The Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL) offers a variety of resources to help you locate service opportunities that match your interests. Browse the links below to learn about these tools, and feel free to contact the CCEL staff (email@example.com) to schedule an advising meeting or to drop into the CCEL office (TVUC #165) if we can be a resource to you.
CCEL resources for locating volunteer opportunities:
- Sign up for CCEL’s weekly e-newsletter to receive volunteer announcements local nonprofits share with the CCEL office for distribution.
- Follow CCEL’s CampusGroups page to stay informed on upcoming CCEL-coordinated service events.
- Explore CCEL’s Virtual Volunteering hub for ideas on how to serve remotely.
- Browse these issue area resource sheets to explore local nonprofits by community issue area (animal welfare; children & youth; environment; refugees; health; homelessness & hunger).
- Make a community service advising appoint by contacting the CCEL staff (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Zoom appointments available!
Local volunteer directories:
For date-specific volunteer options and other real-time volunteer listings in northeast Ohio, explore the following resources:
National/international volunteer directories:
- All for Good, a service of Points of Light
- Catchafire, skills-based volunteering
- Idealist.org, resource to locate nonprofit jobs, internships, and volunteering
- omprakash, international service opportunities
- Taproot, skills-based volunteering
- United Nations, global and remote project-based volunteer roles
Many student organizations coordinate regular service opportunities with local nonprofits. You can search student organizations in CampusGroups (community.case.edu), and in addition to joining organizations' CampusGroups pages to stay informed, students are also encouraged to email club officers directly to learn how to become involved. Below are some organizations that have offered regular service opportunities in the past, and please browse CampusGroups for additional ideas of USG-recognized and UDC-recognized organizations to join.
- Advocates for Cleveland Health | Public health outreach, education, and advocacy opportunities
- Alpha Phi Omega | A national gender-inclusive community service fraternity that supports various nonprofits
- Art Forward | Connects college student volunteers with youth involved in the juvenile justice system over monthly art projects
- Big Brothers Big Sisters | College students are assigned a local youth to mentor
- Boys and Girls CWRU | Tutor youth at Cleveland area Boys & Girls Clubs
- Camp Kesem | Serve at day camps and fundraise for a camp experience for children affected by a parent's cancer
- Cleveland Liberty Expressions | Connects college student volunteers with youth involved in the juvenile justice system through book discussions and creative writing
- Cleveland Public Schools Connection | Facilitating after school activities with middle school students
- Crossroads of Healthcare | Hosts dialogues on healthcare topics from all angles and strives to improve health literacy
- CWRU EMS | Support the workload of Cleveland EMS by responding to EMS calls on campus
- CWRU for Autism Acceptance | Advocacy, education, and awareness-raising about autism. Coordinates Sparties Running Buddies, running program with children on the spectrum.
- CWRU MedWish | Repair medical supplies that are donated to developing nations
- Equal Opportunity for All | Seeks to educate driven high school/middle school students on possible college pathways and job opportunities
- Food Recovery Network | Divert excess food from campus to area community centers
- Girls Who Code | Teach youth computer coding lessons
- Habitat for Humanity | Building and restoring homes. Volunteering at the Cleveland ReStore.
- Kids Against Hunger | Providing/packing food to be donated to local food distributors
- Labre Project | Building relationships with people experiencing homelessness
- Physical Resource Center | Volunteer at the “free store” on campus to connect the CWRU community with basic needs resources
- Project Sunshine | Provide activities (arts, baking, games, etc.) for children with life-threatening illnesses
- Relay for Life | Raise awareness and fundraise for the American Cancer Society
- Shadowing Case By Case | Engage in various service opportunities at nonprofits alongside a group of students interested in shadowing at area hospitals
- Spartans for Special Olympics | Opportunities to be involved with the greater Cleveland special needs community
- SpartanTHON | Support University Hospitals Rainbow Babies Children's Hospital through ongoing programs, including a 12-hour dance marathon
The below sites are located within walking distance from CWRU or are RTA HealthLine accessible from campus and are often popular service sites. Please visit the links below to learn more about volunteer needs in a typical year, noting that some opportunities might not presently be possible due to COVID-19. Here are sample email and phone call templates should you decide to reach out to any of these organizations in the future.
Site Name (follow the below links to read about their volunteer opportunities)
Distance from Campus
|The Saturday Tutoring Program at Church of the Covenant||Walkable||Arrive at 9 a.m. for training your first date (join in at any time during the semester); tutoring runs from 10 a.m. to Noon. Contact email@example.com for more information.|
|Provost Scholars||Walkable||Tutor teens on Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:50 p.m. in Guilford House (on-campus). Complete this application if interested in volunteering, and contact Kate Klonowski with questions. A semester-long (approximately weekly) commitment is required.|
|Garden@Case||Walkable||Garden is located at the corner of Mistletoe and Magnolia Drive, near Mather park. Volunteering is weather dependent. Suggested volunteer commitment is to work a minimum of 2 hrs in a 2-week period. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, and visit CampusGroups page to learn more.|
|Cleveland's Museum of Contemporary Art||Walkableemail@example.com|
|Cleveland Botanical Garden||Walkable||CBGvolunteer@holdenfg.org|
|Cleveland Sight Center||Walkable||View current volunteer roles and contacts on their website.|
|Judson Senior Living||Walkable||Laura Templar|
|University Hospitals||Walkable||Follow online process|
|Ronald McDonald House Cleveland||Walkable or RTA HealthLine||Review details online|
|Cleveland Clinic||RTA HealthLine||Follow online process|
|MedWish International||RTA HealthLine||Sign up online|
|Cleveland Kids' Book Bank||RTA HealthLine||Sign up online|