H2O | The City of Lakewood, Ohio


Help-To-Others "H2O", Volunteer Youth Service Program


H2O is preparing to launch middle school meetings in October. We bring icebreakers, service projects, learning opportunities, high school mentors, and games to Harding, Garfield, and Lakewood Catholic Academy. The dates for meetings can be found on this calendar.

No prior registration is necessary; middle school students may join us at any time of the year and we will send them home with our permission form. Meetings start after school and end promptly at 4:30. Parents must notify staff if child is leaving early. Meetings take place in school cafeterias unless otherwise noted.

Looking out for the next generation

H20, Help to Others, is a service-learning Program for high school and middle school Youth. It is a collaborative effort of:

  • City of Lakewood Department of Human Services
  • Lakewood City Schools
  • Our community Supporters and
  • The amazing youth of Lakewood.
  • Local and county wide agencies and Service organizations.
  • This program is dedicated to strengthening and enriching this community by engaging youth in LEARNING, LEADING, and SERVING. Youth are given the opportunity to be active contributors to their community while building and strengthening civic and social responsibility.

For more information, email Emmie Hutchison at emmie.hutchison@lakewoodoh.net, or call 216-529-6045.

Click here for information about H20’s Time Capsule Project.

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

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  • Summer Service Camp+-

    H2O Summer Service Camp is for Lakewood residents entering grades 7-9; they will spend time performing service activities and team building activities. Trained high school/college aged staff counselors act as service mentors and guides for the younger participants. These skilled counselors supervise, instruct, motivate, and empower their teams of five to six campers through a rich variety of hands on activities and learning experiences.

    2022 Summer Service Camp Dates

    Session 1 (June 7-June 16)
    Session 2 (June 21-June 30)
    Session 3 (July 12-July 21)
    Session 4 (July 26-August 4)

    Click here for more information or to sign-up for camp.

    Summer Camp FAQs

    Where is Summer Service Camp located?

    The camp day begins and ends in the Cafetorium at Garfield Middle School. Campers can enter through the “flagpole door” on the south west corner of the building, facing Detroit.

    What are the dates of Summer Service Camp?

    Session 1 (June 7-June 16)
    Session 2 (June 21-June 30)
    Session 3 (July 12-July 21)
    Session 4 (July 26-August 4)

    What are Summer Service Camp hours?

    Campers may arrive at 9:45 am. The camp day starts promptly at 10:00 am and is dismissed at 3:00 pm. On the last day of the session, dismissal time is 2:00 pm.

    Who can apply to Summer Service Camp?

    The application process is open to youth who are residents of Lakewood, regardless of where they attend school. Students who will be in 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in the fall may apply.

    How does registration work?

    We are using Eventbrite for registration. There will be a handling fee added to the registration fee.

    Is financial assistance available for camp registration?

    Yes, please call Emmie Hutchison at (216)529-6045 for more information.

    **The registration process applies for the summer of 2022. **

  • Home Alone+-

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    What is HOME ALONE? An amazing peer-to-peer mentorship project and more!

    HOME ALONE events are designed by H2O high school leaders and staff to convey important safety information to 9-12 year old students in an engaging, meaningful way. In order to attend HOME ALONE, students must live in Lakewood and be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian.

    During each 2-1/2 hour training, students will rotate through six interactive safety presentations led by H2O high school leaders. HOME ALONE event topics include:

    • Emergencies – How and when to Call 9-1-1
    • Basic First Aid – What to do if accidents or injuries occur
    • Tricky People & Street Smarts – Developing instinct and best practices for engaging with others and safety tips when going to and from school or around Lakewood
    • Routines and Siblings – Establishing house rules and role-playing conflict resolution
    • Internet Safety – Advice for maintaining positive, healthy experiences online
    • Mental Health – Establishing practices that cultivate mental wellness

    While students are engaged with the high school leaders, their parents/guardians will receive valuable safety information presented by local experts from Lakewood Police, Fire and EMS, as well as a cyber crimes against children investigator.

    There is a Family Fee of $15.00 for HOME ALONE which covers the adult attendee(s) and all 9-12 yr. old family member(s) being enrolled. At the end of each event, families will receive a comprehensive safety manual published by H2O’s program partner, SOS4Kids.

    Financial aid is available for families that need assistance in order to attend HOME ALONE. Email H2O at h2olakewood@gmail.com to submit a request.

    H2O’s high school leaders look forward to sharing safety skills with their younger peers!

  • H2O In The News+-

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    • Are you interested in donating to H2O? You can click here, or checks can be made to The Lakewood Foundation/H2O and mailed to 12900 Madison Ave., Lakewood OH 44107. In-kind donation wish-list includes plastic shelves, computer speakers, and refrigerator magnets.

    Related Links

  • H2O Videos+-

  • Want to get involved with H2O?+-

    Interested in getting involved or getting some additional information? Feel free to reach out to:

    Forms and more info


  • Find us on social media+-

    There are several ways to connect with us on social media. Take your pick.

    Do you want to be added to the email distribution list? Contact Emmie Hutchison at emmie.hutchison@lakewoodoh.net.