For all the talk of late night extra-curricular activities, there’s a lot of really great things that Kent State students do for our community all the time. I realize a lot of the river clean ups and charitable contributions that students make in our community don’t always get headline news but they should. Since they don’t I’m going to highlight one here in this blog that actually needs your help. Students are looking for homes and people in Kent that you know might need help cleaning and fixing up their property this spring. If you know someone who is disabled or elderly who could use a little help, we’ve got a group of students who want to help.
As City Manager I get a lot of requests and I do my best to answer them all but some are certainly easier than others. Typically I get requests from people who need help on one thing or another but last week I got a request from students who are looking for someone to help. Ann Gosky of Kent State put a call for arms looking for a place to put some well trained arms to work.
I know we must have folks around town who could use a little help lifting, cutting or cleaning up their property but I need your help to put them in touch with Ann. Free labor is a terrible thing to waste. If you know someone who would fit the bill that Ann describes below either give Ann a call or email me and I’ll be sure Ann gets the word.
Here’s the information that Ann sent me:
Hello Dave, It was good to see you last week. I am back to work and look forward to working with you and the city committee this semester.
We have identified four dates during the Spring semester that our students can provide service to the elderly and in-need residents of Kent. The dates are part of our Super Service Saturday program which has a core group of volunteers and has been quite successful over the past year.
Our hope is to provide clean-up, spruce-up and general assistance to homeowners in the city. Projects will need to be limited to basic fix-up, repair and clean-up initiatives, i.e., painting, yard and debris clean-up and beautification, simple carpentry, etc. We will develop a form to be filled out by residents who would like our assistance and then develop work crews based on needs. I will show you a draft of the project description and form before we finalize the materials.
As a result of some of our trips to Biloxi, MS. to aid in Hurricane Katrina relief some of our students have become very adept at handling a hammer, putting up drywall, etc.
The dates for our projects in Kent are: March 8, March 29, April 12 and April 26. We will begin at 9:00 a.m. and ending time will vary by crew, depending on the project.
It would be helpful if you can assist us as we market the program to area residents. Let me know if you have ideas or community contacts that can assist us in informing Kent residents. We will work with the churches and inform them of the program and ask that they assist us in identifying residents who need help.
I have developed a short description (see below) of the activity and have included contacts for the residents. If they email or phone we will take project information directly from them.
Kent State University students will assist residents of Kent with general clean-up, fix-up and paint projects on Saturday, March 8, March 29, April 12 and April 26th. Students are volunteering as part of the University’s Super Service Saturday program. If you are in need of assistance please contact Ann Gosky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-672-8004 or Megan Odell Scott at email@example.com or 330-672-8010.
Senior Special Assistant
Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio 44242