Reading Program at Access Shelter

My friends and I organized activities for an after school reading program at a homeless shelter across from our school. We made healthy snacks, came up with math games to play with the kids and stories to read to them. We also brought some no-sew fleece blankets we had previously made to pass out and…

Feed My Starving Children

Our family friend, Patty, took on the monumental task of raising in excess of $25,000 over the past year to fund and organize a mobile pack for Feed My Starving Children. The pack resulted in over 100,000 meals. We participated in some of the fundraising events and two other mobile packs. The events are always…

Rotary Student of the Month

So proud of my friends,Paige and Lauren, for being recognized as Rotary Students of the Month. Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of Paige receiving her award last fall, but I am so happy for both of them. They have been with me since the start of Ray’s Hope and have spent so many…

Spring Volunteering Opportunities

We would love to have you join us in any or all of the following: Access Shelter on March 22, April 19 and May 22 from 3:30-5pm. We will play games, complete some learning activities, read books, visit and share a snack with preschool children living at the shelter. Random Acts of Kindness on April…

Project Rise’s Soul Food Dinner

On February 25th, we met at my house and made desserts to take the next night to the Soul Food Dinner at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church in Akron. We had the opportunity to welcome guests, visit with families, color and play games with the kids, read stories and help clean up. Delicious food was served,…

Snack Lunches for SOS

We love working with Street Outreach Services – “continues to address the needs of runaway, homeless and street youth and their families in the community by providing outreach services that promote safety, well being, self sufficiency and permanent connections with caring adults”. Together, my friends and I put together 25 sack lunches. We included celery and…

Second Chance Village

Second Chance Village –  “The Homeless Charity is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Akron, OH. We have both a national interest and local focus on seeking innovative ways to end homelessness. More specifically, we seek to meet the homeless where they are today to get them to where they want to go tomorrow by offering…

Scarves, Hats and Mittens

Akron Snow Angels is a wonderful organization that provides assistance to people in our community, especially those without shelter in the winter. My friends and I put together 55 bags of handmade scarves, hats and gloves. Most of the items were handmade and we made over half of the scarves ourselves. The Knifty Knitters (a…

Adopt a Family

My friends and I had been discussing our desire to adopt a family for the holidays. Our first couple of ideas fell through. Then we received a generous donation from one of my dad’s fellow firefighters. He and his wife told us that if we sold their treadmill, we could use the money to adopt…

Gift Wrapping for MCH

12/22 was a fun day. Our usual volunteers got together and with the help of some new friends we wrapped a lot of presents. First, we picked up all the gifts donated to Miller Community House and brought them back to my house. We organized the gifts, wrapped them and then delivered them back to…

Cookie Plates for SOS

On 12/17 my friends and I gathered to make 25 plates of Christmas cookies for Street Outreach Services, which is a drop in center in Akron, Ohio for homeless teens. We each made cookies at home to contribute and a couple of our grandmothers made some cookies ahead of time too (which was a huge…

Decorating at MCH

My STVM cheer team and I met at Miller Community House to decorate for the holidays. We had so much fun working with the children at the center. We sang and danced to Christmas carols and helped one another unpack boxes of decorations. Putting the tree together took A LOT of teamwork :). In the…