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Greater Cleveland Volunteers recruits volunteers age 18+ to serve at over 100 local nonprofit organizations. We assist people in finding the right opportunity to serve based on their interests, skills and availability.


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    (L-R) Ross Jones, Greater Cleveland Volunteers, AARP Foundation Experience Corps Program Manager, Elva Fosh, Mike Milanich, Greater Cleveland Volunteers, AARP Foundation Experience Corps Program Coordinator.


    Greater Cleveland Volunteers announces that Elva Fosh, a resident of Middleburg Heights, was one of five volunteers in Cuyahoga County who received this prestigious award from the Center for Community Solutions.

    Fosh was nominated for her outstanding efforts as a team leader in the national AARP Foundation Experience Corps literacy tutoring program. "She has made such a positive impact in her school that the Principal invited her to attend a diversity summit in the school and multiple in-service sessions for teachers and staff." Joy Banish, Greater Cleveland Volunteers Executive Director announced.

    Greater Cleveland Volunteers rely on her for implementation of program needs, training, paperwork, communications and promotion of the literacy program.

    Although a mother of four, grandmother of nine and great-grandmother of two, she has found time to volunteer. She explains, "I wanted to contribute in a meaningful way to the community and knew working with children would have the most impact."

    AARP Foundation Experience Corps is a national literacy program for students in grades K-3. Currently the tutoring program is in the Cleveland Metropolitan and Euclid City School Districts. Greater Cleveland Volunteers enriches the community and individuals through volunteer service. For volunteering information in this or for other opportunities in Cuyahoga County call 216-391-9500 or

    • How do I sign up to volunteer?
    • Answer:

      The easiest way to sign up is to complete the enrollment form (found here), print it off, sign it and submit to our office. You may also attend one of our upcoming orientations (right column). If you prefer, you can also call our office at 216-391-9500 to speak to one of our staff members to learn about possible volunteer opportunities.

    • How long before I can volunteer?
    • Answer:

      Our staff can refer you to an ongoing opportunity once we find out a little more about your skills, interests and availability. Completing our enrollment form is the most effective way for us to gather this information. Most of our partner agencies have an intake process in place that may include an application; interview; reference checks; background check; orientation and training. Depending on the type of opportunity available, this process can take 2 weeks, and may take up to 3 months.

      You may find a special event volunteer opportunity a great way to get started while you undergo the intake process for one of our partner agencies.

    • Are background checks required?
    • Answer:

      Most nonprofit agencies have some sort of screening process in place for potential volunteers. This process may include reference checks, social security traces and/or criminal background checks.

      It is best practice in the volunteer management field to conduct criminal background checks for potential volunteers, especially if the volunteer will be working with a vulnerable population (children; the elderly or those with disabilities).

      Not all criminal convictions will exclude you from volunteering; it is based on each agencies' policy and the type of crime.

    • I have court ordered community service to do.
    • Answer:

      We recommend that individuals with court ordered community service consult our special events calendar. Please review the calendar to see if there are enough opportunities available by the deadline for your requirement. If so, please contact the staff member listed.

    • I am under age 18. My family would like to volunteer together. Can you help me?
    • Answer:

      Our agency works with volunteers, aged 18 and over. Some agencies do allow families to volunteer together or have youth volunteering programs. Some of these agencies include: nursing homes; hospitals; some arts & cultural institutions. We recommend you contact them directly. Some of our special event opportunities also allow families to volunteer together. Feel free to contact our office for additional information.

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    Greater Cleveland Volunteers
    4415 Euclid Avenue, Suite #200
    Cleveland, OH 44103


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    Greater Cleveland Volunteers
    4415 Euclid Ave, Suite #200
    Cleveland, OH 44103
    tel: 216-391-9500
    fax: 216-391-9010