The OCO Expo is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to learn about the many service programs offered by OCO and other organizations simply by stopping by the Union lobby and visiting informational tables. The 2013 OCO Expo occurred on September 12th.
Saturday of Service
Every fall, the Office of Community Outreach holds a campus-wide service day in conjunction with organizations in Berea and the Greater Cleveland area. Students, faculty and staff come together to serve with a number of different organizations. BW community members contributed more than 485 hours of service to local organizations during Saturday of Service 2013.
Each winter, the Office of Community Outreach collaborates with local organizations to provide gifts for children and families in need. Together our community filled 200 wish requests in 2012. Participants purchased gifts for children living in foster care through our partnership with the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services' Giving Tree program and contributed educational games/toys and art supplies to Goodrich-Gannett Neighborhood Center's Share-the-Learning project. We are working with the same partners this year and hope to again fulfill 200 wishes. Stop by our tree in the Union lobby to participate or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a gift tag.
The Urban Semester Program is an academic and living-learning experience. Students live at the BW Archwood House, a BW owned facility in Cleveland's Brooklyn Centre neighborhood, where they take classes on-site, participate in a community-based internship and experience life in an urban environment. The next program will be offered Fall 2015.
OCO celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by inviting fourth graders from Berea City Schools to participate in a day of educational activities at BW. Reading, art and music activities related to Dr. King's life are facilitated by BW students, faculty and staff.
BW Spring Service Day
Similar to Saturday of Service, BW Spring Service Day is a large event involving BW students, faculty and staff in service to a number of organizations in the community.
Alternative Break Program
Alternative Break trips are great opportunities for students to serve during Thanksgiving, Winter, Spring and Summer break.
Project Affinity is an urban summer service program. Studenst live together at the Archwood House. Through direct service and community events, students are able to explore social justice issues, develop a direct relationship with individuals in Brooklyn Centre and the greater Cleveland community, and gain an understanding of non-profit work.
Leave It Behind
OCO collects and donates gently used clothing and non-perishable food from students as they leave campus at the end of the year. This reduces waste and provides much needed items for local organizations. Look for Leave It Behind collection boxes in your residence hall and the Union during the last few weeks of school.
"Discover Cleveland" is a program that provides an opportunity for new students to learn more about community service, Cleveland, and OCO's community partners. BW is just 20 minutes from Cleveland, a city with a lot to offer, but many challenges as well. What better way for our students to get to know their new community than through a service immersion experience? The program occurs before the start of classes and BW's Weekend of Welcome. Next year's Discover Cleveland will be held August 17-21, 2014.