, youth sports, health & wellness, swimming, teens, families, seniors, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Stark County. We will be cleaning the main stairwell and steps, along with railings. Cleaning supplies will be provided by the organization, however we are asked to bring buckets and rags to dry the area. Site details.
Cincinnati, Ohio at People Working Cooperatively
Coordinator: David Weber '91
Details: From a garage in Covington, Kentucky, two employees and a small volunteer administration team set out to provide low-income households with minor home repair and weatherization services. During the year following its inception, PWC helped 43 low-income homeowners. Now in its 37th year, PWC has proudly provided more than 250,000 services to eligible clients, who on average earn under $13,000 a year. Typically, these individuals face challenges due to illness, disability, job loss or other circumstances. Our work will be assisting a homeowner with landscaping cleanup. We will assist him with trimming bushes and trees on his property, as well as cleaning gutters on his home. If you have hedge trimmers, loppers, hand saws, or a ladder and are willing to share, please bring with you. The homeowner's address will be shared with those who register. Site details.
Cleveland, Ohio at Cleveland Foodbank
Coordinator: Mike Brickner '04
Details: The Cleveland Foodbank supplies a majority of the food used in local hot meal sites, shelters, and food pantries, as well as provide food to child care centers, group homes, and programs for the elderly. The Foodbank works closely with other Northeast Ohio hunger relief organizations, providing food and nonfood products to hunger centers administered by the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, the Catholic Hunger and Shelter Network, and the Salvation Army, among others. Volunteers will assist in Cleveland Foodbank's repack room, where food donations will be inspected, sorted, and repackaged to be distributed to the hungry in Greater Cleveland. No open toed shoes and minors may volunteer with parent's signature. All volunteers must sign a release form. Site details.
Cleveland, Ohio at Kentucky Gardens (West Side)
Coordinator: Chris Schmitt '04
Details: Kentucky Gardens is one of the oldest community gardens in the Ohio City District. The garden is maintained solely by the volunteer work of the gardeners and at no expense to the City of Cleveland. Our gardeners log over 2,000 hours of volunteer community time every year. This does not include the many thousands of hours we spent tending their own plots. The volunteers could use help with a "clean up and compost day" assisting with preparations for fall planting. Site details.
Columbus, Ohio at LifeCare Alliance
Coordinator: Rachel (Jones) Kelley '95
Details: LifeCare Alliance provides services to assist older adults or chronically ill residents in Franklin and Madison Counties. Services include, home meal delivery, homemaker and home health aides, and health services. The primary goal is to help seniors remain in the comfort of their own homes with dignity, which is where they want to be. We will be delivering meals to older and/or medically challenged adults in the Columbus area. You will need to arrive by 10:00 a.m. for a brief training and then we will break into smaller groups to deliver meals to those in need (some of us will need to drive the groups using our own vehicles). We will be finished no later than 1:00 p.m. to gather for lunch. Site details. Volunteer Form & Directions.
Hiram, Ohio CANCELLED
Indianapolis, Indiana at Third Phase, Inc.
Coordinator: Mike Myers '83
Details: Third Phase helps to house displaced families and also acts as a food bank and organizes the collection and distribution of clothing and other household items. They often need help cleaning inside and outside. The site is on multiple acres and it provides a really nice home environment in the country for families - it has lots of outdoor space to play and explore for kids. The exact nature of the work will be determined in the weeks prior to our service project and any necessary tools or supplies required will be coordinated with volunteers at that time. Site details.
Mill Valley (San Francisco), California at Marin Headlands Native Plant Nursery
Coordinator: Rose Roskilly '61
Details: The Marin Headlands (part of the Golden Gate National Park) is a beautiful coastal area with a beach and hiking trails just over the Golden Gate Bridge north of San Francisco. During World War II, it was an important military installation with concrete bunkers holding gun emplacements in the hills and a still accessible Nike site. It now houses The Marine Mammal Center, the Native Plant Nursery, and other restoration projects. Each year the nursery grows over 30,000 plants to restore natural habitats within the Marin Headlands. Our service project will be gardening in the Native Plant Nursery. All tools, supplies, gloves and training will be provided. Wear layers of comfortable work clothes, long pants, and sturdy shoes or boots (no shorts or sandals). Rain does not cancel. Bring a reusable water bottle, hat, and sunscreen. Site details.
Oxford, Ohio CANCELLED
Ravenna, Ohio at Cozy Quilters of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Coordinator: Maureen (Early) Mattern '71
Details: Old Fashioned Quilting Bee - We will create lap robes for local care facilities. If you can tie a square knot - you can help make a quilt! This is an indoor, all weather project. We will begin at 9:00 a.m. -- stay as long as you like! Everyone is welcome - children, men, and women. Please bring one yard of fleece material or a new fleece throw or blanket. These will be cut to size for backing the lap robes. Site details.
Reno, Nevada at Tahoe Rim Trail Association
Coordinator: Paul Ward '69
Details: Trail building effort -- construction of the long-awaited "Rim to Reno Trail System" began October 16, 2010. For the past several years, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and project partners (U.S. Forest Service--Carson Ranger District, Great Basin Institute, and Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space) have surveyed the area, secured permits, and mapped out the route of the new trail system which will connect the city of Reno to the 165-mile and spectacularly-scenic Tahoe Rim Trail. Children under 18 are permitted and encouraged to participate when accompanied by parent and consent form. Please be sure to bring water (at least 3 liters), lunch and snacks, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, work/hiking boots (substantial closed toed shoes), sunscreen and sunglasses, day pack, work gloves. Site details.
Sagamore Hills, Ohio at National Park Service (Red Lock Trailhead)
Coordinator: Danae (Bussinger) Wolfe '09
Details: Knotweed Knockout! Established as a National Recreation Area in 1974 and a National Park in 2000, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. Volunteers will be assisting with an invasive plant removal (ecosystem restoration). Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant that has become established in sensitive riparian areas in Cuyahoga Valley. Removing the plant helps restore native plant populations and restore wildlife habitat. Japanese knotweed stomps are family events in which participants literally stomp knotweed down which assists in exhausting the rhizomes and killing the plant. Participants must be at least five years old to participate. Bring a full water bottle, wear comfortable work clothes, long pants, and sturdy shoes. Dress in layers for changing weather, bring a hat, and wear sunscreen. If volunteers would like, they can bring their own work gloves. Site details.
Saint Paul, Minnesota at Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom
Coordinator: Joel Ingersoll '96
Details: The Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom project site is a 17+ acre woodland located in the Southwest area of Como Regional Park. Restoration of the woodland site and the historic features found within its boundaries will allow the creation of the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom (CWOC). This classroom will provide environmental education and historical interpretation for school children and adults, habitat for native wildlife, and an urban woodland oasis for the inner-city community where local place-based, hands-on environmental learning opportunities are rare. Our project has yet to be determined, but we will be outdoors. Site details.
San Francisco, California at Habitat for Humanity
Coordinator: Janet Ferraro '71
Details: Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco partners with hardworking families, community volunteers and donors to build affordable ownership homes in Marin, San Francisco and on the Peninsula. Currently, 36 new homes are under construction in Daly City as part of Habitat's largest and most ambitious affordable housing development to date, as well as additional homes that are under renovation in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Novato as part of Habitat's Neighborhood Revitalization Program. A special building event already took place raising the first walls of the condominiums that will become home to 36 local working families. Now we are in the construction phase of the exterior, which includes working from scaffolding and many other tasks. Included are drywall, painting and finishes, fire and acoustics and insulation. All construction materials and tools will be provided, however, you may want to bring work or garden gloves, water, and/or snacks. Lunch will be provided by your college coordinator. Anyone 16 years of age to 100 years are welcome. Site details.
Solon, Ohio at Community Partnership on Aging
Coordinator: Susan Widmar '98
Details: CPAging serves adults ages 60 and over in five communities. It is a collaborative partnership between communites with an expertise in the area of aging, providing a variety of services for adults living within these communities. Their goal is to promote independence, a healthy lifestyle, community involvement and opportunities for personal growth for older adults as well as support for family caregivers. We will be assisting CPA by providing light yardwork and fall planting to senior citizens. Depending on the size of our group, we may need to divide into two or three groups in order to help multiple families. Our contact at CPA is in the process of planning alternative indoor activities in the event of inclement weather. All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Site details.
Streetsboro, Ohio CANCELLED
Tacoma/Seattle, Washington at Lake Meridian Park (LOCATION CHANGE)
Coordinator: Gera (Krahe) McGuire '93
Details: Lake Meridian is a 16-acre park which is home to at least two bald eagles, many fish, deer, and other indigenous creatures. The park hosts thousands of guests each year who enjoy fireworks, picnics, play dates at ADA-friendly playground, fishing, trail hiking, boating and community events. Due to the many visitors, there is a human footprint, leaving behind garbage and recycling items that should be disposed of properly. Without help of volunteers, the habitats of these animals are compromised and the ecosystem is negatively impacted. Volunteers at this site will be picking up garbage and recycling items for proper disposal. Please arrive at 9:00 a.m. under the picnic pavilion next to the lake and playground area. It is on the Kent-Kangley Road side of the park. Volunteers are asked to wear work clothes appropriate for the weather as we will be working rain or shine. Please wear close-toed shoes and bring work gloves and sunscreen. Bags for disposal will be provided. Bring a friend, your family, your coworkers - this is a famly-friendly opportunity! Site details and directions.
Toledo, Ohio at Kitty Todd Preserve
Coordinator: Denise (Goldberger) Gehring '75
Details: The Nature Conservancy (TNC) protects and preserves some of the highest quality ecosystems remaining. Kitty Todd Preserve has been designated as "One of the Last Great Places" due to its rare oak savannas, wet twigrush meadows, and numerous endangered species including the Karner blue butterfly, lark sparrow, and more rare plant species than anywhere else in Ohio. Spend a couple of hours helping collect prairie seeds for restoration of natural areas in the Oak Openings Region. We are sure to see wildlife and have an enjoyable morning sharing time together. Wear long pants and hiking boots or sneakers, work gloves, camera, and drinking water. Site details.
Warren, Ohio at Trumbull Art Gallery
Coordinator: Karen (Thompson) Scher '89
Details: Painting, cleaning and general maintenance will headline the list. TAG is a non-profit corporation organized by a group of dedicated people interested in the promotion of visual arts and artists in local Northeast Ohio communities. Founded in 1957, they have worked for years to educate and share The Arts with the Mahoning Valley. In 2003 they established their headquarters in downtown Warren. We will be lending a hand by cleaning out their headquarters, art educational center and warehouse, as well as adding a new coat of paint and completing light maintenance chores as needed. Wear old clothes to get dirty! Bring gloves, buckets, sponges, brooms, dust pans, and cleaning supplies as you're able. Extra tools like hammers, screw drivers, ladders, and painting supplies wold be appreciated but not necessary. Site details.
Youngstown, Ohio at Second Harvest Food Bank of Mahoning Valley
Coordinator: Dave Ambrose '67
Details: The Food Bank solicits, stores, and distributes food to hunger-relief organizations in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties; and provides education and advocacy. Currently, our 153 member agencies feed over 13,000 people in the tri-county area per week. Sort and re-box food in the warehouse from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Site details.