(As I update this listing, I will be putting new projects at the top)
Hi all! The holiday season is here (fa-ra-ra-ra-raaa, ra-raa-ra-raaa…my A Christmas Story reference LOL) and I know many of you get into the spirit of giving back and helping out, but maybe you aren’t too sure where to go or how to start…
Well, that’s what I’m here for! I have a few volunteer projects I have come across, and am doing my part in sharing them with YOU! If you have the time or know someone who does, please SPREAD THE WORD!!! It’s a lot to read here, so take your time; I put the dates/times in bold for you… :) ***OH YEAH, IF ANYONE HAS ANY PROJECTS FOR ME TO PROMOTE TO THE MASSES, PLEASE LET ME KNOW; I WANT TO HELP AS MUCH AS I CAN!!!***
~Eliza Jennings Home (14701 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland OH 44107) needs volunteers to help decorate the residence Tuesday December 3rd, anytime between 8am and 5pm. Small groups are welcomed. If interested please contact Nicole Foster, Volunteer Coordinator at 216-325-1244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
~The Emergency Assistance Center (9199 Olde Eight Road Suite C, Northfield OH 44067) needs volunteers to help wrap presents for client families on Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays between December 2nd-December 13th, between 10am and 2pm. If interested please contact Joyce Hunt, Executive Director at 330-467-7945.
~University Settlement (4800 Broadway Ave., Cleveland OH 44127) has several upcoming events in which volunteers are needed. There is a Thanksgiving Meal Tuesday November 26th from 6-7pm, a Holiday Meal Tuesday December 17th from 6-7pm, and a Holiday Gift Distribution on Thursday December 19th from 3-7pm. Please contact Allison Staszesky at 216-641-8948 or AStaszesky@universitysettlement.net.
~The 2100 Lakeside Emergency Men’s Shelter (2100 Lakeside, Cleveland OH 44114) has several opportunities for volunteers. They need help with serving (and in some cases helping to provide) breakfast/lunch/dinner to residents, computer lab, bible study, movie/discussion groups, and maintenance projects. These take place this upcoming weekend as well as future weekends, and times vary. If you would like additional information please contact Lydia Bailey, Coordinator of Volunteers at 216-649-7723 or LBailey@lutheranmetro.org
~Dress for Success Cleveland (2239 East 55th St, Cleveland OH 44103) will be conducting their year-end physical inventory. This event will require detail and accurate counting of the various types of garments in stock. We will be conducting this process Every Wednesday between 9:00am – 3:00pm or until completion. Even if your time will not allow you stay for the entire process, your assistance is can be helpful for any increment of time you may have available. A general training to get us started for the day will be conducted at 9:00am – 9:30am. Should you not be able to start at 9:00am, they can accommodate various start times. For additional information please contact Melony Butler, Executive Director at 216-881-6048 or email@example.com
~Great Lakes Theater in collaboration with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, is gearing up for the 25th anniversary production of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. This year, there will be a sensory-friendly performance at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 27 at the Ohio Theatre in Playhouse Square (1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH 44115), making live theater more accessible to children and adults on the autism spectrum and their families. For this special performance, accommodations will include a supportive audience environment, designated quiet areas, adjustments to light and sound and online resource materials. Forty volunteers are needed to make this theatrical experience enjoyable for the many guests who come to the Ohio Theater at Playhouse Square for this unique holiday performance! The time commitment would be from 9:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on November 27th (the day before Thanksgiving). While experienced Playhouse Square ushers will be on hand to help guests find their seats and answer questions about the theater, additional volunteers are needed in the isles to guide guests and families to the restrooms, to areas where specially designed activities can be enjoyed, and to quiet areas which will be available for those who may need to rest or regroup. Additional volunteers will serve as greeters at various theater entrances. A few volunteers are needed to assist staff representatives from sponsoring organizations with the activity tables. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided during the volunteer orientation which begins at 9:15 a.m.
As a “thank you” for volunteers, the Theatre has generously offered one complimentary ticket to a future performance of A Christmas Carol, plus any additional tickets at half price. Volunteers are asked to wear black dress slacks. The Theatre will be providing a red t-shirt for identification purposes. Volunteers should be 14 and older, possess a positive and calming demeanor, and have the stamina to be on their feet for two to two- and-a-half hours. For additional information please contact Sue Duffy, Volunteer Manager at 216-736-2722 or duffy.susan@cuyahogaBDD.org
~On Thursday December 5th between 10am-2pm, nursing home residents at McGregor (14900 Private Drive, East Cleveland OH 44112) will each decorate a wreath to be hung on their door. They will need one-on-one assistance to attach assorted ornaments of their choice to their wreath. They will also put a bow on their wreath. This project is fun and therapeutic on many levels. The one-on-one experience gives the residents the opportunity to have someone to talk to and to care specifically about their wreath. It is also helpful for residents to enjoy the holiday spirit and their decorated doors will give their home a festive feel.There is no experience necessary. Any one that can twist floral wire onto a wreath is welcome to help our residents. For additional information please contact Judy Simon, Volunteer Manager at 216-851-8200 x.1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
~Family Promise of Greater Cleveland (3470 East 152 St, Cleveland OH 44120) encourages volunteers to come have fun and help decorate. Volunteers will be asked to sort holiday supplies, decorate the Big Room, hallways, apartment
doors, etc. This project takes place on Saturday December 7th, from 9am to 12pm. For more information please contact Twyla Turner, Development Associate at 216-767-4060 or tturner@familypromiseCLE.org
~On Saturday December 7th from 12pm-4pm, the Holiday Fair at Laura’s Home (18120 Puritas Ave, Cleveland OH 44135) is going to include a variety of activities for all age groups. Activities include face painting, Thanksgiving and Christmas crafts, a Bible activity and photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Also featured will be gift station booths for boys, girls, and moms, where the children can purchase new, donated gifts for family members at a cost no higher than $2.00. Individuals or groups can adopt-a-booth and help by decorating, shopping and helping the children pick out the perfect gift for a loved one. Volunteers are also needed to help children wrap gifts. Can’t help on the day of? Help is needed collecting items such as gifts for all age groups, gifts for moms, shopping bags to use at the gift stations, wrapping paper, gift bags, tissue paper, ribbons, and gift cards & bus tickets to use as prizes. For additional information please contact Leah Uveges, Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com
~LakewoodAlive (14701 Detroit Avenue #LL10, Lakewood OH 44107) needs volunteers for the annual Light Up Lakewood event on Saturday December 7th between 4pm-8pm. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks before, during and clean-up after Light Up Lakewood, the city’s premiere holiday event. For more information contact Lauren Meuler at 216-310-2256, or Ian Andrews, Executive Director at 216-521-0655 or firstname.lastname@example.org
~Providence House is hosting its annual Deck The House Live & Silent Auction at the AT&T City View Lounge in FirstEnergy Stadium (100 Alfred Lerner Way). The event is held on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 from 5:30 – 9:30 pm, with event preparation taking place throughout the day. Volunteers are needed to help with event set-up during the day and the Silent Auction portion of our evening program. Volunteers will monitor the auction items displayed on the tables, and will answer guest questions or direct guests to a staff member for assistance.
4 shifts are available:
- 9 am to 11 am, event set-up
- 1 pm to 3 pm, event set-up
- 5:30-7:30 pm, silent auction help
- 7:30-9:30 pm, silent auction help
Complimentary valet parking, food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided for all volunteers…plus access to this incredible event! There are no training requirements for these volunteers; must be able to stand for a 2-hour time period. Dress code for the event is business casual. For More information please contact Molly Golish, External Relations Coordinator at 216-651-5982 x.225 or email@example.com