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American Red Cross of Summit, Portage & Medina Counties - 4/22/2015
The Red Cross is looking for disaster action team volunteers to respond to disaster and crisis in Portage County.  A complete job description for volunteers can be found online at this link.  For more information or to register for the online training please contact American Red Cross Pat Buckhold at pat.buckhold@redcross.org or at 330-535-2252.
 
Junior Achievement - 4/17/2015
CLICK HERE to see a complete list of current volunteer opportunities.
Denice Schafer
Sr. District Director
Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio
PO Box 26006 Akron OH 44319
1563 Firestone Parkway Akron OH 44301
330-434-1875 ext 20 (office)      330-503-9937  (cell)

SCHOOL

CITY

GRADE

JA Program

SCHEDULING INFORMATION

Henry Defer Intermediate School

Streetsboro

Grade 5

JA Our Nation

4 classes at 10:39-11:30. Volunteers will talk with the classroom teacher to schedule five 45 minute visits.

Windham HS

Windham

Grades 9-12

JA Personal Finance

2 classes at 8:54-9:40 and 9:40-11:26.  Volunteers will talk with the classroom teacher to schedule five 45 minute visits.

Henry Defer Intermediate School

Streetsboro

Grade 6

JA Global Marketplace

On April 28 and 29from 1:00-3:00 JA volunteers will lead one JA lesson to three groups of students each day.  I’m looking for 4 more volunteers to participate. 

 
Red Cross Disaster Action Team/Disaster Responder - 3/13/2015
Become a Disaster Action Team member and assist those affected by local disasters in Portage County. The Disaster Action Team/Disaster Responder volunteer provides timely response and relief to those affected by disaster.   Volunteers respond to disasters in Portage County, such as single family home fires, providing American Red Cross services- shelter, food and clothing assistance and referral information- while supporting the mission of the American Red Cross.  Orientation and training is provided at no charge. Training includes introduction to disaster services, client services, client assistance cards, disaster assessment basics, First Aid/CPR/AED certification. Volunteers should have strong organizational, verbal and written communications skills, be a team player and respect the confidentiality of all information pertaining to Red Cross clients. Volunteers may also select their own day/night to be on call and must be able to commit to at least one full year of service.  Minimum age is 18. Benefits to the volunteer include being a valued member of a Red Cross team that alleviates human suffering; enhances personal organizational and leadership skills; makes a positive impact on clients' lives and receives training in Red Cross disaster response skills. The mission of the American Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Services are delivered to people without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age or handicap. For more information, please contact:  Patricia Buckhold, Director, Volunteer Services, Northeast Ohio Region; Akron Office: 330-535 2252; pat.buckhold@redcross.org or visit the American Red Cross website at: www.redcross.org
 
211 Portage Snow Volunteer - 1/29/2015
Area seniors are calling 211 to ask for help getting their walks and drives shoveled.  Currently there is no program or agency offering those services.  So what we are doing is starting a list of local volunteers who might be able to help.  When 211 receives a call from a Portage County individual requesting help with snow shoveling we would send that request to our list of snow volunteers.  If he volunteers his info would be included on that list.  Then United Way or the individual requesting services could contact the people on the list to see who/when someone could help.  Volunteering only puts you on the list and does not obligate you.  The volunteer can accept shoveling requests based on their availability and location.  Email Maureen Gebhardt at maureeng@uwportage.org for more info.
 
Catholic Charities Benefit Bank - 1/22/2015
Catholic Charities will be preparing and filing taxes through the Ohio Benefit Bank for free.   The training is done online and is computer based.  We will be holding a Saturday tax clinic on February 28. The phone number is 330-297-7745 for appointments.  Volunteers who would  be interested is training for this opportunity please contact Susan Morris at susan.morris@catholiccharitiesps.org
 
United Way 211 Portage - 1/15/2015
Recently 211 Portage has received numerous requests from area seniors looking for assistance shoveling their walks and drives. If you are interested and able to assist please email maureent@uwportage.org.
 
Salvation Army - 12/8/2014
Salvation Army in Ravenna needs volunteers to help with their Christmas Food distribution. They expect the food to be delivered onDecember 16, 2014 and volunteers will be needed to at 8:30 am. Please call Bonnie Schubert at the Salvation Army to let her know you are interested. He number is 330.296.7371. Or, you can email her at:Bonnie.Schubert@use.salvationarmy.org.
 
Big Brothers Big Sisters - 12/5/2014
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Portage County has volunteer Big Sisters waiting to be matched with girls 6 to 10 years old and living in Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro, Brimfield and Rootstown.  Children who participate in the Big Brothers Big Sisters progam are matched with an adult mentor who spends 12 hours per month with the child.  They share free activites in which both are intrested.  There is no income restrictions for the program.  To enroll a child in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, or to become a volunteer, call 330-296-6655 or visit the website at bbsportage.org.  
 
Salvation Army - 11/25/2014
Salvation Army in Ravenna needs volunteers to help with their Christmas Food distribution on 12/16/2014. Volunteers are needed for a few hours at a time throughout the day. Please call Bonnie Schubert at the Salvation Army to let her know you are interested. He number is 330.296.7371. Or, you can email her at:Bonnie.Schubert@use.salvationarmy.org.
 
Safer Futures - 11/13/2014
While it seems impossible to believe the holidays are just around the corner, they are going to be here so quickly!  The holidays are a very exciting time of year for all of us at Safer Futures! We attempt to find sponsors for every family who stayed at the shelter within the past year and provide them with a Christmas they will never forget! It can be difficult leaving an abusive relationship and starting all over again. The first set of holidays can be extremely difficult as it can be a struggle to regain independence and can be difficult finding the means to provide for themselves and their children for the holidays. Sponsors who “Adopt A Family” provide hope for families that they can continue to make it on their own living lives free from abuse. Sponsors bring the gift of Christmas and holiday cheer to families who may have though there could be none.  The families that this program supports have stayed at Safer Futures during 2014. During the past year, Safer Futures has received more than 500 calls for assistance on the 24 hour crisis line, served 88 women and 82 children, provided 922 referrals, 2113 shelter night stays and 670 Civil Protection Orders.  Safer Futures simply cannot provide such holiday miracles without the help of wonderful, giving people like you. Would you be willing to participate in this wonderful cause? We certainly appreciate any help you are willing to give. This is a very exciting time of year for Safer Futures staff. We thank you in advance for being a part of such a fund and rewarding project. The families are always so moved and overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and we know they would thank each of you personally if they could.  Wish lists will be returned from each family by Friday, November 21st and distributed to everyone adopting a family/families Monday, November 24th. Details will follow regarding the date for delivery with instruction on where to drop the items off. If you would like to sponsor a Safer Futures family for Christmas this year, please contact me as soon as possible with the following information: The name of your business, group, organization and/or the names of the individuals participating.  Your name, address, daytime phone number and e-mail address.  How many gifts you are willing to purchase, how many families you (or your group) would like to sponsor AND/OR the dollar amount you would like to spend or donate. Also let us know if you are interested in purchasing gift cards that we can use to assist families in lieu of sponsorship.  Monetary donations are also welcomed and appreciated.  Thank you again so much for your giving and generous spirit! Shelley Marsh Director of Domestic Violence & Visitation Services Family & Community Services, Inc., smarsh@fcsohio.org
 
Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County - 10/28/2014
BBBS Fall Volunteer Recruitment campaign got off to a slow start but is picking up speed! However, we still need more of you to call about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister. We still have children from all over the county waiting for a volunteer. Maybe you’re the one someone is waiting for! A volunteer makes a commitment to spend 12 hours a month with his “Little” for one year. Time is spent doing activities you both enjoy. But remember! It’s about spending time, not money. And while a you are spending that time and having fun, you are forming a relationship and becoming a mentor. You are changing a child’s life for the better, forever. Call or email our office today: 330.296.6655 or info@bbsportage.org. Anyone you speak with can answer your questions and get you started. The screening process involves an application, police check, reference checks and interview. After being matched with your Little, you will have at least monthly contact with a staff person who is assigned to your match; your “Match Support Specialist” . He will also have monthly contact with your Little and his parent/guardian. The “Match Support Specialist” is there to answer questions, give suggestions and discuss any concerns. He wants to work with all of you to make sure the relationship is a positive experience for everyone. Don’t wait! Call today! And not only will you change a child’s life, you will change your own.
 
Portage-Summit Diaper Bank – 10/10/2014
The Portage-Summit Diaper Bank will be holding diaper drives from now through November 1st to help local social service agencies. Information on holding a diaper drive is available online at http://www.portage-summitdiaperbank.org/.
 
Neighborhood Development Services - 10/10/2014
On Oct. 31st and Nov. 1st NDS, the City of Ravenna and Family & Community Services will be ready to rake and complete light yard work for Ravenna seniors.  The teams of volunteers will work from 9 am to 2 pm.  The yard clean up and leaf raking will assist low to moderate income seniors who own their home in the city of Ravenna.  Volunteers interested in helping may call 330-297-6400, Ext. 234 to volunteer.
 
Salvation Army - 9/18/2014
Become a Salvation Army Bell Ringer.  Your invited to ring the Salvation Army Kettle Bells!  Bring a sign saying "This Kettle Sponsored by.....".  Let everyone know your business or organization is helping others.  Become a Salvation Army Bell Ringer and help thousands this holiday season and throughout the year!  Groups, businesses and churches can take one or more whole days and fill them.  This would require at least 5 people to fill one day.  Shifts are from 10:30-12:30, 12:30-2:30, 2:30-4:30, 4:30-6:30 and 6:30-8:30 Monday thru Saturday.  Kettle sites are located in Ravenna, Kent, Streetsboro, Rootstown, Windham, Aurora and Brimfield.  Take a shift at a location near you!  For more information call The Salvation Army at 330-296-7371 or visit them at 268 W. Main St., Ravenna, Ohio 44266.
 
Reading Role Models
 
United Way of Portage County is currently looking for Reading Role Model volunteers.  Reading Role Models are paired up with local early grade learning centers and schools to participate in regularly scheduled reading days.  All volunteers are required to complete a background check and release waiver before participating.  For more information and to sign up please click here.  
 
Literacy Kits
United Way of Portage County is currently looking for volunteers who are interested in helping to construct early grade reading literacy kits.  United Way Literacy Kits are fun and interactive activity kits which are paired with a book.  Volunteers are needed to help construct the literacy kits by cutting, pasting and decorating  foam paper.  United Way supplies all of the needed material and stencils.  Volunteers just need to provide the people power and location for construction.  Fore more information please email Brian Duchon at briand@uwportage.org.
 
Big Red Bookshelf
United Way of Portage County is looking for a few handy volunteers who can assist with the construction of a Big Red Bookshelf.  United Way's Big Red Bookshelf program is designed to improve early grade reading skills by getting more books into the hands of more kids.  Volunteers are needed to assist with the construction of future Big Red Bookshelf.  For more information please click here.
 
Community Conversations
United Way of Portage County is looking for organizations interested in hosting a United Way Community Conversation.  United Way Community Conversations are hour long moderated discussions focused on how we can create opportunities for a better life here in Portage County.  Organizations interested in participating will need to provide an audience of 10-20 individuals to participate and meeting space for the conversation.  Feedback from these conversations will be used to help United Way clarify needed interventions and strategies.  For more information please email Brian Duchon atbriand@uwportage.org.
Center of Hope
The Amelia DiGirolamo Center of Hope is dedicated to enhancing the nutrition of low-income people in Portage County where local food pantries are not present. The Center of Hope is currently looking for a volunteer Volunteer Coordinator to assist in the screening, interviewing, and training of potential Center of Hope volunteers. Additionally the Volunteer Coordinator will assist with the scheduling and tracking hours for other volunteers. The Volunteer Coordinator is needed for approximately 5 hours per week and must be computer literate. For more information or to volunteer please contact Ann Marie Mann-Noble at ammann@fcsohio.org
Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities is currently looking for volunteers interested in serving through the Ohio Benefit Bank.  Community members interested in volunteering as Ohio Benefit Bank Counselors can call Susan Morris at 330-297-7745 or Mary Ann Mills. community organizer, at 330-777-1050 from 8 am to 4 pm.  
 
Knitting for Those in Need
Knitting for Those in Need helps to provide warm heads, warm necks and warm hearts in the Kent community.  Volunteer knitters are needed including loom, crochet and needle.  Yarn, tools and instructions are provided.  Knitting for Those in Need hold weekly community gatherings for volunteers.  Knitters are needed the first and second Tuesday of the month at Scribbles Coffee Company at 237 North Water Street in Kent from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Knitters are also needed the third and forth Thursday of the month at Water Street Church at 1541 S. Water St. in Kent from 6:00-8:00 pm.  More information can be found on Facebook at Knitting for Those in Need or by contacting Diane at dgb54@earthlink.net.  
 
Mobile Meals
Mobile Meals, Inc. provides healthy meals and nutrition services to enrich lives and foster independence. Volunteers who deliver meals can bring a smile to the lives of those we serve and they are sometimes the only contact that a person may have in a day. Do you have a few hours a week or month that you could contribute to help Mobile Meals deliver meals to individuals in Portage County? If you would like to volunteer, contact Cheryl Bunch, Mobile Meals Volunteer Coordinator, at 330-376-7717, ext. 147.
 
Children's Advocacy Center
The Children's Advocacy Center specializes in coordinated response to child sexual abuse. Volunteers are needed on an irregular and intermittent basis to help with basic office and administrative functions. For more information or to add your name to their volunteer list please contact the Children's Advocacy Center at 330-297-8838 or via email at cac@rmh2.org
 
Center of Hope
Center of Hope provides hot and nutritious meals to the needy 5 times per week.  Volunteers are needed to help answer phones, prepare meals, serve meals, wash dishes, pack grocery bags and pick-up and deliver food donations.  For more information or to volunteer please contact Ann Marie Mann at 330-297-5454 or via email at ammann@fcsohio.org.      
 

211 Portage

211 Portage maintains a list of community service and volunteer opportunities in Portage County.  More information on available services and volunteer opportunities for Portage County nonprofits can be found online at www.211portage.org or by calling 2-1-1.  
 
United Way of Portage County
United Way of Portage County is currently looking for volunteers to assist with the annual fund distribution process.   United Way of Portage County funds numerous health and human service programs through our partnership with multiple community service agencies. Program review and grant making is governed by a volunteer review team and approved by United Way’s board of directors. United Way values accountability, transparency and openness throughout all stages of the decision making process.  For more information or to volunteer please click here.  
Knitting for Those in Need
Knitting for Those in Need helps to provide warm heads, warm necks and warm hearts in the Kent community.  Volunteer knitters are needed including loom, crochet and needle.  Yarn, tools and instructions are provided.  Knitting for Those in Need hold weekly community gatherings for volunteers.  Knitters are needed the first and second Tuesday of the month at Scribbles Coffee Company at 237 North Water Street in Kent from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Knitters are also needed the third and forth Thursday of the month at Water Street Church at 1541 S. Water St. in Kent from 6:00-8:00 pm.  More information can be found on Facebook at Knitting for Those in Need or by contacting Diane at dgb54@earthlink.net.  
 
Mobile Meals
Mobile Meals, Inc. provides healthy meals and nutrition services to enrich lives and foster independence. Volunteers who deliver meals can bring a smile to the lives of those we serve and they are sometimes the only contact that a person may have in a day. Do you have a few hours a week or month that you could contribute to help Mobile Meals deliver meals to individuals in Portage County? If you would like to volunteer, contact Cheryl Bunch, Mobile Meals Volunteer Coordinator, at 330-376-7717, ext. 147.
 
Children's Advocacy Center
The Children's Advocacy Center specializes in coordinated response to child sexual abuse. Volunteers are needed on an irregular and intermittent basis to help with basic office and administrative functions. For more information or to add your name to their volunteer list please contact the Children's Advocacy Center at 330-297-8838 or via email at cac@rmh2.org
 
Center of Hope
Center of Hope provides hot and nutritious meals to the needy 5 times per week.  Volunteers are needed to help answer phones, prepare meals, serve meals, wash dishes, pack grocery bags and pick-up and deliver food donations.  For more information or to volunteer please contact Ann Marie Mann at 330-297-5454 or via email at ammann@fcsohio.org.      
 

211 Portage

211 Portage maintains a list of community service and volunteer opportunities in Portage County.  More information on available services and volunteer opportunities for Portage County nonprofits can be found online at www.211portage.org or by calling 2-1-1.  
 
Carlin Elementary Winter Clothing Drive 
Carlin Elementary is striving to develop a collection of basic winter necessities for their students.  The goal is for the school to have their own supply of new mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and extra socks on hand for students in need.  Carlin Elementary is looking for local businesses and groups to host a collection drive for the items listed above.  For more information or to volunteer please contact Carlin Elementary Principal Robert J. Mittiga at 330-296-6622 or Student Teacher Jenna Phile at 330-931-2830.  
 
Food2Share
Food2Share is looking for groups to host year-round food drives for area food pantries.  More information on Food2Share can be found online at www.food2share.org.  Groups who are interested in participating can contact Bruce Harris at bruce.harris@windstream.net or by phone at 330-283-3311.  
 

United Way of Portage County
United Way of Portage County is currently looking for volunteers to assist with the annual fund distribution process.   United Way of Portage County funds numerous health and human service programs through our partnership with multiple community service agencies. Program review and grant making is governed by a volunteer review team and approved by United Way’s board of directors. United Way values accountability, transparency and openness throughout all stages of the decision making process.  For more information or to volunteer please click here.  

Center of Hope
Center of Hope provides hot and nutritious meals to the needy 5 times per week.  Volunteers are needed to help answer phones, prepare meals, serve meals, wash dishes, pack grocery bags and pick-up and deliver food donations.  For more information or to volunteer please contact Ann Marie Mann at 330-297-5454 or via email at ammann@fcsohio.org.      
 

211 Portage

211 Portage maintains a list of community service and volunteer opportunities in Portage County.  More information on available services and volunteer opportunities for Portage County nonprofits can be found online at www.211portage.org or by calling 2-1-1.  
 

American Red Cross
This holiday season, the American Red Cross asks you to give something that means something. Give a gift that can help save a life, give a blood or platelet donation!  The holidays bring families and friends together in hopeful times to share in celebrations and special times of giving. For families dealing with a cancer diagnosis or other major illness, the holidays can be a difficult time. Every day in Northeastern Ohio the Red Cross must collect over 900 pints of blood to service our 57 partner hospitals in the region.  Each of us can help spread hope this holiday season by giving something that doesn't cost a thing, but can offer so much more!  Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule your donation appointment today! To learn more about setting up a blood drive in Portage County at your corporation, church or civic organization please contact: Skylar Blackwell, Donor Recruitment Representative (216) 973-2252 or skylar.blackwell@redcross.org

 
Be a Santa to a Senior 

Area retailers, along with agencies that serve older adults, have partnered with a local senior-care service to make sure that isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship through the Be a Santa to a Senior program. Here’s how the program works: prior to the holiday season, the participating local non-profit organizations will identify financially needy and isolated seniors in the community and provide those names to Home Instead Senior Care for this community service program. The name and gift request of each senior are written on an ornament and then placed on Christmas trees located throughout Portage County including The RAC, Curves, and Emeritus in Ravenna; Senior Centers in Ravenna, Streetsboro and Aurora; Aurora Premium Outlets and Dr. Tomko’s Office in Aurora, and Excalibur Auto Body in Streetsboro.  For more information on how you can help a needy senior please contact Annette Balis, Community Service Representative for Home Instead Senior Care, at 330-297-1700. You can also send a donation to Home Instead c/o Be A Santa To a Senior, 705 Oakwood St. Suite 107, Ravenna, Ohio 44266.  For more information about the program, log on to www.beasantatoasenior.com.

 

Holiday Giving
Volunteers, companies and community groups are needed to assist Family & Community Services, Kent Social Services and Center of Hope with their annual Holiday Giveaway. Volunteers are needed to assist with toy drives, food drives, collection, sorting and transportation.  Volunteers are needed at Paul's Do-It Center at 129 N. Chestnut St. in Ravenna on the following dates.  Dec. 2nd volunteers needed to help pick up food boxes at various locations. Meet at Paul's at 8:30 AM to get addresses for these locations.  December 3rd - 5th volunteers should meet at Paul's at 9:00 AM to sort food and Christmas toys.  December 9th - 13th volunteers should meet at Paul's at 9:00 AM to sort food and organize toys.  December 16th - 18th volunteers meet at Paul's at 9:00 AM to help with distributing food and toys.  Volunteers are needed on all of the above dates from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM at Paul's Do-It Center. Volunteers can come at anytime to help, even if it only for an hour. Anyone wishing to help would be greatly appreciated.   For more information or to volunteer please contact Anne Marie Mann-Noble at ammann@fcsohio.org or Julie Beach at Julie.beach1@yahoo.com. Interested individuals can also call Anne Marie at 330-297-5454 or 330-990-4940, or Julie at 330-296-6665 or 330-221-9583.

 
Red Kettle Volunteers 
Volunteers are needed Friday Nov. 29th through Tuesday December 24th to assist with the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign.  Shifts are available in two hour increments from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm, Monday through Saturday.  Locations are available in Kent, Ravenna, Rootstown, Brimfield, Streetsboro, Windham and Aurora.  Interested volunteers can get more information at the Ravenna Salvation Army office or by calling 330-577-6018. 
 
Carlin Elementary Winter Clothing Drive 
Carlin Elementary is striving to develop a collection of basic winter necessities for their students.  The goal is for the school to have their own supply of new mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and extra socks on hand for students in need.  Carlin Elementary is looking for local businesses and groups to host a collection drive for the items listed above.  For more information or to volunteer please contact Carlin Elementary Principal Robert J. Mittiga at 330-296-6622 or Student Teacher Jenna Phile at 330-931-2830.  
 
Food2Share
Food2Share is looking for groups to host year-round food drives for area food pantries.  More information on Food2Share can be found online at www.food2share.org.  Groups who are interested in participating can contact Bruce Harris at bruce.harris@windstream.net or by phone at 330-283-3311.  
 

United Way of Portage County
United Way of Portage County is currently looking for volunteers to assist with the annual fund distribution process.   United Way of Portage County funds numerous health and human service programs through our partnership with multiple community service agencies. Program review and grant making is governed by a volunteer review team and approved by United Way’s board of directors. United Way values accountability, transparency and openness throughout all stages of the decision making process.  For more information or to volunteer please click here.  

 

Mobile Meals
Mobile Meals, Inc. provides healthy meals and nutrition services to enrich lives and foster independence. Volunteers who deliver meals can bring a smile to the lives of those we serve and they are sometimes the only contact that a person may have in a day. Do you have a few hours a week or month that you could contribute to help Mobile Meals deliver meals to individuals in Portage County? If you would like to volunteer, contact Cheryl Bunch, Mobile Meals Volunteer Coordinator, at 330-376-7717, ext. 147.

Thanksgiving Giving
Volunteers, companies and community groups are needed to assist Family & Community Services, Kent Social Services and Center of Hope with their annual Thanksgiving Giveaway. Volunteers are needed to assist with food drives, collection, sorting and transportation. For more information or to volunteer please contact Anne Marie Mann-Noble at ammann@fcsohio.org or Julie Beach at Julie.beach1@yahoo.com. Interested individuals can also call Anne Marie at 330-297-5454 or 330-990-4940, or Julie at 330-296-6665 or 330-221-9583. 

Children's Advocacy Center
The Children's Advocacy Center specializes in coordinated response to child sexual abuse. Volunteers are needed on an irregular and intermittent basis to help with basic office and administrative functions. For more information or to add your name to their volunteer list please contact the Children's Advocacy Center at 330-297-8838 or via email at cac@rmh2.org

 
Red Kettle Volunteers 
Volunteers are needed Friday Nov. 29th through Tuesday December 24th to assist with the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign.  Shifts are available in two hour increments from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm, Monday through Saturday.  Locations are available in Kent, Ravenna, Rootstown, Brimfield, Streetsboro, Windham and Aurora.  Interested volunteers can get more information at the Ravenna Salvation Army office or by calling 330-577-6018.