Center for Service & Social Action

Other Volunteer Opportunities

The Center for Service and Social Action (CSSA) is frequently made aware of service opportunities throughout greater Cleveland. Although not sponsored by CSSA, the Center posts them here, as they may be of interest to JCU students, staff, faculty, and alumni. CSSA does not coordinate registration or transportation for these activities, but we can track and report your service hours if you desire. If you are interested in participating in any of these Service Opportunities, please contact the designated site coordinator for more details.

Scroll through the opportunities below or click on one of the following:

Opportunity Site: Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry 2100 Lakeside Men’s Shelter

Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry is looking for volunteers who can volunteer an hour or two every week to assist in the Computer Lab at 2100 Lakeside. Volunteers are welcome during days, evenings, and weekends between 9:00 am and 8:00 pm. Volunteers would oversee the lab and help shelter residents with basic computer skills, online job hunting, or educational searches.

Contact: Lydia Bailey, Coordinator of Volunteers, at 216-566-0240×136 or

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Opportunity Site: Building Hope in the City

Volunteers are needed to assist once a week between 3:30-5:30 pm with weekly, one-on-one tutoring of refugee children from across the world. Volunteers will assist with homework, set goals for improvement, and work to improve reading and language skills. Training and all materials are provided.

Contact: Contact Amy Mitchell, Director of Volunteers at (216)281-4673 or at

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Opportunity Site: Vineyards of Chateau Hough

Volunteers are needed to assist in the Vineyards of Chateau Hough at the corner of East 66th and Hough streets, one block north of Chester Avenue. Volunteers are welcome to assist with weeding, pruning the grape vines, and basic garden maintenance on Saturdays (unless it’s raining) anytime between the hours of 8:00am-12:00 noon. If possible, volunteers are encouraged to bring pruners, hoes, gloves, and a sun hat. Bottled water is provided.

Contact: For more information and to make sure a group is planning to be there, contact Mansfield Frazier at 216.469.0124 or at

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Opportunity Site: Children’s Hunger Alliance

Children’s Hunger Alliance (CHA) is a statewide non-profit agency working toward long-term solutions to fighting childhood hunger. CHA is looking for volunteers to help with nutrition programming by assisting in our CATCH Physical Fitness Program and Food Folks Nutrition Education Curriculum. We currently have a need for office volunteers who are available to work sometime between 9am-5pm and who are willing to assist with such office tasks as using a copier, assisting with mail, and filing. More information is available on our website.

Contact: Jena’ Paisley, AmeriCorps Member, at (216) 541-5915 x203 or at

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Opportunity Site: Communion of Saints Parish PSR

Volunteers are needed to help with PSR (Parish School of Religion) in grades K-8. Classes are Sundays from 10:15 – 11:30am, September 2014 through April 2015. Consistency of volunteers helps both volunteers and students. Volunteers with no teaching skills are needed as well as college students in the special education program to assist (trained professionals will be on-hand to direct). Volunteers will need to be Virtus trained (training is available).

Contact: Contact Nell Ginley, DRE at 216-321-0024 x 42 or via email at

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Opportunity Site: Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C)

Cuyahoga Community College is Ohio’s first community college and fourth largest institution for higher education, serving more than 55,000 students each year and offering more than 1,000 credit courses in 140 career and technical programs. Cuyahoga Community College’s mission is “to provide high quality, accessible and affordable educational opportunities and services-including university transfer, technical and lifelong learning programs that promote individual development and improve the overall quality of life in a multicultural community.”

The Community Volunteer Tutoring Program (VTP) provides community members the opportunity to work with Tri-C students during focused one-to-one or small group tutoring sessions. The VTP matches students who are looking for academic assistance with a volunteer tutor. Tutors act as a support to the students outside of the classroom to review and reinforce material presented in class. Volunteers can meet with students at our Metropolitan, Eastern, Western and Westshore campuses.

Commitment: The time commitment to tutoring students is flexible to your schedule and the academic need at the location you choose to tutor. We ask that volunteers dedicate a minimum of one two hour block of availability per week for meeting with students.


  • Tutors should be college seniors or graduate students with majors, minors or passing with distinction the subject they plan to tutor.
  • Student tutors are required to submit transcripts and one letter of recommendation from a faculty member.
  • Volunteers should be able to sit for prolonged periods of time and be comfortable communicating with a diverse student population.

Benefits: As a volunteer, you will receive training regarding best practices for tutoring through the College’s Learning Center. This is a wonderful opportunity for networking with other tutors, as well as getting involved with the community at Tri-C. Volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in continuing education seminars through the Learning Centers.

Contact: Deborah Simpson via email at or call (216) 987-2111. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out a volunteer tutor application. You can also visit Tri-C’s homepage.

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Opportunity Site: Euclid Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE)

The ESOL program at Euclid serves recent immigrants from the community who would like to improve their English. We offer classes in the mornings and evenings, and the morning class currently has a number of volunteers each day, while the evening class only has one volunteer coming once a week. Since it’s a multi-level class, we could benefit greatly from one or more volunteers each class period. The classes are funded by a combination of state and federal funding, and are provided free of charge to the students. Most adult ESOL programs rely on volunteers to help meet the students’ needs.

The class meets in Euclid, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. It’s a mixed-levels class, with one lead teacher and one assistant teacher. The students come from very diverse languages and personal backgrounds. Ideal student candidates would be anyone interested in working with immigrant populations, or any aspect of language or literacy education. The experience would be a great opportunity to learn more about adult immigrants from a variety of countries of origin, and also be an excellent way to get some practical experience in teaching for students interested in exploring teaching careers or post-graduation experiences such as Peace Corps or other international teaching experiences.

Contact: Rita Simpson-Vlach, lead teacher, for more information at (216) 752-1489 or

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Opportunity Site: Goodrich-Gannett “Senior Buddies” Program

Goodrich-Gannett Senior Center is looking for volunteers to partner with our staff coordinators in visiting home bound seniors in the community to offer companionship. Activities include arts and crafts, games, conversations, etc. This would be a wonderful opportunity to learn first-hand about some of the issues that the elderly population faces, as well as to contribute to the efforts of keeping seniors in their own homes as long as possible through socialization.

Contact: Jovana Batkovic, Adult Development Program Manager, at (216) 432-1717 or at

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Opportunity Site: Grande Pointe Healthcare

If you are interested in spending some quality time with someone who is a fountain of knowledge and a great historian, volunteer to be a companion for our residents. To volunteer you will need a desire to make an impact on the life of an elderly person and a clean background check. Visits are usually less than an hour. Grande Pointe Healthcare is located on 3 Merit Drive, in Richmond Heights, just off Richmond Road.

Contact: Rosalind Turnage, Volunteer Coordinator, at (216) 261-9600 or

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Opportunity Site: Harvey and Friends Bookstore

The Cleveland Heights Public Library on Lee Road is looking for volunteers to assist with the “Harvey and Friends Bookstore” located inside the library. Volunteers work in 2-hour shifts and help by sorting book donations or selling coffee and used books; all proceeds go toward the library.

Contact: For more information, please contact Susan Goldfarb at or at (216) 932-3600 x234.

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Opportunity Site: Hopewell Therapeutic Farm Community

Hopewell is a working farm located in Mesopotamia, Ohio, where adults with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression learn to manage their mental illness and return to independent life. Hopewell is the only residential mental health facility in Ohio that provides a unique combination of treatment-based and community-centered care.

Hopewell’s Development Office is looking for volunteers to help with its 14th annual Summer Solstice benefit. The event is on Friday, June 20th, and takes place at the picturesque and historic Rankin apple barns in Hunting Valley. Every June, more than 450 Clevelanders welcome summer by attending Hopewell’s Summer Solstice. The evening begins with cocktails and an extensive silent auction featuring valuable antiques, unique getaways and one-of-a-kind treasures; a three-course seated dinner is served under an elegant dining tent; and the event culminates in an exciting live auction and Fund-a-Need.

Contact: For more information regarding volunteer opportunities, please contact Hyatt Bolden, Development Manager at 440.247.0912 or

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Opportunity Site: InterReligious Task Force

The InterReligious Task Force is currently seeking applicants for a Human Rights Internship. The position offers flexible schedule according to a student’s needs and academic requirements. High school and college students are welcome to apply. Interns are able to select their focus area, such as economic justice, anti-repression, or other. Internships range 2-15 weeks, 8-40 hours per week.

Contact: For further details, please contact IRTF at or see our website at

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Opportunity Site: Jewish Family Service Association

Do you have a special talent, hobby or passion you’d like to share with special needs adults to help them expand and enrich their lives? Jewish Family Service Association is looking for volunteers and you can help. Some of the possibilities:

  • Working with ceramics
  • Using workshop tools
  • Playing music and/or teaching a musical instrument
  • Knitting
  • Photography
  • Tutoring for GED
  • Cooking low-cost, healthy meals
  • Starting a walking club

Contact: Sharon Eichenbaum, Manager of Volunteer Services 216-378-3475 or at

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Opportunity Site: Long Term Care Ombudsman

Volunteer ombudsmen build relationships with consumers, helping to ensure that their rights are respected and their needs are met. They encourage consumers to tell about about issues that the consumer is facing – even the smallest problems can point to larger issues that need to be addressed. Volunteers will learn how to negotiate and how to mediate conflicts and enhance their understanding of how the long term care system works, which can be of help when we or our loved ones experience long term care.

Requirements: 15 hours of training – 12 in the classroom and 3 in the field. Volunteers visit a facility once a month for 2-3 hours to educate the residents to become their own advocates. Facilities include nursing homes, assisted living, and residential care. Volunteers must earn 6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) per year. To make earning them easy, LTCO provides four free opportunities a year, worth a total of 12 points, in sessions held in our office. There are also quarterly meetings with special training topics held out in each quadrant of our service area. Long Term Care Ombudsman also refer volunteers to other free CEU courses offered in the community to help expand and extend learning and understanding of the long term care service system.

Contact: Lauri Scharf, Volunteer Coordinator; email her at

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Opportunity Site: Milestones Autism Organization

Description: Every summer, parents and professionals reach out to Milestones Autism Organization seeking summer-time aides, tutors and job coaches for individuals with ASDs (Autism Spectrum Disorders). We are seeking individuals that would be interested in working with young children and teens on the autism spectrum this summer as aides, coaches and tutors on a private pay basis. Many families are especially interested in young men to work as aides for their male children/teens with autism.

Contact: Beth Thompson, Teen/Adult Services Coordinator at 216.464.7600, Ext. 108 or via email at Check out Milestone’s website for more information at

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Opportunity Site: Montefiore

Volunteers are needed to assist on a weekly basis in the “Posh Nosh” at Montefiore, a volunteer-operated snack shop serving residents and visitors to Montefiore. Positions available include:

  • Tuesday – 9:00 am-12:00 pm – cashier
  • Wednesday – 12:00 pm-4:00 pm – cashier
  • Thursday – 12:00 pm-4:00 pm – cashier and cook
  • Saturday – 12:45-3:15 pm – cashier
  • Sunday – 11:00 am-1:30 pm

Volunteers are asked to help on a weekly basis and to make a commitment of a minimum of one month. Training is provided.

Contact: Contact Diane Weiner at (216) 910-2566 or at

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Opportunity Site: National Basketball Academy

The National Basketball Academy is looking for motivated volunteers to assist with a Saturday basketball clinic for children with special needs. The group meets on Saturdays from 10:00am-noon at the Independence Field House (6354 Selig Drive, Independence, OH 44131). Volunteers will assist with running drills, helping with skill development, encouraging participants, and having fun! The program runs in 6-week sessions and volunteers are encouraged to commit to an entire session, whenever possible.

Contact: For more information, please contact Tom Heines at or at 216-378.0932.

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Opportunity Site: Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages is a fair-trade non-profit retail store whose mission is to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long term, fair trading relationships. We are located at 12425 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106. We welcome you to join our village of volunteers! As a nonprofit store, volunteers are crucial to our success, helping to keep our overhead cost low, which allows us to purchase more from our artisans.

All volunteer positions require an application, interview, reference check, and training for the specific position. We often have a variety of opportunities available, including greeting and interacting with customers, unpacking and checking in orders, assisting with merchandising and displays, and helping at off-site events.

  • Sales Associate Position: We are seeking friendly, personable volunteers to work in the store as a cashier. This position would require Ten Thousand Villages customer service training, and a minimum commitment of two, four hours shifts per month. Times and dates are flexible. Cashier needs to be willing to interact with customers, learn about products and artisan stories, and be able to ring up sales correctly. Accounting or math background a plus but not required.
  • Visual Merchandiser: We are seeking a volunteer with a keen eye for visual merchandising. Volunteer would create and organize displays and help with transitions of displays in the store. Volunteer would need to be willing to interact with customers, but cashier or customer service training is not required. A minimum commitment of two four-hour shifts per month is required. Times and dates are flexible. Background in interior decorating, design or art are a plus but not required.

Contact: Email or call (216) 575-1058. Please visit our page to learn about the next volunteer orientation.

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Opportunity Site: Thea Bowman Center

Trained tutors are needed at the Thea Bowman Center to assist with adult tutoring between the hours of 1:00-3:00pm on Mondays through Thursdays or between 6:00-8:00pm on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

Contact: For information on training or on tutoring opportunities, contact Gesu parishioner Theresa Pretlow at or at 216-561-8539.

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Opportunity Site: Urban Future Leaders of the World

The Urban Future Leaders of the World (uFLOW) program is currently recruiting mentors for November 2013 – April 2014. uFLOW empowers under-served youth to start their own community service projects by providing mentorship, funding, and guidance for them. At uFLOW, it is the high school students that come up with the ideas to solve problems, and you the mentor help guide them to succeed, and in the process will see an inspirational transformation. Started by medical students in Chicago, the program has quickly expanded to San Francisco and Cleveland. Mentoring will take place once a week at 3pm on a weekday – exact day to be determined. Undergraduate and Graduate students and those able to attend the regular weekday events are welcome to apply. This is a great opportunity to develop leadership skills, improve your resume, meet new people, have fun, impact the community through service, and most importantly change the life of a youth.

Contact: Check uFLOW out at If interested please email Dr. Vipan Nikore at for a brief application.

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Opportunity Site: Villa Maria Community Center

The mission of Villa Maria Farm is to serve as an ecological model integrating agriculture, education and spirituality. Additionally, approximately 60% of the food grown is donated to the food centers in the area. The farm enhances life at Villa Maria by providing balance for a sustainable and simple lifestyle. The Department of Land Management operates the farm which is situated on 726 acres in the rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania. The Villa land includes woodlands, wetlands, wildlife, a pond, cattle, sheep, organic gardens herb gardens and nature trails. There is an operating greenhouse and bedding plants. Over 400 acres are woodlands with 95 acres designated as an Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. More than 250 acres are used for planting field crops and approximately 5 acres are planted with organic vegetables and fruits. A conservation plan minimizes the erodibility of the land used for farming and sustainable agricultural techniques are utilized. Wildlife habitats are preserved and created at Villa Maria.

Contact: For more information on the center and its programs, check out Details on current intern positions available at the farm are here.

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Opportunity Site: Youth Opportunities Unlimited

Founded in 1982, Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) is a non-profit youth workforce development organization that is currently seeking volunteers to assist with the Resume Building Project. Volunteers are trained in Resume Building software and are asked to assist in two-hour sessions during which they mentor 1-3 youths, ages 14-19, through the resume building process, guiding them in use of the software and offering suggestions as to resume content. Numerous sessions are still in need of volunteer mentors; opportunities are available during the daytime and afterschool hours.

Contact: For more information, please contact Benjamin Gregg, Volunteer Coordinator, at 216.566.5445, ext. 251 or at

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Opportunity Site: Saint Jude Give Thanks. Walk.

Volunteers are needed to help with the St. Jude “Give Thanks. Walk.” This exciting, family-friendly event helps raise funds to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
November 22, 2014 at 8 AM at the Great Northern Mall Food Court in North Olmsted, Ohio.

Contact: For more information, please contact Marianne Toma, at 216.402.1751 or at
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