Bill Schwarber
Encore Outreach/AARP Foundation
Experience Corps Site Coordinator
216-391-9500 x 127
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Encore Cleveland


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What is Encore Cleveland?

The Mission of Encore Cleveland is to channel the time, energy and talents of experienced Clevelanders into solving community challenges and filling unmet needs.

The Encore movement is a national effort to leverage the energy and experience of Americans who seek to fill community needs upon retirement or near the end of their primary careers. Encore Cleveland was launched in 2013 by the Cleveland Foundation, which helps to connect and fund a network of organizations to provide experienced Greater Clevelanders with an array of meaningful opportunities in the community.

Who benefits from Encore Cleveland?

Encore Clevelanders benefit from the opportunity to remain active and engaged through work in their community that provides personal fulfillment.

Participating programs and organizations benefit from the dedication and expertise that Encore Clevelanders bring to their positions.

The community gains intergenerational collaboration and is able to better address unmet needs in the labor force. Through Encore Cleveland, nonprofits realize opportunities to build capacity, and adults from all socio-economic and education levels may establish deeper connections in the community.

Greater Cleveland Volunteers is pleased to be part of Encore Cleveland. Through the generous support of the Cleveland Foundation, we are expanding our efforts to engage adults age 50+ in volunteer service to the community.

  • Come join us as a literacy tutor in our AARP Foundation Experience Corps program or a mentor in our My Mentor My Friend program, both of which support students in the Cleveland Schools.
  • Don't want to work in a school? We have many other volunteer opportunities to fit the interests, skills and schedules of Encore Clevelanders.
    • Weekdays, weekends, evenings
    • One time events, short term projects, ongoing placements
    • Check out our current opportunities below

Encore Opportunities (November 2017)

Speak to Kids about Social Justice - Engage teens and preteens in grades 6 through 12 in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Two volunteer speakers are partnered to lead interactive discussions pertaining to self-confidence and values. Speaking times are flexible and can be one time or multiple times. A 2-hour commitment is required and training is provided.
Contact Cecille at 216-391-9500 x 122 or charris@greaterclevelandvolunteers.org.

Meals on Wheels: Drivers and runners are needed during the week to deliver meals to seniors and homebound residents. Drivers must have current driver’s license and reliable car. Runner must be able to climb stairs. Various locations East and West with flexible hours.
Contact Jan at 216-391-9500 x124 or jvectirelis@greaterclevelandvolunteers.org

Food Pantry - Social services organization needs your assistance in their food pantry. Free parking and positive environment awaits you. Make a difference in someone’s life by signing on today.
Contact Jan at 216-391-9500 x 124 or jvectirelis@greaterclevelandvolunteers.org.

Distribute Fresh Produce - Volunteers are needed to help sort, bag and distribute fresh produce to area residents in need. Various locations and times.
Contact Jan at 216-391-9500 x 124 or jvectirelis@greaterclevelandvolunteers.org.

Math and reading tutoring- Encourage independent reading and learning by reading together and engaging in a variety of learning-related games and activates. Help is needed during the school day in Cuyahoga County. Hours are flexible. Contact Nancy at 216-391-9500 x 123 or ndzurnak@greaterclevelandvolunteers.org

Assist with Blood Drives and/or Disaster Relief - Provide a valuable service during blood drives from helping with intake to walking donor through process, or volunteer to be on call to offer relief to people who have experienced a disaster. You connect them with food, clothing, first aid and other emergency needs. Training is  provided. Contact Nancy at 216-391-9500 X123 or ndzurnak@greaterclevelandvolunteers.org.

Receptionist- Assist by answering phones and taking messages.  Flexible scheduling on Thursday 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday 2:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Contact Jan at 216-391-9500 x 124 or jvectirelis@greaterclevelandvolunteers.org.

Share your passion for science- Assist students with fun projects and activities in science, technology, engineering and math, on one or two Saturdays per month. Winter break camp volunteers also needed. Must have a passion for science and enjoy working with young learners. Contact Cecille at 216-391-9500 x 122 or charris@greaterclevelandvolunteers.org.



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