About H2O


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

What we achieved in 2016…
High school: 277 Volunteers = 2,905 Hours of Service
Middle School: 241 Volunteers = 1,008 hours of Service
Summer Camp: 238 Volunteers = 3,956 hours of Service
Volunteers raised $4,722.30 in charitable contributions.

And, in 25 years of making amazing things happen…

Received the Pillar Award from Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland in 2016
• 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

H2O Advisory Council
Lynn Foran, Chair
Keith Ahearn
Culeen Carey
Toni Gelsomino
Mary Hall
Jim Latham
Kirsten Senger
Vicki Smigelski
Jan Soeder

H2O Staff
Emmie Hutchison, Program Coordinator

Amy Chodzin, Program Assistant Coordinator