Akron - Haven of Rest, 9 a.m. - noon
175 East Market Street
Akron, OH 44308
Haven of Rest is a faith based rescue mission, serving as a light to the homeless community in and around the Akron area, offering food, shelter, safety, drug rehabilitation and hope to those most in need. Volunteers will help with various projects on site.
Akron Canton Regional Foodbank, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - must register with the alumni association and the foodbank (foodbank registration directions) (site full - max # of volunteers reached)
350 Opportunity Pkwy
Akron, OH 44307 (on the corner of Opportunity and Dart Street – Dart is a one way street)
Volunteers will sort/inspect donated items, label bags for repack or label bottles for soap project, dispense liquid soap, repack bulk items into smaller quantities.
Akron Zoo, 9 a.m. - noon (must complete a waiver to volunteer at the zoo - Akron Zoo Waiver) (site full - max # of volunteers reached)
500 Edgewood Ave
Akron, OH 44307
Volunteers will be participating in horticulture and general beautification projects at the zoo. This includes trash removal to plant relocating to ditch digging. Volunteers also receive complimentary zoo admittance after volunteering. All volunteers must wear close-toed shoes.
Beachwood - The Gathering Place, 9 a.m. – noon (Hosted by KSU alumni/employees of Progressive)
23300 Commerce Park
Beachwood, OH 44122
The Gathering Place offers free programs and services that address the emotional, physical, spiritual and social needs of those touched by cancer. Volunteers will watch a video presentation to learn about The Gathering Place and then take a tour of the facility. Volunteers will be cleaning, organizing, and sprucing up children’s art and play spaces, prep kitchen, storage space, and public/administrative spaces. Weather permitting, cleaning out flowerbeds/patio/landscaped areas, moving patio furniture out of storage, cleaning and setting up.
Cleveland - Association of African American Cultural Gardens, 9 a.m. - noon (Host - Black Alumni Chapter)
Martin Luther King Dr.
Cleveland, Oh 44103
The purpose of this organization is to develop and preserve the Association African American Cultural Gardens. They promote education and encourage interest in the African American culture and heritage by perpetuating a spirit of friendship among people of all nationalities. Volunteers will participate in a variety of outdoor activities, such as raking and bagging leaves, clearing debris from the site, removing weeds from the garden and planting flowers. Volunteers will be provided with lunch.
Cleveland Kids' Book Bank, 1-3 p.m. (Host - KSU employees of Sherwin-Williams)
3635 Perkins Avenue
Cleveland, Oh 44114
The Kid’s Book Bank is a fairly new organization (1 year) with the mission to foster improved literacy and a love of reading by providing free books to children in need. Volunteers will receive an overview of the organization and thorough understanding of how their volunteerism will impact the community. Alumni will be sorting books into appropriate age ranges/boxes. Several work stations will be set-up and families are welcomed to bring their children to assist in the sorting process. NOTE: Book donations are welcomed, especially needed are books for early childhood through 3rd grade and featuring minorities.
Cleveland - Greater Cleveland Food Bank, 9 a.m. – noon (Host - Cleveland Area Representative) must register with the alumni association and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank (food bank registration directions)
15500 South Waterloo Rd
Cleveland, OH 44110
Volunteers will help prepare for the food bank’s “Market at the Food Bank” event taking place the following day. Dress accordingly; working inside a warehouse and wear closed-toe shoes.
Cleveland - The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Host - Kent State LGBTQ+ Alumni Group)
6600 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102
Since 1975, The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Community Center of Greater Cleveland has been serving the needs of the LGBT+ community in Northeastern Ohio. Volunteers will assist with a variety of activities including cataloging the library of books and other resources used for programs, organizing other materials used for programs, cleaning up and preparing the community garden (weather permitting). Lunch will be provided for volunteers.
Cleveland - Ronald McDonald House, 1 - 3 p.m.
10415 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106 (entrance is located on East 105th Street)
Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland offers a place to call home at
little or no cost so families can access the best health care,
regardless of their location. Volunteers will do a variety of activities (no meal preparation this year) including yard work (weather permitting), cleaning rooms, kitchen cabinets, sorting pull tabs & office work.
Columbus - Camp Mary Orton, 9 a.m. – noon (Host - Central Ohio Alumni Chapter)
7925 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43235
Camp Mary Orton has been serving children and families since 1910 by helping provide an enriching summer experience for at-risk youth in Columbus, who otherwise would be unable to participate in everything a magical place like camp offers. Volunteers will work either indoors or outside weather permitting. General grounds beautification is needed outside; weeding flower beds, picking up sticks and limbs from the winter, mulching and trail maintenance, possibly sealing decks, clearing out the drainage ditch along the camp road and possibly log splitting with a hydraulic splitter. Various spring cleaning projects are needed inside the camp.
East Sparta (Canton) - Save a Mom Pregnant Dog Resuce, 9 a.m. - noon (Host - Stark County ALumni Chapter)
1271 Downing St. SW
East Sparta, OH 44626
Save a Mom Pregnant Dog Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill rescue organization for unwanted pregnant dogs destined for euthanasia. Volunteers will assist with a variety of indoor (outdoor weather permitting) activities, including painting, sorting and organizing of supplies, towels for bedding, food and assembling bedding for dogs.
Kent - Habitat for Humanity Restore, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (site full - max # of volunteers reached)
1510 S. Water St
Kent, OH 44420 (in the old Callahan’s Carpet building/Save A Lot plaza)
ReStore sells low-cost building materials and home improvement products to the community to help fund Habitat’s mission. Volunteers will assist with stock, displays and inventory.
Kent - Be the Match, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Host - University Bands Alumni Chapter)
Kent State University Student Center (second floor)
1075 Risman Dr.
Kent, Oh 44240
Over the past 25 years, Be The Match, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world. The University Bands Alumni Chapter will be hosting a bone marrow drive. Volunteers are needed to walk donors through the registration process. Volunteers will help donors learn about becoming a bone marrow donor, fill out paperwork for the donation and a provide a cheek swab to be added to the registry. Additional volunteers are also needed to walk around the KSU Student Center and other parts of campus to advertise the Be The Match drive. All volunteers must attend a training at the Center for Performing Arts on Apr 6 at 6 p.m. (training will be live streamed for those who can't make it to campus). Additional training information will be sent out to registered volunteers). Alumni may also help by joining the bone marrow registry (about a ten minute commitment). No RSVP is required if you are only planning to become a donor (no bone marrow will be donated at this time). A special Kent State Be the Match registration link has been created for KSU alumni who wish to donate but are unable to attend the drive.
Newbury - Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity Restore, 9 a.m. - noon
12180 Kinsman Rd.
Newburry, OH 44065
ReStore sells low-cost building materials and home improvement products to the community to help fund Habitat’s mission. When you shop at ReStore, every purchase helps to build more affordable homes for families. Volunteers will assist with warehouse stock, displays, inventory and (weather permitting) making a new wooden sign for outside the building, and/or beautification projects.
New Philadelphia - Friends of the Homeless/Pathways to Wellness, 9 a.m. - noon
211 East High Street Avenue
New Philadelphia, OH
Friends of the Homeless has a simple mission to assist individuals and families in a faith-based environment to attain stability and permanent housing - Friends of the Homeless not only provides emergency shelter to those experiencing homelessness and displacement but also strives to provide them with the tools and services they need to find and retain employment and stable housing. Volunteers will be doing gardening and beatification of the grounds. If you have gardening tools, please feel free to bring them. The shelter may not have enough tools for all volunteers.
NS Massillon - Starks Parks, 8 - 11 a.m. (Host - Stark County Alumni Chapter)
Crystal Springs Trailhead
4503 Erie Ave.
NS Massillon, Oh 44647
The mission of the Stark County Park District is to acquire, preserve, and develop natural areas for passive recreation, conservation, education, and nature appreciation. Stark Parks service over 80 miles of walking/bicycling trails, 31 miles of equestrian trails, 13 parks, including 25 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, and 1,200 acres of lakes, ponds and reservoirs. Volunteers will be doing general clean-up and beatification of trailhead and river.
Painesville - Lake County Historical Society, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Host - Lake County Alumni Chapter)
415 Riverside Dr.
Painesville, OH 44077-5321
The group will be raking and weeding the gardens; scraping walls and painting a museum room(s), and other projects. Light jobs will be available for those volunteers who don't want to do physical work. Lunch will be provided for the volunteers. Volunteers can work all day or volunteer for an hour.
Ravenna - Loaves and Fishes, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (site full - max # of volunteers reached)
263 S. Prospect St.
Ravenna, OH 44266
Loaves and Fishes is an outreach ministry to feed those who are in need. Volunteers will have a variety of opportunities: participate in hall preparation, meal preparation, cleaning, and meal service (may dine with guests). Lunch will be provided to volunteers.
Wooster - Habitat for Humanity ReStore - 9 a.m. - noon (Host - Wayne County Area Representative)
6096 East Lincoln Way
Wooster, OH 44691
ReStore sells low-cost building materials and home improvement products to the community to help fund Habitat’s mission. When you shop at ReStore, every purchase helps to build more affordable homes for families. Volunteers will assist with stock, displays and inventory.