Hiram College Alumni Volunteer Day
Saturday - September 13, 2014
In the spirit of Campus Day, Hiram continues to help you "give back" to your community through Alumni Volunteer Day. Alumni are hosting volunteer sites throughout the United States. Most sites begin project work at 9:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Please review each project for in depth details and any special requirements.
This event is not exclusive to Hiram alumni; we invite you to bring your friends and family.
Click here to see participants registered.
Akron, Ohio at Haven of Rest Ministries
Coordinator: Barb (Boso) Bragiel '91
Project: 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 won’t know until the week of AVD exactly what we’ll be doing. In the past, if they get produce or another food in that always comes first. Sometimes it comes in the day or evening before. Otherwise, we’ll help with a cleaning or sorting project. Details of project.
Ashtabula County, Ohio at Kelloggsville Cemetery
Coordinator: Deborah (Staudt) Fazenbaker '91
Project: There is a small chapel that has been unused for many years. It was built in 1917. We want to restore this building to the sacred chapel for which it was intended. The inside needs cleaned, painted (walls and woodwork), and put back into order. There are a couple light fixtures that need replaced; if we are fortunate enough to find an electrician who is a Hiram graduate, that person will do it. Otherwise, we must just let that part go for now. There is some very minor carpentry work needed to place roofing vents along the sides. The roof is only 3 years old but the heat from the attic is “cooking the shingles.” We will have a carpenter on our team to do those areas. The lawn around the front of the chapel will have flowers planted. Details of project.
Atlanta (Douglasville), Georgia at The Pantry
Coordinator: Tracy (Strong) Berry '08
Project: The Pantry has been serving hungry and hurting people since 2007 - not only do they provide groceries, they also provide friendship and fellowship to visitors. We will be filling bags of groceries or carrying groceries to visitor’s cars. Details of project.
Baltimore, Maryland at Maryland Food Bank
Coordinator: Katie (Igrec) Lima '00
Details: The Maryland Food Bank provides food to approximately 600,000 hungry Marylanders a week with the support of volunteers. Volunteers play an instrumental role in moving thousands of pounds of donated food and product into the community to feed needy families and individuals. Volunteers must be 18 years of age. Activities may include re-packing food and product processed through a conveyor system, packing assorted food kits, packing health and beauty kits, and checking expiration dates. We can accommodate up to 12 volunteers. Details of project.
Boston (Waltham), Massachusetts at Wellington House
Coordinator: Barbara (Spielman) Passero '68
Details: Historic site with house recently restored using City of Waltham Community Preservation Act funds. Help remove volunteer trees and shrubs from former farm field to improve vistas and safety of site. Details of project.
Canton (Louisville), Ohio at Stark County Humane Society
Coordinator: Kelly (Heinbaugh) Barthel '91
Details: The Stark County Humane Society is a private, charitable organization. We are not a county agency and we do not receive funding from the United Way. Our continued existence and success depends upon the support of the community through membership fees, gifts, and contributions. We will complete various tasks -- dog walking, cleaning cages, feeding animals, other work available for those with allergies. A waiver must be signed to volunteer. Details of project.
Chicago, Illinois at Feed My Starving Children
Coordinator: Mary Kay (Roediger) Prusnick '93
Details: Feed My Starving Children is a faith based nonprofit that has been providing nutritionally complete meals for starving and malnourished children since 1987. We will be working indoors. The project is appropriate for adults and kids age 5 and older. Activities for the day includes packing dried, fortified ingredients into packets that will be distributed to humanitarian organizations around the world to feed children in orphanages, schools, and refugee camps. Our project is suitable for adults and kids age 5 and older. Details of project.
Cincinnati, Ohio/Union, Kentucky at Potters Ranch
Coordinator: Joe Ogonek '07
Details: Potter's Ranch wilderness retreat facility exists to provide the most beneficial environment to develop our nation's most valuable resources...our youth, adults and families. Various activities offer opportunities for participation in camps, workshops, retreats, seminars and recreational programs designed to be entertaining, relaxing and educational.We will be clearing trails and setting up tables, chairs, and tents for anniversary celebration. Details of project.
Cleveland, Ohio at MedWish International
Coordinator: Mike Brickner '04
Details: 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. Join us as we sort and pack up medical supplies to support healthcare providers around the world. Details of project.
Cleveland, Ohio at American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland
Coordinator: Diane Homza Dacek '97
Details: Founded in 1905, the mission of the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland is to help families in Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake Counties prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. On average, our chapter responds to one disaster a day, the majority being single-family house fires. We will facilitate a Fire Walk to distribute fire safety information to Cleveland residents. Details of project.
Cleveland, Ohio at Cleveland Christian Home
Coordinator: Janice (Ehlert) Ziegler '67
Details: The Cleveland Christian Home is a haven of hope and healing for children, youth and families struggling with mental illness, abuse and neglect. Founded as an orphanage, the CCH has grown to its current function - a residential treatment center for abused / neglected / at risk children. Qualified staff provides services to meet the physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural and spiritual needs of 1,000 children, youth and families annually. Volunteers will work around the Home doing much needed gardening and painting. CCH Board member Bonnie Goldner will offer a personal tour of the Home and relate some of its history and achievements for those who are interested. Details of project.
Cleveland, Ohio at Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Columbus, Ohio at Cancer Support Community Center of Central Ohio
Coordinators: Rachel (Jones) Kelly '95 & Keri Butler '02
Project: The Cancer Support Community (CSC) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing free emotional support, education and hope for people with cancer and their loved ones. We will be stuffing swag bags for The Cancer Support Community Center 10th annual "Night of Chocolate” Event. While there, we will also get to learn more about the organization and how they support the Columbus community with services, exercise and nutrition classes. Details of project - phone updated.
Columbus, Ohio at Furniture Bank of Central Ohio
Coordinators: Samantha Allen '05
Project: The Mission of the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio is to provide FREE FURNITURE to central Ohio families and individuals struggling with POVERTY and other severe life challenges. Our Vision is for ALL central Ohio families to live in furnished homes, thereby relieving suffering, strengthening family units, improving quality of life and building a better community. We’re going to be building furniture. No experience required – they provide the instructions, tools, and safety equipment! Details of the project.
Fairport Harbor, Ohio at Fairport Harbor Lighthouse & Marine Museum
Coordinator: Dan Maxson '79
Project: The Fairport Harbor Historical Society is inside the 1825 lighthouse and keeper’s dwelling. This is a non-profit museum maintained by the historical society since 1945. Seeking 12 volunteers; goals include cleaning basement and inventory basement collection (3-4 volunteers), clean second floor windows from inside (3-4 volunteers), catalog museum library collection (2-3 volunteers), paint outdoor safety handrails (one volunteer), paint cellar doors (one volunteer), paint capstan stripes (one volunteer). Details of project.
Hiram, Ohio at Little Village Early Learning Center
Coordinator: Amy (Saito) Calapa '07
Project: Little Village is an early learning center for toddler and preschoolers ages 18 months to 5 years old. The center was started just over a year ago to support the Hiram and surrounding communities. We will be helping to build onto the playground. They have been working to create an interactive and imagination inspiring area for the children. Projects will include basic carpentry (nailing siding, trim, fence pickets, siding and roofing a small play house, etc…) and perhaps some painting/staining. There may also be some landscaping if we have folks that would prefer or we need additional projects. A group of twelve is our ideal number for this project. Details of project.
Hiram, Ohio at James A. Barrow Field Station
Coordinator: Kevin Pearce '05
Project: The James H. Barrow Field Station is an active research and educational facility and an extension of Hiram College. Our project for the day will be cutting and removal of the invasive, thorny, multi-flora rose. Details of project.
Indianapolis (Noblesville), Indiana at Third Phase - TIME CHANGE TO 1:00 P.M.
Coordinator: Mike Myers '83
Project: Third Phase is a Christian Center that is a 33-room house on 10 acres of land for women. We have space to think, work, study, and recover. General indoor and outdoor activities will be available depending on the weather and your personal preference. There is always a lot of things to do on any day including lawn work, moving furniture, sorting clothes, cleaning & stocking the food pantry, etc. Details of project.
Indianapolis, Indiana at Gleaners Food Bank
Coordinator: Teresa Conroy-Roth '90
Project: Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, solicits, stores, and distributes food and critical grocery products to qualifying agencies who serve the public directly. Among those agencies are food pantries, soup kitchens, halfway homes, and emergency shelters. We will be assisting clients with food distribution and administrative tasks of checking in clients. Details of project.
Jacksonville, Florida at Jacksonville Humane Society
Kirtland, Ohio at Holden Arboretum for Rescue Village
Coordinator: Susan Widmar '98
DIFFERENT DATE -- SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 20th
Project: Geauga Humane Society's Rescue Village goes above and beyond for the animals and for the people of northeast Ohio. We will be carrying and setting up car ports, tents, tables, chairs, unloading truck and reloading some supplies in preparation for Rescue Village’s fundraiser, Woofstock, which will be held on Sunday, September 21st. Details of project.
Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota at Second Harvest Heartland
Coordinator: Joel Ingersoll '96
Project: Second Harvest Heartland’s mission is to end hunger through community partnerships. Working closely with our network of partners, volunteers and donors, our aim is to efficiently and effectively end hunger. The groundwork we’ve laid through programs and community ties goes a long way toward meeting these goals. They distribute more than 51 million pounds of food and grocery products annually to nearly 1,000 food shelves, soup kitchens, shelters and programs in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. We’ll do whatever they need including, but not limited to, packing tortillas to bagging onions. Details of project.
Phoenix, Arizona at Welcome to America Project
Coordinator: Manya Paul '90
Project: The Welcome to America Project is a nonprofit organization that creates community connections and builds bridges of neighborly understanding by providing furniture, basic necessities, education, and additional resources to newly arriving refugees. The project for the day will include loading boxes of household essentials into cars and delivering to apartment complex, help unload furniture and/or unpack the boxes for each family, and personally meet the refugees, welcome them to Phoenix, and learn a little about them. Details of project.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at Grow Pittsburgh
Coordinator: Nicholas Michalenko '11 and Christine (Cooper) Yockel '08
Project: we will assist with work at the Bandi Schaum Field by helping with general maintenance (weeding, mulching, composting) and possibly building small construction projects. Details of project.
Ravenna, Ohio at Disciples of Christ Church
Coordinator: Maureen (Early) Mattern '71
Project: We will be making child quilts for Ronald McDonald House of Akron. Easy, sit-down work. If you can tie a square knot, you can make a quilt! Details of project.
Syrcause, New York
Toledo, Ohio at EnPuzzlement
Coordinator: Brenda (Simmers) Leady '89
Project: EnPuzzlement is a resource warehouse that aids other non profit organizations with their missions. They are a private organization run on a completely volunteer base of family and friends to provide a resource center loaded with canned goods, boxed items, hygiene supplies, pet supplies, cleaning products and always a few surprises - filled with corporate donations. Our activities will include restocking, organization, and inventory. Details of project.
Warren, Ohio at Trumbull Art Gallery
Coordinator: Karen (Thompson) Scher '89
Project: 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. TAG is planning a move, so they need help with general cleaning, reorganizing supplies, and inventory preparation. Details of project - address updated.
Warren, Ohio at Birds in Flight Sanctuary
Coordinator: Karen (Thompson) Scher '89
DIFFERENT DATE -- SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 6th
Project: Birds in Flight Sanctuary was founded in 1992 to provide rescue, rehabilitation, and medical care of sick, injured and orphaned birds of prey and waterfowl. By providing a safe place to rest their wings, Birds in Flight Sanctuary offers a second chance at flight. Through public education and research, they hope to ensure their future for years to come. They receive no federal, state or local funding. Volunteers will be working on new drains, netting repair, yard work and other general cleaning projects. Details of project.
Washington, D.C. at Fort Foote National Park
Coordinator: John C. Davis '66
Project: Fort Foote is one of the original forts built during the Civil War to project the Nation's Capital. Our project will be to clean up trash and debris from the banks of the Potomac River bordering Fort Foote National Park. Details of project.
Youngstown, Ohio at Dorothy Day House
Coordinator: Anita Gallo '96
Project Details of project to follow.