Volunteers sought for Global Youth Service Day
Adult and youth volunteers are needed to clean up East Toledo parks on Global Youth Service Day, April 12.
The annual nationally organized activity is considered the largest annual service event in the world. In the greater Toledo area, United Way Volunteer Center collaborates with more than 3,000 youth, local agency partners, and companies to volunteer and celebrate Global Youth Service Day.
“We’ve got youth all over the world doing service during this week,” said Roger Dodsworth of the East Toledo Family Center, speaking to a monthly East Toledo Club luncheon at the East Toledo Senior Center at Navarre Park.
“We call it a day, but during this week we have kids providing clean-up services, environmental services, beautification projects, from all across the world. We’ve had kids come to us from England, from France, from all over the country here in the United States, and it’s a great project,” Dodsworth continued.
“It’s fun to be involved as an organization, the East Toledo Family Center and the East Toledo Club, and we have a group at the Family Center called One Voice for East Toledo, and that’s a group interested in improving the living conditions in East Toledo, the conditions of the Main Street area, and also making good choices for our community.
“One Voice is attempting to provide clean-up efforts in each and every part of East Toledo, and currently we have a dozen parks that are spoken for, and we’re looking for just a few more of the city parks that need to be cleaned up on that day.
The East Toledo event, organized by the East Toledo Club, will begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until noon. Volunteers can sign up and help clean the Main Street corridor and parks this year. Contact Jodi Gross, community builder and One Voice leader, at the East Toledo Family Center at 419-691-1429, ext. 213.
“We’re also looking for volunteers to work there — if anyone knows a group of kids, like boy scouts or girl scouts, community groups, call Jodi at the Family Center, let her know that.
“We also need some equipment. People who would be kind of enough to bring mulch to take care of the playgrounds, put mulch around the swings or slides and wherever it is needed. We’ll need wheelbarrows, so if you know anybody who has got some wheelbarrows, let us know.”
Painting trash cans
On the same day at 9 a.m. to noon, the East Toledo Family Center and East Toledo Club have the Easter Bunny coming to visit children, and there is a need for volunteers. They also should contact Gross.
“We’re going to provide for families in need to come in and have breakfast with the Easter Bunny. We have a few groups coming in already that are going to help us with it,” Dodsworth said.
There are also needs for the East Toledo Club Dodsworth mentioned.
“Years ago they had something similar where they offered to fund projects for individual organizations, community groups, churches, boy scout groups to do projects,” Dodsworth said.
“Our focus this year has been to improve conditions in the Main-Starr business area. This week or early next week we are going to be sending letters to area businesses. We’re going to ask them to suggest some projects — clean-up projects, a beautification effort in their business area, along Main Street. Whatever it is they can come up with.
“We are going to take those suggestions, decide which ones we like the best, and present them to local groups and help fund the project for them to see if they are interested in making our community look a little bit better,” Dodsworth continued. “Sounds like it might be a really good thing to do with some of our church groups, who we’ve had success with One Voice, and some of our community groups like block watches, et cetera, and several youth groups.
“So, I think we are going to see a lot of interest in that. If you know anybody who might be interested in applying for funding to do a project like that, we’ll be releasing that information soon. Just have them call the Family Center, again to Jodi Gross.
“Another interesting project along Main Street—we are going to have Le Sol Art Gallery is going to have a project painting trash cans. We’re going to have people sponsor a trash can, and they can paint the trash can themselves, or they can have a group volunteer to do the trash can, that way we give different looks to the Main Street area,” said Dodsworth.