Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities with United Way of Portage County

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.


Volunteer Opportunities with United Way Partner Programs


The Haven of Portage County: Sunday, February 14th through Friday, February 19th. In need of volunteers Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for the following shifts:  9:00pm – 1:00am; 1:00am – 5:00am; and 5:00am – 8:00 am  

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.

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 - 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 - Kent Social Services
Kent Social Services is in need of volunteers who can drive to the Akron-Canton Foodbank to pick-up the pantry's food order on Tuesday of each week, from approximately 7:45am - 9:15am.  Any interested drivers would be added to the rotation schedule for the pick-up process.  Contact Marquice Seward at 330.673.6963 or mseward@fcsohio.org to learn more or express interest.

Family & Community Services - Miller Community House
The Miller Community House is a home environment would benefit from volunteers to assist with

  • Cleaning
  • Organizing and conducting inventory in the pantry
  • Helping with office work and file preparations
  • Miller Community House offers weekday Self Care sessions for residents and is seeking volunteers to facilitate a variety of self care topics
  • Cooking for or with shelter residents is an ongoing opportunity
  • Holiday volunteer opportunities 

If you are interested in one of these projects, please contact Traci Earles at 330.673.0034 or tearles@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 involves volunteers reading to children between the ages of 3-5 and helping them to prepare for kindergarten.

Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is a 10-week after school program that uses the power of running to help prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.  The Girls on the Run Fall 5K will be on Sunday, November 10th at Mayfield High School in Cleveland and volunteers are needed to help with the event!  Visit gotrnortheastohio.org/5k to learn more and get signed up to help out today!

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
Volunteer opportunities are year-round with JA of NCO! Our financial programming brings volunteers to local classrooms for weekly or condensed programs. Currently, there are opportunities at O H Somers Elementary School, Streetsboro High School and Windham Junior High School.  See more about different ways to get involved with Junior Achievement here: https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-norcentohio/home  For more information or to get involved, contact Ginnie Adams at ginnie.adams@ja.org or by phone at 330.433.0063 x111.

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

  • Red Kettle Bell Ringers
  • Receptionist
  • Housekeeping/Cleaning
  • Red Shield Pantry
  • Public Relations Help

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Captain Marion Hardy at 330.296.7371 or marion.hardy@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