Community Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities


United Way of Lake County Volunteer Opportunities

United Way of Lake County
Questions? Contact David Whitaker, 440.639-1203, 
9285 Progress Pkwy, Mentor


  • Businesses, Organizations and Agencies Needed to Run Food Drives for our Annual Feed Lake County Fundraiser 
    Timing: March 6, 2023 - April 30, 2023

    Nearly 12% of adults and 15% of children in Lake County suffer from food insecurity. United Way of Lake County is in need of businesses, organizations, and agencies to run food drives (food, monetary, or both) in support of our annual spring food drive to help feed Lake County's hungry. Click here and register to participate now if you are willing to help! We need you.
  • Volunteers Needed to Participate in our Annual Day of Caring on June 22, 2023
    During our annual caring we match between 400-600 volunteers from local businesses, organizations and groups with projects that need completed by our community's non-profit organizations and agencies. Projects include things like yard clean-up, window washing, painting (inside & outside), hosting socials for kids and seniors, etc. We are in search of approximately 50 volunteer groups to participate ranging in size from 3 - 50+ people per group depending on the project. Click here now to register to participate as a volunteer/volunteer group for our Day of Caring.

Below is a list of other volunteer opportunities within our community. If, however, you are an agency or organization in need of volunteers or you are 55 years of age and older looking for volunteer work, The Lake County Volunteer Network (LCVN) may be able to help! 
Questions? Contact Cristen Kane, 440-350-5360 or

  • The Lake County Volunteer Network (LCVN), previously RSVP,  assists people 55+ find meaningful volunteer activities to fit their time, talent and interests.  LCVN collaborates with over 50 non profit and government agencies to learn of their volunteer needs.  If you are an agency in need of volunteers, the LCVN can help you too!  


Community Volunteer Opportunities


Board of Lake County Commissioner's Office
Interested/Questions? Cristen Kane, 440-350-5360,

  • Senior Assistance Volunteers Needed
    Volunteers are needed for "Helping Hands," a senior assistance program in partnership with Lifeline, Inc. and the Lake Geauga Fund of the Cleveland Foundation. The program works to match eligible Lake County residents 60 years of age and over who reside independently in the community, with vetted volunteers to assist them with daily activities essential for their health and safety. The types of services provided are based on the abilities of volunteers but may include minor repairs and handy-person tasks, inside and outside maintenance including tasks such as basic organization, pet care assistance, laundry assistance, mailbox runs, weekly trash removal, yard maintenance, errands, assistance setting up grocery delivery and mobile food bank pickups, technology services including assistance with basic phone, internet and computer or tablet issues.


Birthright Lake, Inc.
7237 Industrial Park Blvd, Mentor
Interested/Questions? Denise Shaw, 440-975-9055,

  • Office/Warehouse Volunteers Needed 
    Volunteers are needed to sort clothing donations, answer phones, interface with clients, schedule appointments, and pack item bags for clients. Volunteers are asked to serve 3 hours once a week, anytime as needed from Monday - Thursday from 1 pm - 4 pm.

Forbes House
Interested/Questions? Contact Kathy Strancar at 440-357-7321

  • Summer Community Garage Sale Volunteers Needed
    Volunteers or a group of volunteers to collect "stuff" and resell it on their behalf along with other items they currently have on-hand. The date of the Garage Sale is TBD.
  • Volunteers Needed to Paint a Small Office on 2/11/23 (Date Flexible) 
    Volunteers needed to sand, prime and paint a small counseling office. The date and time of this project is flexible based on volunteer availability.
  • Tuesday Evening Childcare Volunteers Needed
    Volunteers are needed to watch over young children Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm while survivor support groups take place. Volunteers must pass a background and drug test.


Lake County Council on Aging
Interested/Questions? Contact Ann Marie Armaro, 440-701-4660, 

  • Meals on Wheels Volunteer Drivers Needed
    Volunteer Meals on Wheels drivers are needed to serve one time per week to pick-up meals and deliver them to clients in Lake County. Pick up time is 10:30 am, and it takes approximately one to one and a half hours to finish delivering the route.
  • Kitchen Volunteers Needed
    Volunteers are needed to serve one time per week from 8 am - 11 am to assemble and pack meals for their Meals on Wheels program. This takes place Monday through Friday at their nutrition sites in Mentor, Wickliffe, Willowick and Painesville.
  • Grocery Shopper Volunteers Needed
    Volunteers are needed to grocery shop for their clients twice per month. Shopping can be done on weekdays, weekends, or evenings and takes approximately two hours of time per client.


Lake County Captains
Interested/Questions? Contact Jen Yorko, 440-975-8085,

  • Captains Reading Program Materials Sorting
    The Lake County Captains are looking for volunteers to help sort reading materials upon their arrival for the Captains Reading Program.

Lake County Free Clinic
462 Chardon St., Painesville
Interested/Questions? Dana Locher, 440-754-0175,

  • New Building Clean-Up on 4/13 (Date Flexible)
    Volunteers are needed to do window washing and outside clean-up at their new building. The dates are flexible depending upon volunteer schedules and the weather.

Project Hope for the Homeless
25 Freedom Rd. Painesville Township
Interested/Questions? Please click here to fill out an application indicating your interests and availability or contact Missy Knight, 440-354-6417,

  • Adult & Family Shelter Volunteers Needed
    Volunteers (age 15+) are needed on an on-going basis to serve anytime, 7 days a week alongside other volunteers and/or staff as part of a team effort. This is an informal but supportive hands-on, face-to-face volunteer role. Volunteers are not responsible for shelter direction, guest confrontation, or left alone to navigate the shelter duties.

         Volunteers are online and peer-trained to serve in either program:

  • Families Moving Forward (families only, kid-friendly volunteers):  Openings available for Monday - Friday from 1 pm - 4 pm & 4 pm -7pm and on Saturday-Sunday from 2 pm - 5pm & 5 pm - 7pm 
  • Project Hope (single men & women adults only):  Openings available 7 days a week from 5:30 am - 7 am & 7 pm - 11 pm. 


Torchlight Youth Mentoring Alliance
Interested/Questions? Tia Lawrence, 440-352-2526,  

Torchlight Youth Mentoring Alliance Programs Volunteers Needed
Torchlight has 4 programs they are in need of adult volunteers for to mentor youth.

  • Community Base Program:  Adult volunteers are needed for a one-year commitment to meet with the youth they are matched with two times per month on their own schedule to build a relationship and serve as a positive role model. 
  • Foster Care Program: Adult volunteers are needed to work with youth in a supervised group setting on either Tuesday evenings from 5 pm - 6:30 pm or Saturdays from 11 am - 1 pm.
  • Site Base Program: High school student volunteers are needed to mentor younger students one day per week after school for two hours; Mondays at Wickliffe Middle School from 4 pm - 5:15 pm, Wednesdays at Jefferson Elementary School from 2:45 pm - 4:30 pm and Thursdays at Perry Elementary from 3:30 pm - 5:15 pm.
  • COUL Club Program: Volunteers needed to help with the monthly activities we plan for our youth who are waiting to be matched. The program serves to provide monthly activities to keep the kids engaged and connected while they wait for a match.

Wickliffe Family Resource Center
Interested/Questions? Contact Leah Reese, 440.943.7777
2255 Rockefeller Road, Wickliffe

Volunteers Needed to Pack Items to be Moved to New Location
The Wickliffe Family Resource Center will be relocating during the month of May and is in need of volunteers to help pack clothing, food, and toiletries throughout the months of March and April 2023. The center is open five days a week (M-F) so volunteers are welcome anytime the center is open. Please contact Leah Reese at the above listed number to schedule volunteer time.