The health and safety of our clients, staff and volunteers are of paramount importance to us. Our food pantry in Dayton is open during normal hours on weekday mornings, but in order to reduce person-to-person contact as much as possible, we are providing prepackaged boxes of food instead of operating under our normal “choice” model. This is currently the ONLY program for which we’re using volunteers. If you are between the ages of 18 and 50 and have no virus symptoms, you can contact Mike Hoendorf at (937) 223-7217 ext.1141 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about volunteering.
Questions about our volunteer program and opportunities? Call Ashley Clark at (937) 223-7217 ext.1130.
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.
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
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, group orientation sessions are TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED. We do have an immediate need for volunteers to assist in our food pantry on weekday mornings. Please contact Ashley Clark 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.
Our Most Urgent Needs
Catholic Social Services is launching a volunteer driving program to expand transportation options in Auglaize, Logan, Mercer, Shelby, Darke and Champaign Counties. One of the goals of this pilot 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 will be 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 approximately 10 volunteer drivers. The training includes eight hours of ODOT Drive training, CPR and First Aid, VIRTUS (Child Protection) training, and Defensive Driving training. Volunteers will provide curb-to-curb transportation, using their personal vehicles to transport within their county and adjoining counties.
If you would be willing to help your neighbors by becoming a volunteer driver, please contact Michelle Caserta-Bixler for more information at (937) 575-7115 or email@example.com.
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 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. For more information call Ashley Clark at (937) 223-7217 ext. 1130.
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. Call Ashley Clark at (937) 223-7217 ext.1130 for more info.
FOOD PANTRY: CLIENT INTAKE
Our Choice Food Pantry in Dayton has volunteers assist with the client intake process on weekday mornings. This role involves working directly with clients and requires training, so we ask that you be willing to make an ongoing commitment to volunteer at least once a week. (This can also be an internship opportunity for a college student studying social work or a related field.) To learn more, please contact Ashley Clark at (937) 223-7217 ext.1130.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
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.
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.
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