Center for Faith and Justice

Local Service

In addition to the various opportunities directly facilitated by the CFJ, we hope to connect students interested in doing service with organizations throughout Cincinnati.

These opportunities fall within one of three categories:

Ongoing Direct Service: These organizations provide regular (daily, weekly, monthly) opportunities to serve our local community.

One-time Direct Service: These organizations are seeking volunteers for a one-time commitment to projects such as painting, sorting donations from a large event, etc.

Event Volunteers: Some organizations host events such as galas or benefit evenings to raise funds to do the good work they do. Often, they require extra hands to make such events a success.

Community partners hoping to promote volunteer opportunities can complete our Volunteer Opportunity Form to be considered for promotion on this list.

Ongoing Direct Service:

Mentor International Exchange Students
Youth for Understanding is a non-profit international educational organization. They are asking for volunteers for a variety of opportunities, which include mentoring and providing ongoing support to international students and host families; interviewing prospective exchange students and host families; conducting orientations; aiding in community outreach; and providing administrative support. Days, times, and locations of volunteer opportunity are flexible
Contact: Maggie Blom

Mentor Local Youth

Guiding Light is a mentoring organization dedicated to serving youth ages 8-18 in the Greater Cincinnati area by providing positive role models, teaching relationship skills, and developing moral character. Our mission is to provide youth with guidance, support, and encouragement to make positive decisions that lead to a successful life. Mentors will serve as a friend, advocate and role model to a young person who needs emotional, social, academic, and career support.

Volunteering as a mentor is a one year commitment. Hours are flexible
Contact: Latisha Owens 513-508-2029

Adult Education Tutoring
Education Matters is a non-profit located in Lower Price Hill and East Price Hill that focuses on providing adult education. Our mission is to inspire learning and strengthen our community by removing barriers to education. We offer three programs to adults seeking to reengage with education. Our Education Forward program provides one-on-one instruction to individuals seeking to earn their GED. Our Bridge program prepares individuals to enter and be successful in college or workforce training programs through tutoring and mentoring. Lastly, our English Connection program provides one-on-one and small group tutoring to immigrants from all over the world wishing to improve their English language skills.
Programs are open Monday through Thursday, 9:30am-3:30pm
2104 Saint Michael Street Cincinnati, OH 45204
Contact: Paige Jessee

After-School Tutoring
WordPlay Cincy is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children in our community break the generational cycles of poverty through education. We provide a range of after-school and weekend programs designed to build academic and personal skills that help students in grades K-12 succeed in and beyond the classroom. Our innovative learning strategies blend community-building experiences with opportunities for personal growth, inspiring a love of learning through creative writing, interactive reading experiences, critical thinking exercises, and positive youth development.  Our volunteer Learning Coaches work one-on-one with students in our after-school program Monday - Thursday and Saturday afternoons for help with homework, literacy skills, fun multi-media creative projects, and positive youth development.
Minimum 2 volunteer shifts per month, for 2 hours per shift.
Mon - Thurs 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Saturdays 12:00 - 2:00 PM or 2:00 - 4:00 PM
4041 Hamilton Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45223 (Northside writing center)
Fridays 7:10-9:00AM, 9:10-10:50AM, or 12:50-02:30PM
Aiken High School (WordPlay Writer's Room): 5641 Belmont Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45224
Contact: Libby Hunter
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati Tutoring
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati has been changing lives and building great futures for kids who need a safe and positive place to spend the most vulnerable times of the day—immediately after school and at night, when supervision is often lacking and temptations are great. We are looking for dedicated volunteers to help our Club members succeed. We are in need of Reading Buddies, Homework Helpers, and Tutors to give our kids the extra help they may need. Reading Buddies read 1:1 with Club members, while Homework Helpers and Tutors may work in a group setting to help different Club members that are struggling with their school work.
Flexible dates and hours
12 locations to choose from around Cincinnati, Northern KY, and Clermont County
Contact: Emily Bostian
Crayons to Computers

Crayons to Computers has always been driven to bridge the gap between families in need and education. To date, we have successfully distributed more than $145 million worth of free school supplies via our partnerships with sponsoring companies and organizations, with no stopping in sight. Since our inception, poverty levels—both national and local—have steadily increased. We have not changed our service area or our eligibility criteria, the need is simply growing. In fact, according to recent census data, approximately 1 out of every 5 children living in the Greater Cincinnati area is living in poverty. Volunteers assist with a variety of projects around our Teacher Free Store. Most needs on Tuesdays and Thursday are helping with check-out as teachers shop at Crayons to Computers. Volunteers should be comfortable using tablets and communicating with others.

Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00PM-7:00PM
1350 Tennessee Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45229
Contact: Analisa Condon

MYCincinnati Orchestra and Tutoring Program

MYCincinnati is a free, after school orchestra program that meets daily in East Price Hill. Students in the program engage in 10-15 hours a week of orchestra rehearsals, private lessons, concerts, elective classes, and homework tutoring. MYCincinnati is a part of the non-profit CDC Price Hill Will. MYCincinnati is seeking homework tutor volunteers who can work one-on-one with our students helping them understand and complete their homework. Homework tutoring takes place Monday through Thursday from 6PM - 7PM at our program located in East Price Hill.
Thursdays 6:00PM-7:00PM
3120 Warsaw Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45205
Contact: Annie Darlin Gordon
Resettlement Planning and Prep
Catholic Charities RRS serves disenfranchised populations all over the US. Our services include food assistance, disaster relief, family services, mental health and senior services, and refugee resettlement services. Our particular department assists with helping refugees resettle in Cincinnati. We serviced 350 clients last year from Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East.
Every 1st &3rd Saturday of the month. 10:00AM- 2:00PM
Catholic Charities Warehouse 213 Hosea Ave, Lockland OH 45215
Contact: Katie Hannah
Children's Creative Corner
Children’s Creative Corner (CCC) is a youth art program started in summer 2007 by Over-the-Rhine Community Housing. Developed to offer a nurturing and creative outlet for low-income youth in the neighborhood, the program is structured to be highly accessible, meeting twice weekly at a space central to many young families in the community. As youth develop their creative abilities, they are also acquiring life skills by discovering means of positive self-expression and cooperation with peers. Participation is open to anyone from 5 to 14 years of age. All year long, CCC hosts a creative, energetic, low-barrier art class on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00 PM. The general structure goes as follows: free time (games, drawing, homework help, etc.), snack time, and a planned craft. Volunteers will be asked to commit to coming on Thursdays throughout the semester to form positive mentor relationships with participating children, support the classroom efforts of CCC teachers, and to explore opportunities for creative empowerment through Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) approaches. A brief Welcome Orientation is available for Xavier volunteers!
Tuesday & Thursday 6:15PM - 8:00PM

Children's Creative Corner: 220 E. Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Contact: Sophia Cunningham


Nursing & Rehab Home

St. Margaret Hall Nursing & Rehab Facility is offering for students to learn how to function as a Nursing Home Administrator and become familiar with the laws that regulate them. It is the highest regulated service organization, with only NASA beating them, due to dietary constraints in the aged and the need for therapeutic diets. They are also looking for interns in administration, dietary, and social services.
1960 Madison Road Cincinnati, OH 45206
Contact: Sister Eulaliae, Volunteer Coordinator


Cincinnati Public School - Elementary

Kilgour Elementary, a Cincinnati public school located in the Hyde Park area, is in need of aid. They need individuals to help with annual student communications, parent surveys, teacher surveys, office duties (mailings, envelope stuffed, organizing, document purging, copying, scanning, and office clean out.
During both the school year (9AM - 3:30PM) &summer months (8AM - 5PM). They will work with your availability.
Kilgour Elementary - Hyde Park: 1339 Herschel Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208
Contact: Janelle McClain Richardson
Basketball Coaches
The Friars Club is a 156 year old non-profit social service organization dedicated to serving the special needs of Cincinnati’s at-risk children through organized sports, education, nutrition and fitness. Basketball coaches are needed for practices and games. They will teach the kids fundamentals on the game, as well as discipline and core values.
2:00PM - 5:30PM
4300 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45217-1596
Contact: Julia Frederick

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One-time Direct Service:

March of Dimes - March for Babies
March of Dimes is seeking volunteers for the Annual March for Babies. Volunteer opportunities include:
Saturday, April 27, 1:00-4:00pm -- event setup
Sunday, April 28, 6:30-9:30am -- event setup
Sunday, April 28, 9:30am-12:30pm -- cheerers

Register to volunteer here.

Community Action Day
As Xavier University’s largest service experience, Community Action Day (CAD) invites Xavier students, faculty, staff, and alumni – regardless of where they are on their service journey – to step off campus to learn from, grow with, and serve the communities that exist beyond the confines of our university. With a focus on meaningful service accompanied by reflection, CAD seeks to spark compassion for and connection with oneself, the Xavier community past and present, local service agencies, and the neighborhoods and members of the Cincinnati community.
Saturday, September 16, 2017; 8:30AM - 1:00PM

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