Volunteer Opportunities

*If you are interested or have questions about any of the volunteering opportunities below, please register for our volunteer center, Volunteers United. You will receive a phone call from our volunteer coordinator to answer your questions and find the best match for your interests. Thank you!

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Volunteering Quote of the Week: 

"To live is not to live for one's self; let us help one another." - Menander of Athens (342-291 B.C.)

Ohio State Hancock County Extension logo

Volunteers are urgently needed to assist in an educational event organized by the OSU Extension Office called "Real Money. Real World." "Real Money. Real World" is financial literacy program set up with a few days of individual classroom teaching followed by a 2-period simulation experience, where the students get to put into practice some of the information they have acquired about finances. Volunteers work at the various spending booths, including some of the following household expense areas: childcare, communications, contributions, credit and college loans, entertainment, insurance, and transportation.  We also have a Financial Assistance “help desk”.  Volunteers would use information provided about their booth topic and guide students through the process of selecting from set spending patterns in that type of household expense, and possibly assist with some basic math as students deduct their purchases from their “bank account”. Calculators will be on site. Volunteers are needed at Donnell Middle School for 7th grade on Oct. 15, from 12:45-2:30 pm and Dec. 3, from 12:45-2:30 pm and at Glenwood Middle School for 7th grade on Jan. 7, 2022 from 7:30-9:30am. Contact Jennifer Little if you can help at little.18@osu.edu.

american red cross north central ohio chapter

American Red Cross is holding an information session Oct. 27 from 5:30-6:30pm where those interested can explore how they can make a difference as a Disaster Response Volunteer. Disaster responders provide assistance, including shelter, food and comfort following a home fire, flood, tornado or other emergency. Volunteers need to be 18+ and be able to take an on-call shift. Click here to RSVP. You can attend in person at the Red Cross, 125 Fair St. in Findlay, or attend virtually. (A Teams meeting link will be provided if you register to attend virtually.) RSVP requested but not required. Face coverings required in person. Refreshments and Red Cross preparedness item for those who attend in person. Questions? Call 216-431-3328 or NEOvolunteer@redcross.org.

stone bridge church

StoneBridge Church, 2111 Stonehedge Dr., is in need of volunteers to help with their annual free Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 25. This year’s meal will be take-out and delivery only. Help is needed between Nov. 21-25 to help with delivery services, prepping meals, serving meals in the drive thru line, cleaning up, and more. Please sign up those 12 years and older. Younger children are welcome to join and we will do our best to find a place for them to help! There are two tabs on the sign up - one related to the kitchen and food preparation and one centered on delivery services.

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Gliding Stars of Findlay is in need of on-ice volunteers. Middle school aged through adult welcome and encouraged! 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 serves individuals in Hancock County and surrounding areas and meets on Sunday afternoons at The Cube. The group is on the ice 2-3pm from September to December and in January, 1:30-3pm in preparation for our annual skating show on March 20, 2022 at 2:30pm. Volunteers will earn up to 33 hours of volunteer time with 100 percent participation in the practice session, rehearsal and ice show. Without the dedication of our volunteers, the Gliding Stars program would not be possible. Volunteers provide physical support, encouragement, and social opportunities for our special skaters. Calendar of skating dates and registration forms available here. To register as a volunteer, print and fill out the volunteer registration and mail to Gliding Stars of Findlay OH, PO Box 1561, Findlay, OH 45839. Contact Chapter Coordinator Cindy Bregel at 419-306-5327 or cindy.bregel@gmail.com with any questions.

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 are greatly needed as the start of the school year quickly approaches and we work to restore volunteer numbers since the pandemic. 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 ArcadiaSchool volunteers may be high school students or older.  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.

2021 Findlay Halloween Parade

Volunteers are needed in several roles for this year’s Cops and Kids Halloween Parade presented by loanDepot. The parade is scheduled for Oct. 26 at 7:00 pm. It will start at the intersection of South Main Street and 6th Street and march northbound on South Main to Lima Avenue. To learn more click here. To volunteer, click "sign up to volunteer,” and the link will lead to a Sign Up Genius where available volunteer roles are listed.

Project HOPE Equine Assisted Therapy

Project Hope Equine Assisted Therapy is looking for volunteers to help with Halloween on Horseback, their main fundraiser. Volunteers are needed from 11am to 5:15pm the weekends of Oct. 23, 24 and Oct. 30, 31. During the event, children can ride a horse guided by a person who leads them to various stops through the woods to play a game or activity on their horse. About 45 volunteers are needed to help lead horses, walk alongside, and help with mounting and dismounting. They are also needed for game stations, parking, and registration. **Volunteers aged 16+ are welcome!** Sign up here: https://signup.com/go/WLSSJUg

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.

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. Part of the Hancock Park District’s goals is to encourage the growth of native plants. To that end, it is necessary to remove invasive woody plants, like bush honeysuckle and privet, that crowd out those plants that are native to this area. Volunteers will work under the guidance of HPD staff, using hand tools and gloves to cut saplings and pull seedlings. For more info call 419-425-7275.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

 

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. Requirements and Commitment: Must be age 16+, 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

blanchard valley health system

Blanchard Valley Health System - Armes Family Cancer Care Center – Front Desk Greeter: A smiling face at the welcome desk of can go a long way in putting patients at ease. Volunteers in this role primarily remain at the welcome desk to greet patients and guests and escort patients to their appointment. Volunteers must have the ability to push a wheelchair. This opportunity offers excellent exercise and an opportunity to interact with our patients. It is available every Mondays from 8am-12pm, Tuesdays 12-4pm and Fridays 12-4pm. Please contact BVHS's volunteer coordinator for more information at 419-423-5342.

blanchard valley health system

Blanchard Valley Health System - Eastern Woods Outpatient Center. Volunteers at our Eastern Woods Outpatient Center (EWOC) are stationed at the facility’s Welcome Desk, where they greet and assist with check in. Volunteers also escort patients to their appointment and must be able to push a wheelchair. Must be fully COVID vaccinated. This opportunity is available every Saturday from 7am-12pm (shift can be split in two). Volunteers have the option to help a couple of times a month or each week. Please contact BVHS's volunteer coordinator for more information at 419-423-5342.

blanchard valley health system

Blanchard Valley Health System - Bluffton Hospital Gift Shop - The Hospital Gift Shop is run by volunteers of the BVHS Auxiliary and proceeds from Gift Shop help fund the purchase of new equipment, furniture, projects, and more for BVHS. Gift Shop volunteers assist customers, run the cash register, and help behind the scenes. The shop carries home decor, candy, cards, jewelry, and gift items to meet the needs of patients, visitors and employees. Volunteers are needed at the Bluffton Hospital Gift Shop on the 4th and 5th Wednesdays of each month from 11am to 3pm. 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 ArcadiaSchool volunteers may be high school students or older.  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.  

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. Part of the Hancock Park District’s goals is to encourage the growth of native plants. To that end, it is necessary to remove invasive woody plants, like bush honeysuckle and privet, that crowd out those plants that are native to this area. Volunteers will work under the guidance of HPD staff, using hand tools and gloves to cut saplings and pull seedlings. For more info call 419-425-7275.

habitat for humanity restore findlay

Findlay ReStore, 1200 Commerce Pkwy., is in need of help on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to clean, sort, price, and stage donations. Shifts are available from 6-8pm, when the public is not shopping. Four volunteers can work at a time for covid safety. Age 16+ welcome! Sign up here:   

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

Wednesdays: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040C45AAA82AAAFC1-wednesday  

Thursdays: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c45aaa82aaafc1-restore2 

Ohio State Hancock County Extension logo

Volunteers are urgently needed to assist in an educational event organized by the OSU Extension Office called "Real Money. Real World." "Real Money. Real World" is financial literacy program set up with a few days of individual classroom teaching followed by a 2-period simulation experience, where the students get to put into practice some of the information they have acquired about finances. Volunteers work at the various spending booths, including some of the following household expense areas: childcare, communications, contributions, credit and college loans, entertainment, insurance, and transportation.  We also have a Financial Assistance “help desk”.  Volunteers would use information provided about their booth topic and guide students through the process of selecting from set spending patterns in that type of household expense, and possibly assist with some basic math as students deduct their purchases from their “bank account”. Calculators will be on site. Volunteers are needed at Donnell Middle School for 7th grade on Oct. 15, from 12:45-2:30 pm and Dec. 3, from 12:45-2:30 pm and at Glenwood Middle School for 7th grade on Jan. 7, 2022 from 7:30-9:30am. Contact Jennifer Little if you can help at little.18@osu.edu.

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 419-788-0528 or sarah.mayle@uwhancock.org. Feel free to pass this along or bring a friend.