Volunteers enhance the programs at Catholic Charities Community Services/Summit County with a unique personal touch! From teaching a seven year old a new craft at Camp Christopher to sharing a laugh with an older adult in Summit Adult Day Services; from serving a Hot Meal to those in need to assisting a child with developmental disabilities, Catholic Charities volunteers impact lives every day.
BECOME A VOLUNTEER
The first step in becoming a volunteer for Catholic Charities is to apply on-line at: ccdocle.org/volunteer/volunteer-application.
We firmly believe that volunteers are vital staff support and should be placed in meaningful assignments that match your interests and utilize your talents. Placement is based on available openings. The volunteer process includes successful completion of: an application (above), interview/general orientation, reference/background checks, Virtus training for adults (National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc) and training for individual assignments. A tuberculosis test is also required for those volunteering with Adult Day Services.
We invite you to explore the various ways you can make a difference in someone’s life and perhaps even your own. Whether you are a student or a retiree, working or looking at gaining experience, your help is important in any one of the following programs.
Help with on-going special projects and/or our annual Spring Clean up Day.
Emergency Food Pantry
Volunteers help keep the food pantry stocked, organized, and utilized, assist with incoming calls for assistance, and help with distribution of food bags to clients in need. Pantry is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Hot Meals Assistant
Excellent opportunity to serve the poor and give back to your community by helping serve hot meals to those in need. Volunteers needed to help with preparation, serving, and clean-up of either the lunch or the dinner program. Prior experience in meal preparation for large groups is helpful, but not required. Meals served at two area locations:
• Mondays from 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm @ Visitation of Mary Catholic Church, 55 Broad Street, Akron 44305
• Tuesdays from 2:30 pm – 7:00 pm @ Visitation of Mary Catholic Church, 55 Broad Street, Akron 44305
• Wednesdays from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm @ Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 300 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron 44310
Recreational Respite Program Aide
Caring for a family member with a disability can be a round-the-clock experience! Volunteer program aides, working with a staff activity leader, will assist in implementing program activities and offer support and companionship to County of Summit DD eligible participants who range in age from 16 through adult. This program gives caregivers a respite weekend each month while providing away-from-home activities which are fun, safe and enriching for the participants. Volunteers needed for minimum 4hour shifts during the weekend which runs from Friday at 5pm to Sunday at noon with overnight options at Camp Christopher.
SumFun Camp Aide
Assist with day camps for youth (ages 5-20) with developmental disabilities. Camper ratio to staff is 1 to 4. Volunteers needed over 8 weeks from late June through early August to act as companions to the campers and assist with all activities under supervision of staff. Time commitment is flexible but must commit to four hours on any given day.
Mentors provide specialized support through mentoring to youth and/or parents to increase individual skills including but not limited to: improving social competencies, commitment to learning, positive values, positive identity, boundaries and expectations, constructive use of time, and empowerment.
Women’s Auxiliary Board
The mission of the Women’s Board of Catholic Charities Community Services/Summit County is to live the teachings of Jesus Christ by sharing our labor, time and gifts with our brothers and sisters in need. Meeting monthly from September through May, approximately 45 members work on service projects such as the holiday Bags of Love and a March Style Show/Luncheon fundraiser. New members are always welcome.