All of our member organizations have unique volunteer opportunities. Please contact the individual organizations for details.

Asian Services In Action, Inc. (ASIA)

ASIA is always seeking volunteers within our various departments. Volunteers are encouraged to email the PAD Department with their interests. We aim to empower and advocate for the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and provide AAPIs access to quality culturally, and linguistically appropriate information and services. Visit our site for details.

Cleveland: 3631 Perkins Ave, Ste2AW, Cleveland, OH 44114. Akron: 730 Carroll St, Akron, OH 44304

Volunteer Coordinators: Kimlee Sureemee, kimlee.sur@asiaohio.org, Vince Vongphothong, vong@asiaohio.org

bhitc-bwBuilding Hope in the City

Building Hope in the City is a faith-based nonprofit organization focused on the transformation of our city and its people.  Its ministries, which are highly relational in nature, support urban congregations, train future leaders, foster academic improvement for urban youth and serve refugees of all ages. BHITC staff and its volunteers provide refugees with mentors, English classes, citizenship prep courses, tutoring and literacy ministries, fellowship groups and more.  The organization’s volunteers have guided Cleveland area refugees to start their own small businesses, buy homes, secure loans and more.

BHITC is currently looking for volunteers to assist in the following areas: Mentors, English classes, Citizenship prep courses, Tutoring and literacy ministries, Care groups. Visit our site for details.

2031 West 30th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113, with satellite programs in many area congregations

Volunteer Coordinator: Amy Mitchell, Director of Ministry Engagement, amy@buildinghopeinthecity.org

logoCleveland Heights University Heights City School District

Our school district welcomes volunteers who are willing to donate their time and talent in the support of helping our students to reach their individual educational goals. Volunteers can serve in a variety of ways, from assisting classroom teachers in the classroom, to helping families participate more fully in school sponsored events, to assisting to increase participation in extra-curricular activities. Interested persons will be directed to our Human Resources Department located at the Board of Education office on Miramar Boulevard in University Heights.

2155 Miramar Boulevard, University Heights, Ohio 44118

Those interested in volunteering for the school district can schedule an appointment with Kim Ehrlich who coordinates background checks on Tuesdays and Thursdays: Kim Ehrlich- K_Ehrlich@chuh.org, Human Resources Department, Cleveland Heights University Heights City School District. For general questions about volunteering opportunities, visit the Reaching Heights page.

tric-ableThe Cuyahoga Community College ABLE Program provides free basic education to help students learn skills to be successful in their community, family, job, training or college. Our classes are designed to: Improve math, reading and writing skills. Help high school graduates who need to improve skills for a job or college. Assist with GED® test preparation. Improve English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). Transition students in a job, training or college Tri-C

ABLE is currently looking for volunteers to assist in the following areas: Adult Literacy/GED tutors ESOL tutors and mentors Citizenship prep course tutors Office volunteers Special projects volunteers. View site for more details.

2415 Woodland Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44115  (Tri-C has over 40 satellite sites and 4 campus sites throughout Cuyahoga County that need volunteers.)

Volunteer Coordinator:  Tess Yurik Teresa.yurik@tri-c.edu

global-bwGlobal Cleveland

Global Cleveland is a non-profit organization focused on regional economic development by actively attracting, welcoming and connecting newcomers to Greater Cleveland’s many economic and social opportunities. Our volunteer program is ongoing, and volunteers are matched one-on-one with an international newcomer based off of similar interests and backgrounds. Volunteers can help a newcomer practice their English, introduce them to different Cleveland neighborhoods, and improve their job search and networking skills. Visit our site for details.

Global Cleveland is currently looking for volunteers to assist in the following areas: Welcoming Mentors, Job Coaches, Global Advocates

 200 Public Square, Suite 150, Cleveland OH 44114

Volunteer Coordinator: Jazmin Long, Jazmin@globalcleveland.org

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Migration and Refugee Services

Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) offers a variety of meaningful opportunities to volunteer with Cleveland’s growing refugee community.  As the largest resettlement office in the region, MRS welcomes and serves more than 300 refugees each year.  Volunteers can make a difference in the lives of newly arrived refugees as a mentor, teacher, or tutor.  MRS can also accommodate groups and short-term projects including apartment set-up teams and English conversation partners. Please contact us for more information on how you can get involved. Visit our site for details.

MRS is currently looking for volunteers to assist in the following areas: Refugee Mentors, Teachers, Tutors, Group short-term projects (apartment set-up teams), English conversation partners

Saint Augustine Towers, First Floor 7800 Detroit Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44102

Volunteer coordinator: Stacy Dever, sdever@ccdocle.org

Neighborhood Family Practice

Email Megan Meister, Director of Community Engagement, for more information.


logo-1The Refugee Response

The Refugee Response empowers refugees to become self-sufficient and contributing members of their new communities. Volunteers provide critical program support in meaningful opportunities that allow for direct engagement with the refugee community. These would include enrolling as a tutor to support refugee students, grades K-12, through our Home Tutoring Program or working alongside our refugee trainees under our Refugee Empowerment Agricultural Program (REAP). These opportunities require an application process, as well as a minimum time commitment.

Refugee Response is currently looking for volunteers to assist in the following areas: Home Tutoring Program, Refugee Empowerment Agricultural Program (REAP), Organizational support. Visit our site for details.

The Refugee Response, 4115 Bridge Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113

Volunteer Coordinator: info@refugeeresponse.org or by phone at 216-236-3877.

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

Established in 1916, the International Services Center has served refugees and immigrants for 100 years.  This year the agency joined USCRI as a field office to continue our important work.  The International Services Center is now known as USCRI-Cleveland.  In the neighborhoods across Cleveland, Ohio, we open doors for uprooted people, helping the world’s most vulnerable rebuild their lives. We are part of a nationwide network that breaks through social, cultural, and economic barriers so previously interrupted lives can flourish. The first welcome begins with navigating American culture, laying solid foundations for a fresh start, and making essential community connections to successfully integrate into our community.

Learn more about the empowered survivors living in your community.

USCRI-Cleveland is currently looking for volunteers to assist in the following areas: Mentor new families, Housing set up for new refugee families, transportation, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) tutoring, legal

815 Superior Avenue East, Suite 100, Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Volunteer opportunities are possible through: Americorps@uscrioh.org – attention Rachel Licina

UT-bwUs Together Inc.

US Together (UST) is a mutual assistance agency, which means it was started and is still run by former refugees.  The agency’s founders have worked with immigrant and refugee populations since 1988. As UST strives to expand the services it provides, the organization continues to be a stellar example of refugees serving refugees. Committed to providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services, UST has a diverse, multi-lingual staff representing over 12 countries and more than 52 languages. With 3 offices, UST is able to help over 600 refugees establish their new lives in America each year.

US Together is currently looking for volunteers to assist in the following areas: English as a Second Language (ESL), Citizenship classes, Matching Grant: Employment Services, Case Management Aid, Financial Literacy, Family Strengthening, Fundraising, Social Media, Single Women & Mothers Fund, Internship Opportunities, Mentoring a refugee or refugee family. Visit this page for details.

2490 Lee Blvd. Suite 200, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Volunteer Coordinator: Helen Tarkhanova, htarkhanova@ustogether.us