On December 6th, 2014, Nationwide Children’s Hospital employees joined more than 300 volunteers at Mid-Ohio Food Bank to build 800 wagons for Wagons Ho Ho Ho. The organization filled the wagons with food and distributed to families in need during the holiday season
On December 14, 2014, Nationwide Children’s partnered with the DRIVEN Foundation for their holiday food outreach event at Moler Elementary. The foundation gave away 100,000 pounds of food to Central Ohio Families. For more information on the DRIVEN Foundation, please visit their website.
On December 17th, Nationwide Children’s partnered with Neighborhood Pride for their holiday party and talent show at the King Arts Complex. The event included middle school students from area schools showcasing their talent for the evening. Over 300 students from South Linden, Linden McKinley High, Starling Elementary, Windsor Elementary and Fairwood Elementary participated in the night’s festivities. Nationwide Children’s Hospital has been a proud partner for many years and looks forward to supporting the holiday program in the years to come.
On December 21st, Ganthers Place set-up shop with new and used clothes, books, games, toys and household items. Shoppers were individuals who volunteered in the Ganthers Place community for at least an hour in 2014. Volunteer opportunities ranged from donating materials to participating in service-oriented events. For more information about Ganthers Place and upcoming 2015 events, please visit their website.
On December 22nd, Community Relations teamed up with Stowe Baptist Center to serve holiday lunch to individuals in need. Located on the Southside, the center prepares lunch daily and provides over 128,000 meals annually. To find out more about the services at Stowe Baptist Center, please check out their website.
On October 31st, Nationwide Children’s Hospital partnered with Community Development for All People and 300 hundred students from SkillsUSA Ohio. Students removed litter and overgrown weeds and shrubs from vacant lots around the Southern Orchards neighborhood. The annual clean-up serves as a community service project for students attending the Skills USA Ohio High School Fall Leadership Conference. Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families measures the impact of the clean-up by the number of vacant lots cleaned. Volunteers cleared overgrowing plants from 8 vacant lots and removed litter from 14 streets and alleyways.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital employees participated in the Plant Pride on Parsons Neighborhood Clean-Up on October 25th. The clean-up focused on beautification efforts to Parsons Avenue. Community members assisted in litter abatement and graffiti removal. As a result, volunteers collected 72 bags of trash and debris.
October 18th marked a busy day for Habitat for Humanity, Nationwide Insurance and Nationwide Children’s Hospital as they celebrated the wall raising of Habitat’s newest home on Carpenter Street. Nationwide Children’s Hospital is pleased to welcome one of its very own employees as the property homeowner. NCH’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity is a perfect match as both organizations care deeply for the welfare of their community. Homeownership plays a significant role in building strong communities and promoting healthy families. The HNHF initiative continues to remove barriers in areas of health and well-being for families in the community.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital in partnership with Habitat for Humanity joined forces to “Rock the Block”. Hospital employees and other volunteers assisted in clean-up efforts on Carpenter Avenue. Activities included exterior home improvements to the properties in close proximity to Habitat’s newest residential property. “Rock the Block” encourages neighborhood residents to join together and make improvements to their neighborhood.
Healthy Homes held an open house on October 10th to premiere three homes available for purchase. Healthy Homes takes pride in offering renovated, energy efficient properties, south of the Nationwide Children Hospital’s campus.
For more information about Healthy Homes, please visit the website or contact Robert Williams at Robert.Williams@NationwideChildrens.org.