Red Bird Sylvania
We believe a vital downtown strengthens the whole community. And as a community catalyst, Red Bird Sylvania is the center of Sylvania’s creative culture and economic life. By attracting area residents to discover, support and connect through engagement with the arts, businesses and each other we frame a stronger future that celebrates the spirit of Sylvania.
Sylvania Sister City Commission
6930 Sylvania Avenue, Sylvania, OH 43560
(419) 882-8313 ext. 113
Sylvania’s Sister City Commission enriches our community through international cooperation and engagement with Woodstock, Ontario – our sister city for more than 25 years. Lasting ties between our two communities result from an ongoing boy and girl scouting exchange and the annual Vintage Base Ball Tournament between the Black Swamp Frogs and the Woodstock Actives. Greatest public involvement is created each year when our Canadian partners attend the Sylvania Fall Festival & Parade and local officials travel north to Woodstock’s Santa Claus Parade.
Active volunteer opportunities for community members exist in several forms. City Council annually appoints citizens to the Commission leadership, and the board in turn seeks citizens to serve on committees and event support. Local residents are also invited to participate in cultural, educational and sports exchanges. Citizens interested in supporting the Sister City Commission work can purchase an annual membership at contribution levels ranging from $15 for individuals to $100 for businesses. Group memberships are also available.
Sylvania Community Arts Commission
The Sylvania Community Arts Commission (SCAC) is a group made up of volunteers. A an organization, we are a non-profit that is committed to making the arts accessible, an economic driver in our area, and a creative outlet for all. We recognize the value of art and the impact that the arts have in our community. Through our programming and events, we make Sylvania a better place to live.
Take a drive through downtown and see what we’ve accomplished in the form of public art through multiple murals we’ve commissioned. SCAC brings art to all schools in Sylvania by sponsoring Opera on Wheels and funding field trips to the Toledo Museum of Art. Additionally, we give students the opportunity to experience theater through classes and workshops. We literally bring art (and artists) to our streets with the Maple and Main Art Fair and our monthly Red Bird First Friday Art Walks. We educate, challenge and inspire both children and adults to make movies during the Tree City Film Festival. We also invite the community to hear art by joining us at Community Orchestra performances that we sponsor. Our community is alive with culture and creative events all year round.
Sylvania Historical Village & Lathrop House
5717 Main Street, Sylvania, OH 43560
The Sylvania Historical Village is an education and history center located in the heart of Sylvania’s historic downtown. Each year we welcome thousands of school children and adults through our seven historic buildings to learn about the history of this area. From our Native American past to the trains of the early 20th century, Sylvania has a rich and vibrant history to share.
The Lathrop House was once a stop on the underground railroad. Escaping slaves made the arduous journey from the south to freedom in Canada passing through present day Sylvania. The lower level of the Lathrop House has been restored showcasing the hidden room behind the fireplace where slaves stopped on their journey.
We are looking for volunteers for both historic sites in a variety of positions from history presenters to event planners and more!
Outdoor Sylvania Community Parks
The Outdoor Sylvania Community Parks System serves residents of the Sylvania School District by providing open space and programming for recreation, education, and conservation. Numerous opportunities to serve the community through the parks area available. Visit our website at http://www.olanderpark.com/volunteering/ for more information.
Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce
The Sylvania Chamber is instrumental in attracting visitors, residents and businesses to the Sylvania area.
The purpose of The Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce is to promote the progress, expansion, well-being and improvement of the Sylvania area business, professional and civic community.
Membership in the Chamber offers numerous opportunities and benefits, but more importantly, it signifies support of and a commitment to the entire community. We strive to plan for a successful business and professional community and yet maintain the uniqueness and charm of Sylvania.
With 600 members, the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce continues to grow and welcomes new members. Take advantage of the many benefits of networking in a vibrant business environment.
Sylvania Community Action Team
4747 N. Holland-Sylvania Road, Sylvania, OH 43560
Sylvania Community Action Team (SCAT) is a Youth, Parent & Community group brought together to encourage healthy lifestyles for kids, and to discourage drug and alcohol use and other negative and unhealthy behaviors – not intervention, but prevention. A primary focus is encouraging community and parent involvement with challenges that face our youth. Identifying how we can help, providing programs that offer guidance and education, and offering positive events that our youth can get involved in to develop leadership skills is SCAT’s mission.
SCAT’s membership includes parents, teachers, elected officials, police officers, school administrators and community members. We work in partnership with local organizations to support a healthy community. SCAT meets throughout the year to plan programs for our community.
Sylvania Area Family Services
The Sylvania Area Family Services, Inc. (SAFS) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1967 by a coalition of concerned citizens living within the Huntington Farms neighborhood, and is organized to provide support services that strengthen families in the greater community. Over the years, some of these services have included food distribution, rent/utility assistance, adult computer education and online services, after school programming, supplemental school supplies, Weekend Backpack Food Program; summer camp, and our well-known Youth Diversion Program, all resulting in an impact on over 6,500 individuals – children and adults – per year.