Community Volunteer Opportunities

Done in a Day (DIAD) Volunteer Opportunities Outside SJA

These volunteer opportunities typically take place on one day for a few hours. They may involve direct contact (DC) with people, such as serving meals at a hunger center, or indirect contact (IC) with people, such as organizing donations.

IC = indirect contact with people   DC = direct contact with people

Cleveland Catholic Charities: Migration and Refugee Services
7800 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102  

Contact: Alissa Ostrove

Apartment Set-ups (IC)
- Prior to a refugee family’s arrival, volunteers help set up apartments. They clean if needed and create a welcoming environment for the family. Volunteers must be able to respond to request for set up with little advance notice, usually within a two-day time period. Responsibilities may include making beds, arranging furniture, putting household goods in their respective places, etc. Apartment set up usually takes about four hours.

English as a Second Language (DC) – Volunteers are needed to help newly-arrived refugees learn English. Tutoring opportunities are available as a one-time or longer-term commitment.

St. Pat’s Hunger Center
3610 Bridge Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio, 44113

Contact Jerry Petryka at 216-281-5854

Servers (DC) - Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, volunteers are needed to serve meals--but you must sign up in advance. This is a nice opportunity for parents and children, middle-school aged or higher. Arrival time is 5 p.m. Departure time is 6:15 – 6:30 p.m. St. Pat’s is a 30 minute drive from Chagrin Falls. A parishioner with experience in this area is Jane Zilly (440-338-8561).

Hattie Larlham 
7996 Darrow Road, Suite 10
Twinsburg, OH 44087

Contact Jenna Allen
1-800-233-8611, ext. 3866

Greeting cards (IC) - Volunteers are needed to make or purchase birthday and holiday cards to mail to individuals with developmental disabilities (done at-home activity). A parishioner with experience in this area is Mary Jo Weber (440-247-7115).

Assist with Activities (DC) - Volunteers, willing to travel to Solon or Bedford, are needed evenings or weekends to read, play games, or make crafts with adults with disabilities.

MedWish International 
17325 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, Ohio, 44112

Contact: Angie Germano

This non-profit organization recovers and recycles unused donated medical supplies that area USA healthcare providers must discard. These life-saving supplies are sent to providers of medical care in developing countries.  A parishioner with experience in this area is Paul Schramm (440-364-9311 or

Sorters (IC) - Volunteers sort medical materials into categories for distribution to under-served populations worldwide. Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age. 
---2013 Saturday Volunteering Dates (YOU MUST SIGN UP IN ADVANCE): April 27 *BANDAID BASH; May 4 & 18; June 8 & 22; July 13 & 27; August 10 & 24; September 7 & 21; October 5 & 19; November 2 & 16, December 7 & 21.
---The Saturday morning session runs from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. New volunteers should arrive for orientation at 9 a.m. Individuals and groups can sign-up for this session.
---The Saturday afternoon session runs from 1:30 – 4 p.m. New volunteers should arrive for orientation at 1 p.m. This session is reserved for large groups only (10-30 people).

Geauga Habitat ReStore
12180 Kinsman Rd.
Newbury, Ohio 44065 

Contact: 440-564-7475  

Sorters (IC) – Volunteers are needed to sort and organize donations. Items are sold at this ReStore and help fund the building of homes for Habitat for Humanity.

United Service Organization (USO) 

Contact parishioners Ralph or Noel Burr

Greeting cards (IC) –
Volunteers are needed to make “Thank You” and “I’m Praying for You” cards to send to service personnel each month.

Sorters (IC) -- Volunteers are needed to sort care package donations.

Ronald McDonald House (All volunteers must be 13 years or older)
10415 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

Contact: Alisa Powell at 216-229-5757

RMH is a home-away-from-home for families whose children are receiving medical care at Cleveland-area hospitals. Most of these children have serious illnesses, such as cancer, leukemia, cystic fibrosis or heart defects. Their families may have traveled a great distance to seek treatment in Cleveland or live nearby, and they need to stay close to a critically ill child. 

Meal preparation (DC) – Bring your group down to the House and prepare a meal for our families. We will tell you how many people to prepare the meal for; you do the shopping, bring down your food supplies, and cook and serve the meal in our kitchen.  

Breakfast Bag Preparation (IC) - Families are often in a hurry to get to the hospital in the morning, and don’t have time for breakfast. How about making breakfast bags for them? Fill bags with healthy "to-go" items like granola bars, raisins, muffins, fruit cups, juice boxes, etc.

Bingo Night (DC) -- Every night would feel like every other night unless we added special events now and then. Families love to play Bingo together! We have the game and the prizes – we just need you to be callers and participants.

Craft and Entertainment Activities (DC) – Do you have a special talent or skill to share? Maybe your group would like to consider organizing a craft activity, cookie baking & decorating event, or musical performance here at the House. During evenings and weekends, families are looking for things to do. Come share your creativity.

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496 East Washington Street | Chagrin Falls OH 44022 | 440-247-7183 / fax 440-247-2327
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