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Kids Here and There volunteers have worked at many sites, in various locations across the country, and have done all sorts of different kinds of work: from planting gardens to make our community just a little more beautiful to responding to natural disasters and serving dinners at homeless shelters. Each hour that is completed is not always fun or easy, but the small impacts we make add up over time and make all the sweat worth it for both those in need in our community and for those in need around the world.

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Ama Vera’s Garden and Linden Park Community Clean-Up: 95 Hours
Students from KIPP Journey Academy volunteered their day to pick up trash in the Linden Park Area as well as beautifying Ama Vera’s Garden. They cleaned out and reorganized the community greenhouse, repainted walls and cleaned garden beds for Ama Vera’s Garden and New Harvest Café.

Columbus Academy Service Day with Flying Horse Farms: 118 Hours
Over 30 students came together at Columbus Academy to host a service day where students had the opportunity to learn about Flying Horse Farms as well as make props for their upcoming kid's camps. Students worked for 3 hours making snitches, house flags, floating ghostly characters and ally walls to recreate Diagon Ally from Harry Potter.

Global Youth Service Day: 420 Hours
Global Youth Service day was a one day event where we partnered with City Year and their Service Corp Members to participate in a community clean-up around four different schools. More than 130 students from Bexley, Linden McKinley, South High School, Weinland Park and Cassady came together for the day to clean up the communities and surrounding areas of Linden McKinley High School, South High School, Weinland Park Elementary and Cassady Alternative Elementary School.

Habitat for Humanity – Rock the Block Event : 103 Hours
Students from KIPP Journey Academy spent their time planning and making carnival games for the Rock the Block Event. The participated in community clean-up before and after the event as well as led the carnival games for the children of the community during the event.

Mid-Ohio Food Bank: Over 30 Hours: Over 30 Hours
Kids Here and There Partnered with Huntington Bank for a day of Volunteering at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Nearly 20 students from Columbus Academy, Hilliard Bradley, Upper Arlington, Bishop Hartley and Gahanna volunteered their day to stock shelves and organize loads of food donations for the food bank.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital: Nearly 60 Hours
Students from Columbus Academy have volunteered their time attending orientations and trainings to become patient visitors and volunteer in the sibling clubhouse. The spend their time visiting, playing games, reading and engaging in various other activities to make the time at the hospital as enjoyable as possible for both the patients and their families.

Ronald McDonald House: 60 Hours
Students from KIPP Journey Academy assembled collection boxes and collected over 1200 books to donate to the Ronald McDonald House.

The New Albany Classic: 606 Hours
Students from Columbus Academy and New Albany High School volunteer their time for this one day event that benefits The Center for Family Safety and Healing. Students did everything from make and sell products at vendor booths to set up and tear down of the event. Volunteer duties included trash pick up, parking, child care, cashiers, serving in the VIP tent and baking cupcakes.

The Wexner Service Corps New York Service Trip: 1464 Hours
(WSC) is a new Jewish service-learning initiative for Columbus Jewish teenagers. Students from Columbus Academy, Bexley High School, Columbus School for Girls, Gahanna Lincoln High School, Columbus Torah Academy, Village Academy, Olentangy Liberty High School, Metro High School and Thomas Worthington traveled for a weeklong trip to participate in hands-on Superstorm Sandy relief work while learning Jewish texts related to the value of service and reflecting on the work, its impact and the harsh reality of disasters.