H2O | The City of Lakewood, Ohio


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

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H2O youth volunteers are going to present two sessions of HOME ALONE in July 2021! HOME ALONE is a safety and independence course for youth ages 9-12, designed and taught by high school leaders. Parents attend the event as well and hear presentations by emergency first responders and safety experts. Click here to register.  More information can be found here:  http://thelakewoodfoundation.org/h2o/home-alone/

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.

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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, Lakewood’s  youth service organization, is happy to announce that they will be holding an in-person Summer Service Camp this year.

    Lakewood residents entering grades 7-9 will spend time performing service activities and team building activities.  Trained high school/college aged students act as service mentors 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.

    Below please find  links to register for Summer Service Camp; choose the session you would like your child to attend. Each child may register for only one session. If you need financial assistance, there will be an opportunity to check a box to request, then you can submit the form. If you are not requesting financial assistance, you will be taken to the last page of the form and there will be a link to the Lakewood Foundation site. Choose from the drop-down menu the session for which you are paying. A new link will open to pay on the Lakewood Foundation site- Please make sure to still submit the Google form. The information on the form is what actually secures the spot in camp.

    The dates are:

    Session One: June 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, July 1

    Session Two: July 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22

    Session Three: July 27, 28, 29, 30, August 2, 3, 4, 5

    H20 Summer Camp Registration is now full.

    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 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.
    **Please note that each camp session is eight days of programming, reduced from typical years which have nine days of programming. **

    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?

    This summer, registration is through electronic form and payment is accepted via PayPal on the Lakewood Foundation site. Registration will be accepted first come, first served rather than by lottery. If registration fills, please add your name to our waiting list. We will maintain a waiting list and notify parents as spaces become available.

    If you are requesting financial assistance, please contact Emmie Hutchison at (216)529-6045 or emmie.hutchison@lakewoodoh.net, but do fill out and submit registration.

    What Covid safety precautions are being implemented?

    We will plan to eat and have recreation outdoors as much as possible and distance while indoors. Masking will be required while indoors.

    Campers will not visit agencies for service; all service is onsite or outdoors. When needed, we will transport campers on an 18-passenger bus at reduced capacity.

    **This information applies for the summer of 2021. **

  • Home Alone+-

    H2O is excited to host two sessions of the HOME ALONE Program this summer! We will have presentations of HOME ALONE, Wednesday, July 14, 2021 from 6:30-9:00 PM and Saturday, July 24, 2021 from 1:00-3:30 PM. Both events will take place at Garfield Middle School; attendees will register for only one of these events.  Click here to register.


    Wednesday, July 14th – 6:30pm – 9:00pm – Garfield Middle School


    Saturday, July 24th – 1:00pm – 3:30pm – Garfield Middle School


    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 $15.00 Family Fee 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.

    Childcare and 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.

    Space is limited to 75 students in each HOME ALONE event. Registration is held on a first-come, first-served basis. H2O encourages early enrollment to ensure your choice of dates.

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

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  • Want to get involved with H2O?+-

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

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  • 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.