Individual Volunteering Opportunities
Historically, volunteers have provided over 3,500 hours of work to Adoption Network Cleveland each year -- the equivalent of another full-time staff person! More importantly, volunteers bring a wide range of expertise, life experiences, and differing perspectives that immeasurably enriches the work that we do.
There are three steps to becoming a volunteer at Adoption Network Cleveland. Additional steps and trainings may be needed dependent on the volunteer position.
- Fill out the Volunteer Information and Interest Form (Click here to download the form now)
- Meet with the Volunteer Coordinator for an interview
- Complete the required Volunteer Orientation
The positions listed are those activities with which we need ongoing assistance. Assignments can also be designed around a volunteer’s special interests or skills.
Like a variety of assignments? Are you detail oriented? Want to keep your office skills sharp? We need you to assist staff with mailings, data entry, filing, phone calls, thank you letters, and other clerical tasks. Ability to use a PC and basic Microsoft software a plus. 2-4 hours weekly/bi-weekly.
Youth Activity Assistant
We need volunteers to lead children’s activities for families attending our evening and weekend programs. Volunteer must be over 18 years of age and be fingerprinted prior to service. 2-4 hours monthly or dependent on specific program series.
Permanency Champion Mentor
Permanency Champions are stable, mature adults who serve as mentors to youth in foster care while they are waiting for adoption. A mentor can advocate for and provide support to teens as they transition either into a family or into adulthood on their own. Our hope is that these connections become lifetime relationships that enrich both the teen and the mentor. Teens need positive stable adults in their lives, not always "perfect" ones. Ordinary people can be great Permanency Champions for teens! Click here to visit the Permanency Champions Mentor webpage
. If you have additional questions, please contact Patricia Hill at (216) 482-2320.
Committee or Board Member
The Board of Directors serves a leadership role on Adoption Network Cleveland’s committees and play a major role in achieving the fund development goals of the organization. To find out more about serving as a committee member or on our board of directors, please click here
Special Events Assistant
Get the party started right by helping Adoption Network Cleveland as a Special Events Assistant. Are you a planner? Do you enjoy fundraising? Then, this position is for you! These volunteers help staff and the Special Events Committee with the planning and logistics, solicitation of in-kind donations and volunteering the day of an event. Major annual events include the Creating Futures Benefit & Silent Auction, Lanes for Change bowling fundraiser, off-site fundraisers, Holiday Party, Summer Cookout and Annual Meeting. 2-6 hours per event and additional opportunities leading up to the day of the event.
Do you or your company have administrative, human resource, financial, or marketing expertise or training tools that would be beneficial to our organization? Volunteering this knowledge or providing training is a great way to help us create a stronger infrastructure and develop our programs.
Have you completed a search or have experience in genealogical research? Search Managers are volunteers who assist Adoption Network Cleveland staff with providing search assistance to out-of-town searchers. New volunteers take on individual tasks to develop experience before being assigned a search case of their own. 2-10 hours per month.
Love to cook and bake and share it with others? We are always looking for volunteers to make and bring bakery in for programs, events, and volunteer days. Attending orientation is not required for this position, but encouraged.
Do you like to write or have a story to share? Adoption Network Cleveland is always looking for volunteers who would like to regularly write articles or submit poetry for the newsletter. Some ideas include reviews of adoption/foster care related literature or websites. Personal ideas about your own experiences or thoughts about adoption are also encouraged.
The Development Department is in search of a volunteer to assist with member communications. Volunteer needs to be detail-oriented, able to work independently, and reliable. 2-6 hours a month.
To start getting involved or if you have questions about volunteering, contact our Volunteer Coordinator
at (216) 325-1000.