H2O | The City of Lakewood, Ohio


Help-To-Others "H2O", Volunteer Youth Service Program

Looking out for the next generation

H20, Help to Others, is a service-learning Program for high school and middle school Youth. It is a collaborative effort of:

  • City of Lakewood Department of Human Services
  • Lakewood City Schools
  • Our community Supporters and
  • The amazing youth of Lakewood.
  • Local and county wide agencies and Service organizations.
  • This program is dedicated to strengthening and enriching this community by engaging youth in LEARNING, LEADING, and SERVING. Youth are given the opportunity to be active contributors to their community while building and strengthening civic and social responsibility.

For more information, email Emmie Hutchison at emmie.hutchison@lakewoodoh.net, or call 216-529-6045.

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H2O connects Lakewood youth with volunteer opportunities to develop a strong desire to SERVE the community. Nurtured by a culture of kindness, they LEARN valuable skills while helping others. The GROW into more engaged citizens empowered to make an impact in the world.

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  • Home Alone+-

    H2O is excited to launch its all-new HOME ALONE Program!

    What is HOME ALONE? An amazing peer-to-peer mentorship project, and more!

    HOME ALONE events are designed by H2O high school leaders and staff to convey important safety information to 9-12 year old students in an engaging, meaningful way. In order to attend HOME ALONE, students must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian.

    During each 2-1/2 hour training, students will rotate through six interactive safety presentations led by H2O high school leaders. HOME ALONE event topics include:

    * Emergencies – How and when to Call 9-1-1

    * Basic First Aid – What to do if accidents or injuries occur

    * Tricky People & Phone/Door Safety – How to avoid potentially dangerous situations

    * Routines and Siblings – Establishing house rules and role-playing conflict resolution

    * Internet Safety – Advice for maintaining positive, healthy experiences online

    * Street Smarts – Safety tips when going to and from school or around Lakewood

    While students are engaged with the high school leaders, their parents/guardians will receive valuable safety information presented by local experts from Lakewood Police, Fire and EMS, as well as a cyber crimes against children investigator from Westlake PD.

    There is a $15.00 Family Fee for HOME ALONE which covers the adult attendee(s) and all 9-12 yr. old family member(s) being enrolled. At the end of each event, families will receive a comprehensive safety manual published by H2O’s program partner, SOS4Kids.

    There will be HOME ALONE sessions:

    Wednesday, January 15, 2020 — 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    Wednesday, January 29, 2020 — 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    Thursday, February, 13, 2020 — 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    Saturday, February 22, 2020 — 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

    Childcare and financial aid is available for families that need assistance in order to attend HOME ALONE. Email H2O at h2olakewood@gmail.com to submit a request.

    Space is limited to 75 students in each HOME ALONE event. Registration is held on a first-come, first-served basis. H2O encourages early enrollment to ensure your choice of dates.

    H2O’s high school leaders look forward to sharing safety skills with their younger peers!

    Click here to register for one of the HOME ALONE sessions.

  • H2O Summer Service Camp+-

    2020 H2O Summer Service Camp Applications will be available on April 1, 2020 and are due by April 30, 2020.


    The tentative dates for Summer Service Camp sessions are:

    Session 1: Tuesday June 9-Friday, June 19
    Session 2: Monday, June 22-Thursday, July 3
    Session 3: Tuesday, July 14-Friday, July 24
    Session 4: Monday, July 27-Thursday, August 7

    These dates are subject to change.

  • H2O Summer Service Camp FAQs+-

    Where is Summer Service Camp located?   The camp day begins and ends in the Cafetorium at Garfield Middle School. Campers can enter through the “flagpole door” on the south west corner of the building, facing Detroit.

    What are Summer Service Camp hours? Campers may arrive at 9:45 am. The camp day starts promptly at 10:00 am and is dismissed at 3:00 pm. On the last day of the session, dismissal time is 2:00 pm.

    Who can apply to Summer Service Camp? The application process is open to youth who are residents of Lakewood, regardless of where they attend school. Students who will be in 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in the fall may apply.

    How does registration work?  H2O accepts applications from April 1st-April 30th. We draw applications randomly and assign campers sessions based on indicated preference. If a name is drawn toward the end of the lottery process, we may need to assign second or third choice of session. If registration fills, we maintain a waiting list. It is often the case that spots open up throughout the summer.

    We will mail letters confirming enrollment and session assignment in early May.

    Is financial assistance available for camp registration? Yes, please call Emmie Hutchison at (216)529-6045 for more information.

    **The registration process applies for the summer of 2020. **

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    Do you want to be added to the email distribution list? Contact Emmie Hutchison at emmie.hutchison@lakewoodoh.net.