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United Way of Portage County - 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.  

United Way of Portage County - 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.  For more information, please contact Maureen Gebhardt at maureeng@uwportage.org.

United Way of Portage County - 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.

Celebrate Portage! - Volunteer Day, September 13, 2018
On Thursday, September 13, 2018, volunteers from across Portage County will come together for a day of service.  This year, we will be working on the restoration of Eagle Creek in the Village of Windham.  The section of the creek we will focus on runs between the Rennaissance Family Center and Katherine Thomas Elementary School.  This section of the creek is heavily traveled by young people in the community, despite being overgrown and heavy with litter.  The project will restore some of the area's natural beauty by removing trash, clearing bruch, and installing a new pathway.  Sign-ups must be completed no later than September 7, 2018.  Register HERE.  For more information, please contact the Celebrate Portage! Steering Committee at admin@celebrateportage.org.

Children's Advocacy Center
The Center is seeking volunteers who want to participate in its Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign in April 2018: Volunteers will work together to "plant" 1,000 pinwheels at one of several sites in Portage County. The pinwheel display and its accompanying banner urge the public to be voices for children by reporting child abuse. For more information email Sandra.Craft@UHhospitals.org or call (330) 297-8838.

Family & Community Services - Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County
Volunteers are needed to be "Big Buddies", a new program launched in April 2018.  Big Buddies will accompany unmatched Littles for group activities, which are held monthly on weekends.  Volunteers would need to commit to participating in at least six activities per year.  The time commitment is 2-4 hours per activity, including drive time.  Group activities are paid for by the Big Brothers & Sisters program.  Big Buddy volunteers will go through a screening process including completion of an application, a check on references, polic check, interview and online training.

Volunteers are needed to be one-to-one mentors (Big Brothers, Big Sisters).  This opportunity would have a time commitment of 12 hours per month for one year.  The mentoring opportunity involves spnding time with a child, ages 6 -17, serving as a positive adult influence in the child's life.
Big Brothers & Sisters is also looking for Advisory Board Members.  This opportunity involves assisting staff by serving as a sounding board for ideas and helping to develop new avenues for volunteer recruitment and fundraising; utilize contacts for recruitment and fundraising and participating in community outreach needs.

To learn more about these opportunities or to be involved, please contact Andrea Neidert by phone at 330.296.6655 or by email at andrea.neidert@bbsportage.org.

Family & Community Services - County Clothing Center
The County Clothing Center is looking for groups, or individuals, to volunteer at the center once per month.  Tasks would include sorting donations, helping customers, stocking items, etc.  This is an ongoing opportunity.  

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Candy Pollard at 330.296.0503 or by email at cpollard@fcsohio.org.

Family & Community Services - Foster Grandparent Program
Volunteers are needed for the Foster Grandparent Program.  This tutoring / mentoring program in Portage County, matches qualified individuals 55 and older with students with identified needs in local classrooms, Head Starts, and other non-profit organizations.  There are currently openings throughout Portage County, including in Ravenna, Kent and Windham.  The Foster Grandparent Program was also designed to assist older Americans whose income has hit a ceiling.  Volunteers below the required income limit receive a modest hourly stipend to off-set the cost to volunteer as well as some mileage and meal reimbursement plus supplemental insurance while serving.  

For more information, contact Julie S. Nan at 330-221-8783 or jnan@fcsohio.org

Family & Community Services - Housing and Emergency Support Services (HESS) and Consumer Credit Counseling
The Housing and Emergency Support Services (HESS) and Consumer Credit Counseling programs are seeking volunteers to assist as a Front Desk Receptionist.  This role would help by answering phones, filing paperwork, greeting consumers and more.  This is an on-going need so if you are available to help between the hours of 8:30am - 4:30pm on Monday through Friday, please contact Jen Matlack at 330.296.1111 x317 or Cindy Fields at 330.297.0080 x362. 

Family & Community Services - Miller Community House
The Miller Community House is looking for volunteers to assist with a few projects:

  • Gardening/weeding/outdoor work
  • Pantry organization
  • Office assistance
  • Cleaning help

If you are interested in one of these projects, please contact Traci Larlham at 330.673.0034 or tlarlham@fcsohio.org.

Family & Community Services - Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
The volunteer possibilities with RSVP, a program of Family & Community Services, are endless!  RSVP engages anyone 55 & better willing to volunteer in meaningful volunteer service to strengthen the well being of both self and the local community.  Volunteer placements are based on individual interests and skills, little to no experience needed as we offer training to our volunteers.  

What our volunteers do:

Assist someone in accessing healthy resources

Help someone apply for needed assistance programs

Become a Coach for the Matter of Balance Program

Serve hot meals and provide emergency food services

Provide transportation to someone in need

Be a companion to someone who needs a friend

Help our local non-profits with fundraising efforts

Serve as a member of the Senior Corp Advisory Council

Contact Crystal Shanley by phone at 330.877.2495 or by email at cshanley@fcsohio.org to learn more or get involved today!

Family & Community Services - Safer Futures
Safer Futures, a program of Family & community Services, is in need of volunteers to assist with painting projects at their location.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Donya Buchanan by email at dbuchanan@fcsohio.org or by phone at 330.673.2500 x202.

Family & Community Services - Skeels Vernon L. Mathews Community Center, Ravenna
Volunteer assistance is needed with a few services at the Skeels Vernon L. Mathews Community Center in Ravenna.  Please contact Sharon Sanders by phone at 330.297.0192 or by email at skeels@fcsohio.org if you are interested in helping with the following opportunities: 

  • After School Tutoring/Story Book Adventure from September through May on Tuesday or Thursday from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.  This tutoring service would include helping students from grades K-12 with homework assignments and other focus areas.

  • The Storybook Adventure Program involved volunteers reading to children between the ages of 3-5 and helping them to prepare for kindergarten.

  • The Summer Enrichment Program runs for nine weeks between June and August, Monday - Friday from 9:30am - 3:00pm.  Help is needed to work with youth on their academic, social and emotional skills  with the guidance of community center staff.  The children in this program are ages 4 - 13.

Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio
Volunteers are needed to help with event set-up, clean-up, event registration, greeters, finishing food/water, water stations, cheer zones and as course monitors for the Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio 5K on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Infocision Stadium in Akron.  Please contact Tricia Miller by email at tricia.miller@girlsontherun.org or by phone at 234.206.0786 x701.  You can also register to volunteer at volunteer sign-up.
Volunteers are needed for the fall to become GOTR Coaches.  A Girls on the Run Coach is a volunteer position that works with a team of coaches to facilitate the Girls on the Run curriculum to program participants. This position entails approximately four hours per week for a 10-week commitment.

REQUIREMENTS
  • Coaches may be female or male (A female coach must always be present)
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • CPR and First Aid certified
  • Must consent to and complete a background check
  • Attend Girls on the Run coach training
  • Attend both practices per week for a weekly time commitment of approximately 4 hours
  • Have fun!

For more volunteer opportunities in the spring with the Girls on the Run program, visit volunteer opportunities.