There are plenty of agencies that need a helping hand this summer. For the young aspiring volunteer looking for an opportunity to give back to their community, Cleveland, Ohio offers numerous opportunities for volunteering.
Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, Naturalist Assistants
For the teen that loves nature, there’s no better place to volunteer this summer than the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center. Engaging volunteers in a number of areas, the Center has one of Cleveland’s most extensive volunteer programs. Teens between 14-18 can work as Naturalist Assistants, where they assist staff with the care and feeding of the animals, make presentation to Center visitors, and help in educational outreach. This program is the most in-depth, hands-on position with the Center and by far the most popular.
Some teens sign up for waiting lists a summer in advance.
Lake Erie Nature and Science Center
28728 Wolf Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44140
Severance Hall Junior Volunteers Corps
Immerse yourself in the arts while volunteering with Severance Hall and the Cleveland Orchestra. Teen volunteers work as ushers, ticket takers, greeters and store staff. This is a great opportunity to see the Cleveland Orchestra in concert as well as behind the scenes. It’s also a great way to meet new friends and learn new skills.
11001 Euclid Ave.,
Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Zoo Crew
Teens ages 13-17 assist in the education department of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. They educate the public about the animals and zoo exhibits and participate in ongoing conservation projects. This is a great opportunity for teens to learn about life science and animals, all while serving the city’s own zoo! Volunteers must commit to one day per week for the entire summer, and attend an orientation about the opportunity.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
3900 Wildlife Way
Cleveland, OH 44109
The Cleveland Foodbank
Children and teens can learn the value of helping Cleveland’s homeless and hungry by volunteering at the Cleveland Foodbank. Volunteers work sorting food, running a food pantry, serving food, and assisting with Family Night. Volunteer opportunities are ongoing and many volunteers are needed to assist in helping Cleveland’s most needy citizens.
The Cleveland Foodbank
15500 S. Waterloo Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44110
Pet Care, The Brooklyn Animal Shelter
For the animal lover, opportunities abound at the Brooklyn Animal Shelter. This volunteer-run shelter houses homeless dogs and cats from all over Cleveland. Children(with an adult chaperone) and teens can volunteer feeding the kittens and puppies, cleaning their cages, basic grooming and cuddling. Volunteers can also assist in placing animals for adoption. This is a great way to donate time and energy to a noble cause, while at the same time, helping homeless animals find permanent homes.
Brooklyn Animal Shelter
8300 Memphis Avenue
Brooklyn, OH 44144
There are many opportunities for children and teens to give back to the community this summer. Volunteer opportunities are plentiful all throughout Cleveland. Children and teens will find there is no shortage of volunteer opportunities in the city and suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio.