Community Involvement

Community Involvement

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  • Event

    Christmas Benevolence Project 2023

    Start Time: Fri 10, Nov. 2023, 9 a.m.
    End Time: Sun 31, Dec. 2023, midnight

    Parkside Church desires to share the joy of Christmas with families in need, both in Cleveland through our partnership with Scranton Road Bible Church, and in our surrounding community by partnering with local schools and organizations. By purchasing essentials and Christmas gifts, our goal is to offer families hope during the holiday season: the hope that comes from generosity, and the hope that comes from Jesus.



  • Host International Students for Thanksgiving

    Parkside families are invited to minister to international students from Case and CSU by welcoming them to share in your Thanksgiving celebrations. Many international students have never set foot in an American home and this is a practical way to show them the love of Christ. If you can host 2 or more students, please contact Dan Larison at and he will connect you with a local campus ministry.

  • Event

    Thanksgiving Box Project 2023

    Start Time: Sun 22, Oct. 2023, 8 a.m.
    End Time: Sat 18, Nov. 2023, noon

    Every fall for the past 37 years, Parkside Church has helped provide complete Thanksgiving dinners to families in the Cleveland area. Boxes filled with non-perishable food and a whole roasting turkey are hand-delivered to those who might otherwise be unable to enjoy the holiday with a traditional meal.

    We invite you and your family to join us as we partner with Scranton Road Bible Church to make this Thanksgiving Day brighter for more than 250 families.


  • Outreach Opportunity with International Friendships, Inc.

    Dinner party, anyone? International Friendships, Inc. (IFI) is a ministry devoted to welcoming international students to Cleveland with the love of Christ. Many internationals studying at Cleveland area universities are never invited into an American home. IFI is organizing a progressive dinner event on Saturday, October 21st to offer a taste of local hospitality.


    Hosting involves welcoming one or two carloads of students to your home for a portion of their evening (i.e. appetizer/salad or entree/dessert). Students are accompanied by an IFI volunteer who functions as their driver and guide throughout the experience.


    If you are interested in making space at your dinner table on October 21 to welcome students, please contact Jonathan at or use this form.

  • Event

    The City Mission Running with A Mission 2023

    Location: Edgewater Park 7600 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway Cleveland, OH 44102
    Start Time: Sat 9, Sept. 2023, 7:30 a.m.
    End Time: Sat 9, Sept. 2023, noon

    The City Mission’s 12th annual 5K run, 1-mile walk, and Kids Fun Run will take place Saturday, September 9, 2023, at Edgewater Park in Cleveland. This special event will welcome over 500 participants, and, best of all, event proceeds benefit the men, women, and children working to interrupt the cycle of poverty through our programs and services.


    Our family friendly fun includes special prizes for games, mascots from all over the city, face painting and temporary tattoos, a caricature artist and so much more!



    7:30 am – Registration Open and Fun Begins

    8:45am – Welcome Ceremony

    8:50am – Kids Fun Run

    9:00am – 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk Begin


    We look forward to seeing you at Running with a Mission 2023!



    Edgewater Beach Lower Area

    6500 Cleveland Memorial Parkway

    Cleveland, OH 44102


  • Opportunity to Give to Human Coalition (Health for Her) Cleveland

    Health for Her pregnancy center is in need of several items for their Blessings Boutique: newborn and size 3 diapers, wipes, detergent, lotion, soap, bibs, and 0-3 month boys' and girls' clothing. New items only please. Donations can be dropped off at the center M-TH (9-4) and F (9-3). Call 216-371-4848 for more information.

    Health for Her Cleveland
    14077 Cedar Rd Ste 100, Cleveland, OH 44118

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    You may also shop for needed items on and have them shipped directly to the center. See their Wish List here:

  • Ice Cream Social "Get the Scoop" about volunteering with the Red Cross!

    This summer, turn your compassion into action when you volunteer with the American Red Cross. Communities across the country count on the Red Cross every day. The need remains critical and constant during the summer months. From helping people effected by disasters, like home fires and floods, to supporting the collection of lifesaving blood, you can make a difference.


    Ninety percent of our workforce are volunteers who are inspired to give back. Discover the volunteer role that’s right for you. We can’t do it without you. Join us today and discover one of the best ways to spend your summer. We are actively recruiting for these critical volunteer roles:

    Blood Donor Ambassador: Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. The need for blood is constant and so is the need for volunteers at our Blood Drives to help save lives. Volunteer Blood Donor Ambassadors ensure that blood donors have a pleasant and fulfilling experience, from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave. During a blood drive, whether you’re greeting donors, answering questions or thanking them for their donation, your courtesy and professionalism will create a favorable impression that encourages ongoing donor support.


    Blood Transportation Specialist: Take the driver’s seat and volunteer as a Blood Transportation Specialist, delivering lifesaving blood this summer. Volunteer Transportation Specialists deliver life-saving blood products from Red Cross distribution facilities to hospitals, using a Red Cross-owned vehicle. We need you to commit to 2-4 shifts per month (or more if you can!). Typical shifts are about 4 hours.


    Disaster Action Team: While big hurricanes and wildfires get the most news coverage, smaller disasters are no less devasting to the families affected. Most of the 60,000 emergencies that the Red Cross responds to each year are smaller disasters like home fires. As a Disaster Action Team volunteer, you can help comfort and support people in your community by meeting any immediate needs such as food, shelter, clothing or supplies and connecting them to long term recovery services. We supply all the training you need.


    Ready to take action?

    Then join us at one of five ICE CREAM SOCIALS to "Get the Scoop" about volunteering with the American Red Cross! Click here to see the flyer for more information and to RSVP or click on this link AMERICAN RED CROSS ICE CREAM SOCIAL RSVP to join us. Thanks for circulating this event within your community!


    Thank you for your support of our mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering. Volunteers like you are helping to provide critical support to our communities.


    For more information or questions, you can contact me James Kazel at

  • Hospice of the Western Reserve- Furniture Donations Needed!

    Consider donating your gently used firniture/household items to Hospice of the Western reserve Warehouse Sales

    What better way to repurpose gently used furniture and housewares than to donate to a beneficial cause? Proceeds from these sales help support seriously ill patients and their loved ones, in addition to programs such as art and music therapy, school crisis, and community bereavement services.


    Sales are held several times throughout the year at:

    Hospice of the Western Reserve Headquarters

    17876 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44110


    Drop off at your convenience or we can arrange pick-up with you within a reasonable distance of the Warehouse.

    Items Needed Include: gently used indoor and outdoor furniture, other household items, collectibles, framed artwork, and holiday items.


    DONATIONS NEEDED. For more information, visit To donate, please call 216-255-9090 or email

    We are unable to accept mattresses and boxsprings.


    SHOP ANY TIME. Between Warehouse Sales, visit our resale shop in Medina. Learn more at


    VOLUNTEERS ARE VITAL MEMBERS OF THE HOSPICE TEAM. To learn moreabout how you can volunteer, visit

  • Let Your Light Shine-Be a Cleveland Clinic Hospice Volunteer

    One hour a week can change two lives: a person facing life-limiting illness and yours.

    Considered the model of quality, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness, hospice focuses on caring, not curing, and involved a team approach that includes volunteers.

    As a hospice volunteer, you can help ina variety of ways, including:

    * Provide weekly socialization and companionship to patients (1 to 2 hours a week)

    * Give the gift of time for a caregiver to take a break for self-care (2 to 3 hours a week)

    * Conduct military pinning ceremonies for Veterans (as needed) OR Be a Veteran to Veteran Volunteer

    * Professional Services: Legal and Notary Services / Stylist and Nail Services

    * Volunteer with your certified therapy dog as part of our Caring Canine program

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    Cleveland Clinic Hospice: Call 216-444-9819 or visit

  • Volunteer for The City Mission!

    Looking for a place to volunteer regularly or for a one-time event? The City Mission has many ways to volunteer available all year round.

    From weekly opportunities at Laura's Home Women's Crisis Center and Crossroads Men's Crisis Center, to special events like the annual Back to School Bash, Running with a Mission fundraiser, or Christmas Fair, there is a place for you! One-time group volunteer opportunites are also available.

    For more information, contact Emily Van Vranken at