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Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, Outreach & Education Officer, ServeOhio

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Ohio Youth Lead Community Change on Global Youth Service Day

This weekend, April 12 – 14 marks Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), the largest youth service and civic action event in the world. Over the weekend, youth across the globe will participate in over 800 projects in 85 countries and in 45 U.S. States. Want to see a cool map of all the projects? Click here.

ServeOhio supports nonprofits and community organizations across the state by providing grants for volunteer projects taking place on GYSD. This year, ServeOhio is distributing over $18,000 to support 19 projects in Ohio. These 19 projects will engage more than 1,300 youth volunteers in meaningful service that will improve their communities. Funding for ServeOhio’s volunteer project grants comes from Honda of America, Mfg., American Electric Power Foundation, and the Volunteer Generation Fund. Here are ServeOhio’s 2019 GYSD Projects:

  • The iBelieve Foundation, Athens – 250 high school and college students in Athens and Highland Counties will participate in feed-the-funnel food packing parties and will package over 100,000 packages of food.  
  • Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women’s Club Reigning Royalty Chapter, Cincinnati – 20 youth from the Reigning Royalty youth program will build a community garden and plant herbs and vegetables on the grounds of the clubhouse.
  • Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation, Cincinnati – 10 youth from the Walnut Hills Youth Council will maintain 36 flower pots in the business district by filling them with soil and seedlings.  
  • St. Vincent de Paul, Cincinnati – 30 students from St. Xavier High School and the University of Cincinnati will reestablish a community garden that was previously dismantled to build a parking lot. Volunteers will plant new produce, as well as weed and maintain existing plants.
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati – 50 University of Cincinnati students will revitalize Coy Park by repainting the storage building/containers and replacing the bleachers.
  • Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed, Columbus – 40 youth and adult volunteers will plant 60 containerized native shrubs in Snouffer Park to enhance the biological diversity of the riparian area plantings.
  • I Know I Can, Columbus – 80 West High School students will beautify the high school by cleaning the outdoor area, laying new mulch, and planting flowers.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus, Columbus - 15 Boys and Girls Club members, volunteers from Veritas Community Church, and the Milo-Grogan Civic Association will build a shed, weed, and plant pollinators and fruit bearing trees in the Milo-Grogan community garden. 
  • After-School All-Stars, Columbus – 100 student “All-Stars” will create blankets for children at the Ronald McDonald House and for animals at the CHA animal shelter.
  • Coolville Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, Coolville – 178 Coolville Elementary School students will improve their school garden to meet the needs of their community.
  •  East Cleveland Rise, East Cleveland – 200 students at Shaw High School will repair the Martin Luther King Civic Center by finishing floor demolition, painting, laying tile, and moving in new furniture.
  • Horizon Education Centers, Elyria – 45 students, families and community members will assemble 1200 feminine hygiene care kits to be distributed to all middle schools in The Elyria City School District to be used by girls in 5th – 8th grade.
  • Recovery and Wellness, Greenville – 30 volunteers in the “We are the Majority” youth program will beautify the city by spreading mulch, pulling weeds and adding flower pots to high-traffic areas.
  • Hamilton Urban Garden Systems, Hamilton – 21 youth from the Riverview community will participate in the “Plant a Seed and Watch it Grow” program. Students will plant seedlings in the Hamilton community garden and create floral arrangements to donate to Hospice of Hamilton.
  • Vinton County Middle School Junior Beta Club, McArthur – 50 students from Vinton County Middle School will paint buildings on the Vinton County Fairgrounds and beautify the grounds.
  • 3 R Development, Inc., Middletown – 150 youth will participate in a community cleanup - disposing of old tires, clearing debris, and tilling community garden plots.
  • Together We Can Make A Difference Initiatives, Napoleon – 15 youth will package band-aids and laundry pods for people in need.
  • Springfield Promise Neighborhood, Springfield – 50 youth volunteers will enhance the neighborhood community garden by planting produce, installing a new sign, and planting an orchard.  
  •  Wellsville Veteran’s Memorial Council, Wellsville – 35 youth from the First Christian Church will revitalize the wall on the Veterans Memorial Park by cleaning, caulking cracks, and painting the wall.

GYSD is organized by Youth Service America. To learn more, click here.

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