Current Volunteer Needs as of November 26th, 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 will have a lot of projects we need YOUR help with in the upcoming months!

If you want to help with the for an hour or a day, please reach us at volunteer@edwinsrestaurant.org.

Please also contact us you are interested in making tax-deductible financial or material contributions to be part of the EDWINS Butcher Shop capital campaign at info@edwinsrestaurant.org.


 

Niche Professional Services

Our case management team works overtime 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 is volunteer@edwinsrestaurant.org if you are interested in providing these or other services.


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 is volunteer@edwinsrestaurant.org if you are interested in being a Cleveland 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 technology needs, please contact Director of Education, Jon Khanna, at JonKhanna@edwinsrestaurant.org or by calling the restaurant at (216) 921-3333.


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 you are interested in helping us with our organizing needs, please contact our Resident Advisor, Bryan Sides at Bryan@edwinsrestaurant.org.


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 helping us with our organizing needs, please contact our Resident Advisor, Bryan Sides at Bryan@edwinsrestaurant.org.


Data Entry

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 our Director of Culinary Education Gerry Grim at Gerry@edwinsrestaurant.org.


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 in 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 us at info@edwinsrestaurant.org.


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 us at info@edwinsrestaurant.org.