From providing tutoring to serving meals, Case Western Reserve University students, faculty and staff contribute to the surrounding community in many ways throughout the year.

This month, though, campus volunteers will have the opportunity to serve together during Community Week, Monday, April 16, to Friday, April 20.

The Office of Government and Foundation Relations is leading Community Week, working in coordination with Business Volunteers Unlimited, TIAA, and several campus and neighborhood partners.

“We are excited to offer the campus community a week full of opportunities to volunteer with area nonprofits, learn more about our surrounding neighborhoods, and build bridges with our neighbors,” said Dionne Broadus, executive director of the Office of Local Government and Community Relations. “Community Week is an example of how the university strives to be a ‘Good Neighbor’ in Cleveland.”

This inaugural Community Week represents an update to the university’s Case for Community Day, which took place each fall starting in the early 2000s. By expanding the program to an entire week, the university hopes to provide more people on campus the chance to participate. In addition, last fall, faculty and staff had the chance to participate in Saturday of Service, which had been a student-only event since it launched in 2006.

Individuals can select from a number of different projects, both on and off campus—ranging from serving meals at the Ronald McDonald House to painting a mural to helping with Case Western Reserve’s Research Showcase. Participants also can tour nearby neighborhoods to become better acquainted with the areas close to campus.

The university asks supervisors to try coordinate schedules so that interested employees can participate in some part of the week.

Calendar of volunteer opportunities

Monday, April 16

  • RePlay for Kids Toy Workshop: From 10 a.m. to noon at the Tinkham Veale University Center Senior Classroom
  • Providence House SAC “Baby Shower”: From noon to 1 p.m. at the Tinkham Veale University Center
  • Cook and Serve Dinner at the Ronald McDonald House: From 3 to 6 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House (10415 Euclid Ave.)

Tuesday, April 17

  • Be an Urban Farmer for a Day: From 9 a.m. to noon at the MidTown Farm (1945 E. 66th St.)
  • Cook and Serve Lunch at the Ronald McDonald House: From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House (10415 Euclid Ave.)
  • RePlay for Kids Toy Workshop: From noon to 2 p.m. at the Tinkham Veale University Center Senior Classroom
  • Spring Cleanup: From 1 to 4 p.m. at Lake View Cemetery (12316 Euclid Ave.)
  • Paint ‘n Sip with Seniors: From 2 to 4 p.m. at A.M. McGregor Home (14900 Private Dr.)

Wednesday, April 18

  • Research ShowCASE: Volunteers needed for various positions throughout the day
  • RePlay for Kids Toy Workshop: From 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Tinkham Veale University Center
  • Book Sorting: From 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank (3635 Perkins Ave., Suite E-1)
  • Rain Garden Project: From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Iowa Maple Elementary (12510 Maple Ave.)
  • Cleaning and Organizing for Veterans: From noon to 4 p.m. at the Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio, Wade Park Domiciliary (1563 East Blvd.)

Thursday, April 19

  • Research ShowCASE: Volunteers needed for various positions throughout the day
  • RePlay for Kids Toy Workshop: From 10 a.m. to noon at the Tinkham Veale University Center
  • Shoes and Clothes for Kids Donation Sorting: From 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. with Shoes and Clothes for Kids (4966 Woodland Ave.)
  • Spring Cleanup: From 1 to 4 p.m. at the Dunham Tavern Museum (6709 Euclid Ave.)
  • Glenville Mural Painting: From 2 to 5 p.m. in Thwing Center Atrium

Friday, April 20

  • Research ShowCASE: Volunteers needed for various positions throughout the day

Sign up to volunteer at Research ShowCASE.

Register online for all other community volunteer projects.

Neighborhood tours

In addition to volunteering with local organizations, students, faculty and staff can get to know the surrounding community better by touring some of the local neighborhoods.

The following tours are available:

  • Glenville Walking Tour: Monday, April 16 (time to be determined)
  • Famicos Foundation Glenville Van Tour: Tuesday, April 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • East Cleveland Van Tour: Wednesday, April 18 (time to be determined)
  • Hough Van Tour: Monday, April 16, and Tuesday, April 17 (time to be determined)

Sign up for a tour.

Questions on Community Week? Call 216.368.1723 or email communityrelations@case.edu with any questions.