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Local Volunteer Opportunities

Share your expertise, learn some new skills, meet some new people and help out in the community.

Computers Assisting People (CAP) Inc.

CAP is a 501c3 non-profit that is made up of volunteers who like to work with computers. They take in computers that individuals and companies donate and refurbish them. Then they are given away to worthy non-profit organizations in the Cleveland area.

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Cleveland Reads

Cleveland Reads is the umbrella organization for all literacy programs in Cuyahoga County. Our mission is to build a community of literacy as the central resource and advocate for learners, tutors, and literacy providers.

My role as the Volunteer Coordinator is to recruit, train, and place new volunteer tutors. We focus primarily on Cuyahoga County but work with member organizations in bordering counties as well. I refer volunteers to work with our member programs for youth and adults. We offer a free training for all volunteers to teach skills and techniques necessary for tutoring.

Volunteer Literacy tutors are needed to help children and adults throughout the year. Interested volunteers can contact Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Frigolette at 216-436-2116 or jfrigolette@uws.org to register for a free training or get more information.

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Karamu House Inc.

Karamu House is a not-for-profit organization that strives to bring cultural arts and education to the Cleveland area. We are in need of caring individuals who are interested in giving back to the community to volunteer in our cultural arts programs.

More information on Karamu House volunteer opportunities

South Pointe Hospital

South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights is a 223 bed, not-for-profit hospital within the Cleveland Clinic Health System. There are numerous volunteer opportunities for seniors within our hospital system

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Ignatian Volunteer Corps

The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) provides men and women age 50 and over the opportunity to serve the needs of people who are poor, to work for a more just society, and to grow deeper in Christian faith by reflecting and praying in the Ignatian tradition.

Since 2001, Ignatian Volunteers have been working in local community agencies and programs in Cleveland, directly assisting people who are poor by providing a patient, stable, and caring presence through which change and growth can occur.

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Sanctuary for Senior Dogs

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, adoption, and lifelong care of senior dogs abandoned in shelters and pounds.

All of our dogs live in Sanctuary-approved foster homes until a permanent home can be found. Senior dogs too ill to be safely adopted stay in a Sanctuary hospice foster home for life.

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West Side Catholic Center

The West Side Catholic Center, a faith-based nondenominational human service agency has served thousands of those in need since the doors opened in 1977. We have helped protect the health and well being of those in need by providing food, clothing, and shelter. Through our Women and Children's Shelter, we help families rebuild their lives and recover from homelessness and domestic violence.

More information on West Side Catholic volunteer opportunities


Womankind Maternal and Prenatal Care Center provides free prenatal care and support services to pregnant women in need. They need both non-medical and medical volunteers.

Call Dianna at Womankind at 216-662-5700 for more information

Charity Bands for Juvenile Diabetes

Charity Bands and Rally Bands are two growing organizations dedicated to assisting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in its global fight for a cure for juvenile diabetes, also known as Type 1 diabetes. Members of our board personally know what many are experiencing who live with this disease and are dedicated to finding a cure!

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Cleveland Metroparks O.W.L.S.

The Emerald Necklace O.W.L.S. ( O lder W orkers L eading S uccess) includes three distinct initiatives that offer intergenerational opportunities and increased inclusion of older (50 years and older) adults as employees, volunteers and participants in all of the Park District's programs and facilities.

More information on Cleveland Metroparks O.W.L.S.

Menorah Park Adult Day Center

The Menorah Park Adult Day Center at 27100 Cedar Road in Beachwood is always looking for volunteers for the following positions:
  • Host/Hostess AM - To assist with participant arrival, pour coffee, drinks and help with breakfast
  • Lunch Assistant - To help serve meals to the variety of clubs in the adult day center. M, T and F are tray days and W and TH are bulk days where we need help serving as well as passing our meals.
  • Activity Assistant - To assist clubs in a pre-planned small group activity or large group activity.
  • Activity Leader - To lead a group in an activity planned and led by yourself (ex. Piano music group, art group, travel group, etc)
  • Field Trip Assistant - To assist with field trips as planned.
Please contact Suzanne M. Funk at (216) 839-6702 or get More information here

West Side Ecumenical Ministry (WSEM)/El Barrio

For any individual or family unit, gainful employment is an integral part of achieving stability. To help adults achieve self-sustaining jobs, WSEM has developed a Workforce Partnership Program focused on employee recruitment and preparation. This program will help adults in the community to enter training and/or educational programs that will result in steady jobs and career-building positions. El Barrio now offers career pathways through vocational training in Commercial Driving, Construction, and Customer Service.

We are a social service agency on Cleveland's near west side looking for volunteers to teach English as a Second Language to adults. The ideal candidate would have some ESL teaching experience, possibly in the Peace Corps or something like that, or a pretty good feel for English grammar. Excellent oral and written communication skills are a must. While we do provide support and assistance, we do not provide any sort of formal training.

Most of our students speak Spanish as their first language, so some knowledge of Spanish may be helpful, but not necessary. These particular students are at an intermediate to advanced level of English, so they are quite fluent, but working on details of grammar.

Contact Jeanne Petrus-Rivera, MAEd

El Barrio, A Program of WSEM
5209 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102
(216) 651-2037 ext. 356

New Avenues to Independence

New Avenues owns and operates Group Homes for individuals with mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities.

In addition to our homes, we also provide support services, respite, mainstream housing and a day service program.

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