Volunteer with CLASH
Combine your personal insights on a topic related to Lead Safe Housing. CLASH will help you fine tune your message.
Share your personal story about lead poisoning.
Write your story or let a CLASH volunteer interview you. You control the final product. Personal stories can reach the public much better than stats and studies.
Testify at City Council's Public Comment Time.
Clevelanders can speak their minds on lead safe issues related to City Council business.
Distribute CLASH information and brochures to at risk households in neighborhoods.
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: Pass out lead safe literature to citizens and answer a range of questions about lead hazards. You will be teamed with an experienced tabler! Most tabling events are evenings or weekends.
Graphic Design--Your artistic talents can help CLASH convey a lead safe message. Work at home on your own time!
Special Skills or Knowledge Roles
Legal Team member--if you have a background in law (lawyer, paralegal or other), the CLASH needs your advice on legal issues.
Join the Data team -- if you know your way around spreadsheets and public records, CLASH can keep you busy. Work from home at times of your choosing.
Festivals, Health Fairs, Food Distributions, and meetings give CLASH an opportunity to share infomation on lead safe housing.
Share news of upcoming community events.
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:
In South Bend, Indiana, 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.
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.