Looking for a way to put your faith into practice by serving our clients or assisting our staff? Recently retired and have skills to offer? Are you in high school or college and looking for ways to enhance your skills and experience?
We have one-time and group volunteer opportunities, roles that need volunteers on an ongoing basis, and even programs that need volunteers who can commit to helping out every week.
Questions about our volunteer program and opportunities? Call our volunteer coordinator at 937.223.7217 ext.1130.
There are so many people in this community who need help, and when you see the variety of challenges that people are faced with it can be a little overwhelming. But it’s also rewarding to know that you can welcome them in, and you know that they are going to get the help they need.
Submit a Volunteer Application
Prospective volunteers are asked to complete our online application form.
CLICK HERE for the application.
Attend a Volunteer Orientation Session
Group orientation sessions have been TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED due to the pandemic. Please contact Kayli Feltner at (937) 223-7217 ext.1130 for more information.
To learn more about how you can help, we invite you to attend one of our upcoming volunteer orientation sessions:
2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month • 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Center for Families
1046 Brown Street
Dayton, Ohio 45409
1st Monday of each month • 2:00-3:00 p.m.
3rd Friday of each month • 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Eckerle Administration Center
922 West Riverview Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45402
RSVPs are requested, but not required, at (937) 223-7217 ext.1130.
If you are interested in volunteering with our Refugee Resettlement program, please bring your driver’s license and a copy of your auto insurance to orientation.
Review our Handbooks & Information
These materials are part of the orientation process, but you’re welcome to review them in advance. Just click the name of the document to view it as a PDF.
Our Most Urgent Needs
Catholic Social Services has a volunteer driving program to expand transportation options in Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Mercer, Preble, and Shelby Counties. We are also in the process of growing the service into Miami, Montgomery, Greene, and Clark Counties. One of the goals of the program is to eliminate gaps in transportation that exist because of the lack of cross-county and region-to-region transport.
This program is focused on transporting individuals to medical and non-medical appointments and to employment. The highest-priority populations are older adults, individuals with disabilities, and low-income populations who don’t have access to other options. The program is meant to allow access for those who need transportation outside of traditional transit hours and who cannot afford the high cost of private providers.
We are currently working to recruit and train additional volunteer drivers. The training includes ODOT Drive training, CPR and First Aid, SafeParish training, and Defensive Driving training. Volunteers provide curb-to-curb transportation, using their personal vehicles to transport within their county and adjoining counties.
Each driver accepted into the program is encouraged to volunteer for at least two round-trip assignments per month. Although the position is volunteer, there is some compensation to account for gas allowances, insurance costs, and vehicle depreciation.
If you’re interested in helping your neighbors by becoming a volunteer driver, please contact Heather Robison for more information at 1.833.289.0227 ext.1195.
Miami County FoodSource Associate
Help serve elderly home-bound seniors throughout Miami County by delivering food boxes to those in need as part of our FoodSource program.
Volunteers are asked to commit 3-4 hours on the second Friday of every month delivering food boxes to 5-10 homes. Each box contains 40 lbs. of food, which can be divided into grocery bags and carried in multiple trips to the residence if you aren’t comfortable carrying the whole box at once.
Minimum requirements for this volunteer position are:
- Ability to work independently, with limited supervision
- Access to a reliable vehicle, a valid driver’s license, and current insurance
- Ability to lift and carry several pounds of food
- Must submit volunteer application, attend orientation, complete Virtus training, and pass a background check
All interested candidates should complete our Online Volunteer Application. Mark “Northern Counties” as your area of interest.
Questions? Contact agency volunteer coordinator Ashley Clark at (937) 223-7217 ext.1130.
Our Senior Outreach program needs volunteer Respite Aides in Montgomery County to provide relief for spouses and family members who care for dependent elderly adults at home. Volunteers receive training and are asked to commit to giving the full-time caregiver a 3-4 hour break one day a week. Hours are flexible based on the needs of the client and volunteer. Must be at least 18 years old.
Our Senior Outreach program needs volunteer Senior Visitors. The Senior Visiting program is designed to keep isolated seniors safe in their homes and reduce social isolation. Volunteers provide a friendly visit to a senior for about two hours each week. Volunteers are needed in several geographic areas, including Montgomery, Miami, Darke and Shelby Counties.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Supervised Visitation Monitors
Erma’s House Family Visitation Center in Dayton offers a supervised, safe, and neutral environment for children to visit with their non-custodial parents. Monitors are needed to supervise these visits. Visitations generally last 1 to 2.5 hours, one day a week in the evenings and on Sunday afternoons. Must be at least 18 years old. Training provided.
Front Desk Volunteers
We need volunteers to staff the front desk at our administrative office at 922 W. Riverview Avenue in Dayton. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and volunteers are asked to commit to at least two hours, one day per week. The front desk volunteer greets and directs visitors in a professional and courteous manner; provides visitors with information about external resources when needed; and provides light administrative support. Visitors include board members and donors as well as clients accessing services. For more information, please contact Linda Spanel at (937) 223-7217 ext.2100.
Choice Food Pantry
You or your group can help with unloading and restocking food, serving as a personal shopper, or providing curbside service.
If you’re willing to make a longer-term commitment, we also use trained volunteers to assist with the client intake process.
Depending on your interests and skills, you might serve as a mentor to a teen or young adult; become a tutor to help refugees learn and practice English; serve as an interpreter; become a volunteer employment coach; or even help set up a home for a newly arriving refugee family.
Service Project Opportunities
If you are a family, group or individual looking for a service project to support our agency, the following are suggestions for short-term, seasonal, or one-time activities. If you have other ideas, we’d love to hear from you. Contact our Parish & Community Relations Coordinator at (937) 223-7217 ext.1141.
- Work in the Choice Food Pantry
- Help set up an apartment for refugee arrivals
- Disinfect toys at Erma’s House and match game pieces
- Assist with fundraising events
- Landscaping – rake leaves, pick up trash, plant flowers and help make our buildings attractive and inviting
- Hold a donation drive for items needed by one or more of our programs; visit our Donate Needed Items page for wish lists and other information
Eckerle Administration Center
922 West Riverview Avenue
Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 223-7217 or (800) 300-2937
General email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Generations CampaignApril 27, 2022 - 7:15 pm
At Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley’s Annual Meeting on April 27, CEO Laura Roesch announced the public phase of a five-year comprehensive campaign inspired by the desire to broaden and enhance the agency’s impact as it enters its second century of service. The Generations Campaign will run through 2025, with a total fundraising goal of $10,000,000.