Garden Station has recently installed a wheelchair ramp and ADA-accessible entryway, and now volunteers aim to build wheelchair-accessible community-garden beds for residents with disabilities. Three 2-foot-wide and 6 foot-long garden beds will sit in each 18-foot-long table, which sits 36 inches off the ground. The beds all have 6 inches–8 inches of soil to accommodate growing vegetables. The specifications of the beds allow wheelchair users to easily access the table, reach across the bed, dig into the soil, and plant seeds. Garden Station requires additional funding to purchase untreated, weather-resistant western-red cedar to ensure that the plants the beds produce will be free of unwanted chemicals and safe to eat.
Environmental Reclaim (ER) is focused on becoming one of the leading full-service recycling companies in the nation. We are committed to developing and utilizing the recycling technologies of tomorrow, for a cleaner, healthier environment today.
Mid-Ohio Foodbank provides students with healthful groceries to take home over the weekend. Through its backpack program, the food bank distributes food to 31 sites in both Franklin and Marion Counties, and plans to distribute backpacks filled with nutritious food twice a month at each location throughout the school year. Each backpack contains fresh fruit, macaroni, crackers or bread, cereal, shelf-stable milk, tuna or peanut butter, and one or two other snacks.
Since 1996, PetPromise's founders and network of volunteers have been rescuing and finding homes for stray cats and dogs. Along with rescuing stray animals from the streets and local shelters, the no-kill animal-welfare organization spays or neuters feral cats or pets whose owners need financial assistance. PetPromise also is in the process of creating an animal-care and adoption center to serve as a home-like sanctuary for animals as they await adoption.
HFF places family groups in separate apartment units to minimize the stress of acquiring permanent housing for young children. Last year, 139 children between the ages of 1 month and 2 years and their families moved into HFF housing, and few arrive with their own furniture. HFF aims to distribute pack n' play cribs to families in its transitional housing program to provide a safe environment for young children to sleep and play.
Children's Hunger Alliance Cleveland reaches out to at-risk schoolchildren with its afterschool Food Folks program, a nutrition-education course that employs hands-on learning exercises to reinforce the concept of healthful eating through simple food preparation. For three months, weekly classes engage 25 schoolchildren ages 6–12 in fun activities that teach them to understand food labels and make quick and nutritious breakfasts. Constructing snacks such as trail mix and pita sandwiches helps students build the confidence to prepare healthful snacks on their own, and each Food Folks session includes a family night where children fix a meal for family members. More than 85 percent of students surveyed after attending the program demonstrated improvement in their knowledge of nutrition.
House of Hope provides residential services for reduced charges, so men living at the house can save money for permanent housing after completing their recovery programs. Currently, House of Hope only has 11 beds, and must place many prospective residents on a waiting list until a bed is available. House of Hope would like to expand its Sober House with five more beds.