CWRU Connects

The Center for Civic Engagement & Learning's (CCEL) annual "CWRU Connects: Serving our City" is an exciting way for the Class of 2021 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 24, 2017 from approximately 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Browse the project descriptions below, and register through the New Student Checklist by July 24 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 see the descriptions below for your project's specific 9 a.m. meeting location on August 24; however, please stay tuned to your email closer to the event in case locations change. CWRU Connects will take place rain or shine, and participants should bring a filled water bottle, dress for the weather, and wear comfortable work clothes as well as sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Sunscreen, bug spray, a hat, and long pants are recommended for outdoor projects. 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:

Refugee 101 presentation & volunteer orientation

Sponsored by U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) assists refugees resettling in Cleveland by helping to break through social, cultural, and economic barriers that people may be experiencing. Session participants will learn about the current refugee crisis, steps to resettlement, resettled refugees in Cleveland, and current volunteer and intern opportunities with USCRI. This on-campus info session will end by 11 a.m. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 on campus in Clark Hall room 302.

Tweet Up for social justice

Sponsored by EYEJ: Empowering Youth, Exploring Justice
Interested in building a just, equitable world for all and passionate about sharing your beliefs and ideas with others? Join Empowering Youth, Exploring Justice (EYEJ) for a Tweet Up Campaign to spark conversation about social justice. EYEJ empowers and amplifies the voices of teens and pre-teens by bridging them with diverse individuals to engage in interactive discussions centered around social justice. Participants in this session will learn about EYEJ's work and ongoing volunteer needs and will utilize Twitter to discuss their thoughts on a current social justice topic in Cleveland. Participants should have a Twitter account and comfort using the social media platform as well as strong spelling and grammar skills. They should also bring a laptop, smartphone, or tablet to the session. This on-campus event will end by Noon. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 on campus in Clark Hall room 309.

SpartanTHON info session and craft-making for children's hospital

Sponsored by SpartanTHON
SpartanTHON (CWRU's dance marathon chapter) is a student-run nonprofit that raises money for Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital throughout the year. Participants in this session will learn about the student organization, its fundraising efforts, and how they can become involved. They will then participate in a fun craft project (felt finger puppets for children to keep after receiving a finger prick blood test) that will be donated to Rainbow Babies. The project will end on campus by Noon. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 on campus in Thwing Center room 101.

Save a Life, Donate Blood (make an appointment online)

Sponsored by American Red Cross
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 this service day. The Red Cross will be on-campus in Wade Pioneer Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 24. Interested blood donors should make an appointment by visiting the online appointment link, selecting the August 24 "Case Western Reserve Housing" drive, choosing your preferred appointment time, and then logging in with either a new or existing account. Donors should allocate approximately 1 hour for the total donation time and should read and follow these tips for a successful donation. Meet in the Wade Pioneer Room in the North Residential Village on August 24 at your designated appointment time.

Homelessness 101 & Labre Project info session and snack-making

Sponsored by Labre
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 and discuss the issue of homelessness. Participants will also have the opportunity to bake cookies/brownies or prepare trail mix snack bags that will be delivered during the next Labre run. The session will take place on-campus and may involve walking to another on-campus location for the service project. The project will end by Noon. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at Project #5 in the Tinkham Veale University Center Food Court, at tables in front of Naan.


Off-Campus Projects:
Be a teacher for a day with Junior Achievement

Sponsored by Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland
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 24, 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 ___ on ___ 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 July 28 so that you can be matched into a volunteer team.
  • Stay tuned to your email for updates as we get closer to the date! Meet outside the main doors to Leutner dining hall in North Residential Village at 9 a.m. on August 24.
Learn to farm at CWRU's University Farm

Sponsored by University Farm
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, planting, harvesting, preparing harvested food for delivery, laying irrigation systems in the fields, building essential structures for garden protection, and more. Volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat are also recommended. Closed-toed shoes and long pants will be strictly required in order to participate in the project, and volunteers should be prepared for prolonged outdoor work. Meet in Thwing Atrium at 9 a.m. on August 24 and look for the Orientation Leaders there.

University Hospitals volunteer info session & optional interview

Sponsored by University Hospitals
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. Students who already know they would like to volunteer at UH during the school year (i.e. - a minimum of 6 months or 50 service hours), can bring their completed application with them to the session along with two completed reference forms. References can be from a former teacher, advisor, Resident Assistant, or someone else who knows the applicant's character and should be brought by the student to the session, or they can be faxed/mailed to the information provided on the reference form. Students wishing to continue with the UH volunteer application process will be able to participate in a 20 minute group interview at the end of the info session. The session and interviews will end by approximately Noon and will be in walking distance of campus, and students are welcome to dress casually for the session and interview. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at Project #1 in the Tinkham Veale University Center Food Court, on wooden stairs.

Sort books for kids

Sponsored by Cleveland Kids' Book Bank
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. Some heavy lifting could be involved in moving packed boxes, and volunteers should be prepared to stand for the duration of the program. Volunteers will be taking public transit to the site, so you should plan to bring your student ID with a recent RTA sticker (U-Pass sticker) attached—stickers can be picked up from your assigned area office. Students traveling to this site will be walking roundtrip 0.75 miles in order to get to and from the project location. Closed-toed shoes, comfortable work clothes, and bringing a filled water bottle are recommended. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at Project #2 in the Tinkham Veale University Center Food Court, under wooden stairs.

Church of the Covenant beautification and bell tower climb

Sponsored by Covenant Student Ministries / Church of the Covenant
The Church of the Covenant, located on campus, welcomes student volunteers to help with a variety of projects, including cleaning the handbells, gardening in the student reflection garden, and cleaning The Connection Center, which is a space for students to hang out between classes.Volunteers will learn about resources the church can provide to students, such as opportunities to tutor children and engage in the church's vibrant music program, 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. Students should be prepared to do light cleaning, outdoor work, painting, and other activities that may cause them to get a bit messy. This service project will end on-campus at Noon. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at Project #3 in the Tinkham Veale University Center Food Court, at the tables in front of Melt.

Service sneak peak at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Sponsored by Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) recently opened in a spectacular new building in University Circle and is the only contemporary art institution in the region. During this session, MOCA will provide volunteers with a tour of the building, and students will also learn about the different volunteer opportunities available at MOCA throughout the academic year. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at Project #4 in the Tinkham Veale University Center Food Court, at the tables in front of Naan.

Refugee Response Ohio City Farm landscaping

Sponsored by The Refugee Response
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 26, 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 that you don't mind getting dirty. Sunscreen, bug spray, long pants, and a hat are also recommended. Volunteers will be taking public transit to the site, so you should plan to bring your student ID with a recent RTA sticker (U-Pass sticker) attached—stickers can be picked up from your assigned area office. Students traveling to this site will be walking roundtrip 2 miles in order to get to and from the project location. The project also involves prolonged outdoor work, and closed-toed shoes are strictly required to participate. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at Project #6 in the Tinkham Veale University Center Food Court, at tables in front of 8TWENTY6.

Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence administrative volunteers

Sponsored by Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence
The Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence (OAESV), which shares office space with the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, is a statewide anti-sexual violence coalition that advocates for comprehensive responses and rape crisis services for survivors and empowers communities to prevent sexual violence. Volunteers will join OAESV's staff for the morning to provide administrative support preparing for a busy fall of fundraising, training, and public policy events. Volunteers will be taking public transit to the site, so you should plan to bring your student ID with a recent RTA sticker (U-Pass sticker) attached—stickers can be picked up from your assigned area office. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at Project #7 in the Tinkham Veale University Center Food Court, in front of windows.

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge beautification

Sponsored by American Cancer Society Cleveland Hope Lodge
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, colds, coughs, or fevers and should not have had vaccinations within the past six weeks. Please note: students traveling to this site will be walking approximately 1 mile roundtrip to and from the project location. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at Project #8 in the Tinkham Veale University Center Food Court, in front of windows.

No-sew fleece blanket making for hospital patients

Sponsored by University Hospitals
University Hospitals is the closest hospital to CWRU and provides students with a variety of volunteer opportunities. Volunteers in this project will assemble no-sew fleece blankets to distribute to patients at the hospital in need of some extra comfort. Participants will also hear a brief overview about additional volunteer opportunities at UH. The session will end by approximately Noon and will be in walking distance of campus. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at Project #9 in the Tinkham Veale University Center Food Court, in front of windows.

Arts & gardening with seniors at Judson retirement community

Sponsored by Judson at University Circle
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 games or 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 (up to 10 lbs). Please note: students traveling to this site will be walking 2 miles roundtrip to and from the project location. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at Project #10 in the Tinkham Veale University Center Food Court, in front of windows.

Groundskeeping and sorting at Ohio's first crisis nursery

Sponsored by Providence House
Providence House is Ohio's first and one of the nation's longest operating crisis nurseries, providing free, voluntary emergency shelter to children and families living in crisis. Volunteers will support Providence House either through a landscaping (mowing, mulching, weeding, etc.), playground cleanup, or donation sorting. Volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat are also recommended. Volunteers will be taking public transit to the site, so you should plan to bring your student ID with a recent RTA sticker (U-Pass sticker) attached—stickers can be picked up from your assigned area office. Students traveling to this site will be walking roundtrip 2 miles in order to get to and from the project location. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at Project #11 in the Tinkham Veale University Center Food Court, in front of windows.

Prepare brunch for families at Ronald McDonald House

Sponsored by Ronald McDonald House
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. As you will either be taking public transit or walking roundtrip approximately 1.5 miles to get to and from the site, volunteers should bring their student ID with a recent RTA sticker (U-Pass sticker) attached—stickers can be picked up from your assigned area office. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at Project #12 in the Tinkham Veale University Center Food Court, in front of windows.

Natural History Museum's Discovery Center craft preppers

Sponsored by The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
The Discovery Center at the Cleveland Natural History Museum, located within University Circle, is a hands-on learning center for families and children. Volunteers are needed to help get ready for Fall and Winter by prepping reused craft materials, sharpening and sorting crayons for melting, cleaning toys, inventorying puzzles, and other simple projects. Two tech-savvy volunteers will get to use 'R2D2' our cutting plotter that cuts out shapes. This service project will end at the museum at Noon. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at Project #13 in the Tinkham Veale University Center Food Court, in front of windows.

Spring cleaning at home for acutely ill men experiencing homelessness

Sponsored by Joseph's Home
Joseph's Home seeks to empower men experiencing homelessness and acute illness to heal in a nurturing faith-based environment and achieve independence. Volunteers are needed to help with a "Spring" cleaning and organizing project at the site, assisting with making the home clean, happy, and efficient. Volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes that they do not mind getting dirty as well as sturdy shoes. Volunteers will be taking public transit to the site, so you should plan to bring your student ID with a recent RTA sticker (U-Pass sticker) attached—stickers can be picked up from your assigned area office. Students traveling to this site will be walking roundtrip 1.75 miles in order to get to and from the project location. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at Project #14 in the Tinkham Veale University Center Food Court, in front of windows.

Learn about human rights with the InterReligious Task Force on Central America

Sponsored by InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Colombia
The InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF) is a Cleveland-based interfaith (all faiths and no faith) group that promotes peace and human rights in Central America and Colombia by working to change U.S. policies, corporate actions, and consumer behaviors that undermine these aspirations. Volunteers will travel to IRTF's office to learn more about their work and ongoing intern and volunteer needs. They will also help with either preparing a mailing, painting nonviolent direct action art, or testing out a new workshop for IRTF. Volunteers should bring their student ID with a recent RTA sticker (U-Pass sticker) attached as you will be taking public transit to the site—stickers can be picked up from your assigned area office—and should be prepared to walk approximately 2 miles roundtrip to get to and from the project location. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at Project #15 in the Tinkham Veale University Center Food Court, in front of windows.

Bookworms delight in library book sale sorting

Sponsored by Friends of the Cleveland Public Library
The Friends of Cleveland Public Library is a nonprofit that provides valuable resources and support to the beautiful, historic Cleveland Public Library. The Friends are in need of volunteers to assist with sorting books, particularly non-fiction and children's books, into categories in preparation for the library's annual Fall Used Book Sale. Some heavy lifting of donated boxes of books may be involved. Volunteers should bring their student ID with a recent RTA sticker (U-Pass sticker) attached as you will be taking public transit to the site—stickers can be picked up from your assigned area office—and should be prepared to walk approximately 0.75 miles roundtrip to get to and from the project location. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at Project #16 in the Tinkham Veale University Center Food Court, in front of windows.

Trail work at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Sponsored by Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park, approximately a 45 minute school bus ride from campus, 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. Sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat are also recommended. 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 roundtrip on the trail while at the site and should plan for prolonged outdoor work, on their feet, in potentially hot conditions. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at School Bus #17 on Bellflower Road, outside the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Camp maintenance with the Girl Scouts

Sponsored by Girl Scouts of North East Ohio
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) works to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Volunteers are needed to assist with maintenance projects at the GSNEO's Camp Ledgewood in the scenic town of Peninsula, approximately a 45 minute school bus ride from campus. Projects might include building a small entrance step and rock area, staining walls, repairing screen doors, working in the garden, washing windows, and more. Some heavy lifting may be involved, and closed-toed shoes are strictly required in order to participate in the project. Volunteers should also dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes that they do not mind getting dirty. Sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat are also recommended, and volunteers should be prepared for prolonged outdoor work in potentially hot conditions. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at School Bus #17 on Bellflower Road, outside the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Sort hair donations with Wigs for Kids

Sponsored by Wigs For Kids
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. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at School Bus #18 on Bellflower Road, outside the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Help adults with disabilities find community engagement opportunities (Middleburg Heights)

Sponsored by Hattie Larlham-Constant Companion Day Services Program (Middleburg Heights)
Hattie Larlham's Constant Companions is a day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to benefit from shared social interaction and group activities. Volunteers at this site will work in Middleburg Heights (approximately 30-45 minutes southwest of Cleveland) helping talk with the adults about building their wish list of all the possible things that they could get involved with in the community, and the volunteers will then use the internet to find area programs that might be a good fit. Closed-toed shoes are strictly required in order to participate in the project. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at School Bus #18 on Bellflower Road, outside the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Sort medical supplies for developing countries

Sponsored by MedWish International
Founded in 1993, MedWish International is a not-for-profit organization that saves lives and the environment by repurposing discarded medical supplies and equipment to provide humanitarian aid in developing countries. Since they receive over 500,000 lbs. of supplies each year, it is crucial that they have volunteers assist their small staff in sorting and packaging these supplies. With the help of Medwish staff, volunteers will work together to sort the donated supplies into categories to prepare for shipment. Volunteers should wear comfortable work clothes and bring a filled water bottle. Closed-toed shoes will be strictly required in order to participate in the project. Some heavy lifting may be involved, and volunteers should be prepared to stand for the duration of the project. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at School Bus #19 on Bellflower Road, outside the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Keep Euclid Beautiful playground cleanup

Sponsored by Keep Euclid Beautiful
Keep Euclid Beautiful empowers neighborhoods and residents to take greater responsibility for improving their local environment through litter prevention, beautification, community greening, waste reduction, and recylcing. Volunteers will spruce up Heritage Playground, a well used passive and active play area, by painting equipment, planting small trees, pulling weeds, and picking up litter. Volunteers should be prepared for prolonged outdoor work, on their feet, in potentially hot conditions, and some lifting may be involved. Volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes that they don't mind getting dirty as well as sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat are also recommended. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at School Bus #19 on Bellflower Road, outside the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Help adults with disabilities find community engagement opportunities (Mayfield)

Sponsored by Hattie Larlham-Constant Companion Day Services Program (Mayfield)
Hattie Larlham's Constant Companions is a day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to benefit from shared social interaction and group activities. Volunteers at this site will work in Mayfield (approximately 30-45 minutes east of Cleveland) helping talk with the adults about building their wish list of all the possible things that they could get involved with in the community, and the volunteers will then use the internet to find area programs that might be a good fit. Closed-toed shoes are strictly required in order to participate in the project. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at School Bus #19 on Bellflower Road, outside the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Garlic Festival setup volunteers

Sponsored by North Union Farmers Market
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 26 & 27. 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 that they do not mind getting dirty as well as sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at School Bus #20 on Bellflower Road, outside the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Habitat restoration at the picturesque Shaker Lakes Nature Center

Sponsored by Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes conserves a natural area, connects people with nature and inspires environmental stewardship. Volunteers are needed to help with a habitat restoration project that will involve invasive plant removal or native plant installation. Students will work in either a marsh or forest habitat and should be prepared to work on uneven terrain in potentially hot conditions. Heavy lifting (up to 50 lbs) may be involved. 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 dress for the weather, wear comfortable clothes that they do not mind getting dirty or wet, sunscreen, bug spray, a hat, and bring a filled water bottle. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at School Bus #20 on Bellflower Road, outside the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Walk to End Alzheimer's prepwork volunteers

Sponsored by Alzheimer's Association
Assist with the Alzheimer's Association of Cleveland's October 7 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 encouraging them for their last push in fundraising as well as helping with putting materials together for the event day. Volunteers should plan to dress business casual (dress pants or a modest skirt and a nice shirt). Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at School Bus #20 on Bellflower Road, outside the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Clean up a marina overlooking Lake Erie

Sponsored by Cleveland Metroparks
Come out and see Lake Erie from the 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 dress for the weather, wear comfortable clothes that they do not mind getting dirty or wet, sunscreen, bug spray, a hat, and bring a filled water bottle. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at School Bus #21 on Bellflower Road, outside the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Volunteer at the largest homeless shelter in Ohio

Sponsored by Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry's Men's Shelter
Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry's Men's Shelter at 2100 Lakeside Ave. is the largest homeless shelter in Ohio and helps men recognize and overcome barriers to independence, "for those who are oppressed, forgotten, and hurting." Volunteers are needed to help with indoor or outdoor maintenance projects which might include neighborhood cleanups, gardening in one of the shelter's three gardens, or indoor cleaning. Students should wear comfortable but modest clothing (i.e. - no short shorts or tank tops) that they don't mind getting dirty, dress for the weather, and bring a filled water bottle. Closed-toed shoes are strictly required in order to participate in the project. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at School Bus #21 on Bellflower Road, outside the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Play with LEGO EV3 kits at Great Lakes Science Center

Sponsored by Great Lakes Science Center
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 pieces by color, shape, and function in order to transition them from the summer camp format to the fall program. Experience with LEGO EV3 kits is a plus but not required. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at School Bus #21 on Bellflower Road, outside the Tinkham Veale University Center.

The Intergenerational School office assistants

Sponsored by The Intergenerational School
The Intergenerational Schools (Grades K-8) connect, create, and guide a multigenerational community of lifelong learners and spirited citizens. The first several weeks of any school year can be some of the busiest days of the year for school staff. Therefore, the school needs extra helping hands to complete administrative tasks such as filing, phone calls, stuffing envelopes, and more. Learn about this unique school while providing them with extra support to start the school year off right! Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at School Bus #22 on Bellflower Road, outside the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Painting and landscaping with youth

Sponsored by East End Neighborhoood House, Inc.
East End Neighborhoood House, Inc. provides families with culturally diverse and compassionate social services, education, and activities so that each member—from child to senior—can become self sufficient and thrive. The House has a vast campus in need of beautification and landscaping. Projects may include planting flowers, cleaning the playgrounds and porch, and painting the porch. Volunteers may be working alongside youth from the House's summer camp program. Volunteers should be prepared for prolonged outdoor work, on their feet, in potentially hot conditions, and some lifting may be involved. Volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes that they don't mind getting dirty as well as sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat are also recommended. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at School Bus #22 on Bellflower Road, outside the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Craft "Taste of Slavic Village" centerpieces with seniors

Sponsored by University Settlement
University Settlement is a neighborhood center that provides social services to residents of the Broadway-Slavic Village neighborhood in southeast Cleveland. Their 9th Annual "Taste of Slavic Village" is scheduled for October 12, and volunteers are needed to assist with creating centerpieces for the event. As an added bonus, the volunteers will craft the centerpieces with seniors from the local community. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at School Bus #22 on Bellflower Road, outside the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Be an urban farmer for a day

Sponsored by Cleveland Botanical Garden
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 that they don't mind getting dirty. Sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat are also recommended. Closed-toed shoes (ideally waterproof) will be strictly required in order to participate in the project, and volunteers should be prepared for prolonged outdoor work, on their feet, in potentially hot conditions. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at School Bus #23 on Bellflower Road, outside the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Cleveland Cultural Gardens One World Festival prep

Sponsored by Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation
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 27 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 that they don't mind getting dirty and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat are also recommended. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at School Bus #24 on Bellflower Road, outside the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Sort groceries galore at the Cleveland Food Bank

Sponsored by Greater Cleveland Food Bank
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 and standing on your feet for the duration of the service. Participants will be emailed a registration link in advance of the event that must be completed before they can participate. Meet at 9 a.m. on August 24 at School Bus #24 on Bellflower Road, outside the Tinkham Veale University Center.