Volunteers needed for upcoming June events

Homeport is currently looking for volunteers to assist at the Marsh Run resource fair and fresh produce distribution on June 5th from 2:00 pm – 6:30pm. The resource fair events are an opportunity to connect residents to helpful organizations in the community they may not be aware of, provide them with resources such as health connections and fresh produce, and motivate residents to make positive changes in their lives. Volunteers are needed to help set up, bag and distribute approximately 10,000 pounds of fresh produce to the residents in attendance, as well as help out with the community cookout and children’s activities that will be going on during the event.

Other opportunities:

  • June 7th from 9:00am – 12:00pm we are looking for volunteers to assist at Pheasant Run with a bench building project. We are working on a build out area around our resident led community garden. Volunteers will be assisting with the assembly and installation of four benches, planting too bushes, installing rod décor, painting plant boxes and the installation of a storage shed.
  • We are still looking for volunteers to assist with our summer camp programming. We will have 5 locations running June 17th from August 9th Monday through Friday from 9am – 3pm. Please contact Rachel today for more details about how to get involved!


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.

Another successful Red Day!

Homeport was very excited to partner with Keller Williams again this year for their annual RED Day. More than 100 Keller Williams staff volunteered for the day of service in the American Addition neighborhood. Volunteers helped plant flowers and complete landscaping projects, paint buildings, rebuild failing garages or other structures and help clean up and paint the community garden space.

Bending Brook resource fair was a huge success with the help of volunteers

Over 30 volunteers came out to help Homeport and the YMCA make the Urban Crest Resource Fair on April 10th successful. Volunteers assisted with signing in and greeting attendees, doing craft activities with the kids, as well as helping distribute over 10,000 pounds of fresh produce from the Mid-Ohio food bank. 

Alliance Data donates a day of labor to help clean up George's Creek Apartments

On April 20th, over 25 Alliance Data staff members came out to George’s Creek apartments to help spruce up the community. Volunteers helped paint the playground equipment, curbs, fences and dumpsters. We also had staff from our Asset Management and Accounting departments come out to help. 

EMH&T donates computers for communities

The halls at the Homeport main office were recently overtaken by 28 desktop computers. Longtime partner EMH&T made the generous donation, which will help more of our residents become connected to online resources.

A crew of volunteers have been hard at work updating the computers and getting them ready for their new owners. In the coming weeks, we will move the computers to seven of our communities — four per site.  The computers will be given to kids in our summer camp, who will earn the chance to be selected by meeting participation and behavior criteria. Having a computer on display at each site will remind the campers that it takes daily practice to reach long-term goals.

A big thank you to EMH&T for offering the computers to our families. We appreciate you thinking of us.

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.


Homeport celebrates our volunteers

Homeport was excited to host our first annual volunteer appreciation event on February 23rd. We held the event at our Homeport Gallery and had a great turnout of volunteers and staff. We were able to recognize the volunteer efforts for the first year of our formal volunteer program. Homeport was very excited to celebrate having almost 400 volunteers and over 6,000 volunteer hours for 2011.

Homeport also recognized a special group of volunteers who received the Presidential Service Award. We had 10 volunteers that were recognized for their outstanding service to Homeport in 2011. The volunteers who were honored this year were Alex Beim, Catherine Purdum, Daniel Petty, Jennifer Crossmon, Kelsey Bridges, Kelsi Fawley, Shara Rodney and Tyler Lemmon at the Bronze Level; Dao Hoa at the Silver Level; and Joshua Lapp at the Gold Level.

We would like to thank all of our volunteers for their continued support of Homeport and our programs. We would also like to say a special thank you to Pattycake Bakery, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, and Cheryl & Co. for donating items and gift cards to our event.