Each year, nearly 3,000 families with hospitalized, seriously ill children stay at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House, the second largest in the world. Located directly across the street from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the House provides a comfortable respite for families just steps away from a hospitalized child. Family members can stay in one of 80 guest rooms or 10 continuing-care suites while their children are hospitalized. In addition to a dedicated volunteer staff, amenities include private rooms and baths, fully equipped kitchens with dining areas, plus laundry, meditation, and exercise rooms. Although guests are asked to donate $20 per night, no families are ever turned away due to an inability to pay. Each night, the estimated cost of housing a family is $100, and housing costs are largely funded by community donations and fundraising efforts.
HandsOn Northeast Ohio connects citizens with opportunities to manage community-development projects and foster community understanding throughout Cleveland. After attending an orientation session, volunteers access HandsOn NEO's online calendar of events to find 35 projects posted each month. The Homework Help and Saturday Service Warriors programs, for instance, collaborate with teachers from Anton Grdina Elementary School to increase student literacy and health through tutoring and fitness activities. Volunteers can also impact the community by serving meals at a local homeless shelter or playing bingo with seniors.
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Comprising a worldwide network dedicated to the reversal of poverty, Ten Thousand Villages fills its retail locations with products gathered from 38 developing societies. Businesswoman Edna Ruth Byler began the fair-trade practice of paying cash advances to far-flung artisans more than 60 years ago, which established the company's long-term project of empowerment via nonexploitative commerce. Each handcrafted item or handwritten finance textbook that makes it to a Ten Thousand Villages store is priced according to the specific socio-economic milieu in which the artisan works, which helps ensure just compensation and proportional economic impact. Ten Thousand Villages has been lauded for its environmental and philanthropic ambitions and was recently named one of the world's most ethical companies by Forbes magazine.
The Foodbank has a straightforward mission: to relieve hunger in the Miami Valley. To achieve this goal, the organization distributes food and other supplies to its network of 85 partner nonprofits, including food pantries, community kitchens, and shelters. The Foodbank also works with local schools through its Good-to-Go Backpack program, giving backpacks full of kid-friendly yet nutritious food to over 1,400 children at risk of experiencing hunger over the weekend, when they don't have access to free or reduced lunch at school. And at mobile farmers' markets, The Foodbank delivers fresh produce, meat, baked goods, and packaged food to communities without a local food pantry. Last year, The Foodbank distributed 7.2 million pounds of food?2.2 million pounds of which was fresh produce?to people in need.
2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Rusty Wallace allows amateurs to feel first-hand how an open-wheeled race car rumbles as its tires scorch a professional speedway. Participants can either ride shotgun with an experienced driver or hop behind the wheel to tackle the track themselves. For more of the genuine experience, drivers don the full array of safety gear before climbing or vaulting through the window, including a sleek racing suit, helmet, and HANS neck-protection device.
Dr. Jennifer Kish works to boost her patients' self-confidence through modern aesthetic services. At Seriously Skin, she combats wrinkles and hyperpigmentation with a menu of facials, injections, and laser treatments. Through these services, she hopes to not only correct the problems she finds but also to stave off future dermal damage with preventive measures and cosmeceutical products. Additionally, she makes use of the LightSheer Duet laser, which zaps unwanted body hair more quickly than traditional lasers or robotic Annie Oakleys.