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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

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 - 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 melanie.collins4@redcross.org or visit redcross.org/volunteer.

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 kregal@childrensadvantage.org.

Children's Advocacy Center
Volunteers are needed to help with the Bowl Against Abuse fundraiser on Saturday, April 27th.  Please contact Lucy Wagener at 330.297.8838 or lucy.wagener@uhhospitals.org.

Crestwood Middle School - After School Club
The After School Club at Crestwood Middle School hopes to provide educations, fun and safe after-school activitiesfor middle schoolers.  Currently, the program is in need of the following volunteer support:

  • Club Leaders - One day per week (Monday or Tuesday) from 2:45-5:30pm
  • Tutors - (At least) one day per week from 3:15 - 4:00pm
  • Activity - (At least) one day per week from 4:00 - 4:45pm

To learn about volunteer qualifications, specific needs and the after school program schedule and more regarding this opportunity, see the flier or contact Rev. Chad Delaney at 330.569.4926 or email at pastormccc@gmail.com.

Family & Community Services - Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County

Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage County is recruiting volunteers to become “Bigs” and youth who are interested in becoming “Littles”.  Bigs must be at least 18 years old, able to commit 12 hours per month for a year and complete the screening process.  Littles must be 6-14, live in Portage County, able to make the same time commitment and complete the screening process.

Volunteers and youth are matched in professionally supported, one-to-one relationships. These mentoring relationships involve one-on-one outings and activities, doing things the Big and Little enjoy together. Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles on weekday evenings. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them.

Big Brothers & Sisters is also looking for Golf Committee Members.  This opportunity involves assisting staff by helping to plan and implement the annual golf outing which takes place on July 26th this year.

If you are interested in volunteering or signing your child up for the program, call the big Brothers & Sisters office at 330-296-6655.

Family & Community Services - Center of Hope
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 lharris@fcsohio.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.  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 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. 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, view the flier or contact Julie S. Nan at 330-617-4765 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 - King Kennedy Community Center
The King Kennedy Community Center is in need of volunteers to help with after-school tutoring children of various ages on Monday and Wednesday from 4pm-6pm.  Please contact Myia Sanders at 330.221.4468 or at msanders@fcsohio.org for more information.

Family & Community Services - Miller Community House
The Miller Community House is a home environment would benefit from volunteers cleaning, yard work, preparing packets, and organizing the pantry to office work and file preparations as well as arts and crafts or story hour with the children. Volunteers can also come and prepare a meal or drop off meal items or make cookies, etc. with the volunteers.

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.

Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio
Girls on the Run is looking for volunteers to assist with their spring 5k event on Saturday, May 18th, at the University of Akron's Infocision Stadium.  To sign-up to volunteer or learn more, visit: https://gotrnortheastohio.org/5K-Detail#show-volunteer

Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity always has volunteer opportunities on our home build job sites, the ReStore and at the affiliate office. There is also a need for volunteers to assist with events/event planning and help with the family selection process.  We accept volunteers with and without skill set on our construction sites. Volunteers must be 16 years of age to work on a Habitat job site and require parental consent until age 18.  

To learn more about volunteer opportunities or to sign-up, contact Dominique Burrell at dom@habitatofportage.org or call 330.296.2880.

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 carol@jaofnco.org.

Kidney Foundation of Ohio
Volunteers are needed to assist with the following:

  • Special Events: To raise funds for our direct assistance programs, the Foundation hosts several special events throughout the year. Volunteers are needed to assist in the planning of each event through securing donations and promoting attendance, as well as execute responsibilities on event day.
  • Health Fairs: Volunteers with professional or personal experience with kidney disease are needed to represent the Kidney Foundation of Ohio at various health fairs in the community. Volunteers conduct blood pressure screenings, distribute literature, and educate the public on the Foundation’s programs and services.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Annette Fetter at afetter@kfohio.org or call 216.771.2700.

Passages - Connecting Fathers and Families
Passages is looking for volunteers to assist with their Quarterly Community Events.  Upcoming events are:

  • Portage County Fatherhood Initiative Daddy Daughter Dance on Saturday, April 27th at Ravenna High School from 6pm - 8pm
  • Portage County Fatherhood Celebration on Saturday, June 15th at Brown Middle School from 12pm - 3pm

For more information or to get invovled, contact Billy Liber at williamliber@passages-oh.org or 330.296.DADS (3237).

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, serving Portage County, is in need of volunteers to help with the following tasks/programs:

  • Receptionist
  • Housekeeping/Cleaning
  • Youth and Adult Programming
  • Red Shield Pantry

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Bonnie Schubert at 330.296.7371 or bonnie.schubert@use.salvationarmy.org to learn more and sign-up today.

Townhall II
Townhall II is looking for individuals interested in participating in the Helpline Training or Victim Assistance Training.  Those who complete the training(s) can then volunteer for the Helpline or as a Victim Advocate.  To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Townhall II at 330.378.3006 or visit townhall2.com/volunteer-information

 

 

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