HANDS ON | Volunteering

HandsOn Volunteer Network of the Valley engages volunteers to improve civic health and social conditions by reaching out to volunteers to raise awareness and inspire them to make a difference; provides people with access to projects and other opportunities to learn new skills and engage in work to improve their communities; and mobilizes people to use their time, talent, money and voice to create community change. The office is at 5500 Market St., Suite 110, Boardman. HandsOn is a monthly column that serves to communicate the impact that volunteering can have on the community. For trending opportunities, like us on Facebook by searching for HandsOn Volunteer Network of the Valley. Contact HandsOn Volunteer Network by calling 330-782-5877 or emailing info@HOVN.org about the following opportunities:


Catholic Charities regional agency short-term project: A volunteer or team of two volunteers is needed to do office work at Catholic Charities offices in Youngstown. The project has a specific purpose, does not require heavy lifting and involves purging, pitching and archiving documents.

Project Feed Our Valley: There are several ways to offer assistance. HOVN can work with volunteers to develop a project.

Ronald McDonald House charities database detail technician: A volunteer will research names in an old database and then update them in a new database. The volunteer will be required to look up names in phone books, add missing information, delete names not found and enter data into a computer. Three hours a week are requested until the database is complete.

Home for Good: Organizers need a volunteer receptionist. Home for Good is a re-entry program and referral service center for prisoners returning to society. The receptionist is needed for the group’s new office opening scheduled for Nov. 26. The volunteer(s) would be responsible for answering phones, running copies and other work.

Santas to Seniors: Volunteers who wish to share their holiday cheer can work with HandsOn for a Santas to Seniors project. Working with Home Instead Senior Care, HOVN needs volunteers for a Dec. 12 wrapping party and gift delivery from Dec. 16 to 20. For information, contact Addonnus Harden by emailing aharden@hovn.org or calling 330-782-5877.

Project MORE Tutors: Project MORE (Mentoring in Ohio for Reading Excellence) is a volunteer reading/mentoring project to benefit students with disabilities or those who are not on track. Volunteers will work in their own community to help students gain the skills and confidence they need to increase their individual reading levels. Volunteers will work with students for one to four, 30-minute, one-on-one sessions. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. HandsOn is the direct volunteer connector for Project More of Ohio. Contact Addonnus Harden for information.

Math tutors: West Boulevard Elementary School in Boardman is need of math tutor. Members of the National Honor Society or math whizzes will be especially sought for the talents they could offer. If the tutor position is of particular interest to the volunteer, or they have other community issues they would like to address, HandsOn offers many other volunteer opportunities that promote leadership in the Valley. Contact Addonnus Harden by email or phone.

Ohio Benefit Bank mobile volunteers in Trumbull County: HOVN, in cooperation with Ohio Benefit Bank and the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks, has volunteers ready to assist local residents with accessing benefits available through federal, state and local programs. The group of volunteers is now expanding into Trumbull County. Additional volunteers are needed to assist people in Trumbull to access programs that will help strengthen families. Training, orientation and support to volunteers is provided to those who become OBB Mobile Volunteers. The volunteer program is especially appropriate for those 18 and older who may pursue a career in social-service fields. Anyone who can go online to shop, pay bills or check email possesses the basic computer skills needed to be an OBB counselor. For information email of call Addonnus Harden.

Veterans Outreach Center: Thank a local veteran by donating time to the Veterans Outreach Center in Struthers. The center is needs assistance with website development and veterans benefits. To become a HandsOn volunteer member, go to www.hovn.org and click on “sign up and registration” to get started. For information contact Addonnus Harden.

Volunteer income-tax assistance: Tax season is approaching and HandsOn is searching for volunteer tax assistants. Volunteers will help individuals, seniors and families to save money by filing their taxes for free. This is an IRS-sponsored program in which volunteers will receive training to become certified. For information on becoming a VITA volunteer contact Addonnus Harden.

Event volunteers: Many of HOVN’s nonprofit partners need event volunteers for projects and fundraisers. Volunteers who are open to new experiences and flexible with their assignments during an event or project are asked to call 330-782-5877 or email info@HOVN.org.

Volunteer opportunities for college students: Any college students who have volunteer service hours required for coursework can contact HandsOn for assistance. HOVN can help connect students to nonprofit organizations who will work with their schedule and focus. Youngstown State University students can stop by the HOVN office in the Williamson College of Business on campus, or call its offices at 330-782-5877.

Nonprofit board members: Nonprofit partners of HOVN are considering new candidates for their boards. If a volunteer is interested in learning more about what directors do to support a nonprofit, call HandsOn. The educational opportunities and open seats with organizations will be explored for any interested parties. Also, if any organizations are looking for board members, send board position descriptions to info@HOVN.org.

Meals on Wheels/Trumbull Mobile Meals: Drivers are needed for all routes. This opportunity is appropriate for families, teams, businesses, retired couples and students who are majoring in the social services, nursing or medical fields.

AGE Corp.: The Austintown Generational Enrichment Corp. exists to enrich the lives of community members by providing warm and caring places for recreation, entertainment, camaraderie and education. AGE is looking for volunteers to help with the public relations, computer instruction, website management and newsletter development.

Community Legal Aid Services client assistant: A volunteer is needed to assist clients with preparation of civil-protection orders for domestic-violence victims.

Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley: Many volunteer opportunities are available to support the mission of the Red Cross.

Sweats for Serenity: Help Compass Family and Community Services and Sojourner House make the lives of the clients they serve more comfortable. Donate new sweat pants and shirts to the Rape Crisis program. Donations of new undergarments are also appreciated.

Youngstown Rotary “Put Kids First” Mentor Program: Call the HOVN office for details and to participate.

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