Hundreds volunteer their time and talents

Tribune Chronicle

Hundreds of volunteers throughout Trumbull County tackled about 75 projects Saturday, Make A Difference Day, to make life better for others. It was the 15th year that the Tribune Chronicle sponsored the day of caring.

Following are a list of results reported by volunteers working registered projects.

• Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, along with volunteers from the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, canvassed 11 neighborhoods hardest hit by drug overdoses in Warren, Niles, Cortland, Champion and Vienna to distribute door hangers about how to spot an opioid overdose and how to help. The effort involved 50 volunteers.

• American Association of University Women collected two dozen bags of school supplies, hats, scarves, gloves and socks for students at Willard PK-8 School in Warren. Twelve students from the school in grades kindergarten through second helped bring the supplies into the school.

• Basement Outreach Ministries Inc. and God’s Refuge House helped one veteran and the veteran’s family, and five other veterans with personal care items, food and clothing, as well as assisted them with cleaning, laundry and other chores.

• Twelve to 15 people with Blankets of Love at Domestic Sewing Center in Warren made and collected 178 blankets and quilts for children in local hospitals.

• More than 50 volunteers in Bristol gathered to host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser, scarecrow decorating contest, chance auction and other activities and to raise money for a Bristol family who lost their home in a fire in August. The event included serving 250 dinners and raising $7,900 to help them rebuild their house.

• Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints planned to prepare the West Farmington Cemetery and Chapel for winter.

• Colbert’s Care had about 25 people volunteer to paint and improve a home on East Market Street that will be given away to a local family around Christmas.

• Community Concerned Citizens II served about 40 lunches, played games and did activities with 70 residents at the Tod’s Crossing senior apartment complex and gave away two gift bags full of household items in a game of bingo.

• Cortland Bank volunteers collected 228 pounds of nonperishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank and helped sort and pack food donations at Second Harvest for its 148 member agencies.

• Cortland Rotary Club filled a 15-foot truck with collected clothing for the Warren Family Mission and seven to eight bags of food for the Cortland Area Cares food pantry during a collection at the Lakeview High School bus garage.

• Cowboys 7-8 Division Flag Football Team sold spinners at their games to raise $178 for the family of Warren G. Harding High School graduate Angel Gonzales, whose family was affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

• Fairhaven Workshop attendees helped sort and pack food donations at Second Harvest Food Bank.

• Families Helping Families collected food for its annual Christmas Day community dinner.

• The Fifth Wheel Club collected 50 blankets for the Warren Family Mission.

• Four Seasons Garden Club of Cortland helped hang 60 American flags on the King Graves Road bridge over state Route 11 in honor of area veterans.

• Fowler United Methodist Church planned to collect paper products, such as paper towels and toilet paper, for the Vienna Food Pantry.

• Friends of the McKinley Memorial Library, Niles Kiwanis and Niles High School Key Club had a Halloween-themed literary event at the library with games, crafts and trick-or-treating. More than 80 children and their families attended. More than 100 books were donated, with about 80 given away. The Niles Rotary and the Friends of the Library donated candy and refreshments.

• Garfield Community Garden volunteers partnered with Girl Scout Troops 80259 and 80865 to plant more than 150 bulbs, spread wood chips around the community gardens and install flower beds and an arch in the children’s garden.

• GFWC Ohio Warren Juniorettes planned to clean dog kennels, walk dogs and collect food and supplies for the dogs at the Trumbull County Dog Kennel. Their project was delayed because of the weather, but they plan to complete their project Saturday.

• Girl Scout Troop 80180 passed out 750 pieces of candy at the Great Pumpkin indoor trick-or-treat and safety fair at Kent State University at Trumbull.

• Girl Scout Service Unit 807, which consists of Girl Scouts from Howland and Vienna, collected more than 400 personal size food items for the Howland United Methodist Church backpack project.

• Girl Scout Troop 80598 made and collected 149 blankets for the homeless and needy in Warren.

• Grace United Methodist Church in Warren collected three boxes of items such as laundry soap, paper products and personal hygiene items for foster families at Trumbull County Children Services. Volunteers also baked and delivered approximately 20 dozen cookies to firefighters at each Warren fire station.

• Guardian Angels of Trumbull County assisted residents of three area nursing homes with baking about 10 pumpkin breads and 12 dozen assorted cookies. There were about 15 elderly residents that baked with them. They also were treated to lunch and played bingo. The “Bake A Difference Day” was held at the Multi-Generational Center in Girard and all baking ingredients were donated by Guardian Angel volunteers and staff from Trumbull County Probate Court.

• Susan Helsel of Lordstown spearheaded an effort planning to make and donate cards for area veterans for Veterans Day.

• Historic Perkins Homestead Neighborhood Association winterized the rose garden at Warren City Hall, picked up eight to 10 bags of trash and mowed vacant lots in their neighborhood.

• HYPE (Healthy Youth Promoting Excellence) collected about eight crates of bottled water and some nonperishable food and other items for recent hurricane victims.

• John F. Kennedy Catholic School students are collecting items for hurricane victims through Friday. Donations can be dropped off at the school office on Central Parkway.

• Kenmore Neighborhood Association worked at Packard Park planting more than 20 plants, hosting a seed-exchange and weeding around a 50-plus-foot wall.

• Knights of Columbus Warren Chapter collected money to buy 24 new winter coats and donated them to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Coat Closet.

• Leavittsburg Neighborhood Pride did a neighborhood cleanup, during which they filled 75 trash bags and raked 25 bags of leaves for elderly residents. They also collected 25 bags of winter clothing for the needy. The group cleaned properties in four sections of Leavittsburg and Warren Township.

• Mahoning Valley Dream Center did activities for kids, gave away 10 pumpkins and served about 40 lunches in their Adopt a Block area of Washington, Scott, Olive, Vine and Waverly streets in Warren.

• Michelle Miller of Warren collected 15 pairs of eyeglasses for the Lions Club, two hats for the homeless and 20 books for hospital patients. They also received about four boxes of winter clothing for the homeless.

• Niles Community Services collected 400 bags of food throughout the neighborhood for their holiday food pantry.

• North-Mar Church in Warren did the following projects:

1. Gave 37 free haircuts to people struggling to make ends meet.

2. Provided 60 oil changes for single mothers and widows.

3. Held a blood drive for the American Red Cross.

4. Cleaned restrooms at area gas stations and parks.

5. Helped at the volunteer picnic at the Warren Community Amphiteatre.

6. Wrote encouraging letters to Alliance International workers overseas.

7. Partnered with Boyd’s Kinsman Home to host a fall party for 40-plus special-needs residents.

8. Organized winter hats, coats and gloves at its storage unit in Fowler in preparation for the Nov. 4 Warm Up Warren event.

9. Held a prayer and personal encouragement party. Volunteers gathered at the church and in the community to pray for the success of Make A Difference Day projects and visited specific individuals.

10. Took pictures of various projects throughout the day.

11. Prepared lunch and provided baby-sitting services for the volunteers doing the oil changes and haircuts. They also hosted activities for the children of the women getting haircuts and oil changes.

12. Partnered with staff at Trumbull County Children Services to throw a big party for children at CSB.

13. Cleaned up at the church following its various projects.

14. Walked the neighborhoods asking for food donations for the church’s food assistance ministry on Wednesday mornings.

15. Assisted at A Place Called Home, a nonprofit in Niles, to renovate and paint homes for young adults who have aged out of the foster care program at Trumbull County Children Services.

16. 50 volunteers worked with Team Sanders to renovate a house for the Warren nonprofit’s Christmas House giveaway.

17. Put together gift bags for all the Warren City police officers.

18. Made 1,000 doughnuts with the help of a food truck vendor to hand out to volunteers doing projects throughout the day.

• Northwest Neighborhood Association collected two trucks full of non-perishable food for the food pantry at Grace United Methodist Church.

• Parkman Road Sparkle Market collected three grocery carts, which is approximately 300 pounds of food, for the Warren Family Mission.

• Danielle Polivka hosted a cleanup at Circle Park on Central Parkway in Warren.

• Pythian Sisters collected enough items for five manicure kits, including nail polish, cotton balls and nail polish remover from three volunteers. They then donated the kits to residents at Burton Health Care Center.

• Quilts from the Heart made blankets and pillow cases to donate to residents of area nursing homes. They were assisted by local Girl Scouts and volunteers from New Jerusalem Fellowship Church. Forty-five blankets were made, with 20 more that still need to be finished.

• Second Harvest Food Bank sorted and packed 6,552 pounds of food donations with the help of Fairhaven Workshop and Cortland Bank at the agency on Salt Springs Road.

• Seven Seventeen Credit Union collected $400 for the Warren Family Mission at its drive-thru locations in Warren, Vienna and Cortland. It also collected 250 grocery items and 100 clothing items.

• Solace of the Valley spent around 80 hours preparing spaghetti dinners for 200 area first responders to thank them for assisting in the opioid crisis. The food, including 58 pounds of pasta, about 3,000 ounces of sauce, 600 meatballs and 100 cupcakes was donated by members of the community. Local Girl Scouts and Adventure Club members decorated pumpkins and wrote thank-you letters to accompany the dinners that were delivered to local police and fire departments.

• Southeast Side Community Association collected about six cases of bottled water for hurricane victims in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico.

• St. Mary Church in Warren collected food and approximately 300 items for children staying at Someplace Safe, the domestic violence shelter in Trumbull County.

• Student Nurses Association at Kent State at Trumbull assisted the Mahoning Valley Red Cross with plans to install smoke detectors throughout Trumbull County.

• Team Sanders Inc. and about 30 volunteers worked on the Christmas house giveaway home at 924 E. Market St. The house will be donated to a local needy family just before Christmas. This is the third year the group has done work for Make A Difference Day. Local church groups, school groups and volunteers helped with the project.

• The Tribune Chronicle hosted a picnic for Make A Difference Day volunteers. About 225 volunteers were fed hamburgers, hot dogs and desserts.

• Trumbull Art Gallery hosted a ceramic painting party where artists, 20 volunteers and TAG members painted hundreds of porcelain and ceramic holiday decorations that will be given to residents at area nursing homes. The project has been ongoing and will continue through mid-November.

• Volunteers from Trumbull County Children Services hosted a pingpong ball drop of more than 550 balls at Perkins Park to benefit the Home for Jamie and Jeremiah. The Warren Fire Department provided a ladder truck for the event and 20 volunteers sold the pingpong balls.

• Upton Association raked leaves and beautified the Women’s Park between Warren City Hall and the Trumbull Tourism Bureau.

• Walnut Run Condo Association held a neighborhood food drive for the Cortland Area Cares Food Bank. They collected a truck full of food items.

• Warren Family Mission distributed 184 coats.

• Warren G. Harding Key Club collected items over 18 hours for the USO to distribute to soldiers from Northeast Ohio deployed overseas.

• Warren Interfaith and Building Bridges worked to feed the homeless in the area. They collected 100 bags of food, soup and chili.

• Warren Junior Women’s League helped hang 60 American flags on the King Graves Road bridge over state Route 11 in honor of area veterans.

• Wildare United Methodist Church paid $350 for peoples’ laundry and provided laundry soap, doughnuts and pizza for people at the Mayfair Laundromat.