Volunteer with CLASH

Issue and Skill training sessions

During the first quarter of 2023, CLASH will be offering 1 hour training sessions for CLASH volunteers and collaborators.

Watch for our survey of your needs and interests.

Can you help spread the word about Lead Safety?

CLASH needs help to set up a mass mail (500 pieces) in support of reintroducing the Lead Safe Housing for Kids Act? contact clevelandleadsafe@gmail.com.

Share your time

Canvassing and maintaining public information displays

Distribute CLASH information and brochures in neighborhoods around Cleveland. Maintain public displays around town.

Small group outreach

Provide short presentations on lead safe housing and answering a range of questions about lead hazards. You'll be teamed with an experienced presenter. Most small group meetings are evenings and weekends.

Tabling at Community Events

Pass out lead safe literature to citizens and answer a range of questions about lead hazards. You will be teamed with an experienced tabler!

Share your Expertise

Legal Background--if you have a background in law (lawyer, paralegal or other), the CLASH and the families we work with need your expertise on legal issues.

Data Wonk? -- if you know your way around spreadsheets and public records, CLASH can keep you busy. Work from home at times of your choosing.

Case Management -- Assist families affected by lead poisoning to find housing, health, legal, and financial resources.

Create your own lead safety event

Your civic, social, faith or community organization can host a lead safety awareness event to underscore the need for citizen action. Here are some examples:

  • Students from Notre Dame University promoted a Mulch Madness event on vacant lots around town to stress the need to cover bare soil on playgrounds and other public spaces.

  • Students essay contest on identifying and overcoming lead hazards. Youth science projects to identify lead in homes and communities.

Conduct your own investigation

Find out if your local paint seller is in compliance with the City Law. Codified Ordinance 240.07 (b) says: " All retail and wholesale outlets of paint and paint removal products shall distribute an EPA- approved lead hazard information pamphlet to each purchaser of paint and paint removal products."

How many renters in your community have received disclosures of known lead hazards? Penalties can be assessed. A recent study in Pittsburgh's Wilkinsburg neighborhood showed that 51 of 76 homes tested had lead hazards, but 78% of residents of the households were unaware of lead hazards.

Test the soil in vacant lots, around abandoned houses, and in playgrounds in your community. With just a little training, CLASH can have the samples tested to identify lead hazards in your community.

Test the apartments and common areas in your multifamily building to identify lead hazards where you live. Training provided.

Not enough ideas? Tell CLASH how you would like to help make Cleveland Lead Safe. Share you suggestions with clevelandleadsafe@gmail.com