Program Houses

 

The Wooster Volunteer Network Awards groups of students an on campus house in exchange for a year of service with an organization in the Wooster community. Each member of the house performs 8 hours of service a month with the house-affiliated organization. This year we awarded over fifteen program houses including:

 

Local Roots:

 

Local Roots is a food co-op downtown that works with produPicture 1cers and farmers to provide their goods to the Wooster Community.  They have three full time Picture 2 Chinese New Yearemployees and run
completely on the work of volunteers who help run the cash registers, restock the store, and label the goods produ
ers bring.  Our volunteers will do all of those things and reach out to the college community to advertise for the large events that occur at Local Roots around the holidays, like Halloween and Chinese New Year.  Local Roots is a great place to visit when you venture downtown and it welcomes everyone interested in buying local and helping out our great community.

 

 

West View Manor House:

WVWe volunteer at West View Healthy Living, an assisted living facility that provides service for senior citizens in all stages of life, from post-surgery recovery to permanent intensive care. We’ll be splitting off into various activities – a few of us will do one-on-one visits with residents, others will do manicures, some will deliver mail, some will play music, and some will do other activities to bond with the residents. Since we’re such a large group, we’re hoping to split into a few smaller units of people throughout the week to volunteer. This will most likely turn into a larger group on Saturday mornings, and a few smaller ones throughout the week.

 

 

 

 

Poverty Outreach:

POEach housemate volunteers at UCC Trinity once a week during the semester. At the church we help to prepare, serve, and eat a hot meal with community members. One of our main goals by doing this is to form relationships with the Wooster community.

 

 

 

 

Holly House:

HH1HH2Holly House, Inc. is an organization that will ultimately provide short-term rental assistance and case-management services to the homeless population of Wayne County. Currently in its development phase, our group members assist at soup kitchens, in fundraising, rehab work, and various other odd-jobs. Volunteering times are flexible and varied during the week, with soup kitchens or fundraising events on a few weekends a month.

 

 

Homework 4 Hoops:

Homework 4 Hoops lives in Lewis House this year and our program runs every Tuesday from 6-8pm. We work with at-risk boys and girls from schools in Wayne County. We help them with homework for an hour and play sports with them for the second hour. The primary objective of our program is to act as positive role models, to be mentors to the kids, many of whom have very difficult family situations and some of whom are court-ordered to be there because they have been in trouble with the law.

 

 

GLOW house:

Our house has started the GLOW program in collaboration with the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland program. GLOW stands for Girl Leaders of Wooster, and is exactly that. Our goal is to provide a leadership program to school age girls in the Wooster community, while also providing them a space to conduct their Girl Scout duties. We meet every other week to plan activities and discuss other volunteer work that the girl scouts want to do. We also meet during the weekends every other week to have bigger events, that may include hiking, volunteering, or help them obtain their Girl Scout badges.

 

 

Boys and Girls Club of Wooster:BG

Our program consists of 10 guys, 8 of us sophomores and 2 juniors. We will be volunteering for The Boys and Girls Club of Wooster, a relatively new organization that creates a safe place for students to learn and play after school. We will be doing homework and playing games with the students of Edgewood Middle School from 3:00 to 7:00 PM on school days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humane Association:

Our program is working with the humane society and pretty much helping in anyway we can. They need help in many different aspects there, including cleaning crates, feeding the animals, working on data input into the computer, walking the animals, and helping with community events sponsored by the humane society. There are nine of us in the program house and some of us will be going there every weekend for the rest of the year.

 

 

Where the Wild Things Are:W

We volunteer at the Wilderness Center in Wilmot, Ohio on Saturday afternoons. At the Wilderness Center, our main task is invasive species removal along the trails. On our first day, we were removing Autumn Olive – and basically saving the ecosystem. In the future, we’ll also be helping with different projects, such as the annual Halloween nature walk where we’ll be “Fireflies” and lead families through the trails!

 

 

 

 

4-Paws:

4P14P24 Paws for Wooster fosters service dogs in training, which includes socializing, training, and basic care of these animals. Our main focus is to expose these dogs to everything that we possibly can, to ensure that they are properly equipped to handle situations that ‘pet’ dogs typically don’t encounter. This means bringing the dogs with us everywhere–to Lowry, classes, Buehler’s, the COW Nursery School and even the Wayne county fair. While the responsibilities of fostering a service dog in training are great, playing a role in changing a person’s life is immensely gratifying.

 

When do we volunteer? We work with our dogs every single day, which ranges from obedience training to socialization experiences. Each group is able to divide the time and work up among their multiple members, but working with 4 Paws for Wooster is a significant time commitment.