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Games Galore with Veterans

HandsOn volunteers will participate in an evening of games with male and female veterans at the Veterans Domiciliary. Games include: board games, chess, checkers, card games, and dominoes. Modifications to the project may be made to accommodate volunteers with limited mobility. The Veterans Domiciliary, located on the Wade Park Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus, is a state of the art residential care facility that combines rehabilitative clinical services with supportive case management services for homeless veterans. Based on the therapeutic community model, Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), provides a range of rehabilitative care and support to foster veterans’ functional independence and develop a mutual support network with fellow veterans. Volunteers of America is a national, non-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Things to Remember: It is advised to leave your valuables either at home or securely in your vehicle. Age Limits: This project is for volunteers age 16 and up. All volunteers under 18 must fill out and bring a youth waiver form signed by a parent or legal guardian. If you would like to bring a non-oriented volunteer (friend/family member) please email the Opportunity Leader to request permission and reserve a guest spot. Special Driving Directions: Volunteers should park in the parking garage attached to the building and enter through the front entrance. The full address of the project links to a special map. Click here for pictures.

6/22/18 6:00 PM +more

GED Tutoring at Merrick House

HandsOn volunteers will work one-on-one with Merrick House students in helping them prepare for their GED test, including reading/writing, science, social studies and math practice work. Modifications to the project may be made to accommodate volunteers with limited mobility. This project requires an extended commitment. See the chart below. For every month that you sign up, there are a series of required dates (ex. If you sign up for the October date, you must volunteer on October 6, 13, 20, and 27). For the first session of each month, you must arrive at 5:30 for an orientation and to take practice tests/familiarize yourself with materials. All other sessions you can arrive at 6:15 pm. MONTH DATES YOU MUST ATTEND April 3, 10, 17, 24 May 1, 8, 15, 22 June 5, 12, 19, 26 July 10, 17, 24 Merrick House has served Tremont and the surrounding communities for more than 90 years. In the settlement house tradition, it has a rich history of providing programs and services to the community in areas such as child care, youth services, and adult education. Age Limits: This project is for volunteers age 18 and up. Where to Meet your Leader: It is advised to leave your valuables either at home or securely in your vehicle. This project has down time depending on the number of students that attend each session so it is helpful to bring a book or something to fill your time. Things to Remember: Meet in the tutoring room on the 2nd floor. Special Driving Directions: There is street parking available in front of the Merrick House.

6/26/18 6:15 PM +more

Food and Fellowship at Hope Lodge

HandsOn volunteers help prepare a main dish and dessert for approximately 35 individuals and families staying at Hope Lodge. Once dinner is prepared volunteers will help serve the meal. Modifications to the project may be made to accommodate volunteers with limited mobility. Hope Lodge is a unique home away from home for people who need temporary, comfortable, supportive accommodations offered free of charge during cancer treatment. For its guests, Hope Lodge offers 31 guest rooms with a private bedroom/bathroom suite and shared kitchen, library, dining room, living room, and surrounding gardens. Hope Lodge provides a positive environment for those seeking either privacy or the supportive fellowship of others experiencing similar circumstances and emotions. Age Limits: This project is for volunteers age 18 and up. If you would like to bring a non-oriented volunteer please email the Opportunity Leader to request permission and reserve a guest spot. Things to remember: Dress comfortably and wear sensible, closed toe shoes. Leave your valuables at home or in your vehicle. Volunteers should not attend if they are feeling sick because of compromised immune systems. Where to Meet Your Leader: On the main floor. Walk past the welcome desk and the kitchen will be on the left. (If the outside door is locked, use the intercom to call and a staff member will come let you in.) Special Directions: Volunteers can park in the "volunteer" parking spaces or on the one way street near the Lodge. If those are full, please check in with the receptionist to get a parking pass for an adjacent parking garage. Once you get a pass, you will exit the Lodge toward Euclid to enter the garage on your left hand side.

7/5/18 5:00 PM +more

Delivering Good Eats with Lorain County Office on Aging (LCVC)

Lorain County Volunteer Connection volunteers help deliver grocery bags to low income senior citizens and persons with limited mobility in cities and neighborhoods of Lorain County. We will meet at the Office on Aging to pick up the food and our route assignments. We will deliver the groceries to our route, checking in on the seniors and making note of any concerns. The Lorain County Office on Aging strives to improve the health of seniors & disabled adults through: assessment, benefits assistance, support services to remain independent for as long as possible, linkage/referral, transportation assistance, home food delivery, housekeeping, chore assistance, food pantry services, volunteer placement, kinship services and Senior Years newspaper. Age Limits: This project is for volunteers ages 4 and up. Volunteers under the age of 16 must volunteer alongside a parent, guardian, or group leader. All volunteers under 18 must fill out and bring a youth waiver form signed by a parent or legal guardian. Things to remember: This project requires driving. It is a good idea to drive with someone else who can help navigate, this person (co-pilot) does not have to be an oriented volunteer, so bring a friend! If you have a GPS, it is a good idea to bring it. Also, make sure you have a cell phone because after you deliver to one house, you’ll be calling the next house to let them know that you’re on your way. Please drive safely and always make sure your car is stopped and pulled over to dial a phone number. Where to Meet your Leader: On the 2nd floor. Take a left out of the elevator, walk past the welcome desk and the sorting room will be on the left. (If the outside door is locked, use the intercom to call and a staff member will come let you in). If you would like to bring a non-oriented volunteer (youth volunteers under the age of 16 or a friend/family member) please email the Opportunity Leader to request permission and reserve a guest spot. This project is part of the partnership between HandsOn NEO and United Way of Greater Lorain County to expand volunteer opportunities in Lorain County. Wherever you live or work, we would love to have you join us for these projects managed by volunteer leaders through this partnership! Look for updates and projects tagged, "Lorain County Volunteer Connection!" or "LCVC!"

7/7/18 8:00 AM +more

Donation Sorting at MedWish International

HandsOn volunteers help sort, label and pack medical materials to be distributed to underserved populations worldwide. Modifications to the project may be made to accommodate volunteers with limited mobility. MEDWISH HAS MOVED! Please refer to the parking guide HERE for further instructions on the new location and parking. MedWish International is a non-profit organization committed to the recovery and recycling of donated medical supplies area healthcare providers must discard. These life-saving supplies are made available to those providing medical care in developing countries throughout the world. ** VOLUNTEERS NEW TO MEDWISH ARE ASKED TO ARRIVE AT 9:15 AM THE FIRST TIME THEY VOLUNTEER TO RECEIVE A SHORT ORIENTATION TO THE PROJCT FROM MEDWISH STAFF. Things to Remember: Dress comfortably in clothes you are willing to get dirty. Wear closed toe shoes, and leave valuables in your vehicle. Some heavy lifting may be required. Age Limits: This project is for volunteers age 13 and up. Volunteers under the age of 16 must volunteer alongside a parent, guardian, or group leader. All volunteers under 18 must fill out and bring a youth waiver form signed by a parent or legal guardian. If you would like to bring a non-oriented volunteer (youth volunteers under the age of 16 or a friend/family member) please email the Opportunity Leader to request permission and reserve a guest spot. Where to Meet Your Leader: New volunteers will meet in the orientation room - first door on the left once you enter the building. Return volunteers will proceed to the second floor bulk sorting area using the staircase - first door on the right once you enter the building. The warehouse is at the intersection of Payne Ave and E. 31st St. Parking is availble along E. 31st St or in the parking lot next to the buildling along E. 31st St. Enter the building through the door beneath the red awning with "HKM" written on it. Special Driving Directions: Click HERE for detailed driving directions.

7/7/18 9:30 AM +more

Cat Cuddling & Cage Cleaning at Lake Humane Society (Lake County)

HandsOn volunteers will assist the shelter by cleaning the cat cages and socializing with the cats and kittens while you clean. All necessary training will be provided onsite by the Volunteer Leader. Modifications to the project may be made to accommodate volunteers with limited mobility. The Lake Humane Society & Adoption Center provides a gentle and caring haven for the homeless, abandoned, and injured animals of Lake County and perseveres in defending and protecting animal life through education, integrity, and leadership. Age Limits: This project is for volunteers ages 16 and older. All volunteers under 18 must fill out and bring a youth waiver form signed by a parent or guardian. Things to Remember: Wear clothes that can get dirty and a pair of closed toe shoes. It is recommended that shoes worn at the shelter and not worn at a volunteer's home as it may spread disease to personal pets. Where to Meet Your Leader: Meet in the main lobby of Lake Humane Society. If you would like to bring a non-oriented volunteer (youth volunteers under the age of 16 or a friend/family member) please email the Opportunity Leader to request permission and reserve a guest spot. Special Driving Instructions: There is a sign on Tyler Rd for the Lake Humane Society. Parking is available onsite.

7/8/18 9:00 AM +more

Sowing and Growing with the New Agrarian Center and Farm (LCVC)

Volunteers get to spend an evening digging, planting, fertilizing, watering, composting and more with the New Agrarian Center in Oberlin. What we do will depend on the needs of the farm that week but always prepare to get dirty! Modifications to the project may be made to accommodate volunteers with limited mobility. The New Agrarian Center is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization that helps to build healthy, sustainable & equitable communities and local food systems through two key programs: - City Fresh provides naturally grown, local produce at weekly Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fresh Stop's in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties. - The George Jones Farm is a 70 acre research farm with a rich complex of market gardens, learning spaces, naturally designed buildings, restored wetland, prairie, and woodland habitats. The goal is to train the next generation of farmers while inspiring an ethic of earth care. Age Limits: This project is for volunteers age 12 and up. All volunteers under 18 must fill out and bring a youth waiver form signed by a parent or legal guardian. Volunteers under 16 must volunteer alongside a parent or guardian. Things to Remember: Wear clothes that can get dirty and a pair of closed toe shoes. Volunteers will spend most of the session outdoors, so dress appropriately for the weather. Bringing a bottle of water, a hat, and sunscreen is recommended for warmer months. The restroom at this project is an outhouse. Where to Meet Your Leader: Meet in the small gravel parking lot next to the greenhouses, all the way up the driveway. If you would like to bring a non-oriented volunteer, please email the Opportunity Leader to request permission and reserve a guest spot. Special Driving Instructions: The farm is located between State Route 20 and downtown Oberlin. This project is part of the partnership between HandsOn NEO and United Way of Greater Lorain County to expand volunteer opportunities in Lorain County. Wherever you live or work, we would love to have you join us for these projects managed by volunteer leaders through this partnership! Look for updates and projects tagged, "Lorain County Volunteer Connection!" or "LCVC!"

7/10/18 5:30 PM +more

Bag Packing with All Faiths Pantry

HandsOn volunteers help pack grocery bags that will be delivered to low income senior citizens and persons with limited mobility in a local apartment building. The mission of All Faiths Pantry is to deliver groceries to elderly people and others with challenges to mobility, each and every month, at no cost to recipients. Age Limits: This project is for volunteers ages 10 and up. All volunteers under 18 must fill out and bring a youth waiver form signed by a parent or legal guardian. Things to Remember: We will be packing bags in a warehouse. Dress in layers. Wear comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes. Where to Meet your Leader: Meet at the corner of Memphis Ave and W 48th St. at the entrance to the warehouse If you would like to bring a non-oriented volunteer (youth volunteers under the age of 16 or a friend/family member) please email the Opportunity Leader to request permission and reserve a guest spot. Special Driving Directions: The warehouse is located where on the corner of Memphis Ave and W 48th St. The entrance to the warehouse is accessible from W 48th St through the driveway, through the doors with awnings. Street parking is available along W 48th St.

7/12/18 6:00 PM +more

Beach Clean-Up with Drink Local Drink Tap

Volunteers will work to beautify Perkins Beach and Edgewater Beach by picking up litter and trash. Please see the schedule and Special Driving Instructions below for the location of the clean-ups. The goal of Drink Local. Drink Tap., Inc. is to creatively reconnect people to our local water. Removing the manufactured demand of plastic bottled water, reconnecting people to Lake Erie in water-safe ways though eco-friendly lakefront activities and helping advocate for partnerships that protect our shared water resources provide a comprehensive and focused path to reaching the group’s goals and objectives. 2018 Project Dates and Beach Locations: DATE LOCATION 4/22/2018 Edgewater Beach 5/12/2018 Perkins Beach 7/14/2018 Perkins Beach 8/5/2018 Edgewater Beach 9/1/2018 Edgewater Beach Things to Remember: Other groups will be volunteering, please check-in with the HandsOn NEO representative. Volunteers will be working outdoors. Please wear clothes you can work comfortably in and can get dirty. Closed toe shoes are required--rain boots or similar footwear are recommended. Dress appropriately for the weather. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a water bottle. Age Limits: This is a project for volunteers ages 8 and up. Volunteers under 16 must volunteer alongside a parent or guardian. All volunteers under 18 must fill out and bring a youth waiver form signed by a parent or guardian. If you would like to bring a non-oriented volunteer (youth volunteers under the age of 16 or a friend/family member) please email the Opportunity Leader to request permission and reserve a guest spot. Special Driving Instructions: PERKINS BEACH: We will be at lower beach near the entrance of Edgewater Park (West Blvd. entrance). Take the West Boulevard exit toward Lake Avenue from OH-2. Turn right on West Boulevard toward the lake and take a left at the 'T' in the road into the parking lot. EDGEWATER BEACH (BEACH HOUSE): We will meet near the Edgewater Beach House. From the OH-2, take the Edgewater Park exit and make the first right. Take the 3rd exit at the traffic circle to the parking lot. Park near the Edgewater Beach House.

7/14/18 10:00 AM +more

Delivering Good Eats with All Faiths Pantry

HandsOn volunteers help deliver grocery bags to low income senior citizens and persons with limited mobility in a local apartment building. Modifications to the project may be made to accommodate volunteers with limited mobility. The mission of All Faiths Pantry is to deliver groceries to elderly people and others with challenges to mobility, each and every month, at no cost to recipients. Things to remember: We will be caravanning from the warehouse to the apartment building (less than a mile) to deliver the groceries so please leave all valuables in your vehicle. Please bring a waterbottle as it can be very hot in the apartment building. Age Limits: This project is for volunteers age 16 and up. All volunteers under 18 must fill out and bring a youth waiver form signed by a parent or legal guardian. If you would like to bring a non-oriented volunteer (youth volunteers under the age of 16 or a friend/family member) please email the Opportunity Leader to request permission and reserve a guest spot. Special Driving Directions: The warehouse is located where on the corner of Memphis Ave and W 48th St. The entrance to the warehouse is accessible from W 48th St through the driveway, through the doors with awnings. Street parking is available along W 48th St.

7/14/18 10:30 AM +more

Get Serving at University Settlement

HandsOn volunteers will help serve the community meal, pack grocery bags, and serve clients in the Hunger Center at University Settlement. Modifications to the project may be made to accommodate volunteers with limited mobility. The mission of University Settlement is to offer the individuals and families we serve resources by which they can learn, grown, and thrive that meet the evolving needs of the Broadway/Slavic Village Community. Age Limits: This project is for volunteers ages 13 and up. Volunteers under the age of 16 must volunteer alongside a parent, guardian, or group leader. All volunteers under 18 must fill out and bring a youth waiver form signed by a parent or guardian. Things to Remember: Wear comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes. It is advised to leave your valuables either at home or securely in your vehicle. Park in the parking lot or on Czar Ave. Meet the Volunteer Leader in the lobby of the building. Where to Meet your Leader: Buzz in the door and sign in at the front desk. Then turn around and walk straight back from the office into the hunger pantry. Your leader will be waiting for you there. If you would like to bring a non-oriented volunteer (friend/family member) please email the Opportunity Leader to request permission and reserve a guest spot. Special Driving Directions: University Settlement is a green building that looks like a house/cottage.

7/17/18 5:30 PM +more

BINGO with Seniors at Eliza Bryant Village

HandsOn volunteers will provide a morning of games, conversations, and laughter for the residents of Eliza Bryant Village. Modifications to the project may be made to accommodate volunteers with limited mobility. Eliza Bryant Village has been meeting the needs of older adults in our community – and families like yours – for decades. Eliza Bryant’s tradition of care means helping seniors thrive through convenient access to the health services they need – from assisted living or skilled nursing to engaging social programs that help seniors pursue their passions and make new friends. Things to remember: Wear comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes; please leave all valuables in your car. Volunteers may be transporting residents in wheelchairs, here are some tips on how to best transport residents. Age Limits: This project is for volunteers ages 8 and up. Volunteers under the age of 16 must volunteer with a parent or guardian. All volunteers under 18 must fill out and bring a youth waiver form signed by a parent or legal guardian. If you would like to bring a non-oriented volunteer (youth volunteers under the age of 16 or a friend/family member) please email the Opportunity Leader to request permission and reserve a guest spot. Special Driving Instructions: Eliza Bryant has a parking lot available for volunteers. This is a youth-friendly, YVC project and youth are encouraged to sign up! HandsOn is proud to be an affiliate of the Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC). Our mission is to create volunteer opportunities to address community needs and to inspire youth for a lifetime commitment to service. The program offers volunteer projects for youth ages 11 to 18 on weekends, after school and during the summer. HandsOn Northeast Ohio's YVC is one of over 40 affiliates spread across North America.

7/21/18 10:00 AM +more