Volunteer Opportunities with Community Organizations

In addition to volunteering for the City of Lakewood, there are many Lakewood Community Organizations that are looking for volunteers.

American Red Cross Volunteer Opportunities

The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and people, guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

The following is a list of typical Red Cross volunteer opportunities for your consideration:

  • Board Members: Serve on local boards and help with fundraising and marketing programs. Be the face of the Red Cross in your community and ensure we are serving your community well.
  • Volunteer Management: Assist with volunteer recruitment, placement, record keeping and recognition.
  • Disaster Services: Provide food, shelter, comfort and home for families affected by major disasters such as fire, hurricanes and tornadoes.
  • Disaster Action Team: Volunteers need to respond to single-family fires with a disaster action team supervisor.
  • Disaster Preparedness Presenter: Educate individuals and groups on how to be prepared before a disaster occurs.
  • Be Red Cross Ready Volunteer: Take the 10 minute quiz and prepare your family with your own disaster plan and kit.
  • Hospital Volunteer: Lend a hand to patients at Veterans Administration and military hospitals.
  • School Clubs: Students and teachers from elementary school through college lead Red Cross school clubs.
  • Health and Safety Instructor: Teach community classes such as CPR, First Aid and water safety to children and adults.
  • Babysitting Course Instructor: Become certified and teach American Red Cross Babysitting courses to teenagers.
  • First Aid Team: First Aid and CPR volunteers staff special events throughout the year.
  • Armed Forces Caseworker: Ensure delivery of emergency communications for members of the military and their families.
  • Blood Donor Recruiter: Work with individuals, groups and companies to recruit blood donors and promote blood drives.
  • Blood Drive Volunteer: Greet and register blood donors.
  • Volunteer Driver: Pick up donated blood units from a blood drive and deliver to the laboratory to be thoroughly tested and then sent to the hospital.
  • International Tracing Services: Assist in the international search for persons living overseas, in war-torn countries or thought to be living in your community.
  • Language Bank Volunteer: Utilize your language skills to translate.
  • Grant Researching/Writing: Assist the fundraising team as they write and execute grants.
  • Thank a Donor: Make calls to thank Red Cross financial donors.
  • Speakers: Provide presentations about Red Cross programs in the community.
  • Public Affairs: During disasters, tell the Red Cross story to your community
  • Social Media Volunteer: Be an online advocate and tell the mission of the Red Cross
  • Clerical: Assist with administrative tasks.
  • Staff Support: Help with routine maintenance duties such as stocking supplies and checking inventory at shelters.
  • Special Events: Support fundraising and special events.

For more information, email Northeast Ohio Volunteer or call 216-431-3328

Beck Center Volunteer Opportunities

Box Office – Ushers & House Managers

The Beck Center relies upon volunteers to help as ushers, ticket takers, concession helpers, and coat checkers for the professional theater series. In return, all volunteers see the show for free.

Contact Rennie Tisdale, Volunteer Coordinator, at rtisdale@beckcenter.org or 216-521-2540

Beck Center's Women’s Board

The Women’s Board is the Beck’s longest standing volunteer group, established in 1936. They are a fundraising and social organization dedicated to supporting the mission of the Beck Center. Attendance and involvement in the group is a requirement for membership. Membership fee is $15 per year.

Contact Jan Brundage for a meeting schedule at janbrundage@att.net or 216-521-2540

Dance Alliance of Beck Center (DABC)

The Dance Alliance was founded to support the programs of the dance department. DABC members primarily include parents of dance students and adult dancers, but also includes unaffiliated friends of the dance program at Beck. Dues are $5 per year (starting in September).

Contact Melanie Szucs, Associate Director of Dance Education, to join at mszucs@beckcenter.org or 216-521-2540

C.A.S.T. (Company of Advocates for Students in Theater)

C.A.S.T. is a group of parent volunteers who support the youth theater education program. Its mission is to promote the love of the arts and all avenues of artistic expression. The funds raised are used to help the theater program with production costs and assist in the purchase of classroom teaching tools. Dues are $22 per year or $11 per semester (per family) and membership is open to anyone interested in joining.

Contact Jeffrey Riskin for more information at silveriskin@yahoo.com or 216-521-2540

Gardening Group

A group dedicated to beautifying the many gardens of the Beck Center. Anyone is welcome to join – there is no membership fee.

For project dates and times, contact Maria Parke at maria1091@sbcglobal.net.

Citizens of Committee for a Lakewood Animal Shelter

Interested in helping the homeless cats and dogs in Lakewood?

Then consider volunteering with the Citizens Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter. As the non-profit volunteer committee that supports the Lakewood Animal Shelter, they provide assists through fostering, fundraising, hosting off-site adoption events, and promoting adoptions.

If you're interested in getting involved, please visit their website at www.cclas.info or call the shelter at (216) 529-5020.

Cleveland Catholic Charities

Organize a Collection for Donations!

Help a refugee child have “Sweet Dreams” when they arrive in Cleveland with new or gently used sheets and blankets and new pillows. Be a “Snow Angel” and keep refugee families warm in Cleveland with new or gently used winter coats, gloves, hats, shoes, and boots. Other items we often need are: pots and pans, cooking utensils, soup bowls, drinking glasses, and cleaning and personal hygiene items.

Contact volunteer coordinator is Samantha Cocco 216-939-3849

Set up a New Home for a Family!

Days before a family arrives help assemble and arrange furniture, lightly clean furniture and dishes, and place essential household and personal items in appropriate places in the home. Teams or individuals can work during evenings or weekends!

Contact volunteer coordinator is Samantha Cocco 216-939-3849

Teach and Tutor the English language!

Refugees arrive with varying levels of understanding of English language and cultural competency. In order for them to be self- sufficient, we help them improve their skills. Classes are offered on weekday mornings and early afternoons. For a couple of hours at a time. Tutor and provide homework help for children and teenagers of all ages. Held Tuesdays or Thursdays after school and in the evenings.

Contact volunteer coordinator is Samantha Cocco 216-939-3849

Mentor a Family!

Visit a refugee family in their home for 2-3 hours each week. Work on English, help with homework, answer questions, teach basic American norms, cook with them, and help them read their mail. You will form a mutual relationship where you are not only giving but being given many gifts as well.

Contact volunteer coordinator is Samantha Cocco 216-939-3849

Help Children Prepare for School!

Assist with childcare for refugee children from ages newborn—5 while their parents attend classes or interview for jobs. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Parents are welcome to bring along their own children while they volunteer!

Contact volunteer coordinator is Samantha Cocco 216-939-3849

Lakewood Arts Festival

Lakewood Arts Festival Volunteer

The Lakewood Arts Festival needs volunteers for the day of the Festival on Saturday, August 3, 2013. We need volunteers to booth sit, help artists set up, sell tee shirts, and serve morning and afternoon artist refreshments.

Persons interested in helping that day should contact the Event Volunteer Coordinator at lakewood.arts.festival@gmail.com

Lakewood City Schools

Lakewood City Schools, Project MORE

Adult mentors needed for Project MORE, a one-on-one reading program for at-risk readers at the elementary level. Mentors meet with students three or four times a week for a half hour. Training and lesson materials provided.

Contact Director of Student Services Christine Palumbo at christine.palumbo@lakewood.k12.oh.us for more information.

Lakewood Community Services Center Volunteer Opportunities

Intake Volunteer

This is a very rewarding opportunity for our volunteers to welcome clients who come to the center, register them in our computer system to receive food or to have a session with a social worker. This position allows for client interaction and an opportunity for conversation. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from 9:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Contact Jane Leschnik at jane@lcsclakewood.org.

Counter Volunteer

Engaging in this one on one opportunity, our volunteers assist clients by packing groceries from prefilled bins into bags and keep the counter stocked with fresh bakery, dairy and frozen foods. We also greet people who come in to drop off donations and help them complete the proper donation forms. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from 9:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Contact Jane Leschnik at jane@lcsclakewood.org.

Pantry Volunteer

Our volunteers keep busy by packing crates with groceries in anticipation of clients. Efficiently, we stock pre-filled bins so that our clients can receive their groceries with little waiting. Sorting and date-checking food donations and keeping our produce table stocked are also common activities in this position. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from 9:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Contact Jane Leschnik at jane@lcsclakewood.org.

Lakewood Food & Earth (LEAF) Community Volunteer Opportunities

LEAF Night Market Volunteer

LEAF Night Markets are each Thursday evening from June through October, at the main branch of the Lakewood Public Library (at the front porch). Lakewood Earth and Food (LEAF) Community coordinates this market to bring local, sustainable food into Lakewood.

Contact Annie Stahlheber at leafcommunity@gmail.com or (216) 367-2834.

Learning Garden Volunteer

At the Madison branch of the Lakewood Public Library, the Lakewood Earth and Food (LEAF) Community assists to manage the Learning Garden.

Contact Annie Stahlheber at leafcommunity@gmail.com or (216) 367-2834.

Lakewood Historical Society Volunteer Opportunities


Individual are needed to lead guests on tours of the Oldest Stone House located in Lakewood Park. Tours take place Mid February through mid-November on Wednesdays from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and Sundays from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Training is provided and offers flexibility with the time commitment.
Anyone interested can email educator@lakewoodhistory.org or phone the museum at 216-221-0320 and leave a message.

Lakewood Hospital Volunteer Opportunities

Opportunity: Information Desk Volunteer
Description: Greet patients and visitors and man phones at desk in hospital entry. Must be engaging and willing to work with the public; mobile and able to make deliveries to patient rooms; capable of operating a two line phone and work a computer; able to commit to a 4-5 hour regular shift.
Current need: Wednesday morning 8a-1p/Thursday morning 8a-1p/Thursday afternoon 1-5p/ Friday morning 8am-1pm
Contact: Volunteer Assistant Kristen Levy at 216-529-7171 or levyk@ccf.org
Opportunity: Comfort Runner
Description: Acts as liaison between clinical staff and patients/families on a nursing unit. Duties include a combination of light tasks and patient interaction. Must be a compassionate, caring individual who is comfortable being with patients and their families & friends; mobile and able to be on your feet for long periods of time; able to commit to 4 hours of service a week on a regular basis.
Current need: Monday evening’s 4-7p/Weekend evening’s 4-7p
Contact: Volunteer Assistant Kristen Levy at 216-529-7171 or levyk@ccf.org
Opportunity: Gift Shop Volunteer
Description: Assist customers with their purchases in our hospital Gift Shop. Must be engaging and willing to interact with the public; had previous retail or customer service experience; mobile and able to be on your feet for long periods of time; capable of operating a two line phone credit card machine and work a cash register; able to consistently commit to a 4 hour schedule on a regular basis
Current need: Wednesday and Friday evenings 3-7p/Saturday & Sunday 12n-4p
Contact: Volunteer Assistant Kristen Levy at 216-529-7171 or levyk@ccf.org Weekdays
Opportunity: Marketing Volunteer
Description: Assists the hospital Marketing staff with distributing fliers and printed promotional material around the hospital on a regular weekly basis. Must be mobile and able to be on your feet for long periods of time.
Current need: Exact time TBA
Contact: Volunteer Assistant Kristen Levy at 216-529-7171 or levyk@ccf.org Weekdays

North Coast Health Ministry Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Behavioral Health Counselors

Needed: Volunteers who are licensed to practice mental health therapy independently. Minimum requirement is a Master’s degree in a behavioral health related discipline and ability to provide therapy at least 2 hours/week. Day and evening hours available. Minimum six month commitment desired. If interested, please contact Sharon Tipton at 216-228-7878 ext. 108 or via email at stipton@nchealthministry.org.

Volunteer Dentists

Needed: Dentists willing to take referrals from North Coast Health Ministry for patients with critical dental care needs. Contact Mary Ludwig at (216) 228-7878 ext. 122 or via email at mludwig@nchealthministry.org.

Volunteer Nurses

Needed: Nurses willing to staff a Monday evening clinic once per month or willing to be trained to be on NCHM’s substitute nurse roster – to fill clinic staffing gaps due to vacation, sick days, etc. Contact Mary Ludwig at (216) 228-7878 ext. 122 or via email at mludwig@nchealthministry.org.

Volunteer Physicians and Nurse Practitioners

Needed for day, evening and weekend clinics. Specialists and primary care practitioners needed. Contact Mary Ludwig at (216) 228-7878 ext. 122 or via email at mludwig@nchealthministry.org.

Associate Board Volunteers

Needed: Individuals who would like to help North Coast Health Ministry plan and execute fundraising and “friend-raising” events. If interested please contact Jeanine Gergel at 216-228-7878 ext. 107 or via email at jgergel@nchealthministry.org.

Toiletry Collection Volunteers

Needed: Volunteers willing to organize toiletry drives for NCHM patients at churches, schools or other community groups. Contact Jeanine Gergel at (216) 228-7878 ext. 107 or via email at jgergel@nchealthministry.org.

Administrative Volunteers
Needed:  Volunteers willing to contribute time one morning or afternoon per week in the office to assist with patient screening, patient registration packet assembly, patient reminder calls, etc.  If interested, please contact Mary Ludwig at 216-228-7878 ext. 122 or via email at mludwig@nchealthministry.org.

Benefit Bank Counseling Volunteers
Needed:  Individuals willing to be trained to assist patients through the Ohio Benefit Bank counseling program for application for public program benefits.  If interested, please contact Mary Ludwig at 216-228-7878 ext. 122 or via email at mludwig@nchealthministry.org.

The Lakewood Women’s Club Volunteer Opportunities

Founded in 1962, with roots going back to the early 1900's, the Lakewood Women's Club (formerly known as Junior Women's Club of Lakewood) has provided, and continues to provide, a philanthropic organization for women who are interested in serving their community while enjoying a program geared to fun and friendship.  The Club supports Lakewood  through three programs:  an annual scholarship awarded to a female high school senior pursing a higher education; funding for Project H20, Help to Others, a program dedication to strengthening and enriching Lakewood by engaging its youth as community builders; and support of non-profit organizations, selected by
membership, through an application process.

Through our fundraising efforts, highlighted by our annual Great Pumpkin Fun Run in October, LWC plays an important role in helping to fund some Lakewood’s most vital social services and non-profits, including The Beck Center, Journey of Hope, Lakewood Community Service Center, Live Well Lakewood, Matthew’s Lending Library, and Meals On Wheels with grants totaling over $200,000 since 1995.  LWC has awarded more than $30,000 in scholarship monies to deserving high school seniors as they pursue their education.  And LWC proudly supports Project H20, Help to Others, through a grant to offset costs of their summer camps.

LWC affords members the opportunity to engage in their community, offers social programming, develops leadership skills, and provides a direct connection between women in Lakewood.
Any woman who is interested in the mission of the Club is eligible for membership. Members are required to serve on a committee for annual fundraising event(s); submit membership dues ($40 annually) to support the Operating Fund; and serve as a chair or member of a standing committee.  Membership applications are available at lakewoodwomensclub.com.
The Club is run by an Executive Board, which is elected annually, along with committee chairs.  Quarterly general meetings are held in and around Lakewood to discuss the business of the Club, and socials are planned monthly to keep members engaged.

Annual Events

• Pumpkin Fun Run

• Award Scholarship

• Support H2O

• Raise Funds to Support our Recipient

• Participate in Fourth of July Parade

• Fall Social

• Christmas Tea

• Spring Social

• Maintain Garden Spot

If you would like to join our club and volunteer your time at any of our events contact us at lakewoodjuniors@gmail.com or visit our website at lakewoodwomensclub.com