CWRU Connects

The Center for Civic Engagement & Learning's (CCEL) annual "CWRU Connects: Serving our City" is an exciting way for the Class of 2020 to get connected to the Cleveland community. All incoming first-year students will have the opportunity to volunteer at one of many projects on campus or throughout the greater Cleveland area on Thursday, August 25, 2016 from approximately 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Browse the project descriptions below, and register through the New Student Checklist by August 1 for the project that most interests you! Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Transportation will be provided for all off-campus projects via school bus, minivan, public transit, or walking. Please feel free to contact Adrian Griffin (216.368.1461) with questions.

Accessibility: CCEL is committed to providing all students with opportunities to take full advantage of our programs. Our staff recognizes that students with documented disabilities may require reasonable accommodations in order to achieve this objective. If you are interested in taking part in a specific project but have questions related to accommodations and/or the accessibility of a site, please contact the office of Disability Resources in Educational Services for Students (216.368.5230 or disability@case.edu), and they will work with a representative from our office to answer your questions.


On-Campus Projects:
Advocates for Cleveland Health Information Session & Advocacy Training

Sponsored by Advocates for Cleveland Health, Project #1
Cleveland Advocates for Health, an on-campus student organization that provides free medical screenings in the community, is hosting an information session and advocacy training as part of CWRU Connects. Participants will learn about Advocates for Health's mission and and how interested students can get involved. They will also learn about the Healthy Ohio Initiative and participate in a dialogue around public health, Medicaid, and advocacy. Interested students will then have an opportunity to participate in an advocacy project related to the Healthy Ohio Initiative and will learn ideas on how to continue to advocate on the issue. The session will take place on campus and will end at Noon.

Assemble kits with Project Sunshine for children in the hospital

Sponsored by Project Sunshine, Project #2
CWRU's Project Sunshine chapter is a non-denominational, not-for-profit organization that provides numerous free programs and services to children with cancer, AIDS, and other life-threatening illnesses. Participants in this project will learn about Project Sunshine's mission and how they can stay involved with the group. They will also help assemble activity kits for children currently staying in the hospital. These kits will include games and journals in order to bring a sense of normalcy and cheerfulness to the child during their stay. The session will take place on campus and will end at Noon.

Garden at CWRU's on-campus community garden

Sponsored by Garden@Case, Project #3
The Garden@Case is a community garden that is located between Juniper and Ford on Case Western Reserve University's campus. Volunteers are needed to assist with weeding, planting, watering, and other maintenance of the garden beds. All food harvested from the garden is donated to Cory Hunger Center for distribution to local community members in need. Volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Sunscreen and a hat are also recommended. This on-campus project will end around Noon.

Homelessness 101 & Labre Project Information Session

Sponsored by Labre Homeless Outreach Ministry, Project #4
The Labre Project is a student-run service organization that delivers home-cooked meals on Monday evenings to community members experiencing homelessness in the city of Cleveland. Participants in this information session will learn about volunteer opportunities with Labre, discuss the issue of homelessness, and (optional) be trained to volunteer on a Labre run. If time, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a related service project at the end of the session. This on-campus session will end by Noon.

Save a Life, Donate Blood

Sponsored by American Red Cross, Project #5
Every two seconds someone needs blood and every pint donated can save up to three lives. Give the gift of life and donate blood as part of CWRU Connects. The Red Cross will be on-campus in Wade Pioneer Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 25. Interested blood donors should make an appointment by visiting the online appointment link, selecting the August 25 "Case Western Reserve Housing" drive, choosing your preferred appointment time, and then logging in with either a new or existing account. On the day of CWRU Connects, donors can report directly to the Wade Pioneer Room (in Wade Commons) at their designated appointment time rather than coming to the orientation tent at the start of the program. Donors should allocate approximately 1 hour for the total donation time and should read and follow these tips for a successful donation.
Visit the American Red Cross website for blood donation eligibility requirements or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767) for more information.

SpartanThon Information Session and Children's Hospital Tour

Sponsored by SpartanTHON, Project #6
SpartanTHON and Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital are collaborating to provide incoming students with an educational experience about both organizations. For the first portion of this project, participants will learn about the student organization, SpartanTHON (CWRU's dance marathon chapter), and its fundraising efforts that support hospitalized children. For the second portion of the project, volunteers will walk to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital (one of the hospitals that SpartanTHON supports) to receive a tour and learn about volunteer opportunities at the hospital. The hospital is located near campus, and the tour will end at approximately Noon.

Adapt toys for children with disabilities

Sponsored by RePlay for Kids, Project #7
RePlay for Kids is a nonprofit organization of volunteers who repair and adapt toys and assistive devices for children with disabilities in Northeast Ohio. RePlay for Kids donates the adapted toys to organizations that would not otherwise have the resources to replace broken devices. Volunteers participating in the toy adaptation workshop will learn how to adapt mainstream, battery-operated toys by placing a switch cable in parallel with the original switch, allowing the toy to be operated by a variety of alternative switches that could be plugged into the cable. Through this process, volunteers will also learn about circuitry and soldering. No experience is necessary, and training will be provided. This on-campus workshop will end by Noon.

University Hospitals SUPER Coach Information Session & Training

Sponsored by AmeriCorps SUPER Coach program, Project #8
The AmeriCorps SUPER Coach Program through University Hospitals allows volunteers to work directly with patients, side by side with doctors and nurse practitioners, on encouraging healthy behaviors, such as quitting smoking, losing weight, taking medications, sleeping better, etc. Participants in this information session will learn about the benefits of health coaching, motivational interviewing techniques, and how they can volunteer to be a SUPER Coach. This on-campus information session will end by Noon. All participants will need to bring a laptop or smartphone.


Off-Campus Projects:
Play with LEGOs at Great Lakes Science Center

Sponsored by Great Lakes Science Center, Project #9
The Great Lakes Science Center coordinates a LEGO Robotics program for children and youth using LEGO EV3 kits. Volunteers are needed to sort and restock LEGO trays that will be transitioned from the summer camp format to the fall program. Experience with LEGO EV3 kits is a plus but not required.

Sort hair donations with Wigs for Kids

Sponsored by Wigs For Kids, Project #10
Wigs for Kids is a nonprofit organization that provides hair replacement solutions for children affected by chemotherapy, alopecia, burns, and other medical conditions. Volunteers at this site will engage in a variety of activities that include sorting and measuring ponytail donations and assisting with donor paperwork and thank you notes. Volunteers should be comfortable working with human hair.

Walk to End Alzheimer's prepwork volunteers

Sponsored by Alzheimer's Association, Project #11
Assist with the Alzheimer's Association of Cleveland's September 11 Walk to End Alzheimer's by helping with the prepwork that goes into making this walk possible. Volunteers will make phone calls to all current team captains, stuff registration boxes and binders with walk day supplies, sort and label T-shirts, and create a crafty gift for grandparents since September 11 is also Grandparents Day.

be a farmer for a day at university farm

Sponsored by CWRU Farm, Project #12
The University Farm is owned by Case Western Reserve and consists of 389-acres that encompass deciduous forests, ravines, waterfalls, meadows, ponds, and a self-contained natural watershed. Volunteers will be working on a variety of farm tasks, namely weeding, harvesting, and preparing harvested food for delivery. Volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Sunscreen and a hat are also recommended.

Crafts with kids at the Cleveland Clinic

Sponsored by Cleveland Clinic, Project #13
Volunteers at this project will engage with hospitalized pediatric patients at the Cleveland Clinic by collaborating with children ages 2-14 in a craft activity in the playroom. The theme of the crafts will be "Back to School." Materials will be provided, but volunteers should be creative and comfortable working with children. Volunteers will be emailed the hospital's dress code policy in advance of the event and should bring their RTA pass as you will be taking public transit to the site.

Food & clothing distribution center volunteers

Sponsored by Father Michael Wittman Ozanam Center, Project #14
The Fr. Michael Wittman Ozanem Center at St. Philomena Church in East Cleveland provides access to food and clothing to those in need. The Center is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and relies solely on the help of volunteers. Volunteers for this project are needed to sort and hang clothing, clean the distribution sites, pick up litter from the perimeter of the property, and help with additional housekeeping tasks as needed. Volunteers should bring their RTA pass as you will be taking public transit to the site.

Refugee Response Ohio City Farm volunteers

Sponsored by The Refugee Response, Project #15
The Refugee Response is a non-profit organization that empowers refugees who live in the Cleveland area with becoming self-sufficient and contributing members to their new community. They also run a Refugee Empowerment Agricultural Program (REAP) that operates the largest contiguous urban farm in the nation. The farm is primarily staffed by refugees and provides them with an employable skillset that will stimulate the region's economic development. Refugee Response's annual REAP Benefit dinner happens at the farm on August 27, and volunteers are needed to prepare for this large-scale fundraiser by mowing, weed whacking, weeding, wheelbarrowing, sweeping, and general outdoor party prep. Enjoy remarkable views of the Cleveland skyline while you work! Volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Sunscreen and a hat are also recommended. Volunteers should bring their RTA pass as you will be taking public transit to the site.

Screen print shirts & organize storeroom at Progressive Arts Alliance

Sponsored by Progressive Arts Alliance, Project #16
Progressive Arts Alliance (PAA) inspires students to reach their full potential by providing unique and relevant learning experiences using contemporary arts and 21st century media (hip hop, graffiti art, film-making, web design, animation, and more). Volunteers will help organize PAA's storage room, which houses equipment and art supplies used for a variety of school- and community-based programs. Volunteers will also screen print T-shirts in preparation for PAA's 2016-2017 school partnerships. No experience is necessary. Some lifting may be involved, and volunteers should plan to wear old clothes and closed-toed shoes. Volunteers should also bring their RTA pass as you will be taking public transit to the site.

Sort books for kids

Sponsored by Cleveland Kids' Book Bank, Project #17
The mission of the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank is to foster literacy and a love of reading by providing free books to children in need. Volunteers are needed to sort and pack the books by reading level so that partner sites can distribute them accordingly. Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes and bring their RTA pass as you will be taking public transit to the site.

Trail work at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Sponsored by Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Project #18
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park preserves and reclaims the rural landscape along the Cuyahoga River. This 51-square-mile park is the only national park in Ohio. Using garden loppers and hand-saws, volunteers will help with the removal of non-native, invasive plant species to preserve the natural habitat and protect native species. Light lifting is involved. Volunteers should wear work-appropriate clothes, dress for the weather, and bring a filled water bottle. Closed-toed shoes and long pants are strictly required in order to participate in the project. Volunteers should also be prepared to walk approximately 1 mile on the trail while at the site.

Spruce up David Simpson Hospice House - project canceled

Sponsored by Hospice of the Western Reserve, Project #19
The first of its kind in Ohio and one of only a few in the United States at that time, the David Simpson Hospice House was built in 1995 and provides a home-like environment along the shores of Lake Erie to patients receiving hospice care. Help support the work of Hospice of the Western Reserve through the beautification of the house. Volunteers are needed to complete various maintenance projects such as washing windows, cleaning furniture, polishing woodwork, and more. Indoor and outdoor work may be involved, so volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes and sturdy, closed-toed shoes.

Adopt-a-Beach cleanup on Lake Erie

Sponsored by Student Sustainability Council, Project #20
Members from CWRU's Student Sustainability Council will lead volunteers on a beach cleanup at Sims Park Beach. Volunteers will engage in the Student Sustainability Council's ongoing commitment to conserving local wildlife habitat and protecting Cleveland's major water source. Small teams of volunteers will pick up debris they find scattered along the beach and record their findings to send to the Alliance for the Great Lakes in order to help them track water quality and beach conditions. Volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Sunscreen and a hat are also recommended. Project involves prolonged outdoor work, extended walking, and bending over often.

Painting, gardening, & reading to kids at neighborhood center

Sponsored by Merrick House, Project #21
The Merrick House neighborhood center has served Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood for more than 90 years and provides community members with child care, youth services, and adult education. Volunteers are needed to help with general cleaning (washing walls & stairwells and organizing garages), gardening (weeding & harvesting), painting, and reading to children. Indoor and outdoor work may be involved, so volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes and sturdy, closed-toed shoes.

Restock Back-to-School event donations

Sponsored by Needs Cleveland, Project #22
Needs Cleveland, a non-profit free store and soup kitchen located in the Detroit Shoreway District of Cleveland, coordinates the distribution of donated clothing and household goods to those in need in the community. The free store sees 100+ visitors and gives away more than 1,000+ items. The organization is holding a large "Back-to-School" event on August 13 to pass out 1,500 new backpacks filled with school supplies and to serve a community meal. Volunteers are needed to help restock and clean from the event. Indoor and outdoor work may be involved, so volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes and sturdy, closed-toed shoes.

Garden and landscape at a local farmer's market

Sponsored by Coit Road Farmers' Market, Project #23
Founded in 1932, The Coit Road Farmers Market provides access to affordable, locally grown farm fresh produce to residents of Greater Cleveland. The four acre market site includes a garden for community members to grow produce for family use as well as an urban farm area for growers who sell their produce at the Market. The market supports the community with meeting space, food related events, demonstrations on food preparation, and incentive programs for customers on public assistance. Volunteers at this site will help with gardening to remove invasive plants and also mulching plant beds. Volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Sunscreen and a hat are also recommended.

Sort medical supplies for developing countries

Sponsored by Medical Instrumentation for Nations Under Development, Project #24
MedWish International is a nonprofit organization committed to repurposing medical supplies and equipment discarded by the healthcare industry with the objectives of providing humanitarian aid in developing countries to save lives and reduce waste to save our environment. Volunteers will work with CWRU's MIND chapter (Medical Instrumentation for Nations Under Development), a regular student volunteer group at Medwish, to sort, test, and repair medical donations so recipient countries can get the exact items they request on time. Volunteers should wear comfortable clothes, and closed-toed shoes will be strictly required in order to participate in the project. No experience is necessary.

Cleveland Botanical Garden's Green Corps Farmers

Sponsored by Cleveland Botanical Garden, Project #25
The Cleveland Botanical Garden operates urban learning farms on the east side of Cleveland as part of their Green Corps program, an urban agricultural work/study program in which high school students earn as they learn and transform vacant lots into flourishing urban farms. Green Corps students grow fruits, vegetables, and flowers - as well as job skills, leadership, and a healthier, greener community for themselves and their neighbors. The farms are maintained by the high school students in the summer, but once they go back to school, volunteers are needed to keep the farms in good shape. Participants will be divided into three groups to travel to a Green Corps farm and help with projects like weeding, watering, bed maintenance, mulching, turning compost, and more. Volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes. Sunscreen and a hat are also recommended. Closed-toed shoes (ideally waterproof) will be strictly required in order to participate in the project.

Garlic Festival setup volunteers

Sponsored by North Union Farmers Market, Project #26
With ten markets serving communities across Northeast Ohio, the North Union Farmers Market provides community members with locally grown food, plants, and flowers all raised using environmentally sustainable methods. The market hosts its annual Cleveland Garlic Festival on August 27 & 28. Volunteers are needed to help with festival setup (moving chairs & tables) as well as decorating and other prepwork. Heavy lifting will be involved. Volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Sunscreen and a hat are also recommended.

Improve Cleveland's Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone - project canceled

Sponsored by Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc., Project #27
The project for Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. provides students with the opportunity to get involved in Cleveland's Kinsman neighborhood through their Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone (UAIZ). The UAIZ is 28 acres of blighted land that has been transformed into a high-functioning urban agricultural zone. The UAIZ is home to a number of community partners that include Ohio State University Extension, Rid-All Green Partnership, West Creek Conservancy, Kinsman Farm, and a host of other partners that were granted a quarter acre lot through the USDA's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. During the service day, students will be assisting in the creation of mulch paths throughout the Kinsman Farm. The mulch paths will allow farmers a better way to transport equipment, tools, the produce they harvest throughout the property, and help build the capacity of the farm. Volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Sunscreen, a hat, and bugspray are also recommended.

Harvest & build at Community Greenhouse Partners

Sponsored by Community Greenhouse Partners, Project #28
Community Greenhouse Partners is a full-service educational urban farm dedicated to teaching permaculture and sustainability to students of all ages. They use hoop houses, raised beds and container gardening to grow food year-round, while rehabilitating an abandoned church in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood on Cleveland's East Side. Help harvest, prepare for the fall season, and even work on some small construction projects. Volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Sunscreen and a hat are also recommended.

Spruce up local PreK-8th grade school for the new year

Sponsored by Case School, Project #29
Case School is a Cleveland Public School that serves PreK-8th Grade students. Volunteers are needed to help at the school with a variety of back-to-school projects to get things ready for the new year, including helping in the parent room, organizing & sorting uniforms, gardening, and other beautification projects as needed. Volunteers should be prepared for both indoor & outdoor work. Closed-toed shoes are recommended. Participants should also dress comfortably but modestly as you will be working in a school environment (i.e.-no spaghetti strap tank tops or revealing shirts or shorts).

Sort Clothing Closet at a local shelter

Sponsored by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland, Project #30
The Bishop William Cosgrove Center is a day shelter for persons experiencing homelessness. One of the programs offered by Cosgrove is a Clothing Closet, in which guests of Cosgrove can have a shopping experience for items they need. The closet is set-up like a department store, including men's, women's, children, accessories, shoes, and more. Volunteers are asked to sort donations by size, gender, and season as well as hang clothing for the upcoming shopping event. Participants should be able to lift up to 50 pounds as some of the donated bags of clothing can be heavy.

Sort groceries galore at the Cleveland Food Bank

Sponsored by Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Project #31
The mission of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank is to alleviate hunger by providing food and support to community organizations that feed the hungry. Volunteers are needed to help sort and repack nonperishable food that is later distributed to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. In order to participate in the project, volunteers are strictly required to wear closed-toed & closed-heel shoes (i.e. - no sandals or clogs) due to health regulations. The project may also include lifting boxes up to 35 pounds. Participants will be emailed a registration link in advance of the event that must be completed before they can participate.

Spiff up Waterloo Arts building in Cleveland's artist enclave

Sponsored by Waterloo Arts, Project #32
The nonprofit, Waterloo Arts, helped to found the Waterloo Arts District 15 years ago in Cleveland's historic Collinwood neighborhood and transform it into a thriving artist enclave replete with creative spaces, restaurants, and music venues. The past 15 years though have taken a toll on the Waterloo Arts building, and volunteers are needed to spiff it up again. Come learn about all the cool things happening in the district while doing some indoor and outdoor painting. Volunteers should wear clothes they do not mind getting dirty as well as be prepared for both indoor & outdoor work.

Garden and harvest at Vel's Purple Oasis - project canceled

Sponsored by New Image Life Skills Academy Inc., Project #33
New Image Life Skills Academy Inc. (also known as Vel's Purple Oasis Garden) is located on an acre of land in University Circle and is a communty garden that provides fresh food to the local neighborhood. Volunteers are needed to assist with planting, bed building, composting, and general garden work. Volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Sunscreen and a hat are also recommended.

Invasive plant removal at the picturesque Shaker Lakes Nature Center

Sponsored by Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Project #34
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes conserves a natural area, connects people with nature and inspires environmental stewardship. Volunteers are needed to help with an invasive plant removal project, which will involve cutting & digging invasive plants to clear an area for a future restoration project. Volunteers will be strictly required to wear long pants and closed-toed shoes in order to participate in the project. It is also recommended that participants wear work-appropriate clothes, sunscreen, bug spray, a hat, and dress for the weather.

Cleveland Cultural Gardens One World Festival prep

Sponsored by Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, Project #35
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens, which are a series of unique, landscaped gardens in Rockefeller Park near campus that each represent the cultural diversity of Cleveland, depend exclusively on volunteers for their maintenance. Participants at this site will help with general garden maintenance and clean-up (weeding, raking, planting, sweeping, and more) in preparation for the Gardens' August 28 Centennial One World Day, which will feature cultural foods, a parade, crafts, and more. Volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Sunscreen and a hat are also recommended.

Clean up a marina overlooking Lake Erie

Sponsored by Cleveland Metroparks, Project #36
Come out and see Lake Erie from Cleveland Metroparks E. 55th Marina! Volunteers are needed to explore throughout the lake's rock edge to gather debris and remove litter in order to beautify this space for park visitors. Volunteers are strictly required to wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes and long pants in order to participate in this project. It is also recommended that participants wear comfortable clothes that they do not mind getting dirty or wet, sunscreen, a hat, and bring a filled water bottle.

Arts & gardening with seniors at Judson retirement community

Sponsored by Judson at University Circle, Project #37
Judson is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community for senior citizens, many of which are CWRU alumni or former faculty, that is located in walking distance of campus. Volunteers will either interact with residents in the memory support area and participate in an arts and crafts project, or they will garden with residents who have a long memory of Cleveland & CWRU's history and love sharing stories with volunteers. Participants should dress casually but conservatively (no short skirts or shorts, no baggy or ripped jeans), wear closed-toed shoes, and be prepared for indoor or outdoor work. Those helping with gardening may be asked to do some light lifting. Please note: students traveling to this site will be walking 1-2 miles roundtrip to the project location.

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge beautification

Sponsored by American Cancer Society Cleveland Hope Lodge, Project #38
The American Cancer Society's Cleveland Hope Lodge provides a unique home away from home for people who need temporary, comfortable, supportive accommodations offered free of charge during cancer treatment. Volunteers will help keep the Hope Lodge a welcoming environment by doing a thorough cleaning of lodge common areas, including cleaning dining room tables & chairs, vacuuming carpets, dusting woodwork, and more. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet students from CWRU's Colleges Against Cancer chapter and learn about the organization's mission and volunteer opportunities, such as planning or participating in Relay For Life. Due to many Hope Lodge guests having suppressed immune systems, volunteers cannot have any communicable diseases or colds & coughs. Please note: students traveling to this site will be walking approximately 1 mile roundtrip to the project location.

Be a teacher for a day with Junior Achievement

Sponsored by Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland, Project #39
Junior Achievement (JA) is dedicated to educating young people about business, economics, and personal finances. Volunteers are needed for a Junior Achievement "blitz" day at a local elementary school. Volunteers will work in teams to facilitate workshops with children about basic economics and career options. Training, lesson plans, and materials will be provided, so all you need is a desire to work with children in a classroom setting! Of note:

  • Volunteers at this project will serve at the site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 25, and lunch will be provided on site (you will be back to campus by approximately 1:30 p.m.).
  • Volunteers are asked to wear business casual clothing the day of the project—comfortable shoes are also recommended as you will be walking approximately 2 miles roundtrip to and from the school.
  • There will also be a mandatory training on-campus from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23 in ___ for all volunteers participating in this project (a pizza dinner will be provided). At this training, volunteers will receive a lesson plan packet and supplies that they are asked to review in advance of CWRU Connects and be ready to present three lesson plans to the youth.
  • After you register through the New Student Checklist for this project, please also complete this online survey by August 1 so that you can be matched into a volunteer team.
  • Stay tuned to your email for updates as we get closer to the date!
Cancer 101 Educators Information Session

Sponsored by University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, Project #40
Seidman Cancer Center at University Hospitals is in need of volunteers to become lay cancer prevention educators. Participants in this Cancer 101 workshop will learn the signs and symptoms of cancer, risk factors, screening guidelines, and healthy lifestyle behaviors. Participants will then be trained to deliver this educational information at health fairs, school presentations, and other community events. Participants are strictly required to wear closed-toed shoes in order to participate in the project as the session will take place in the hospital. The session will end by approximately Noon and will be in walking distance of campus.

Church of the Covenant beautification and tower climb

Sponsored by Church of the Covenant / Student Community at Covenant, Project #41
The Church of the Covenant, located on campus, welcomes student volunteers to help with a variety of projects, including light cleaning of the sanctuary, a project to connect the church to the campus community, and arranging materials for children's activities. Volunteers will learn about resources the church can provide to students, such as opportunities to tutor children and use of the church organ, and interested volunteers will also receive a tour of this beautiful building and a chance to climb the gothic Harry Potter style tower to see the university from up high. This service project will end on-campus at Noon.

Natural History Museum's Discovery Center volunteers

Sponsored by The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Project #42
The Discovery Center at the Cleveland Natural History Museum, located within University Circle, is a hands-on learning center for families and children. Volunteers at this site will help prepare craft items, clean toys, and organize and inventory educational materials in preparation for future activities at the center. This service project will end on campus at Noon.

Prepare brunch for families at Ronald McDonald House

Sponsored by Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, Project #43
Ronald McDonald House® of Cleveland, Inc. supports families whose children receive treatment at area medical centers by providing a home-like environment and essential resources and services. Volunteers will prepare brunch for the families. All food will be donated from a supplier for McDonald's Restaurants and volunteers will reheat it using griddles. Volunteers are asked to dress conservatively, as the RHM is home for 55 families from all over the world. Since many of the children have suppressed immune systems, volunteers are also asked not to attend if they are experiencing any symptoms of illness. Volunteers should bring their RTA pass as you will be either taking public transit or walking roundtrip approximately 1.5 miles to get to and from the site.

University Hospitals Information Session

Sponsored by University Hospitals, Project #44
University Hospitals is the closest hospital to CWRU and provides students with a variety of volunteer opportunities. During this information session, the UH Volunteer Services staff will review the volunteer application, interview, and orientation process and will talk more specifically about the types of volunteer opportunities available at the hospital. If time, volunteers will also receive a short tour of the facility. The session will end by approximately 11 a.m. and will be in walking distance of campus.