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

Computer Teacher- Assist active seniors by teaching them the simple basics of computer use. Flexible Days.
Contact Lynette  216-391-9500 x 123 or

Help Artisans with Down Syndrome - Assist with running a retail gift shop selling items made by artists with Down syndrome. Duties include greeting customers, helping choose merchandise, cashiering and inventory. Daytime hours Monday through Thursday and Saturdays.
Contact Cecille at 216-391-9500 x 122 or

Calling all Cooks - Help provide healthful meals to academically capable and motivated students who live in family-like home. Cook and prepare meals in a state-of-the-art kitchen. Flexible days and times.
Contact Cecille at 216-391-9500 x 122 or

Support Cancer Patients - Caring drivers are needed to transport cancer patients to and from their treatments at local hospitals. Volunteer mentors are also needed to provide one-on-one support to current breast cancer patients, whether in person, by phone or by email or to simply sit with a patient undergoing treatment. 
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.

Lynette x123

Jan x124

Cecille x 122


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