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Direct Service Opportunities to Volunteer in Cleveland Ohio, 2016

Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless

Volunteer Coordinator: Joyce Robinson
Address 3631 Perkins Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
Email: volunteer (at) neoch (dot) org
Community volunteers? Yes
Telephone: 216/432-0540 Ext. 103            (Fax#) 216-432-0620

What skills are you looking for in a volunteer?  Reliability, good communication skills, and the ability to work with a diverse cross-section of individuals.

Do you have daily activities for volunteers?  Yes, Clerical, special events and planning for meetings with homeless people with gathering items for giveaways, taking notes and preparing for the meetings

Bellefaire JCB (Youth)

Volunteer Coordinator: Brett Katz - Intake
Address: 22001 Fairmount Blvd
Cleveland, Ohio 44118
Email: bkatz (at) bellefairejcb (dot) org
Community volunteers? Yes
Telephone: 216-932-2800/Bellefaire, 216-320-8385/B. Katz           (Fax#) 216-881-9922

24hour/Homeless youth hotline 216-570-8010

What skills are you looking for in a volunteer?  Depends on the department; working knowledge on how to work with clients with Autism and the ability to work independently, have good communication skills and maintain high standards of ethical and professional conduct and adhere to Agency confidentiality policies.

Do you have daily activities for your volunteers?  Yes. Develop communication forum to help residents.  Provide guidance and follow instructions to foster mental growth of clients thru positive role modeling.

Do you have monthly projects available to your volunteers?  Yes. Strategies most likely to help the client.

Care Alliance Health Center

Volunteer coordinator: Marilyn Matlock-English
Address: 1530 St. Clair Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
Email: mmenglish (at) carealliance (dot) org
Community volunteers?  Yes
Telephone: 216-781-6228 Ext. 263            (Fax#) 216-781-6723

What skills are you looking for in a volunteer?  We greatly value our volunteers, students and work experience partners each year give their time and expertise in a variety of areas (administration, external affairs, communications, fundraising, and health care, e.g.). Health care providers (including doctors, nurse practitioners, dentists and specialists), nursing professionals and medical/dental assistants volunteer their expertise by supporting our staff and our patients. Care Alliance partners with several educational institutions to provide unique externship opportunities in medical records, billing and coding, finance, development, event planning and other areas of interest.

Cleveland Catholic Charities - Bishop Cosgrove Center

Volunteer Coordinator Program Assistant: Angelique Oatman
Address: 1736 Superior Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
Email:  aoatman (at) clevelandcatholiccharities (dot) org
Community volunteers? Yes
Telephone:  216-781-8262 ext. 12               (Fax#) 216-566-9161

What skills are you looking for in a volunteer?  The ability to lift a minimum of 20 pounds (for stocking purposes) 

Do you have daily activities for your volunteers?  Yes. Volunteer in hot meals and / or pantry program, packing food bags monthly.

Do you have monthly projects available to your volunteers?  Yes. With the assistance of staff, assist in preparing a monthly meal; volunteer weekly/ monthly to serve a meal.

Domestic Violence Child Advocacy Center

Volunteer & Marketing Specialist: Sara Otts
Address: P.O Box 5466
Cleveland, OH 44101
Email: sotts (at) dvcac (dot) org
Community volunteers? Yes
Telephone: 216-229-2420 Ext. 225            (Fax#) 216-229-2474

What skills are you looking for in a volunteer?  For our direct service opportunities, we are looking for volunteers who can participate in our comprehensive 20-hour volunteer training and then a make a year-long commitment (at least) to working for us. We ask that they be open to the learning process so that they can be the best advocates for the women and children we serve.

Do you have daily activities for your volunteers?  Yes. We have many opportunities: Hotline advocate, shelter work, support group facilitation, court escort, and childcare. 

Do you have monthly projects?  Yes. We have a Meals that Heal program where we are looking for individuals or groups to donate a personal meal to our shelter. We are always in need of this opportunity. Additionally, from time to time, we have service projects that we need help

Family Promise of Greater Cleveland

Executive Director:  Mrs. Joan Maser
Volunteer coordinator: Twyla Turner
Address: 3470 E. 152nd St.
P.O. Box 201187
Cleveland, OH 44120
Email: v.turner (at) familypromisecle (dot) org
Community volunteers? Yes
Telephone: 216-767-4060 ext. 225            (Fax#) 216-751-3707

What skills are you looking for in a volunteer?  Wide range of skills needed.

Do you have daily activates for your volunteers?  No. Volunteer opportunities are set up case by case. They do offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities such as donation sorting, building projects-seasonal landscaping, child care.

Do you have monthly projects?  No.

Do you have larger projects for volunteer activities?  Yes, receptions.

Hitchcock Center for Women

Volunteer Coordinator: Brittney McClain
Address: 1227 Ansel Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44108
Email: bmcclain (at) hcfw (dot) org     
Telephone: 216-421-0662             (Fax#) 216- 421-0911

What skills are you looking for in a volunteer?  We have various levels for volunteers from Clinical staff with CDCA license to clerical duties. Have customer service knowledge.

Daily activities for volunteers?  Yes. Open and run coffee shop from 7:30am – 11:30 m-f. Office duties (make copies, highlight forms and shred papers.), record keeping, intake and babysitting.

Joseph's Home

Executive Director: Georgette Jackson
Address: 2412 Community College Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
Email: georgettejackson (at)josephshome (dot) com
Telephone: 216-685-1551/ (Fax#) 216-685-1553

Daily activities?  No but open to ideas.

Do you have monthly projects available to volunteers? Yes. Weekend Cooking, clothes sorting and donations.

Do you have larger, long-term projects for volunteers? No.

May Dugan Center

Executive Assistant: Andy Trares
Address: 4115 Bridge Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
Email: atrares (at)maydugancenter (dot) org
Community volunteers? Yes
Telephone:  216-631-5800 ext. 121 (Fax#) 216-631-4595

What skills are you looking for in a volunteer?  Professional computer skills, good phone etiquette, bi-lingual.

Do you have daily activities for your volunteers?  Yes. Reception and clerical (phone, desk work), one on one tutoring, general maintenance, yard work.

Do you have monthly projects available to your volunteers?  Yes. Food & clothing distribution day (4th Wed. of the month).

St. Malachi Center

Volunteer Coordinator: Andrea
Address: 2416 Superior Viaduct
Cleveland, OH 44113
Email: andrea (at) stmalachicenter (dot) org
Community volunteers? Yes
Telephone:  216-771-3036 ext 19 (Fax #) 216-771-3659

What skills are you looking for in a volunteer?  To share a skill, be a tutor, Office help, fund raising, and to be a role model.  We welcome all volunteers with all interest and talents and the volunteer must pass a background check.

Do you have monthly projects available to your volunteers?  Yes. Clothing ministries, summer camp programs, special events.

Do you have larger, long-term projects for volunteers?  Yes. Literacy program; where individuals will consistently volunteer with one person for a few hours a week.

Ohio Background Check & Fingerprinting needed for some volunteer opportunities.

St. Patrick's Club

Program Coordinator: Jerry Partyka (call after 12:30pm)
Address: 3610 Bridge Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
Email: jpartyka (at) wsem (dot) org
Community volunteers? Yes
Telephone:  216- 281-5854 (fax#) 216-281-5516
Volunteer information # 216 – 631-6872

What skills are you looking for in a volunteer?  Meal servers and some light clean up.

Do you have daily activities for your volunteers?  No. The meals are operational three days a week Volunteers have the opportunity to assist with the serving of dinner or to help out with the food pantry.

Stella Marris, Inc.

Volunteer Coordinator: Terry Luria & (coffee shop David Rogers)
Address: 1320 Washington Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
Email: terry.luria(at)stellamariscleveland (dot) com
Community volunteers? Yes
Telephone:  216-781-0550 (Fax#) 216-781-7501

What skills are you looking for in a volunteer?  Detox Unit – Sharing with clients their experience, to foster positive effects while creating a new dimension in the lives they touch. 

Do you have daily activates for your volunteers?  Yes, volunteer in the coffee shop.

Do you have larger, long-term projects for volunteers?  Yes, working at the coffee shop, recovery activities.

2100 Lakeside Men's Homeless Shelter

Volunteer Coordinator: Lydia Bailey
Address: 2100 Lakeside Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Email: lbailey (at)lutheranmetro (dot) org
Community volunteers? Yes
Telephone: 216-649-7723  (Fax#) 216-649-7723

What skills are you looking for in a volunteer?  Legal volunteers (lawyers or paralegals); volunteers who are able to tutor in GED & basic computer skills; Volunteers with backgrounds in cooking, gardening, escorting people through the stages of recovery, resume writing, leading art workshops.

Do you have daily activities for your volunteers?  Yes. Legal sessions, cooking and serving meals, recovery activities, job search, weekly poetry workshop, art workshops, computer lab monitor, prepare residents for future housing, motivational or faith-based discussion groups.

Do you have monthly projects available to your volunteers?  Yes. All of the above. Lend your expertise as kitchen help, community gardening, legal clinic, poetry workshop, art workshop, all geared to helping residents transition themselves back into society.

Volunteers of America - Veterans Resource Center

Volunteer coordinator’s name: Matthew Guba
Address: 775 E. 152 St. Cleveland, OH 44110
Email: matthewguba(at)voago(dot)org
Telephone: 216-541-9000 Ext. 1309 (Fax#) 216-541-5143

What skills are you looking for in volunteer?  Cooking, answering phones and utilizing other skills and experience your willing to commit to.

Do you have daily activities for your volunteers?  Yes. Special projects and answering phones.

Do you have monthly projects available to you volunteers?  Yes. Cleaning pantry area in kitchen.

The West Side Catholic Center

Volunteer Manager: Allison Morford
Address: 3135 Lorain Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
Email: amorford (at) wsccenter (dot)org
Community volunteers? Yes
Telephone: 216-631-4741 ext. 122

What skills are you looking for in a volunteer?  Flexibility, empathy, understanding, ability to get along with many people, and a desire to serve.

Do you have daily activities?  Yes. Receptionist, intake persons, friendly visitors, resume writing, healthcare services, sorting, childcare, serving and preparing meals, legal services, assisting with the I.D program, registration for clothing and household, assisting in art education program, tutors for the Learning For Life Adult Education classes etc.

Do you have monthly projects available to your volunteers?  Yes but please check with us. Do you have larger, long-term projects for volunteers? Yes please check with us.

Y-Haven

Volunteer coordinator: Ed Gemerchak
Address: 6001 Woodland Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44104
4th floor, Ste. 703
Email:  egemerchak (at) clevelandymca (dot) org
Community volunteers? Yes
Telephone:  216-431-2018 Ext. 3451 (Fax#) 216-431-2023              

What skills are you looking for in a volunteer? We only use volunteers for our advisory board. We would love to find a volunteer Psychiatrist, Art therapist, or Music therapist.

YWCA

Vice President of Programs: Teresa Sanders
Address: 4019 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44103
Email: tsanders (at) ywcaofcleveland (dot) org
Community volunteers? Yes
Telephone: 216-881-6878              (Fax#) 216-881-9922

What skills are you looking for in a volunteer?  Provide guidance and follow through to foster growth, independence and aspirations.

Do you have daily activities for your volunteers?  Yes.

Do you have monthly projects available to your volunteers?  Yes.

 

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Updated July 13, 2016