5th-8th Grade Project Ideas
The goal of the 5th-8thgrade service projects remains the same, but as the child develops and grows in maturity and knowledge of their faith, they can go out and do service in a more physical way. These projects are also built for the coaches and parents to have a more detailed discussion with the children about the dignity of human life, poverty, vocations, and the elderly.
Please also see the project ideas for the 3-4th graders above! We would also like to challenge our 5th-8th grade families to greater service:
Contact: Elizabeth’s New Life Center 563-6100 to set up times to drop off blankets
To facilitate making the blankets, the service project coordinator and/or other parents could buy materials and even precut.
Coach or Parent service project coordinator- before the players make the blankets, please discuss the following points:
(Program Hands Against Hunger)
Contact: www.thechildrenarewaiting.org 513-771-2244
Located at the HOPE FACTORY: 2430 East Kemper Rd Cinti Ohio 45241
The students will work together (AT THE HOPE FACTORY) to package food for undernourished children throughout the world. It is a great opportunity for a hands-on experience and team building.
You can register online to volunteer. Public sessions are held every other Saturday 9:00 – 12:00. Schedule early, they book up quickly!
Before the actual preparation of food, a short video and talk are given by the staff to inform the volunteers of who they are helping and why. It is very moving!
Note: Minimum Age is 13 yo for power packing!
Contact: Jessie Fossenkemper
1141 Central Parkway Cincinnati Ohio 45202
Coach or Parent service project coordinator- before the players start the service project, please discuss the following points:
The mission of the Free Store Foodbank is to provide food and services, as well as create stability and further self-reliance for people in crisis. Our vision is to be the leader of a community mobilized to end hunger and address its causes. By providing emergency food distribution, we uncover the root causes of poverty and food insecurity and work to create sustainable solutions. We strive to support the basic needs of our region, allowing families to overcome hardship and find stability.
Teams can assist this ministry by: Packing Power Packs during the school year, working at the Giving Fields community garden between March and October, helping with events such as the Hunger Walk on Memorial Day weekend, or the Rubber Duck Regatta on Labor Day Weekend. For more information and opportunities visit www.freestorefoodbank.org/volunteer
Note: Minimum age is 5 yo!
The Giving Field a community farm located in Melbourne, KY that provides fresh produce for our community partners in Northern Kentucky. Over 2,000 volunteers provided their hearts and hands during the 2017 growing season to make it possible.
Come play in the dirt and help us feed families in Northern Kentucky!
Groups: The Giving Fields is great for groups of varying sizes.
To complete the Group Registration request form. Our Volunteer Engagement Specialist will contact you to confirm the date and will give you a special web link that you can give to your team to sign up. See above Link.
Generally, volunteers assist with the planting, weeding, harvesting, light landscaping and general maintenance.
What to Wear? You are on a farm, so plan to get dirty! Plan ahead:
What to Bring:
Age Requirement: This is a great opportunity for all ages to play in the dirt while making a difference for our neighbors in Northern Kentucky. Must be 5 years old.
Chaperone requirement: Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Contact: Contact Susan Schiller at firstname.lastname@example.org or #513-557-2410 for more information.
VOLUNTEERING at Bethany House is rewarding, fun, and most importantly makes a difference in the lives of homeless families. We have a variety of ways that you can get involved in our mission. If you don’t see something that matches what you’re looking for or have an idea for something new? We’re always looking for new ways to match volunteer efforts with our needs.
*Provide breakfast at our Fairmount Shelter for up to 40 guests, Saturdays or Sundays. Breakfast is served at 9:00 a.m. Volunteers can cook the food at home and heat it upon arrival or cook and serve at the shelter. Previous teams have done this, preparing the breakfast together after school on a Friday and then delivering the meal Saturday morning. This is a rewarding opportunity for older students to actually go to the homeless shelter and see the people they are serving.
Provide dinner at our Fairmount Shelter for up to 40 guests, Mondays through Thursdays. Dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. Volunteers can cook dinner at home and heat it upon arrival or cook at the shelter in our fully equipped kitchen. You are also welcome to help with child care after dinner while our moms are attending life skills classes (7:00-8:30pm) and hang out with the kids to provide some much needed TLC!
Yard work and landscaping at various locations, including two children’s playgrounds and a small garden. Dates and times are open (in the spring).
Kitchen cleaning – We need volunteers to “super” clean both of our kitchens at the Fairmount Shelter.
Fall and spring cleaning: Clean the woodwork, windowsills, windows, window screens, hallways and playrooms at the Fairmount Shelter.
Third Party Fundraisers: Gather a group to host small fundraisers such as a bake sale, car wash, walk/run, dances, etc. to raise funds for rental assistance, transportation costs, enrichment programs and our children’s programs. Arrange a donation drive for items from our “wish list.”
Santa’s Shop: Volunteer, donate or collect gifts for our families. Wrapping paper, bows and name tags are also needed. All shelter guests served in the last year are invited to “shop” for their families for the Holidays.
6. BROKEN BUS MINISTRY(12 and above to ride on bus, younger children to work at facility- see below)
Contact: Michele Bailes email@example.com
The Broken Bus ministry is a grass-roots Christian organization brought to life by a Liberty Township family in 2013. After serving the homeless population with its church and falling in love with the “people of the streets” in Cincinnati, the local family of four, consisting of a police officer, teacher and two teenage children, decided to venture out on their own. What began as weekly adventures downtown to serve food out of their car evolved into the purchasing of a mobile service vehicle which drives the streets of Cincinnati weekly, feeding, clothing and building relationships with those experiencing homelessness in our city.
Entering its fifth year of operations, the bus travels to downtown Cincinnati weekly, taking four to five volunteers to serve on the front lines. Volunteers range from local families, girl scout/boy scout troops, sports teams, school groups and a variety of church groups from across Butler and Hamilton County. In addition, the founder of the ministry makes regular visits to schools, companies, and events to present information about the importance of serving others along with educational presentations about the homeless population.
Older students 12 and over may ride on the bus, however anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent. There is a max of 5 riders on the bus at a time. Slots fill up very quickly.
If you have younger children, there are ways for them to help at our facility by sorting donations, assembling snack and toiletry bags, and other kid friendly activities. Our facility’s hours vary per week based on volunteer’s availability. If you are interested in volunteering at our facility, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have been blessed with the gift of cooking or baking, please consider cooking a meal for us to serve to our homeless friends. We serve between 40 – 50 people per weekend living on the streets of our city. Providing a meal to serve is a touching way to use your talents to feed those who are hungry. Your sports team could cook the meal together and then drop-off at the facility to be delivered to the homeless. To get more information about providing a meal, please see the sign-up genius on our website to sign up (click on “Get involved” and then the link under “good cook?” or see link below.
Discuss this together as a team.
7. SPIRITUAL ADOPTION of a SEMINARIAN
Fr. Tom McQuillen at the seminary coordinates this. Email Father your interest in spiritually adopting a seminarian: email@example.com
To schedule a tour, contact the main office: Linda Heidi, (513) 231-2223
Ideally, contact Father McQuillen at the start of your sports season and consider continuing through the next sports season. Your team can even adopt 2 seminarians. Your whole team can schedule a tour, have lunch with your adopted seminarian ($9/person buffet, must RSVP to Linda), and deliver cards and treat bags. Treat bags could include homemade baked goods, nuts, candy, prayer cards, bookmarks, a nice pen, or small gift card to Starbucks. Father Eric really encourages this project! This is a neat way for older students to spend time with these humble men of faith! Teams can pray at the Athenaeum together!
THE ATHENAEUM OF OHIO 6616 Beechmont Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45230 | PHONE 513.231.2223 | FAX 513.231.3254
(http://www.cincinnativocations.org/hearing-the-call/meet-our-current-seminarians/ and http://www.mtsm.org
College Seminary - Archdiocese of Cincinnati: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8b3qSjxuOo
Buckeye Vocations YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPWMxT9IBEhG8CUzzoSjYMA
8. OUR DAILY BREAD( BIRTHDAY CAKE BAKING)
Bake birthday cakes.
Purchase and organize bags.
Great off-site opportunity.
Good team building activity.
Donate one time or regularly.
Use the form below to contact Jeni Jenkins, Director of Communications
Call (513) 621-6364 x 17 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule
9. SERVE CITY HAMILTON
Teams can pick an evening and prepare and serve food OR you can purchase dinner and bring it and serve. Dates fill up early. Contact Greg at 513-460-0573.
10. OPEN DOOR FOOD PANTRY (STOCKING SHELVES ON SATURDAYS)