Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

The United Way of Hancock County helps people of all ages find meaningful volunteer opportunities across our community.

The opportunities are divided into categories, so it’s easy to find a need that suits your gifts, goals and availability. Click on the drop-down box to read the volunteer entries. You can also click on the organization’s logo to learn more about their mission and what they do.

Youth and Families

If you are a high school or middle school student, or are looking to volunteer as a family, look below the volunteering opportunity entry for the words “Youth Volunteers,” or “Family Friendly,” with a description. Some volunteering opportunities are available to teens or certain age groups and older, or children may be welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Our Goal

The goal of Volunteers United is to be a hub for volunteering in the community, a one-stop-shop where we can match you with an opportunity that best fits your goals, skills and passions.  

*If you are interested or have questions about any of the volunteering opportunities below, please register for our volunteer center, Volunteers United. Our volunteer coordinator will connect with you to answer any questions and help you find the best match for your interests.

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Click here if you’d like to submit a volunteer opportunity for the site.

 

Volunteering Quote of the Week: 

Volunteer Quote of the Week: "Jump off the cliff and learn how to make wings on the way down." - Ray Bradbury

Boogie on the Block logo

Volunteers are needed for Boogie on the Block, a community celebration kicking of the start of summer, sponsored by Premier Bank. The event will be held June 3 from 5-11pm at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts Festival Grounds. Help is needed for setup, admissions, to direct patrons, waste monitoring, drink sales, and cleanup. Click here for more information or to sign up. 

Findlay Family YMCA

 

Snack Pass Out at Riverside Pool - Help is needed to pass out snacks to children who would like them at Riverside Pool, 231 McManness Ave., from 2:45-4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays June 7 to Aug. 18 for the YMCA Feed-A-Child Program. Two volunteers are needed each day. Sign up here to help. Great opportunity for high school students!

Youth Volunteers: 14+

Hancock County Home Builders Golf Classic

 

 

Hancock County Home Builders Golf Classic - Volunteers are needed at the 27th Annual Hancock County Home Builders Golf Classic at Hillcrest Golf Club, which benefits the United Way of Hancock County. Help is needed from 8am-2pm on June 10 setting up signs, taking money, monitoring the hole in one contest, making drinks, running fundraiser games and serving food. Volunteers can work a half shift or whole shift, and lunch is provided. If you are able to help or for more detail, please email Sarah at sarah.mayle@uwhancock.org.

Youth Volunteers: 16+ 

Camp 911 logo

Camp 911, a week-long safety camp for pre-kindergarteners is in need of volunteers to lead kids to different sessions, keep kids safe during activities, and play games. There are two sessions each day June 20-24 from 8-11am and 1-4pm. Those who help should arrive at 7:30am until about 4:15pm. Lunch is provided. Volunteers can help half of the day or the whole day. Please email Jessica at jhalsey@hancockph.com or Beth at ebaker@findlayohio.com if you can help.

During Camp 911 kids learn about local safety services, stranger safety, kitchen safety, pedestrian safety, railroad, bus, and online safety, and more. The camp is held at First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St.

Youth Volunteers: Age high school and up welcome.

Findlay Family YMCA

Volunteers are needed for the Summer Lunch Program through the Findlay Family YMCA Feed-A-Child program and Family and Children First Council. Free lunches will be served at Glenwood Middle School Cafetorium, 1715 N. Main St., June 6 through Aug. 18 and volunteers are needed 11am to 12:30pm Monday through Thursday to help set up, hand out, and clean up from the meals. Findlay City Schools will prepare the meals, and the lunches will be served from 11:30am-12:30pm. If you can help, please sign up here.

Youth Volunteers: High School and up

Family Friendly: 12+ with an adult

Children's Mentoring Connection of Hancock County

 

Children’s Mentoring Connection is currently accepting applications for mentors serving youth ages 6-14. (Male mentors especially needed!) Mentors fill out an application and can volunteer in a program that works for their schedule. School programs meet weekly from September through early May for grades 2-6 in schools in Findlay, Cory Rawson Van Buren and Arcadia. Community based programs support single parents and grandparents. Volunteers meet with their mentee 2-3 times a month under a flexible schedule. For more information, call CMC Executive Director Stacy Shaw at 419-348-7475 or email stacy@cmchancock.org. Shaw can answer any questions before you consider making a commitment. Also, check www.cmchancock.org for more information.

Youth Volunteers: Volunteers for the weekly school programs may be high school students or older.

Volunteers United & United Way of Hancock County

Click here to learn how to get involved through the Volunteers United Board / Committee Service program. 

boy scouts black swamp council

Boy Scouts of America – Black Swamp Area Council is looking for a District Committee Member to provide leadership to the district which encompasses Hancock and Seneca County. This person would attend monthly district committee meetings, provide guidance and volunteer support to help grow Scouting within the community, help identify partnerships which will align Scouting to flourish within the community, and will complete online youth protection training. Contact: colin.earl@scouting.org. 

american red cross north central ohio chapter

American Red Cross - Disaster Response (Disaster Action Team Member) - VIRTUAL Duties: Everyday people are forced from their homes due to fires, storms, and other disasters. Home fires account for the majority of disaster responses in Northern Ohio. You can be part of a team that helps and responds to these emergencies. From offering a caring and compassionate ear, to meeting the disaster-caused needs of individuals and households, such as lodging and clothing, and connecting them with long term recovery services, our volunteers ensure that families don’t have to face tough times alone. During the pandemic, for the safety of you and those impacted by disaster, you will mostly respond virtually to provide compassionate and immediate care and assistance to those impacted. On occasion, a larger response may require some on-scene presence and coordination with your Disaster Action Team. Must be age 18+, commit to 24 on-call volunteer hours per month and training to serve in the role. Click here to view video of the opportunity

hancock park district

Living History: Do you have a love of history or would you like to portray someone from the 1840s? The Hancock Park District is looking for men and women of all ages as well as children to become costumed interpreters at the 1847 McKinnis House and homestead at Litzenberg Memorial Woods. To learn more or sign up, contact Jamie Shane at jshane@hancockparks.com.

Youth Volunteers: 12 and up welcome.

Family Friendly: All ages welcome with an adult.

Camp 911

Camp 911, a week-long safety camp for pre-kindergarteners is in need of volunteers to lead kids to different sessions, keep kids safe during activities, and play games. There are two sessions each day June 20-24 from 8-11am and 1-4pm. Those who help should arrive at 7:30am until about 4:15pm. Lunch is provided. Volunteers can help half of the day or the whole day. Please email Jessica at jhalsey@hancockph.com or Beth at ebaker@findlayohio.com if you can help.

During Camp 911 kids learn about local safety services, stranger safety, kitchen safety, pedestrian safety, railroad, bus, and online safety, and more. The camp is held at First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St.

Youth Volunteers: Age high school and up welcome.

Marathon Center for the Performing Arts

Staff members at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St., are looking to expand their volunteer base, which has dipped as a result of covid. They are looking for new faces who can serve as greeters, ticket scanners, and ushers. Volunteers also get to watch whatever show they help with for free. Please contact MCPA volunteer coordinator Barb Richardson at brichardson@mcpa.org or 419.423.2787 ext. 100 for more information or if you're able to volunteer.

Youth Volunteers: Age 16+ welcome; 12+ welcome with an adult.

hancock park district

 

Environmental Stewardship & Monitoring Hands-on, in-the-field approaches to monitoring environmental changes and assisting with habitat restoration gives participants a wide range of physical and mental activities in which to participate. VIPs assist with monitoring birds, various insects, amphibians, and plants. Volunteers will work under the guidance of HPD staff. For more information or to sign up, contact Chad Carroll, HPD Natural Resource Manager at ccarroll@hancockparks.com.

Youth Volunteers: 12 and up welcome.

Family Friendly: All ages welcome with an adult.

boy scouts black swamp council

Boy Scouts of America – Black Swamp Area Council is looking for a Den Leader – Provide leadership to carry out the pack program in the den. Lead the den at the monthly pack meetings. Work in harmony with the other den and pack leaders. Cooperate with the Cubmaster and pack committee in recruiting new youth. Use the Cub Scout handbook and den leader app to plan and implement den meetings. Keep accurate records, and see that youth receive recognition for their achievements. Establish good working relationship with den families, taking advantage of their skills and talents. Complete online youth protection training. Contact: colin.earl@scouting.org. 

findlay hancock county public library

 

The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library is in need of volunteers to help prepare storyboards for installation. The boards are part of StoryWalk®, an adventure for families where readers can take a walk while reading a children’s story. The storyboards are placed throughout an area, usually a park. If you would like to help, please contact our Youth Services Manager at 419-434-1484. 

findlay hancock county public library

 

The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library's Read for Life program is seeking volunteers to help with tutoring. Read for Life is designed to improve literacy in Hancock County through volunteers trained to act as tutors on a one-on-one basis with adult non-readers. Potential volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and literate, however no professional training or education is required. Read for Life is looking for volunteers to teach reading, writing, English, life skills and subject areas of the High School Equivalency including math, social studies, and science. Registration is required by calling 419-422-3755 or e-mailing readforlife@findlaylibrary.org.

findlay hancock county public library

 

The Book Cellar, the used bookstore on the ground floor of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, overseen by the Friends of the Library, is seeking volunteers to help in the bookstore and to help with the Better World Books project, which helps to fund literacy initiatives worldwide. If interested, please contact Emilee at 419-434-1044.

city mission of findlay

City Mission of Findlay, 510 W. Main Cross St., is in need of kitchen volunteers. They encourage small groups to consider signing up for a dinner shift together once per month, or come in anytime you're free.

Youth Volunteers: All minors must have a signed release. Age 16+ welcome as an individual or group of two. Larger groups require adult supervision.

Family Friendly: Ages 10-15 welcome to volunteer with adult supervision.

West Ohio Food Bank

While also serving as a food pantry itself, West Ohio Food Bank, 1380 E. Kibby St., Lima, is an essential food distribution center for pantries serving the food insecure in Hancock County. WOFB also serves Paulding, Mercer, Van Wert, Putnam, Allen, Auglaize, Shelby, Hardin, Wyandot and Seneca counties. Volunteers are needed to help sort, clean, and repackage food, package food for youth backpacks and senior boxes, to deliver food, and more. Morning or afternoon shifts available, choose the amount of time you are free. Groups are also welcome to volunteer on a Saturday morning or weekday evenings with a week's notice. Kids or kids’ groups accompanied by adults are a great help too! Please contact sarah.mayle@uwhancock.org if interested or with any questions.

 

Youth Volunteers: Middle school and high school groups welcome.

Family Friendly: All ages welcome if accompanied by an adult.

american red cross north central ohio chapter

American Red Cross - Hero Care Network - Volunteers provide emergency communications and critical services to military members, veterans, and their families across the world seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They offer confidential assistance and connect individuals with local, state, and national resources.

If you are someone with strong listening skills, the ability to work with culturally diverse populations, and are comfortable working remotely, the Hero Care Network may be a great fit for you. Learn more or sign up.

 

american red cross north central ohio chapter

American Red Cross - Summer Youth Corps 2022 - Blood Services Donor Ambassador - Summer Youth Corps blood donor ambassadors ensure that blood donors have a pleasant experience. During a blood drive, whether you are greeting donors, answering questions, or thanking them for their donation, your courtesy and professionalism will create a favorable impression that encourages ongoing donor support. Will learn Red Cross story to share, may also make reminder calls, reschedule donor appointments, and perform follow up activities as directed. 

How it works: Receive orientation to the American Red Cross story, and complete Donor Ambassador Training. Help at blood drives in the Northern Ohio region and must register for 10 (4-6 hour) shifts between May 1 and Aug. 31, provide own transportation. Receive certificate and letter of reference for portfolio, as well as documented volunteer hours. Great opportunity to gain valuable work/customer service experience and give back to the community. Face masks required at blood drives. Click here to apply. Questions - Kevin.Brooks3@redcross.org or 419-261-6277.

Youth Volunteers: Ages 16-24

american red cross north central ohio chapter

American Red Cross - Blood Drive Volunteer Ambassador - Volunteer blood donor ambassadors ensure that blood donors have a pleasant and fulfilling experience from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave. During a blood drive, whether you are greeting donors, answering questions, or thanking them for their donation, your courtesy and professionalism will create a favorable impression that encourages ongoing donor support. Must commit to 1-2 shifts (4-6 hours) a month. Flexible schedule - volunteers get to choose which blood drives to staff. Click here to view video of the opportunity

Youth Volunteers: 16+

 

american red cross north central ohio chapter

American Red Cross also has many other volunteer opportunities available to support Disaster, Blood Services, International Services, Service to the Armed Forces, Fund Development and Volunteer Services. You can visit www.redcross.org/volunteer to learn more.

 

blanchard valley health system

Blanchard Valley Health System - Bluffton Hospital: Greeters: Volunteers in this role greet patients and guests upon arrival in the ER. They assist patients and guests with way-finding throughout the hospital and other duties as requested by the staff. This role (at times) can require lots of walking, sitting, and standing as well as pushing wheelchairs. Volunteers must be fully (COVID) vaccinated. Please contact BVHS's volunteer coordinator for more information at 419-423-5342.

blanchard valley health system

Blanchard Valley Health System - Ottawa Specialty Clinic: Volunteers are needed to welcome patients as they arrive; assist with the check in process (specifically electronic check iPad) and/or help the staff as needed. This opportunity is available every Wednesday from 8am-12pm. Please contact BVHS's volunteer coordinator for more information at 419-423-5342.

Children's Mentoring Connection of Hancock County

 

Children’s Mentoring Connection is currently accepting applications for mentors serving youth ages 6-14. (Male mentors especially needed!) Mentors fill out an application and can volunteer in a program that works for their schedule. School programs meet weekly from September through early May for grades 2-6 in schools in Findlay, Cory Rawson Van Buren and Arcadia. Community based programs support single parents and grandparents. Volunteers meet with their mentee 2-3 times a month under a flexible schedule. For more information, call CMC Executive Director Stacy Shaw at 419-348-7475 or email stacy@cmchancock.org. Shaw can answer any questions before you consider making a commitment. Also, check www.cmchancock.org for more information.

Youth Volunteers: Volunteers for the weekly school programs may be high school students or older.

NAMI Hancock County

YouthMOVE is a group through NAMI for ages 16-25 that meets biweekly to focus on various issues experienced by youth and how we can improve different systems and services in our community. The group includes teens and young adults who can take on a mentor role and meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month from 6:30-7:30pm. If you can help, call 567-525-3435 or email brittany@namihancockcounty.org

Welcome to a New Life

Welcome to a New Life's mission is to provide mentorship for people who are involved in the Hancock County criminal justice system to live crime-free, drug-free, productive lives. Volunteers (mentors) are vital to help these individuals on their road to recovery. Mentors spend about 1 hour/week with their mentee to set goals, provide encouragement, and resources. Training occurs throughout the year, with an initial 2-hour orientation. To become a mentor, you will need a background check, drug test, references, and be able to use a web-based tool for note taking at your weekly meetings. The length of the relationship from mentor to mentee can be from 2 months to life long. To learn more contact Carla Benjamin at director@welcometoanewlife.org or call 419-455-6082.  

boy scouts black swamp council

Boy Scouts of America – Black Swamp Area Council is looking for a Unit Commissioner – Help mentor a Cub Scout or Scouts BSA unit. Visit with unit level volunteers and attend meetings 3-4x a year. Be aware of the unit leader’s needs and concerns. Serve as the unit leader’s friend or coach while offering encouragement and support. Encourage unit participation in district and council program events. Work with the unit committee to solve problems and improve unit operations. Record your contacts in Commissioner Tools. Complete online youth protection training. Contact: colin.earl@scouting.org.

Findlay Hope House

 

Findlay Hope House is looking for shelter office volunteers. Duties include answering the door and phone, receiving donations, documenting residents' needs or questions, completing hourly walk-throughs of the shelter, and ensuring that the building is accessible to residents. Occasional light housekeeping may also be required. Volunteers fill three hour shifts on weekends and holidays. Two shifts minimum per month preferred, but on call shifts are also a possibility. Contact Abbie at aacord@FindlayHopeHouse.org to apply.

hancock park district

Environmental Stewardship & Monitoring Hands-on, in-the-field approaches to monitoring environmental changes and assisting with habitat restoration gives participants a wide range of physical and mental activities in which to participate. VIPs assist with monitoring birds, various insects, amphibians, and plants. Volunteers will work under the guidance of HPD staff. For more information or to sign up, contact Chad Carroll, HPD Natural Resource Manager at ccarroll@hancockparks.com.

Youth Volunteers: 12 and up welcome.
Family Friendly: All ages welcome with an adult.

hancock park district

 

Hancock Park District is looking for volunteers to remove invasive hardwood species - woody plants such as bush honeysuckle and privet - that crowd out native plants and discourage their growth. Volunteers work under the guidance of HPD staff, using hand tools and gloves to cut saplings and pull seedlings. For more information or to sign up, contact Chad Carroll, HPD Natural Resource Manager at ccarroll@hancockparks.com.

Youth Volunteers: 13+ 

Flag City Balloon Fest

Flag City BalloonFest, to be held at Emory Adams Park on Aug. 12-14, is in need of volunteers interested in serving as balloon crew members. There is no experience necessary, just a willingness to help inflate the balloon and pack it back up after landing - all training provided by each pilot. Balloon crew members also travel with the balloon in a chase vehicle while the balloon is in flight and will be returned to the park once the flight has ended. Great opportunity for age 16+. Students are welcome to volunteer in pairs or groups. Crews are needed for morning flights (6-9am), evening flights (6-8pm) and evening glows (9-10pm) at the park. Each volunteer will receive a free t-shirt and will be provided a free meal ahead of the evening flight. If interested or if you have questions, contact Becky Conley at 419-310-7935 - call or text.

ADAMHS Board logo

 

The Hancock County ADAMHS Board is looking for a handy person who can serve in a part-time, paid role as property manager to board-owned properties. The property manager will ensure health and safety standards of the buildings, complete and/or schedule annual inspections, coordinate contractors and vendors, complete and document repairs, complete maintenance work such as trimming shrubs, cleaning gutters, etc. Hours are flexible, 15-20 hours per week. If interested, please contact Deb Twining at dtwining@yourpathtohealth.org or 419-424-1985.

habitat for humanity restore findlay

Findlay ReStore, 1200 Commerce Pkwy., is in need of help on Tuesdays to clean, sort, price, and stage donations from 6-8pm, when the public is not shopping. Sign up here:  

Tuesdays: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c45aaa82aaafc1-tuesday2

Youth Volunteers: Age 16+ welcome!

Ohio State Hancock County Extension logo

OSU Extension Hancock County is conducting a financial literacy curriculum in Hancock County schools, and they need volunteers to be a part of the culminating Real Money. Real World. simulation event.  Volunteers will staff various spending booths, assisting students (middle school or high school) as they make spending decisions in areas such as food, transportation, communications, childcare, entertainment, insurance, debt repayment, etc., based on their assigned job/income and family size.  Volunteers are needed for 2- 2 ½ hours during a school day, usually Thursday or Friday.  Volunteers may commit to one or more events.  If you would be interested in helping out with this valuable learning experience for area youth, please contact Jennifer Little, FCS Educator for OSU Extension Hancock County at little.18@osu.edu for specific dates and times needed.

united way of hancock county logo

 

United Way of Hancock County is in need of office assistance as we gear up for our campaign. Because our office moved its location this year, we are in need of help putting new address labels on envelopes and marketing materials. We are also in need of help scanning photos and documents to add to our records. (If you have never done this is it very easy and we can show you!) If you are able to stop in an hour or two during working hours, please contact Sarah at 567-250-1954 or sarah.mayle@uwhancock.org. Feel free to pass this along or bring a friend.