The Starfish Assignment Welcomes You
No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.
We work with law enforcement officers who identify needs in the communities they serve. Police officers often see people on the worst days of their lives and are able to connect with them on a level that others are not. Once an officer contacts us, we determine how Starfish Assignment can help and then turn to our volunteers for support. Sometimes the need is financial, but often the officers ask for donations such as sporting goods, household goods, or food.
We also work with officers on larger assignments that help them to assist large segments of their communities—such as our AEP Ohio Winter Coat Drive to benefit school kids who can't afford coats—or our Books & Badges reading program, which is designed to promote literacy while helping officers bond with kids in their patrol areas. Officers read to elementary school classrooms and we give every child in the class a copy of the book the officer reads.
The students get to ask the officers questions about policing and what items are on their duty belts. In turn, the officers use the time to talk to the kids about good choices. These events are a huge hit with the cops and kids alike. "I got my book autographed by a police officer," one girl exclaimed. "Yay!!"