How to Volunteer with Nonprofits in Cleveland, Ohio

Ideas to volunteer in the Cleveland community:

We love the CLE and we love the community here. That’s why we’re excited to give you the easiest way to volunteer, everrrr in Northeast Ohio! 

Enter: POINT.

What is POINT?

POINT is a free app that lets you pick the causes you care most about, and curates a feed for you with volunteering opportunities for nonprofits working on those causes in your city. Just tap “go” and show up! It’s basically ClassPass for volunteering, with metrics on your profile that track your impact. Keep scrolling to find a list of volunteer events in Austin you can sign up for with a tap.

Download free for iOS or Android, or get started on the web here.

Are you a nonprofit? Get started here.

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Volunteer in Cleveland for Crisis

Providing relief in the event of natural disasters and other emergencies is such an important job. In Cleveland, check out these nonprofits and you could create care packages, rebuild homes and have many other opportunities to help.

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Nonprofits working for crisis in Cleveland

City Mission: The City Mission serves mothers & children and individuals in Cleveland through their women’s shelter, men’s shelter, and New Horizons program.

The Hope Exchange: The Cleveland Hope Exchange is a faith-based organization that exists to break the cycle of despair one neighbor at a time. Look out for Hope Week, seven straight days dedicated to the exchange of HOPE across the city of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio! During this week, they offer dozens of opportunities to volunteer in transformational ways.
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Volunteer in Cleveland for Homelessness

There are lots of ways to help people experiencing homelessness in Cleveland. You can keep Clif bars and extra water bottles in your car (or something nutritious and delicious but easy to chew). Or, print lists of local shelters with addresses and phone numbers. You can also include contact information for local businesses that hire people transitioning out of homelessness. And of course, you can volunteer with nonprofits!

Nonprofits for Homelessness in Cleveland

Homeless Hookup CLE: One of the most basic human necessities, hygiene, can be tough to do if one is experiencing homelessness. That’s why Homeless Hookup CLE created a mobile hygiene unit equipped with a hot water heater, a barber’s chair, thrift store and a soup kitchen.

Family Promise of Greater Cleveland: They provide families facing the crisis of homelessness with a safe place designed to engage, inspire, and guide them toward a future where they feel empowered to control the course of their lives.

Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless: NEOCH works to approach homelessness holistically by focusing on organizing and empowering the community.

Volunteer in Cleveland for Education

Nelson Mandela says “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. Whether you care about writing, reading, or STEM – there’s ways for you to support education in Cleveland!

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Nonprofits for Education in Cleveland

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad: Their mission is to provide educational, recreational and heritage railroad experiences and to provide alternative transportation to and within Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Ohio Erie Canalway.
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The Great Lakes Science Center: If you grew up in Northeast Ohio, chances are you attended a field trip to the Great Lakes Science Center once or twice. Their team works hard to make science, technology, engineering, and math come alive!

NEOSTEM: Northeast Ohio STEM Ecosystem works to improve meaningful STEM learning opportunities for all students in the Northeast Ohio region.

Writers in Residence: They teach creative writing to youth who are incarcerated to empower their voices and assist in their re-entry into society.
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Volunteer in Cleveland for Food

Did you know that food insecurity affects 1 in 7 Americans? Food banks and pantries in Cleveland work hard to get groceries to our neighbors. Many are packing and distributing boxes of food for families and individuals who have been hit hard by COVID.

Nonprofits for Food in Cleveland

The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland: The Hunger Network believes that no one should go hungry and no food should go to waste. They accomplish their mission through emergency food & hot meals, food rescue, and health resources. Fun fact: They’re Cuyahoga County’s largest emergency food provider!

FoodStrong: Healthy food is important – knowing how to cook and utilize fresh fruits and veggies is important too! Foodstrong’s workshops, short courses, classes empower communities with fresh local foods and wellness programs.

Volunteer in Cleveland for Health

With University Hospitals, Rainbow Babies, and the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland is a hot spot for great organizations working on Health. Check out a few nonprofits below to get involved.

Nonprofits Working for Health in Cleveland

American Red Cross, Northern Ohio Region: helps people prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. They provide everything from disaster relief, to CPR training, to emergency blood transfusions.

Hospice of the Western Reserve: They provide palliative end-of-life care, caregiver support and bereavement services. There are so many ways to help out, including community events, working at the thrift shop, and of course bringing comfort to patients and loved ones through relationships.

Hope Over Heroin: Hope Over Heroin mobilizes church, community, and addiction service providers in the fight against addiction. Their PIR Program walks a person through recovery from detox to community reentry as a productive member of a church, family, the workforce, and community.
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United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland: The mission of UCP of Greater Cleveland is to empower children and adults with disabilities to advance their independence, productivity and inclusion in the community.
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Volunteer in Cleveland for the Environment

The Environment is one of the most popular causes users on POINT volunteer with. When cleanup or planting events are posted – they fill up fast! Check out these nonprofits working on the environment in Cleveland.

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Nonprofits Working on the Environment in Cleveland

Cuyahoga River Restoration: With a goal to protect the environmental quality of Cuyahoga River and select parts of Ohio’s Great Lake, the Cuyahoga River Restoration is a great (pun intended) place to support the environment in Cleveland.

Cleveland Water Alliance: The CWA team is leveraging technology to drive economic development and spark innovation around water in Cleveland and beyond.

Sustainable Cleveland: With programs like Tree Canopy Revitalization, Rain Barrel workshops, and the Youth Sustainability Leadership Program, Sustainable Cleveland is working hard to keep NE Ohio green.

Know a nonprofit that should be on this list? Invite them to join POINT here.

Mask up and grab your hand sanitizer. There are plenty of ways to volunteer in Cleveland, Ohio.

Check out these great organizations, and follow us @pointapp on Instagram and Twitter to keep up with the growing number of nonprofits on our platform.

You can download the free POINT app for iOS or Android to find available volunteering opportunities. And if you know of a nonprofit that you think should be on POINT, scroll down on our homepage and invite them!

We offer all 501(c)3 nonprofits a free volunteer management system that saves time and sanity. Find out more here! If you’re a business and you want to level up your CSR program in 2021, see how POINT can help here.

Questions on how your organization can use POINT? We would love to chat with you! Book a time with our Head of Outreach, Stephanie.

Let’s #domoregood,

P.S. We also have a whole list of ways to get involved in ColumbusCincinnati, Austin, and Denver!

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Stephanie Page
Head of Outreach

No guilt trips, no sad stories. Just a chance to do something good.