About H2O


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. They GROW into more engaged citizens empowered to make an impact in the world.

H2O – Help to Others is a service-learning program for middle and high school students in Lakewood. H2O engages youth in volunteer work, empowering them with the values of belonging and contributing to their community.

H2O is a collaborative effort of:
•City of Lakewood Department of Human Services
•Lakewood City Schools
•Local and county-wide agencies
•Service organizations,
•Our community supporters and
•The amazing youth of Lakewood

And, in 25 years of making amazing things happen…

  •  10,000 youth volunteers mentored since inception
  • 100,000+ hours of service given to Lakewood and the region
  • Received Volunteer Ohio’s “Best Practices Safety Outstanding Program” Award for H2O’s Home Alone project
  • Named “Volunteers of the Year” by Cleveland Food Bank
  • Finalist for the National League of Cities’ “Outstanding Municipal Project” Award
  • Received the Pillar Award from Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland in 2016
  • 2018 ServeOhio Award Honoring Statewide Service and Volunteerism
  • Midwest Region 2019 George and Hellen Hartzog Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service – Youth Group Category
  • National recognizing H2O volunteer contributions to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, awarded by the National Park Service

H2O Advisory Council
Lynn Foran, Chair
Mark Walter
Culeen Carey
Charles Essi
Toni Gelsomino
Mary Hall
Jim Latham
Kirsten Senger
Jason Weiner

H2O Staff
Emmie Hutchison, Program Coordinator

Amy Chodzin, Program Assistant Coordinator