Hiram College Alumni Volunteer Day
Saturday, September 12th
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 REGISTER.
Click here to see participants registered.
Akron, Ohio has been CANCELLED
Ashtabula County, Ohio at Kelloggsville Cemetery
Coordinator: Deborah (Staudt) Fazenbaker '91
Project: Volunteers will be painting the cemetery's chapel.
Details: Last year our group took a small, neglected cemetery chapel and refurbished it into a peaceful sacred space where folks can meditate and pray. THIS year we would like to paint the exterior of the building, clean up the landscaping, and (hopefully) replace or refresh the cross.. Details of project. Click here to view accomplishments from last year to explain what is left for this year.
Boston (Waltham), Massachusetts at Meadowscaping for Biodiversity
Coordinator: Barbara (Spielman) Passero '68
Details: This is an exciting fair with displays/activities from all types of Waltham nonprofit organizations and Massachusetts small businesses. There are two stations for volunteers: staffing a display/information table with photo booth, exhibit materials and raffle items. At the meadow site itself, volunteers will lead activities for children and other visitors. Details of project.
Brunswick, Georgia at The Well - Hospitality Center for the Homeless
Coordinator: Anne (Najeway) Vainer '80
Project: FaithWorks offers pastoral care, case management, food, financial assistance, home maintenance, transportation, and a host of other services to meet the needs and poverty needs in Glynn County, Georgia and the surrounding southeast Georgia area FaithWorks began in 1995 as a ministry of the United Methodist Church to create models of ministry beyond the walls of the local. We will be helping to clean-up the grounds of the building by pulling weeds, mowing the lawn, and cleaning flower beds, etc. Details of project.
Chicago, Illinois at Feed My Starving Children - 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
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 at Christian Church
Coordinator: Maureen (Early) Mattern '71
Project: We will be making baby quilts for the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Liberty Campus. It's an easy to do, indoor sit-down activity and no experience is necessary. If you can tie a square knot, you can make a quilt! Details of project.
Cleveland, Ohio at George Washington Carver STEM School
Coordinator: Joan Arrington '86
Project: Volunteers will participate in a school beautification project. One opportunity consists of gardening existing flower beds and/or adding new flowers and plants around the school. Another involves painting a designated area marked for improvement within the school. Details of project.
Cleveland, Ohio at Redline Greenway Project
Coordinator: Lauren Lanphear '79
Project: The Rotary Club of Cleveland has maintained the area around the W 25th St Rapid Station for 39 years. The area maintained has grown to two (2) miles of trackside. We will be helping with maintenance of lawn, shrubs, trees, flowers, etc… The Redline Greenway will eventually become a 3-mile linear park with a multi-purpose trail managed by Cleveland MetroParks. Details of project.
Cleveland, Ohio (West) at West Side Catholic Center - 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Coordinator: Sara Thomas '09
Project: This event is capped at a total of 10 participants
We will be preparing and serving food in the women’s and children shelter. As the sponsor group we are responsible for providing (bringing in), preparing and serving dinner. There are 32 residents (15-16 children ages newborn to 15 years old) and their moms. The kitchen is fully stocked with any meal preparation supplies we may need and in the backyard there is a brand new gas grill to utilize. Dinner can be served at 6:00 PM. The time frame for the group is 5:00 - 7:00 PM. The menu for that night includes burgers, hot dogs, mac and cheese, corn on the cob, baked beans, fruit, brownie sundaes for dessert. In addition to preparing and serving the meal, please feel free to visit with and/or do an activity with the children. This includes crafts, games, playing outside, music, etc. Details of project.
Cleveland, Ohio (Central) at Cleveland Christian Home
Coordinator: Chris Schmitt '04
Project: The Cleveland Christian Home, founded by the Disciples of Christ in 1900, is a haven of hope and healing for children, youth and families struggling with mental illness, abuse and neglect. Last year, they served over 700 children and their families through a variety of residential and community-based programs. Hiram College has a long standing relationship with CCH thanks to our shared faith background and our commitment to the community. We will be doing general yard work (raking and bagging leaves, cleaning out flower beds, trimming shrubs, picking up debris, etc.) to spruce up the grounds and help ready the property for the winter. If the weather is bad, an indoor project will entail packing items, bagging trash, dismantling shelves, etc. CCH would provide all the necessary materials for this project. Details of project.
Columbus, Ohio at Foodbank Farm
Coordinator: Jennifer Hogue '07
Project: This event is capped at a total of 20 participants
The Clarfield Urban Farm is part of Urban Farms of Central Ohio, a non-profit urban farming business that takes vacant and/or underutilized land and transforms it into thriving, community farms. We seek to provide underserved communities with increased access to local produce, jobs and job training, and education about fresh produce and improved diet. Clarfield Urban Farm has a production space of three acres and we need lots of help with the farm for the 2015 growing season! We welcome experienced gardeners who want to contribute their growing skills to
help others, as well as first time gardeners who want to learn how to grow food while giving back. Details of project.
Columbus, Ohio at Book Sorting Warehouse
Coordinator: Samantha (Allen) Davis '05
Project: The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Reach Out and Read program utilizes thousands of doctors and nurses who promote early literacy and school readiness to young children and their families in all 50 states. Each year, medical providers at the nearly 5,000 Reach Out and Read program sites nationwide distribute 6.5 million books to children and invaluable literacy advice to parents. We will be in the book sorting warehouse, helping to sort and weed out inappropriate books for distribution, i.e. stained or torn books. We will then be boxing up suitable books for shipment to the hospitals. Details of project.
Hiram, Ohio at Hiram College's Hurd Garden
Coordinators: Lucy Chamberlain '77 and Thomas Bacher '78
Project: Did you know that many of the gardens that grace Hiram’s campus have a story of their own? Whether it be the English Garden behind Bonney Castle or the medicinal Hurd Garden, the history of Hiram gardens is quite fascinating. Join us on Alumni Volunteer Day to learn more and be part of the conscious effort to make them the focal points they once were. Projects may range from the replanting of a sundial bed behind Pendleton to an early fall clean-up of Hurd Garden, a continuation of a handful of student gardening intern. The more of us, the more we can accomplish (the tasks are endless) and no experience is required. Details of project.
Hiram, Ohio at James A. Barrow Field Station
Coordinator: Kevin Pearce '05
Project: The James H. Barrow Field Station, located 3 miles east of Hiram, consists of 500+ acres of unique hardwood forests and fields. We will be cleaning up the area by harvesting prairie grass seed from the large prairie and removing invasive plants such as multi-flora, honeysuckle, etc. to allow native plants to grow. Details of project.
Indianapolis, Indiana at Gleaners Food Bank
Coordinator: Chris (McCrory) Smithhisler '88
Project: We will be working in the food panty, stocking shelves and assisting clients with food selection. Details of project.
Pensacola, Florida at Roger Scott Recreation Complex - 7:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Coordinator: Melissa Maskulka '07
Project: One of Pensacola’s 93 city park sites, Roger Scott Athletic Complex is home to a pool, dog park, tennis facility, baseball fields, and running trail. We will engage in basic park clean up to help keep Pensacola beautiful. Details of project.
Phoenix, Arizona at Welcome to America Project - Saturday, October 17th
Coordinator: Manya Paul '90 and Dave Farago '92
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 be packing boxes that will be delivered on another day. Details of project.
Syracuse, New York at Beaver Lake Nature Center
Coordinator: Connie (Drabant) Deshaies '83
Project: Over 300 volunteers are needed to ensure the success of the 38th Annual Golden Harvest Festival. The Festival is one of the most creative, family-oriented events Central New York has to offer. Volunteers will be assisting with whatever the Festival needs such as greeting visitors, directing parking, setting up for performances and helping with sales in the gift shop, used book store or coffee stand. Details of project.
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.
Twin Cities, 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.
Union, Kentucky has been CANCELLED
Warren, Ohio at Birds in Flight Sanctuary
Coordinator: Mary Janet (Brosius) Smith '60
Project: 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 Washington Triathlon - NEW TIMESLOT 12:00 Noon - 4 PM
Coordinator: Andrea Wohleber '09
Project: We’ll be volunteering our time to support the 10th Annual Events DC Nation’s Triathlon to Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (L&LS). LLS funds research to improve treatments and identify cures for blood cancer. While the triathlon takes place on Sunday, preparation activities take place on Saturday. We’ll be working at the ‘Sports & Fitness Expo’ at the Washington Hilton to help event staff at the athlete packet pick-up/registration, and help distribute packets, T-shirts, and goodie bags. Updated details of project.