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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.

Campus Opportunities

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

University of Cincinnati Sponsoring its 3rd Annual Toys for Tots Campaign

UC’s Parking Services Department will be accepting Toys for Tots donations from Nov. 19 - Dec. 10, 2014.
In conjunction with Toys for Tots, Parking Services will dismiss any outstanding parking tickets in exchange for the donation of new toys.
To have your parking ticket dismissed, stop by the Parking Services office in 4 Edwards Center with your new toy donation and receipt. The recepipt amount must be equal to or greater than the amount of your ticket.
Those without parking tickets are also welcome to donate!

Service Learning Africana Studies course available for spring semester! AFST 3020: Community Engagement & Service Learning “It Takes a Village” Program:

The Community Engagement and Service Learning course ("It Takes a Village Program") is a fieldwork practicum offered in the Department of Africana Studies. Students may receive 3 academic credits for volunteer work provided to community service agencies and organizations. Students must identify and negotiate a volunteer schedule with the agency, institution or program of their choice (approved by the instructor) that serves urban minority populations, with a particular focus on peoples of African descent in line with the Africana Studies agency paradigm. The volunteer work must be primarily "hands on" and interpersonal, not clerical or mechanical tasks. (Examples would be tutoring, mentoring, helping, facilitating, teaching, etc.) Reflection meetings, group discussions, and brief oral presentation and a final term paper are all parts of the academic (in class) portion of the course.

Superawesome Service Fact of the Week

Did you know that blood donation qualifies for scholarship renewable service hours? What better way to fulfill your service requirement than by contributing directly to the life of another!? Help the Center for Community Engagement in our "Bleed for a Cause" campaign by visiting a neighborhood Hoxworth location to donate a pint of blood, and receive service hours for it! Its simple, register for an appointment, mention the Center for Community Engagement Bleed for a Cause Campaign, donate, and earn hours! 1 pint of blood = 1 hour, double red = 2 hours, and platelets = 3 hours! We hope you can assist us in our efforts to increase blood donations in our surrounding communities.
Register to Donate:
Questions: contact

#GivingTuesday: December 2

For the first time ever, Student Government will be hosting #GivingTuesday, a national movement to promote students giving back and caring for others following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two days of major consumption. Students will be encouraged to donate canned foods, coats and help assemble hygiene care kits as an act of giving back.
When: December 2, 11:00a - 2:00pm, no sign up necessary
Where: TUC Atrium
Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers will have the opportunity to make hygiene care kits for the underprivileged as well as donate canned foods and coats.
Volunteer Perks: 1 hour of community service for every kit created and a free burrito coupon from Currito or Chipotle for every three canned foods or jackets donated (limit 1 per person).
Contact: Manoj Ambalavanan,, 937-545-9538

Circle K Student Group

Do you need service hours? Are you looking for a fun way to meet new people and make a difference? With more than 12,600 members in 17 nations, CKI is making a positive impact on the world every day! Here at UC, we blend community service and leadership training with the opportunity to meet other college students from around the world. The majority of our service projects are focused on making a positive impact in the surrounding Cincinnati area – come see what we are all about! Check us out on Facebook at and on Campus Link Contact Sean Bloor with any questions!

African American Poetry Service Learning Course Available for Spring!

The Spring semester ENGL 2082 -- 001 African American Poetry class is THE place to be connect through the power of poetry! Learning the works and legacies of great poets from Philllis Wheatley to Paul Laurence Dunbar to Langston Hughes to Nikki Giovanni to Maya Angelou is just the beginning. In this course, designated for service-learning credit, students may engage in community partnerships to share the poetic legacies with children at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, young people at Hughes, and community members of all ages at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House.

Helping Local Business Owners: November 29

The Uptown Consortium is a non-profit community development corporation dedicated to the human, social, economic and physical improvement of Uptown Cincinnati—one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Cincinnati. Uptown Consortium and Clifton Heights Business Association are partnering together to host Small Business Saturday to promote shopping or dining at small businesses around the holidays. We are looking for volunteers to assist with our holiday themed event on the piazza at U Square (Corner of South Market Street and Calhoun Street).
When: Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:30AM-2:30PM
Where: Corner of South Market Street and Calhoun Street, U Square.
Volunteer Tasks: We are reaching out for volunteers and support with the crafts and games with children for the day!
Contact: John Reiser / / 716-868-2709

Hughes Mentoring!!!

Hughes STEM High School is looking for UC students to assist in maintaining a conducive learning environment, as well as, tutor Hughes STEM High School students. There are open slots for all subjects
When: Immediately!
Where: 2515 Clifton Ave, 45219
Volunteer Tasks: assist teachers with course instruction on various subjects
Contact: Ashley Felts,

Hughes High School Basketball Team Study Tables Tutors

Basketball season is around the corner, help Hughes STEM High School make sure our athletes succeed off the court by tutoring at afternoon study tables!
When: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday starting October 28, 3:30-5:00p
Where: 2515 Clifton Ave, 45219 (right accross the street from campus!)
Volunteer Tasks: tutor basketball student-athletes
Contact:, 513-556-1559

CBCR Program with Hughes STEM High School: January 14 Deadline

The Center for Community Engagement is looking for students like you to become mentors to a junior at Hughes STEM High School! Apply now! Limited space available for this special College Bound Career Ready Program.
: apply by January 14.
Volunteer Tasks: Guide and excite a Hughes STEM High School student through the college application process, assist in prepping students for the ACT
Contact: OR for the application and any questions!

Community Opportunities

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

AFP New Voices of Fundraising Program: Apply by February

The Association of Fundraising Professional’s “New Voices of Fundraising” program is a free program aiming to increase the number of racially and ethnically diverse students intentionally entering the field of non-profit fundraising. Benefits of the program include:
• Unprecedented access to professionals in the non-profit industry
• Free “Fundamentals of Fundraising” Training (a six-session master class in fundraising)
• A complimentary membership to the Association of Fundraising Professionals
• Small group educational training sessions dedicated to specific topics in fundraising
• A paid 120-hour summer internship at a local non-profit

Freestore Foodbank Thanksgiving & Christmas Operations: November 25, & 26 or December 22,23

Since 1971 the Freestore Foodbank has been the leader in providing food and services, create stability, and further self-reliance for people in crisis in the Tri-State area. Assist us this holiday season by volunteering in our Customer Connection Center !
WhenMonday, November 24, 1st shift: 7:15a-10:30a; 2nd shift: 10a-1p; 3rd shift: 12:30p-3:30p; Last Shift: 3p-6p
            Tuesday, November 25, 1st shift: 7:15a-10:30a; 2nd shift: 10a-1p; 3rd shift: 12:30p-3:30p; Last Shift: 3p-6p)
            Wednesday, November 26, 1st shift: 7:15a-10:30a; 2nd shift: 10a-12:30p
            Monday, December 22, 1st shift: 7:15a-10:30a; 2nd shift: 10a-12:30p
            Tuesday, December 23, 1st shift: 7:15a-10:30a; 2nd shift: 10a-12:30p
Where: 112 E. Liberty Street, 45202
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take Route 17 or 19 from campus to the Freestore Foodbank to volunteer at this event! Plan your trip here:
Volunteer Tasks: manage store operations
Contact: Tawanda Rollins, , 513-357-4821

CAIN Angel Shop: November 25, December 1,2,5-7,10-13,15-17

Sign-ups for Angel Shop at CAIN are fast approaching!!! What is Angel Shop? It’s the most joyous time of year for our guests to get toys, and other gifts for their loved ones for Christmas. We need help with sorting all the donations, and getting the pantry transformed into a winter wonderland. Sign-ups have already begun!
Register Online:
Contact: Emme Bronson,

Christkindlmarkt: November 28-30, December 5-7 & 12-14

Cincideutsch, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, serves to support the learning and use of the German language in Cincinnati. We have one big event every year, our Christkindlmarkt (German Christmas Market.) This serves to bring authentic German culture to the Cincinnati area. Since we are an all-volunteer organization, we need volunteers to help run our booths at the market.
When: Many shifts available on Nov. 28-30, Dec. 5-7 & 12-14
Where: Fountain Square - 520 Vine Street, 45202
Volunteer Tasks: Selling hot chocolate, Glühwein, or German gifts
Volunteer Perks: free hot chocolate!
Register Online:
Contact: Nick Stoller,, 419-203-4134

CSO Thanksgiving Concert Opportunity: November 28 & 29

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has a concert this weekend and could really use your help in facilitation!
When: November 28 and 29 from 9pm-10pm (if you would like to attend the concert you would need to be here at 7:30 for us to distribute tickets and the concert starts at 8pm)
Where: Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street
Volunteer Tasks: Pass out postcards to concertgoers on the way out in the lobby
Volunteer Perks: Free ticket to see the Tchaikovsky concert! Starts at 8pm both days.
Contact: Melissa Foster,

Civic Garden Christmas Tree Sale: November 28, 29, 30, December 6, 7, 13, 14

The Civic Garden Center's Christmas Tree Sale supports the mission of the CGC as a non-profit horticultural resource that enriches lives through education, community beautification and environmental stewardship.
When: Shifts are 11:00-2:30 and 2:00-5:30 on the following days:
Friday - 11/28
Saturdays - 11/29,12/6, 12/13
Sundays - 11/30, 12/7, 12/14
*This opportunity will take place RAIN or SHINE.
Where: 2715 Reading Rd. 45206
Volunteer Tasks: Customer service, merchandise and tree loading, restocking and keeping retail space tidy.*Please wear clothing and shoes suited to the weather; layers are recommended as this is partially outdoors. Closed-toe shoes are required.
Contact: To reserve a shift(s), email to Jan Simms,

St. Margaret Hall Decorating: December 1 - 7

Looking for a fun way to serve? We are looking for people to help decorate our Nursing Home for Christmas! If you are interested in helping fill our Home with the Christmas Spirit, please contact us!
When: December 1-7
Where: 1960 Madison Rd., 45206
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take Route 24 from campus to St. Margaret Hall to volunteer at this event! Plan your trip here:
Volunteer Tasks: bring some Christmas spirit to the home by putting up directions
Contact: Maria Ceddia,, 513-751-5880

Game Nights for Teens with Disabilities: December 2

Want to have some fun helping teenagers with disabilities to learn positive social skills through playing games? Volunteer with Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities for game nights!
When: Tuesday, December 2, 4:00-6:00PM
Where: Janet Clemmons Center, 282 N. Fair Avenue, Hamilton, OH 45013
Volunteer Tasks: Playing games with teenagers who have disabilities
Contact: Scott Osterfeld,

PAUSE Events: December 4

The mission of the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities is to support individuals with disabilities to successfully live, work and learn in the community.” An exciting new initiative called "PAUSE" is in need of volunteers to give a break to parents and caregivers of children with special needs.
When: Thursday, December 4
Where: 7786 Service Center Drive, 45069
Volunteer Tasks: You can either take the PAUSE Training to become a one-on-one buddy to a child with special needs; in which you would hang out, play games, etc. with the child OR you can just simply volunteer without the training by being a greeter, work at the registration, craft, or food tables, or be a runner.
Volunteer Perks: Get to socialize with a child with special needs and give parents of the children a break. Food is provided.
Contact: Scott Osterfeld, or 513-785-2813

Marjorie Book Continuing Education Zumba Gold: December 5

Marjorie Book Continuing Education is committed to bringing together people with and without disabilities through community service, continuing education and theater experiences. Zumba is an exhilarating, Latin-inspired dance. Debbie will lead us through a Zumba Gold session, a slightly modified but still challenging form of Zumba that is aimed at making Zumba accessible to seniors and people with disabilities. We are always seeking volunteers to assist and participate in our activities alongside people with disabilities.
When: Fridays, November 14 & December 5, 7:00-8:00p
Where: Stratford Heights House 17, 2647 Clifton Avenue (park in the Stratford or Deaconess Garage
Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers are needed to workout alongside people with disabilities for facilitation and encouragement.
UGive: Project Number 78988
Contact: Maria Link, 368-8720

"The Snow Queen" presented by Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati: December 5, 6, 7, & 13

The mission of The Children’s Theatre is to educate, entertain and engage audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming. In our 90th season, we’re excited to offer a variety of volunteer opportunities – usher, autograph line, kid’s club and merchandise counter. Our next production in December is at the Taft Theatre, located at 5th and Sycamore Streets downtown.
Friday, December 5, 6:15-7:45p
             Saturday, December 6, 12:45-2:15p OR 3:45-5:15p
             Sunday, December 7, 12:45-2:15p
             Saturday, December 13, 12:45-2:15p OR 3:45-5:15p
Where: 317 E. Fifth Street, 45202
Volunteer Tasks: ushering, kids club, autograph table, selling merchandise
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take Route 17, 19, or 46 from campus down to The Children's Theatre to volunteer at this event! Plan your trip here:
Register Online:
Contact: Heidi Moody,

Cincinnati Parks’ Explore Nature. Santa’s Workshop at Washington Park: December 6 & 20

Every Saturday in December, Santa and is merry band of Elves will be spending time in Washington Park making gifts, ornaments and other fun creations Help us engage families in holiday fun as a Santa volunteer!
When: Saturday, December 6 and Saturday, December 20 from 12:30 to 3:30 PM
Where: Bandstand in Washington Park, 1230 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take Routes 46 OR 78 from campus to Washington Park for this event! Plan your trip here:
Volunteer Tasks: Engaging with families to make a craft, play games, venture on a scavenger hunt and other hands-on activities. All participants can have a free visit with Santa.
Volunteer Perks: Free parking in the underground garage and snacks.
Contact: Erin Morris,, 513-368-0989

Fun Day Out for Kids with Disabilities: Saturday December 6th

Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities: Helping people with disabilities achieve their goals and dreams
When: Saturday, December 6 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Where: Janet Clemmons Center- 282 N. Fair Avenue, Hamilton, Ohio 45011
Volunteer Tasks: Playing games, doing crafts, having fun with kids with disabilities while their parents get a break
Volunteer Perks: Free lunch
Contact: Scott Osterfeld,; 513-785-2813

Delshire Elementary Winterfest: December 6

WinterFest is a nonprofit community outreach event. We invite families from all over Delhi and Western Hills to join us. We are looking for volunteers to help us host! This is a great opportunity for college students to get involved in their community, especially those students who are in the education field, or any field that involves children! Background checks required!!
When: Saturday, December 6, 9:00a-4:00p
Where: 4402 Glenhaven Rd, 45238
Volunteer Tasks: running games, serving food, assisting with Santa pictures or helping students choose Christmas presents
Register Online:
: Kimberly Toben,

Boy Scouts of America Scouts Skills Day: December 13

The Scout Skill Day is a day full of fun and full skills that boys needs for life. We are looking for volunteers to help us facilitate activities! Contact for application today!
When: Saturday, December 13, 8:30a-3:00p
Where: 636 Prospect Pl. 45229
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take Route 46 OR 51 from campus to volunteer at this event! Plan your trip here:
Volunteer Tasks: assist lead volunteers running their stations
Contact: Dan Beard,, 513-577-7720

A Kid Again - Holiday Party Sunday, December 14th

A Kid Again fosters hope, happiness and healing to families raising a kid with a life threatening illness. We are currently planning our annual Holiday Party and looking for volunteers to help make it a success! Contact soon if interested! Background check required!
When: Sunday, December 14, 3:00-7:00p
Where: Contact for address
Volunteer Tasks: At the party, you can help our families enjoy the exciting activity areas such as inflatable, wheel-chair accessible laser tag, life-size board games, Santa’s village, dining, crafts and much more! As the volunteer you will be responsible for helping with the flow of the activities.
Volunteer Perks: dinner included!
Contact: Katie Dillenburg at 513.232.5104 or

Solidarity Immersion Dominican Republic: December 28-January 9

Solidarity Ignite brings together labor and consumer groups to hold corporations accountable to uphold human rights by changing industry-wide market incentives. Increasing transparency between workers and consumers, encouraging large-scale support of fair working conditions, and pressuring corporations to respect human rights on the job through real financial consequences, can achieve dignified workplaces. Gain an up-close understanding of the movement for workers’ rights throughout the Dominican Republic and
Haiti through personal testimonies and conversations! Meet the leaders of Alta Gracia, the world’s first ever living-wage union made college apparel factory!
When: December 28-January 9
Where: Dominican Republic
Volunteer Tasks: Immerse yourself in Dominican culture and life with homestays, day trips, beaches, rivers, hikes, dancing, and local food!
Register Online:

Stepping Stones Winter Getaway: December 28-31

Think about a holiday with four straight days of fun activities, games and even a dance party before the New Year begins! Plus, you can earn 20 service learning hours! At Stepping Stones, you can be a part of the four day celebration! During the winter holidays, when other programs are closed, Stepping Stones offers an overnight event for older teens and young adults (ages 16 and up) at our Allyn campus near Batavia, OH. Participants enjoy friend-filled activities while bringing in the New Year. In addition to catching up with old friends they may have met at summer camp, they attend a gala New Year’s Eve dinner and dance! Don’t miss out on the chance to have fun, create memories and walk away with a valuable learning experience.
When: Sunday-Wednesday December 28-31, 9:00a-2:00p OR 3:00p-9:00p
Where: 5650 Given Rd. 45243
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take Routes 17 to 29X or 46 to 29X to get from campus to Stepping Stones! Plan your trip here:
Volunteer Tasks: dive into the history of disability rights, why disability rights matter, how you can help individuals with disabilities in the community and how to be an advocate plus holiday themed based activities, crafting, sports, parties and cooking
Contact: Monica Vernier, 513-965-5151,

Girl Scouts: Weekly 1.5 hours, January – March

Girl Scouts seeking fabulous female UC role model with their own transportation to deliver our easy to follow lesson outlines withgirls.  We pay for your background check, provide the curriculum and supplies. Prepare with on-site training at the meeting.  Act Fast girls are waiting for your response!
: Choose your day of week Monday – Thursday from afternoon to evening
Where: Cincinnati Public School and Suburb locations 
Volunteer Tasks: Manage your own group of 12-20 girls by delivering an easy to follow outline with other UC students we will pair you with.
Contact: Cheryl Shrider, or text to 513-703-0012 with your name and UC student volunteer.

NOLA Social Justice Student Organizing Retreat: February 6-8

Solidarity Ignite brings together labor and consumer groups to hold corporations accountable to uphold human rights by changing industry-wide market incentives. Increasing transparency between workers and consumers, encouraging large-scale support of fair working conditions, and pressuring corporations to respect human rights on the job through real financial consequences, can achieve dignified workplaces. Strengthen your social justice organizing skills and meet other students working towards change, just like you! Explore New Orleans with student social justice leaders!Music! Dancing! Food! Mardi Gras!
When: February 6-8
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
Volunteer Tasks: Hands-on interactive workshops, presentations, and dialogues- for students by students- focused on winning concrete economic justice and workers’ rights campaigns.
Register Online:

Jewish Family Services Downsize Project

Jewish Family Services is looking for volunteers to assist with an individual to downsize his assets and belongings. Sound interesting to you? Contact us today!
When: Fridays, 10:00a-12:00p or by appointment
Where: Private home in Montgomery area
Volunteer Tasks: Individual with some mobility challenges is in need of volunteers to assist him with going through years of personal belongings in order to determine what he needs to keep, sell, donate, or throw away in order to consider downsizing.
Contact: Jewish Family Services,, (513)766-3331

Crossroad Volunteer Internship Program

Join pre-medical students from UC, NKU, and XU as they confront urban poverty by caring for the health of low-income populations in Cincinnati! Application and interview required. Minimum of one year commitment.
When: One 4 hour shift/week between 8AM-6PM M-F, One group meeting/month
Where: Crossroad Health Center OTR, 5 E Liberty or Crossroad Health Center West, 2859 Boudinot Ave
Volunteer Tasks: Track patient referral management, conduct pre-visit planning meetings, screen for chronic diseases, provide nutrition education, translate for Spanish speaking patients when needed
Volunteer Perks: Learn from and with a highly motivated, passionate group of your peers while gaining real, hands-on experience in a primary care clinic
Contact: Visit for more information on the program and for application details! The application to join the program in January 2015 opens at 8AM on November 9th, 2014.

Picking Up The Pieces: Cool initiative!

Picking up the Pieces is a project, originated in Cincinnati, in which individuals commit to making the attempt to pick up three pieces of litter every day: anyplace, anytime, anywhere! A very simple concept but at the same time a very sustainable daily activity that hopefully becomes a habit for all involved. We currently have over 7500 participants hailing from all 50 states. That is over 8.2 million pieces of litter a year. With more people involved, that number quickly goes much higher! People participate by LIKING our Facebook page at or registering on our website at They also can follow our Twitter feed @piecesproject. Check it out!

Weekly Volunteer Needs

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

Fairview Clifton Elementary Volleyball program: Tuesdays & Thursdays

We are looking for UC Student Volunteers to help conduct the volleyball program at Fairview Elementary!
When: Tuesdays & Thursdays, January-March, 3:45-5:30p
Where: 3689 Clifton Ave, 45220
Volunteer Tasks: assist volleyball practice
Contact: Lisa Boerger,

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
Return Transportation Provided: Transportation back to campus can be arranged upon request.
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take Routes 46 to 78 to volunteer at St. Francis! Plan your trip here:
Contact: Sr. Mary Jennings,, 859-512-9645

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
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take Routes 46 to 78 to volunteer at St. Francis! Plan your trip here:
Contact: Bubs Kindt, 513-535-2918 for more information or to volunteer

Cincinnati Squash Academy Tutoring: Monday-Friday

The Cincinnati Squash Academy is a non-profit organization overlooking Washington Park in OTR. Our program kicks off this fall with our first class of student-athletes. We will be serving 4th, 5th, and 7th graders in our first year. We are currently putting together a team of volunteers who are looking for a fun and active way to help our community. Volunteering opportunities are available for both the fall athletic and spring academic sessions. Please feel free to visit our website, or contact us for more information.
: Monday-Friday from 230pm-430pm, 430pm-630pm
Where: 1308 Race Street Cincinnati, OH 45202
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take Route 46 or 78 from campus to Washington Park to volunteer with the Squash Academy! Plan your trip here:
Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers can help with academic tutoring and/or with athletics
Contact: Mr. Vir Seth, 347-510-4555,

Do Right! Healthy Schools Intervention: Starting in January

The Center for Closing the Health Gap (CCHG) has a great volunteer opportunity for those interested in health, nutrition, and enjoy working with children. “Do Right! Healthy Schools Intervention” is a childhood obesity prevention program for children in grades 4 - 6 that focuses on teaching children about healthy eating and physical activity. The program will be held at selected Cincinnati Public Elementary Schools.
When: Every week in January, Monday - Friday, between 7:30a - 2:30p. Schedules for the exact date and times are still being created.
Where: W.H Taft, Rockdale, and South Avondale elementary schools
Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers will administer a nutrition and physical activity lesson to children during their regularly schedules PE Classes.
Volunteer Perks: Volunteers will be  able to enjoy a healthy snack with the children after each lesson.
Contact: Shakeyrah Elmore, 513-585-9863,

Volunteer Tax Preparers for the Earned Income Tax Credit Regional Initiative: February

American Red Cross is seeking volunteers to complete on-line training as volunteer tax preparers and work at our site preparing tax returns for low-income families during the month of February 2015.
When: Wednesdays in February from 4:00p-7:00p
Saturdays in February from 9:00a-1:00p
Volunteers can set their own schedule.
Where: 2111 Dana Avenue, 45207
Volunteer Tasks: Using IRS software, volunteers will work with clients to prepare their tax returns for 2014.
Volunteer Perks: Training and experience in tax preparation adds to your resume; we provide refreshments for workers; get satisfaction from helping people who benefit tremendously from the service you provide; work in a congenial environment.
Contact: Paula McIntosh, 513-579-3026 or

Academy of World Languages: Dragon Zone After School Clubs: Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays

The Academy of World Languages is a diverse and multicultural K-8 Cincinnati Magnet School located just 3 miles from UC’s uptown campus. Alongside having a great program for teaching English as a Second Language, our students learn Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, and Russian as part of their curriculum. Over half of our student population is non-native to the United States coming from over 50 different countries around the world!!!
When: Every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 1:30-3:30p
Where: 2030 Fairfax Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45207
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take Route 31 or 24 from campus to volunteer at this event! Plan your trip here:
Volunteer Tasks: help with numerous after school programs for the school’s student body including tutoring and homework help, food preparation and clean-up for kids’ cafe, assisting with after school dragon zone clubs, and preparing materials for teachers.
Contact: Matthew Woodruff,

Stepping Stones Adult Services: Monday - Friday

Stepping Stones programs help children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities become more independent and contributing members of the community. Make a difference in someone’s life and join us! It’s fun, rewarding and an excellent way to meet new people!
When: Year-round, Monday-Friday
Where: 5650 Given Rd, 45243 OR 1414 Lake Allyn Rd, 45103
Volunteer Tasks: Build independent living skills in adults with disabilities. Volunteers assist with cooking, daily living skills, arts & crafts and community activities. Must be 18 or older.
Register Online:
Contact: 513-965-5110

Washington United Church of Christ Tutoring Program: Monday - Thursday

Washington United Church of Christ in partnership with Camp Washington has established the Homework Club, an after-school program designed to assist neighborhood primary school students in increasing their reading, writing, math and life skills.
When: Every Monday - Thursday, 4:15 - 5:30p
Where: 2950 Sidney Ave, 45225, Enter through the Rachel Street Breezeway
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take Route 31 to 64 to volunteer at this event! Plan your trip here:
Volunteer Tasks: Tutoring children K-6 in reading, writing, math, and life skills
Volunteer Perks: Occasional free food, networking opportunities
Contact: Kendra Pressley,, 513-541-7757, 513-390-6491

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, 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
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro, and take Route 24 from campus to Withrow! Plan your trip here.
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,

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Free Tutoring Program

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
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro, and take Routes 46, 78, or Metro*Plus from campus to the location of this event! Plan your trip here.
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: through 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

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
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take Route 17 from campus to Parker Woods Montessori to volunteer at this event! Plan your trip here:
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.

St. Margaret Hall Pet Visits

Looking for a fun way to complete your service hours and have a friendly, social pet? The resident’s at St. Margaret Hall love pet visitors and we are always looking for dogs to come visit us! If you are interested, please contact Maria Ceddia!
When: ongoing
Where: 1960 Madison Rd. 45206
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take Route 24 from campus to St. Margaret Hall to volunteer at this event! Plan your trip here:
Volunteer Tasks: visit residents with friendly pets
Contact: Maria Ceddia,, 513-751-5880

Woodford Paideia Critical Thinking Academy Tutors Needed!

Interested in tutoring elementary students in your spare time? Contact the staff at Woodford Paideia today!
When: Flexible--you plan according to YOUR schedule
Where: 3716 Woodford Road, 45213
Volunteer Tasks: Tutoring elementary school students
Volunteer Perks: --Our gratitude. :)
Contact: Maggie Snyder,, 513-363-6428

Betts House Marketing and Outreach Coordinators

Built in 1804, the Betts House is the oldest residential structure in the downtown Cincinnati area and the oldest brick house in Ohio still on its original site. it is located in the Betts-Longworth Historic District in the city's West End. In 1996, the oldest surviving brick building in Cincinnati opened to the public as a museum that interprets the built environment. This remarkable survivor of Cincinnati's period of settlement offers exhibits and programs on architecture, historic preservation, building trades and materials, and construction technologies.
416 Clark Street, Cincinnati, OH 45216 ( 2 blocks west of Washington Park and Music hall)
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take Route 30 to 20 to get from campus to the Betts House to volunteer for this event! Plan your trip here:
Volunteer Tasks: We are currently accepting applications for volunteers and interns ( unpaid) to serve as Marketing and Outreach Coordinators. The opportunities here will give the volunteer a set of resume building experiences which will be of value in any for profit or nonprofit career setting. We are a small quiet place with much to offer the community, and students can contribute their creative thoughts to help us grow! Responsibilities include: assisting with Facebook & web site updates, researching new marketing and partnering opportunities, providing overview information on the Betts House to our guests, posting exhibit information on various tourism and art related web sites, creating new events and programs that will attract and entertain a diverse public audience, updating marketing and financial data forms, and other projects related to the research, display and presentations of our exhibits. For those who ae interested in historic communities, they are welcome to join our Betts Longworth Historic District Walking tour team, which provides walking tours once a month. If anyone is interested in the fundraising aspects of a nonprofit, they can assist with outreach, events and donor management. If a student volunteer wishes to receive school credit, we are happy to work with the student and their professor to ensure a worthwhile learning experience.
Hours are restricted to days that the museum is open to the public. The Betts House is open on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday each week, plus the second and fourth Saturday of each month.
Volunteer Perks: Participate in fun events that will build your local professional network, gain exposure to the nonprofit, tourism and museum communities of Cincinnati. Put your own creative imprint on the programs that we offer by taking a lead role in developing a Saturday public program. Build your resume with marketing, administrative, and customer service learning experiences. Volunteers will help promote our fun winter exhibit Bricks, Barrel Vaults & Beer: The Architectural Legacy of Cincinnati Breweries and help to coordinate our summer youth programs that expose children to construction trades.
Contact: Dayle Deardurff, or call 513-652-0734

ACT: Math Tutoring

ACT is a 9-week math tutoring program for children in 4th-7th grade who struggle with math developed by the Children's Cognitive Research Lab at UC. Students are needed to facilitate one-on-one math tutoring with children after school to practice basic math skills.
When: Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:30p
Where: St. Francis DeSales School, 1602 Madison Rd, 45206
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take Route 31 or 24 from campus to St. Francis DeSales for this event! Plan your trip here!
Tasks: Meet weekly with student to practice basic math skills for one hour a week for 9 weeks.
Note: Brief training period is necessary.
Contact: Sara Stacy,, 513-526-6132

Grace Hospice Direct Service Volunteer

Hospice is a philosophy of caring for patients whose medical conditions are not responding to treatment or for those patients who choose not to seek aggressive medical care at the end stage of life. Our mission is for each employee to treat every patient as their own treasured loved one, providing care that affords a quality of life that outweighs quantity of days, and supports caregivers as their hearts find healing. If you are caring, compassionate and have a true desire to help others, becoming a Grace Hospice volunteer may be the perfect opportunity for you. Apply today!
When: Once per week as your schedule allows
Where: Throughout the Cincinnati Metro area
Volunteer Tasks: Spending quality time with the terminally ill (reading, playing games, talking)
Volunteer Perks: Thermal mug & good karma
Register Online: Submit an application at
Contact: Shelby Duncan,, 513-458-5545

Cheviot School Tutoring

Interested in helping students at an area CPS school? Get registered to tutor at Cheviot! Background check and training required.
When: Training sessions occur every first Tuesday of the month at The Literacy Network, 4:30-7:30p
Where: 635 W 7th St #309, 45203
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and travel Routes 17 to 32 to volunteer at this event! Plan your trip here:
Volunteer Tasks: Tutor students at Cheviot School
Contact: Beth Magnes,

Contemporary Dance Theater

Contemporary Dance Theater, Cincinnati’s premier presenter of cutting-edge modern dance for the past four decades, seeks volunteers to assist with data entry and marketing analysis for its 2012-2014 audience member surveys.
When: Volunteers can work remotely and on their own schedule. Suggested time commitment is 5-10 hours, either in one block or over a 2-3 week period.
Where: Volunteers can meet CDT staff and board members at CDT’s headquarters, the College Hill Town Hall, 1805 Larch Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45224, or at any other location that is convenient for the volunteer. 
Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers will be assisting with data entry from audience member surveys, as well as compilation of observations about audience member feedback.
Volunteer Perks: Volunteers may take one free dance class at CDT’s dance academy.  A class schedule can be found at
Contact: Jennifer Kinsley,, 513-708-2595. Text or email preferred.

Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity Meetings: Every Wednesday

Unlike many other fraternities, APO's primary focus is to provide volunteer service within four areas: service to the community, service to the campus, service to the fraternity, and service to the nation. Being primarily a service organization, the fraternity restricts its chapters from maintaining fraternity houses to serve as residences for their members. This also encourages members of social fraternities and sororities that have houses to join APO as well. If you need service hours for your PanHellenic sorority/fraternity, your scholarship, or just like to help serve the community then consider joining APO!
When: Wednesdays, 7:00p
Where: 413 Zimmer Hall
Volunteer tasks: Become acquainted with a service group to complete service opportunities
Learn More Online:
Contact: Suzy Godber,

UC Beautiful Lengths Campaign

The Beautiful Lengths program is a partnership between Pantene and the American Cancer Society that collects hair donations and turns them into free wigs for women with cancer. Our student organization specifically works to plan a hair-cutting event in March 2015 to collect donations to support this cause. If you have ever considered donating your hair for charity or are looking for a way to get involved on campus, contact us!
Volunteer Perks: Donors can expect to receive 3 Cincinnatus hours for their hair donation, as well as a free haircut at our event and various Pantene goodies. There will also be several opportunities throughout the year for planning team members to serve in an important leadership role for this year's campaign.
Learn More Online:
Contact: Irini Sfyris,

Stepping Stones Kids Club, Young Adult Club, Respite Weekends: Two Saturdays Per Month

Stepping Stones programs help children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities become more independent and contributing members of the community. Make a difference in someone’s life and join us! It’s fun, rewarding and an excellent way to meet new people!
When: 2 Saturdays per month, with Kids Club during the day and Young Adult Club in the evenings.
Where: 5650 Given Rd, 45243 OR 1414 Lake Allyn Rd, 45103
Volunteer Tasks: Kids Club - be paired with a child, age 5 to 16, and help with arts & crafts, sports, games and seasonally themed activities | Young Adult Club - hang out with teens and young adults in dance parties, recreational activities and sporting events | Respite Weekends - help a teen or adult have a fun weekend and provide a much needed break for a busy family. Activities include sports, games, creative expressions, themed activities, campfires and more.
Contact: 513-965-5110

Community Service Campus Internship

myActions on Campus TM is the leading college platform to engage students and deliver real world impact of green, caring and healthy actions across friends, clubs, classes, organizations and events. The community service internship will be focused on creating a healthy campus through team-building activities as well as creating a sense of community between clubs on campus.
When: 2-4 hours per week | 8 months
Where: virtual w/ one office hour required
Volunteer Tasks: Activate & grow your network to recruit and partner with campus leaders on initiatives, Demonstrate & share positive behaviors, Motivate students online and on campus, and Integrate with at least 2 campus events
Register Online:

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) 
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take Route 19 or 51 from campus to volunteer with WordPlay Cincy! Plan your trip here:
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,

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,

Pedigree Consignments: Monday - Saturday

Pedigree Consignments is Cincinnati’s premiere consignment shop offering fine furniture, home accessories, art, jewelry and handbags. In our 10th year, the shop is staffed by volunteers and all net proceeds directly support the United Coalition for Animals (UCAN), a non-profit spay-neuter clinic, whose mission is to reduce pet overpopulation.
When: Monday - Friday, 10:00a - 2:00p OR 2:00p - 6:00p | Saturday, 10:00a - 1:00p OR 1:00p - 5:00p
Where: 9889 Montgomery Rd, 45242
Volunteer Tasks: Assist customers with selections and purchases, assist consigners when bringing new items
Contact: Bridgette Huerkamp, 513-793-7387,

CISV USA Internship Opportunity (Unpaid)

CISV is a global community of dedicated volunteers, creating opportunities for all ages to experience the excitement and enrichment of cultural diversity through our educational programs. We are founded on our belief that peace is possible through friendship--and that the real difference can be made by starting with children. CISV is a charitable, independent, non-political, volunteer organization promoting peace education and cross-cultural friendship. CISV USA is seeking a talented PHP/Drupal developer intern to both maintain and develop new features on CISV Central - the organization's national website made to communicate and organize our several membership chapters.
When: Internship length will vary based on your availability and requirements of your school’s internship program.
Where: telecommunication positon (virtual)
Volunteer Tasks: You will work with the CISV USA Administrative Director and the National Electronic Communications Chair to implement bug fixes and new features.
Skills Desired: PHP, HTML, CSS, and Drupal knowledge is a plus | Familiarity with the version control system GIT or a similar system | Ability and desire to work independently | Be able to devote a minimum of 10 hours/week.
Contact: Scott Solomon,

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.