Volunteering is good for others
The world is not a perfect place, and many people, animals, places and communities need help. Governments and professionals try to meet everyone’s needs, but it’s impossible for them to do it all.
This is why people become volunteers: because they can make a difference where someone or something needs help. When we volunteer our time, money or talents we help make our community a better, happier place for all.
Volunteering is good for you
Are you thinking “What’s in it for me?” The answer is – plenty! Here are some of the things you might get in return for your giving of time and talent:
- Making new friends
- Gaining important skills and experience that may help you in your current vocation or make you more marketable for the next position.
- Seeing and becoming more aware of your community and world
- Building confidence and self-esteem
- Exploring what you want to do with your life
- Feeling needed and important
- Feeling satisfaction at getting things done and helping others
- Meeting people who could be role models or becoming a role model yourself
- Using your mind, body and creativity
- Getting active and healthier
- Relieving stress
- Fighting boredom and loneliness
- Spending time doing what you really care about
- Gaining an edge on getting the next job or getting into college
- Feeling like you are part of your community
- Having fun!
Have a look at some of the opportunities (at right) to volunteer with the City of Lakewood or other local non-profits. If your nonprofit is not listed here and you would like it to be, please send your information to: email@example.com.
Volunteer Opportunities With the City of Lakewood+-
Volunteer Opportunity- Board of Zoning Appeals
The City of Lakewood is accepting applications to fill a position on the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA).The BZA is a five (5) member board that hears requests for area variances (exceptions) from the Zoning Code and appeals of determinations of City staff regarding the Zoning Code. The Board meets on the 4th Thursday of each month with pre-review meetings beginning at 6:00 pm; however, meetings are cancelled if no cases are pending. Terms of BZA members are five (5) years in length; this member will be appointed by the mayor and will serve a term from January of 2019 thru December of 2024
Any City of Lakewood resident who would like to volunteer to be a part of the Board of Zoning Appeals, please submit a Boards and Commissions application or a letter of interest to the Secretary of the Board of Zoning Appeals at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Human Services is grateful for the thousands of service hours provided by volunteers of all ages. From meal delivery to the annual flu clinic campaign, these individuals help to define Lakewood as a strong, civic-minded community.
The following is a list of volunteer opportunities available within the Department of Human Services however the list is always growing and we welcome your ideas. If you have a particular skill or interest that would enhance our services please contact us at 216-529-6685 or email at email@example.com.
- Friendly visitors/telephone reassurance
- Home delivered meal drivers
- Kitchen helpers
- Office Assistance and computer data entry.
- Intergenerational community education programs
- Assistance with Early Childhood family drop in programs and Special Events volunteers
- Senior Activity Group Leaders and Participants in Sewing, Crafts, Knitting and Crocheting Groups
- Senior Center Dining Room Assistants
- Intergenerational Volunteers in partnership with the Lakewood City Schools
- Tax Clinics
- Lakewood Commission on Aging
All individuals interested in volunteering with the Department of Human Services must submit a completed application to the Department office at Department of Human Services, 16024 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107.
There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you don’t do them. – Charles D. Gill
Lakewood Boards and Commissions
Citizen participation in the governing process is part of what makes Lakewood a great place to call home. Over 70 Lakewood citizens volunteer their time, experience and expertise to serve on one of Lakewood’s many Boards and Commissions.
Volunteer Opportunities With Local Organizations+-
Below is a list of organizations around Lakewood looking for volunteers.
Name Program Website Barton Senior Center http://bartonseniorcenter.com/ Beck Center for the Arts http://www.beckcenter.org/ GIGI's Playhouse http://gigisplayhouse.org/cleveland/ Girls with Wings http://www.girlswithwings.com/ Hospice of the Western Reserve http://www.hospicewr.org/patients-and-caregivers Jordans Family Foundation http://www.jordansfamilyfoundation.org/JordansFamilyFoundation.org/Welcome.html Lakewood Arts Festival http://lakewoodartsfest.org/ Lakewood Chamber of Commerce http://lakewoodchamber.org/ Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation (LCAC) http://www.lcac.info/ Lakewood City Schools http://www.lakewoodcityschools.org/ Lakewood Community Service Center (LCSC) http://www.lcsclakewood.org/ Lakewood Dog Park Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park http://lakewooddogpark.com/join/ Lakewood Early Childhood PTA http://www.lecpta.com/ Lakewood Historical Society http://lakewoodhistory.org/ Lakewood Kiwanis - International http://www.lakewoodkiwanis.com/ Lakewood Masonic Foundation http://www.lakewoodmasonicfoundation.org/home.html Lakewood Public Library Friends of Lakewood Public Library http://lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/about/friends-of-lakewood-public-library Lakewood Rangers 360 Program http://www.lakewoodcityschools.org/Content2/970 Lakewood Ranger Education Foundation http://www.lakewoodrangers.com/ LakewoodAlive, Inc. http://www.lakewoodalive.com/ Lakewood YMCA http://www.clevelandymca.org/ LEAF Community http://www.leafcommunity.org/ Matthew's Lending Library http://www.matthewslendinglibrary.org/ My Best Friend's Bowl http://mybestfriendsbowllakewood.com/bowl/ North Coast Health http://northcoasthealth.org/ Pillars of Lakewood http://lakewoodchamber.org/pillars-of-lakewood/ Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River http://lakewoodrockyriverrotary.org/ Rotary - Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise Club http://www.lrrsunriserotary.org/ The Lakewood Foundation http://thelakewoodfoundation.org/ Women's Club of Lakewood http://www.lakewoodwomensclub.com/