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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities in Ohio

There are a multitude of great non-profits across the Dayton Region who would love to connect with students who are searching for service learning opportunities. SOCHE can assist you in making these connections.

Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families ensures that wherever American military families go, they can always feel connected, supported, and empowered to thrive – in every community, across the nation, and around the globe. Strengthening America’s Military Families through Communities.

You can help Blue Star Families by donating or volunteering!

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

The Boonshoft Museum is the premier destination for family learning in the Miami Valley. It is a natural history museum, science center, children’s museum, planetarium, observatory and zoo. 

You can help the Boonshoft Museum by donating or volunteering!

Brunner Literacy Center

The Brunner Literacy Center provides free, one-on-one tutoring to adults aged 19+ who want to improve their reading, writing, and math literacy skills. We offer instruction at all learning levels, from basic letter recognition to GED test preparation and beyond.

You can help the Brunner Literacy Center by donating, volunteering, biking in the Tour de Gem, running in the BLC 5K, and more!

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities helps people, regardless of their faith, who are struggling with poverty and other complex issues.

You can help Catholic Charities by donating, advocating, and more!


Clothes That Work

Clothes That Work provides professional clothing, image counseling and training for job seekers in Montgomery County, helping over than 27,000 men, women, and independent teens.

You can help Clothes That Work by donating, shopping at one of their boutiques, and more!

Crayons to Classrooms

For students to succeed, they must first have the tools to thrive. Crayons to Classrooms is committed to providing those tools to at-risk children in the Greater Dayton Region, including Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren counties. We encourage community donations while also leveraging an extensive collection of supply chain partners to secure essential school supplies at significantly reduced costs. Then, we distribute those items at no cost to teachers in our Dayton store. This committed collaboration between business leaders, individual donors and volunteers helps to assure equal access for students in our community and fuel their love of learning.

You can help Crayons to Classrooms by donating or volunteering!

Dayton Metro Library

The Dayton Metro Library brings people of all ages and backgrounds together to discover new things about the world, themselves, and each other. Within our Branches and beyond our walls, we are advocates for exploration, champions of literacy, and active facilitators of empowerment, inclusion, and positive change.

You can help Dayton Metro Library by donating or volunteering!


Five Rivers Metroparks

Five Rivers Metro Parks works to protect, restore, preserve and promote the region’s environmental and agricultural resources, build active, healthy communities, Improve regional economic standing and quality of life, and promote positive youth development education and leadership skills

You can help Five Rivers Metroparks by donating, sponsoring, volunteering, and more!


Gem City Market

Gem City Market, on the corner of Salem and Superior Ave., is a vibrant, community-centered grocery store with well-trained, friendly workers (who are also owners!) who know the value of providing exceptional service. The Market has restored grocery service to Northwest Dayton for the first time in over a decade.

You can help Gem City Market by becoming a member, shopping, and more!



Homefull serves adults and families at all points along the spectrum of homelessness: before, during and after. We are dedicated to our mission “to work to end homelessness by providing housing, services, advocacy, and education”.

You can help Homefull by donating, volunteering, and more!


House of Bread

House of Bread serves hot, nutritious, lunchtime meals to anyone in need 365 days a year.

You can help House of Bread by donating, volunteering, attending an event, and more!

Learning Tree Farm

Learning Tree Farm serves more than 8,000 students from 130 schools through nature-based field trips, and an additional 10,000 people through ongoing community programs, events, and our Nature Preschool. For more than 40 years, the farm’s ability to introduce children to environmental stewardship and to inspire learners of all ages has cultivated a significant and lasting passion for nature in our community.

You can help Learning Tree Farm by donating or volunteering!


Levitt Pavilion Dayton

Levitt Pavilion Dayton brings people of all ages and backgrounds together to experience free high-caliber concerts and celebrate a shared sense of community. When the Levitt concerts aren’t in season, the venue is available for use by non-profits and other community groups. This further drives people to the area from throughout the metropolitan region.

You can help the Levitt Pavilion by donating, volunteering, attending an event, and more!

Mission of Mary

Mission of Mary Cooperative is investing in the inner east side of Dayton by transforming vacant land plots into vegetable gardens and partnering with our neighbors to sustainably develop our community.

You can help the Mission of Mary by donating, volunteering, and more!


Red Cross

The Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region Red Cross delivers community disaster education, first aid/CPR, babysitting training, emergency communications for every person serving in the United States Military, and other types of lifesaving training to thousands of people.

You can help the Red Cross by donating, giving blood, volunteering, and more!


Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House and Family Rooms provide relief for thousands of families who travel from around the world seeking medical care for their critically ill children, easing their financial and emotional worries so they can focus on the health of their children.

You can help the Ronald McDonald House by donating, volunteering, and more!

Shoes 4 the Shoeless

Shoes 4 the Shoeless, Inc. is a non-profit that provides new, correctly fitting gym shoes and socks to Southwest Ohio children in desperate need. In Southwest Ohio, an estimated 60% of children live in poverty. The majority of them are in desperate need of shoes and socks. Wearing ill-fitting and worn shoes often condemns children to physical, social and emotional problems that last a lifetime. 

You can help Shoes 4 the Shoeless by donating money or socks and by volunteering!


Story Chain

Story Chain connects the incarcerated with their children. Trained volunteers produce audio files from incarcerated parents who want to read to their children. The recording is then edited and downloaded on an MP3 player for the child and the caregiver to receive.

You can help Story Chain by donating and volunteering!


St. Vincent DePaul

St. Vincent de Paul aids the homeless and impoverished by providing emergency shelter, transitional and permanent supportive housing, food, clothing, household items, and guidance in leading a self-sustaining life.

You can help St. Vincent DePaul by donating, volunteering, and more!


The Foodbank

The Foodbank is the primary source of food for the hunger relief network in the Miami Valley. The Foodbank – the only one of its kind in the area – relieves hunger in the community through a network of partner agencies by acquiring and distributing food.

You can help the Foodbank by donating, volunteering, advocating and more!


Think Tank, Inc.

Think Tank offers a variety of training tools and coaching, designed to deepen understanding of poverty & equip participants with skills to join with people from different backgrounds to fight poverty in their community.

You can help the Think Tank, Inc. by donating, participating in an activity, and more!


United Way

United Way partners with nonprofits, businesses, and government entities to support their causes and make a positive impact on the community through a single contribution. United Way connects us all, providing real impact through quality programs, services, and initiatives.

You can help United Way by donating, volunteering, advocating and more!


YWCA Dayton

YWCA, one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, combines programming and advocacy to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls.

You can help YWCA Dayton by donating, volunteering, attending an event, and more!

Want to advertise your volunteer opportunities through SOCHE? Contact us by phone at (937) 258-8890 or by email at soche@soche.org to request a listing!

Councils & Committees

SOCHE is dedicated to advancing higher education through active collaboration, resource and knowledge building, and effective professional development programs. To accomplish this, SOCHE administers 16 active Councils and Committees. The purpose of a SOCHE Council or Committee is to provide an opportunity for representatives from higher education to be a resource for one another, share information and best practices, identify common challenges, and, ultimately, broaden awareness of the resources, services, and activities in higher education. SOCHE is also dependent upon the Councils and Committees for substantial input on annual professional development programs.

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