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: "A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." - John A. Shedd

Hancock County Family and Children First Council logo

 

Hancock County Family and Children First Council is looking for volunteers who can help update the contacts on the Hancock County No Wrong Door nonprofit resource guide, to be completed by the end of March. The reference sheet is an essential resource for nonprofits and other organizations to guide those in need to the places that can best provide help for their situation. Interested volunteers will receive the sheet (last updated in 2019), and a short training to familiarize with what is needed. Training can be conducted in person or over video conferencing, and the work can be done remotely if preferred. Contact Peggy Grandbois if interested or if you have questions at 419-424-7073 or mfgrandbois@co.hancock.oh.us.

gliding stars ice skating logo

Gliding Stars of Findlay is still 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 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 earn up to 20 hours of volunteer time if they were to start now with participation in the practice sessions, 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.

Youth Volunteers: Middle school aged and up welcome and encouraged.

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.

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 information contact Jamie Shane at jshane@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. 

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 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

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.

 

blanchard valley health system

Blanchard Valley Health System - Bluffton Hospital - Gift Shop: The Hospital Gift Shop is run by the Blanchard Valley Health System Auxiliary and its volunteers. The Auxiliary uses proceeds from the Gift Shop to help the Blanchard Valley Health System fund the purchase of new equipment, furniture, projects, etc. 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. A volunteer is needed on the 4th Wednesdays of each month from 11a-3pm and the 2nd and 3rd Fridays of each month from 11am-3pm. Volunteer must provide documentation of COVID vaccination and wear a mask at all times. Please contact BVHS's volunteer coordinator for more information at 419-423-5342.

blanchard valley health system

Blanchard Valley Health System  - Armes Family Cancer Care Center – Volunteer Greeter: A smiling face at the welcome desk of can go a long way in putting patients at ease. Although volunteers primarily remain at the welcome desk to greet patients and guests, escorting patients to their appointment rooms is involved. This often requires pushing wheelchairs, so volunteers must have the ability to do so. As the face of Armes Family Cancer Care Center, you can make a difference in patients’ experience by speaking with them as they wait for their appointments. This opportunity offers excellent exercise and an opportunity to interact with our patients. Volunteers in this role are required to be fully COVID vaccinated.

This opportunity is available: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Tuesday of the month from 12-4pm and 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays from 12-4pm. Please contact BVHS's volunteer coordinator for more information at 419-423-5342.

blanchard valley health system

Blanchard Valley Health System – Nearly New Shop: if you're looking for a fun place to volunteer, and have a knack for retail, decorating or simply love to shop, Nearly New may be the fit for you! This resale shop is run by amazing volunteers who provide a wonderful service to our community and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Blanchard Valley Health System. Funds raised help purchase life-saving equipment or necessities to enhance patient experience. Volunteers are needed to help organize and clean donations, price merchandise and assist on the sales floor. The schedule is flexible, based on your availability. All BVHS volunteers must be fully COVID vaccinated.

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.

Hancock County Family and Children First Council logo

 

Hancock County Family and Children First Council is looking for volunteers who can help update the contacts on the Hancock County No Wrong Door nonprofit resource guide, to be completed by the end of March. The reference sheet is an essential resource for nonprofits and other organizations to guide those in need to the places that can best provide help for their situation. Interested volunteers will receive the sheet (last updated in 2019), and a short training to familiarize with what is needed. Training can be conducted in person or over video conferencing, and the work can be done remotely if preferred. Contact Peggy Grandbois if interested or if you have questions at 419-424-7073 or mfgrandbois@co.hancock.oh.us.

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 information contact Jamie Shane at jshane@hancockparks.com

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

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. 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 

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