Category Archives: Civics

Celebrate Citizenship and Democracy Week

The Department of Justice and Community Studies, College of Professional Studies & Applied Sciences is sponsoring a number of events aimed at exploring civic engagement and the rights, privileges and responsibilities of American citizens.

  • Sept. 14, Joyce Hulse Manko Memorial Lecture, 7 p.m. in the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center. Keynote speaker, best-selling author and founder of the Campus Election Engagement Project, Paul Loeb will explore the role of ordinary citizens in democratic life and how grassroots activism can lead to significant political and social change in our communities. Loeb is the author of Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in Challenging Times, The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen’s Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear, Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy and Action on the American Campus, Nuclear Culture, and Hope in Hard Times. Loeb’s Soul of a Citizen and The Impossible Will Take a Little While each won the Nautilus Award for best social change books in their respective years of publication. A reception and question and answer session will follow the lecture. Funding for this event is provided by the Joyce Hulse Manko Memorial Lecture in Government endowment.
  • Sept. 15, Ohio Court of Appeals for the 12th District, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center. Come and watch your government in action! Observe as the Ohio Court of Appeals for the 12th District hears oral arguments in a special on-campus session
  • Sept. 15, Hamilton City Schools Board of Education, 7 p.m. in the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center. Take part in a special on-campus meeting of the Hamilton City Schools’ Board of Education.
  • Sept. 16, Social Justice Theater, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Phelps Hall, Studio 307. In this interactive performance, students at Miami Hamilton will present a short piece of theatre designed to engender the sharing of ideas about social justice and injustice in our communities. Following the performance, audience members will engage in a lively discussion with the performers and other attendees about the themes presented in the piece.
  • Sept. 17, U.S. District Court Naturalization Ceremony, 2 p.m. on the Campus Quad. Celebrate with approximately 75 new U.S. citizens. Miami Hamilton is hosting the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio for a formal naturalization ceremony at which new citizens will take their oaths of citizenship. Enjoy music provided by Miami’s Collegiate Chorale. Rain location is Parrish Auditorium.

These events are also supported by Miami University’s Departments of Justice and Community Studies, Political Science, Office of Community Engagement and Service, Miami Middletown’s Office of Community Engagement and Service, and Miami Hamilton’s Center for Civic Engagement, Theatre, Student Government Association and Student Association for Law and Politics.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information on these events, call 513.785.7702 or Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd.

An open seat to fill on the Board of Zoning Appeals

The City of Hamilton announces a vacant volunteer position on the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA).  The City is seeking candidates to fill a recently vacated position on the BZA.  City of Hamilton residents who are interested in serving as a volunteer on the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) are encouraged to apply. This is a unique opportunity for civic involvement at a time of heightened development and redevelopment interest. Responsibilities of the Board of Zoning Appeals (described in Sections 1155.00, 1160.00 and 1170.00 of the Hamilton Zoning Ordinance) primarily involve the review of temporary uses of structures, interpretation of the Zoning Ordinance, review of Conditional Uses, and review of Variances from the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance within the City of Hamilton.

The Board of Zoning Appeals meets the first Thursday of every month, except scheduled City holidays, at 1:30 pm in the City Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 1st Floor, 345 High Street.

Interested City of Hamilton residents should submit the completed application and any supporting information to:

John Creech
City of Hamilton
Community Development Department
345 High Street, 3rd Floor
Hamilton, Ohio 45011

The deadline for submittal is FRIDAY, July 31, 2015.

The City Manager will appoint one (1) City of Hamilton residents to fill one (1) vacant five-year terms on the Board of Zoning Appeals.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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Support Your Local Trees, Join the Board

The City of Hamilton Tree Advisory Board is seeking volunteers to fill two seats opening on the Board later this summer. Each position is a three-year term beginning September 2015 and ending August 31, 2018. The Board administers regular and special meetings at which the citizens of the City may discuss the subject of the City’s trees. Regular meetings are held the second Thursday of every month at 6:30 PM in the Council Chambers at 345 High Street, Hamilton, Ohio, 45011.

The Board also has a key focus to meet four key criteria to apply for the Tree City USA designation as directed by the National Arbor Day Foundation of Nebraska City, Nebraska. The Tree City USA is a designation the City has proudly held since 2004. The criteria include:

  • A tree board that meets at least 8 times a year.
  • An Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
  • A comprehensive tree ordinance.
  • A community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita.

Anyone wishing to submit their name in nomination for a position on the Board should contact Mark Murray

You can learn more about the Tree Board here.

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Volunteer Opportunities for May

The Community Volunteer Force is spreading the word about volunteer opportunities for the month of May.

Check for updates at:

If you have questions or are looking for a specific volunteer opening contact Dan Schlosser at

YWCA Hamilton: 

In search of volunteers for our beautification effort which includes outdoor and indoor projects.  Most are one day and include: Flower bed maintenance/ trimming shrubs/grounds cleanup/mulching; Touch up painting around building interior; Furniture removal; Hanging pictures.

We also have a project that will take a longer commitment which involves our historical documents.  We are seeking help in categorizing photos, certificates, news articles, etc.  This project can be done by a group or individuals.

CONTACT: Reva Evans at 856-9800 for scheduling.

Sojourner Recovery Services

The Sojourner 5K Race for Recovery is looking for volunteers to help with this year’s event on Saturday, September 19 at 1430 University Boulevard, Hamilton.

Volunteers are asked to plan on being at the event from 6:00am to noon, with responsibilities ranging from participating on the 5K Run/Walk committee prior to the event, setting up/tearing down the day of the event, directing traffic along the course to handing out water to runners.

CONTACT: Christine Birhanzl, Development Director, 513.896.3450 or

Hamilton Living Water Ministry

Make a difference while gaining experience.  Become an AmeriCorps VISTA member.   Now accepting applications for summer associates at Hamilton Living Water Ministry to serve from June 1 – Aug. 9.

CONTACT:  For more information 513-594-9892 or,

American Red Cross (Butler County area)                

Volunteers needed to help Red Cross respond to fires in the Butler County Area.  These volunteers will respond when someone is home at a fire. There is training involved and a great sense of satisfaction knowing that you are helping someone when they are in need.

CONTACT:  Register at or Tammy Simendinger, Regional Volunteer Director, 513-579-3031

Shared Harvest Food Bank                                             

National Letter Carrier’s Food Drive:  This event takes place on Saturday, May 9th.  During this event letter carriers pick up food donations from people’s mail boxes and bring it to their post office.

At the post office volunteers will transfer the donations from the letter carrier’s truck to an awaiting Shared Harvest Truck.  We are looking for volunteers to man each of the various post offices.   (They will be at the post office not at SH warehouse.)

We need four (4) or so individuals to commit to meeting at the local post offices for a set period of time and assist with the transfer of donations to SH trucks. The post offices involved are: HAMILTON, ROSSVILLE, FAIRFIELD, MIDDLETOWN, MONROE and TRENTON.

Also we need help to:  repack donations; packing CSFP senior boxes; sort and pack Retail Rescue. And last but not least, we always need help with the BackPack program.

CONTACT:   Ben Powers   513-874-0114.

MetroParks of Butler County

Garlic Mustard Pull(s)May 2, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. William F. & Cora Dudley Woods Park, 5591 Hankins Rd. Liberty Twp. Protect native wildflowers at your Metroparks by removing invasive garlic mustard. Many hands needed.

Big Week of Birding in Butler CountyMay 6 through 9. Times and locations vary, please go to MetroParks website for details.  MetroParks has hidden jewels for birding. Help with registration and identification of local species. 1-2 volunteers needed.

Stepping Forward: Service DaysMay 13th 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Voice of America MetroPark.  Help spruce up the parks for Spring! Volunteers are needed for landscape cleanup, painting, gardening, and general cleaning. Many volunteers needed.

Stepping Forward: Service DaysJune 6th   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Governor Bebb MetroPark. Help spruce up the parks for Spring! Volunteers are needed for landscape cleanup, painting, gardening, and general cleaning. Many volunteers needed.

Stepping Forward: Service DaysAugust 29th  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Sebald MetroPark. Help spruce up the parks for Spring! Volunteers are needed for landscape cleanup, painting, gardening, and general cleaning. Many volunteers needed.

Frog JogMay 16th All Day Event. Rentschler Forest MetroPark (5701 Reigart Rd. Fairfield Twp.) Join Metroparks and the YMCA for the Frog Jog 5K. Volunteers are needed for children’s activities and a Metroparks informational table. 3 volunteers needed.

Information Table(s)May 16th through July 26th. Times and locations vary, please go to MetroParks website for details. Help park visitors stay informed by distributing literature at a variety of events.  1-2 volunteers needed.

Hump Day ConcertsMay 27th through July 27th, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Voice of America MetroPark (7850 VOA Park Dr. West Chester). It’s Hump Day! Celebrate every Wednesday throughout the summer with an evening concert at the beautiful VOA lake. Volunteers will share MetroParks information and assist with concessions. 1-2 volunteers needed.

Day CampsJune 12th, 19th, 26th, & July 10th  9:30 AM to 2:00 PM. Rentschler Forest MetroPark (5701 Reigart Rd. Fairfield Twp.) Get the kids outside this summer at MetroParks day camps. Volunteers can assist with a variety of children’s activities.  4-6 helpers needed.

MetroParks Mojo Running TriathlonJune 21st 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Voice of America MetroPark (7850 VOA Park Dr. West Chester). Support MetroParks and the Triathletes by volunteering to help with registration, food setup, and teardown.  Many volunteers needed.

Crazy Cardboard RegattaJuly 18th 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Voice of America MetroPark (7850 VOA Park Dr. West Chester). Ahoy! Volunteer to help with hospitality, timing, boat inspections, registration, children’s activities and info tables, scoreboard and boat launching. Many helpers needed.

Mud ManiaAugust 7-8th  11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Rentschler Forest MetroPark (5701 Reigart Rd. Fairfield Twp.) Jump into the fun at Mud Mania by volunteering to help with info tables, registration, and the mud obstacle course. Many volunteers needed.

Friends of Chrisholm: Fun on the FarmAugust 15th, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Chrisholm MetroPark. (2070 Woodsdale Rd. Trenton). Enjoy a day at the historic Chrisholm farmstead. Volunteer to help with hayrides, games and crafts, tending gardens caring for the animals. Many volunteers needed.

Other Volunteer Opportunities:  Welcome Center: Volunteers needed at Voice of America and Forest Run MetroParks. Scheduling is flexible; Nest Box Monitoring:  Monitors are needed all spring and summer across multiple park locations.

CONTACT:    To volunteer or for more information please contact or call 518.867.5835

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County

MENTORS NEEDED! Volunteering just a few hours a month with a young person can start something amazing. Our kids say their Big Brothers/Sisters have helped give them hope and changed their view of what they thought was possible for their future.

CONTACT:   For more information, call us at 513-867-1227 or visit

Senior Independence Hospice  

Spring into action and volunteer with Senior Independence Hospice!  Hospice is a special kind of caring that is person and family centered and seeks to provide support and comfort to those facing a life limiting illness. Senior Volunteers support our patients and their families in a variety of ways: companionship, spiritual support, bereavement support, music/art therapy, pet therapy, photography/videography, life review, share interests/talents, vigil volunteer, respite visits, office volunteers, etc.  Flexible schedules.  Age 16 and up.

CONTACT:    Kate Moore, Volunteer Coordinator at  or 513-509-2748.

Butler Soil and Water Conservation District

Protect our water with your friends and family. Help to label storm drains in your neighborhood to let others know that anything that goes down the drain goes straight to the creek affecting the health of wildlife and humans.  It’s easy to do; pick your time, pick your place and the Conservation District will provide the supplies. Open to all ages, from one person to large groups.  

CONTACT: Beth Downs at or 513-887-3720. Find out more about this and other volunteer opportunities at

Board of Developmental Disabilities                                                              

I-Connect Volunteers needed for a “Community Connections” Initiative to become “social guides” and “social companions” to help individuals with disabilities become more active in community, meet new people, join groups and associations and/or develop friendships. Volunteers will be paired with a person with a disability and be trained on strategies of community connecting that tap into the strengths and interests of the person and the community where they live.

Golden “Furniture” RetrieversVolunteers needed who are interested in picking up and delivering donated furniture and household items to individuals with disabilities in need.   Please consider donating items to Goodwill and give the Butler County DD donation ticket at  drop off.   When you do this vouchers are given to individuals with disabilities and their families who are in need to buy items in the Goodwill store.

Parent’s Night OutThe “Pause for Parents, Play for Kids” program gives parents and caregivers of children with special needs a break.  Caring for a child with a disability comes with a great amount of stress. Parents often try to deal with the challenges and stress alone and they slowly get worn down, like a battery losing its charge. To help meet the need for a break, a variety of “PAUSE” events will be set up throughout Butler County.  Parents will register their children ahead of time and will drop off their kids at the event. The events will be fun for the kids and each child will be paired with a volunteer “buddy.” Currently, we have Pause events twice a month- second Thursday of the month from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM and the third Friday of the month from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM.  We need volunteers as well as gift cards to bless parents, craft supplies and dinner donations to feed the kids and volunteers.  We work with a local non-profit who can accept donations that are tax deductible.

The Caring Craftsmen (and women)David Glock, Jr. a student at Miami University Middletown has launched a new initiative called “The Caring Craftsmen” who support individuals with disabilities and their families by volunteering to do much needed home repairs or projects they could otherwise not afford or complete on their own.  A little bit of help goes a long way.  We are looking for individuals and companies that are willing to donate time, money, and/ or materials for these projects.  Discounts on materials are also helpful for our cause.

CONTACT:  Scott Osterfeld at or 513-785-2813 to sign up or get more information.

Butler County Visitors Bureau

The Bureau is looking for friendly volunteers with a passion for tourism to volunteer on a part-time, as needed basis, during spring and summer months.  Volunteers will assist at many popular sporting and community events throughout Butler County.  Most occur on weekends.

Tourism Ambassador responsibilities include assisting with distribution of brochures and materials at the Bureau’s information booth as well as interacting with visitors and residents by answering questions they may have about Butler County.  In addition, help is needed at the BCVB office with mailings, etc.  Ideal volunteers will have great interpersonal communication skills, good knowledge of Butler County and a willingness to help a diverse population of people.  Ambassadors must provide their own transportation to events.

CONTACT:   Sandy Walther at, call 513-860-4194, or visit

American Cancer Society Relay For Life

 Volunteer opportunities on Planning Committee and Day of the event:  June 13 at Hamilton High School from noon to midnight.  

Info Meetings held the second Tuesday of each month at Hamilton High School Community Room  This is a community event where everyone participates in the fight against cancer. Participants take turns walking on a track – it is not a race, so participants may casually walk at whatever pace they like. During the event teams sell baked goods, hold raffles, play games and there is music, dancing and entertainment for all ages. Below are some specific volunteer openings we have for this event.

Day of Relay Volunteer: Help set up before the event or clean up afterward. We also need help with registration at our check-in tent, serving meals to survivors and more.

CONTACT:  Elaine Levin at or 888-227-6446 x4206

Caring Partners International

We have scheduled 3 dates in May as special opportunities for Medical Providers:

  • Saturday, May 2nd – 10:00AM-12:00PM
  • Tuesday, May 19th – 10:00AM-12:30PM
  • Thursday, May 28th – 6:30 to 8:30PM

If you are not able to volunteer for the entire time, please feel free to come for as long as you can!

CONTACT:  If you can participate on any/all of these days   call Jim at CPI 937-743-2744

Women Helping Women

Volunteers & Interns Needed:  Looking for a meaningful service opportunity?  Want to help people in crisis?  Have an interest in Psychology, Social Work or Criminal Justice?  Need flexibility?  

The Butler County Rape Crisis Program seeks responsible, mature women and men to become Volunteer Victim Advocates with our award-winning program.  What we offer our volunteers:

Comprehensive training using U.S. Dept. of Justice Curriculum; Meaningful interactions with sexual assault survivors in 6 area hospitals, on the phone and in court; Flexible scheduling for on-call hours; Continuing education and additional service opportunities; Internships for Psychology, Social Work, Family Studies, Criminal Justice, and Social Justice

CONTACT:  Donna Holbert, Volunteer Coordinator at (513) 523-1005 or

Supports To Encourage Low Income Families                     

JOBS NOW! is an employment program that includes a 3-week workshop taught by community business professionals at VORA Tech, Ascendum and AIMS to increase employment skills and opportunities. There are volunteer opportunities for business professionals to help with resume writing, employment goals, job coaching and interview skills. Contact Sheree Hampton if interested at

Home Repair Volunteers Needed: SELF is recruiting additional local volunteers to help with home repairs. We have crews that work on Butler County homes each Tuesday from 9am-3pm.  Contact John Post at 513-820-5024 or Please make an appointment if you need a day other than Tuesday.

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum                                       

With more than 60 pieces of outdoor sculpture set in over 200 acres of meadows and forests near Hamilton, Pyramid Hill combines lure of nature with dynamic, monumental art.  Park also features indoor Ancient Sculpture Museum.

Volunteers needed for special events like Art Fair, programs like the Summer Series for Kids and hosts in the Ancient Sculpture Museum. Other skills you have in computers and writing are a benefit in the office. Gardening and landscaping are a great way to enjoy being outdoors in a beautiful setting. Share your talents/skills.

CONTACT:  513-868-8336.

Animal Friends Humane Society                                

Animal lovers needed for walks and cuddles!  The Animal Friends Humane Society is looking for caring individuals 16yrs+ who would like to spend a few hours a week playing with and caring for our shelter animals.  There is no set schedule required and volunteers can come anytime during open shelter hours, (M,T,F,Sa,Su 11 am to 4:30 pm & W, Th 1 pm-7 pm)

CONTACT:  volunteer connection   513-867-5727 (main).  All volunteers must attend orientation before they can begin.   Visit our website to find orientation dates.


Are you analytical and detail­oriented? Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity in a fun and fast­moving agency?  If you answered yes, you have found your match. LifeSpan’s Elderly Services Program is looking for the perfect volunteer to help us with client filing.  You can set your own schedule as you like while helping us catch up on very important work – client files. If you are able to pick up on details and are able to catch mistakes on paperwork, are fast yet efficient and want to work in a fun group, then give us a call.  We can’t wait to hear from you!

CONTACT:  Teka Reinhold, Volunteer Coordinator, 513-785-4186 or

Booker T. Washington Community Center

Opportunities to engage with youth in several areas.  Specifically, we use volunteers for homework help, art helpers, gym game helpers, board/card game helpers.  We can also use monitors in locker rooms and on the pool deck.  Hours are 3:00 – 6:00 pm Monday through Friday.  Volunteers must be at least high school age.

CONTACT:  Tanya Lowry, Center Director  GREAT MIAMI VALLEY YMCA  (P) 513 785 2451 ext 12 (C) 513 608 8928.   (E) (W)  (O) Facebook: Booker T. Washington Community Center | Twitter: GMVYMCA | Instagram: Great Miami Valley YMCA | Pinterest: GMVYMCA.


Make a difference?  YOU can do this by VOLUNTEERING !!

Research shows these benefits happen by donating your time and services to others.   You can find volunteer opportunities everywhere!

Want to speak up for an abused child?   For details about becoming a volunteer at PARACHUTE: Butler County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) go to or 513 867-5010.

A CASA volunteer training class will start on May 7th so we are doing recruitment now and taking applications from people interested in becoming a voice for an abused child. The rewards are immense!   Please act today – a child (and your future) is waiting!

Cedar Village Retirement Community

We are currently seeking volunteers for Cedar Village Hospice program. Volunteers are a vital and valued part of our Hospice Team. Volunteers are needed to visit with residents, engage them in conversation, share special talents or skills and offer comfort and emotional support to the patients and their families.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Commit to a minimum of 2 – 4 hours per week of service. Volunteers will participate in a volunteer orientation program specifically designed for Hospice Volunteers.

If you have recently experienced a loss of a loved one we ask that you wait 12 months before applying to be a Hospice Volunteer.

CONTACT: For further information please contact Diane Slovin ( or 513-336-3162.



Non-Partisan Voter Registration Drive on Saturday

The Butler County Democratic Party is conducting a non-partisan voter registration drive in Hamilton on Saturday, April 25.

“We welcome anyone wishing to help register citizens to vote or anyone needing to register,” said Paul Gomia, BCDP Northeast regional chair.

“This voter registration drive is completely non-partisan.  We’re helping any qualified person to register to vote no matter what their party affiliation,” said Neil Moore, Central regional chair.

The Central Region of the Butler County Democratic Party is registering voters from noon until 2:30 p.m.

The Central Region will meet at BCDP headquarters, 224 Park Avenue, Hamilton at noon and then provide voter registration at the Lane Library in Hamilton at 300 North 3rd St. and at the Fairfield Lane Public Library, 1485 Corydale Drive.

They are also canvassing neighborhoods.

For more information, contact the Butler County Democratic Party at 513-896-5201.

City-Wide Clean-Up This Saturday

In an effort to assist residents with their spring cleaning, the City of Hamilton, in conjunction with Rumpke, will host a city-wide, curbside cleanup on the east side of the river in Hamilton this Saturday, April 25.  A similar cleanup was held on Saturday, April 18 on the west side of the river.

During the scheduled cleanup, residents will be permitted to place multiple items and/or large items at their regular trash collection location (curb or alley) for collection and disposal.  Residents should properly prepare/bundle items for collection if necessary, and place materials at the curb the night before the scheduled cleanup (Friday, April 24).  Rumpke will begin collecting items at 5:00 a.m., so make sure to place your items out the night before to ensure they are collected.

Rumpke asks that upholstered furniture, mattresses and box springs be wrapped and sealed in plastic and appliances containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) such as refrigerators and freezers be properly tagged indicating the CFCs (Freon) have been removed by a certified technician.

The following items will not be accepted during the cleanups:

  • Overloaded and/or wet boxes.
  • Barrels or drums
  • Waste oil
  • Construction and/or remodeling materials
  • Electronic appliances
  • Items containing chlorofluorocarbons (any item with a coolant in it, microwaves, etc.)
  • Tires
  • Batteries
  • Paint
  • Hazardous materials
  • Yard Waste
  • Weekly household garbage

Clearing out debris and clutter and placing in a can or cart at the curb is permissible, but if you can wait for your regular garbage collection day, please do so.

For more information on how to dispose of the items listed above, please visit Butler County’s Recycling and Solid Waste District’s website.

Additionally, the City will attempt to assist elderly and/or disabled residents with getting their items for the cleanup to the curb.  If you require assistance with getting your items to the curb or if you are interested in volunteering to provide assistance to our elderly and/or disabled residents, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Karen Wittmer via phone at 513-844-8050 or via email at

The City cannot guarantee assistance to every resident who makes a request.  If you have an elderly or disabled neighbor or know of anyone who may require assistance, we encourage you to reach out to them and ask if you can assist them in any way.

For residents who will receive assistance, please note volunteers are not permitted to enter private residences.  Any residents receiving assistance from volunteers must move their items for disposal to the garage or an area outside the residence.
For more information on the city-wide cleanup, please contact the Department of Public Works at 513-785-7270.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

The need for volunteers is stronger than normal because of several upcoming events.

“We ask individuals, Scout Troops, church groups, civic organizations, families, students and employees to step forward and help with an activity in Butler County,” said Dan Schlosser, coordinator of the Community Volunteer Force.

Earth Day – Middletown and Hamilton:  Volunteers to clean up the garden for spring by mulching, planting and constructing garden features. 8 a.m. to Noon on April 18 at MetroParks Community Garden, 800 Lafayette Avenue, Middletown.   Earth Day – Hamilton: Volunteers to set up; takedown and share MetroParks information with the community.  Noon on April 22 at 315 High Street, Hamilton.   CONTACT: To volunteer or for more information please contact or call 518.867.5835

West Side, East Side Clean-up in Hamilton:  Cleanup on the West Side on April 18 from 9-noon to concentrate on t area by Lowe’s and Walmart as well as Main Street from the High/Main Bridge to Meijer.   Volunteers can come to the old Modernage lot (near Chinese Lantern) on Main to pick up bags and gloves between 8:30 am and 9 am.  The bags of litter can then be brought back to the dump truck at this same site.

April 25 will concentrate on East Side.  Litter patrol will concentrate on the areas around Heaton and Greenwood Streets.  Bags and gloves can be picked up between 8:30 am and 9 am at this park location and the litter patrol will go out from 9 am – noon.  The bags of litter can then be brought back to the dump truck at this same location.  If you can help contact Karen or (513) 844-8050.

Earth Shaking Weekend – Celebrate Charles Richter, creator of Richter Scale, with weekend full of interactive family activities. Help with setup/take down, registration, children’s activities.  3 to 5 p.m. on April 25 at Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton.  CONTACT: or call 518.867.5835

Special Olympics and MASC Soccer Tournament – Fairfield Optimist Soccer Club (FOSC) holds a big soccer tournament every year.   The boy’s tournament is April 18 and 19.  The tournament has chosen the Butler County Special Olympics as their non-profit service organization to support.   Volunteers are needed to:

Help sell Special Olympic wrist bands at team registration events at Game Time Training Center ON April 17 from 5 PM to 9 PM;   Help sell Special Olympic wrist bands at the tournament at Optimist Soccer fields (Joyce Park) on April 18/19 from 8 AM to 6 PM;  Help with trophy ceremonies on April 19th from 1 PM to 7 PM.  Special Olympic athletes pass out trophies to winning teams and teach them the special Olympic oath.    CONTACT:  Scott Osterfeld at  or 513-785-2813 to sign up or get more information.

YWCA Hamilton is looking for volunteers to help clean, reorganize and paint our Girls Inc. room (in our building at 244 Dayton Street) for our summer camp.  We need volunteers in April and May.  CONTACT:  Jen Kingsley, Program Coordinator, Girls Inc. at YWCA Hamilton.

Medical Volunteer Opportunities:  April 21st – 10:00AM-12:30PM  (3rd Tuesday).  CONTACT:  Jim at CPI 937-743-2744   Caring Partners International:

Fairfield Township – Help clean up your neighborhood on May 2 (8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) Come alone or bring family & friends. Lunch & T-shirts provided for volunteers. Volunteers should dress in comfortable working clothes and shoes.   CONTACT: Robert McIntyre 513-785-2266. .

Dudley Wods – Garlic Mustard Pull May 2 at Dudley Woods MetroPark on Hankins Road. You can help conserve the park through removal of invasive garlic mustard. To register go or contact: Chuck Holliday at 513-863-6223.

National Letter Carrier’s Food Drive: Saturday, May 9th.  During this event letter carriers pick up food donations from people’s mail boxes and bring it to their post office.  At the post office volunteers will transfer the donations from the letter carrier’s truck to an awaiting Shared Harvest Foodbank Truck.  We are looking for volunteers to man each of the various post offices.  (They will be at the post office not at SH warehouse.)  We need four (4) or so individuals to commit to meeting at the local post offices for a set period of time and assist with the transfer of donations to SH trucks. The post offices involved are: HAMILTON, ROSSVILLE, FAIRFIELD, MIDDLETOWN, MONROE and TRENTON.  CONTACT:  Ben Powers  ben@sharedharvest.org513-874-0114.

Home Repair Volunteers Needed:  SELF is recruiting additional local volunteers to help with home repairs. We have crews that work on Butler County homes each Tuesday from 9am-3pm. Contact John Post at 513-820-5024 or Please make an appointment if you need a day other than Tuesday.

Justice Sharon L. Kennedy to Talk at Miami Hamilton

The Department of Justice and Community Studies, College of Professional Studies & Applied Sciences will host a lecture titled Pathways in Criminal Justice with Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon L. Kennedy on Tuesday, March 31 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center.

Justice Kennedy began her career as an officer for the City of Hamilton Police Department. Following her time on the police force, she obtained her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She then served as judge at the Butler County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division, and as the administrative judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division.

On December 7, 2012, Justice Kennedy was sworn in as the 154th Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio and the ninth female justice to serve on the court.

She has received multiple awards, including the Nicholas Longworth, III Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2014. She was named one of thirteen professional women to watch by the Cincinnati Enquirer in 2013, and was named Judge of the Year in 2006.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 513.785.7702 or email Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd.

A chance to speak up about Hamilton Police performance

The Hamilton Police Department is scheduled for a re-accreditation on-site assessment by an accreditation team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) on April 6 – 8, 2015.

The assessors are officials from the Federal Protective Service and the Downers Grove, Illinois, Police Department.

The purpose of the on-site assessment is to re-examine the Hamilton Police Department and our compliance to 177 professional standards of law enforcement.  The Hamilton Police Department obtained initial accreditation in 1990.

The CALEA accreditation program requires police agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in areas including policy and procedures, organizational management, law enforcement operations and support services.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency and community members are invited to offer comments at a public information session to be held in the Hamilton Police Department Training room, located at 331 S. Front Street in Hamilton, Ohio, on Tuesday April 7, 2015, at 6:00 pm.

Agency and community members are also invited to offer comments by calling the accreditation assessment team at (513) 868-5811, Ext: 1919 on Tuesday April 7, 2015, from 1 pm – 3 pm.
Comments at the public information session or by telephone are limited to 10 minutes and must address the Hamilton Police Department’s ability to come into compliance with the standards developed by CALEA.
The standards can be examined at the Hamilton Police Department by contacting Accreditation Manager Capt. Marc McManus at (513) 868-5811, Ext: 1523.  Voicemail is available if Capt. McManus is not able to take the call.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments concerning the Hamilton Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to:  The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA) 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 330, Gainsville, VA 20155.

County Democrats Vote to Censure Speaker of the House

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The Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee met Thursday evening and voted unanimously to censure Speaker of the House John Boehner.  The censure is due to Speaker Boehner’s unilateral invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint-session of Congress without consulting with the White House.

 According to the motion to censure, the Speaker’s action “threatens to sabotage delicate international negotiations with Iran” and “violated long-established diplomatic protocol.”  The invitation was “an unprecedented move undertaken with the leader of another nation with the sole purpose of undermining the President of the United States.”

“It’s time to throw the yellow flag on tactics by the Republican Party leadership that shows disrespect for President Obama and the presidency” said Dominick Lijoi of West Chester, Southeast Regional Chair of the BCDP.  “The Speaker needs to know that his constituents do not approve of his actions” Lijoi concluded.

This is the third time in the last month that the Speaker has been censured by local groups made up of his constituents in the 8th Congressional District.  This motion to censure was first proposed by Don Daiker of Oxford to the Butler County Progressive PAC.  The Democratic Women’s Club of Southwest Ohio adopted the motion soon after and now the motion has been approved by the Butler County Democratic Party.