Cortland Humanitarian Outreach Worldwide (C.H.O.W.) has no paid positions.  Its work is accomplished totally by an all volunteer group of people.  Because of this, there are various volunteer opportunities for people who would like to be involved in C.H.O.W.


Volunteers are needed to pack school supplies into boxes.  These supplies are sent in shipments to schools in Central and South America along with desks. One type of box is new, like-new school supplies that are distributed to students.  Another type of box is made up of used supplies collected from students and teachers from local schools at the end of the school year.  These supplies are used by teachers, to help them educate students and also contain supplies that teachers may distribute to students who need them.  The supplies are stored in the basement of the NAPA building on W. Main St. in Cortland. These boxes are packed on an ongoing basis as C.H.O.W. receives donations.


C.H.O.W. sends backpacks to a Grahn, KY community center to be distributed as Christmas gifts.  These backpacks are filled by C.H.O.W. volunteers with school supplies, a book, and a shirt.  They are packed in late summer, early fall to be ready when C.H.O.W. volunteers deliver donations to Grahn in October.  At that time as well as in the spring, volunteers are needed to sort and pack donations of clothing and household goods to be taken to Grahn.


When schools are ready to donate desks, volunteers who can help carry the desks to a truck or trailer are needed.  Strong volunteers are also needed when C.H.O.W. loads a container bound for Central or South America.  The loading occurs during the week during the day.  C.H.O.W. is always looking for men who are retired or who work a shift other than day turn.  It takes about two hours to load a container.


To raise funds, C.H.O.W. will sponsor a Quiz Night March 2, 2019 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church Hall.  Teams of 5-8 people are needed to compete against other teams answering trivia questions from various subjects.  A light meal in addition to snacks and beverages will be served at 6:30 P.M. with the game beginning at 7:00 P.M.  Cost is $10 per person.  For more information email questions to  chowohio@gmail.com .


If you are interested in volunteering with C.H.O.W., you can email chowohio@gmail.com .  We would love to have you join us.




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