CCEL Service Day

Case Western Reserve University students posing during CCEL Service Day

The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning (CCEL) works to create an engaged campus by providing and supporting opportunities for community service and collective action while promoting civic awareness and leadership.

As part of Discover Week, students will have the opportunity to participate in the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning's annual CCEL Service Day! Students can choose from 23 service projects or volunteer information sessions, including sorting donations at the Cleveland Food Bank, harvesting community garden crops, enrolling to volunteer at area hospitals and more. Register for this program via your new student Roadmap!

A full list of project sites and descriptions is below:

CWRU's Project Sunshine student chapter is a non-denominational, not-for-profit organization that provides numerous free programs and services to children with cancer, AIDS, and other life-threatening illnesses. Participants in this project will learn about Project Sunshine's mission and how they can stay involved with the group. They will also help assemble activity kits for children currently staying in the hospital. These kits will include games and journals in order to bring a sense of normalcy and cheerfulness to the child during their stay. The session will take place on campus and end by Noon.

The American Cancer Society's Cleveland Hope Lodge provides a unique home away from home for people who need temporary, comfortable, supportive accommodations offered free of charge during cancer treatment. Volunteers will help keep the Hope Lodge a welcoming environment by doing a thorough cleaning of lodge common areas, including cleaning dining room tables & chairs, vacuuming carpets, dusting woodwork, and more. Due to many Hope Lodge guests having suppressed immune systems, volunteers cannot have any communicable diseases, colds, coughs, or fevers in order to participate on the day of the event. Please note: students traveling to this site will be walking approximately 1 mile roundtrip to and from the project location. This project will end at Hope Lodge at Noon and is a short walk from campus.

Judson is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community for senior citizens, many of which are CWRU alumni or former faculty, that is located in walking distance of campus. Volunteers for this site will be placed at the Judson Park location and will visit and play bingo with elderly residents in Judson's nursing home area and in Judson's assisted living area for residents with dementia. The activities will be led by Judson's program/activity staff. Wearing closed-toe & comfortable walking shoes is strongly encouraged, and participants should dress casually but conservatively (no short skirts or short shorts, no baggy or ripped jeans). Please note: students traveling to this site will be walking 2 miles roundtrip to and from the project location.

Judson is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community for senior citizens, many of which are CWRU alumni or former faculty, that is located in walking distance of campus. Volunteers for this site will go on a walk with residents, pushing residents in their wheelchairs. In case of inclement weather, an alternate activity is planned - playing a variety of games with residents in assisted living. The activities will be led by Judson's program/activity staff. Wearing closed-toe & comfortable walking shoes is strongly encouraged, and participants should dress casually but conservatively (no short skirts or short shorts, no baggy or ripped jeans). Please note: students traveling to this site will be walking 2 miles roundtrip to and from the project location.

The Church of the Covenant, located on campus, welcomes student volunteers to help with a variety of projects, including cleaning the handbells, gardening in the student reflection garden, and cleaning The Connection Center, which is a space for students to hang out between classes. Volunteers will learn about resources the church can provide to students, such as opportunities to tutor children and engage in the church's vibrant music program, and interested volunteers will also receive a tour of this beautiful building and a chance to climb the gothic Harry Potter style tower to see the university from up high. Students should be prepared to do light cleaning, outdoor work, painting, and other activities that may cause them to get a bit messy. This service project will end on-campus at Noon.

Discover a part of Cleveland’s musical past with The Music Settlement, which provides early childhood education, music instruction, and music therapy to people of all ages and levels of experience in Northeast Ohio. Volunteer tasks for this project might include sorting, grouping, and cataloging sheet music; organizing instruments and recordings; assisting with clerical tasks; or cleaning the property's 1910 Burke Mansion. Volunteers will learn about other ways to keep serving throughout the year. There may be some heavy lifting involved, but on a very limited basis. The musical instruments are located in the site's basement; those with moderate to severe allergies should be cautious if considering this project. Please note: students traveling to this site will be walking 1.2 miles roundtrip to and from the project location. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to volunteer for this project.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park preserves and reclaims the rural landscape along the Cuyahoga River. This 51-square-mile park is the only national park in Ohio. Using garden loppers and hand-saws, volunteers will help with the removal of non-native, invasive plant species to preserve the natural habitat and protect native species. Light lifting is involved. Volunteers should wear work-appropriate clothes, dress for the weather, and bring a filled water bottle. Sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat are also recommended. Closed-toed shoes and long pants are strictly required in order to participate in the project. Volunteers should also be prepared to walk approximately 1 mile round trip on the trail while at the site and should plan for prolonged outdoor work, on their feet, in potentially hot conditions. Participants will be emailed a waiver in advance of the event that must be completed before they can participate. Volunteers under 18 years old who register for this project, must have their parent/guardian complete sign the waiver to participate.

Volunteers will help clean up trash, weed the rain garden, remove invasive plants like Garlic Mustard, and assist with other maintenance activities along the riparian corridor of Euclid Creek at the City of Richmond Heights Greenwood Farm property. Participants will be emailed a waiver in advance of the event that must be completed before they can participate. Volunteers under 18 years old who register for this project, must have their parent/guardian sign the waiver in order to participate.

Volunteers will help clean up trash, remove invasive plants like Garlic Mustard, and assist with construction of deer ex-closures at the Dusty Goldenrod Preserve in Highland Heights. Participants will be emailed a waiver in advance of the event that must be completed before they can participate. Participants will be emailed a waiver in advance of the event that must be completed before they can participate. Volunteers under 18 years old who register for this project, must have their parent/guardian sign the waiver in order to participate.

Come out and see Lake Erie from the Cleveland Metroparks' Euclid Beach location! Volunteers are needed to cleanup litter and debris on the beach and its adjacent park in order to keep the lake healthy and the space inviting for visitors. Volunteers are strictly required to wear closed-toed shoes in order to participate in this project. It is also recommended that participants dress for the weather, wear comfortable clothes that they do not mind getting dirty or wet, sunscreen, bug spray, a hat, and bring a filled water bottle. Swimming is prohibited as part of the service day. Participants will be emailed a digital waiver in advance of the event that must be completed before they can participate. Volunteers under 18 years old who register for this project, must have their parent/guardian complete the waiver for them advance of the event.

Volunteers are needed to help sort and repack nonperishable food that is later distributed to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. Volunteers may also be needed to assist in the Greater Cleveland Food Bank Kitchen with the preparation of hot meals and bagged lunches that are also distributed to partner programs. Participants will be emailed a registration link in advance of the event that must be completed before they can participate.

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens, which are a series of unique, landscaped gardens in Rockefeller Park near campus that each represent the cultural diversity of Cleveland, depend exclusively on volunteers for their maintenance. Participants at this site will help with general garden maintenance and clean-up (weeding, raking, planting, sweeping, and more) in preparation for the Gardens' September One World Day celebration, which will feature cultural foods, a parade, crafts, and more. Volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes that they don't mind getting dirty and sturdy, closed-toed shoes and long pants. Sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat are also recommended. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to volunteer for this project.

Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) is the only non-profit organization in Greater Cleveland providing new shoes, school uniforms, clothes and school supplies throughout the year at no charge to thousands of children in need. Through our programs, we help improve school attendance, in some cases up to 24%, so that our community's children have the education they need to succeed. Help SC4K prepare for the new school year by sorting and packing uniforms at their warehouse so that children will be dressed for success when they head back to school. Closed-toed shoes will be strictly required in order to participate in the project. Participants will be emailed a waiver in advance of the event that must be completed before they can participate. Volunteers under 18 years old who register for this project, should contact erin.corwin@case.edu to receive a parent/guardian waiver in advance of the event.

Serving the community as a conserved green space, the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes connects visitors with nature and inspires environmental stewardship in the thousands of adults and children served each year through unique and engaging programming and educational offerings. volunteers in this project are needed to work outdoors on land stewardship, pulling invasive plants. Volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes that they don't mind getting dirty. Sunscreen, bugspray, and a hat are also recommended. Closed-toed shoes and long pants will be strictly required in order to participate in the project. Participants will be emailed a waiver in advance of the event that must be completed before they can participate. Volunteers under 18 years old who register for this project, should contact erin.corwin@case.edu to receive a parent/guardian waiver in advance of the event.

The Cleveland Botanical Garden operates urban learning farms on the east side of Cleveland as part of their Green Corps program, an urban agricultural work/study program in which high school students earn as they learn and transform vacant lots into flourishing urban farms. Green Corps students grow fruits, vegetables, and flowers - as well as job skills, leadership, and a healthier, greener community for themselves and their neighbors. The farms are maintained by the high school students in the summer, but once they go back to school, volunteers are needed to keep the farms in good shape. Volunteers in this project will serve at our Buckeye farm site, helping with projects like weeding, watering, bed maintenance, harvesting, and more. Volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes that they don't mind getting dirty. Sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat are also recommended. Closed-toed shoes (ideally waterproof) will be strictly required in order to participate in the project, and volunteers should be prepared for prolonged outdoor work, on their feet, in potentially hot conditions. Participants will be emailed a waiver in advance of the event that must be completed before they can participate. Volunteers under 18 years old who register for this project, should contact erin.corwin@case.edu to receive a parent/guardian waiver in advance of the event.

The Cleveland Botanical Garden operates urban learning farms on the east side of Cleveland as part of their Green Corps program, an urban agricultural work/study program in which high school students earn as they learn and transform vacant lots into flourishing urban farms. Green Corps students grow fruits, vegetables, and flowers - as well as job skills, leadership, and a healthier, greener community for themselves and their neighbors. The farms are maintained by the high school students in the summer, but once they go back to school, volunteers are needed to keep the farms in good shape. Volunteers in this project will serve at our Midtown farm site, helping with projects like weeding, watering, bed maintenance, harvesting, and more. Volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes that they don't mind getting dirty. Sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat are also recommended. Closed-toed shoes (ideally waterproof) will be strictly required in order to participate in the project, and volunteers should be prepared for prolonged outdoor work, on their feet, in potentially hot conditions. Participants will be emailed a waiver in advance of the event that must be completed before they can participate. Volunteers under 18 years old who register for this project, should contact erin.corwin@case.edu to receive a parent/guardian waiver in advance of the event.

The mission of the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank is to foster literacy and a love of reading by providing free books to children in need. Volunteers are needed to sort and pack the books by reading level so that partner sites can distribute them accordingly. Some heavy lifting could be involved in moving packed boxes, and volunteers should be prepared to stand for the duration of the program. Volunteers will be taking public transit to the site, so you should plan to bring your student ID with a recent RTA sticker (U-Pass sticker) attached -- stickers can be picked up from your assigned area office. Students traveling to this site will be walking roundtrip 0.75 miles in order to get to and from the project location. Closed-toed shoes, comfortable work clothes, and bringing a filled water bottle are recommended.

Founded in 1993, MedWish International is a not-for-profit organization that saves lives and the environment by repurposing discarded medical supplies and equipment to provide humanitarian aid in developing countries. Since they receive over 500,000 lbs. of supplies each year, it is crucial that they have volunteers assist their small staff in sorting and packaging these supplies. With the help of Medwish staff, volunteers will work together to sort the donated supplies into categories to prepare for shipment. Volunteers should wear comfortable work clothes and bring a filled water bottle. Closed-toed shoes will be strictly required in order to participate in the project. Some heavy lifting may be involved, and volunteers should be prepared to stand for the duration of the project. Volunteers will be taking public transit to the site, so you should plan to bring your student ID with a recent RTA sticker (U-Pass sticker) attached -- stickers can be picked up from your assigned area office. Students traveling to this site will be walking roundtrip 1 mile in order to get to and from the project location. Participants will be emailed a waiver in advance of the event that must be completed before they can participate. Volunteers under 18 years old who register for this project, must have their parent/guardian sign the waiver in order to participate.

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center is the closest hospital to CWRU and provides students with a variety of volunteer opportunities. Fall is the busiest season for volunteer enrollment and many of the positons that are attractive to pre-med students become quickly filled. The hospital is offering an information session specifically for Case students that would like to volunteer which will allow students first priority at placement opportunities. Students who register for this information session must commit to 6 months of weekly service or 50 hours of service and submit a college volunteer application and two references through the volunteer services department web page. The link to the site is http://www.uhhospitals.org/cleveland/about/volunteer-services/college-volunteers. References should be completed by someone who knows the applicant's character and should be emailed to UHClevelandVolunteer@UHHospitals.org. The Volunteer Services department will only accept online paperwork, no paperwork will be collected at the information session on 8/22. The session will take place on campus and end by Noon. Students are welcome to dress casually for the session.

Garden@Case is a CWRU volunteer-supported, on-campus garden used to educate in urban gardening practices and to provide food to a local hunger center. Volunteers are needed to assist with harvesting crops, weeding, planting, watering, and other beautification activities. Volunteers should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle, and wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes and sturdy, closed-toed shoes that they don't mind getting dirty. Sunscreen, bugspray, and a hat are also recommended. This on-campus project will end around Noon.

Cleveland Clinic’s College Student Volunteer Program offers patient-focused volunteer opportunities that enhance the patient experience. Cleveland Clinic Volunteers commit to a weekly set-schedule in one department/assignment during the Fall school semester, averaging a minimum of 50 service hours. New students are invited to register for this service day project if they know they would like to make a weekly volunteer commitment to the Clinic and have the availability in their schedule to do so. Most volunteer position placement is Monday-Friday during business hours; there are limited evening and weekend volunteer positions. Shifts range from 2-4 hours, not including public transit time to get to and from Cleveland Clinic main campus. This service day project will fulfill the required mandatory in-person information session. Volunteers will receive by email in advance of the event a link to complete the online application prior to the service day, which will require noting availability for the Fall semester. If accepted to volunteer, students will need to complete online onboarding, security clearance, TB Test/Flu Shot, and be available to attend one in-person orientation at the Cleveland Clinic. Please confirm availability in your schedule to commit to these requirements prior to registering for this project. Volunteers will be taking public transit to the site; bring your student ID with a recent RTA sticker (U-Pass sticker) attached -- stickers can be picked up from your assigned area office. Dress for the session: Casual to professional attire; closed-toed shoes; no denim, shorts, athletic pants, sandals, flip flops, or sleeveless shirts. Dresses/skirts must be at least knee-length. Tattoos must be covered with clothing. Visible jewelry is prohibited. Scented lotions, perfume, cologne, and body sprays are not permitted). Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to participate in this session.

Every two seconds someone needs blood and every pint donated can save up to three lives. Give the gift of life and donate blood as part of this service day. The American Red Cross will be on-campus in Wade Pioneer Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 22. Interested blood donors should make an appointment by visiting the online appointment link, selecting the August 22 "Wade Commons" drive, choosing your preferred appointment time, and then logging in with either a new or existing account. Donors should allocate approximately 1 hour for the total donation time and should read and follow these tips for a successful donation. Meet in the Wade Pioneer Room in the North Residential Village on August 22 at your designated appointment time (no need to report to Freiberger Field that morning).

Junior Achievement (JA) teaches Kindergarten-12th Grade students about financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and career readiness. Volunteers are needed for a Junior Achievement "blitz" day at a local elementary school. Volunteers will work in teams to facilitate workshops with children about basic economics and career options. Training, lesson plans, and materials will be provided, so all you need is a desire to work with children in a classroom setting! Of note: Volunteers at this project will serve at the site from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 22, and lunch will be provided on site (you will be back to campus by approximately 1:30 p.m.). Volunteers are asked to wear business casual clothing the day of the project (long pants are strictly required)—comfortable shoes are also recommended as you will be walking approximately 2 miles roundtrip to and from the school. There will also be a mandatory training on-campus on Tuesday Aug. 20 from 5 to 6 p.m. in Clapp Hall, Rm 108 (a pizza dinner will be provided) for all volunteers participating in this project. At this training, volunteers will receive a lesson plan packet and supplies that they are asked to review in advance of the service day to be ready to present three lesson plans to the youth. Volunteers must attend the training in order to participate in the service project. After you register through your Roadmap for this project, please complete an online grade preference survey by July 31 so that you can be matched into a volunteer team. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to volunteer for this project.