2019 Community Week Events

CWRU Community Week is a week-long celebration aimed at making stronger connections between the CWRU and residents from the surrounding neighborhoods. CWRU students, faculty, and staff will get to know their community neighbors through daily volunteer service projects hosted by local community-based non-profits. This year, Community Week will culminate on Saturday, October 5th with a Campus and Community Play Date—a community festival held at East Bell Commons featuring performances by local bands, an art show, free food, games, and more.

Check out our events below and learn more about how you can volunteer.

Monday, September 30, 2019 | 1-3 PM

Tinkham Veale University Center, Smith Commons (1st Floor)

Remember when your mom packed your lunch when were a kid? Remember that warm, fuzzy feeling you felt when you opened the handwritten note? On Monday, September 30th, CWRU Community Week will kick-off with a #HashtagLunchbag event aimed at spreading kindness by packing 1,000 brown-bag lunches (handwritten notes included) that will be distributed to local homeless shelters in Cleveland.

The event will kick-off with remarks from President Barbara Snyder, and is open to CWRU faculty, staff, and students as well as members of the community.

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Sponsors & Partners

Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere Logo
Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere (RAKE)

Helping people has continued to be a passion for founder, Ricky Smith, over the years. Raised in the Cleveland suburbs of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, Ricky possessed a need to excite the world with his off-kilter wit and eagerness to help the needy any way he could.  Through his routine charitable actions, Ricky possessed a sense of randomness. From giving random umbrellas on a rainy day to offering prime time sporting tickets to absolute strangers, Ricky wanted to create experiences for people while giving back. His consistent random giving attracted the attention of friends in his hometown, Cleveland, OH, and in a short time Ricky knew his actions needed to be a model to inspire others to want to perform “Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere”. R.A.K.E. was then born. By including the giving aspect not only did Ricky want to create experiences but he wanted to show that giving goes a long way.

Learn more about RAKE

Hashtag Lunchbag Logo

#HashtagLunchbag is a humanity service movement dedicated to empowering and inspiring humanity to reap the benefits of giving through the use of social media. They create and use bagged lunches, complete with love messages, as a vessel to spread this love and share their experiences to inspire others.

Learn more about #HashtagLunchbag

Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 9 AM-12 PM

Fairfax Learning Farm, 2335 E 79th St., Cleveland, OH 44104

Volunteers are needed to help make a difference at our Cleveland Botanical Garden's Green Corps Learning Farms. These urban farms not only offer their communities access to fresh fruits and vegetables, but they also teach high school youth valuable skills. Volunteers are needed to help harvest crops and assist with farm maintenance.

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Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 1-4 PM

East Bell Commons, 11610 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106

Reconnect with your inner child at the Campus and Community Play Date!

Campus and Community Play Date will celebrate everything community with live music and entertainment, food, vendors, art, games, and more, all featuring local artists and businesses. Bring your friends and family of all ages, and play with your neighbors. And did we mention that admission and food are free?! Learn more

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