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  • Diaper Donations Needed!

    Looking for caring individuals to help support the Portage-Summit diaper bank!

    Why diapers? Diapers are a basic need for infants and children and federal programs such as SNAP and WIC do not cover diapers. An inadequate supply of diapers has severe repercussions for the health and emotional well-being of the child and parent. Unfortunately, UnitedHealthcare declined to continue their sponsorship this year, leaving the organization in a very serious financial bind and unable to purchase diapers to make up for any donation shortfall.

  • Hospice of the Western Reserve- Furniture Donations Needed!

    Consider donating your gently used furniture/household items to Hospice of the Western Reserve Warehouse Sales. What better way to repurpose gently used furniture and housewares than to donate to a beneficial cause? Proceeds from these sales support seriously ill patients and their loved ones, in addition to programs such as art and music therapy, school crisis and community bereavement services.

    Sales are held several times throughout the year at Hospice of the Western Reserve Headquarters, 17876 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44110. The next Warehouse Sale is Friday, May 12th, 8 am-4 pm and Saturday, May 13th, 9 am-3 pm.

    Items Needed Include: 

  • The Way Out Prison Ministry Volunteers Needed in Summit & Portage Counties

    Summit County: Have you served as a chaplain in some compacity? Are you a retired military or hospital chaplain? The Way Out Prison Ministry is in need of a qualified person in Summit County to oversee and grow religious services in 7 Oriana House facilities for men and women. These are low-level security correctional facilities. They consist of half-way houses, state and federal re-entry facilities and community based correctional facilities.

    Portage County: The Way Out Prison Ministry is offering an exciting ministry opportunity to volunteers with a heart for the youth who are incarcerated in the Portage/Geauga Detention Center in Ravenna. We are looking for a dynamic youth-oriented team from churches in Portage/Geauga County to serve on our ministry team. We bring contemporary Christian music,a relevant Bible lesson, and a small group discussion for one hour every Thursday evening from 7-8 pm. Each team meets one Thursday each month.

    Go to for more information.

  • Drivers Needed for Cancer Patients

    The American Cancer Society is in need of volunteers to help get local patients to their cancer treatments. This year alone an estimated 66,000 Ohio residents will learn that they have cancer and many of them will not feel well enough to drive and may not have friends or family available to help get them to their treatment. The ACS program, called Road to Recovery, helps those with cancer overcome this critical barrier to treatment. In 2015, the Road to Recovery program was able to provide 255 rides for Cuyahoga County residents to get to their important appointments. In 2016, it provided 400 rides to Cuyahoga County residents. We are getting more requests every day and are hoping to spread the word about Road to Recovery to find a few more people who would be willing to help.

  • Mailing Volunteers Needed

    Building Hope in the City is looking for volunteers available during the day to help stuff and prepare mailings, as needed. The frequency of mailings typically varies from once a month to twice a month. If you're interested, please contact Lesa Hess (216) 281-4673.

  • Volunteers Needed for Hospice of the Western Reserve

    Touch a life...Become a Hospice Volunteer.

    Hospice is a philosophy of care, not a place. We care for our patients wherever they call home. As a vital part of our team volunteers come from all walks of life, and have a variety of skills, talents and abilities.

    Opportunities to serve are diverse: visit patients and families to provide companionship, socialization, and comfort, help with legacy work, transportation, light housework, meal preparation, run errands, make phone calls, help with clerical work, attend health fairs, make a presentation. Volunteers with specialized professional qualifications and training are also needed: attorneys, licensed hair dressers, massotherapists, pet therapy dogs and their handlers.

  • Volunteer in City Ministry

    Take the first step to volunteering in the city by attending Building Hope 101, a 90-minute introduction to city mission for new and potential volunteers. Sessions are held regularly at BHITC's Ohio City location (2038 West 29th Street) and at the Hope Center (15135 Triskett, Cleveland, 44111). To register, call 216-281-4673 or visit

    *February 13- Hope Center, 5:30-7 pm

    *February 21- BHITC, 5:30-7 pm

    *March 20- Hope Center, 5:30-7 pm

    *March 28- BHITC, 5:30-7 pm

    *April 17- Hope Center, 5:30-7 pm

    *April 27- BHITC, 5:30-7 pm

  • Donations Needed- Common Threads

    Common Threads, the thrift store for Building Hope in the City, seeks donations of clothing and household goods, which include items such as men's/women's/children's clothing, shoes, housewares, decor, toys, bedding, small appliances, purses, jewelry, books and videos. Donations can be dropped off at Common Threads, 22049 Lorain Rd., Fairview Park, Monday-Saturday 10 am-8 pm and on Sundays Noon-6 pm.

  • Event

    Family Fun Bowlathon for Urban Tutoring Ministries

    Location: Freeway Lanes, 12859 Brookpark Rd., Parma 44130
    Start Time: Sun 26, Feb. 2017, 1 p.m.
    End Time: Sun 26, Feb. 2017, 5 p.m.

    Families and others seeking some winter fun are invited to join Building Hope in the City at Freeway Lanes on February 26 for an afternoon of bowling to support its Urban Family Learning Centers and tutoring programs across the city, which bless 150+ youth. 

  • Event

    Hospice of the Western Reserve Warehouse Sale

    Location: 17876 St. Claire Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110
    Start Time: Fri 17, Feb. 2017, 8 a.m.
    End Time: Sat 18, Feb. 2017, 3 p.m.

    Donations are needed for the next sale, Friday, February 17th, 8 am-4 pm and Saturday,February 18th, 9 am-3 pm. at Hospice of the Western Reserve Headquarters, 17876 St. Claire Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110. Proceeds support patients and families of Hospice of the Western Reserve.