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.
If you're interested in ongoing direct service, also consider joining X-Change - the CFJ's weekly service program. For more information, contact Angela Gray-Girton.

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.
Additionally, mark your calendars for Community Action Day (CAD) - Xavier's largest day of service - on Saturday, March 24, 2018!

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.

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.
    • September 2017 through May 2018; 10:00AM - 2:00PM
    • 1960 Madison Road Cincinnati, OH 45206
    • Contact: Sister Eulaliae, Volunteer Coordinator
  • WhizKids
  • The Anthony Munoz Foundation (AMF) launched in 2002 with a goal to positively impact the youth of the Cincinnati Tri State area through various programs, scholarships, and events designed to break down racial barriers and empower and educate the children of the community. They are currently seeking volunteers to help tutor and interact with our K-5 students at Roberts Paideia Academy during our Whiz Kids program this 2017-18 school year. Whiz Kids, a City Gospel Mission program, strives to help at-risk students with the goal of enhancing their reading skills. This program requires your dedication on a weekly basis.
    • October 4th - April 28th  4:00PM-5:20PM
    • Roberts Paideia Academy: 1702 Grand Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45214
    • Contact: Lauren Kincer
  • 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.


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One-time Direct Service:

  • 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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Event Volunteers:

  • National Women's History Month Festival
  • AlivenArts' mission is to engage and energize the arts community with relevant and effective dynamic arts educational programs with intentional collaborative design. In addition to the Women Artisans and Vendors, there will be women musicians performing at the "Therese Edell From Women's Faces" Coffee-house concert from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Workshops, including Pauletta Hansel Cincinnati Poet Laureate, food trucks and MUSE, Cincinnati's Women's Choir concerts at 4PM and 7PM.
    • March 10, 2018; 8AM - 8PM
    • 2110 St Michael St, Cincinnati, OH 45204
    • Contact: Rachel Kramer

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