24 Places to Volunteer in Cleveland

Start 2019 out on the right foot by volunteering your time with one of the many organizations in Cleveland dedicated to helping our local communities!


Hunger Network Food Rescue - The mission of the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland is to reduce hunger and enhance nutrition in our community by providing food and other health related vital services to individuals and families, and by actively and effectively participating in a coordinated response to people in need.

Cleveland Food Bank - The Cleveland Food Bank’s mission is to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day.

Our Lady of the Wayside - Our Lady of the Wayside enriches the lives of individuals who have developmental disabilities and intellectual challenges. Our Lady of the Wayside provides individuals and their families pathways to healthy and productive personal growth through professional care, support and guidance.

Playhouse Square - RedCoat volunteers at Playhouse Square shows their passion and support of our not-for-profit mission and the performing arts every time they walk in the door.

Cleveland Metroparks - Volunteer Services’ mission is to promote community involvement through rewarding volunteer opportunities that support the needs and mission of Cleveland Metroparks.

Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland - Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, Inc., a nonprofit organization, supports families whose children receive treatment at area medical centers by providing a home-like environment and essential resources and services.

Shoes and Clothes for Kids - Shoes and Clothes for Kids’ mission is to improve K-8 school attendance by eliminating lack of appropriate clothing, shoes and school supplies as barriers.

Gigi’s Playhouse - Gigi’s mission is to change the way the world views Down syndrome and send a global message of acceptance for all. Gigi’s changes lives through consistent delivery of free educational, therapeutic-based and career development programs for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community, through a replicable playhouse model.

United Way of Greater Cleveland - In Cleveland and throughout Cuyahoga County all people matter, and at United Way of Greater Cleveland we provide support to 115 local programs that benefit the health, education, financial stability and general well-being of those that need it most in the area.

Nature Center at Shaker Lakes - The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes conserves a natural area, connects people with nature and inspires environmental stewardship.

Meals on Wheels - Meals on Wheels mission is to empower local community programs to improve the health and quality of life of the seniors they serve so that no one is left hungry or isolated.

Boys and Girls Club - Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland is a nonprofit organization providing safe, fun places for the kids who need us most.  The Clubs are open at the times when kids are most vulnerable to getting into trouble — after school, on Saturdays and during the summer. 

Hashtag Lunchbag Cleveland - #HashtagLunchbag has become more than just a program that feeds the hungry in local communities. With handwritten love notes as our secret ingredient, we use bagged lunches as vessels to spread love, acknowledging the humanity of both the giver and the receiver.

Cleveland Kids Book Bank- Cleveland Kids Book Bank’s mission is to foster improved literacy and a love of reading by providing free books to children in need.

Downs on the Farm - Downs on the Farm’s mission is to offer a farm where, not only kids and adults are welcome to come and enjoy the animals but,  those seeking low cost Animal Assisted Activities in the community have it available to them.

Community Resource Services - Community Resource Services is a responsive, community-based organization whose mission is to diminish the effects of poverty in Avon and Avon Lake. We provide basic needs assistance and individualized resource and referral services in a compassionate and confidential manner.

Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity - Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

The Gathering Place - The mission of The Gathering Place is to support, educate and empower individuals and families currently coping with the impact of cancer in their lives through programs and services provided free of charge.

Also look for Volunteer Opportunities with your City! Such as - Lakewood Alive, Ohio City, Cleveland, or Shaker Heights.


Volunteer with a Local Animal Organization

Secondhand Mutts - Our mission is to respect the dog. We respect the dog by providing shelter. We respect the dog by stopping the overpopulation of dogs. We respect the dog by providing necessary veterinary care and treatment. We respect the dog by placing them in forever homes. We are Secondhand Mutts and we respect the dog.

Berea Animal Rescue - Berea Animal Rescue Friends (ARF) is a no-time-limit animal shelter that rescues stray and homeless companion animals, provides medical care, spay/neuter, vaccinations and housing, and prepares animals for adoption into loving homes.

City Dogs Cleveland - The CITY DOGS mission is to increase adoptions from the City Kennel by changing the image of the pit bulls who make up the majority of the kennel population, by preparing all adoptable dogs in the kennel for lives in loving homes and by creating as many opportunities as possible for the public to meet and get to know our dogs for the terrific pets they are meant to be. ~ City Dogs will be accepting new volunteers once they move into their new facility later this month .~

Citizens Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter - The underlying mission of CCLAS is to improve and protect the lives of Lakewood's pet population. 

Love a Stray - Love-A-Stray is a non-profit, all volunteer, no-kill organization dedicated to helping homeless animals.

Friendship APL - Friendship APL is a private, independent, non-profit [501(c)(3)] humane society founded in Elyria, Ohio in 1957.


Please feel free to add additional opportunities in the comments below. We will update this list periodically!

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