Buckeyes Give: Month of Service
Each April the alumni association hosts the Month of Service calling Buckeyes from across the country to organize service projects in their local communities. This year Buckeyes organized 64 projects in 20 states with more than 1,300 volunteers!
In Cincinnati, 40 volunteers packed 18,000 meals donated to the Freestore Foodbank.
In Cleveland, 100 volunteers packed 50,040 meals donated to the Greater Cleveland Foodbank and the Maple Heights Food Bank.
Thank you to all of the clubs and societies who organized projects across the country. Here is a snapshot of their work, sprinkled in with a few local efforts:
Air Force ROTC Society
Society volunteers supported the 1 Day for the KIA Run, an event that raises money and brings awareness to the sacrifices of fallen service members.
Six ASH alumni and friends baked a variety of yummy treats for the residents of the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus.
After touring the Global Village, a life-size, three-dimensional recreation of disaster scenes and examples of poverty in the U.S. and developing countries, at Matthew 25 Ministries, volunteers prepared hundreds of hand sanitizers for shipment to those in need.
Buckeyes in Charlotte assembled 200 bagged lunches for the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte. The shelter is undergoing renovations and has asked the community for support.
Circle K Alumni Society
Volunteers helped with the annual Tuttle Park Egg Hunt, a free community event. Eighty children were able to collect 1,000 eggs and play games and activities with their families.
Each year the University Kiwanis Club, Ohio State Circle K Alumni Society and the Ohio State Circle K Club sponsor the Rick Nini Spring Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. They served 145 people breakfast and raised $1,400 to support programs in the University District.
The University Kiwanis Club, Ohio State Circle K Alumni Society and the Ohio State Circle K Club co-sponsored the Hubbard Mastery School Spring Dance with the Hubbard PTO to provide a fun evening for 150 students and their families. They raised over $700 for future school programs.
Twenty-seven volunteers purchased, prepared and served 221 meals for the Banquet of Salem, a weekly meal open to everyone.
Fifteen Dentistry Buckeyes volunteered for Senior Service Saturday, visiting four homes to do yard clean-up and maintenance.
Forty-two Detroit Buckeyes and friends worked at Gleaners Food Bank pulling customer orders and sorting and packing yams.
Erie County Buckeyes cleaned, mulched and planted at Facer Park on Lake Erie, a tribute to Sandusky’s involvement with the Underground Railroad.
Greenville Buckeyes volunteered at the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore organizing the stockroom, assembling new furniture, cleaning donated furniture, creating displays in the showroom and unloading a large truck of donations.
At a homeless shelter called City Mission of Findlay, volunteers helped prepare, serve and clean up after a meal. They also donated $240 worth of fresh meat for the organization’s “Let’s Meat the Need” drive.
At KARM, five Knoxville Buckeyes assisted store employees to sort, tag and prepare donated clothes for resale. Their time helped to pay for 50 meals at the KARM food center.
Seven Buckeyes volunteered at God's Pantry sorting donations.
In Louisville, Buckeyes volunteered for Mayor Fisher's “Give-A-Day Week” by helping to assemble over 2,100 emergency disaster kits for storm ravaged areas.
New York Capital Region
At the Salvation Army Food Bank, volunteers stocked food, organized clothing, tools and toys, cleaned a game room, stocked the freezer, made sandwiches and spruced up the entire building.
Forty-five Buckeyes volunteered with CROS Ministries to pick over 7,700 pounds of green peppers in three hours from fields that would not have been harvested otherwise to donate to local food banks.
Buckeyes raised $1,000 to fight ALS by participating in the Walk to Defeat ALS.
Local alumni participated in the United Way of Ross County’s weekly drive to reduce levels of food insecurity in all Ross County school districts by providing 200 bags full of shelf-stable, nutritious and easy-to-prepare food for children.
Seattle Buckeyes cleaned up 100 pounds of trash in two hours from Gas Works Park with Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and Seattle Parks and Rec.
Seven Broward County alumni teamed up with Feeding South Florida to rescue 3,000 pounds of food which equates to 2,590 meals!
Thirty-six Stadium Scholarship alumni joined thirty-one current Stadium Scholars students to create over 75 capes that were delivered to patients at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Buckeyes volunteered at the Harry Chapin Food Bank sorting donated food. The center distributes food to 170 agencies in five counties in Southwest Florida.
More than $1,000 worth of personal care and cleaning items were donated to students and their families at Weirsdale-Staton Elementary School. Volunteers also collected food items to sustain the families during the summer months. Eighty percent of the student body is below poverty level and the school provides free lunches and breakfast for all students.
Buckeyes ran a water station for the Run for Home Half Marathon that raised funds for Habitat for Humanity of East Central Ohio.
Van Wert County
The Van Wert County Master Gardeners hosted a mulching and cleanup event at the Smiley Park Children’s Garden. Fifty-two volunteers, ages 6 to 95, came out and helped spread 48 yards of mulch.
Buckeye volunteers, ages 7 to 70, planted six trees as part of the Mayor’s Greening Initiative with a total of 300 trees planted by 400 volunteers.
The NW Arkansas Club hosted a high-energy, feed-the-funnel party with The Pack Shack to pack 3,968 meals to be donated to local food pantries.
Enthusiastic Buckeye volunteers spent three hours cleaning up trash from Pelican Beach Park with supplies provided by Keep Brevard Beautiful.
Buckeyes assisted with check-in, handed out water, revved up the crowd and even tossed color on the runners at the Second Harvest Foodbank Color Run!
Charleston Buckeyes, some with no experience, framed this house with Habitat for Humanity.
A group of Charleston Buckeyes sorted food at the Lowcountry Food Bank.
Volunteers assembled 225 weekend food packs for children identified as "at risk and in need" by their school in cooperation with Empower Youth.
College of Food Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
CFAES volunteered at the Highland Youth Garden in the Hilltop neighborhood of Columbus. The 17 volunteers cleared out spots for raised beds, marked and mulched garden pathways, hung a shade screen, dug holes and poured concrete for vertical gardens and weeded beds in the greenhouse.
A second group from CFAES - The Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership Centennial Committee - volunteered with the garden.
Volunteers picked up trash at the Dallas Riggs Park so that neighbors can enjoy a clean park.
Denver Buckeyes volunteered at a charity 5K benefiting Denver’s Road Home, an initiative to end homelessness by providing shelter, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, job training and more.
Eighty-six Buckeye students, staff and community members volunteered with the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park. They planted a tree, filled a trash and a recycling dumpster full of debris, filled another dumpster with non-native species removed from along the trails and set up an educational table.
Sixteen Buckeye volunteers made 60 meals at the Ronald McDonald House. They played bingo with the families, cleaned toys, stocked the soda machine, cooked dinners and sat down with families to hear their stories.
Hampton Roads, Virginia
Buckeyes held a cookout for the 2nd Precinct Police Department and collected canned and dry goods for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. They made 60 meals and amassed 150 items for donation.
The Alumni Club of Hawaii collected canned food and money during its Spring Game party.
Buckeye alumni, family and friends gathered on Santa Monica Beach South for a cleanup.
Club members volunteered at the Roadrunner Food Bank packing pinto beans for distribution to local families in need.
New York City Buckeyes
Buckeyes volunteered at the Bowery Mission which serves meals at multiple sites in Manhattan and Newark, New Jersey. Volunteers assisted with all the operations of the kitchen, including preparing and storing meals, sorting food donations, organizing the food pantry, serving lunch and cleaning up. They served 150 meals in total.
At Arizona Helping Hands, 60 Buckeyes made first aid kits, built back-to-school drive kits and donated birthday gifts for children in foster care.
Club members prepared a free community dinner at the First United Methodist Church in Mansfield.
Buckeyes in San Diego cleaned up 45 pounds of trash and 12 pounds of recycling across three miles of Mission Beach.
Alumni and their families made 200 Buckeye candies, then sold them on the Sonoma Plaza to raise $500 in just 90 minutes for victims of the recent wildfires.
Step Up for Stefanie’s Champions
Buckeyes volunteered for Step Up for Stefanie's Champions, a run/walk benefiting the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. The race honors those “champions” in the lives of cancer survivors.
Volunteers helped provide 1,500 meals for neighbors in need at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
With Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, volunteers participated in a beach cleanup and park bench reconstruction.
Suncoast Buckeyes packed food at the Feeding Tampa Bay foodbank.
Volunteers picked up more than 24 bags of trash from Golden Sands Public Beach Park along with the Florida Department of Wildlife.
University Hospital East
Fifteen Ohio State Hospital East staff members and community volunteers joined in a community cleanup effort around the hospital and picked up 35 bags of trash.
In Milwaukee, Buckeyes served 55 brunch meals at the Ronald McDonald House.
Young Buckeyes of Central Ohio
With Operation Buckeye, volunteers helped pack boxes and write letters to members of the military serving overseas.