Volunteer at a Service Site

Kent State Volunteer: Alumni Day of Service tshirt

Alumni Day of Service Canceled
Please be advised that in light of precautions surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus), Kent State University is canceling all university-sponsored events. This includes events on all Kent State campuses as well as university-sponsored events scheduled for other locations. In accordance with the university’s actions and the recommendation of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to avoid large group gatherings, Alumni Day of Service on April 18, 2020 has been canceled.


To see up-to-date Kent State information regarding COVID-19, visit https://www.kent.edu/coronavirus.

Volunteer with fellow Golden Flashes, make others smile, create fun memories and so much more on Alumni Day of Service. Let’s show our communities how great an impact we have when #FlashesGiveBack. Register by March 30 and receive a free T-shirt! Once you register for a service site, please visit the Alumni Day of Service waiver page as some sites require an additional waiver or application. 

Ohio Sites

Head Start Community Garden

Ashtabula, OH

Volunteers will help clean up the garden beds in preparation for spring planting.

Sign up for Head Start Community Garden


African American Cultural Garden

Cleveland, OH

Volunteers will assist with garden clean-up and plant flowers and shrubs.

Sign up for African American Cultural Garden

Cleveland Kids' Book Bank

Cleveland, OH

Volunteers will browse, batch and box books for distribution to organizations that serve children and families in need.

***Service Site Full***

The Gathering Place

Westlake, OH

Volunteers will help by cleaning and organizing the playroom.

***Service Site Full***

Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Cleveland, OH

Volunteers will assist in the repack area where they will sort through and repackage incoming donations before they are distributed to partner programs in the community.

Sign up for Greater Cleveland Food Bank

LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

Cleveland, OH

Volunteers will help organize resources such as supply closets, magazines and other materials.

Sign up for LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

MedWish International

Cleveland, OH

Volunteers will sort and package medical supplies for shipment.

Sign up for MedWish International

Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland

Cleveland, OH

Volunteers will cook meals for families in the house, perform light housekeeping duties and clean as needed.

***Service Site Full***

Shoes and Clothes for Kids

Cleveland, OH

Volunteers will help with sorting inventory, stocking store shelves, stuffing uniform packages and backpacks, fulfilling online orders and more.

***Service Site Full***

Mid-Ohio Foodbank (8 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Grove City, OH

Volunteers will assist in the Kroger Food Pantry by helping families with their shopping and restocking the pantry.

***Service Site Full***

Mid-Ohio Foodbank (11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Grove City, OH

Volunteers will assist in the Kroger Food Pantry by helping families with their shopping and restocking the pantry.

Sign up for Mid-Ohio Foodbank Afternoon Shift


Rescue Village

Novelty, OH

Volunteers will help with housekeeping (laundry, dishes, sweeping, mopping, etc.) and mulching walking trails.

***Service Site Full***

WomenSafe, Inc., the Green House

Chardon, OH

Volunteers will help with WomenSafe Inc.'s spring mailing by stuffing envelopes.

***Service Site Full***


Lake County History Center

Painsville Twp, OH

Volunteers will clean flower beds; clean and prep the Pioneer Village buildings, General Store and exhibit rooms; break down and set up exhibits; scrape and paint the building; clean public areas; and wash windows. Other duties may be assigned as time allows.

Sign up for Lake County History Center


Friendship Animal Protective League of Lorain County

Elyria, OH

Volunteers will help with dog and cat care, including cage and kennel clean-up, lawn care and other general maintenance.

Sign up for Friendship Animal Protective League of Lorain County


Clean Up Kent

Kent, OH

Volunteers will assist with a clean-up of the Dan Smith Community Park and painting of corn hole boards and other miscellaneous items.

Sign up for Clean Up Kent

Kids Capes of Courage

Kent, OH

Volunteers will cut patterns from fabric provided by Kids Capes of Courage. These patterns will later be sewn into capes and given to children in need.

Sign up for Kids Capes of Courage

Habitat for Humanity - Kent ReStore

Kent, OH

Volunteers will either help with stock, displays and inventory or assist outside with various tasks.

***Service Site Full***

Mat Making for the Homeless

Streetsboro, OH

Volunteers will make mats for the homeless by cutting plastic grocery bags, looping the strips, making balls of “plarn” and crocheting the mats.

Sign up for Mat Making for the Homeless

Kent Social Services

Kent, OH

Volunteers will be helping with a variety of indoor and outdoor projects.

Sign up for Kent Social Services

Kent State Women's Center

Kent, OH

Volunteers will cut fabric for Days for Girls, which provides sustainable menstrual care and health education. Volunteers will also make T-shirt bags to be used for the food pantry.

***Service Site Full***

Freedom House

Kent, OH

Volunteers will assist by lightly cleaning the common areas, organizing the pantry and donation rooms, picking up rubbish outside, weeding flower beds, cooking a meal for the veterans and visiting with the veterans.

Sign up for Freedom House

United Way of Portage County

Kent, OH

Volunteers will help create literacy kits for a chosen book so the child is able to retell the story. Volunteers will be coloring, laminating, cutting out figures and assembling finished kits.

Sign up for United Way of Portage County

Kent State Climate Change Grove

Kent, OH

Volunteers will plant trees and perform site clean-up tasks.

Sign up for Kent State Climate Change Grove

The Campus Kitchen at Kent State

Kent, OH

Volunteers will help with baking needs.

Sign up for The Campus Kitchen at Kent State


Stark County Hunger Task Force

Canton, OH

Volunteers will be packing bags for the Backpack for Kids program. Volunteers will help count and organize food, then stuff the bags with healthy meals and snacks. Volunteers will also be assisting with a deep clean of the on-site pantry.

***Service Site Full***

Canton Christian Home

Canton, OH

Volunteers will help host an ice cream social for the residents. After serving ice cream, volunteers will play board games and visit with residents.

***Service Site Closed***

Save-A-Mom Pregnant Dog Rescue

East Sparta, OH

Volunteers will help introduce the rescue dogs to potential adopters, walk and play with dogs and help the rescue facility as needed.

***Service Site Full***


Haven of Rest Ministries

Akron, OH

Volunteers will help fold pajamas and towels, make beds, sort clothing, write cards of encouragement and do yard work (weather permitting).

Sign up for Haven of Rest Ministries

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

Akron, OH

Volunteers will help sort, inspect and repackage donated food items.

***Service Site Full***

Valor Home

Akron, OH

Volunteers will assist by lightly cleaning the common areas, organizing the pantry and donation rooms, picking up rubbish outside, weeding flower beds and visiting with the veterans.

Sign up for Valor Home

One of a Kind Pet Rescue

Akron, OH

Volunteers will be assisting with a variety of tasks.

***Service Site Full***

Akron Zoo

Akron, OH

Volunteers will work with the horticulture team and help clean the zoo grounds.

***Service Site Full***

Humane Society of Summit County

Twinsburg, OH

Volunteers will help with various cleaning tasks such as laundry, dishes and kennel clean-up.

***Service Site Full***

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Peninsula, OH

Volunteers will help plant trees in the National Park for a reforestation project of existing farmlands within the Cuyahoga Valley.

***Service Site Full***


Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County

Vienna, OH

Volunteers will help by sorting donations, organizing food by expiration date and type, general cleaning and making enrichment toys for the animals.

***Service Site Full***

Arizona Site

Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix, AZ

Volunteers will be working with the horticulture department. This opportunity requires physical work such as digging, pulling weeds, hoeing, etc.

Sign up for Phoenix Zoo


California Site

A Sense of Home

Hawthorne, CA

Volunteers will help in the warehouse by organizing, creating kits, sorting new donations, building furniture and marking art.

Sign up for A Sense of Home


Florida Sites
Michigan Site
New York Site

Citymeals on Wheels

New York, NY

Volunteers will be delivering nutritious meals to the homebound elderly within walking distance of the Mullaly Community Center. Volunteers will be given a brief orientation, route and meals to deliver.

Sign up for Citymeals on Wheels


North Carolina Site
Pennsylvania Site

Produce to People: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Pittsburgh, PA

Volunteers will help the Food Bank distribute fresh fruit and vegetables as well as other grocery items. Volunteers must be able to stand, move around easily and lift up to 30 lbs to work at this service site.

Sign up for Produce to People: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank


Washington, D.C. Site

Food & Friends

Washington, D.C.

Volunteers will prepare, package and deliver meals under the supervision of more seasoned volunteers.

***Service Site Full***