The Community Volunteer Force is spreading the word about volunteer opportunities for the month of May.
Check for updates at: Facebook.com/communityvoulunteerforce
If you have questions or are looking for a specific volunteer opening contact Dan Schlosser at email@example.com
In search of volunteers for our beautification effort which includes outdoor and indoor projects. Most are one day and include: Flower bed maintenance/ trimming shrubs/grounds cleanup/mulching; Touch up painting around building interior; Furniture removal; Hanging pictures.
We also have a project that will take a longer commitment which involves our historical documents. We are seeking help in categorizing photos, certificates, news articles, etc. This project can be done by a group or individuals.
CONTACT: Reva Evans at 856-9800 for scheduling.
Sojourner Recovery Services
The Sojourner 5K Race for Recovery is looking for volunteers to help with this year’s event on Saturday, September 19 at 1430 University Boulevard, Hamilton.
Volunteers are asked to plan on being at the event from 6:00am to noon, with responsibilities ranging from participating on the 5K Run/Walk committee prior to the event, setting up/tearing down the day of the event, directing traffic along the course to handing out water to runners.
CONTACT: Christine Birhanzl, Development Director, 513.896.3450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hamilton Living Water Ministry
Make a difference while gaining experience. Become an AmeriCorps VISTA member. Now accepting applications for summer associates at Hamilton Living Water Ministry to serve from June 1 – Aug. 9.
CONTACT: For more information 513-594-9892 or email@example.com, www.americorps.gov.
American Red Cross (Butler County area)
Volunteers needed to help Red Cross respond to fires in the Butler County Area. These volunteers will respond when someone is home at a fire. There is training involved and a great sense of satisfaction knowing that you are helping someone when they are in need.
CONTACT: Register at redcross.org/OH/Cincinnati or Tammy Simendinger, Regional Volunteer Director, 513-579-3031 Tammy.Simendinger@redcross.org.
Shared Harvest Food Bank
National Letter Carrier’s Food Drive: This event takes place on Saturday, May 9th. During this event letter carriers pick up food donations from people’s mail boxes and bring it to their post office.
At the post office volunteers will transfer the donations from the letter carrier’s truck to an awaiting Shared Harvest Truck. We are looking for volunteers to man each of the various post offices. (They will be at the post office not at SH warehouse.)
We need four (4) or so individuals to commit to meeting at the local post offices for a set period of time and assist with the transfer of donations to SH trucks. The post offices involved are: HAMILTON, ROSSVILLE, FAIRFIELD, MIDDLETOWN, MONROE and TRENTON.
Also we need help to: repack donations; packing CSFP senior boxes; sort and pack Retail Rescue. And last but not least, we always need help with the BackPack program.
CONTACT: Ben Powers firstname.lastname@example.org. 513-874-0114.
MetroParks of Butler County
Garlic Mustard Pull(s) – May 2, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. William F. & Cora Dudley Woods Park, 5591 Hankins Rd. Liberty Twp. Protect native wildflowers at your Metroparks by removing invasive garlic mustard. Many hands needed.
Big Week of Birding in Butler County – May 6 through 9. Times and locations vary, please go to MetroParks website for details. MetroParks has hidden jewels for birding. Help with registration and identification of local species. 1-2 volunteers needed.
Stepping Forward: Service Days – May 13th 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Voice of America MetroPark. Help spruce up the parks for Spring! Volunteers are needed for landscape cleanup, painting, gardening, and general cleaning. Many volunteers needed.
Stepping Forward: Service Days – June 6th 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Governor Bebb MetroPark. Help spruce up the parks for Spring! Volunteers are needed for landscape cleanup, painting, gardening, and general cleaning. Many volunteers needed.
Stepping Forward: Service Days – August 29th 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Sebald MetroPark. Help spruce up the parks for Spring! Volunteers are needed for landscape cleanup, painting, gardening, and general cleaning. Many volunteers needed.
Frog Jog – May 16th All Day Event. Rentschler Forest MetroPark (5701 Reigart Rd. Fairfield Twp.) Join Metroparks and the YMCA for the Frog Jog 5K. Volunteers are needed for children’s activities and a Metroparks informational table. 3 volunteers needed.
Information Table(s) – May 16th through July 26th. Times and locations vary, please go to MetroParks website for details. Help park visitors stay informed by distributing literature at a variety of events. 1-2 volunteers needed.
Hump Day Concerts – May 27th through July 27th, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Voice of America MetroPark (7850 VOA Park Dr. West Chester). It’s Hump Day! Celebrate every Wednesday throughout the summer with an evening concert at the beautiful VOA lake. Volunteers will share MetroParks information and assist with concessions. 1-2 volunteers needed.
Day Camps – June 12th, 19th, 26th, & July 10th 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM. Rentschler Forest MetroPark (5701 Reigart Rd. Fairfield Twp.) Get the kids outside this summer at MetroParks day camps. Volunteers can assist with a variety of children’s activities. 4-6 helpers needed.
MetroParks Mojo Running Triathlon – June 21st 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Voice of America MetroPark (7850 VOA Park Dr. West Chester). Support MetroParks and the Triathletes by volunteering to help with registration, food setup, and teardown. Many volunteers needed.
Crazy Cardboard Regatta – July 18th 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Voice of America MetroPark (7850 VOA Park Dr. West Chester). Ahoy! Volunteer to help with hospitality, timing, boat inspections, registration, children’s activities and info tables, scoreboard and boat launching. Many helpers needed.
Mud Mania – August 7-8th 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Rentschler Forest MetroPark (5701 Reigart Rd. Fairfield Twp.) Jump into the fun at Mud Mania by volunteering to help with info tables, registration, and the mud obstacle course. Many volunteers needed.
Friends of Chrisholm: Fun on the Farm – August 15th, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Chrisholm MetroPark. (2070 Woodsdale Rd. Trenton). Enjoy a day at the historic Chrisholm farmstead. Volunteer to help with hayrides, games and crafts, tending gardens caring for the animals. Many volunteers needed.
Other Volunteer Opportunities: Welcome Center: Volunteers needed at Voice of America and Forest Run MetroParks. Scheduling is flexible; Nest Box Monitoring: Monitors are needed all spring and summer across multiple park locations.
CONTACT: To volunteer or for more information please contact email@example.com or call 518.867.5835
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County
MENTORS NEEDED! Volunteering just a few hours a month with a young person can start something amazing. Our kids say their Big Brothers/Sisters have helped give them hope and changed their view of what they thought was possible for their future.
CONTACT: For more information, call us at 513-867-1227 or visit www.bbbsbutler.org
Senior Independence Hospice
Spring into action and volunteer with Senior Independence Hospice! Hospice is a special kind of caring that is person and family centered and seeks to provide support and comfort to those facing a life limiting illness. Senior Volunteers support our patients and their families in a variety of ways: companionship, spiritual support, bereavement support, music/art therapy, pet therapy, photography/videography, life review, share interests/talents, vigil volunteer, respite visits, office volunteers, etc. Flexible schedules. Age 16 and up.
CONTACT: Kate Moore, Volunteer Coordinator at KAMoore@seniorindependence.org or 513-509-2748.
Butler Soil and Water Conservation District
Protect our water with your friends and family. Help to label storm drains in your neighborhood to let others know that anything that goes down the drain goes straight to the creek affecting the health of wildlife and humans. It’s easy to do; pick your time, pick your place and the Conservation District will provide the supplies. Open to all ages, from one person to large groups.
CONTACT: Beth Downs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-887-3720. Find out more about this and other volunteer opportunities at www.ButlerSWCD.org
Board of Developmental Disabilities
I-Connect – Volunteers needed for a “Community Connections” Initiative to become “social guides” and “social companions” to help individuals with disabilities become more active in community, meet new people, join groups and associations and/or develop friendships. Volunteers will be paired with a person with a disability and be trained on strategies of community connecting that tap into the strengths and interests of the person and the community where they live.
Golden “Furniture” Retrievers – Volunteers needed who are interested in picking up and delivering donated furniture and household items to individuals with disabilities in need. Please consider donating items to Goodwill and give the Butler County DD donation ticket at drop off. When you do this vouchers are given to individuals with disabilities and their families who are in need to buy items in the Goodwill store.
Parent’s Night Out – The “Pause for Parents, Play for Kids” program gives parents and caregivers of children with special needs a break. Caring for a child with a disability comes with a great amount of stress. Parents often try to deal with the challenges and stress alone and they slowly get worn down, like a battery losing its charge. To help meet the need for a break, a variety of “PAUSE” events will be set up throughout Butler County. Parents will register their children ahead of time and will drop off their kids at the event. The events will be fun for the kids and each child will be paired with a volunteer “buddy.” Currently, we have Pause events twice a month- second Thursday of the month from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM and the third Friday of the month from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM. We need volunteers as well as gift cards to bless parents, craft supplies and dinner donations to feed the kids and volunteers. We work with a local non-profit who can accept donations that are tax deductible.
The Caring Craftsmen (and women) – David Glock, Jr. a student at Miami University Middletown has launched a new initiative called “The Caring Craftsmen” who support individuals with disabilities and their families by volunteering to do much needed home repairs or projects they could otherwise not afford or complete on their own. A little bit of help goes a long way. We are looking for individuals and companies that are willing to donate time, money, and/ or materials for these projects. Discounts on materials are also helpful for our cause.
CONTACT: Scott Osterfeld at email@example.com or 513-785-2813 to sign up or get more information.
Butler County Visitors Bureau
The Bureau is looking for friendly volunteers with a passion for tourism to volunteer on a part-time, as needed basis, during spring and summer months. Volunteers will assist at many popular sporting and community events throughout Butler County. Most occur on weekends.
Tourism Ambassador responsibilities include assisting with distribution of brochures and materials at the Bureau’s information booth as well as interacting with visitors and residents by answering questions they may have about Butler County. In addition, help is needed at the BCVB office with mailings, etc. Ideal volunteers will have great interpersonal communication skills, good knowledge of Butler County and a willingness to help a diverse population of people. Ambassadors must provide their own transportation to events.
CONTACT: Sandy Walther at swalther@GetToTheBC.com, call 513-860-4194, or visit www.GetToTheBC.com/about-us/volunteer/
American Cancer Society Relay For Life
Volunteer opportunities on Planning Committee and Day of the event: June 13 at Hamilton High School from noon to midnight.
Info Meetings held the second Tuesday of each month at Hamilton High School Community Room This is a community event where everyone participates in the fight against cancer. Participants take turns walking on a track – it is not a race, so participants may casually walk at whatever pace they like. During the event teams sell baked goods, hold raffles, play games and there is music, dancing and entertainment for all ages. Below are some specific volunteer openings we have for this event.
Day of Relay Volunteer: Help set up before the event or clean up afterward. We also need help with registration at our check-in tent, serving meals to survivors and more.
CONTACT: Elaine Levin at Elaine.firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-227-6446 x4206 relayforlife.org/hamilton.
Caring Partners International
We have scheduled 3 dates in May as special opportunities for Medical Providers:
- Saturday, May 2nd – 10:00AM-12:00PM
- Tuesday, May 19th – 10:00AM-12:30PM
- Thursday, May 28th – 6:30 to 8:30PM
If you are not able to volunteer for the entire time, please feel free to come for as long as you can!
CONTACT: If you can participate on any/all of these days call Jim at CPI 937-743-2744 email@example.com
Women Helping Women
Volunteers & Interns Needed: Looking for a meaningful service opportunity? Want to help people in crisis? Have an interest in Psychology, Social Work or Criminal Justice? Need flexibility?
The Butler County Rape Crisis Program seeks responsible, mature women and men to become Volunteer Victim Advocates with our award-winning program. What we offer our volunteers:
Comprehensive training using U.S. Dept. of Justice Curriculum; Meaningful interactions with sexual assault survivors in 6 area hospitals, on the phone and in court; Flexible scheduling for on-call hours; Continuing education and additional service opportunities; Internships for Psychology, Social Work, Family Studies, Criminal Justice, and Social Justice
CONTACT: Donna Holbert, Volunteer Coordinator at (513) 523-1005 or staff.WHW@gmail.com.
Supports To Encourage Low Income Families
JOBS NOW! is an employment program that includes a 3-week workshop taught by community business professionals at VORA Tech, Ascendum and AIMS to increase employment skills and opportunities. There are volunteer opportunities for business professionals to help with resume writing, employment goals, job coaching and interview skills. Contact Sheree Hampton if interested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home Repair Volunteers Needed: SELF is recruiting additional local volunteers to help with home repairs. We have crews that work on Butler County homes each Tuesday from 9am-3pm. Contact John Post at 513-820-5024 or email@example.com. Please make an appointment if you need a day other than Tuesday.
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum
With more than 60 pieces of outdoor sculpture set in over 200 acres of meadows and forests near Hamilton, Pyramid Hill combines lure of nature with dynamic, monumental art. Park also features indoor Ancient Sculpture Museum.
Volunteers needed for special events like Art Fair, programs like the Summer Series for Kids and hosts in the Ancient Sculpture Museum. Other skills you have in computers and writing are a benefit in the office. Gardening and landscaping are a great way to enjoy being outdoors in a beautiful setting. Share your talents/skills.
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org 513-868-8336.
Animal Friends Humane Society
Animal lovers needed for walks and cuddles! The Animal Friends Humane Society is looking for caring individuals 16yrs+ who would like to spend a few hours a week playing with and caring for our shelter animals. There is no set schedule required and volunteers can come anytime during open shelter hours, (M,T,F,Sa,Su 11 am to 4:30 pm & W, Th 1 pm-7 pm)
CONTACT: volunteer connection 513-867-5727 (main). All volunteers must attend orientation before they can begin. Visit our website to find orientation dates. www.animalfriendshs.org
Are you analytical and detailoriented? Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity in a fun and fastmoving agency? If you answered yes, you have found your match. LifeSpan’s Elderly Services Program is looking for the perfect volunteer to help us with client filing. You can set your own schedule as you like while helping us catch up on very important work – client files. If you are able to pick up on details and are able to catch mistakes on paperwork, are fast yet efficient and want to work in a fun group, then give us a call. We can’t wait to hear from you!
CONTACT: Teka Reinhold, Volunteer Coordinator, 513-785-4186 or email@example.com.
Booker T. Washington Community Center
Opportunities to engage with youth in several areas. Specifically, we use volunteers for homework help, art helpers, gym game helpers, board/card game helpers. We can also use monitors in locker rooms and on the pool deck. Hours are 3:00 – 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. Volunteers must be at least high school age.
CONTACT: Tanya Lowry, Center Director GREAT MIAMI VALLEY YMCA (P) 513 785 2451 ext 12 (C) 513 608 8928. (E) firstname.lastname@example.org www.gmvymca.org (O) Facebook: Booker T. Washington Community Center | Twitter: GMVYMCA | Instagram: Great Miami Valley YMCA | Pinterest: GMVYMCA.
PARACHUTE: Butler County CASA
Make a difference? YOU can do this by VOLUNTEERING !!
Research shows these benefits happen by donating your time and services to others. You can find volunteer opportunities everywhere!
Want to speak up for an abused child? For details about becoming a volunteer at PARACHUTE: Butler County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) go to www.parachutecasa.org or 513 867-5010.
A CASA volunteer training class will start on May 7th so we are doing recruitment now and taking applications from people interested in becoming a voice for an abused child. The rewards are immense! Please act today – a child (and your future) is waiting!
Cedar Village Retirement Community
We are currently seeking volunteers for Cedar Village Hospice program. Volunteers are a vital and valued part of our Hospice Team. Volunteers are needed to visit with residents, engage them in conversation, share special talents or skills and offer comfort and emotional support to the patients and their families.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Commit to a minimum of 2 – 4 hours per week of service. Volunteers will participate in a volunteer orientation program specifically designed for Hospice Volunteers.
If you have recently experienced a loss of a loved one we ask that you wait 12 months before applying to be a Hospice Volunteer.
CONTACT: For further information please contact Diane Slovin (email@example.com) or 513-336-3162.