CLEVELAND, Ohio — Serving Greater Cleveland, the Volunteer Center at BVU is your one-stop destination to make a difference by choosing from among hundreds of volunteer opportunities. Our free service allows you to look for volunteer opportunities that address the issues close to your heart – arts and culture, animals, the environment, hunger, education, literacy, homelessness and many, many more.

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Here are some upcoming volunteer opportunities. Please click on the volunteer opportunity title for more information.


Date Specific Opportunities

Get Involved in the Conversation on Race

YWCA of Greater Cleveland is currently looking for volunteers to assist with their 3rd annual It’s Time to Talk Forum on Race to be held February 3, 2017, 7:30am-2:30pm. Race is a complicated issue, but addressing it is critical for a healthy, thriving community. Volunteer positions include: special event day volunteers, special event social media advocates and promotion, and special event logistics volunteers.

Night at the Races Volunteers

Dancing Wheels Company & School is seeking volunteers to help with their annual fundraiser, which supports the organization’s outreach and educational programs. Volunteer duties include: set up and manning stations for this fun-filled event. The event will be held at the Masonic Performance Arts Center, Saturday, February 18, 5:30-10pm.

Maple Sugar Weekends Volunteers

Volunteer with Lake Metroparks Farmpark during their Maple Sugaring Weekend, Saturday, March 4 through Sunday, March 5, 10am-5pm. Help out with one of the many family-friendly activities, then enjoy the festival! On the job training is provided.

Ongoing Opportunities

Action Saturdays at Access

Access, Inc. is dedicated to the plight of homeless women and children in the Akron area community by providing a holistic, safe and supportive environment and providing programs. Volunteers gather on the third Saturday of every month from 9am-12pm to assist with various duties including cleaning the playground, helping with special events i.e.: assemble registration packets for their 5k race, administrative work and more. Duties depend on the needs of the agency each month.

Handyman Teams

RT Direct is a handyman program consisting of various handyman teams made up of 2-5 volunteers. Handyman teams will provide various home repairs and modifications for low-income homeowners such as completing minor Taraftarium home repairs (throughout the year), finishing or fixing work previously started or done, and helping on a larger scale project like Rebuilding Day. Rebuilding Together serves all Northeast Ohio counties. Weekdays, some weekends.

Help the Homebound

Help Interfaith Caregivers Program help the elderly in their community stay in their homes as long as possible. Volunteer activities may include: providing transportation, running errands, light housekeeping, providing companionship through in-person visits or telephone reassurance. One hour, once per week, can enhance someone’s quality of life. All volunteers are covered by Interfaith Caregivers Program’s liability insurance. Background check required, training and support offered.

Flexible Volunteering to Fit Your Schedule

WomenSafe provides emergency shelter and support services to survivors of domestic violence in northeast Ohio. Volunteers are needed to staff their hotline, provide clerical assistance, help in the resale shoppe, provide transportation, maintain the shelter, organize donations, and help plan fundraisers. Application required and training provided. Chardon, Ohio.


Encore Opportunities for Volunteers Age 50+


Keeping it Green in the Discovery Center

The Museum of Natural History believes that even the youngest children benefit from being exposed to the natural world! Smead Discovery Center is the Museum’s hands-on learning center designed for visitors of all ages to enjoy together. In keeping with promoting a green environment, volunteers will help prep donated materials that would have otherwise been thrown out. Trim paper to make it useable, punch out animal shapes from old wallpaper, and cut paper scraps to bookmark shape for bookmark crafts. For those who aren’t good with scissors, there are plenty of toys and puzzles which require regular cleaning. Free Parking and post-event social at ‘Think & Drink with the Extinct’ downstairs at the museum. Only 8 spots left!

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