It’s difficult to find time to volunteer and get involved with organizations and entities that are actively making a difference in one’s community. The issue of population loss is also very difficult to address, however, I’ve found a few organizations and opportunities to volunteer and devote some of my time to actively make a difference in my issue. I think this will be exciting, fun, and challenging. A few of these organizations don’t directly tackle “population loss” because it is a broad, widespread issue. But these groups focus on a few root causes and community development that is essential to creating a lasting impact on the movement of people out of cities and its effect on the community as a whole.
Month of Action:
BUCKEYES GIVE: MONTH OF SERVICE 2018
Sat, April 07, 2018
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
This event joins Buckeyes across central Ohio to come together and make a difference in the community. Buckeyes across central Ohio will come together on April 7 to make a difference in our community. The day kicks off the Alumni Association’s annual Buckeye’s Give: Month of Service.
It focuses on making a difference on a variety of social issues, including: neighborhood and park beautification; senior assistance; food insecurity; homelessness; recycling/reuse; patient encouragement; and health and wellness.
Make welcome blankets for the Ronald McDonald house in Columbus: more information for this can be requested and it is an easy task to do in a group that indirectly improves the lives of children and families by donating necessary supplies.
Pop Tab Collection for the Ronald McDonald House: save pop tabs and help give hope to RMHC Families. The Ronald McDonald House collects the aluminum pop tabs from cans. They can generate thousands of dollars from their pop tab collection program every year. It’s an easy way to do something good and make a difference in the life of a seriously ill child. I can go around campus and collect pop tabs from dorms and dining halls and then donate these!
Work with the MidOhio Foodbank and organize donations of food from grocers, food distributors, farmers, and community members. This provides a much needed supplement to the food they receive from government agencies. Donating non perishable foods and fresh produce is a great way to help out and improve the surrounding community.
Another option is to organize donations of toiletries: a list of things they accept can be found on the website.
I can also participate in Faith Mission and serve dinner to homeless men, women, and children. There are hundreds of persons each day who are forced to live “in the open”, on the streets, in abandoned buildings, on railroad land and under bridges. Cut off, excluded and left behind they turn to The Open Shelter.
THE TOPIARY PARK IN COLUMBUS, OHIO – AN ARTIST’S VISION: help clean and maintain the topiary park in Columbus. this provides necessary green space for all community members and creates an atmosphere that encourages equality and growth.
-as an individual I can go to parks and pick up trash, clean vandalism, and make them more enjoyable for ALL citizens of Columbus. Sometimes public spaces can be created in a way that doesn’t include diversification. Cleaning up the parks along the Olentangy Trail and within the City can help address this issue and improve them.
Across the nation people are hungry for opportunities to transform their communities for the better. HandsOn Central Ohio is an integral component to engaging and energizing this cultural movement of people who are so willing to give. HandsOn Central Ohio connects interested individuals and organizations with meaningful civic engagement opportunities in the communities in which we live and work. HandsOn Central Ohio also connects residents in need to social services, enabling them to create change in their lives.
I want to develop a more efficient way to connect students and community members to volunteer opportunities that truly interests them. Also these opportunities can be sorted by availability, type of work, how it helps the community, and location. This would entail communication among organizations, a network, and an accessible organization strategy.
I am for sure doing the Buckeye month of action: there are two events for this date, the Ronald McDonald house volunteer opportunities, running in a 5k on Campus that I have to organize, working with AFROTC group for a volunteer project TBD and volunteering at Topiary Park and other parks around Columbus.