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Summer of Caring 2017: Community Service Highlights

oswaldcompanies September 1, 2017

Oswald’s Commitment to Community serves as a core value that our employee-owners carry with them each day, across our seven locations.

This summer, in addition to major charitable campaigns, including but not limited to Velosano Bike for the Cure and Volunteers of America’s #OperationBackpack, employee-owners from all of our offices were inspired to get out in their communities, and give back as a team, through our #DayOfCaring programs.

View the full features below and let us know how you are inspired to serve causes in your community.

Toledo Team Delivers New Outdoor Play Area to Mom’s House


On June 2, the Toledo office volunteered at Mom’s House Toledo, a childcare center that supports single moms and their families.

The Oswald team provided many services, including the building of a brick walkway and large area for children to play, as well as donating needed products for the families. The newly constructed space now allows little ones to keep busy and interact with others in a fun and safe environment.

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Cincinnati Office Plants a Community of Orchid Trees


On July 26, the Cincinnati office went to a neighborhood in East Walnut Hills. It was built by the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation, a non-profit organization that develops quality affordable housing. Their vision is a Walnut Hills that is vibrant, safe, healthy and inclusive for all.

With our similar core value of caring and community service, Oswald employee-owners took action to help plant their vision. Our team spent the day gardening dozens of baby orchid trees with topsoil donated from H Hafner & Sons Inc., a Cincinnati-based landscape supplier founded in 1923. With their help, white-to-pink-to-violet flowers will bloom from late winter to early spring and beautify the entire neighborhood.

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Design & Construction Team Offers Helping Hand to Historic Cleveland Home


Levi Scofield is a third-generation Clevelander who is best known for the construction of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Public Square, the Scofield building on the southwest corner of Euclid Avenue and East Ninth Street and the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield.

Over the last 117 years, the mansion that belonged to Scofield, located at 2438 Mapleside Rd. in the city’s Buckeye-Woodhill neighborhood, has been slowly deteriorating.

For this reason, team members of the Design & Construction unit spent their afternoon of Aug. 8, teamed up with the Cleveland Historical Society and Precision Environmental to fix up the old mansion. The goals of this project where to bring awareness, explore the history of Cleveland, donate time and work together to support a cause in the area.

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Medina Branch Brings the Spirit to SHC Field Day


On Aug. 10, the Medina branch coordinated a team to host and participate in a fun-filled summer field day for The Society for Handicapped Citizens of Medina County, a full-service agency that assists individuals to live a quality life.

In addition to spending the day interacting with its clients in exciting events, the team also became aware of needs for the location. As a follow up, the team raised funds and donations to provide the Center with a new gas grill, gift cards and Vitamix blender.

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Columbus Team Branches Out With The Boys and Girls Clubs


On Aug. 11, the Columbus branch volunteered their time at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center to spend the day learning about nature and birds with the Boys and Girls Clubs.

“The kids had a blast using binoculars to see Hawks, Yellow Finch, Hummingbirds, Yellow Breasted Woodpeckers and Egrets,” said Oswald’s Chery Solli. “We had a lot of fun helping them enjoy their day!”

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Detroit Office Helps Kids Go Back to School in Style


On Aug. 16, the Detroit office sent a crew of volunteers to Munger Elementary-Middle School to help the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Detroit Section set up their back-to-school store.

The Women of the NCJW needed assistance organizing the complete outfits of new clothing, winter coats, backpacks and school supplies that they spend the year collecting.

The Oswald team set up the shoe ‘department,’ lacing and sorting hundreds of canvas sneakers in a rainbow of colors and a wide range of sizes.

A few days later, 500 deserving kids were able to go shopping and pick their own new things without input from their mom or dad.

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Lastly, thank you to our 75+ employee-owners from our Cleveland headquarters and Akron office who participated at our annual #DayofCaring service project June 12 at Highbrook Lodge, Cleveland Sight Center.

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