Buckeyes Give: Month of Service
Over 1,300 Buckeye volunteers participated in 80 service projects in 18 states during the third annual Buckeyes Give: Month of Service in April. Volunteers made a huge impact in their local communities by organizing projects that benefited food banks, veterans, the environment, health, animals, seniors, education, and crisis support. The Office of Volunteer Relations, as well as alumni clubs and societies, colleges and individuals organized the projects. When Buckeyes come together for a cause, we really make an impact.
Buckeye volunteers joined the 4-H Walk and Serve and Clover 5K. This community event created 1,581 handmade items that were donated to 17 nonprofit organizations that will give the items to their clients.
Twenty-two Buckeyes packed 4,112 meals with The Pack Shack that were donated to the Manna Center in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
Association of Staff and Faculty Women (ASFW)
Association of Staff and Faculty Women (ASFW) meeting attendees collected 78 items, $100 in gift cards, and $30 in cash to donate to Ohio State’s STAR House, drop-in center for homeless youth.
Five members of the Atlanta club participated in the Community Assistance Center of Sandy Spring's service event, "Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs." Along with two other groups of volunteers, we processed 4,000 pounds of food for those in need in North Atlanta.
Bluegrass Alumni Club
Nine volunteers from the Bluegrass Alumni Club volunteered at God’s Pantry in Lexington, Kentucky sorting food and marking packages.
Four Brevard County Buckeyes participated in the Habitat for Humanity Workday. They joined the future homeowner and other volunteers to paint the interior of a home located in Melbourne, Florida. By the end of the day, all interior walls and ceilings had the first coat of paint. The Buckeyes were sweaty and paint-spattered, but smiling about a job well done!
Central Savannah River
Central Savannah River Buckeyes helped the Shepeard Community Blood Center in Evans, Georgia, by donating blood during the center’s April blood drive. They also prepared and served lunch to 40 volunteers who donated blood at the event.
Circle K Alumni Society
Twenty volunteers with the Circle K Alumni Society, University Kiwanis Club, and Ohio State Circle K Club helped with the Tuttle Park Easter Egg Hunt, a free event where over 60 children from toddler to 12 years old collected 1,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes.
Thirty-two volunteers with the Circle K Alumni Society, University Kiwanis Club, and the Ohio State Circle K Club provided support for the Rick Nini Spring Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. This is a semi-annual fundraiser for the University Kiwanis club to support programs and services in the University District including Neighborhood Services, Inc., Star House, University District Freedom School, Hubbard Mastery School, and the Tuttle Park Community Center. They served breakfast to 138 people and raised over $1,000 to benefit the community.
Twenty volunteers from the Alumni Club of Columbiana County packed 52,000 meals with The Pack Shack for families in need. We volunteered alongside the Salem Rotary Club, the Kiwanis Club, Boy Scout troops, church groups, and the Salem High School football team.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Alumni Society
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Society had a busy month volunteering! Three volunteers helped 15 Champion Middle School students build paper speakers to take home.
Four Electrical and Computer Engineering Society volunteers helped 100 K-8 students build a circuit game toy to keep.
Six Electrical and Computer Engineering Society volunteers helped 120 students make speakers and light up their initials in LED lights at the Ohio Science Olympiad.
Five Electrical and Computer Engineering Society volunteers helped with sorting, stocking and teardown work for the Franklinton Cycle Works used parts inventory. Volunteers could redeem their service hours for store credit, and purchase parts to retrofit bicycles for children with disabilities.
Three Electrical and Computer Engineering Society volunteers served dinner to 200 men in need at Faith Mission.
Seventeen volunteers from the Franklin County Alumni Club set up and served donated food to families staying at Ronald McDonald House.
Greenville Buckeyes volunteered with Make-A-Wish South Carolina to grant the wish of 7-year-old, AnnaLeigh, who has a blood disorder and wished to be Rapunzel.
Greenville Buckeyes also supported the Walk for Wishes by raising $200. They also helped set up, register walkers, prepare signs, distribute water to participants, and teardown after the event.
Human Resources, Office of
Ohio State’s Office of Human Resources organized seven projects for staff to participate in during the Month of Service. Nine volunteers assisted 25 adults with developmental disabilities who participated in a recreational game of wheelchair volleyball through a program with Goodwill.
Six Human Resources volunteers helped clients shop for their groceries at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank pantry.
Six Human Resources volunteers stocked the pantry shelves and perishable items, and helped with landscaping of the building at NNEMAP Pantry.
Five Human Resources kitchen helpers sorted three pallets of food-items for assembly into morning Meals-on-Wheels routes in the LifeCare Alliance kitchen.
Five Human Resources volunteers fulfilled 15 shopping basket orders for pantry clients in three hours at the LifeCare Alliance food pantry.
Two Human Resources volunteers prepped six rows of urban garden beds for planting of vegetables at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s Wheatland Urban Farm.
Three Human Resources volunteers sorted 500 printed materials for preparation of online sales at the Goodwill Warehouse.
The Health Care Network of Collier County held a Golf Tournament as a fundraiser. The funds all were marked for their CareMobile, a mobile dental unit. The Ohio State Alumni Club of Naples volunteers helped this charity group with the tournament, the dinner and the auctions, and cash call.
NYC Buckeyes volunteered for New York Cares Day, picking up trash and raking leaves in the green spaces of a local park.
Ten New York Buckeyes volunteered at The Bowery Mission homeless shelter.
Palm Beach County
The Alumni Club of Palm Beach County picked cucumbers in the local farm fields that were not going to be harvested due to lack of demand. They picked over 10,000 pounds of cucumbers that will be donated to the local Palm Beach County Food Bank. This year they had over 45 people. Adults and kids of all ages joined together for a great event. This year's scholarship winner for the annual club scholarship attended with her family, which was very nice to see her already paying forward!
Public Health, College of
Eight volunteers with the College of Public Health planted 28 trees at the Old Woman Creek Research Reserve and State Nature Preserve.
Fifty Buckeyes packed 20,000 meals with The Pack Shack which were donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
The Sacramento Alumni Club volunteered for the American River Parkway Half Marathon by staffing two fluid stations along the route. This is their second year volunteering for this event.
Seventeen San Diego Buckeyes cleaned up six bags of trash and five bags of recyclables from Mission Beach.
Fourteen intrepid Buckeyes volunteered at the Golden Gardens Park to remove invasive weeds and plant native species that return the forest to a more natural ecosystem.
Shelby County Alumni Club members gathered at the Sidney Middle School to volunteer for the local Special Olympics spring games. Several club members were official cheerleaders and others were responsible for escorting the athletes to their Olympic events. The event was a huge success and the club members have agreed to continue supporting the event in the future. They had a blast.
Ten volunteers with the Alumni Club of Southwest Connecticut volunteered with the Jericho Partnership, preparing meals for residents who are recovering from alcohol and drug addiction and going through rehabilitation.
Stadium Scholarship Society
Ninety-one alumni and students constructed capes for patients at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The capes help those children to feel like the heroes they truly are. They also wrote cards for servicemen.
Sixteen volunteers with the Treasure Coast Alumni Club cleaned up 76 pounds of debris and trash from the Round Island Beach Park as part of the Keep Indian River Beautiful campaign.
The Tri-County Alumni Club hosted a Casino Night fundraiser to raise money for the Ocala Forest Scholarship Program to send one freshman in the Ocala Forest to college for a two-year associate’s degree from any college in Florida.
A team of volunteers from University Marketing sanded and re-stained a huge community playground at Columbus Montessori Education Center.
Air Force ROTC Society
Air Force ROTC Society volunteered with “1 Day for the KIA,” setting up for a 12-hour run around the Oval to raise awareness for those killed in action while serving our country.
Alumnae Scholarship Housing Society baked cookies, fudge and muffins for residents at the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus.
Aviation Alumni Society
The Aviation Alumni Society of Ohio State co-sponsored the Airport Spring Cleanup at Don Scott Field. Alumni, along with students from aviation student organizations, Northwest Civic Association members, and other airport users, teamed up to tidy the Airport. Volunteers picked up 15 bags of trash along airport perimeters in preparation for two high-volume events at the airport.
Black Alumni Society
Thirty-five volunteers with the Black Alumni Society collected 155 pounds of household goods for Mid-Ohio Foodbank at the Jesse Owens Track and Field Classic.
Broward County Buckeyes volunteered at Feeding South Florida, sorting food and checking expiration dates. They rescued 10,100 pounds of food, which is the equivalent of 8,425 meals for local families.
Over 100 Buckeye volunteers participated in the Central Ohio Day of Service with LifeCare Alliance and Keep Columbus Beautiful. Volunteers supported Meals-on-Wheels by delivering 200+ meals, packaging 8,100 meal sides, and creating 48 bunny crafts to brighten seniors’ days. We also painted two rooms at the Columbus Cancer Clinic, beautified the yards of three seniors, stuffed 1,500 envelopes, donated 523 hygiene items, and picked up 50 bags of trash.
Eighty-four Buckeyes joined together at the Longaberger Alumni House for a high energy feed-the-funnel party with The Pack Shack. Volunteers packed 21,072 meals that were donated to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
City Music Columbus
The volunteers helped set up the room, prepare food, and assemble goodie bags for the successful fundraising event. After the event, they helped clean the kitchen and room. With their help, $1,573 was raised to support the CityMusic Columbus MORE program, which will make a huge impact on CityMusic's ability to provide music programs for underserved kids in Columbus.
Our club donated $250 to Empower Youth in addition to packing the weekend food bags. With the university’s assistance, we reconnected with an Alumna who had been actively involved with our fair food booth for scholarships years ago. She signed up and joined us that night and said she will be back to help us at the fair this year! We had a great time! We are going back in the fall again to help!
The Alumni Club of Dayton volunteers regularly with the Grotto Gardens at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. This month twenty volunteers spread nine large Bobcat ‘scoops’ of mulch around the gardens.
The Motorcity Buckeyes had 29 volunteers, including some who had never been to a Motorcity Buckeye event before, help at the Gleaners Community Food Bank. We filled orders for 15 food banks, packing 27,000 pounds of food, and impacting 22,640 lives!
District of Columbia
The Alumni Club of Washington, D.C., volunteers monthly at the DC Central Kitchen. In April, our Buckeye volunteers helped make 300 meals.
On a sunny afternoon in April, our Alumni Club met at Facer Park for a spring cleanup session: pulling weeds, mulching, and tilling the soil....20 club members got their hands dirty!
Facer Park, located on the shore of Lake Erie, is a tribute to Sandusky's post-Civil War involvement with the Underground Railroad. The club maintains the park throughout the year.
The Hancock County Alumni Club volunteered with the Findlay Ministerial Association for the 2017 Backyard Mission Trip. The club removed three truckloads of waste from two different homes. The morning crew helped a local citizen with landscaping and removed two trucks of waste. In total, club members cleaned up and disposed of 13, 30-gallon bags of green waste. The afternoon team cleaned up four, 30-gallon bags of green waste. They also helped a local woman clean up her home and yard by gathering and disposing of a truckload of metal window awnings and trim damaged by a storm. They completed the day by weeding her flowerbeds and raking the yard.
Twenty-two volunteers participated and collected 26 bags of trash from the beach.
Four volunteers sorted and hung 600 pieces of clothing for display in the Knoxville Area Rescue Ministry store. Sales from that amount of clothing equals 90 meals for those in need. And two volunteers helped prepare furniture for sale.
The Alumni Club of Los Angeles volunteered with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank sorting 30,833 pounds of food that will provide 25,591 meals for those in need.
The OSU Alumni Club of Louisville hosted 12 medical student riders from the Ride for World Health for Brunch at Bristol Bar & Grill in Louisville. The riders then participated in our month of service event. We helped assemble 1,600 disaster relief kits at Strathmoor Presbyterian Church as part of the Louisville Mayor's Give a Day of Service Event.
The Alumni Club of Lucas County hosted three volunteer shifts at the Ronald McDonald House cooking breakfast, dinner and treats for 40 people staying at the facility. Twenty-five volunteers cooked 120 meals.
The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Muskingum County conducted a special community service project to donate both money and needed items to the Muskingum County Animal Shelter. The members visited the shelter to deliver a variety of items on the shelter’s Wish List collected by the club, in addition to a check for $100 which may be used to help feed and care for animals housed there. Over $1,000 worth of supplies and food was donated by club members during this worthy project.
Eight New Mexico Buckeyes served lunch to homeless and other folks in need at The Rock at NoonDay, which is a local organization in Albuquerque dedicated to serving the less fortunate.
Newark Regional Campus
Volunteers from the Newark Regional Campus partnered with the YES Club and Together We Grow Gardens to prepare 10 community gardens for the YES Club youth and the Newark community so the soil is ready for planting.
Volunteers with The Ohio State University Retirees Association picked up seven bags of litter from around the Longaberger Alumni House down to Chadwick Arboretum.
Forty Buckeyes came together to renovate an apartment building for veterans, painting the building and weeding the yard. The project was in partnership with Rebuilding Together, Valley of the Sun.
Sixteen volunteers from the Portland Alumni Club planted and mulched 150 trees in a local park.
Twelve Portland Buckeyes volunteered with “FISH,” Friends In Service for Humanity a nonprofit that feeds the poor in the Southwest Washington area. They helped organize food and clothing, as well as cleaning and organizing a freezer and refrigerator. The group was so excited to help and plans to come back!
Richland County Buckeyes volunteered to serve meals to those in need at the First United Methodist Church in Mansfield, Ohio. Approximately 50 guests were served.
The San Antonio Alumni Club partnered with West Avenue Compassion to help with their annual Jubilee: a huge “free” garage sale for those in need. Community members are given a large trash bag for each member of the family and can fill it with clothing and small household items. They can also pick one piece of furniture per family. Our club helped set up on Friday night and brought donations of clothing and household items. On Saturday morning we came to help with sorting the rest of the clothing and helped clients find the clothing and toys they needed.
The Sarasota Alumni Club participated in four service projects in April. The club has adopted a beach park with Keep Sarasota Beautiful and are committed to cleaning up the park four times a year. This April four volunteers came out to clean-up.
The Sarasota Alumni Club participated in the Big 10 Competition at the All Faiths Food Bank. Twenty volunteers sorted over 220 boxes of assorted food items. That totaled out to feeding over 11,000 families!
The Sarasota Alumni Club hosted their annual golf tournament and raised $9,000 for their scholarship fund. Sixteen volunteers helped with player registration, hole monitoring, long drive competition, a drawing and a silent auction.
The Sarasota Alumni Club hosted a booth at the My Hometown Fest, which features food, beverages, and activities from hometowns across the country, plus proceeds benefit the Sertoma Club supporting children with speech and language needs regardless of their ability to pay.
Suncoast Buckeyes volunteered with Metropolitan Ministries working in the warehouse organizing and stocking shelves and in the kitchen prepping food and serving lunch. In total, they prepared about 2,000 meals!
Suncoast Buckeyes also cleaned up 15 bags of trash from a beach.
Twenty Buckeyes from the Tuscarawas County Alumni Club hosted a water station for the “Union Hospital Run for Home” half-marathon to help the runners stay hydrated.
A group of Buckeyes with the Western Michigan Alumni Club volunteered for the Grand Rapids Mayor’s Greening Initiative Event to celebrate Arbor Day. Or as the club would rather call it, “Buckeye Tree Day!” Over 500 community volunteers participated and planted 380 trees around Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Grand Rapids. Volunteers named the trees they planted and now there are trees named “Brutus” and “Woody.”
Eighteen volunteers with the Wood County Alumni Club supported the first annual Perrysburg Maumee Walleye Festival. Volunteers helped with the goldfish ping pong ball toss and the wine tasting event including set-up, clean-up, registration, and facilitation.