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Greater Cleveland Volunteers recruits volunteers age 18+ to serve at more than 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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    Volunteer Story
    Norm Keane with student


    After three years of volunteering in the lunchtime, My Mentor My Friend program, he became involved at the 2100 Lakeside Men's Shelter in Cleveland. Some 400 men stay at the shelter nightly, in various stages of crisis and transition. At the shelter, Norm assists the men in their search for affordable area housing and helps to conduct mock employment interviews. Because of past offenses, finding housing and employment can be very difficult. Volunteering at the shelter has become an integral part of Norm's life. Norm reflects, "I love this opportunity...the whole homeless service world is very complex, and if is for me, it must also be for them.”

    One success was a man for whom Norm could not secure housing. One day the man tracked down Norm to tell him he had found an apartment on his own, only because of Norm’s support and guidance and wanted to thank him. Norm asked why, the man replied, “Because you tried.” They still keep in contact.

    Norm is quick to applaud the folks who manage the programs partnered with Greater Cleveland Volunteers. He calls them “unbelievably supportive and responsive.”

    • 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 Information Sessions (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