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Kids Go Back to School with Confidence and New Backpacks

For just a little over three months, Homeport's offices and communities were overtaken with the buzz of the 2014 Back to School Readiness Drive. Backpacks and school supplies lined every available wall in our main office, while children and parents lined up at our community centers to complete registration forms to make sure that they got backpacks with age-appropriate school supplies.

Back in May, volunteers picked up over 1,000 backpacks from Junior League and Charity Newsies, and in June through August, generous donors and corporate partners held school supply drives to collect markers, folders, binders, scissors, and other school supplies to fill those backpacks. Meanwhile back at the office, volunteers from Chase and the Homeport Young Professionals sorted supplies as quickly as they were coming in, and stuffed over 200 backpacks each Wednesday night throughout July.

All of their efforts culminated in 12 Back to School Rallies held in Homeport's communities in August. Nearly 1,150 children entering Kindergarten through 12th grade received backpacks stuffed with school supplies, and had the opportunity to get their faces painted, decorate and personalize their folders and binders, make key chains for their backpacks, play dodge ball, capture the flag, water balloon toss, and even tour a firetruck. 

Thank you to the following companies and their employees, members, and customers who made our 2014 Back to School Readiness Drive a success:

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

The Hadler Companies

CREW Columbus

The Homeport Young Professionals

Starbucks

CASTO

Grange 

EMH&T

Target Graceland and Polaris stores

It's not too soon to begin planning for the 2015 Back to School Readiness Drive. If you would like to learn more about how you or your organization can volunteer or donate for next year's Back to School Readiness Drive, please contact Morgen Wade, Manager of Volunteer Engagement, at morgen.wade@homeportohio.org or 614-545-4817.

Volunteer at our biggest event of the year!

Get to know leaders in Columbus' nonprofit community, enjoy a meaningful program, and experience one of the most unique event locations while volunteering at Homeport's Annual Celebration.

On Thursday, October 16th, Homeport will once again host our Annual Celebration to honor community leaders who have been champions of affordable housing, thank the donors and funders who have made this year's achievements possible, and outline future plans to build vibrant communities in Central Ohio.

16 to 20 volunteers are needed the night of the event to greet guests and guide them through the event venue, The Vault, register and sign guests in, assist our photographer, make sure guests are comfortable, pass out program books, and give out goodie bags as guests are leaving at the end of the celebration.

Volunteers commit to helping from 4pm to 8pm on Thursday October16th at The Vault, 35 East Gay Street, Suite #100.

If you or your organization is interested in volunteering, please contact Morgen Wade, Manager of Volunteer Engagement, at morgen.wade@homeportohio.org or 614-545-4817.

Volunteer Groups needed for upcoming Produce Fairs

Looking for a rewarding team-building experience for your group or company?  Produce Fairs are perfect!

Between July and October, Homeport is seeking groups of 8 to 20 people to ensure that Central Ohio residents have access to free, fresh, and healthy produce.

Produce Fairs are a partnership between Homeport and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, where our residents and neighbors are welcomed to our community centers where they can “shop” for fresh milk, juice, yogurt, fruits, and vegetables, all for free.

Volunteers are needed to set up tables and tents on the produce line, register shoppers, provide food to shoppers, offer cooking suggestions and recipes, help children and the elderly carry their groceries back to their apartments, and break down boxes and pallets. If leftover produce is available at the end of the fair, we could also use a few volunteers who don’t mind driving some of the produce to local food pantries on their way home.

Volunteer groups are needed from 1:30pm to 4:30pm on the following dates:

Thursday July 17 

Thursday August 28 

Tuesday September 2

Thursday October 2

Tuesday October 14

If your organization is interested in volunteering for one of these produce fair dates, please contact Morgen Wade, Manager of Volunteer Engagement, at morgen.wade@homeportohio.org or 614-545-4817.

Are You a Kid at Heart?

Become a Volunteer Camp Assistant for Homeport's Everyday Adventures Summer Camp!

Homeport is recruiting enthusiastic and outgoing volunteers to help run our summer camp at three locations. Assistants will work with children ages 5-13; participate in and develop fun, educational activities; mentor and spend time with the camp attendees; and set up and clean up for meals and daily activities.

Your Commitment:
This is a ten week program running from June 2nd through August 8th. Camp runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm Monday through Friday. Locations are available on the West Side, East Side, and Canal Winchester. Schedules can be flexible based on the volunteers’ preference and availability. All volunteers must be 15 years of age or older, and must be willing to be fingerprinted (paid for by Homeport).

Please contact Morgen Wade at 614.545.4817 or morgen.wade@homeportohio.org if you are interested in hearing more about this opportunity or any other volunteer needs we have at Homeport!

A Night of Celebration and Gratitude!

And you earned it!

What a wonderful turnout we had last Wednesday at Homeport's Volunteer Appreciation Event. Over 40 volunteers joined us as we celebrated the close of yet another successful year of volunteer efforts. And what a year it was! In 2013, over 400 volunteers gave 8,200 hours of time, valued at nearly $210,000.

Nineteen volunteers qualified to receive the prestigious President's Volunteer Service Award, an honor bestowed on only those volunteers who have committed over 100 hours of service in a year-long period. And  the 2014 Service in Numbers Awards were presented  to two outstanding and committed groups: Starbucks and Capital University's Kids of Character Program. The Service in Numbers Awards recognized organizations who pulled together the efforts of a large number of volunteers and spent significant time preparing for and managing successful volunteer projects. Volunteers mingled and chatted about projects they worked, took in Anna Gsanger's exhibit at the Homeport Gallery while enjoying some seriously delicious treats from Swoop Food Truck and Crepes A La Carte. A great night was had by all!

Homeport cannot thank each volunteer enough! Without each person who contributes their time and talents, we would not be able to reach around 15,000 people each year. Children, families and seniors in Central Ohio have better lives because of you. Thank you!

 

Homeport seeks Art Enthusiasts as Gallery Volunteers!

  

Inside the Homeport gallery

Do you appreciate the finer things?  You could be our next Gallery Volunteer!

Homeport is recruiting up to 4 enthusiastic and outgoing volunteers to oversee the day to day operations of the Homeport Gallery, a “community development through art” initiative in the King Lincoln District. Committed Volunteers are needed on Saturdays from 12noon to 6pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm, to greet customers and make sales, answer questions about the current artwork and artists, and provide information about Homeport’s services and investment in the community. There is opportunity to support the marketing of the gallery as well. 

Please contact Morgen Wade at 614-545-4817 or morgen.wade@homeportohio.org if you are interested in hearing more about this opportunity or any other volunteer needs we have at Homeport!

Celebrating Homeport Volunteers!

Hello Homeport Volunteers! 

We'd like to invite you to celebrate the accomplishments of some very important people... YOU! In 2014, over 400 volunteers gave 8,200 hours of valuable time to Homeport to make sure that Central Ohio families were better fed and housed; children were better prepared for school; and that streets and communities were cleaner and safer. You may have helped to carry groceries for a family at a produce distribution last spring, worked and played hard with kids in our Summer Camp Programs, or filed loan documents that helped a family either purchase their first home or save their home of many years. Whatever part you played in improving the nearly 15,000 lives that Homeport impacted last year, we thank you and want to show you our sincere appreciation!

A light dinner and drinks will be served from 5:30 to 7:30pm, with a short awards ceremony beginning at 6:30 highlighting some very special volunteers.

Volunteer Appreciation Celebration:
Date: Wednesday,  April 23rd
Time: 5:30pm ~ 7:30pm
Awards Ceremony: 6:30pm ~ 6:45pm
Location: Homeport Gallery 779 E Long St (next to the Lincoln Theatre)

To RSVP click here

Your attendance at the Homeport Gallery also affords you an exclusive sneak preview of the new exhibit, HOME, by Columbus artist Anna Gsanger, which incorporates recycled materials and features paintings of both Columbus and things that speak to the idea of home.

For more information, contact Morgen Wade, Manager of Volunteer Engagement, at 614.545.4817 or morgen.wade@homeportohio.org.

Homeport seeks Housing Advisory Services Volunteers

Homeport is looking for  volunteers to assist our Housing Advisory Services. Homeport is centrally located in downtown Columbus, with free parking and easy access from I-71. Our office is open between the hours of 8am and 5pm, and flexible schedules between 8 and 20 hours each week are available.  Both positions would be excellent for someone who wants to gain experience transferrable to the legal, real estate, or banking industries.

Down Payment Assistance Program Assistant

The Down Payment Assistance program assistant is supervised by our Down Payment Assistance Manager, and helps our mission-driven effort to provide eligible first-time homebuyers with forgivable loans that can be used toward closing costs or a down payment on a first home.  Duties include collecting and organizing client loan documents and sensitive information, contacting lenders and clients via phone and email to gather required documents, and preparing complete loan packages ready to be processed.

Save the Dream Ohio Program Assistant

The Save the Dream Ohio Program Assistant is supervised by our Loan Processor, and aids Homeport’s efforts to administer foreclosure prevention/rescue funds for Central Ohio Homeowners who have fallen behind, or at risk of falling behind on mortgage payments.  The Save the Dream Ohio Program offers monetary assistance to bring clients current on their mortgages and save their homes.  Duties include collecting and organizing client loan documents and sensitive information, contacting lenders and clients via phone and email to gather required documents, and preparing complete loan packages ready to be processed.

Skills/Competencies:

Excellent Internal and External Customer Service Skills

Attention to Detail

Team Orientation

Fast pace environment

Willingness to complete background check

Ability to work/talk with clients from diverse backgrounds

Please contact Morgen Wade at 614-545-4817 or morgen.wade@homeportohio.org if you are interested in hearing more about this opportunity or any other volunteer needs we have at Homeport!

Homeport seeks Energy Efficiency Program Intern

Do you have an interest in sustainable development, real estate, or conserving natural resources?  Homeport has a project for you! 

It is Homeport’s mission to create and preserve healthy, stable and affordable communities – one neighborhood, one person at a time. If you’d like to join that effort by implementing a program to track energy and water usage at Homeport properties, then you might be the perfect candidate for our Energy Efficiency Program Internship.

Homeport is seeking a local college student (sophomore+ preferred) or long term volunteer to give between eight and 12 hours each week in our Asset Management department located in downtown Columbus. Free parking, business casual dress, and flexible schedule between 8am and 5pm make this position perfect for a student intern or long term volunteer. 

Intern goals include: Developing benchmarks by which Homeport can gauge the energy and water efficiency of properties in our portfolio, and compare to buildings of similar size and age in Central Ohio; Completing a Pro/Con Analysis of two energy efficiency software programs; Entering, scrubbing, and analyzing energy and water usage data in our current energy efficiency tracking system; and researching best practices in green multifamily building operations and making recommendations to the asset management team.

Some knowledge or strong interest in building systems, city planning, or energy and water efficiency preferred. Intern will also gain hands-on training from Homeport, including opportunities to interact with  property management  and make construction site visits.

Please contact Morgen Wade at 614-545-4817 or morgen.wade@homeportohio.org if you are interested in hearing more about this opportunity or any other volunteer needs we have at Homeport!

Give your time to Homeport and see how a fast-paced nonprofit really works!

Do you like to take on new projects and learn new skills?  Have you always wanted to get behind the scenes at a local nonprofit?  Look no further!

Homeport is in need of two Administrative/ Office Assistance volunteers to support our Executive Assistant to the President/CEO.  Dress is business casual (with jeans on Friday!) and hours are flexible within a Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm timeframe.  No minimum or maximum number of hours are required.  Strong interpersonal spoken and written communication skills are desired. General knowledge of formal letter formatting, Microsoft Outlook (email & calendar management), and Microsoft Word will be helpful. Beginner knowledge is ok, and gentle guidance will be provided.  Volunteer responsibilities might include:

  • Composing correspondence to Columbus City officials and community leaders.
  • Composing letters of thanks and other correspondence to partners and contributors.
  • Composing correspondence to our Board of Directors, Taskforce, and Committee members.
  • Assisting with preparation of Board and Committee meeting agendas, materials, and minutes.
  • Assisting with preparation of vital documents.

Please contact Morgen Wade at 614-545-4817 or morgen.wade@homeportohio.org if you are interested in hearing more about this opportunity or any other volunteer needs we have at Homeport!

Volunteer Opportunity for Afterschool Tutors!

Do you like working with children? Do you want to end each day knowing you were a positive influence in a child's life? Become an Afterschool Tutor with Homeport today!

It is Homeport’s mission to create and preserve healthy, stable and affordable communities – one neighborhood, one person at a time. If you’d like to join that effort with children in our community, then afterschool tutoring is for you!

Homeport is in need of volunteers to assist with our afterschool programming offered at three apartment communities. Our program allows children who live in our communities to receive tutoring and homework help after school, as well as a hot meal – all for free! We also provide fun and educational activities to keep the children engaged once their homework is completed.

We have three communities around Columbus where volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from 3:30pm – 6:00pm. Schedules can be flexible based on volunteer’s availability, as long as a consistent schedule can be agreed upon. Children in the program are ages 5-13 years old. Volunteers will assist children with tutoring, homework, reading, leading activities, distributing meals and supervising children during playtime.

Please contact Morgen Wade at 614-545-4817 or morgen.wade@homeportohio.org if you are interested in hearing more about this opportunity or any other volunteer needs we have at Homeport!