AcessABLE Community Garden Takes Shape
Thanks to the hard work of many individuals, volunteers, and staff, construction of the AccessABLE Community Garden is in progress, and the first plants have begun to grow!
- Vegetable Garden: The vegetable garden is now bordered by a 201 sq.ft. raised bed which has been partially planted and contains a variety of vegetables and fruits! We are awaiting an upcoming delivery of soil which will allow us to finish planting the remainder of the bed and interior vegetable garden.
- Sensory Garden: Four new raised beds have been constructed and another four are currently in-progress! These beds, adjacent to a paved and covered walkway, are accessible to all and planted with bright, fragrant, textured, and tasty plants to stimulate the senses. Special thanks to Home Depot for providing upgraded raised beds at a substantial discount, freeing up funds to purchase two additional beds!
- Sustainability: New gutters have been ordered and the rain barrels we intended to purchase were donated, allowing us to buy more plants!
About the AccessABLE Community Garden:
Led by CCHS Inclusion Specialist, Teresa Waits, and Career, Activity, & Community's Dirt Devils gardening group, the AccessABLE Community Garden is designed to bring together individuals from our programs and members of the greater community through a shared love of gardening. We hope that this approach will be mutually beneficial for those who participate; highlighting abilities rather than disabilities, learning from one another, and building an accepting and welcoming community space that everyone can enjoy.
The AccessABLE Community Garden is made possible thanks to funding received through the Franklin County Community Gardens Grant Program, and Scotts Miracle-Gro which generously donated a large amount of soil, mulch, humus, and plant food to ensure the garden has a great start.
How you can get involved:
The AccessABLE Community Garden is open to everyone, and we are always looking for volunteers to get involved! Currently we could use help with:
- Gutter installation
- Rain Barrel installation
- Gardening! Planting, watering, ongoing maintenance, etc.
- Educational opportunities for individuals
Fishing with Friends to Help Individuals Experience Joys of Fishing
Fishing with Friends is an exciting program designed to build community and promote access to the outdoors by pairing volunteers and individuals with disabilities for a day of fishing fun!
Thanks to generous support from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Education Grant Program, Fishing with Friends will give individuals with a wide variety of abilities the opportunity to learn, practice, and catch fish in various locations throughout Central Ohio! All fishing and adaptive equipment is provided, as well as a picnic-style cookout, and volunteers will be available to provide support and companionship throughout the event.
Fishing with Friends Event Details:
- July 5th, 2018 at Griggs Reservoir from 9a-1p
- September 20th, 2018 at Alum Creek Reservoir from 9a-1p
- April 18th, 2019 at O'Shaughnessy Reservoir from 9a-1p
- June 13th, 2019 at Hoover Reservoir from 9a-1p
How you can get involved:
Community volunteers are needed to help make Fishing with Friends a success! We need volunteer support with:
- Providing basic instruction
- Providing friendship/companionship
- Cooking (grilling)
- Set-up and clean-up
This Inspired That Draws Large Crowd to Open Door Art Studio & Gallery
This Inspired That, an annual exhibition at Open Door Art Studio & Gallery, is designed to promote creative collaboration between the artists we represent and local community artists.
Invited community artists hand-picked an Open Door artwork that sparked creative vision and used that spark to create a response piece. Relating to the original work through content, stylization, or subject matter, the two works are displayed side-by-side in this exhibition of artistic admiration.
This year's invited artists were: Eric Gellen, Rob Green, Cassie Koehler, Hollie Klem, Alissa Head, Eric Mullins, Jay Mueller, Alison Nocera, Nick Nocera, Carolyn Slebodnik, Melia Wolf, Catherine Bell Smith, Sue Sundry, and Melissa Volley Woods.
Thank you to everyone who attended, and to Elm & Iron for their sponsorship of the exhibition. Your incredible support helps ensure the arts remain accessible to everyone!
This Inspired That will be on display through July 6th, 2018.
CCHS High School Interns Receive DSPaths Certificate of Initial Proficiency
The Community Career Connections Partnership (C3PO)- Ohio is a year-long program for high school juniors and seniors that integrates the DSPaths curriculum and an internship with local providers of specialized services. This program focuses on developing the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to work as a Direct Support Professional.
CCHS is proud to be a part of this innovative program that is having an impact in the lives of young people, and we hope will make a difference in the workforce shortage that many agencies are facing.
We would like to congratulate Franklin Heights High School students Antwni Richardson, Bianca Robinson, James Ryan, and Sara Smith for completing their internship with CCHS and obtaining their DSPaths Certificates of Initial Proficiency. We were honored to have been a part of your personal and professional growth!
"My experience as an intern at Park West Court Apartments/Columbus Center for Human Services was a very humbling experience. I've learned the little things I do for individuals can mean so much to them." - Sara Smith
Experiences Are Everything
If you weren't aware CCHS is going places! With over 300 community experiences, volunteer, and career exploration opportunities available each month, individuals can build independence, meet personal goals, and achieve their dreams.
Experiences Are Everything is a new monthly look back at the highlights from places we have explored. Enjoy!
Other News & Upcoming Events:
Jane Muoki Receives Scholarship at OHCA Conference Luncheon
Congratulations again to CCHS Program Coordinator, Jane Muoki, on being awarded a $2,000 Scholarship through the Educational Foundation of the Ohio Health Care Association. She was honored during a special luncheon held during the Ohio Health Care Association's Annual Conference last month. Jane will be using her scholarship towards the completion of her MBA with a focus on Organizational Leadership.
"I would like to encourage others to pursue their education and apply for scholarships and grants. The sky's the limit!" - Jane Muoki