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Weekly Service Update

Listings on this page reflect opportunities submitted by community partners. Students seeking service hours for scholarship renewal or organizational service requirements should work with the awarding office or appropriate organization for approval of specific activities. For important information about the Cincinnatus Scholarship that may also apply to other scholarships, click here.

Tip 1: The Anatomy of a Weekly Service Update Posting

Opportunity Title: Date(s)

General information about the organization/opportunity. Does this organization/opportunity address an issue you’re passionate about? Does it sound like a meaningful way to give back?
When: Are you free then? Do you have an exam you need to study for the next day? Don’t sign up for an event you can't attend, people are counting on you!
Where: This is an easy one, but wait…how will you get there? Ask the “contact” if anyone else from UC is coming and consider a carpool, or take the bus, it can be easy with Google transit
Volunteer Tasks: Can you do that? Do you have experience, or are you willing to learn? Make sure you dress and plan appropriately for the task at hand.
Volunteer Perks: Perks are nice, but why do we really serve others?
Contact: This one is important, this is who you contact with questions, to sign-up, or connect with on behalf of your student group

Some postings deviate from this general format, but I think you get the hang of it, so without further ado…

Campus Opportunities

Opportunities below are part of a campus-community partnership, but don't necessarily occur on campus.

Into the Streets 2014: September 13

On Saturday, September 13th the Center for Community Engagement will kick-off an exciting year of service by sending hundreds of volunteers Into the Streets for one of the largest one-day service projects at the University of Cincinnati.
When: Saturday, September 13, 8:30a - 2:30p
Where: Meet at McMicken Commons, disperse across Cincinnati.
Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers will be doing a variety of projects with a range of non-profits and community organizations throughout Cincinnati. Most projects will by physical service projects that include beautification tasks such as painting, mulching, etc...
Volunteer Perks: Transportation, a light breakfast, and lunch will be provided!
Read more and Register Today

Bearcat Buddies: September-December

Think you’d make a great tutor? The Center for Community Engagement is looking for passionate Bearcats to spend one and a half hours each week tutoring in high poverty Cincinnati Public Schools through this signature program.
Available Tutoring Sessions:
MONDAYS | 8:30 - 10:00a @ Roll Hill School (Elementary Reading/Math)
MONDAYS | 11:45a - 1:15p @ Hays-Porter School (Elementary Reading/Math)
TUESDAYS | 8:30 - 10:00a @ Roll Hill School (Elementary Reading/Math)
WEDNESDAYS | 8:15 - 10:00a @ Western Hills (Middle School Various Subjects)
WEDNESDAYS | 12:30 - 2:00p @ Ethel M. Taylor (Elementary Reading/Math)
WEDNESDAYS | 2:00 - 3:30p @ Robert A. Taft (Middle School Various Subjects)
THURSDAYS | 8:30 - 10:00a @ Roll Hill School (Elementary Reading/Math)
THURSDAYS | 9:15 - 10:45a @ Rees E. Price Academy (Elementary Reading/Math)
THURSDAYS | 2:00 - 3:30p @ Robert A. Taft (Middle School Various Subjects)
FRIDAYS | 8:15 - 10:00a @ Western Hills (Middle School Various Subjects)
FRIDAYS | 9:00 - 10:30a @ Roll Hill School (Elementary Reading/Math)
Required Training: Thursday, September 11 at 4:00p in McMicken Hall room 127 (or by appointment).
Where: Meet on campus for provided transportation!
Volunteer Tasks: Assist Cincinnati Public Schools students on their quests to learn reading, math, and other subjects
Register Online:
Contact: Fran Larkin,, 513-556-1503

University of Cincinnati All Campus Bloood Drive: September 15-19

Show your Bearcat pride and make a lifesaving blood donation during Homecoming Week!
When: Monday, September 15-Friday, September 19 8:00a-6:00p
Where: McMicken Commons
Volunteer Perks: $5 dollar Chipotle Gift Card!
Register Online:
Contact: Hoxworth Blood Center, 513-451-0910

UC vs. Miami Homecoming Football Food Drive: September 20

The University of Cincinnati and Miami University for the first time ever will be holding a Homecoming Football food race. While the Bearcats and the Redhawks face off on the gridiron, fans will compete to see which university can provide the most meals to their respective food pantry, UC- Freestore Foodbank and Miami -Shared Harvest. 30 volunteers are needed to assist our Bearcats take a win off the field as we raise the most meals for Cincy!
When: Saturday, September 20 5:00p-7:00p
Where: Paul Brown Stadium
Volunteer Tasks: encourage and support donations, manage food barrels, carry cash buckets, count funds donated. A meeting will be held the week of September 15 to finalize all plans.
Volunteer Perks: free ticket to the game!
Contact: Kathy Brown,

College Bound Career Ready - Tutoring/Mentoring Program: October 8 - April

College Bound Career Ready is a new initiative of the UC Center for Community Engagement in partnership with the College of Allied Health Sciences. Students from UC will be paired with students from Hughes STEM High School in an effort to help prepare them for college. This will include mentoring and ACT preparation.
When: Mentor training day on Wednesday, October 8, 3:30p | Mentors meet mentees Wednesday, October 15, Wednesday, October 29, and Wednesday, November 12, 3:30-5:30p each day| Beginning Weekly meetings begin Wednesday, January 14 through April 15, 3:30-5:30p each day.
Where: On Campus!
Volunteer Tasks: Students from UC will work one on one with juniors from Hughes High School. The fall semester will consist of fun learning activities while the second semester will concentrate on working with the students to prepare them for their upcoming ACT test in April.
Contact: Patty Roswick, 513-556-1559,

Academic and Social Mentors for the Transition and Access Program: Now - April 24

The program offers a 4-year, non-degree option for students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities who want to actively engage in the full college experience, including participation in regular college classes, engaging  in professional internships, and enjoying an active social life with friends.
When: Mentors create their own schedule based on their Mentee, but we ask that you complete at least 1 hour per week.
Where: Stratford Heights, Building 17, 2647 Stratford Ave, 45220
Volunteer Tasks: Mentors will be assigned one student to work with throughout the school year. Volunteers will be assigned as an academic mentor (assist with study skills, organization skills, time management skills, etc.) or a social mentor (assist with planning social outings and experiencing campus life).
Volunteer Perks: Great experience working with a diverse population and you can complete service hours
Contact: Katie Tagg,, 937-471-0978

Academic Coaches for the Cincinnati Reds Urban Youth Academy: October - December

The UC Center for Hope & Justice Education (CHJE, directs educational programming for the Cincinnati Reds Urban Youth Academy (UYA) for children, ages 8 - 18, multiple times each week during the school year. Educational programming is interspersed with free baseball and softball instruction.
Academic Coach/Mentor: Tuesdays (boys/baseball) - Every Tuesday, October 28 - December 9, from 6:15 - 8:30p.m. Requires 20-minute One-on-One Interview and Group Training in September.
Academic Coach/Mentor: Wednesdays (girls/softball) - Every Wednesday, October 15th- December 10, from 6:15 - 8:30p.m. Requires 20-Min One-on-One Interview and Group Training in September.
Tutor: Tuesdays or Wednesdays – The Reds UYA is also looking for tutors for youth who participate in the program described above. Tutors are needed 4:00-6:00p.m.
Note: Volunteers who can continue past December into our Winter Clinic that runs January - March 2015 preferred.
Where: Cincinnati Reds Urban Youth Academy, 2026 E. Seymour Ave. (15 min. drive from Clifton)
Volunteer Tasks: Serve as an academic coach for a student in need. Must be able to attend trainings. We are not looking for baseball or softball instructors, only academic coaches/mentors.
Contact: Melissa DeJonckheere,, 513-265-0466

Prep/Conference Guides for On Campus Workshop: September 23, 24

The Mayerson Service-Learning Program supports teachers in 120 local high schools in connecting community and classroom through service and service-learning. In mid-September, UC hosts the largest high school service-learning conference in the nation in TUC and we need your help in two different ways:
Preparing Materials
: Tuesday, September 23, 2:00 - 5:00p
Where: TUC, Room 407
Volunteer Tasks: Stuffing folders, collating materials, and creating an assembly line.
Conference Guides
Tasks: Familiarizing yourself with the Workshop materials and room locations (all located on the 400 level of TUC), as well as telling presenters when their presentation time is up.
When: Brief training Tuesday, September 23 and a two-hour shift on Wednesday, September 24, between 8:30a - 3:00p | Training (required): any 20 minute timeframe during the material preparation (see above).
Contact:, 513-556-1559

Community Opportunities

Opportunities below were submitted by community based organizations and have specific dates and times.

Findlay Market Eat Local for the Globe: September 11

The Corporation for Findlay Market (CFFM) will host it's annual Eat Local for the Globe, an event to benefit the Findlay Market Fund. CFFM is a non-profit that develops and supports programming and initiatives at the market, as well as throughout the community. This event will be a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. Market merchants are paired with local celebrity chefs to create a unique dish for attendees. Live music and a silent auction will accompany guests during this after-hours event at Ohio's historic public market. More details:
Volunteer Tasks: Registration (5:30 - 8:30p, 6 volunteers) Greet guests upon arrival, check them in, and provide information about the evening's schedule | Raffle Table (5:30 - 7:30p or 7:00 - 9:30p, 4 volunteers per shift) Sell tickets for our amazing culinary prizes | Tasting Stations (5:30p-9:30p, 35 volunteers) assist the chefs at one of the 15 tasting stations. Help greet guests and clear the station once a group is finished. 
Register Online:
Contact: Kelly Lanser,

Singers for ROKCincy's Opera, Hansel & Gretel: September 12, 13, 19, 20 Through - May (Flexible)

Roundabout Opera for Kids: Cincinnati (ROKCincy) is a non-profit bringing fully staged live performances to area schools and educational institutions. Our mission is to provide young students with an engaging first experience with the genre as audience members and to provide developing professional musicians the opportunity to hones their skills. This is a free service to the schools and students.
When: Performances are scheduled around your availability.
Where: Rehearsals are on September 12, 13, 19, and 20 from 1-4pm and performances are at local elementary schools and community centers with transportation provided, if necessary.
Volunteer Tasks: Singers to fill the roles in Hansel & Gretel (a 40 min. child-friendly version)
Volunteer Perks: Fun and enriching way to use your time and talents performing for young students whose arts funding is lacking or has been cut entirely, the opportunity to perform at events in which members of the Cincinnati arts scene will see and hear you. Great experience for anyone with an interest in Performing Arts, Arts Administration, Early Education and Non-Profits.
Contact: Kelly Holterhoff,, 513-262-4740

Sycamore Senior Center Annual Volunteer Recognition Celebration: September 13

Sycamore Senior Center needs volunteers for our annual volunteer recognition celebration. This year it’s an elegant afternoon garden party in the beautiful gardens at Maple Knoll. We recommend flat shoes.
When: Saturday, September 13, 12:00-4:00p
Where: 11100 Springdale Pike, 45246
Volunteer Tasks: set up, greet seniors, and pass out literature at a booth. Have Fun!
Volunteer Perks: Festival Food & a T-shirt
Contact: Cynthia Holloway,, 513-686-1013 OR 513-984-1234

Center for Better Health and Nutrition at Children’s Hospital: September 14

The Center for Better Health and Nutrition at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is looking for volunteers for our Hearts and Health Race! All the information about the race is located
When: Sunday, September 14
Where: Voice of America Park, West Chester
Register Online:

2014 Race for the Cure: September 14

One of the core values of Susan G. Komen is to value the “power of the individual and the dynamic force of many.” The grassroots nature of the organization strengthens our roots in the community as we continue to grow and to impact lives throughout Greater Cincinnati. We are continuously working to recruit new volunteers to help us keep our promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever.
When: September 14, multiple time slots available from 7:00a - 2:00p
Where: Coney Island Park, 6201 Kellogg Ave, 45230
Volunteer Tasks: Race setup, helping in Komen Kafe with breakfast, clean up, I AM THE CURE booth, Course goodwill ambassadors (answer questions along course), Survivor ceremany assistance, course marshalls, and others
Volunteer Perks: T-shirts for volunteers!
Contact: Taylor MacDonald,, 614-804-9632 or Jennifer Berigan, 513-671-9100

Bacchanalian Society Benefit for Visionaries + Voices: September 17, 25

Arts nonprofit Visionaries + Voices has teamed up with the Cincinnati Bacchanalian Society for a wine tasting event on Fountain Square. Volunteers ages 21 and up are needed to help us throw a great party! The mission of Visionaries and Voices is to provide artistic, cultural and professional opportunities for artists with disabilities. Artists working at Visionaries and Voices actively contribute to the community through creative, educational and strategic partnerships with local and regional artists, schools, and business leaders. Collectively we are growing a more inclusive community in Greater Cincinnati.
Where: Fountain Square, 520 Vine St, 45202
When: Orientation is September 17, 6:00 - 7:00p. Event is September 25 from 7:00 - 10:00p.
Volunteer Tasks: Help set up/break down art installations and check in tables. Welcome guests and distribute wristbands, tickets, water bottles. 
Volunteer Perks: Network with artists and young professionals!
Contact: Theo Bogen,, 513-861-4333

Krohn Conservatory Holiday Show Display Preparation: September 17

The Krohn Conservatory, one of the iconic public spaces in Cincinnati, puts on an annual holiday show for the community. It is time to start preparing to make this year's show a success!
When: Wednesdays, September 17, flexible time
Where: 421 Oak St., 45219 (in Clifton directly across from Vernon Manor Hotel).
Volunteer Tasks: Assist Cincinnati Parks' Volunteer Coordinator with organizing and sorting Holiday Show display pieces. Items are dusty, so wear old casual clothes and closed toe shoes.
Contact: Sarah Schmalz,

Corryville Friends Sale-September 18, 19, 20

Corryville is hosting a Friends of the Public Library book sale on Thursday, September 18th, Friday, September 19th and Saturday, September 20th and we are looking for individuals interested in volunteering to help out.
When: Thursday, September 18, 10:00a-12:00p, 11:45a-3:00p, 3:00p-6:00p, 6:00p-9:00p
            Friday, September 19, 10:00a-1:00p, 12:00p-3:00p, 3:00-6:00p
            Saturday, September 20, 10:00a-1:00p, 12:00p-3:00p, 3:00-6:00p the final hour is breadown and packing up the sale
Where: 2802 Vine St., 45219
Volunteer Tasks: restocking the tables, straightening and directional help
Contact: Jill Beitz,, 513-665-2840

Bluegrass for Babies Festival: September 19, 20

Bluegrass for Babies is a unique, family-friendly benefit concert supporting the Healthy Roots Foundation. The Healthy Roots Foundation believes that families can help create the optimal environment for raising healthy children, right from the start. Its mission is to provide families with the knowledge to make the best choices to raise healthy children. Since 2009, this organization has raised nearly $100,000 to support innovative children’s health research and educational programs through its partnership with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Join us at Sawyer Point for a Bluegrass concert featuring organic food, live music and over 3,000 people in attendance.
When: Application deadline is Friday, September 12 at 12:00p | Set Up - Friday, September 19, 4:00 - 7:00p | Event - Saturday, September 20, 8:00a - 11:00p
Where: Sawyer Point, 801 East Pete Rose Way, 45202
Volunteer Tasks: Multiple shifts are available in the following areas - Admissions, Children’s Activities, Special Needs Area, First Aid, Concessions, Beverage Sales, or Raffle.
Volunteer Perks: Volunteers will receive free admission to the event, free volunteer t-shirt, and other volunteer perks
Register Online:
Contact: Lauren Boehm,

Sycamore Senior Center Senior Citizen Appreciation Concert in the Park: September 19

The Sycamore Senior Center is looking for volunteers to help pull off its first annual Senior Citizen Appreciation Concert in the Park.  We’ll kick off with the Smooth & Sultry sounds of Nat King Cole performed by singer/pianist Odeen Mays and conclude with the jump jiving rockabilly ruckus of Blair Carman and the Belleview Boys.
When: Friday, September 19, 3:00-8:00p
Where: Blue Ash Nature Park Amphitheatre, 4433 Cooper Road, 45242
Volunteer Tasks: set up, greet seniors, and pass out literature at a booth. Have Fun!
Volunteer Perks: Festival Food & T-shirt
Contact: Cynthia Holloway,, 513-686-1013 OR 513-984-1234

Community Clean-Up in East Price Hill: September 20

Last spring hundreds of UC students went to East Price Hill to work with residents on a community clean-up project. The community of East Price Hill is inviting us back to continue the momentum we created, beautify the community, and raise the quality of life for all residents.
When: Saturday, September 20, 9:00a - 1:00p
Where: 3006 W. 8th St, 45205 (Holy Family parking lot)
Volunteer Tasks: General community cleanup tasks, weed whacking, lawn mowing and beautification.
Volunteer Perks: Free lunch!
Contact: Patti Hogan,

Cincinnati Educational Television Kids Event: September 20

Volunteers are needed to help host the Cincinnati Educational Television Kid’s event at our station!
When: Saturday, September 20, 12:00-4:00p
Where: 1223 Central Pkwy, 45214
Volunteer Tasks: wear costumes, face painters, other duties
Contact: Sharon,, 513-345-6523

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Mason Light the Night Walk: September 23

Light The Night Walk is a fundraising campaign of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) which brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors, as well as those lost to the diseases, and shine a light on the importance of finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients.
When: Tuesday, September 23, 4:30-9:00p
Where: Sawyer Point Park 705 E. Pete Rose Way, 45202
Volunteer Tasks: Help with the Kid Zone, rotue markng, food booths, course sweeper, and clean up
Volunteer Perks: Free Volunteer t-shirt and pizza
Contact: Molly Rebholz,

Cincinnati Beer Run: September 26

The Cincinnati Beer Run is a short, fun run that allows participants to sample beers every half mile.  The American Lung Association is partnering with the Cincinnati Beer Run to provide volunteers for the community event and promote upcoming events.  The Cincinnati Beer Run will provide a donation to the American Lung Association for every volunteer provided helping bring awareness and support for local lung disease education programs, research and advocacy.
When: Friday, September 26, 5:50-8:30p
Where: Newport on the Levee 1 Levee Way, Newport, KY 41071
Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers will be needed to help with various race activities; set up, registration, water stops, etc.  Volunteers will be assigned based upon the needs day of.  Due to the nature of this event, all volunteers must be at least 21 years of age at the time of the event.
Contact: Elizabeth Kelley,, 513-878-6604

Tree Carnival at the Zoo: September 27

Students are welcome to help facilitate a morning celebration of trees and wildlife as the Cincinnati Zoo highlights biodiversity in the area.
When: Saturday , September 27, 8:30a-12:30p
Where: 3400 Vine St. 45220
Volunteer Tasks: manage visitor activity tables, wear Mr. Tree costume, lead Mr. Tree activities
Contact: Deb Zureick,

Northside Clean-up, Prior to the House Tour: September 27

Northside is an eclectic community with a unique mix of historic homes and a neighborhood full of people with diverse backgrounds. The House Tour on September 28th gives us a chance to show off our neighborhood, and with so many people walking the streets for the tour, we want to spruce things up the day before.
When:  Saturday, September 27, 9:00a-12:00p (may end earlier)
Where: Meet in front of McKie Recreation Center; 1655 Chase Avenue, 45223
Volunteer Tasks:  Picking up litter along parts of House Tour route (trash bags and gloves provided)
Volunteer Perks : Keep Cincinnati Beautiful t-shirts provided.  NYPD Pizza at the end of the clean-up!
Contact: Cindy Sherding,, 513-379-2627

Cincinnati Street Food Festival: September 27

Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation is a nonprofit community development corporation that works closely with neighborhood residents, organizations, businesses and other partners to enhance our current assets and promote comprehensive development for the entire community. We need volunteers to help run the Cincinnati Street Food Festival. 
When: Volunteers rotate in shifts of 3 hours between 7 AM and 7 PM on September 27th, 2014.
Where: 763 East McMillan, 45206. Volunteers meet at a volunteer tent located on the open field for instructions.
Volunteer Tasks: Anything from setting-up and tearing down the festival, selling and serving beer, manning various merchandising/information booths, operating carnival games, monitoring parking lots and side streets for various nuisances, and being general caretakers of the event.
Volunteer Perks: Free T-shirt, food and water during your shift, and once your shift ends, you are welcome to enjoy Cincinnati's largest gathering of food trucks, the many games and activities present, and the live music and entertainment. 
Register Online
Contact: Brandon Gumm,, 989-954-0694

St. Margaret Hall Festival: September 27, 28

St. Margaret Hall, a Catholic nursing and residential care facility for the elderly nearUC needs help taking down holiday decorations, and on an ongoing basis for special events such as this festival.
When: September 27 and 28, flexible volunteer times
Where: 1960 Madison Rd., 45206
Volunteer Tasks: Setting up festival (September 27), running festival booths (September 28)
Volunteer Perks: Free food and drink!
Contact: Maria Ceddia,, 513-751-5880

Santa Maria Women's Health Fair: October 3, 4

Santa Maria Community Services has been helping families help themselves since 1897. Santa Maria is a catalyst and advocate for Greater Price Hill families to attain their educational, financial, and health goals.
When: Fair - Saturday, October 4, 8:30a - 2:00p | Set up help needed on Friday, October 3
Where: 4005 Glenway Ave., 45205 (park in front lot)
Volunteer Tasks:  Set up, provider and volunteer sign-in, participant registration, participant evaluations, refreshment distribution, provider assistance, fair guides/assistants, clean-up
Volunteer Perks: Free food!
Contact: Nathan Frock ( or Gladys Bell ( at 513-557-2730

Household Hazardous Waste Collection: October 4

The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District is committed to reducing the amount of waste going to landfill from schools, businesses, and residences. We are holding a one-day collection of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), such as pesticides, fertilizers, lawn and pool chemicals, cleaners, and automotive fluids, from residents in Hamilton County. When disposed of or stored incorrectly these items could cause poisonings, pollution of waterways, and could be hazardous for trash haulers.
When: Saturday, October 4, 7:30-11:30a OR 11:00-3:00p
Where: 3800 Montgomery Rd. 45212 (Behind Norwood Plaza)
Volunteer Tasks: help direct traffic and sign people into the event. Volunteers will not come into contact with hazadours materials.
Contact: Michelle Balz,, 513-946-7789

Fall Festival: October 4, 5

Aubrey Rose Foundation – Our mission is to help families caring for children with life threatening illnesses with our focus being on the family unit. We strive to lift families from life's complexities during this difficult time by providing emotional and financial support.
When: Saturday, October 4 & Sunday, October 5,  9:30a-1:00p OR 1:00p4:30p both days and multiple shifts are welcome.
Where: H. J. Benken’s Florist, 6000 Plainfield Road 45212.  Come to the volunteer check-in booth
Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers will be cooking hamburgers and hot dogs, serving food, could be manning different areas such as horseback riding, hayride, parking, etc.
Volunteer Perks: Volunteers will get a lunch provided to them and a t-shirt to wear at the event and take home with them
Contact: Nancy Hollenkamp,, 513-265-5801

American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk: October 5

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Walk, raises funds that are used to provide comprehensive services to women with breast cancer. We are looking for jovial volunteers to help cheer on, support, and assist our participants.
When: 8:15a-1:00p
Where: 705 E. Pete Rose Way, 45202
Volunteer Tasks: man water stations, cheerers for walkers, clean up after the walk
Volunteer Perks: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk T-shirts
Register Online:
Contact: Vickie McMullen, 888-227-6446 ext. 4203

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Cincinnati Light the Night Walk: October 9

Light The Night Walk is a fundraising campaign of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) which brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors, as well as those lost to the diseases, and shine a light on the importance of finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients.
When: Thursday, October 9, 4:30-9:00p
Where: Sawyer Point Park 705 E. Pete Rose Way, 45202
Volunteer Tasks: Help with the Kid Zone, route marking, food booths, course sweeper, and clean up
Volunteer Perks: Free Volunteer t-shirt and pizza
Contact: Molly Rebholz,

Scholars for Ashley Team at Light the Night Walk for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: October 9

Ashley was 10 when she was diagnosed with lymphoma, and later it became leukemia. At 14 she passed away. She received a bone marrow transplant and many rounds of radiation and chemotherapy. But she always smiled, always laughed, loved people, cared for animals, and sold the most cookies out of anyone in her girl scout troop. A quote from her, "I wouldn't wish I never had cancer because it has shaped me into who I am today."
When: Thursday, October 9th, 2014 5-9pm
Where: Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, 45202
Volunteer Tasks: Sign up for the team, raise $30, and attend the event any time between 5-9
Volunteer Perks: free food and giveaways at the event

Queen Bee Half Marathon: October 11

The Queen Bee Half Marathon is a race put on by the same people as the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon. The Queen Bee focuses on the health and physical well-being of women. The American Lung Association is partnering with the Queen Bee Half Marathon to provide volunteers for the community event and promote upcoming events.
When: Saturday, October 11, 8:00a-12:00p
Where: Downtown Cincinnati
Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers will be distributing energy gel to racers toward the end of the half marathon.  Volunteers will set up and clean the area, per given instructions.
Contact: Elizabeth Kelley,, 513-878-6604

Laughter is the Best Medicine: October 11

Aubrey Rose Foundation – Our mission is to help families caring for children with life threatening illnesses with our focus being on the family unit. We strive to lift families from life's complexities during this difficult time by providing emotional and financial support. We need volunteers (18 years of age and older)  to help with the Laughter comedy event
When: Saturday, October 11, 5:30p-11:00p
Where: Champions Baseball Academy, 5994 Linneman Street, 45230
Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers will be helping to seat people, helping with the dinner and clean- up of tables, manning the raffle items, selling raffle tickets and assisting with various aspects of the evening.
Volunteer Perks: Volunteers will get a dinner provided by Maggiano’s Little Italy and a t-shirt to wear that night at the event and to take home with them, and volunteers will get to see comedians that have toured on the national comedy circuit
Contact: Nancy Hollenkamp,, 513-265-5801

Third Annual Dance with my Daddy: October 17

The Dance with my Daddy event is for any father/father figure who has a child with special needs. 40-50 dedicated, detailed, and committed volunteers are needed to help host the Third Annual Dance with my Daddy this October at The Centennial Barn.
When: Friday, October 17, 7:00-11:00p
Where: 110 Compton Road, 45215
Volunteer Tasks: valets, hosts/hostesses, servers, decorators, and clean-up crew members
Register Online:
Contact: Julia Stumbo,

The Child Wellness Fund Guinness World Record-breaking event: October 25

The Child Wellness Fund is a hometown, Cincinnati-based group that focuses on "true collaborations." Here in Cincinnati, we'll be hosting the world's largest Nerf blaster battle to raise money for the CWF. The fund itself is a non-profit that works to engage communities for children and their families. We are looking for volunteers to help put on  Guinness World Record Breaking Event. Money raised during the event will go toward helping the fund sustain its level of commitment around the city. Costumes are encouraged.
When: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2014 (fundraising can start now)
Where: Hamilton County Fairgrounds,7801 Anthony Wayne Ave, 45216
Volunteer Tasks: Help teams sign up for the event and ensure the event goes off smoothly day-of
Volunteer Perks: Free tickets to the event (normally $15 apiece)
Contact: Gin Ando, 513-254-3502,

Weekly Volunteer Needs

Opportunities below were submitted by a community based organization, and happen on a reoccurring or weekly basis.

After School Tutoring: Every Tuesday: Starting September 16

Volunteer with Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church for after school tutoring in French, Latin, Chemistry, Pre-Calculus, Reading, Math, Science, History, Spanish, and Social Studies with a focus on grades 6 - 12.
When: Every Tuesday, 5:30 - 7:30p, starting September 16
Volunteer Perks: Transportation provided! Pick-Up at Turner Circle, 5:15p
Contact: Al Sewell, 513-227-0262,

Withrow University High School 7th/8th Grade Advisory Co-Leader

The 7th and 8th Grade teaching team at Withrow has split students into small groups for a twice a week advisory period. This is a time for students to discuss issues that are happening outside of the classroom. We are looking for each teacher to partner with a volunteer (preferably undergraduate or graduate student) to help with the dialogue.
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:15 - 11:45a, September - May
Where: Withrow University High School, 2520 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, Oh 45208
Volunteer Tasks: Develop a relationship with the students and help facilitate discussions with the students alongside a mentor teacher.
Contact: Nick Shaver, 832-455-8832,

Gardening Opportunity at the Zoo: September-October

Great opportunity to get your hands dirty! Help the Cinicnnati Zoo’s Horticulture Department as they prepare the zoo grounds for winter.
When: Every Tuesday and/or Wednesday 9:00a-12:00p
Where: 3400 Vine St. 45220
Volunteer Tasks: mulching, bulb painting, potting, and various other jobs for the fall season
Contact: Deb Zureick.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Free Tutoring Program: Starting October 2

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Over-the-Rhine is offering a Free Tutoring Program for children Preschool through sixth grade. We are looking for motivated volunteers to come provide homework help, reading skills, and mentor support for area youth.
When: Every Thursday starting October 2, 4:30-5;30p
Where: 14 E. Liberty St. 45202
Volunteer Tasks: homework help, reading assistance, mentor support
Volunteer Perks: Snacks!
Contact: Pastor John, 513-266-6379 or Ms. Lisa Burns, 859-466-7834

Leadership Scholars Parent Academy: September 24-November 12

Leadership Scholars is a non-profit organization working with Cincinnati Public and Parochial Schools to ensure that students not only graduate from high school, but get to and through college.  Leadership Scholars offers an eight week program, the Parent Academy that teaches parents how to work with the school and their students to ensure that grades, standardized test scores, study, and mindset skills are where they need to be. Volunteers are needed to provide care for children of parents participating in the program.
When: Eight Wednesdays beginning September 24, 6:00-7:30p
Where: 106 Calhoun Street, 45219
Volunteer Tasks: Provide supervision for pre-school through 8th grade students from 6:00-7:30.  The younger children will be in a pre-school room.  The older children will be in the gym which will be divided into three stations:  one for basketball, one for nerf football, and one for jump ropes and other games.
Volunteer Perks: A local chef will be donating meals and student volunteers are welcome to enjoy a free meal from 5:30-6:00. Volunteers will be welcome to attend the hour long Parent Academy graduation ceremony on the UC campus to see the impact of their service and meet with President Ono.
Contact: Sharon Frankart,, 513-861-5323

Girl Scouts: 8 Weekly Meetings September – November

Girl Scouts provides the curriculum and supplies and pay for the on-line background check! What better way to serve than to provide girls in the inner city areas and suburbs a way to gain leadership skills with positive female/male role models.  Locations are 10-20 minute drive from UC.
Days and Locations:
Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday afternoons
Tuesdays: 2-3:30, Winton Hills, 5300 Winneste Ave, 45232
Tuesdays: 3-4:30, Rees E. Price, 1228 Considine Ave, 45204
Wednesdays: 2:30-3:30, Academy of World Languages, 2030 Fairfax, 45207
Thursdays: 3-4:45, Lockland Elementary, 200 N. Cooper, 45215
Thursdays: 3-4:30, Winton Woods Intermediate, 825 Waycross, 45240
Volunteer Tasks: Manage your own group of 12-20 girls by delivering an easy to follow outline with 2-3 UC students paired at each location.  Prepare with 1 hour training on UC campus. Topic outlines include: self-esteem, leadership, art & acting, bullying.
Contact: Cheryl Shrider,

Volunteer Soccer Coaches: September 8 - October 17

Activities Beyond the Classroom is a group that is working with Cincinnati Public Schools to help launch a girls soccer program.
When: 2 times per week for 6 weeks, September 8 - October 17 | 75 minute sessions | Start times vary between 2:30 - 4:00p based on school release times
Where: Various Cincinnati Public Schools
Volunteer Tasks: Introduce girls in grades 4, 5, and 6 to the game of soccer. You don't have to know soccer to be a coach, you only need to be willing to supervise girls and help them have fun!
Contact: Jackie Esterkamp,, 513-236-9806

St Francis Seraph Service Opportunities in OTR: Every Week

St Francis Seraph School Nutrition Program
Assisting with food preparation for programs giving low income families a good meal while teaching the importance of good nutrition, family dining time, and good manners
When: Tuesdays, 2pm – 430pm – food prep shift | 430pm – 7pm – setup and assistance with the program shift
Where: School basement, St. Francis Seraph 14 E. Liberty Street. Cincinnati, OH 45202
Contact: Sr. Mary Jennings, 859-512-9645 for more information or to volunteer

St. Francis Seraph Ministries Soup Kitchen
Soup kitchen helpers needed, every hour helps.
When: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4:15 – 6pm
Where: School basement, St. Francis Seraph 14 E. Liberty Street. Cincinnati, OH 45202
Contact: Bubs Kindt, 513-535-2918 for more information or to volunteer

Parker Woods Montessori Elementary School

Parker Woods Montessori serves predominantly lower-income and African-American students and is actively seeking ways to close the achievement gap. As part of this goal, we are seeking to bring tutors into both classrooms and after school program.
When: 45 minutes--1 hour blocks of time, between the hours of 9:15 and 3:30, or in the after school program, between 3:30 and 5:30.
Where: Parker Woods Montessori, 4370 Beech Hill, Cincinnati, OH 45223
Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers would choose to tutor students in one of the following areas: reading, writing, math, and ESL.
Volunteer Perks: Parker Woods Montessori T-Shirt
Contact: Brianna Leavitt-Alcántara,, 831-277-8139

Ongoing Volunteer Needs

Opportunities below were submitted by a community based organization, and don't necessarily have a specific date or time, but are ongoing in nature or flexible.

Make a Big Impact in a Child's Life - Innovative Tutoring Program:  Mondays - Thursdays, Saturdays

WordPlay Cincy is a unique, vibrant nonprofit helping students K-8 with a range of free after-school and weekend programs including homework assistance, literacy skills, tutoring in advanced subjects, social-emotional learning and creative writing. We can use tutors in all subjects, including math and science. You CAN have a big impact on a child's success! 
When: Minimum of 2 tutoring sessions per month (2 hours each session). Tutoring programs are Monday through Thursday 3:00 - 5:00p and Saturdays 12:00 - 4:00p.
Where: WordPlay Cincy, 4041 Hamilton Ave., 45223 (in Northside) 
Volunteer Tasks: Working one-on-one with students on homework, building literacy skills, and working on fun multi-media artistic projects with a strong emphasis on the written word.
Volunteer Perks: You get to be part of the coolest nonprofit around! We are celebrating our second anniversary this year, and have had great success due to the amazing volunteers we have.  Be part of this incredible community directly benefitting the kids who need it most. We have regular volunteer appreciation events and much more.
Contact: Kirsten Zook, 513-260-8129 or,

Advocates for the Women's Crisis Center of Nothern Kentucky

The Women’s Crisis Center of Northern Kentucky’s primary mission is to lead our community in the social change needed to end domestic violence, rape, and sexual abuse.  We are seeking individuals to attend our state-mandated 40-hour training session to become direct-service volunteers who will provide advocacy and support to our clients in the hospital or our residential shelter.
When: Volunteer Training is throughout the month of October. (Saturday, October 4, 9a - 5p | Mon, Tues, Wed, Oct 6, 7, 8, 9a - 5p | Mon, Tues, Wed, Oct 13, 14, 15, 9a - 5p | Saturday, October 18, 9a - 5p)
Where: 3580 Hargrave Dr., Hebron, KY, 41048
Volunteer Tasks:  Once the volunteer completes training, they will be working “on-call” shifts that they pick throughout the month(s). The hospital advocate will be dispatched to a local St. Elizabeth Hospital in the event that a victim of sexual assault or domestic violence come in to the ER. Volunteers work during specified shifts, Monday- Friday (6p – 6a) and Saturday, Sunday (6a – 6p, 6p – 6a). Some of the advantages of becoming a volunteer with the Women’s Crisis Center is that we can offer certain fields/majors with CEUs, mandatory volunteer hours for their specific major, a certification in hospital advocacy, a 2-hour CEU in HIV/AIDS training.
Contact: Kelly Rose, 859-372-3578 for any further questions or to request an application.

Alliance for Leadership & Interconnection

ALI volunteers work to implement long term environmental sustainability and green STEM Programs for K-12 schools.
Volunteer Tasks: Looking for a volunteer to assist with website maintenance using Word Press, social media management, and manning stations at Green STEM Fairs in area schools.
Contact: Ginny Frazier,, 513-541-4607

History Video Narrator/Presenter

History In Your Own Backyard is a video production company based in Sunman, Indiana. We produce short videos of unique, often overlooked historic buildings, bridges & tunnels in the tristate area. We are in need of young adults ages 1530 to narrate and present the films.
When: Beginning Saturday, September 6. This will be an ongoing project with films being produced throughout the tri-state over the next 2 years.
Where: Various
Volunteer Tasks: We are looking for people between 15 & 30 years of age who are comfortable in front of a camera, can speak clearly, are relaible, ans like to learn about the hidden treasure here in the tri-state.
Volunteer Perks: I can guarantee that you will have access to some of the coolest places in the tri-state and meet people who quite possibly could be a very important connection in your network for the future. We will be filming places that you never knew existed and places that most people have no access to.
Contact: Satolli Glassmeyer, 812-623-5727,

The listings above reflect volunteer, service, and/or engagement opportunities submitted by community partners. Students seeking service hours for scholarship renewal or organizational service requirements should work with the awarding office or appropriate organization for approval of specific activities.