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Updated: August 14, 2017

Heartbeat Offers Orientations For Volunteers
Heartbeat of Toledo, a pregnancy help center, is holding two orientations for those who may be interested in volunteering at either its West Sylvania or East Toledo offices.
The volunteer orientation for the West Sylvania location is planned for Monday, August 28 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at 4041 W. Sylvania Ave., Suite LL4. This office is located directly across from Westfield Franklin Park.
The volunteer orientation for the East Toledo location is planned for Tuesday, August 22 from 10:00 a.m. to noon, at 101 Main St., Suite 101, at the corner of Front and Main in East Toledo.
Heartbeat provides pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, options counseling and assistance to women who are or may be pregnant. The agency also offers prenatal and parenting classes where parents can earn baby items while learning how to become better parents. All services are free and confidential.
For more information or to register for either volunteer orientation, call Heartbeat at (419) 241-9131. A volunteer application is also available at www.heartbeatoftoledo.org.

Cherry Street Mission Seeks Water Donations
Cherry Street Mission Ministries is extremely low on bottled water and needs help from the community to replenish the supply. Cherry Street maintains a regular stock level of basics such as bottled water to meet the needs of the hundreds of community members and shelter guests served daily. A standard 2-week supply is on hand at all times to fill the void in times of extreme temperatures or other emergency. That supply is currently at an emergency level.
Bottled water is a vital commodity to those living in poverty, on the streets, and without resources. Cherry Street expects extreme temperatures during the remain-der of August and is asking for donations to assist. Members of the community rely on Cherry Street to en-sure they stay hydrated and Cherry Street in turn is asking for support from the Greater Toledo community.
Donations of bottled water are desperately needed at this time. Monetary donations are also appreciated to purchase items at a discounted bulk rate. In addition, do-nations of coffee, liquid laundry detergent, and ground beef are needed to replenish stock and provide for the hundreds of men and women Cherry Street serves every day.
Donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday at the Life Revitalization Center, 1501 Monroe St., Toledo, at the 16th Street entrance. Monetary donations can be mailed to: Cherry Street Mission Ministries, 105 17th St., Toledo, OH 43604, or donations can be made online at www.cherrystreetmission.org.

Free Summer Meals Available For Kids
Nonprofit group Hunger Free America is ramping up its efforts to publicize the USDA National Hunger Hotline – which can be reached at (866) 3-HUNGRY or (877) 8-HAMBRE (for Spanish) – through which callers can locate summer meal sites for kids, food pantries or soup kitchens for families, and/or other government and private meal programs near them.
Even though children need just as much, if not more, nutrition during the summer months, in Ohio, only 10 percent of kids who receive free and reduced school meals receive summer meals. Raising awareness about this program is the single greatest barrier to participation. Summer meals are available to all kids 18 and under, and no identification is required.
Hunger Free America also just launched www.hungervolunteer.org, a state-of-the-art volunteer matching portal to make it easier to mobilize the unique talents and skills of each individual volunteer in order to take the biggest bite out of hunger.

Volunteers Needed For Center Events
The Maumee Senior Center is looking for volunteers to help with upcoming and future center events, including: the Summer Fair Parking Lot Party on Friday, August 11, as well as evening meals throughout the summer.
Do you have a few hours to spare? All events will need help with registration, setup, decorating, serving food and water and cleanup. Think about volunteering at the Maumee Senior Center.
All ages are welcomed and families are encouraged to sign up.
Give the Maumee Senior Center a call at (419) 893-1994 and ask for Kathy or e-mail mscoutreachcoordinator@gmail.com.

Toledo Jazz Orchestra Seeks Financial Support
The Toledo Jazz Orchestra (TJO) is seeking support for its year-round educational programs.
The TJO has been selected to receive an additional $6,400 matching grant for its educational programs for 2017-18 from a private foundation. This is a very high honor for the organization and speaks to the creativity and quality of the youth programs that have been operationalized. It also places significant responsibility on the TJO to solicit and receive matching contributions in the same amount or more for the same programs. There will be a need to solicit perhaps as much as $25,000 to $30,000 in matching funds this season.
Its budget is small and the organization has no paid staff. Music director Ron Kischuk brings out the best sound from the group.
Gifts to help fund the educational programs of the TJO are 100-percent tax-deductible. Checks can be mailed to the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, P.O. Box 353123, Toledo, OH 43635, or visit www.toledojazz.org and click on the PayPal button under the “Donate Now” heading on the left side of the home page. Those who prefer to call, may call Ann Sanford at (419) 297-5971 and she can take a credit card contribution over the phone.

Host Families Needed For AFS Exchange Students
AFS is looking for host families in Northwest Ohio willing to open their homes to exchange students for the 2017-18 school year. By hosting an AFS exchange student, families help build bridges of intercultural understanding at home and abroad while connecting with an outstanding young person.
Each year, AFS Intercultural Programs/USA welcomes 2,300 high school students from more than 90 countries into communities. Host families provide a bed and meals, share their daily lives with students, and help guide and support students as they would their own children. AFS spends time finding students to match the interests of host families, whether it’s the arts, academics, sports or other interests. Families and hosted students receive ongoing support from AFS staff and experienced, local volunteers.
There are currently 18 students attending high schools throughout Northwest Ohio, including Sylvania Southview, Ottawa Hills, Perrysburg, Springfield, Bowling Green, St. Frances de Sales, Tiffin, Upper Sandusky, Pettisville, Buckeye Central, Liberty Center, Madison and New London.
For more information about how to host a student, study abroad, or volunteer with AFS, call (800) AFS-INFO or visit www.afsusa.org.

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