Serve with us and experience the joy of sharing God’s love at Back to School Blast 2017!

The Back to School Blast is staffed by volunteers, whose gifts of time and service help achieve our mission: to serve Cleveland-area families enrolled in Medicaid or without health insurance by providing the health screenings and school supplies their children need, all for free and under one roof in a fun, family environment.

We look with great expectation to how God will work, move, and shine through Blast 2017 on Saturday, July 29, 2017, from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Garfield Memorial Church Pepper Pike Campus (3650 Lander Road, Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124).

We will have a 10:00 AM pre-Blast start time for your refugee families with interrupters to give these amazing families as much time as needed to complete the screening sessions of the Blast. The rest of the Back to School Blast starts at 11:00 AM for the rest of our registered guests.

Each volunteer is asked to wear one of the following:

  • A New 2017 Love Ambassador T-shirt
  • Or any superhero T-shirt or plain red t-shirt
Your team leader will assist you in purchasing a t-shirt is desired prior to the event. Name tags will be provided. Due to the scope of the Back to School Blast, volunteers must be 16 years or older.

We appreciate any amount of time you are able to share, and we realize that volunteers may not be able to attend every pre-event meeting. Volunteer activities and dates include:

  • Attending team meetings as scheduled by your team leader
  • All-volunteer orientation: July 24, 6:30 PM, Pepper Pike Campus (food & childcare provided)
  • Setup: July 28, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Pepper Pike Campus (food provided)
  • Event-day volunteer check-in: July 29, 8:30 AM, Pepper Pike Campus
  • Event day: July 29, 10:00 AM (refugee pre-blast start time) 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM (general registered guests) Pepper Pike Campus (Volunteer lunch and name tags provided. Please wear a red shirt or a superhero shirt.)
  • Take-down: 3:00 PM on July 29

Click on the team names below to read descriptions of the teams. To sign up to serve, please click the button below. Signup is required. We’re looking forward to serving with you! Due to limited space and resources, childcare for children of volunteers is not provided at the event. If you have children 16 years or older, we encourage them to sign up to serve along with you!

Volunteer Registration Is Now Closed For This Year

Team Descriptions

Ambassador and Welcome Team
Be one of the first faces at Garfield to greet our guests! Welcome children and their caregivers, provide assistance as they move among event stations, answer questions, and share how glad we are to have them at Garfield.
Book Fair Team
Assist in the collection and organization of new and gently used children’s books for the Back to School Blast book fair, where children can “shop” for books. Includes setup of the book fair before the event, helping children pick out books, and cleaning up the book area upon event close.
Call Team
Make courtesy phone calls to registered families reminding them of the event and answering any questions they may have. You’ll be the voice of the Back to School Blast, as you’ll be one of the first to welcome and speak with our guests prior to July 30!
Caregiver Resources Team
Arrange for organizations that support the health, care, and growth of children, parents, and caregivers to be on site so they may provide information to our guests July 30. Includes coordinating the setup of caregiver resource tables.
Cleanup Team
Help clean the building after the event. Includes clearing all event stations and resetting the church in preparation for Sunday morning worship. Cleanup will begin upon event close at approximately 3:00 PM on Saturday and will last until all cleanup is complete.
Decorations Team
Transform the Garfield Memorial Church Pepper Pike Campus into a dressed-up event space ready to host students, their parents, and caregivers for a day of family fun! Includes the planning, setup, and cleanup of all décor for the event.
Food Team
Coordinate the collection of all snacks and beverages to be served to our guests during “recess” in the Family Life Center. Includes food setup, restocking food areas throughout the duration of the event, assisting families, and cleaning up at the conclusion of the event.
Fundraising & Donations Team
The Back to School Blast wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of individuals, families, and organizations that donate financial resources, goods, and services. Your role will be to request monetary and in-kind donations and coordinate donation deliveries.
Hair Team
Assist in the greeting area as children check in for their new-school-year haircuts, which are provided by the talented stylists who generously donate their time to make the Back to School Blast salon possible! Includes salon setup, as well as cleanup of the salon area upon event close.
Health Team
Volunteers will assist families with the completion of their physical forms, and will help answer questions. We also need providers who are licensed to see children 18 and younger to complete physicals. The providers will need assistance in the physical screenings to maintain the efficiency and flow of the healthcare area. New to Blast 2016, we will have a Healthy Bodies Table, which will be staffed by volunteers who will interact with our guests by playing games and assembling puzzles, all of which educate children about healthy bodies and how they function. When signing up to volunteer, please let us know about your healthcare background so we can make sure your talents are best utilized at the Blast!
Parking Lot Team
Welcome our guests as they arrive at the Pepper Pike Campus! Assist families by coordinating all parking at the church, directing them to the west entrance, and answering questions. Also includes directing event partners and volunteers to the appropriate parking areas.
Registration Team
Help us reach out to the 200 children who will be attending the Back to School Blast! Connect with parents and caregivers by attending outreach events to spread the word about the event. On July 30, you’ll check guests in as they arrive, and help them check out after “recess” in the Family Life Center.

Questions? Please visit our Contact page or FAQs. If you have signed up but circumstances arise that prevent you from volunteering, please contact your team lead as soon as possible, even if it is the morning of July 29.