2012 Back to School Rallies

Each year, Homeport provides children age 5 to 18 in our Homeport Rental Living communities with backpacks and essential school supplies to ensure they start the school year with all they need to be successful.

Annual back-to-school rallies are held at our Homeport Rental Living communities, and are coordinated by Homeport Community Life Programs to get kids excited to learn.

Click here to see a list of the needed supplies and volunteer dates.

Bring donations to our main office at 562 E Main St, or drop them off at the Food Truck and Cart Hop on Sunday July 29!

If interested in volunteering, please contact Rachel Arnold by email or phone at 614-221-8889.

AmeriCorps members lend helping hand on service trip to Cleveland

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.



Emerald Glen Girls Circle Celebrate with Awards and Poetry Slam

On Tuesday, March 27, 2012, the Emerald Glen Apartment Girls Circle participated in a poetry slam with a microphone in front of an audience including Janae Littlejohn, the National Plus Teen USA Ambassador. All the girls shared a piece that they wrote or something that struck a chord inside of them. The mic brought something out of them, a certain energy and strength. They all clapped after a reading. They also got to ask questions to Janae and hear her spoken word poetry too.

After the poetry slam, AmeriCorps members, Aisha Upton & Frankie Lee, gave out 9 awards for perfect attendance for Winter season and 3 special awards granted to girls that struck a chord with the Girls Circle Philosophy: Helping Hands, Respectful Leader and GC Warrior.  Everyone shared bubble gum and took fun snap shots with Janae before ending this fun evening.

Great job EG Girls!

Frankie Lee, Emerald Glen AmeriCorps Member

Looking to make a difference? Join Homeport Community Life’s Summer FunCamp 2012 Team!

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of low-income families in the Columbus, Ohio region? Do you want to be part of a dynamic and rewarding Summer Camp Program?

Homeport Community Life Program's Summer Associate VISTA Program provides direct support to Summer Camp and youth programming. Our members will provide direct services to low to moderate income families within Homeport’s rental communities. Members placed at Homeport communities are responsible for the facilitation of Summer Camp for children ages 5-13 and other youth programming ages 14-18. Additionally, VISTA members will assist in the planning and implementation of end of summer Back-2-School Rallies.

We are seeking members who have a desire to help others, experience working with children, the ability to work well with a diverse population, and the ability to multi-task.  We need members who are highly organized, with excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to problem solve.  This role will help provide our residents with stability in their communities and your skills can make a positive impact on our resident’s lives. 

We prefer candidates who have a bachelor’s degree and/or working toward a degree, are at least 18 years of age and have reliable transportation.  Additionally, candidates who are bilingual in Spanish or Somali are preferred. We need candidates who are ready to start a summer of service by June 11, 2012.  Summer Associates are available to the community on a full-time basis.

Benefits of serving with Homeport include:

  • Education award of $1,174 upon successful completion of service or $125/month
  • Living Stipend to cover necessities during service (approximately $400 bi-weekly)
  • Networking with Community Life and other Homeport Staff and Partners
  • Training Opportunities
  • Mileage Reimbursement for work related travel 

If you want to have a once in a lifetime opportunity to serve your community and receive top notch training, please email your cover letter and resume to or apply online at the Homeport Service Listing at

Celebrating National AmeriCorps Week 2012

National AmeriCorps Week celebrated the impact members make in communities every day. This year’s AmeriCorps Week was March 12-16, 2012 and was themed “AmeriCorps Works.”  Homeport AmeriCorps Members kicked off the week on March 8, 2012 with a service project in the Greater Linden neighborhood. During the actual week, members participated in Homeport’s COSI Diversity Training, a local nonprofit organization panel, AmeriCorps Alumni Panel, a special breakfast at Homeport Gallery, a teambuilding trip to Yellow Springs, Ohio, and ended with a celebration at Lucy Depp Park (which is part of the National Underground Railroad).

Read about how our members celebrated the week in more detail below!

March 8, 2012: Homeport AmeriCorps members teamed up with the Greater Linden Development Corporation and the Linden-McKinley STEM Academy’s Legends Against Litter organization to complete a clean-up in the Greater Linden community.  Homeport members first engaged in a discussion with Councilwoman Priscilla Tyson at Greater Linden Development Corporation.  She discussed her appreciation for the work our members are doing in the community and shared some of her experiences as Founder/Director of City Year Columbus. Despite the rain, members, youth, and City Year Columbus members were able to collect approximately 56 bags of trash in just 45 minutes.

Monday, March 12: Member participated in the Homeport COSI Diversity Training.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012: The theme for the cultural competency training was “Going Local.” Coffee for the morning was graciously donated by IMPERO Coffee Roasters of the Short North. The morning began with an Alumni Panel of former AmeriCorps members – Rachel Diskin, Emily Hanlon, and Erin Moore – who discussed their own experiences, life after AmeriCorps, and how service helped their career. Next, representatives from the SBB, Local Matters, and The Dick and Jane Project presented on their organizations.  Members and Homeport staff wrapped up the morning session by enjoying a special lunch from Tatoheads food truck.

Thursday, March 15, 2012: Members met at the Homeport Gallery for a breakfast donated by Cafe Brioso. Amy Klaben, joined by Craig Murphy and Maude Hill, started the morning off with a few words for the members in recognition of their service. During an open mic session, member Frankie Lee played and sang an original song, while Gloria Davis sang Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All”. Following breakfast, members headed to Yellow Springs, Ohio to experience a city that exemplifies the “Going Local” movement. Members were able to hike at Glen Helen, sample ice cream at Young’s Dairy, and enjoy a leisurely stroll around town.

Friday, March 16, 2012: The week ended with a celebration at Lucy Depp Park, a site from the Underground Railroad. Director of Community Life Gwyn Stetler prepared a delicious breakfast that members enjoyed while reflecting on their year of service and the week. Members were also given awards and played games. The afternoon ended with a potluck and a trip to Fort Rapids Waterpark.