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Holiday Drives in the Greater Kent State Community

Victoria Manenti and Hanna Moore

It’s that time of the year again. There are several ways to donate to local charities and businesses, as well as participate in various Kent State organizations’ food and clothing drives. Here are the ways you can get involved this holiday season:

The 2015 United Way Campaign

  • The campaign will run until Nov. 25.
  • To donate, log in to FlashLine, click on the MyHR tab and find the “United Way E-Give” link to donate to this year's campaign. Individuals can donate to the philanthropic organization of their choice including:
    • Center of Hope - A hot meal and food pantry program serving the city of Ravenna.
    • The Phyllis Zumkehr County Clothing Center in Ravenna - The center provides free, gently used clothing as well as personal and household items to individuals and families.
    • Freedom House - The organization supports homeless veterans in the Kent community in their efforts to achieve greater self-sufficiency.
    • Kent Social Services - A hot meal and food pantry program serving the city of Kent.
    • Miller Community House - An emergency shelter for Portage County children and adults experiencing a housing crisis. They also provide advocacy and referrals to encourage self-sufficiency and movement toward permanent housing. 
    • Town Hall II - The organization provides a 24-hour crisis hotline and psychological services that promote the health, wellness and recovery of individuals in the community.
    • 211 - A 24/7, 365-days-a-year hotline directing those in need to available services. 

More information can be found at http://www.kent.edu/unitedway/how-give

The Campus Kitchen at Kent State University

  • The Campus Kitchen prepares meals for more than 300 individuals in need each week.
  • Volunteers can help out year round at cooking shifts held on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Beall Hall Kitchen, as well as attending "special event" shifts.
  • To get involved with the Campus Kitchen's programs and services, contact volunteer@kent.edu for more information.

Rotaract Club at Kent State University Coats For Kids Drive

  • Donation boxes located in the Kent Student Center by the PNC Bank area on Dec. 3 from 1-5 p.m. and Dec. 9 from 1-3 p.m.
  • New and gently used coats will be donated to the children at Holden Elementary School in Kent.

Kent State Women’s Center Diaper Drive

  • Donations will be accepted on Dec. 11
  • Drop-off at the Women’s Center, Alumni Carriage House, 125 Midway Dr. 
  • Disposable and cloth diapers, baby food, formula and other baby essentials will be donated to those in need within the Kent community.

Kent State Women’s Center Feminine Product Drive

  • Donations will be accepted until Dec. 11
  • Drop-off at the Women’s Center, Alumni Carriage House, 125 Midway Dr.
  • Feminine care donations will benefit those in need within the Kent community.
  • Contact jbrinke1@kent.edu for more information

Kent State Women’s Center Food Pantry

  • The pantry accepts donations of food staples, such as pasta, sauces, canned fruits and vegetables, rice, tuna and cereal throughout the entire year.
  • The initiative focuses on assisting female-identifying campus community members, but the pantry is available to anyone in need throughout the entire year.
  • For more information about the food pantry, contact the Women's Center at 330-672-9230

Kent State University at Geauga Student Nurse Association’s Holiday Food Drive

  • Donations will be accepted until Dec. 15
  • Drop-off location is at Kent State Geauga, 14111 Clarion Troy Rd., Burton, OH 44021
  • All proceeds benefit the Hunger Cupboard in Burton, Ohio.

Kent State University at Geauga Student Nurse Association’s Mitten Tree

  • Donations will be accepted until Dec. 15
  • The tree is located in the Commons at Kent State Geauga, 14111 Clarion Troy Rd. Burton, OH 44021
  • Mittens, hats, scarves, gloves and toiletries will be donated to WomenSafe, an emergency shelter that provides support services to domestic violence survivors throughout Northeast Ohio.