EDGE Operations – Status as of 1/6/21
Due to current restrictions, EDGE’s typical community service program has been redesigned to reflect mindfulness toward COVID safety regulations. We will be offering numerous in-center options for registered EDGE teens as part of our regular weekly programming rhythms. We will be introducing limited off-site service opportunities beginning in February in addition to our on-site options. We will be working with the local high school government classes through remote service opportunities as already arranged with their teachers.
Please check this page often as we update and adapt based on current safety guidelines and recommendations.
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Winter/Spring 2021 Community Service Opportunities
Teens will have the opportunity to gain meaningful volunteering experience by supporting a variety of organizations throughout Cincinnati and their local community often without even leaving EDGE. Teens have the option of serving on projects geared toward a variety of interests and skill levels- all while maintaining proper social distancing and responsible health safety guidelines.
Here is a quick snapshot of service opportunities this semester. Check back often as we update and add to our schedule!
**NEW** Support to Encourage Low-Income Families (S.E.L.F.): Saturday, April 10th
Join us as we volunteer with S.E.L.F. by providing basic home maintenance/repairs for local residents. We will specifically be assisting with exterior painting. This is an off-site community service opportunity. You will meet at EDGE and be transported to and from our service location in our van. See more details in the sign up.
Click here to volunteer for S.E.L.F.
**NEW** West Chester Township’s RASKALS: Saturday, April 24th
Join us as we volunteer with RASKALS (Random Acts of Simple Kindness Affecting Local Seniors) by providing basic yardwork and home care for local senior citizens. This is an off-site community service opportunity. You will meet at EDGE and be transported to and from our service location in our van. See more details in the sign up.
Click here to volunteer for RASKALS
Bicycle Recycle: Every 1st & 3rd Thursday
Help us dismantle broken down, unwanted and well used bikes so that their parts can be recycled or reused to build new bikes for kids in foster care.
Click here to volunteer for Bicycle Recycle
Hamilton Urban Garden Systems (H.U.G.S.): Every 2nd Thursday
Join us as we volunteer at H.U.G.S. working in their greenhouse planting, harvesting, cleaning, organizing and more. This is an off-site community service opportunity. You will meet at EDGE and be transported to and from HUGS in our van. See more details in the sign up.
Click here to volunteer for H.U.G.S.
Peanut Butter Sandwiches: Every 3rd Thursday
St. Susana’s in Mason supports a weekly sandwich ministry to people experiencing homelessness in downtown Cincinnati. We will be decorating sack lunch bags for their distribution.
PAWS Adoption Center: Every 4th Thursday
Help us perform basic housekeeping tasks around the animal adoption center such as cleaning and organizing inventory. Bonus privilege to serving at this site is the potential to help with animal socialization at the end of our shift! This is an off-site community service opportunity. You will meet at EDGE and be transported to and from PAWS in our van. See more details in the sign up.
Click here to volunteer for PAWS.
Artwork/Letters for Local Seniors: Ongoing
Meals on Wheels Southwest Ohio needs artwork and encouragement cards to accompany their meal deliveries for local seniors. These simple acts of love can make all the difference to a senior who feels disconnected from the world around them. We will have supplies available for teens to create, color or write their encouragement throughout the semester.
EDGE Facility Care: Every Thursday & Friday
As part of our weekly routine in caring for our space, teens can earn service hours by helping with basic facility care tasks such as stacking chairs, moving tables, washing windows, taking out the trash, etc. The more we share in the responsibility of maintaining our space the more we will learn to respect the resources we enjoy together every day while at EDGE!
Looking for Virtual Community Service Opportunities?
Email Melissa (email@example.com) to receive a list of our various virtual volunteering options with directions as a way to stay connected to giving back and supporting our community while maintaining social distance and from the comfort of your own home. Here is a snapshot of some virtual options:
- Be My Eyes App
- Become CPR certified (online)
- Send holiday cards to military personnel serving overseas
- Make no sew face masks to donate
- And many, many more ways to volunteer and serve!
Need a letterhead to receive credit for your service hours?
Upon service completion, please complete the following steps in order to receive your letterhead:
- Complete our community service survey
- Email Community Service Manager, Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org to request your letterhead.
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Nearly every day after school and many weekends, there are community service opportunities available through EDGE Teen Center’s Community Service Program. This is the only program of its kind in the area and it provides coordination, transportation and supervision while teens serve the under-resourced in their own community.
We thank the Community Grants Fund at the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty and the Rotary Club of West Chester/Liberty for their support of the EDGE Community Service Program.