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Student Volunteer Opportunities

Latino Cultural Connections

Latino Cultural Connections is a resource for members of Tuscarawas County to better understand the Latino community and provide children with support through tutoring, social events, and advocacy. Their vision is to bridge the cultural gap through education, friendship and mentorship so that the Latino youth realize their full potential.  They are looking for people interested in tutoring local Latino children and community volunteers that are willing to contribute abilities and skills in the areas of marketing, accounting, community outreach, fundraising and grant writing. Tutoring can occur weekly or biweekly, based on your preference and availability! You pick the days and times you are available, all they ask is that you keep the days consistent weekly to avoid any confusion. They would like the tutoring to last the length of the school year if possible to get the most out of this opportunity! They are flexible and willing to work with your schedule.

Contact Information
Jeff Bray, President
614-563-7672
Website:  http://www.tclaamistad.org/
Email: jeffblaamistad@gmail.com 


Crossroads Hospice

The mission of Crossroads Hospice is to provide highly unique, comprehensive, and compassionate hospice services to persons experiencing a life-limiting illness and to their caregivers. Crossroads Hospice invites you to become an Ultimate Giver! What's required? Caring, compassionate individuals who would like to offer companionship, socialization, or emotional support to people who really need a helping hand. Your time is a valuable asset to our patients and families, who find joy in the small gestures extended by our dedicated volunteers - reading a favorite story, listening to music, playing a game of cards or bingo, watching an old movie, or simply just "being there". The opportunities are endless!
   
If you have an interest in supporting your fellow community members, or have special talents you would like to share, please contact us today.

Contact Information
Ashley Green
Volunteer Manager
330-776-3253
Website: https://www.crossroadshospice.com/locations/ohio
Email: ashley.green@crossroadshospice.com


Friends of the Homeless of Tuscarawas County

Friends of the Homeless of Tuscarawas County serves indigent men, women, and children in Tuscarawas County and the surrounding areas. By providing individuals with a safe place to live, personalized case management, and access to resources for self-improvement, we are able to assist people in attaining stability in their lives, employment, and housing.

There are numerous volunteer opportunities available:

  • Front Desk Volunteers have the most one-on-one contact with residents, offering support and encouragement as well as making them feel like a valued member of the community, serving as a bridge of communication between staff and residents, as well as assisting with some of the clerical duties of the organization.
  • Advocacy Volunteers act as the bridge between the organization and the community through their involvement with fundraising activities, the speaker’s bureau, public relations campaigns, and volunteer recruitment. These volunteers spread the mission of Friends of the Homeless by raising awareness of the issues of homelessness, poverty, and substance abuse.
  • Special Skills Volunteers fill very specialized roles that may or may not occur on a regular basis, such as:
              Babysitters
              Writers (resume assistance, biographer/testimonials, grants)
              Maintenance/handymen
             Mechanics
              Multilingual translators
    Contact Information: Samantha Wottle, Administrative Assistant, New Philadelphia OH 44663
    330-602-6100, Email: swottle@fothtusc.org
    Website: www.fothtusc.org

Village Network

The Village Network has several volunteer opportunities available:

  • Support Staff Assistants are needed to assist office staff to schedule clients, update client files with appropriate documentation, schedule appointments, file and fax necessary documents.
  • Youth Mentors for Children and Teens assist staff facilitators in preparation for groups, greet children, and assist in facilitating projects, games, activities and snack. Volunteers must have the ability to set appropriate boundaries with children and teens. 
  • Independent Living Assistants assist staff to develop Independent Living Programs necessary for youth aging out of program.

Volunteers should be consistent, reliable, dependable, and able to form positive relationships with children. They are required to complete a two hour volunteer orientation and a background check before approval to work with children. 

Contact Information
Jenny Fowler
117 E. 3rd Street
Uhrichsville OH 44683
330-202-3811
Email: jfowler@thevillagenetwork.com
Website: www.thevillagenetwork.org


Tuscarawas County Historical Society

The Tuscarawas County Historical Society’s primary function is to maintain the Tuscarawas County archives. They are also involved with programs as an outreach to the community. Assistance is needed with scanning, digitizing, and organizing photographs as well as performing miscellaneous clerical duties. Some computer/Microsoft Office experience preferred.

Contact Information

Fred Miller
Library, Kent State University at Tuscarawas
330 University Drive NE
New Philadelphia OH 44663
330-339-3391, ext 47494

Website: http://www.tuschs.org/main/
Email: tuschs@tuschs.org


Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio 

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to provide children facing adversity with one-to-one mentoring relationships that instill confidence and inspire hope for the future. They currently are in need of volunteer mentors for their School-Based and Community-Based Mentoring Programs. 
    
School Based Mentors commit to spending one hour per week with an elementary or middle school student from October through April at one of our partner schools (New Philadelphia West Elementary; Claymont Eastport Avenue Elementary; Dover Avenue, South or East Elementary Schools; Tusky Valley Middle School; Strasburg-Franklin Elementary and Middle Schools; Carrollton Bell Herron Middle School; and Brown Local (Malvern) Elementary and Middle Schools. Each session is supervised by a BBBS staff member and all materials are provided by BBBS. 

Community Based mentors commit to spending 4 hours per month with a child ages 7-14 years doing things that they enjoy such as: playing basketball, riding bikes, walking in the park, baking, shopping, going to the movies etc. BBBS staff provide ongoing support for each "match" as well as free, agency sponsored activities, regularly! 

All volunteer mentors must complete an application; in person interview and agree to a multi-layer background check. Mentors are asked to commit to a minimum of one year (one school year for School Based programs; 4 hours a month for at least one year for Community Based mentors). Community Based mentors must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driver's license; All mentors must live, work or attend school in Tuscarawas or Carroll counties. There is no fee associated with mentoring. 

Contact Information
Heather Campbell, President and CEO 
New Philadelphia OH 44663
330-339-6916 
Email: hcampbell@bbbseco.com
Website: www.bbbseco.com 


MAGIC Mentors of Barberton

Catholic Charities Community Services of Summit County responds to those in need through an integrated system of quality services designed to respect the dignity of every person and build a just and compassionate society.  Through the Community Connections grant from the state of Ohio, we have partnered with Barberton schools and the surrounding community to create MAGIC Mentors. MAGIC stands for Mentoring Adolescents through Guidance Inspiration and Compassion.  The MAGIC Mentors program assists adolescents through guidance, inspiration, and compassion. The program invests in the future of the community by creating and supervising long-term relationships between caring adults and at-risk school children of all faiths and denominations. 
   
Volunteers are asked to commit 4 – 6 hours per month to meet with youth. They should be empathetic, flexible, open, and have a respect for your people. The program runs the duration of the school year.
   
Contact Information
Maribeth Hutchens-Saxer, Volunteer Coordinator
Catholic Charities Community Services of Summit County 
Barberton, Ohio
330203-5429 
Email: mhutchenssaxer@ccdocle.org
Website: ccdocle.org/summit-county


Tuscarawas County Humane Society

The vision of the Tuscarawas County Humane Society is to create a community where all animals receive appropriate care, love and attention at all times; are treated with dignity and respect; provided necessary veterinary care; and protected from all forms of cruelty, abuse and neglect. They are always in need of volunteers. Volunteers help walk animals, clean dog kennels, clean the cat rooms, feed and water, and simply play with the animals. You can even become a foster home! 
All volunteers must complete a volunteer orientation which is held every other Sunday at 4PM. 
They accept volunteers of all ages; however, those younger than 16 must be accompanied by a guardian. It is ideal if the volunteer has the ability to bend over, possibly lift up to 50 lbs, hold a leash, and understand animal behavior.

Contact Information
Lindsey Lewis, Shelter Director
New Philadelphia OH 44663
330-343-6060 
Email: contact@tuschumanesociety.com
Website: www.tuschumanesociety.com