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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.

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Campus Opportunities

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

Summer Friends

When the summer months hit, the Bearcat student body disperses to continue their good work throughout the region, country and globe. Some people leave Cincinnati to go back to their hometown. Others have a summer job, or co-op in another city, some travel internationally. A few remain in the Cincinnati area and are passionate about serving the unmet needs of others, and having fun by volunteering in the community. These few are the Center for Community Engagement's Summer Friends! Sign up to be a Summer Friend and we will send information about service and engagement opportunities to you this summer, but there is no pressure or commitment necessary. All we need is your name, major, M#, and email!
Become a Summer Friend:

First Year Experience Learning Community Peer Leader

The Center for First Year Experience and Learning Communities is seeking excellent students with sophomore or higher standing to serve as Peer Leaders for Learning Communities. A learning community is a group of students who co-enroll in two or more academic classes based on a shared major, program or thematic interest. LC Peer leaders serve as learning coaches, mentors, role models and liaisons or connectors to college and university resources for each student in the LC.
Job Details: Pays $7.95 hourly, working 8 hours each week, must maintain good academic standing and at least 3.0 Cumulative GPA, must hold sophomore or higher status by the start of Fall Semester 2014.
To Apply:

Summer Community Opportunities

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

Krohn Conservatory Butterfly Show: Now Through June 22

The Krohn Conservatory, one of Cincinnati's most wonderful public places, is looking for volunteers to help make their annual Butterfly Show a success.

Art Education Opportunit
Pura Vida: Butterflies of Costa Rica - Gain real experience and have fun this summer! Commit to three or more shifts and receive a recommendation letter for your services!
When: Every day, now through June 22, crafts on Saturdays and Sundays only, 9:45a - 1:30p and/or 1:15 - 5:00p
Where: 1501 Eden Park Dr, 45202
Special Event: Family Craft Nights, May 28, June 11, 5:00 - 8:00p each day.
Volunteer Tasks: Set up craft for weekend activities instructed by the Education Coordinator. Assist families and children with craft execution and keep craft room clean and stocked. Interaction with children and families are an important part of this volunteer opportunity. We strive to provide a stimulating and inviting environment in the Education Room for families to create memories whiles visiting the show.
Contact: Kristin Dugas,

Butterflies of Costa Rica

Where: 1501 Eden Park Dr, 45202
When: Every day, now through June 22, 9:45a - 1:30p and/or 1:15 - 5:00p. (Some evening shifts are available)
Volunteer Tasks: Door guards, special event assistants, photo assistants
Register Online:
Registration Details: Click the ‘sign up’ tab on the right. There, you will create a personal profile. At the top is a tab that says ‘sign up’. Click on any of the activities to choose the specific shifts and dates you want. That’s it!

Library Book Sale: May 30 - June 6

The Friends of the Public Library invites you to volunteer at the 42nd Annual Used Book Sale, May 31 - June 6, 2014. The sale benefits programs of the Public Library, including the summer reading program for children. The sale will take place at the MAIN LIBRARY, downtown at 800 Vine Street. Volunteers will help set-up, neaten and restock shelves and tables, and assist shoppers. Volunteers can work as many shifts as they wish. Help is especially needed with set-up on Friday evening, May 30. Most of the other shifts during the sale will be limited to a maximum of 12-15 volunteers/shift, so please sign up early to get your preferred shifts.

  • Friday, May 30 Shift: (Set-up) 6:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Saturday, May 31 Shifts: 8:30am to 12:00pm, 10:30am to 2:00pm, 12:00pm to 3:30pm, 3:00pm to 6:30pm
  • Sunday, June 1 Shifts: 12:30 to 3:30pm, 3:00 to 5:30pm
  • Monday, June 2 Shifts: 8:30am to 12:00pm, 10:30am to 2:00pm, 12:00pm to 3:30pm, 3:00pm to 6:30pm, 5:00pm to 8:30pm, 6:00pm to 9:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 3 Shifts: 8:30am to 12:00pm, 10:30am to 2:00pm, 12:00pm to 3:30pm, 3:00pm to 6:30pm, 5:00pm to 8:30pm, 6:00pm to 9:30pm
  • Wednesday, June 4 Shifts: 8:30am to 12:00pm, 10:30am to 2:00pm, 12:00pm to 3:30pm, 3:00pm to 6:30pm, 5:00pm to 8:30pm, 6:00pm to 9:30pm
  • Thursday, June 5 Shifts: 8:30am to 12:00pm, 10:30am to 2:00pm, 12:00pm to 3:30pm, 3:00pm to 6:30pm
  • Friday, June 6 Shifts: 8:30am to 12:00pm, 10:30am to 2:00pm, 12:00pm to 3:30pm, 3:00pm to 6:30pm, 5:00pm-8:00pm.

Where: Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Library, 800 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH  45202
Contact: Rob Monteserin at, or by phone at (513) 369-6035. Please include 1) the dates and times/shifts you wish to volunteer, 2) your name, 3) phone number, and 4) email address.

READYTOSERVE CiNCiNNATi DAY OF SERVICE with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati: May 31

A day of community service with the children of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati. Service sites are: Civic Garden Center, Freestore Foodbank, Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Center, SPCA
: May 31, 9 a.m. - 12 noon with lunch will be served at USB Boys & Girls Club from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
tthompson@bgcgc.org513-421-8909 ext. 19

American Heart Association Newport HeartChase: May 31

This is an amazing fundraiser that we are doing May 31st at Newport on the levy. It is an interactive game that is a mixture of Minute to Win it and Amazing Race. The proceeds from the event go towards the American Heart Association and benefits the greater Cincinnati area for research. This event is a lot of fun plus they get a "super cute" t-shirt!
Contact: Tiffany Heath, 513-225-6690,

Granny’s Garden School: Weekend Gardening

Help build, paint, plant and a whole bunch more in the gardens this week. Can you lend a hand? Granny's Garden School runs a plant-based, environmental education program at the Loveland Primary and Elementary Schools and assists other schools with developing school garden programs in the Greater Cincinnati Area. Help us get the gardens and nature trail ready for spring.
Saturdays and Sundays, contact for details
Where: Loveland Elementary School, 550-600 Loveland-Madeira Rd, 45140 (meet by the green barn between the two buildings).
Volunteer Tasks: Put down wood chips and compost; put up deer fencing; weeding; make plant sale signs; other general garden tasks
Volunteer Perks
: Lunch will be provided.
Register on UC.UGIVE.ORG:
Keyword Granny's
Contact: Roberta Paolo,

The 4th Annual Great Human Race: June 1

The Great Human Race is a fun, family-friendly 5k walk/run. It brings individuals from all around Cincinnati to celebrate diversity and champion inclusion. Since 2009, hundreds of runners have joined us each year for this unique event. Prizes are awarded by age categories.
When: Sunday, June 1, Registration starts at 9:00a
Where: Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education, 8401 Montgomery Rd., 45236
Register: Visit, 513-487-3055

Parkinson Wellness Chapter of Cincinnati

Parkinson’s Wellness supports about 30 weekly exercise classes and 15 support groups, provides information to families dealing with PD, and produces several events for the Parkinson’s Community each year. You can help by being involved with Steady Strides on June 7.
When: Saturday June 7, 2014, Steady Strides 5k
Where: Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason OH 45040
Volunteer Tasks: Assorted Race Tasks including, Finish LIne, Registration, Water, etc.
Volunteer Perks: Free Tshirts and Food
Contact: Kristi Siconolfi-Tolle,

Second Sunday on Main in OTR: Second Sundays, June - October

UC students interested in volunteering to be part of this eclectic neighborhood street festival of historic Over-the-Rhine can help out with one or more Second Sunday on Main from June - October.  
When: 10:00a on June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12
Volunteer Tasks: Set up Barricades, Vendor Wrangling, Stay positive, Enjoy SSOM from Noon - 4:30ish, Report back at 4:30ish to tear down and help vendors pack up.
Contact: Galen Crawford,

The Public Library's Summer Feeding Program Needs Assistants: June 9 - August 8

Do you like working with children? Are you passionate about childhood hunger? Are you reliable and dependable? Summer Feeding Program Assistants are essential in our branches to provide needed meals to kids who may otherwise go without food during the summer months when school is out of session.
When: Mondays - Fridays, June 9 - August 8, 11:00a - 1:30p
Commitment: Minimum 1 day/week throughout the summer.
Where: Various branch locations, Main, Avondale, Bond Hill, College Hill, Covedale, Deer Park, Forest Park, Groesbeck, Madisonville, North Central, Northside, Reading, Sharonville, and West End.
Volunteer Tasks: Serve food to children up to age 18; supervise meal service to maintain order and meet reporting requirements; complete daily log of food received and served; assist with simple crafts or other library activities for participating children; promotion of library activities; assist with set up and take down of food service; cleanup of food pans, seating area, etc.


Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati Golf Outing: June 23

Volunteers are needed to fuel our mission of empowering individuals, educating families, enhancing communities and together celebrating the extraordinary lives of people with Down syndrome.
When: Monday, June 23rd (10 am – 5:30 pm)
Where: Shaker Run Golf Course  1320 Golf Club Drive, Lebanon, OH 45036 (meet at volunteer check-in)
Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers will be managing games at various holes along the course, grilling, selling raffle tickets, etc.
Volunteer Perks:  All volunteers will get a t-shirt and lunch!
Contact: Krissy Groh,, 513-761-5400

Safe Pastures - Website Help Needed

The Mission Statement for Safe Pastures Family Home is to provide a loving, Christ-centered environment  for women who have aged out of the foster care system and who are moving toward self-sufficiency through post-secondary education.  Safe Pastures seeks to provide a homelike setting to a community of women who want to achieve a better life for themselves.
When: Anytime, Monday through Saturdays at the convenience of the volunteers. Call or email to set up appointment to volunteer.
Where: Safe Pastures Family Home, 355 Howell Ave; 45220
Volunteer Tasks:  Web Development using Branding and marketing strategies will be discussed for future objectives.
Volunteer Perks:  Close to UC campus.  Lunch is provided.
Contact: Val Bairnsfather;, 513-460-7893

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Choice Pantry: Flexible Friday or Saturday Opportunity

The Choice Pantry's primary mission is to provide supplemental groceries to families in need and to improve their awareness of healthy living. 
When: Friday or Saturday morning in April or May from 8:00a - 10:00a, however times and days are flexible.
Where: St. Vincent de Paul, 1125 Bank St. Cincinnati, OH 45203.
Volunteer Tasks: Lead cooking demonstrations! If you don’t just LIKE cooking but are creative in cooking, you might be able to help. The ingredients should consist of food we readily have at the pantry (ie., canned food, mac ‘n cheese, hot dogs, rice etc.) and be wholesome and easy to make. Be prepared to demo 1 batch, and have another big enough for 12-15 people to sample.
Volunteer Perks: A great time! This is a lively bunch, as are the our patrons.
Contact: Skylar Holcomb, 513.470.5946,

Vincentian Volunteers of Cincinnati: Year of Service Begins August 2014

St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati has an exciting year of service program called Vincentian Volunteers of Cincinnati (VVC). The program empowers young adults to become community leaders who live their faith by directly serving their neighbors in need. As a VVC member, you will be a full-time volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul’s Outreach Center in Cincinnati and live in an intentional community with other VVC members for 11 months. Work one-on-one with people who are experiencing poverty and gain a new understanding of your roll in the community, issues of justice and poverty, and how our faith calls us to respond.

When: 11-month commitment, starting late August 2014
Where: SVdP’s Outreach Center
Volunteer Tasks: Vincentian Volunteers commit 11 months to living together in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati. Each member is placed in a job for their 11 months, working at SVDP in a variety of capacities including the Choice Food Pantry, Charitable Pharmacy, Social Services, and the Ozanam Center for Service Learning. The VVC members live in intentional community in a home in the West End, and will have weekly opportunities for reflection.
Volunteer Perks: Through the Vincentian Volunteers of Cincinnati program, young adults have the opportunity to inspire others by living their faith, growing in friendship by making lasting connections, and serving in solidarity by encountering their neighbors in need and the challenges they face. Other program benefits include:
 Financial education reward ($5,550) upon completion of service; Room and Board with other VVC Members
; Monthly personal and phone stipends
; Health Insurance
; Personal and Spiritual growth
; Professional development and Career exploration
; Assistance in seeking Loan Deferment
Contact: Maura Carpinello at 513-562-8841 ext. 239 or

Weekly Volunteer Needs

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

American Red Cross Pillowcase Project Presenter Training

American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. We respond to disasters and teach people how they can prevent, prepare for and respond to medical emergencies and to man-made or natural disasters..
When: Following a 4-hour training session, volunteers will be scheduled within the parameters of the availability calendar they provide. We ask presenters to commit to conducting 3 or 4 presentations, along with a co-presenter
Where: Varies; programs conducted at schools, summer camps, summer programs and youth-serving agencies throughout our service area.  Volunteers have the option to restrict the geographic areas where they would like to present.
Volunteer Tasks: Pillowcase Project presenters will provide 60-minute education sessions to students in grades 3, 4 and 5,  teaching them how to prepare for and respond to a disaster situation.  They will be going out in teams of two to area schools, camps and youth programs.
Volunteer Perks: Ability to utilize and grow your presentation skills, and be a part of creating a more prepared citizenry.
Contact: Diana Wood,, 513.522.9663

Tutor at Chatfield College near Findlay Market: Any Weekday

The mission of Chatfield College is to empower students who might best succeed in our supportive, small college experience. Success is demonstrated through the achievement of established learning outcomes in a liberal arts education grounded in our Catholic heritage. 
When: Anytime during the hours the college is open, Monday - Thursday, 8:30a - 9:00p; Friday 8:30a - 4:00p. Peak hours of need are 11:00a - 1:00p, 3:00 - 4:30p, and 5:30p - 7:30p.
Where: 1800 Logan Street, 45202 (near Findlay Market). Chatfield is on the second floor of the St John-Mercy Health Building. Volunteers should convene in the Chatfield Library (directly across from the elevator; diagonally across from the stairs). 
Volunteer Tasks: Tutoring individual students or small groups of students in English, Math, Biology, or Chemistry and reviewing papers for grammatical and/or structural errors. The most pressing need is for Biology and Chemistry tutors.
Volunteer Perks: The joy that comes from helping others and the increased level of competence and confidence gained from teaching/tutoring someone else.
Contact: Mimi Mickle,, 513-921-9856x206

Roll Hill School Reading and Math Tutors: Monday - Friday

Roll Hill School is a college bound school working hard to help students succeed academically and pass the OAA's! Boys & Girls Club at Roll Hill after school program is also seeking volunteers for the same.
When: Monday - Friday; Between 8:00a and 2:30p; or after school between 2:30 and 5:30p.
Where: 2411 Baltimore Ave, 45225
Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers are needed to tutor children in the areas of Math & Reading.
Volunteer Perks: Being an important part of a child's academic success!
Contact: Shelley Mokas,, 513-363-4025

Maple Knoll Village: Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays Every Week

Maple Knoll Village is a non-profit continuing care retirement community, owned and operated by Maple Knoll Communities Inc., with a history of more than 165 years of serving older adults. Each and every day, Maple Knoll’s mission drives the organization to help older adults Live Life! There are many volunteer opportunities to help residents Live Life through visiting programs, reading to residents, and assisting the activity staff with daily activities.
Where: 11100 Springfield Pike, 45246
Volunteer Tasks and Times: Assist with transportation to church on Sundays, 2:30 - 4:30p; Assist with bingo Mondays, 10:30a - 12:00p and Tuesdays 2:45 - 4:15p; Assist the activity department with crafts, exercise, manicures, baking, reading, and various other activities on the specialized dementia unit. Times can be flexible but should be at least one hour.
Contact: Debbie Cattran, 513-782-2434,

Mt. Healthy High School Tutoring Monday - Thursday

Upward Bound program would like college students to tutor Mt. Healthy High School students weekly in various subjects.
When:  Mondays - Thursdays, 3:00-4:30p
Where: Mt. Healthy High School, 8101 Hamilton Ave, 45231
Volunteer Tasks: Tutor students in pre-calculus, algebra, and geometry.
Contact: Justine Clark Lomax, 513-218-4941,
Go-Metro! Take routes 16 or 17 to this service site.

Parker Woods Montessori 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, they are seeking to bring tutors into both classrooms and the after school program.
When: 45min - 1hr block of time, anytime 9:15a - 3:30p, or 3:30 - 5:30p.
Parker Woods Montessori, 4370 Beech Hill, 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

Tutoring in Spring Grove Village: Weekdays 2:00p - 6:00p

Winton Place Youth Center serves the children of the Winton Hills area. Our goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of our children. We are an after school program serving children ages 5 through 14. 
When: Between 2:00 - 6:00p on weekdays.
Where: 4609 N. Edgewood Ave., 45232
Volunteer Tasks: Tutors children by helping with homework and the WPYC curriculum. 
Volunteer Perks: You will receive a WPYC volunteer t-shirt and have the opportunity to attend a volunteer appreciation dinner in December hosted by WPYC staff. 
Contact: Lavenia Jones, or Claire Foskuhl,, or call the center directly at 513-681-8004

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati Homework Assistant: Monday - Friday

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati is to foster the academic, social, and physical development of boys & girls, ages 6-18, with special emphasis on youth from disadvantaged circumstances, so that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
When: Monday - Friday, 2:30 - 8:00p (schedule varies based on location). Volunteers are asked to commit to volunteering a minimum of 1-hour per week.

  • U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club | 3504 Washington Avenue, 45229
  • LeBlond Boys & Girls Club | 1621 Logan Street, 45202
  • James J. Espy Club | 2312 Glenway Avenue, 45225
  • Taft Elementary Club | 2120 Vine Street, 45202
  • Roll Hill Community Learning Center | 2411 Baltimore Avenue, 45225
  • Chase Elementary | 4151 Turrill Street, 45223
  • John P. Parker School | 5051 Anderson Place, 45227

Volunteer Tasks: Spend 45 minutes to an hour a week helping students with their homework. From spelling words and writing all the way to problem solving and math facts – we are looking for committed volunteers to work one-on-one or in small groups with the students that need a little extra assistance with their daily homework assignments.
Contact: Tara Thompson,, 513-421-8909x19
Go Metro! Get to these servie sites on public transportation!

Interested in Science? Interested in Working with Children? Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays

Are you interested in getting children interested in the sciences through hands on activities ? Two local Cincinnati Public Schools offer an afterschool program to get students grades K through 6 excited about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  They are looking for UC students to commit to one afternoon a week/month to demonstrate hands-on learning activities in order to make learning about science fun. Their interactive one-hour after school programs are organized around various science topics such as robotics, astronomy, chemistry and physics! After completion students will come together and present their projects in a science fair! Choose a school, a day and make a commitment to encourage future scientist!
When: 4:15 – 5:15p, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
Where: Rothenberg Preparatory Academy , 2120 Vine Street. Fredrick Douglass School, 2627 Park Ave.
Contact: Shenna Dunn at Douglas Elementary, 513-262-2410 or Nancy Smith at Rothenberg, 513-544-8667
Go Metro! Ride route 17 to Rothenberg, or route 24 to Douglass!

COR Music Project: Mondays - Fridays

COR Music Project is seeking volunteers for our El Sistema-inspired, intensive after-school music program with the Avondale Youth Orchestra (AYO).
When: Monday - Friday, 2:45 - 4:00p
Where: South Avondale Elementary School
Volunteer Tasks: Classroom management, group instruction (choir & strings), individual Lessons (choir & strings), and general administrative duties
Go Metro! Ride bus routes Metro Plus or 51 to get to S. Avondale.

After School Tutoring: Every Tuesday

Volunteer with Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church for after school tutoring in French, Latin, Chemistry, Pre-Calculus, Reading, Math, Science, History, Spanish, Social Studies with a focus on grades 6 - 12.
When: Every Tuesday, 5:30 - 7:30p
Volunteer Perks: Transportation provided! Pick-Up: Turner Circle, 5:15p
Contact: Al Sewell, 513-227-0676,

Mercy Health-St. John: Weekly, Flexible

Mercy Health-St. John assists poor and underserved families and individuals mostly in the central city. We distribute food, clothing and personal care items and offer a free lunch every day. We operate one of the few family shelters in the city and offer long-term counseling in our Family Development Program. St. John also has programs which work with at risk teens and offers a free Bridges Program which teaches computer skills. Our Youth Development Program participants are at risk teens living in poverty.
Where: Mercy Health-St.John 1800 Logan Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Be the reason our students can find a job!
Everyone knows how to use a computer. Right? Well not really! Work with our instructor and coach students in the classroom. Make sure they acquire the skills to get a decent job.
When: Classes are held morning, afternoon, and evening. Be able to commit to three hours a week for one twelve week session. Session has begun and goes through November 13.
Volunteer Tasks: Assist with teen program, helping to facilitate group meetings and helping with outings.
Volunteer Perks: This is a "hands on, make a difference" kind of opportunity. Be the difference between a student "getting it" or dropping out.

Change a Life! Be a Role Model
The goal of our Youth Development Programs is to help our teens make good decisions about their lives. Our participants are at risk teens living in poverty. They need to see it's possible to have a better life.
When: We can be flexible about time and schedules.
Volunteer Tasks: Assist as classroom tutor in our free computer skills/job readiness class for economically disadvantaged adults.

Contact: Stephanie Brown,, 513-981-5816
Go Metro! Ride bus routes Metro Plus, 78, or 17 to get to volunteer here!

Cincinnati Computer Cooperative: Every Wednesday and Saturday

When: Every Wednesday evening from 6:00 - 9:00p; every Saturday morning from 9:00 - 3:00p
What: Recycle computers! Use your skills or learn new ones. Even if you have never seen the inside of a computer you can work with a trained volunteer. You will amaze yourself at how quickly your skills will develop.
Where: 49 Novner Drive Cincinnati, OH 45215
Volunteer Perks: Free pizza at lunch for volunteers who stay the whole day! Bring friends! We love to have groups of 3-4 people working on projects together.
Register on UC.UGIVE.ORG: Search keyword "Cooperative"
Contact: Frank Adams, 513-771-3262,
Go Metro! Route 78

Tutor English as a Second Language or GED: Tuesdays/Thursdays, Saturdays

When: Classes start October 1 and end December 14.
Classes: Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 - 3:00p and 6:00 - 9:00p (ESL 6:00 - 8:00p)
Saturday ESL - 10:00a - 12:00p and GED 2:00 - 4:00p
Where: Catholic Charities SW Ohio Archdiocese of Cincinnati, 7036 Fairpark Ave., 45216
Volunteer Tasks: All classes are taught in English. ESL classes require a 2 hour a week commitment and GED requires a 1 hour a week commitment. GED subjects are Math, Science and Social Studies.
Contact: Nora Zavala, or Fernanda
Go Metro! Route 78

Breakthrough Cincinnati Tutoring

A national nonprofit, the Breakthrough Collaborative is devoted to preparing high-achieving, middle-school students to enroll and succeed in college-preparatory high school programs. Breakthrough’s innovative Students Teaching Students model partners middle-school students with outstanding college and high school students who serve as teachers, role models, and mentors, providing real-life examples that it’s ‘cool to be smart.’
When: Alternating Saturdays from 9:00a - 11:00a, sporadic Super Saturdays (not to exceed seven) from 8:30a - 12:30p
Where: Walnut Hills High School
Volunteer Tasks: Tutoring and supporting middle school students
Volunteer Perks: $700 stipend for serving from Oct through April
Contact: Patrice Pennington,, 513-979-0339
Go Metro! Route 24

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

WordPlay Cincy is a unique, vibrant nonprofit helping disadvantaged children ages 6-18 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: Available times are Monday - Thursday, 2:30 - 6:00p and Saturdays 12:00 - 4:00p. Minimum of 2 tutoring sessions per month for 1.5 hours each session.
Where: WordPlay Cincy, 4041 Hamilton Ave., 45223 (in Northside) AND occasionally at our partner schools.
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! WordPlay is celebrating our first anniversary in September 2013, 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: Libby Hunter, 513-260-9632,
Go Metro! Route 17, 19 or 51

The HealthCare Connection Reading Room: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

The HealthCare Connection is a Federally Qualified Community Health Center with locations in Lincoln Heights, Mount Healthy, and Forest Park.
When: Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, 9:00a - 12:00p | Monday and Wednesday afternoons, 1:00 - 4:00p.
Where: 1401 Steffen Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45215 (The HealthCare Connection – Lincoln Heights Health Center)
Volunteer Tasks: Staff the reading room. Bring a smile and get connected at the HealthCare Connection!
Contact: Melanie Crowe, 513-483-3081,
Go Metro! Route 78

Veggie Valet at Findlay Market: Saturdays and Sundays

Ohio's oldest continuously operated public market and one of Cincinnati's most cherished institutions. Findlay Market hosts about two dozen indoor merchants open year round, a thriving farmers market on Saturdays and Sundays from April to November, and dozens of outdoor vendors, street performers and special events.
When: Saturdays 8:00a - 6:00p (can be divided into two shifts) | Sundays 10:00a - 4:00p
Where: Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., 45202
Volunteer Tasks: Operate a refrigerated "Veggie Valet" service for shoppers. It's like a coat check, but for fresh, local veggies! While this is a great way to support Findlay Market and a potential fundraiser for a student org or charity of your choice, it does not qualify for Cincinnatus service.
Volunteer Perks: Volunteers will be allowed to collect donations for an organization of their choice.
Contact: Rebecca Heine,, 513-744-8002 or 513-614-0300
Go Metro! Route 17, 46 or 78

Cincinnati Works: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

Cincinnati Works offers a holistic approach to eliminating poverty in the Tri-State area by providing job skill training and ongoing employment counseling. Cincinnati Works helps people in poverty reach economic self-sufficiency through finding employment, retaining employment, and advancing over time to higher paying jobs.
When: Monthly (or more often if desired); Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, 9:00a - 3:00p any 2-hour shift.
Where: 708 Walnut St. Suite 200, 45202
Volunteer Tasks: Job Search Assistant, work with clients in the job search lab to help with online applications, basic computer skills, resume/cover letter preparation, and other computer-based tasks.
Volunteer Perks: Parking costs downtown will be reimbursed.
Contact: Carol Buschhaus,, 513-744-5616
Go Metro! Route 17, 19, 24, 78 or Metro Plus

Deupree House Meals on Wheels: Weekly or Bi-weekly

The mission and cause of Meals on Wheels is to provide home cooked meals and warm visits to the elderly and shut-ins of Cincinnati. Deupree Meals on Wheels is in need of drivers to deliver meals to elderly shut-ins in the Eastern part of Cincinnati. Our program is volunteered based, and only exists because of dedicated volunteers!
When: 10:30a - 12:00p, one day a week or one day every other week.
Where: 3939 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45208
Volunteer Tasks: Pick up meals at Deupree House in Hyde Park then deliver meals on a designated route.
Contact: Bridgette Biggs,, 513-561-8150

Family Night Meals in OTR: Tuesdays

A joint effort between St. Francis Church, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, and The Vineyard Church. Organizers are seeking volunteers to help staff a weekly meal for the families in the inner-city Cincinnati. This is a brand new effort to provide healthy meals for families. The program will provide ideas on recipes and meals for families to enjoy together, have a chef to teach and lead families in food preparation, and nutrition experts present to advise families.
When: Every Tuesday starting the end of September and running 12 weeks.
Where: 1528 Race St, 45202
Volunteer Tasks: Serve or prepare meals, interact with families in the program.
Contact: Mary Jennings, or John Suguitan,
Go Metro! Route 17, 46, 78 or Metro Plus

Madisonville Education and Assistance Center: Every Tuesday and Thursday

Help in the MEAC Choice Food Pantry and Clothing Closet. In each of these programs, volunteers are given the opportunity to work with individuals in need and help accomplish MEAC's mission to provide basic needs.
When: Every Tuesday and Thursday, anytime from 9:00a - 4:00p
Where: 4600 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45227
Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers are responsible for helping our clients shop in our choice food pantry and in our clothing closet.
Contact: Carolyn Moseley,, 513-271-5501x13
Go Metro! Ride bus route 24 to 11 to get to this service site!

Tri-State Parkinson's Wellness Chapter: Mondays or Wednesdays

Tri-State Parkinson's Wellness Chapter is a chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association dedicated to providing services that ease the burden for people with Parkinson's and their families.
When: Mondays or Wednesdays anytime from 10:00a - 2:00p
Where: The Stetson Bldg., (East Campus, an easy walk from main campus, at the corner of Highland and Martin Luther King Dr. at 260 Stetson Street, Suite 2300 in the UC Department of Neurology)
Volunteer Tasks: involves entering information into a Microsoft Access Data Base. One or more hours of availability during the above listed times will be helpful.
Contact: Nancy,

The Bridge Ministry: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Dedicated to reaching out in Christ centered hope, love, and support to individuals desiring to make positive changes in their lives and with the goal of assisting individuals in moving from dependency to independence, The Bridge Ministry provides mentors, fellowship, Bible studies, prayer, devotions, computer access, basic computer training, and the message of Christ's love, forgiveness, and hope to people living and working in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati.
When: Weekly - Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 10:00a - 2:00p
Where: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1528 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45201
Volunteer Tasks: Help hand out donuts and drinks during our Fellowship time at 10:30a on Tuesdays, and Thursdays; serve as an office assistant/computer lab assistant during our office hours (10:00a - 2:00p, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday), teach a basic computer class, and participate in our wide range of services.
Volunteer Perks: Build relationships with diverse groups of people and get to know the neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine!
Contact: Deaconess Intern Cara Patton, 513-621-7265,
Go Metro! Route 17, 46, 78 or Metro Plus

Whiz Kids: Tutoring & Mentoring

Anthony Munoz Foundation, This is a great opportunity to get involved and make a lasting impact on the lives of youth in the Cincinnati Area. We hope you will join us this school year!
When: Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:20p, October 2013 - April 2014 (26 weeks). No Holiday Tutoring.
Where: Roberts Academy, 1702 Grand Ave., 45214
Volunteer Tasks: Aiding K-5th graders in reading at Roberts Academy in Price Hill.
Volunteer Perks: Helping a student that struggles day-to-day read become more accelerated in reading.
Contact: Caleigh Willis,, 513-772-4900

Walnut Hills High School Student-Athlete Academic Support: Mondays - Thursdays

Walnut Hills HS (WHHS) is a college preparatory 7 - 12th grade school. WHHS is nationally recognized as one of America’s top public schools, with over 95% of its student population attending four-year colleges or universities. Student-Athletes at WHHS carry the additional burden of rigorous practice and game schedules.
When: One-Four times a week (Mon-Thur) 2:15p-4:00p these hours are flexible
Where: Walnut Hills HS, 3250 Victory Parkway, 45207
Volunteer Tasks: Tutoring/Mentoring 7-12 graders in reading, science and math with the goal of providing Student-Athletes with the required tools to excel in their High School Academic careers as they gain experience and the inspiration to be successful on and off the field of play. Volunteers need to provide their own form of transportation and be willing to perform a background check.
Volunteer Perks: Great hands-on experience for future teachers, coaches or administrators. Brand new state of the art facilities.
Contact: Armand Tatum, 513-967-6139,
Go-Metro! Get to this service site on route 31!

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.

Jewish Family Service Bigs and Littles

Jewish Family Service Bigs & Littles program promotes the development of youth ages 7-17 in the general community through quality mentoring relationships. We create and support matches that are positive, safe, lasting, and well suited to each child’s needs. Matches get together twice a month, once for a group activity (hosted by Jewish Family Service) and once for an individual outing. Our 
program builds positive relationships, promotes self-confidence, strengthens the lives of children and we have fun!
Where: Greater Cincinnati area
Volunteer Tasks: As a big brother or sister, dedicate a few hours a month  spending quality time with a child and exposing him or her to new experiences. The mentor builds positive relationships, promotes self-confidence to strengthen the life of the child.
Volunteer Perks: FREE monthly group outings hosted by Jewish Family Service and FREE tickets to sporting and cultural events for matches.
Minimum Time Commitment: At least a one year commitment
Contact: Linda Kean (513) 766-1318,

Discovery Youth Program Summer Camp Volunteers: June 9 - July 25

Volunteers are needed for Clovernook’s Discovery Youth Program’s Summer Camps.  Clovernook Center serves youth ages 8-22 years who are blind or visually impaired.
June 9 - July 25, 9:00a - 3:00p
7000 Hamilton Ave, 45231
Volunteer Tasks:
Volunteers would be responsible for assisting youth with activities and serve as sighted guides for many of the fun field trips.  There are six camps: Assistive Technology Camps; Activities in Daily Living (ADL) Camps; Orientation & Mobility Camp, and Art Camp.
Christine Sevindik, (513) 728-6261,

St. Margaret Hall: Any Day

St. Margaret Hall, a Catholic nursing and residential care facility for the elderly, is always looking for volunteers to help provide activities to enhance quality of life through recreation for residents. There are many opportunities at St. Margaret Hall to make a difference in someone’s life; from reading to people to assisting residents on the computer/nook, and even bringing your pet to visit or just spending one on one time with people.
Where: 1960 Madison Rd., 45206, close to campus.
Volunteer TasksAssist with transportation to Mass - Help residents to attend weekly worship services (10:30a - 11:45a). Coffee Hour- volunteers can do a coffee hour with residents on our assisted living unit. Times can be flexible, but one hour a week during the afternoon would be preferred. Elevator - run the elevator during resident meal times (11:15a - 1:00p and/or 5:15 - 7:00p every day).
Contact: Maria Ceddia, 513-751-5880,
Go-Metro! Easily get from campus to this site on route 24!

Habitat for Humanity-ReStore

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati partners with low-income families to build, rehab, and repair simple decent housing. ReStore is a social enterprise that supports the work of Habitat for Humanity. Every day it takes up to 5 volunteers in each of our four ReStore locations to help our operations run smoothly.
When: Mondays - Fridays, 9:00a - 6:00p; Saturdays 9:00a - 5:00p
Where: Multiple locations in Greater Cincinnati.
Volunteer Tasks: Keeping the store organized, helping to clean and sort donations, serving as a friendly face to customers.
Contact: Kristen Gasperetti,, 513-482-5603

Singers, Pianists, Coordinators for ROKCincy's Barber of Seville: Through - May 2014 (Very 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: Rehearsals and performances are scheduled around you.
Where: Rehearsals are on campus and performances are at local elementary schools and community centers with transportation provided, if necessary.
Volunteer Tasks: Singers to fill the roles of Barber of Seville (a 40 min. child-friendly version), pianists to coach and accompany performances and rehearsals, volunteer to coordinate rehearsals and performances.
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

Direct Patient Care Volunteer at Hospice of the Bluegrass

Hospice of the Bluegrass is a non-profit organization committed to enhancing mainstream medicine by integrating palliative care (comfort care). Volunteers help our patients and families celebrate the beauty in every moment.
When: This is a flexible volunteer opportunity with suggested weekly visits.
Where: Right across the river in Kentucky; Newport, Covington, Ft. Thomas areas
Volunteer Tasks: Share your gift, read to patients, listen to/record their wonderful stories, sing/play music, be a calming presence, and/or provide comfort care. Help our patients have the highest quality experiences in the last phases of their life.
Volunteer Perks: Direct Patient care experience, monthly educational opportunities in the health care field, and joy from increasing the quality of someone’s life. Free training!
Contact: Kimberly Heestand, 859-441-6332,

Boys and Girls Club at Taft Elementary: September 3 - May 15

The Boys and Girls Club provides a safe, enriching environment for young people to: Graduate, Fit For Life, and Ready To Serve. In addition to the needs listed below, the Boys and Girls Club seeks individuals or groups to run programs in their area of expertise that would focus on one of these models, i.e. a fitness group, athletic coaches, arts activities, robotics club, young scientists, etc...
Where: 2120 Vine St. Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 (very close to campus)
Volunteer Tasks/Times:

  • Front Desk Attendant: Monday - Friday, 3:00 - 5:30p
  • Office Assistant: Monday - Friday, hours based on availability
  • Academic Tutors: Monday - Friday, 2:30 - 5:00p
  • Program Activity Assistants: Monday - Friday, 2:15 - 5:30p

Contact: Catherine Scott, 513-607-4861,
Go Metro! Take Routes 19, 24, or 38X to get to this service site.

Refugee Resettlement

Catholic Charities serves refugees who come to the United States through the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Most refugees come from extreme poverty, violence, or religious and political persecution in their homelands; seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Learn More:
When: Wide spectrum of times when you can volunteer
Where: Locations throughout Greater Cincinnati
Volunteer Tasks: Anything from being part of a welcoming team to helping a refugee learn basic computer skills. Specifically, needs include: Computer lab tutor, bus educator, clerical assistant, driver, ESOL tutor, literacy teacher, materials writer assistant, substitute teacher, teacher's assistant, form administration, immigration assistant, inventory control assistant, insurance transport scheduler and communicator, design on a dime, life coach, medical companion, refugee services assistant, employment training assistant, utilities management assistant, welcome team member, young adult services assistant.
Volunteer Perks: Empower refugees and their families to survive and thrive in the US.
Contact:, 513-241-7745

Freestore Foodbank

Your time and energy makes a tremendous impact on our neighbors facing difficult times. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available for individuals, families and groups.
Volunteer Tasks: Range from group volunteer opportunities to receptionist to Giving Fields farm maintenance.
For More Information:
Contact: Volunteer Call Center,, 513-482-7550

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread is an Over-the-Rhine ministry of hospitality, comprised of paid staff & volunteers, dedicated to serving the needs of the neighborhood residents and those who frequent the area. Our Daily Bread provides a warm meal in a comfortable place for all who come, a place where all are invited to be a part of a community that is caring, supportive and welcoming.
Volunteer Tasks: Range from Bingo! to helping a social worker with filing.
Contact: Melissa Back, 513-621-6364
Go Metro! Take routes 21, 46, 64 or 78 to this service site.

Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses: Flexible

Findlay Street Neighborhood House has historically served as a Safe Haven in the West End where youth can engage in positive activities. Computer Training, Teen Center and the Gym are open daily giving youth opportunities to engage in activities with the support of caring adults.
When: Days and times can be flexible.
Where: 901 Findlay St., 45214
Volunteer Tasks: Interacting with children as a positive role model, tutoring/academic help and help with any other activities.
Go Metro! Take route 49 to get to this service site.

Save the Animals Foundation

STAF is a no-kill animal shelter run solely by volunteers, funded by volunteer-run events and donations. We provide a loving home for our residents for as long as they live or until they are adopted. Visit for more info.
When: Flexible
Where: 4011 Red Bank Rd, 45227
Volunteer Tasks: With dogs, with cats, and with bingo and concessions fundraising.
Contact:, 513-561-7823

Catholic Residential Services

Catholic Residential Services is a non-profit agency dedicated to fostering the spiritual, moral, intellectual, and physical growth of people with developmental disabilities. Volunteer tasks could include attending a Reds Game, a Bengals Game, the Cincinnati Zoo, Newport Aquarium, attending our Choir, Water Fitness, Circus Classes, Adaptive Jazzercise, making crafts in the home, helping update our website and Facebook page, or even creating your own volunteer event. No matter what your interests there is a volunteer opportunity for you.
Contact: Ashley Maynard,, 513-784-0400x106

Program Manager - Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America

The Dan Beard Council is looking for enthusiastic individuals to work with youth in at-risk urban areas. The position offers up to 20 hours each week. It will include planning and executing a quality program through a weekly meeting. Training and resources are provided. Must be a minimum of 21 years old.
Contact: Melissa Ford,

Leap Beyond Therapy

Volunteers at Leap Beyond Therapy provide an extra set of hand for our therapists, and staff, but more importantly, they are a “cheerleader” for our children; providing them with encouragement, motivation, and a friendly smile!
When: Flexible
Where: 701A U.S. Route 50  I Milford, OH 45150
Volunteer Tasks: We are  currently looking for volunteers who: enjoy working with children, are passionate about helping others, are not afraid to sing, laugh, or dance (to encourage smiles!), want to make a difference.

Brighton Center, Inc.

Brighton Center, Inc. is a private not-for-profit community based organization with the mission to create opportunities for individuals and families to reach self-sufficiency through family support services, education and leadership throughout the communities of Northern Kentucky.
Volunteer Tasks: include Club Care Food Pantry, on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, preparing food items for distribution through our Emergency Food Pantry.
More Info/Register:

Pleasant Ridge Community Council Webmaster

Pleasant Ridge is a neighborhood here in Cincinnati, and their Community Council is looking for someone to take advantage of a creative volunteer opportunity. The PRCC needs someone willing to maintain their Wordpress website, which could be done remotely.
Contact: Wendell Robinson,

Boys Hope Girls Hope

Boys Hope Girls Hope Cincinnati provides educational opportunities and stability to motivated, underserved youth through residential and community-based programs.

Boys Hope Girls Hope Ambassador, Meal Preparation, Home Maintenance, Events
When: Convenient to your schedule
Where: Meal prep & home maintenance at homes in Finneytown or Walnut Hills. Ambassador is flexible.
Volunteer Tasks: Ambassadors - share information about BHGH with friends and family, distribute BHGH literature or host a volunteer or scholar recruitment event; Meal Preparation - prepare a meal for one of BHGH’s three residential houses in Walnut Hills or Finneytown. Meet scholars and take a tour of their homes; Events - Assist to plan, prepare/run events.
Volunteer Perks: Stay for dinner, network with community partners and BHGH staff/board members

Boys Hope Girls Hope Mentors and Tutors for scholars ages 9 - 18 (School Year)
When: Tutors engage with scholars weekly; mentors engage with scholars monthly for 1 academic year evenings and/or weekends for the remainder of the school year.
Where: Boys’ residential homes in Finneytown, girls’ residential home in Walnut Hills, community-Based Program at Purcell Marian HS (Walnut Hills).
Volunteer Tasks: Form supportive relationships; advocate for scholars, support scholars’ academic life through tutoring and homework help; guide life skills and model study skills; encourage post-secondary education.
Volunteer Perks: Open invitations to house dinners, events, and service projects, free tickets to cultural and sporting events.

Contact: Deqah Hussein,, 513-372-6195

Winton Place Youth Center

Winton Place Youth Center serves the children of Cincinnati's Spring Grove Village neighborhoodm, offering a caring and safe atmosphere and the skilled intervention of professionals and volunteers.
When: Flexible
Where: 4609 North Edgewood Ave., 45232
Volunteer Tasks: Help with day to day administrative tasks. This could involve a variety of tasks and hours are very flexible.
Go-Metro! Take route 43 toward Winton Hills to get to this site.

Childcare at Emergency Shelter

Individuals are needed to provide child care at the Bethany House Emergency Shelter.
When: Mondays -Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:15p
Volunteer Tasks: Perfect opportunity for college students! Have the opportunity to teach a child how to ride a bike, discover lighting-bugs, play games, read, arts-n-crafts and comforting small infants! A background check is required for all volunteers over 18.
More Info:

Girl Scouts

Want to get involved with Girl Scouts on a short-term basis? Girl Scouts has a variety of opportunities. You will apply your leadership skills as well as learning behavior management and patience.
When: Flexible, send your availability of days and times.
Where:  Flexible, send the communities you are interested in volunteering.
Volunteer Tasks: You and a friend work together with a group of 10 - 20 girls for 1 day a week for 6 weeks for 1.5 hours per week.
Contact: Cheryl Shrider,, 513-619-1424

Host of the House: Every Day

When a child is hospitalized and scared, the love and support of family is powerful in helping a child's recovery process. Cincinnati's Ronald McDonald House allows families to remain close by their children receiving medical treatment at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
When: Every day, 4:00 - 8:00p
Where: Ronald McDonal House, 350 Erkenbrecher Ave., 45229
Volunteer Tasks: Provide a warm and welcoming environment and assistance for volunteer groups preparing meals and hosting activities for families staying at Ronald McDonald House. This is a great opportunity for students in Hospitality Management or who just enjoy cooking!
Contact: Lisa Davis,, 513-636-2760

Mercy Health - St. John

Mercy Health-St. John assists poor and underserved families and individuals mostly in the central city. We distribute food, clothing and personal care items and offer a free lunch every day. We operate one of the few family shelters in the city and offer long-term counseling in our Family Development Program. St. John also has programs which work with at risk teens and offers a free Bridges Program which teaches computer skills. Our Youth Development Program participants are at risk teens living in poverty. Work with our counselors to facilitate weekly peer to peer groups, help organize and accompany groups on outings or just talk. Teens need to see what is possible, that other young people are making it. We can be flexible about schedules. A commitment of one semester is appreciated. Peer to Peer groups meet one afternoon a week after school. outings are usually weekends.
Where: 1800 Logan Street, Cincinnati, 45202
Contact: Stephanie Brown, 513-981-5816,


ProKids couldn’t survive without volunteers and donors. Whether working directly with a child as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate - must be 21) volunteer, assisting in another capacity, or supporting us financially by making a donation, our children need your help. How can you help abused and neglected children?
Find ProKids on Facebook:
More info:
Contact: Stephanie Kuzma, 513.281.2000 or

Matthew 25 Ministries

The donated goods Matthew 25 Ministries receives must be sorted, counted, packaged, and put on pallets ready for shipment to various parts of the world. There is a job for everyone! Warehouse Hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00a - 4:00p and on Saturday from 9:00a - 2:00p.
When: Flexible!
Where: 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242

People Working Cooperatively: Every Day

What: PWC is a non-profit organization that offers critical home repairs to low-income, elderly, or disabled individuals at little to no cost.
When: EVERY DAY! Between 8:00a - 5:00p
Where: 4612 Paddock Road, Cincinnati, OH  45229 (right on the bus line/short drive)
Also: Consider joining the PWC Young Professionals group, (contact Tonia Murphy
Contact:, 513-351-7921 (ask for volunteer department)

The Covington Mentoring Program

Bulldog Connection is the middle and high school program in Covington. You must be 21 years of age, have a clean background check, and the desire to change someone’s life. Committing to at least one year with the student, you will meet with them a total of 4 hours a month, split up however works best for both of your schedules. The Lunch Buddy program involves an adult 18 or older, and an elementary school student. You will meet with them during their lunch period, either in the lunch room or the Family Resource Center at the school. After-School Buddy follows the same criteria as the Lunch Buddies, but meets primarily after school.
Contact:, 859-392-3188

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

What: The Exhibit Interpreter Program at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (
When: Tuesday – Saturdays, 9:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  (On-going program)
Where: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Downtown Cincinnati
Volunteer Tasks: The Exhibit Interpreter Program at the Freedom Center is responsible for leading the tours for school groups and the general public.  
Volunteer Perks: Volunteers will receive free tickets to the Freedom Center, discounts at the Freedom Center gift shop and café, opportunity to attend trips (places like St. Louis), and shirts.  
Contact: Richard Cooper,, (513) 333-7594

Music Resource Center Cincinnati

What: The Music Resource Center (MRC) is a fun and exciting place for students in grades 7 - 12 to learn about music and recording. Help educate and inspire young people through music, and equip them with life skills for the future. The MRC uses music education and performance experiences to teach important life skills, while simultaneously providing a safe alternative to the streets.
Where: 3032 Woodburn Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206
When: Volunteer once a week for 2 - 4 hours, anytime 2:00 - 7:00p, Monday - Thursday (School Year) and expanded hours in the summer.
Volunteer Tasks: Volunteer music instructors: generally provide 30 minute private lessons to our teens. Our most frequent needs are personal instruction in voice, piano and drums. Mentoring or tutoring teens and occasional assistance with administrative projects are also possible if interested. Other volunteer options include group instruction (chorus, ensemble, or workshops).
Contact: Josh Elstro,, 567-204-2202
Go Metro! Take route 31 to get to this service site.

Be Concerned

What: Be Concerned, one of the largest free food pantries in Northern Kentucky, needs volunteers.
Where: 714 Washington Street, Covington, KY 41011-2315
Volunteer Tasks: Food room workers for pantry sessions, afternoon receptionists and fill-in van drivers to help make food pick-ups at Kroger, Remke and other donors.
More Information:
Contact: Brenda Young, 859-291-6789

Advocate Conservation of Aquatic Life at the Newport Aquarium

What: The WAVE Foundation at the Newport Aquarium is a non-profit organization that strives to excite, engage and educate our communities about the wonders of aquatic life and the importance of conserving and protecting our environment.
Volunteer Tasks: Exhibit Interpreter: volunteers interact with the guests and advocate conservation of aquatic life! Eight hours a month is the minimum time commitment to stay an active volunteer.
Volunteer Perks: complimentary aquarium passes, parking passes, and online e-learning.

Be A Mentor: Cincinnati Youth Collaborative

At Cincinnati Youth Collaborative 99% of our students graduate from high school and 8 of 10 of our graduates applying to go to college. Please call us today and sign up to spend 1 hour a week for a year to bring a smile not only to the face of a young person growing up in Cincinnati, but to yours as well.

Volunteer Broadcasting @ Waycross Community Media

Waycross Community Media needs television videographers to help cover local events including basketball, hockey, wrestling, high school and middle school concerts as well as government meetings. Our volunteers win competitions every year, learn video production as you volunteer, get your name in the credits for local, national, and international recognition. You pick your day and time!
: Cheryl,, 513-825-2429

Greater Cincinnati Latino Coalition

The GCLC is looking for a student to volunteer with this organization that aims to serve the newly arrived Hispanic families in our area. The student will benefit from making professional contacts, networking and meeting different leaders that have special interest in serving the Hispanic Community.
When: The fourth Tuesday of each month, 2:00 - 3:30p
Where: Community Action Agency, 1740 Langdon Farm Rd, 45237
Volunteer Tasks: The student will help by: Attending our monthly meetings (if the student's schedule allows it); updating the website, posting new events, opportunities, contacts and information; updating the directory of resources and activities in the city and state. Some facility in Spanish is a plus, but not required. Time and location are very flexible.
Contact: Ligia Gomez,, 513-556-2533

Leadership Scholars Program

The Leadership Scholars Program is looking for successful, caring professional/young professional leaders to get involved with inner-city youth leaders in Cincinnati. Leadership Scholars is currently looking for "coaches" who can attend weekly meetings and provide guidance and support to students. If you can commit to one hour a week (same day, same time throughout the year, Monday through Thursday; earliest meetings are 2:45 - 3:45, and latest ones are 3:30 - 4:30), you can make a huge difference in the lives of inner-city youth leaders in Cincinnati. More info:

Big Brothers Big Sisters

We are seeking mentors for our site-based programs near the UC campus. 
Be a Lunch Buddy: 45 minutes a week at Roll Hill Academy or Newport Schools. Have lunch, play games, and share life stories with your mentee. 
Mentor at the Boys and Girls Club: Over-the-Rhine (Thursdays 5:30 - 6:30p), or Avondale (Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30p). Play sports, help with homework, talk, and encourage. You can earn ~35 hours of service time with lunch buddies and 40-50 hours with the boys and girls club program.

Inner City Youth Opportunities Tutoring: Monday - Thursday, 5:00 - 7:00p

What: After school homework assistance and tutoring for inner city children in grades K-6.
When: Monday through Thursday; 5:00 - 7:00p
Where: 1821 Summit Rd, Suite 210, 45237.
Volunteer Perks: A light dinner is provided for students and volunteers!
Contact: Jeanne Bell at
Go Metro! Take route 43 toward Reading Rd. to get to this service site.

North College Hill Elementary School

North College Hill Elementary School is looking for one-to-one reading helpers for at-risk third graders.
When: Flexible, at least a half-hour per week.
Where: 6955 Grace Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45239
Go-Metro! Take route 17 toward Mt. Healthy to get to this service site.

Help Homeless Children with Schoolwork at The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati

When: 3:00p – 5:00p Mondays through Thursdays
Where: 990 Nassau Street, in Walnut Hills
Volunteer Tasks: assist children with homework at the Homework Help Program. As part of the volunteer application process references will be requested and a background check will be required
Contact: 513-471-1100,
Go Metro! Take routes 4 or 11 to get to this service site.

YMCA Black and Latino Achievers

The YMCA Black and Latino Achievers program seeks tutors to work with ESL (English as a Second Language) students at Withrow University High School.
When: Flexible scheduling, Monday - Thursday 9:00a - 2:00p; they will take a break in the summer and return in the fall.
Where: 2488 Madison Rd, 45208
Volunteer Tasks: Help completing projects and homework in subjects such as English, Mathematics (Algebra 1/2, Geometry, pre-calculus), Science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics), and Social Science (American history & Government).  Bilingual volunteers (Spanish or French) are needed but this is not mandatory since our students enjoy practicing and learning English as well. A background check and child protection training are required.
Contact: Mario A. Rodriguez,, 513-363-9027

Science and Math Tutors at WordPlay Cincy: Mondays - Thursdays, Saturdays

WordPlay Cincy is a unique, vibrant nonprofit helping children ages 6-18 find their voices through literacy and creative expression. We offer free after-school and weekend tutoring to disadvantaged students, and creative workshops instructing children in a combination of the literary, visual and performing arts. Visit
When: Mondays - Thursdays, 2:30 - 6:00p | Saturdays 12:00 - 4:00p. Minimum of 2 hour and half tutoring sessions per month.
Where: WordPlay Cincy, 4041 Hamilton Ave., 45223
Volunteer Tasks: Working one-on-one with students on homework, understanding key concepts in each field that might have been not understood in class, and helping prepare for exams. Our literacy work covers all facets of literacy, and we have a great need for volunteer tutors to assist high school students in more advanced math (Algebra - Calculus) and science (primarily Biology and Earth Science at this time).
Volunteer Perks: You get to be part of the coolest nonprofit around! Be part of this incredible community directly benefitting the kids who need it most. We have monthly volunteer appreciation events the Second Saturday of each month with food, drinks and great activities (March is our ping pong tournament!).
Contact: Libby Hunter, 513-260-9632,
Go Metro! Take routes 17, 19, 27 or 51 to get to this service site.

Whiz Kids Tutoring and Mentoring

Want to make a difference in the life of an at-risk child? Whiz Kids Tutoring and Mentoring is a free, after-school, literacy based tutoring program that currently serves over 1200 at-risk youth in Greater Cincinnati every week! Whiz Kids and CSR Academy are currently looking for 25 tutors.
When: 5:30p - 6:30p every Wednesday
Where: River of Life Church, 2000 Central Parkway (close to campus, carpooling is a good idea!)
Volunteer Tasks: All training, curriculum and guidance is provided. Whiz Kids is a one on one, once a week program that meets for an hour for the duration of the school year.
Volunteer Perks: Give one hour, change two lives!!
Contact: Tim Walker,, 513-345-1052 or Bonnie Link,, 513-227-4315

Wesley Chapel Mission Center

Volunteers needed for After-School Program.
When: Any afternoon, Monday - Thursday, 2:00 - 5:30p
Where: 80 East McMicken Ave., Cincinnati 45202
Contact:, 513-721-6204

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones is looking for school year youth and adult volunteers for Saturday Kids Club and weekend Respites.
Where: 5650 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243

Volunteer at Great American Ballpark: All Reds Home Games

Reds Community Fund
The Reds Community Fund is the non-profit arm of the Reds, dedicated to improving the lives of youth by leveraging the tradition of the Cincinnati Reds and the game of baseball.
When: All Reds home games throughout the season, through September 27 (See the Schedule).
Where: Great American Ball Park (easy bus ride from campus!).
Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers will be walking throughout the ballpark, selling Split-the-Pot raffle tickets to benefit theReds Community Fund and its various youth baseball outreach programs.
Volunteer Perks: All volunteers will receive FREE meal voucher and FREE tickets to a future Reds home game!
Contact: Johanna Sandlin,, 513-765-7510

Green Guardians
The Cincinnati Reds need a total of 40 volunteers for each home game to assist with recycling collection during the 7th inning! Individuals as well as groups up to 40 are welcome to participate. A "Standing Room Only" ticket is provided for each volunteer.
When: All Reds home games throughout the season, through September 27 (See the Schedule).
Where: Great American Ball Park (easy bus ride from campus!).
Volunteer Tasks: Helping the Reds by collecting recyclable bottles and cans from the fans at the Ballpark.

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