Homeport AmeriCorps members embarked on a three-day immersion service trip to Cleveland, Ohio from May 17-19, 2012. Members and Community Life staff served with an organization called University Settlement, whose mission is to “foster strong and independent individuals and families by providing innovative, valued, and collaborative services that meet the evolving needs of the Broadway/Slavic Village Community.”
University Settlement Executive Director Derrick Fulton and Director of Development Jason Weiner provided engaging opportunities for our members. Members participated in socialization activities at the senior center, which included Dominos, good conversation, and jewelry making. Additionally, members relived their childhood days by participating in a competitive game of kickball with the youth in the after-school program. Our members also had the opportunity to go into several of the nearby schools and help in the classrooms. On the last day, members volunteered at a Mobile Market in the Lakewood community - providing fresh produce to those in need.