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Students had the opportunity to speak with organizations at the CLEState Connects program.


Oct. 29, 2018

CLEState Connects welcomes organizations

Humanitarian organizations all over the country rely on volunteers to bolster their numbers and give their time. Recruiting events like the CLEstate Connects program provide willing and able college students ready to do said work.

A plethora of organizations filled the student center atrium on Oct. 16. Each one had a booth with individuals to spread their message to students. Some organizations brought contact sheets where Cleveland State students could volunteer and directly place their contact information.

Some of the organizations represented included Habitat for Humanity, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Medwish International. Some local organizations, such as The Cleveland Kids Book Bank, Campus District and Hospice of the Western Reserve also sought perspective volunteers.

Connor O’Brien represented Campus District, a community development organization serving the arts, education and medical district of Downtown Cleveland.

“It’s a local community development organization and we cover from 18th down to 30th, from Shoreway down to Orange,” O’Brien said. “We do anything, from helping folks get public art work up, murals, we have open discussion like the Superior gathering. We’re hosting a street cleanup [Oct. 20. 2018], we work with other local non-profits. We do anything to try and help out the community. We work a lot with homeless shelters so this is a good opportunity for kids that want to help out.”

O’Brien said organizations like his relwy on volunteers to keep their effort going and to make their message heard.

The same can be said for Blossom Hill Health, which operates two assisted living centers, that prides itself on having a high staff-to-resident ratio.

Anjill Calozzuma, the house manager, said that with the number of services provided by Blossom Hill, it is paramount to find people willing to help out. A total of 28 people with developmental issues live at the two houses.

“We take care of people with developmental disabilities in group home settings right now,” Calozzuma said. “We’re always looking for volunteers and people to hire. We’re always hiring. We’re actually looking for weekend-only staff in North Royalton, which is perfect for a college student. We hire a lot of college students.”

While people like O’Brien and Calozzuma were looking to recruit students to help out their organizations, some students looked for places that seemed like a fit for them.

Julian Foster, a senior nonprofit management major at Cleveland State, signed up for the Boys and Girls Club of America during the event.

Foster, who has done volunteer work in the past and plans to continue it after he graduates from Cleveland State, thinks the Boys and Girls Club is the right fit for him not just for today, but tomorrow as well.

“Boys and girls club offers several different activities for children at this school,” Foster said. “I’ve done some work in the past and I want to start my own nonprofit, so I thought this would be a good step.”


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