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.
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.
Mentor College Students- Help mentor or tutor college students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Some are the first in their family to attend college. SAT tutors and critical writing advisors also needed.
Provide a Helping Hand -Volunteers needed to assist seniors in their homes. Provide basic assistance such as changing light bulbs, batteries in smoke detectors, taking trash cans to curb, washing windows, and the necessities of keeping up a home. A Background check required.
Community Educator- Deliver valuable community education programs, cultivate community relationship by attending health fairs and other community activates, or increase awareness of Alzheimer’s disease as a community liaison.
Retail Assistance- A Nonprofit center for children and adults needs a volunteer to assist in their retail shop, featuring artwork made by local and national artisans who have Down syndrome. Schedule is Monday-Thursday and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Help Enrich the Lives of Seniors - Volunteers are needed to assist in transporting residents in wheelchairs to different areas of a West side nursing home. A simple task provides life-enriching opportunities for residents who depend on the kindness of others. Help make someone’s day a little brighter. Morning and afternoon 2+ hour shifts available, Monday-Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There’s an immediate need for Wednesdays, morning and/or afternoon.
West Side Nonprofit- Assist in a variety of ways at nonprofit located in Gordon Square. Help as a front desk volunteer on Saturdays; speak and connect with participants in the youth/young adult program on weekday evenings; or be an exercise instructor in their seniors program on Monday mornings. A Background check is required.