When you've just moved to an area, one way to get connected to your new community is by volunteering. Living in Warrensville Heights, you have a number of opportunities to donate your time and help make the city a better place. From assisting at the local library to keeping senior citizens company, you'll be able to find something that you enjoy. Take a look at a few of the opportunities near you and find out firsthand why Warrensville Heights is often called the "Friendly City."
Cuyahoga County Public Library
The Cuyahoga County Public Library system has several opportunities for volunteers, many of which focus on early childhood literacy or education. For example, the library is looking for volunteers for its STEAM program, which offers educational programming in science, technology, engineering, art, and math for students in grades 6 through 12. Volunteers must be over the age of 18 to work with the STEAM program.
A few of the opportunities with the library are suitable for younger volunteers, too. For example, several branches of the library, including the one in Warrensville Heights, are looking for volunteers over the age of 14 to help with the 1-2-3 Read program. 1-2-3 Read provides interventions and early childhood literacy assistance to kids deemed to be at risk. The Warrensville Heights branch also operates a Homework Help Center on weekday afternoons and is looking for people to volunteer as tutors to help kids with their assignments.
The Montefiore Foundation
The Montefiore Foundation provides a range of services for older citizens, from short-term rehab to long-term care and hospice. The organization works with volunteers in a variety of ways. You can volunteer to help out in the Montefiore Foundation's cafe or donate your time working at the group's boutique. You can also connect directly with the people the group serves by volunteering to drive residents to and from activities or by providing computer assistance and tutoring to seniors, which can help them stay connected with their friends and family.
Greater Cleveland Volunteers
Greater Cleveland Volunteers links up volunteers with nonprofit organizations throughout the Cleveland area. The group has connections with more than 100 nonprofits, which provide services ranging from financial literacy to college access, from disaster response to computer literacy. To work with the group, you need to complete an application form and attend a one-hour orientation session.
Habitat for Humanity
The Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity has several volunteer opportunities in Warrensville Heights and the surrounding area. You don't have to be particularly handy to donate your time to work with Habitat for Humanity, either. Along volunteers for home construction, the organization also needs people to help in its administrative offices and in ReStore, the salvage and thrift store it operates.
Before volunteering, you should sign up for an orientation. Habitat holds several each month at locations across the Greater Cleveland area, so you should have a handful of options that work with your schedule. Once you complete the orientation, you can pick a volunteer opportunity and sign up via email.