Here are notable service efforts conducted by Ohio State alumni clubs and societies:
In August, members of the Ohio State alumni club of central Florida volunteered in support of A Gift For Teaching in Seminole County (photo above).
These club members stuffed 500 backpacks for elementary school students participating in the free and reduced lunch program. In addition, volunteers assisted in the stocking of shelves in preparation of the teacher’s Free Store, and built supply shelves to organize storage and increase storage capacity.
During the months of Aug. and Sept., the club will continue to support AGFT by collecting school supplies during all club events, and will have another volunteer event for the A Gift For Teaching Free Store in Orange County in late Sept.
Suncoast Buckeyes clean up the coast
The Suncoast Buckeyes (see photo above) dedicated time in late April to cleaning a beach in the Tampa Bay, Fla., area. Ten members of the club spent an afternoon picking up trash from the Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa. Board member and alumna Sarah Kelley organized the service event.
Erie County Buckeyes serve their community
The Ohio State alumni club of Erie County recently completed its annual spring clean-up project at Facer Park in downtown Sandusky, Ohio. Work included removing old plantings, spreading new mulch, and planting flowers throughout the Park. For more information and photos from the project, visit www.eriecountybuckeyes.com.
Franklin County alumni take lead on Honor Brick program
The Franklin County alumni club established the Honor Brick program in 2011. The Honor Brick walkway is a part of Remembrance Park on campus, which recognizes the more than 1,000 Ohio State alumni who perished in defense of their country. For $100, alumni and friends can purchase a personalized brick that recognizes someone who has served or is serving the U.S. in the military. This is a partnership between the Franklin County club and Ohio State ROTC.
Wounded warriors benefit from alumni generosity
The Sandhills (N.C.) alumni club supports the Wounded Warrior Project at nearby Fort Bragg. Each year, the club donates personal care items that are used by the more than 700 wounded warriors at Fort Bragg. Sixty-four members of the club have participated in some capacity, prompting Staff Sergeant Anthony Logan to say, “Your generosity is greatly appreciated, and your kind spirit is healing for us soldiers.”
Alumni societies participate in Read Across America
Ohio State’s Education and Human Ecology and Arts and Sciences alumni societies had more than 60 group members participate in Read Across America this year. The volunteers read to students at Prairie Norton Elementary School in Columbus.
Naples Buckeyes lead the way in fundraising
The Naples (Fla.) alumni club has the largest Ohio State alumni club scholarship endowment. The club is currently conducting its Naples Dollars for Buckeye Scholars campaign which has a goal of increasing the endowment to $1.5 million by 2016. The club wants to provide four students a $16,000 scholarship each year.
GLBT alumni have largest campus scholarship program
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender alumni society operates the nation’s largest campus scholarship program for gay and lesbian students, including one of the only scholarships in the nation for students living with HIV or AIDS.
Mentoring students in D.C.
The Washington D.C. alumni club has established an alumni mentoring program for students in the region. The program’s objective is to tap into the professional experience of Ohio State alumni to help students channel their interests into definable career goals. The majority of the mentorship opportunities happen in conjunction with John Glenn School of Public Policy fellows who are working in D.C.
Supporting breast cancer research
The Western Michigan alumni club has focused its fundraising efforts on the Buckeyes for a Cure initiative. This project raises funds for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research by selling buckeyes that will be included in the largest buckeye necklace. The club has a goal of purchasing 1,000 buckeyes for the necklace, which is on display at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center.