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#VolunteerCLE Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities in October

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I’ve had a few parents approach me asking for opportunities for their children to rack up some community service hours for school, so I thought I would share a few upcoming ways to give some of your time back before the Cleveland weather we have all come to love (did I spell hate wrong?! LOL) does its thing…if you have any questions about the contacts I’ve listed at the end of each opportunity in bold, let me know!

On Thursday October 1st, help middle school and high school students with their math homework after school at the University Heights branch. Under the supervision of library staff, volunteers will be available at least one hour a week to help students with their math homework on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Volunteers must be age 18 or older and must submit to a background check, and must have demonstrated experience working with high school students and/or math tutoring experience.
Volunteers must be available at least one hour a week at a predetermined time after school at the University Heights branch, and commit to helping through the full school year. Contact Julia Murphy at JMurphy@heightslibrary.org.

Sunday morning, October 11th is the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk taking place at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Many volunteers are needed, and responsibilities include:
-check in tent
-route marshalls
-water stop
-food and beverage set up
-banking
If interested, please email Christine Grapo at ClevlelandOHStrides@cancer.org

Saturday morning, October 17th is the Out Of The Darkness Community Walk with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at Wade Oval in University Circle. Many volunteers are needed for this also. You can register as a volunteer HERE or reach out to Emily Siegel at afspcle@gmail.com

On Tuesday October 20th, volunteers can help give out fresh produce with the Cuyahoga County Department of Public Health. This opportunity takes place the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 3:30pm-6:30pm at the J. Glen Smith Mobil Food Pantry (11100 St. Clair Ave. Cleveland OH 44108). Connect with Kathy Rothenberg-James at krothenberg@city.cleveland.oh.us or at 216-664-2362. *This is a great opportunity for students in need of community service hours and happens once a month!

Saturday evening, October 24th is the Halloween Boo-tanical Bash at Cleveland Botanical Gardens. Volunteers are needed to pass out candy to trick-or-treaters; assist with crafts, activities, or games; face paint and help pass out snacks & cider to guests. **They also are in need of volunteers to help set up for the Holiday Show taking place the week before Thanksgiving, November 21st-25th. Contact Sarah Hartley-Volunteer Coordinator at 216-707-2822 or shartley@cbgarden.org

Saturday evening, November 21st is the fundraiser for PAWS-Public Animal Welfare Society at St Michael Woodside Party Center in Broadview Heights. They are looking for help with the reverse raffle/silent auction that night during the dinner. Volunteers will be shown what to do when they arrive. Please contact Susan Boyle-Treasurer at treasurerpawsohio@yahoo.com for additional information.

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*UPDATE* #VolunteerInCLE Where’s Vrere? Run For Recovery, Sat 8/22

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I wanted to let you know of the upcoming Run for Recovery Kick-Off Rally happening Thursday July 23rd, 2015 at Music Box Supper Club (1148 Main Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44039), from 6pm-7pm. The event is FREE, and you can register HERE. I hope to see you there! 🙂

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I know this is over a month away but I wanted to get a head start on seeing if others would like to volunteer with me. On Saturday August 22nd, I will help out once again with Recovery Resources’ annual Run For Recovery, taking place at Progressive Field. This event is put together by Recovery Resources, a nonprofit helping people triumph over mental illness, alcoholism, drug and other addictions. Additional event details can be found HERE.

I will be working a water stop along the route; nothing too challenging. If you would like to come along to volunteer with me please send a comment, or reach out to me via social media if we are connected; you can also send me email vreredai@gmail.com to let me know you want to help out. You can expect to volunteer between 8am-12pm (give or take 30 minutes).

#EventsInCLE Summer Bowling Extravaganza, Sat 6/13

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The Kappa Gamma Sigma Alumnae Chapter (my chapter) of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated is having a bowling party Saturday June 13th, from 4-7pm out at Wickliffe Lanes (30315 Euclid Ave, Wickliffe, OH 44092). Tickets are just $13 and the price includes shoes and drinks.

I am selling tickets; please connect with me for purchase! There is a contact directly on the flyer but you can also connect with myself as well. I hope you can make it out and have a good time with me and my Sorors. I tend to bowl a decent first game, then I just get tired LOL. We look forward to seeing you all! 🙂

#VrereDai Thank You…and Part Two.

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I had my little brother and sister help me with donation delivery!

I just wanted to take time to thank everyone who took their time to support my special present to the 2100 Lakeside Men’s Shelter. I hope you know that am deeply humbled. I was able to collect a monetary total of $330 dollars from family, friends and colleagues via Paypal. That was used to buy 330 $1 items. I also collected many donations from people around town; I believe it was well over $200 worth of items, in addition to a box of books I selected from the bookstore in Gordon Square (Cleveland), Guide To Kulchur. There was so much to take over that I had my little brother ans sister help me out. It was good for them to participate in this kind of service and to see the impact it truly has on the community. It’s important that I expose them to giving back.

I did not expect to receive so much help-this was my first attempt to start my own drive for a cause. I have signed up tp participate in walks and other activities in the past in which I ask for donations…but this was something I started on my own. It was a LOT of work and I learned things about myself during the process. I’m so grateful I stepped up and followed through. To see so much praise and encouragement for a task like this was overwhelming; it felt really good to grab as much attention as I did and I hope I influenced you in some way to give back on your own.

There were many people who were unable to donate to this drive or simply missed my deadline, which was not a problem. Due to that response, I have decided to begin a new drive for the month of April. The 2100 Lakeside Men’s Shelter is always in need of items; they support up to 400 men each night. Although the donations collected for this drive was highly appreciated and more than the shelter expected, they will never stop needing our help. I want to extend my “Vrere Dai” celebration all month by collecting items, and monetary donations that I will use to shop on your behalf.

Here’s a reminder of the items needed for me to collect:
Small toothpaste & regular size toothbrush
Bar soap
Regular size deodorant
Small shampoo
Small hand lotion
Chapstick/Lip Balm

If you would like to send money, please use my PayPal account (VRERE@AOL.COM) and be sure to choose the ‘friends and family’ option so your donation is not deducted a fee.

The deadline for this drive will be THURSDAY APRIL 30TH.

If you have any questions or want to connect, please email me at Vreredai@gmail.com or send me a text at 216-236-5470. I may not generate the same numbers as the last go-round…but any and everything helps… 🙂

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For My Birthday, I Want….To Help

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So, I am now counting down until my birthday, or as I call it because I can…”VréreDai” (April 4th…if you aren’t aware, my name is short for Very Rare Day).
I’ve decided to do something nice and different as a present to myself this year…and I hope you all consider participating.
I recently got an email from the 2100 Lakeside Emergency Men’s Shelter.
They are running low on toiletries and could use some help…
And I want to help by collecting donations to drop off.
They are in need of the following:

Small toothpaste & regular size toothbrush
Bar soap
Regular size deodorant
Small shampoo
Small hand lotion
Chapstick/Lip Balm

There is no set deadline for them to receive anything; I just want to see what all I can collect by my birthday. I plan to continue this drive well after April 4th, as they are always in need. I’m also using this as a creative idea for others to give any presents/well wishes to me…in the form of giving to the shelter. I’d be really, really appreciative in addition to the 400+ men utilizing the shelter each night!
If you have ANYTHING, please shoot me a text at 216.236.5470 or email at vreredai@gmail.com and we can work out a meeting place. Even if I collect just one item, that’s more than nothing…

Please Spread the word and thanks in advance for helping me celebrate my “VréreDai”,

Vrére 🙂

Where’s Vrere? Fight for Air Climb, Sat 3/7

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On Saturday March 7th, I will be Volunteering with the American Lung Association for the 2015 Fight for Air Climb. The event takes place inside of the Terminal Tower (50 Public Square, Cleveland OH 44113). The Climb is 42 floors, a total of 804 steps, and the Climb is timed for all participants.

I am currently rounding up volunteers from my place of employment, Progressive Insurance, to come along and help; however I wanted to pass the info along for anyone else looking for a fun Volunteer opportunity taking place indoors. The majority of Volunteers are needed between 8:00AM and 1:00PM, depending on your position.

Volunteer duties may include:
Event set up or take down
Register participants
Pass out t-shirts
Pass out water
Monitor reception area
Stairwell supervision
Cheerleaders
Pass out climber bibs

If you decide to volunteer, please register HERE. Once you have registered you will receive additional information/instructions via email.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions at vreredai@gmail.com. Hope to see you there on the 7th! 🙂

#RAKE Random Act of Kindness Day, Tues 2/17

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Happy Random Act of Kindness Day! In case you aren’t aware, Today is #RAKE Day. #RAKE, or Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere, is a movement/nonprofit created by Cleveland native Ricky Smith. RAKE’s objective is to improve the world one random act at a time. Buying lunch for the person in line behind you, shoveling a neighbor’s snow out the driveway, paying a compliment to someone you know is feeling down…all RANDOM acts. You can find more information on the mission of R.A.K.E. HERE. We should all take some time to find the importance in doing something positive for another out of the kindness of our hearts. I personally find it to be a great healing process because it really makes me feel good helping out others (even though I don’t consider my helping of others to be so “random”, but I do a lot of organized/structured Volunteering and that’s just as helpful too).

To celebrate, you can check out the website and purchase select RAKE t-shirts for just $2.17! That’s a pretty good deal in my opinion; I grabbed myself a shirt 🙂 All proceeds go to the R.A.K.E. Fund.

Be sure to take advantage of the sale, and do something Random for another before the day is over! As always, spread the word…:)

 

#FunInCLE Yelp Cleveland’s Walk On The Wild Side, Thurs 11/6

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Here is an upcoming FREE event thrown by Yelp Cleveland. Like I said, the event is FREE but you have to RSVP through Yelp’s event page. If you aren’t already a Yelp member simply create a profile and register away! I’ve been to a few in the past, and I’m always satisfied 🙂

Yelp’s Walk On The Wild Side 
 Thursday, November 6th 2014 from 8-10PM
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44106

Attire: It’s costume cocktail! This means dress up in costume, or wear cocktail attire, or some combo of both! Just be sure to look nice and you’ll be fine 🙂

Additional details can be found HERE. Hope you come out and enjoy! If you see me please say hello!

#cleYPweek Cleveland Young Professioanls Week, Oct 6th-12th

In case you haven’t heard by now, Engage! Cleveland has put together an extensive week dedicated to Cleveland Young Professionals. Activities will begin Monday October 6th, and will wrap up Sunday October 12th.

Cleveland Young Professionals Week is a week-long series of events geared at engaging young professionals in the community. Whether it’s a social activity, professional development lecture or getting out and enjoying more of the community, Cleveland Young Professionals Week helps YPs connect with the city we all call home. Cleveland Young Professionals Week will feature a variety of morning, afternoon and evening events each day of the week tied to community themes.

Take a look at the Main Events Calendar and be sure to take advantage!

    • Rise and grind fitness classes with local fitness studios
    • Lunch and learns with our area’s most influential speakers
    • Network after work events at Cleveland landmarks and anchor institutions

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#VolunteerInCLE Seeds Of Literacy Tutor (New Eastside Location)

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I thought I’d pass this along. A few folks have expressed an interest in tutoring opportunities. This is a unique opportunity, as tutors are helping adult students who are studying to take the GED. A lot of new updates have been made to the test-I have been studying on my own to refresh my memory on some topics so that I can become a better tutor, and it is somewhat challenging. I think it’s really important to tell our youth to stay in school and earn a diploma, because this test is not easy! As a tutor, expect to assist with the basic high school subjects-only the areas that you are most comfortable with.

Seeds of Literacy is thrilled to announce the opening of our new east side location! Located at 13815 Kinsman Road (at the corner of Kinsman & E. 139th Street), the site is an opportunity for Seeds to bring our award-winning program to adult learners on the east side of Cleveland. The site is set to open mid-September, and will hold morning and afternoon classes as well as registration for new students.

We’ve already received many calls from adults interested in attending classes there, so now we just need one key element: tutors! If you’re interested in helping to get our new location off the ground and provide the same amazing one-to-one tutoring that has made our program such a success, please contact me at 216-661-7950 x10 or alexandriamarshall@seedsofliteracy.org for more info. The Kinsman site also features a secure parking lot and building security.

For more info, check out the Seeds of Literacy website.