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United Way of Portage County - Intern
United Way of Portage County has an ongoing opportunity for internships.  The Community Impact, Development & Marketing intern will assist United Way of Portage County staff in all aspects of special events/projects, marketing, communication, community collaborative support, volunteer recruitment, grant administration and other tasks as needed.  The intern will report to the CEO & President and also work directly with other United Way of Portage County team members.  For a more detailed description, click here and call the United Way office at 330.297.1424 if you would like to learn more.

United Way of Portage County - Office Volunteer
United Way of Portage County has an ongoing opportunity for office volunteers.  This position would assist United Way staff with general office duties such as data entry, assistance with mailings, help with filing and sorting of documents, sorting books by ages, light work in Microsoft Office programs, etc.  This position can range from two hours to twenty hours per week, the schedule is flexible.  Please call 330.297.1424 if you would like to learn more.

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

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.

American Red Cross
Volunteers are needed to help with the following services for the American Red Cross:

  • Blood Drive Volunteers - duties include welcoming donors, assist with the initial donor intake, ensure donors have relevant information, attend to donors in the hospitality area, etc.  The commitment is one shift (4 - 6 hours) a month.
  • Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Response and Disaster Recovery - See information sheet for details about duties and time commitment.

Contact Melanie Collins to learn more and sign up today.  Call 330.204.6615, email at or visit

Children's Advantage
Volunteers are needed to help with clerical and administrative tasks at the Children's Advantage office.  Help is needing with filing and other work handling confidential records.  To learn more or express interest, please contact Kathy Regal at 330.296.5552 or

Family & Community Services - Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County
Volunteers are needed to be "Big Buddies".  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

Family & Community Services - Center of Hope
Volunteers needed for Holiday Giveaways - 

  • Monday, November 12th at 8:30am, volunteers are needed to pack boxes of food, then conduct inventory.
  • Monday, December 10th at 8:30am, volunteers are needed to pack boxes of food.
  • Tuesday, December 11th at 10:00am, volunteers are needed to help set-up for the food and toy distribution.
  • Wednesday & Thursday, December 12th and 13th from 8:30am - 3:00pm volunteers are needed to help with the food and toy distribution.  Lunch is provided.

If you are interested in helping with the Holiday Giveaway opportunities, please contact Julie at 330.221.9583.

The Center of Hope is a hot meal site and pantry service facility in Ravenna.  Currently, the Center is looking for volunteers to assist with a number of tasks, including:

  • Answering phones
  • Meal prep, serving and clean-up
  • Janitorial services
  • Organizing/sorting/stocking pantry items
  • Food pick-up at multiple sites - grocery stores, foodbanks, etc.
  • Yard work

To learn more or get involved, please contact LaJoyce Harris at 330.297.5454 or

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.  As children head back to school and colder months approach, more volunteers are needed.    

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Candy Pollard at 330.296.0503 or by email at

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

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

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 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 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 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.

Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio
Volunteers are needed for the fall Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio 5K on November 11th at Mayfield High School.  Visit Girls on the Run to learn more about volunteer opportunities or contact Erin Mathews at

Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio
JANCO is always looking for volunteers to present Junior Achievement programs in select classrooms across our 12-county region. Commitments range from 5 to 12 hours. It's fun and it makes a direct impact on today's youth! We are also looking for office help; this includes data input, administrative tasks, spreadsheet help, assisting with events, and more.  To get learn more or get involved today, contact Carol Carbary at 330.434.1875 or

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, serving Portage County, is in need of volunteers for their Red Shield Pantry, monthly food distribution in Kent, OH and will be looking for Red Kettle Bell Ringers from November 23rd - December 24th.  If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Bonnie Schubert at 330.296.7371 or to learn more and sign-up today.