HANDS ON | Volunteering

HandsOn Volunteer Network of the Valley, a United Way Agency, is the local resource for volunteer recruitment, placement, and management for people of all ages and abilities in the Mahoning Valley located at Youngstown State University, second floor of the Williamson School of Business in the Center for Non-profit Excellence and our main office, 5500 Market St., Suite 106, Boardman. Hands On is a monthly column that serves to communicate the impact that volunteering can have on our community. To express interest in one of the opportunities below, contact HOVN at (330) 782-5877 or Trumbull County (330) 393-4254 or visit our new Web site at www.HOVN.org!


Call for College Students: If you are home for the summer and have some free time, call us. We have a great opportunity for you to build your project management, team building, communication and leadership skills all while mentoring a group of high school students, earning service hours, and supporting a local organization. We need team leaders to guide and work beside small groups of teens during our Summer of Service. All projects are three to five days and occur between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can sign on for one week or the whole summer; it’s your choice. We provide top-notch training and continuous support throughout your team leader experience. Contact Corrie at (330) 782-5877 or e-mail to cadams@hovn.org as soon as possible to get involved. Projects start June 15.

We Are the Change Exhibition: HandsOn Volunteer Network, in collaboration with the Warren Junior Women’s League, and the Eastwood Mall will be hosting the “We Are the Change” exhibit highlighting the service of local volunteers. The exhibition will run from June 15 through Labor Day. Volunteers will open and/or close the gallery and greet visitors to the show. Volunteers must be 16 or older and training will be provided. For additional information, www.hovn.org or call HandsOn.

Volunteer In Your Pajamas: The Ohio Department of Aging needs volunteers to contact local businesses and verify information regarding their involvement with the Golden Buckeye discount program for seniors. We will provide you with contact information, questionnaires and training. You can work according to your own schedule from the comfort of your own home and still make a big impact. Contact Corrie at (330) 782-5877 or cadams@hovn.org.

New Volunteer Orientation: HandsOn Volunteer Network of the Valley will have a one-hour orientation session for individuals who want to volunteer, but don’t know where and how to begin. Topics will include identifying skills, talents and areas of interest; long term or one-day volunteering; and the application process. For more information or to attend the 10 a.m. June 27 session at Open Door Community Church, 525 E. Marshall Road, McDonald, contact Kristen at (330) 393-4254 or (330) 540-0102, or Anita at (330) 782-5877. There is no cost to attend the session, but a reservation must be made by June 24.

Planning for Safe Communities: Join us June 25 for the Ohio Citizen Corps regional workshop “Community Response: Preparing and Planning for Safe Communities.” The workshop will be at the Ralph Regula Conference Center on the campus of Northeast Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy in Rootstown. Among the topics to be discussed are connecting special-needs populations to disaster services, and working together in response and community responsibility. Registration is $10 per person. For more information or to register, contact Gretchen Brown at (330) 540-0081. Reservations are due by June 20.

Canfield Fair Volunteers: HOVN is issuing a call for volunteers to staff its informational booth at the Canfield Fair, which runs from Sept. 2-7. Each volunteer will receive one free admission ticket to the fair for each shift worked. Call Anita at HOVN at (330) 782-5877.

YSU Summer Festival of the Arts: Scheduled for July 11 and 12, HOVN has a variety of volunteer positions available for you. Contact our office at (330) 782-5877 for more information.

Trumbull Mobile Meals: Trumbull Mobile Meals is looking for volunteers to serve as kitchen packers, delivery drivers and office help. Contact Kristen at (330) 393-4254 for more information.

Spirit of Giving Outreach Program: Lend your support to a grass-roots initiative led by students from Chaney High School by donating items, including clothing in good condition, working small appliances, and nonperishable food items. All items collected will be given to local families in need at a communitywide event July 31 at Chaney High School. Donations can be labeled “Spirit of Giving” and dropped off at the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley warehouse or Salvation Army, both on Glenwood Avenue in Youngstown. For additional information, contact Corrie.

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