Current Volunteer Needs as of June 27, 2018
EDWINS is grateful for our volunteers, and we always want to hear from caring, compassionate people who want to make a difference!
While it is not required, we strongly encourage all interested volunteers to join us for an open house to learn more about our program, our specific volunteer needs, and upcoming projects.
Help Us Build the EDWINS Butcher Shop & Training Center
Sustainability for EDWINS, more intensive training for our students, quality food and service for the Buckeye neighborhood - that's what the EDWINS Butcher Shop is all about! We are ready to welcome volunteers, and we have a lot of projects we need YOUR help with!
Current needs are:
- Removing paint from windows
- Sanding and smoothing steel beams
All tools and materials will be provided!
If you want to help with the for an hour or a day, please reach Valerie Maczak-Grim, Director of Development, at Valerie@edwinsrestaurant.org or (330) 268-7400 (mobile).
Please also contact Valerie if f you are interested in making tax-deductible financial or material contributions to be part of the EDWINS Butcher Shop capital campaign.
3rd Annual EDWINS Run for Re-Entry 5K Gold Committee
On your marks, get set and go for the gold as part of our planning committee for the third annual EDWINS Run for Re-Entry 5K and 1-Mile Walk on Sunday, October 28, 2018.
We need you to help us put on one of Cleveland's most exciting runs featuring an after-party on Shaker Square with live music, refreshments and fun raffles!
This committee helps with promotions, event logistics, registration, course marshaling, water stations, raffles and more.
You need not be a runner or have any experience to be part of this committee - we welcome and value people of all abilities and perspectives!
If you're interested in being part of the Run for Re-Entry 5K Gold Committee, please contact Development Director Valerie Maczak-Grim at email@example.com or (330) 268-7400.
Grafton Garden Volunteers
Did you know that EDWINS also has a full-sized garden inside of Grafton Correctional Institution? It's true!
About 10 inmates give their time and attention to growing produce that we use at EDWINS Restaurant . They greatly benefit from having someone to help them with planning, planting and produce problems. EDWINS is able to pay for and provide all gardening materials thanks to generous support from The Garden Club of Cleveland the Shaker Lakes Garden Club.
If you're a green thumb interested in getting to know EDWINS 'from the inside out' and would like to help with our gardening initiatives at Grafton, which is near Oberlin, Ohio, please contact Development Director Valerie Maczak-Grim at firstname.lastname@example.org or (330) 268-7400.
Niche Professional Services
Our case management team works over time to ensure we're removing barriers for our students, but we occasionally have needs where pro-bono professional services are necessary. This is not an all-encompassing list, but a recurring needs include:
- Pro-bono tattoo removal
- Pro-bono specialized legal services
- Pro-bono technology services
- Pro-bono web services
- Pro-bono mechanic
- Pro-bono hairstylist and barber
Please contact Development Director Valerie Maczak-Grim at email@example.com or (330) 268-7400 if you are interested in helping us in these areas, or if you have other ideas.
Get to Know Our Newest Students as a Cleveland Community Ambassador
About 85% of our students live within a 5-mile radius of EDWINS, but we welcome students from all geographies. We'd love for volunteers to help show students from outside of Cleveland all that our great city has to offer.
This could include spending time with a new student to show them how the rapid works and taking a trip down town, visiting a MetroPark, taking them to the Cleveland Museum of Art or West Side Market, helping them find a place of worship, or other fun and useful things that someone living in Cleveland would need to know.
Please contact Development Director Valerie Maczak-Grim at firstname.lastname@example.org or (330) 268-7400 if you would like to be a Cleveland Community Ambassador.
Volunteer Driving Instructors
Help our students get on the road to success – literally!
We need several volunteers to help our students with driving practice. If you’re a professional driving instructor or just someone who’s patient, we’d love to pair you with a student to help them get ready to take their driver’s license test.
EDWINS can provide the car to practice in if needed, or use your own.
If interested in being a driving instructor, please contact Director of Education, Jon Khanna, at JonKhanna@edwinsrestaurant.org or by calling the restaurant at (216) 921-3333.
Systems Integration Services
As EDWINS continues to grow, our technological needs grow with us. We could greatly use pro-bono help employees implement a shared calendar, upgrade email interfaces and develop a shared drive for documents.
If interested in helping us with our systems integration needs, please contact Development Director Valerie Maczak-Grim at email@example.com or (330) 268-7400.
Volunteer Second Chance Shop Sorters and Organizers
We need help sorting and organizing clothing and household good donations in our storehouse of donated goods for students, the Second Chance Shop. This involves opening bags and boxes of donated items, removing the items, determining if they are suitable for use or wear, and hanging/displaying usable items.
If interested in helping us with our photography needs, please contact Development Director Valerie Maczak-Grim at firstname.lastname@example.org or (330) 268-7400.
Study Skills and Specialized Tutoring
Our “tutoring” needs aren’t exactly traditional, but they offer a chance to give very valuable help directly to our students.
We would love for those with skills and insight in the following areas to offer small group or individualized help for:
- Study skills
- Memorization techniques
- Time management/prioritization
- Test-taking strategies
- We do have often have tutoring requests for those with learning disabilities so for volunteers who have a specialty with that, we may have direct needs.
Frequency will vary, based on the volunteers’ availabilities. One time or ongoing is fine.
Additionally, there’s goal attainment help that would be helpful to offer in a small group or individualized capacity as students request:
- Buying your first car (including the actual costs of car ownership with gas, insurance, maintain ace, etc.) and how to avoid over-paying for a car
- Repairing credit scores
- Writing a business plan
- Other ideas at our students’ requests
If interested in offering specialized help in these areas, please contact Director of Education, Jon Khanna, at JonKhanna@edwinsrestaurant.org or by calling the restaurant at (216) 921-3333.
‘Done in a Day’ Small Construction Projects at EDWINS Campus
There are several ‘done in a day’ ideas that someone with mid-level construction/building skills could help us with:
- Building shelving in our utility closet
- Building shelving/other storage in our basement utility storage
- Helping repair drywall in a student dorm apartment
- Installing ceiling fans
- Building an outside storage shed
- New ideas arise daily!
If you are interested in these or other small building projects, please contact Development Director Valerie Maczak-Grim at valerie (at) edwinsrestaurant.org or (330) 268-7400.
We use case management software to help us remove our students' barriers to success, as well as a donor database for development records. We can always use a hand with data entry to make sure these databases are fully updated.
This might include taking new student photos and uploading them to our student database. This would involve coming to EDWINS when a new class arrives to take each student’s photo then, in the following days, upload those photos in their database files.
We could also use help uploading data from our “barrier survey” which identifies potential issues that could interfere with our students’ success.
We could also use help managing our volunteer and donation data.
If you are interested in data entry projects, please contact Development Director Valerie Maczak-Grim at email@example.com or (330) 268-7400.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities - Stay Tuned!
Second Chance Shop Thrift Store Construction
Did you know we have an entire store of donated clothing and household items where our students can simply select items they need at no cost? It's called the Second Chance Shop, and we're giving it a makeover!
The construction for the Second Chance Shop should begin summer 2018 and will require lots of unskilled labor, so stay tuned!
If you are interested in making tax-deductible financial or material contributions to support the Second Chance Shop construction, please contact Development Director Valerie Maczak-Grim at valerie (at) edwinsrestaurant.org or (330) 268-7400.
If any of these opportunities are interesting to you - or you have other ways you would like to help - please begin the process by filling out our Volunteer Application, below, and contact Development Director Valerie Maczak-Grim at firstname.lastname@example.org or (330) 268-7400 at any time to discuss your volunteer contribution.