Past Service Projects

 

Volunteers Cut Steps in Trail

 SOJOURNERS SWEAT AND SERVE       

Usually held early in autumn, the “Sweat and Serve” projects have been a way to bring staff, participants, and volunteers together on projects that are both fun and of lasting value to the community.      

In 2005, Sojourners staff, participants and 30 volunteers from the Athens community finished The Ridges Cemeteries Nature Trail, a project which two programs of Sojourners, the Ohio Outback Conservation Corps and Youthbuild of Southeast Ohio, had been constructing for several weeks.  The Nature Walk links the three cemeteries on the old Athens Mental Health Center grounds, now known as The Ridges.      

In 2006, 2007 and 2008, Sojourners staff and participants assisted the Ohio Outback Conservation Corps in a water safety awareness project during the Outdoor Adventure Show at Hocking College.  “Sojo Splash” featured canoe safety demonstrations and free canoe trips on the Hocking River.       

 

Volunteers Paint the Cox Bridge

 MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY      

Sojourners mobilizes staff, program participants, and volunteers to complete a service project on Make A Difference Day (MADD) each October. In 2004 Sojourners and the Vinton County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, sponsored by many Vinton County businesses and organizations, restored the Cox Covered Bridge, one of five covered bridges in Vinton County.  The project was chosen as one of ten, out of 883 projects in Ohio, to win a state award.  The Cox Covered Bridge is located just south of SR 56 on north SR 93.    

On Make A Difference Day 2005 volunteers from Sojourners, the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and the community restored Hope Furnace in Lake Hope State Park, one of only a few extant iron furnaces in Ohio.    

Renovation of Hope Furnace

In 2006, Sojourners and the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau created Hope Park on the footprint of the Lake Hope Lodge which burned to the ground early in 1996.  A shelter house was built to protect interpretive signage which tells the story of the Lodge. Hope Park provides a pleasant common area for visitors and keep the story of this much-loved building alive.     

On Make A Difference Day 2005 volunteers from Sojourners, the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and the community restored Hope Furnace in Lake Hope State Park, one of only a few extant iron furnaces in Ohio.    

In 2006, Sojourners and the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau created Hope Park on the footprint of the Lake Hope Lodge which burned to the ground early in 1996.  A shelter house was built to protect interpretive signage which tells the story of the Lodge. Hope Park provides a pleasant common area for visitors and keep the story of this much-loved building alive.     

On MADD 2008 Sojourners chose to participate in three projects spread out over the region. The Appalachian MentorCorps assisted the organizers of the Healthy and Safe Kidsfest at the St. Sylvester Parish Hall in Zaleski. Members helped with set up, ran games for the children, and assisted DeeJay Rockin’ Reggie.The Ohio Outback Conservation Corps, worked with members of the Buckeye Trail Association and the North Country Trail Association on a stretch of the Buckeye Trail near Pike Lake in Ross County. Members cleared brush and provided general trail clearing and maintenance. Members and staff of Sojourners’ Youthbuild program helped out a family in rural Vinton County. The Youthbuild crew tore down an unsafe barn, cleared the area of brush, and disposed of the remnants of the barn and other unused lumber.     

 
 WARM WINTER PROJECT
 
The Vinton County Social Services Council and the Transitional Living Program of Sojourners annually sponsor the Vinton County Warm Winter Project. Working collaboratively, the two organizations collect donations of new and gently used hats, gloves, scarves, and mittens to help keep the youth of Vinton County warm each winter.  All donated items are given to the Vinton County Jobs and Family Services to be distributed to youth in foster care and protective custody and adults, especially seniors, who need warm clothing.  
 
 Warm Winter Project Volunteers in Christmas Parade