Volunteering at Catholic Charities
“We all have the duty to do good.”
– Pope Francis
Thank you for your interest in exploring opportunities to volunteer with Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio. Catholic Charities offers opportunities for families, teens, individuals, seniors and groups to volunteer to make an immediate impact on the lives of those in need. By working with Catholic Charities, families grow closer, teens earn service hours, and individuals and seniors use their gifts to live out the Gospels in serving the poor, protecting the vulnerable and welcoming the stranger.
To be a volunteer for Catholic Charities is to bear witness for Christ to those in need in our community regardless of their faith.
A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, we recall the story of the Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46) which instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.
Our Programs and Volunteer Opportunities
We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities— short-term, long-term, special projects, and everything in between.
Su Casa Hispanic Center
Su Casa provides comprehensive social services and resources to the Latino / Hispanic Community. Volunteer needs include:
assisting with adult education classes, health promotion services, and bilingual case workers. Volunteers are needed also as drivers and interpreters. Being able to fluently speak Spanish is a plus but not required.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for people age 55 and over. RSVP is a Senior Corps program administered by the Corporation for Community Service and is sponsored locally by Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio. RSVP volunteers are placed at many non-profit organizations in Hamilton County.
Volunteer needs include: filing, data entry, mail and receptionist duties, and a variety of other administrative duties.
Legal Immigration Department
Provides legal representation and assistance to immigrants, refugees, and their families within the immigration legal system. Volunteer needs include:
conducting intake of client applications for services over the phone, data entry and basic immigration form preparation, scheduling appointments for staff and volunteer attorneys, and assistance at legal clinics held periodically.
Food for All Mobile Pantry
The Food for All Mobile Pantry provides supplemental food for those in food deserts in the five eastern counties of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. These counties are Adams, Brown, Clermont, Clinton and Highland. Volunteer needs include: assisting with client sign-in, unpacking and organizing food, distributing the allotted amount of food for each customer and assisting food recipients with carrying food to their cars if needed.
Working with U.S. Department of State and U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Refugee Resettlement services works to resettle political, economic and war refugees from regions such as Burundi, Bhutan and Central Africa. Volunteer needs include: driving refugees for medical and safety-net appointments, tutoring, and picking up donated household supplies to set up apartments for refugees.
Second Harvest Food Bank in Springfield, Ohio
For information on volunteering at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Springfield, Ohio please click here.
How to Become a Volunteer
To become a Catholic Charities volunteer the first step is to complete a volunteer application. Once you complete the application, a member of our Volunteer Services team will contact you to schedule an interview so that you may learn more about volunteer opportunities. New volunteers are also asked to complete a volunteer orientation session and may be required to take Protecting God’s Children® for Adults training (VIRTUS). New volunteers must also complete a background check. A fingerprint background check may also be required. A Volunteer Services team member will walk you through this process and answer any questions you have.
Complete the volunteer application. You will receive a follow-up email as confirmation of receipt of the application and we will contact you with next steps in the application process.
Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio offers a verity of non-paid internship opportunities for college students. Internship opportunities are available year around. We offer a verity of internships within our different programs and business operations. To be considered for an internship please fill out our intern application.Once you have completed the application, a member of our volunteer services team will contact you.
If you have any further questions, or need more clarification, please do not hesitate to contact Volunteer Services at 513-241-7745.