Bill Schwarber
Encore Fellow
Volunteer Recruitment Specialist
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

Splendid With Home Improvements? - Available weekdays?  Multiple homes require upgrades from someone with several hours to spare 1 to 2 times per week.  Keep individual homes in Cuyahoga and neighboring counties safe, accessible, and upgraded for seniors.  Home projects may include installing door knobs, smoke detectors, grab bars, doorbells, and hand rails.  Help this agency reach their goal to service 100 homes.  Background check required. Contact Sandy at 216-391-9500, x 120 or

Hospice:  A Special Kind of Caring - Respite and friendly pet owner volunteers are encouraged to support caregivers and/or offer weekly pet visits to patients.  The dog must be a certified therapy dog.  Must produce current records for your pet and a current Ohio license.  Hospice training and background check required. Contact Sandy at 216-391-9500, x 120 or

Soup for the Soul - A  fun and enjoyable event to benefit those in need through St. Malachi Center. Thursday, April 6 from 5-8pm at the Renaissance Hotel, 24 Public Square with meal and parking provided. Volunteers will assist in serving soup, sandwiches and manning the auction tables. Contact Jan at 216-391-9500 x 124 or

Help for the Hungry - Various food pantries located east and west in need of volunteers to unload, sort, bag and distribute food to those in need. Days and times vary and are flexible. Contact Jan at 216-391-9500 x 124 or

Transportation Volunteers - Make a positive impact on youth and help academically capable and motivated children-in-need meet their full potential. Drive a small group of middle and high school students to and from school, tutoring, extracurricular activities, and residences. Drivers must be 21+ with valid driver’s license and insurance. Vehicle is provided. Contact Cecille at 216-391-9500 x 122 or

Cooks and Kitchen Helpers - Help provide invaluable assistance to families who have a child undergoing treatment at one of the local hospitals.  Volunteers needed to help prepare food and cook for patients and families.  Contact Cecille at 216-391-9500 x 122 or

Please call 216-391-9500 then extension or email the staff listed below about the volunteer needs listed.

Sue x120

Nadine x122

Lynette x123

Jan x124


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