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: "If you learn something new every day, you can teach something new every day." — Martha Stewart

Gliding Stars logo

Gliding Stars of Findlay is in need of on-ice volunteers. Gliding Stars is an adaptive ice skating program that provides individuals who have physical, mental or emotional disabilities the opportunity to reach their potential through the development of ice skating skills. The program meets on Sunday afternoons from 2-3pm at The Cube from Sept. 18 through December. In January, the time expands to 1:30-3pm, leading up to our annual skating show on March 26, 2023, at 2:30pm. Volunteers provide on-ice physical support, encouragement, and social opportunities for our special skaters. Click here to view the ice schedule and/or register as a volunteer. Email your registration to Chapter Coordinator Cindy Bregel at glidingstarsoffindlay@gmail.com. You can also contact her via email or at 419-306-5327 with questions. Volunteers who participate in the program will complete 33 hours of service!

Youth Volunteers: Middle school aged through adult welcome and encouraged

 

Silent Watch logo

Silent Watch, a veteran suicide awareness event, is taking place Sept. 29 from 7am-5pm in front of the Hancock County Courthouse. Volunteers will stand watch (or sit) for a shift of 22 minutes to build awareness and in remembrance of the 22 lives of veterans lost each day to suicide. Individual volunteers or groups welcome. The event is organized by Allen-Kramp Wealth Management in honor and remembrance of their friend, Gaven Smith, and his fellow fallen. For more information, contact Leah Cook at leah@allen-kramp.com or visit silentwatch.org. 

Youth Volunteers: All ages welcome

 

Challenged Champions logo

Challenged Champions Equestrian Center, 11913 Road 6, Ottawa, is in need of volunteers who can help during classes as horse leaders (keeping the horse on task throughout the lesson) or sidewalkers (aiding the rider with balance, communication or encouragement). No horse experience is needed. Classes are offered in the mornings, afternoons and evenings, Mondays through Fridays. Challenged Champions serves individuals with special needs through therapeutic horseback riding, serving more than 400 clients per year. You can sign up for a set time every week or become a sub and fill in when available. Check out challengedchampions.com or call 419-456-3449 for more information.

Youth Volunteers: Age 14+ and able to walk around during hour-long classes

 

blanchard valley health system

Nearly New Resale Shop: Volunteers in this role help process incoming donations at the Health System's second-hand retail shop, Nearly New. Tasks may include sorting and tagging donations, pricing merchandise, steaming clothing, and other tasks to prepare donated items for sale.  This opportunity is available Mondays-Thursdays from 10am-12pm. Please contact BVHS's volunteer coordinator for more information at 419-423-5342.

Youth Volunteers: High School and up

Kan Du logo

Volunteers are needed to help with a Halloween Dance Party hosted by Kan Du Group on Oct. 20 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Old Mill Stream Centre, Hancock County Fairgrounds, 1017 E. Sandusky St. The event will feature a magic show, costume judging, a dance party and refreshments. Volunteers are needed to help in various roles to keep the event running smoothly. If you interested in learning more or can help, please contact Lindsay Cerventes at lcervantes@kandugroup.org.

blanchard valley health system

Blanchard Valley Health System - Blanchard Valley Hospital: Candy Stripers. The Candy Stripers volunteer together and have an established list of tasks to perform throughout the hospital each time they come in. Up to four Candy Stripers volunteer each weekday from about 3:45-5pm (the program is limited to 20 candy stripers at once). Candy Stripers commit to volunteering the same day each week and can choose which day they volunteer (depending on days available). The attendance policy requires no more than three missed times within a 60-day period. Candy Stripers can step off the schedule to participate in extracurricular activities, but their return to the program is based on availability at that time. In other words, volunteers are not guaranteed that same day of the week when they return. Candy Stripers have been volunteering at Blanchard Valley Hospital since 1949. Still today, the Candy Striper program provides hands-on experience to high school-age volunteers interested in the medical industry. All Candy Stripers must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.  

Youth Volunteers: High school only (ages 14-18)

Findlay-Hancock County Public Library logo

 

The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library is urgently 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. 

city mission of findlay

 

City Mission of Findlay, 510 W. Main Cross St., is urgently in need of volunteers who can help in the kitchen and pass out meals. Help is especially needed for the dinner shift and on weekends. Follow this link to their volunteer page, where shifts are available every day from 10:30am-1pm, 1-3pm, 4-5:30pm, or 4-6:30pm. Small groups are encouraged to consider signing up for a dinner shift together once per month, or come in by yourself anytime you're free.

Youth Volunteers: All minors must have a signed release. Age 16+ welcome 

Family Friendly: Ages 10+ welcome to volunteer with adult supervision. Each volunteer under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

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-19. They are looking for new faces who can serve as greeters, ticket scanners, and ushers. Volunteers also get to watch any show they help with for free. Please contact MCPA volunteer coordinator Tyler Jacobs at ttjacobs@mcpa.org or 419-423-2787, ext. 100, for more information or to sign up.

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 urgently in need of volunteers in the kitchen, to pass out meals, and to grill and serve hot dogs outside on Hot Dog Mondays. Follow this link to their volunteer page, where shifts are available every day from 10:30am-1pm, 1-3pm, 4-5:30pm, 4-6:30pm or for Hot Dog Mondays 10:30am-1pm. Small groups are encouraged to consider signing up for a dinner shift together once per month, or come in by yourself anytime you're free.

Youth Volunteers: All minors must have a signed release. Age 16+ welcome 

Family Friendly: Ages 10+ welcome to volunteer with adult supervision. Each volunteer under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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, deliver food, and more. Morning or afternoon shifts are 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. Children 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: Virtual Health and Mental Health Volunteer information session: Aug. 22 at 12-1pm. Click here to register or email NEOvolunteer@redcross.org for more information. Volunteers provide services to Red Cross workers, disaster health care, and serve military, veterans and their families. (Licensed mental health professionals holding master's degree or health services professionals with an active and unencumbered licensure.)

 

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 - Blanchard Valley Hospital: Candy Stripers. The Candy Stripers volunteer together and have an established list of tasks to perform throughout the hospital each time they come in. Up to four Candy Stripers volunteer each weekday from about 3:45-5pm (the program is limited to 20 candy stripers at once). Candy Stripers commit to volunteering the same day each week and can choose which day they volunteer (depending on days available). The attendance policy requires no more than three missed times within a 60-day period. Candy Stripers can step off the schedule to participate in extracurricular activities, but their return to the program is based on availability at that time. In other words, volunteers are not guaranteed that same day of the week when they return. Candy Stripers have been volunteering at Blanchard Valley Hospital since 1949. Still today, the Candy Striper program provides hands-on experience to high school-age volunteers interested in the medical industry. All Candy Stripers must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.  

Youth Volunteers: High school only (ages 14-18)

blanchard valley health system

Blanchard Valley Health System - Administrative Volunteer: Blanchard Valley Health System's Center for Diabetes Management provides diabetes management to patients. This may include specialized programs, education and or routine visits. A volunteer is needed to help with data entry. The information will be readily available for the volunteer to enter electronically. 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 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 14-26 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 6:30-7:30 p.m. If you can help, call 567-301-2101 or email Deborah at info@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+ 

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 - We periodically need office assistance as we gear up for and enter our yearly campaign. This could include putting together pledge packets, labeling envelopes, handwriting thank-you notes and more. If you are able to stop in an hour or two during working hours, please contact Sarah at sarah.mayle@uwhancock.org. Feel free to pass this along or bring a friend.