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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.

Alternative Spring Break with SBC: October 31 Deadline

Serve Beyond Cincinnati is a student organization that sends UC students all over the world to serve others. Work with orphans in Mexico, help give running water to a village in Nicaragua for the first time, build a house in the deep south for a single parent, ride 400 miles on a bike and raise money for the Fuller Center and change lives, help a terminally ill child forget about their illness for a week as they visit the theme parks in Florida--any of these things and more are possible on Spring Break 2013 with SBC! SBC will be traveling:

  • Internationally to: Haiti, Peru, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Jamaica
  • Domesticly to: Orlando, Florida; Give Kids the World (Make A Wish Foundation); Lanett, Alabama; Fuller Center for Housing, Pulaski, Virginia; Beans and Rice, Pittsboro, North Carolina; Carolina Tiger Rescue, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota; Re-Member, Charlottesville, Virginia; Camp Happy Trails

Application Deadline is October 31: apply online by following this link
Contact:  with questions or if you don't receive a confirmation by November 1.:

UC's Hoxworth Blood Center in Critical Need of Platelet Donors

Platelet usage is at an all-time high combined with a low donor turnout. All eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment. For More Information:

One City One Symphony Many Hands Volunteer Project: Through November 7

In the spirit of heroism, the CSO will celebrate volunteers this fall through its new program, “One City, One Symphony: Many Hands.” Recognizing that the smallest acts of kindness can change the world, the CSO invites you to give back this fall through volunteer service. Whether helping a neighbor or a favorite charitable organization, between September 13-November 7, volunteers like yourself can track community service hours via an online form on the CSO’s website (see link below) and earn a free concert ticket to the One City, One Symphony concert weekend (November 14-16)
Use the Form Here:

Hughes High School Basketball Team Study Tables Tutors: Starting October 28

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

Care Cards for Veterans: October 29

Omega Delta Sigma is an all veteran Co-Ed fraternity here at UC. We will be teaming with the UC Veterans Programs & Services Office to create thank you cards for veterans at the Georgetown Nursing Home. We welcome you to join us throughout the day writing cards as we thank them for their immeasurable service to our country!
When: Wednesday, October 29, 10:0a-4:00p
: TUC Room 429
Volunteer Tasks
: write a thank you card for 1 of 160 veterans at the Georgetown Nursing Home
: Anthony Louderback,, 513-556-6835

Warrior Run visits Campus: November 7

Come network and learn how you can make an impact in the community while gaining work experience and exploring career possibilities with representatives from local non-profits! This is the final even in the Career Development Center's Open House Series.
When: Friday, November 7, Warrior Run, 11:00a-3:00p
Where: 100 Level University Pavilion, Career Development Center
Register Online:
Contact: Marissa Schoonover,, 513-556-0313

Global Health in Your Backyard: November 18

Crossroad Health Center Volunteer Interns, GlobeMed, and AED are coming together to bring Dr. Christy O'Dea, a Crossroad Physician, to UC to speak on her experiences working in Guatemala and what it is like to care for the urban poor in Cincinnati. A panel of UC students and faculty will also be present to share their experiences and take questions about what they have done involving the poor in Cincinnati and beyond.
: Tuesday, November 18, 8:00p
Where: TUC 400B
Contact: Katie Woebkenberg,, 513-502-9425 (no RSVP necessary)

Community Opportunities

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

Become an Enrollment Assister - Cincinnati Info Session: October 23

In the last year, more than 400,000 Ohioans enrolled in health coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Today however, still more than 1 million Ohioans remain uninsured. Are you interested in helping your community get covered by becoming an enrollment assister? Join us for an info session!
: Thursday, October 23, 5:00-6:30p
: 1041 Foraker Ave. 45206
Register Online:
: Chris, 614-636-0385

PAUSE Events: October 23, November 6, 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, October 23 | Thursday, November 6 | 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

Boundless Backstage Tour Guide/Greeter: October 24

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is a dynamic ensemble of some of the world’s finest musicians. Boundless Backstage is an exclusive opportunity for a limited access backstage tour. Patrons will purchase the tour as part of a concert ticket for our Boundless subscription season opener. The Boundless series pushes the limit of classical conventions and is the music of NOW.
When: Friday, October 24, 5:30p-8:00p
Where: Music Hall 1241 Elm Street, 45202
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take Route 19 or 78 from campus down to Music Hall for this event! Plan your trip here:
Volunteer Tasks: Lead backstage tour groups for 5-10 minute tours and provide group with information (provided by CSO staff) OR greet patrons upon entrance of backstage reception
Volunteer Perks: Access to backstage reception and free concert ticket
Register Online:
Contact: Melissa Foster, 513-744-3326

Run Like Hell 5K: October 24

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is looking for volunteers for their upcoming race at Xavier University!
When: Friday, October 24, 5:00-10:00p
Where: Xavier University, 3800 Victory Pkwy, 45207
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take Route 51 from campus to Xavier University to volunteer at this event! Plan your trip here:
Volunteer Tasks: help set up, assist with registration, and work food and beverage booths
Contact: Lauryn Page,

Community Cleanup in the Betts-Longworth Historic District: October 25

The Betts-Longworth Historic District, just west of Washington Park, Music Hall, and historic Over-the-Rhine is home to the oldest brick home in Ohio, the oldest Jewish Cemetery west of the Allegheny Mountains and other architectural and cultural gems. Come get a firsthand look at this historic neighborhood and help the residents keep their community clean, green, and beautiful!
When: Saturday, October 25, 9:00a - 1:00p
Where: Meet at corner of Clark St. and John St., 45203
Volunteer Tasks: General cleanup activities in a historic neighborhood just a few miles from campus.
Volunteer Perks: Lunch provided for all volunteers! Transportation to and from campus provided for the first 14 volunteers who RSVP, there are still spots available!
: Fran Larkin,, 513-556-1503

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful and Walnut Hills - St. James Work Party: October 25

We're having another cleanup/beautification day in Walnut Hills and would LOVE Bearcat volunteers to join us for the fun!
: Saturday, October 25, 8:30a - 12:00p
: 939 E. McMillan St. 45219 Parking available on Curtis St. & St. James Ave. (street parking).
Volunteer Tasks
: planting, mulching and painting an abandoned street to turn it into a viable community space in Walnut Hills!
: Marissa Burroughs, or (513)352-4388 by Friday at noon.

CRADLE - Cincinnati Infant Mortality Kick-Off Events: October 25, November 1

The Center for Closing the Health Gap ignites dialogue about social conditions, access to care issues and health care system problems through education, training and community outreach. We hope to improve disease prevention while promoting healthier eating and enhancing quality of life for all communities. We are looking for volunteers who would be available to volunteer for two of our CRADLE Cincinnati Infant Mortality Kick Off event!
: Saturdays October 25 and/or November 1, 10:00a - 2:00p each day.
: October 25 - Melrose YMCA | November 1 - Taft Elementary School
Volunteer Tasks
be greeters and hand out passports as well as assistance with the various activity tables
Volunteer Perks: 
T-Shirts and lunch will be provided
: Rhonda L. Lindsey (513) 585-9877

Beauty & the Beast Junior: October 25

The Cincinnati Children’s Theatre founded in 1924, is dedicated to educating, entertaining and engaging audiences through professional theatrical productions. We are looking for volunteers to help with this year’s rendition of Beauty & The Beast Jr!
When: Saturday, October 25, 12:45-3:30 OR 3:45-6:30
Where: 317 East 5th Street, 45202
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take Route 19, 43, or 78 from campus down to Music Hall for this event! Plan your trip here:
Volunteer Tasks: Ushering (1.5 hour shift) | Kids club & autograph table (3 hour shift) | Selling merchandise (3 hour shift) | Ushering and help with Gala (October 18 only, 4 hour shift). Wear nice black pants or skirts and a nice white shirt (No jeans, t-shirts, tank tops).
Volunteer Perks: watch the show after shift is over!
Contact: Heidi Moody,

Granny’s Garden School: October 25, 26

Granny's Garden School develops and manages hands-on learning experiences through a four year, school-based, garden and nature focused program to help children experience nature, to feel the satisfaction of growing their own food and to appreciate the simple pleasure of picking a flower.
When: Saturday & Sunday, October 25 & 26, 9:00a-3:00p
: Granny's Garden School 550 Loveland Madeira Rd. Loveland, OH
Volunteer Tasks
: Miscellaneous gardening activities. Please come with willingness to follow directions and physical work.
Volunteer Perks
: Pick a bouquet of flowers from our extensive gardens!
Register on UC.UGIVE.ORG: Search Keyword "Granny's"
Contact:, 513-324-2873

Evanston Community Council Cleanup: October 25

Evanston Community Council is organizing its 7th cleanup of 2014 and needs your help! This cleanup is an important part of revitalization efforts in the neighborhood, which has a goal of achieving a cleaner, greener Evanston.
: Saturday, October 25, 9:00a - 3:00p
Where: 3204 Woodburn, 45207 (Evanston Recreation Center)
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take route 31 from campus to Evanston to volunteer at this event! Plan your trip here:
Volunteer Tasks: Community cleanup, clearing and cleaning up vacant lots near the community recreation center.
Volunteer Perks: Free snacks! Granola bars, etc...
Contact: Veta Uddin,, 513-363-4814 or 751-7315

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

The Child Wellness Fund is a hometown, Cincinnati-based group that focuses on "true collaborations." Here in Cincinnati, we'll be hosting the world's largest Nerf blaster battle to raise money for the CWF. The fund itself is a non-profit that works to engage communities for children and their families. We are looking for volunteers to help put on  Guinness World Record Breaking Event. Money raised during the event will go toward helping the fund sustain its level of commitment around the city. Costumes are encouraged.
When: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2014 (fundraising can start now)
Where: Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 7801 Anthony Wayne Ave, 45216
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro, and take Route 78 from campus to the Fairgrounds for this event! Plan your trip here:
Volunteer Tasks: Help teams sign up for the event and ensure the event goes off smoothly day-of
Volunteer Perks: Free tickets to the event (normally $15 apiece)
Contact: Gin Ando, 513-254-3502,

Crocus Bulb Planting: October 25

Join us as we make Cincinnati beautiful through a day of planting in Bellevue Park!
When: Saturday, October 25, 9:30a to ~1:30p
Where: Bellevue Park, 2191 Ohio Ave, near the pedestrian entrance to the park off Ohio Avenue.
Volunteer Tasks: We will be planting crocus bulbs in pre-prepared beds using hand trowels.  Tools provided.  Wear work clothes.
Contact: Mark Bambach,

COV200/Impact Covington Day: October 25

The Covington Bicentennial Committee has partnered with six organizations to organize and execute a mass service day on Saturday, October 25th - National Make a Difference Day. We need 250 volunteers to blast the City of Covington with service for four hours Saturday morning!  
When: Saturday, October 25, 8:30a-12:30p
Where: pick from 6 locations listed in the registration link!
Volunteer Tasks: volunteer at a cleanup site in Covington
Volunteer Perks: Volunteers will be given a “COVmitted” T-shirt for their efforts.  Additionally, a fun after-party will be thrown in honor of the volunteers' dedication and hard work
Register Online:
Contact: Kate Esarey,

Girl Scouts: October 29 - November 25

Girl Scouts is seeking fabulous female UC role models with their own transportation to deliver our easy to follow lesson outlines to girls in 4 - 5th grades at Winton Hills Elementary. 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!
When: Every Tuesday, October 29 – November 25, 3:00-4:30p
Where: 5300 Winneste Avenue, 45232 – 7 minutes from UC
Volunteer Tasks: Manage your own group of 12-20 girls by delivering an easy to follow outline with another UC Education Major who is a non-driver.
Contact: Cheryl Shrider, or text to 513-703-0012 with your name and the location “Winton Hills.”

Cincinnati Area Senior Services Blizzard Bags Packing: October 30

Cincinnati Area Senior Services provides Meals-on-Wheels to approximately 2,000 homebound seniors each day. As the winter months approach, Blizzard Bags need to be packed. Blizzard Bags contain canned goods and other nonperishable foods that are given to seniors to have on hand should a winter storm keep drivers from delivering Meals-on-Wheels. Assist us in the assembly of these bags!
: Thursday, October 30, 3:00p-8:00p (arrival time can be extended until 4 or 5 to accommodate class schedules)
: 2368 Victory Parkway 45206 third floor. Corner of McMillan and Victory Parkway (diagonally across from McDonald’s)
Volunteer Tasks
: assemble blizzard bags
: Claudia Harrod, 513/559-4501,

Cincinnati Community ToolBank's Hammers and Ales: November 1

The Cincinnati ToolBank is a nonprofit tool lending program that is dedicated to serving our local nonprofit and charitable organizations by putting high-quality tools in the hands of the volunteers who are planting trees, repairing seniors' roofs, landscaping public spaces, and much more. Since opening in July, 2012 the Cincinnati Community ToolBank has equipped more than 45,000 volunteers with tools used to complete 2,690 community projects, deploying over $850,000 worth of ToolBank tools to improve our communities. We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to help kick off our inaugural fundraiser, Hammers & Ales.
When: Saturday, November 1, 5:00p - 11:45p (multiple shifts available)
Where: 1621 Moore St., 45202
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take Route 46 or 78 from campus to volunteer at this event! Plan your trip here:
Volunteer Tasks: Help with Set-up and Registration, silent auction and check-out, bartending/food service, raffle/game/drink ticket sales, game attendants.
Register Online:
Volunteer Perks: Volunteers will receive a t-shirt and food.
Contact: Kat Pepmeyer,, 513-246-0015.

Mason Half Marathon/5K: November 2

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and Columbus is hosting the Mason Half Marathon and 5k run/walk on Sunday, November 2nd at Mason High School. This event draws about 750 participants and raises needed funds for our programs serving people with epilepsy. We are looking for volunteers to help us direct the runners on the course, sign up today!
When: Sunday, November 2, starting at 7:00a
Where: 6100 Mason Montgomery Rd, 45040
Volunteer Tasks: direct runners on the course
Contact: Mark Findley,, 513-721-2905

Game Nights for Teens with Disabilities: November 4, 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: Tuesdays, November 4 and 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,

Down the Drive NC4K University of Cincinnati Fashion Show: November 7

NC4K is many hearts, joining together for one very important cause: Childhood Cancer! We directly support childhood cancer families all across Cincinnati with financial and emotional support. We are looking for both models and volunteers for our fashion show. 
When: November 7, from 4:00 - 9:00p. Shifts are available on request! 
Where: TUC Great Hall
Volunteer Tasks: Models will raise money and strut their stuff down the catwalk in their favorite Bearcat Attire and volunteers are needed for anything from check-in, to seating guests, to helping backstage!
Volunteer Perks: All model perks can be found on the sign up page
Register Online:
Contact: Caitlin Vaughn,, 614-204-3781

Sculpture Appreciation Class: November 7, 21

Marjorie Book Continuing Education is committed to bringing together people with and without disabilities through community service, continuing education and theater experiences. Learn about how famous sculpture pieces have been interpreted over the years, and develop and share your own opinions about various sculpture pieces while participating in this event!
When: Friday nights, October 3, 10, 17 & November 7 & 21, 7:00-8:30p each night.
Where: 2647 Clifton Avenue, 45220
Volunteer Tasks: assist and participate in our activities alongside people with disabilities.
Contact: Maria Link,, 513-368-8720

Village Life Outreach: November 9

The mission of Village Life Outreach is to unite communities to promote “Life, Health and Education.” Most of Village Life’s work focuses on three remote and impoverished villages in the Rorya district of Tanzania in East Africa.
When: Sunday, November 9, 3:00-5:00p
Where: 1658 Herald Ave, 45207
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take Route 51 from campus to volunteer at this event! Plan your trip here:
Volunteer Tasks: Marjorie Book will design greatly needed flash cards that can help students in Tanzania practice their Swahili and English. No previous experience with Swahili is needed as we will be using Google Translator when we make these flash cards.  
Contact: Maria Link,, 513-368-8720

Girls on the Run Fall 5K: November 15

Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization that inspires girls to be healthy and confident using a fun curriculum that creatively integrates running.  Join us as 1,300 3rd-8th grade girls run their first 5K!  
When: Saturday, November 15, 8:00am-12:00p
Where: Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, 45202
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro and take Route 17, 19, 46 or 78 to 1 to from campus to Sawyer Point to volunteer at this event! Plan your trip here:
Volunteer Tasks: Set Up/Tear Down, Start/Finish, Water Stop, Tattoos, Hair paint, Tiara Making, Load/Unload truck.
Register Online:
Contact: Kathy Jensen for questions,, 513-936-1500

Weekly Volunteer Needs

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

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,

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

Social Skills Game Night for Kids with Disabilities: Thursdays through November 13

The mission of the Butler Country Board of Developmental Disabilities is to support individuals with disabilities to successfully live, work and learn in the community. The Fall Social Skill Game Night will be for ages 11-15 year olds. This is a fun and practical way for children with disabilities to learn social skills by playing games and interacting with peers.
When: Thursdays, October 9 - November 13, 4:30 - 6:30p
Where: 282 N. Fair Avenue, Hamilton, OH 45011
Volunteer Tasks: To help promote great social skills to children from ages 11-15 through activities such as playing games.
Contact: Scott Osterfeld,

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,

Gardening Opportunity at the Zoo: through October

Great opportunity to get your hands dirty! Help the Cinicnnati Zoo’s Horticulture Department as they prepare the zoo grounds for winter.
When: Every Tuesday and/or Wednesday 9:00a-12:00p
Where: 3400 Vine St. 45220
GO METRO: Leave transportation up to Metro, and take Route 78 from campus to the Zoo for this opportunity! Plan your trip here.
Volunteer Tasks: mulching, bulb painting, potting, and various other jobs for the fall season
Contact: Deb Zureick.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Free Tutoring Program

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.

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.