Below, you will find brief descriptions, web-links and contact information for most of our Delaware Community Partner Agencies, as well as a few relevant opportunities in the greater Columbus area. For the most detailed listing of Delaware service agencies, visit the HelpLine website, listed below.

ABLE (Adult Basic Literacy Education)

The Delaware Joint Vocational School (JVS) ABLE program provides free instruction in basic academic skills, GED preparation, English for speakers of other languages, (ESL), and life-skills instruction for developmentally delayed adults. The free classes are offered at various locations around the county. ABLE uses volunteer tutors in classrooms to work one-on-one with adult learners, and sometimes to teach math classes including beginning algebra and geometry. The ESL classes use volunteers as conversation partners and to help with reading comprehension and writing. Contact ABLE Director, Sally Sutton at 363-1993, (x2281), or via email: suttons@delawareareacc.org to explore all the service learning options. The JVS ABLE offices are located at 1610 State Route 521, just East of town on Route 36/37 East. (Turn left at Oakland Nursery.)

After-School Learning Centers

OWU students wishing to make a difference in a child’s life by helping them succeed in school should consider volunteering their time working with children in the 21st Century Learning Centers at Woodward Elementary, Conger Elementary, and Dempsey Middle Schools. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the school year. Students who wish to volunteer should contact the OWU Community Service Office (x3084) or Beth McDaniel, Volunteer Coordinator of the 21st Century Learning Program at (740) 833-1852, mcdanibe@dcs.k12.oh.us.

Alcohol, Drug, and Tobacco Education/Prevention Programs
See Recovery and Prevention Resources (RPR).

Alpha Group

Alpha Group is a non-profit organization located off London Road at 1000 Alpha Drive. Their mission is to work cooperatively with individuals with disabilities to provide social and recreational opportunities, related services and supports necessary to enhance the individual’s quality of life. They look for mentors who are able to commit to one-on-one time, as well as to help/participate in group outings. To learn more, contact Becky Farmer at (740) 368-5810, x183; or via email at beckyfarmer@alphagroup.net.

Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio (Delaware Branch)

Provides in-home assessment, information, education and counseling for caregivers and families living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Also provides in-service training, a lending library, speakers, community education, and support group meetings. Volunteers can assist with general administrative duties via computer; observe staff during home visits; become involved in educational programs, support groups and special events such as the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s fundraising event. Training and supervision are provided by the staff. The ideal volunteer will have an interest in the older adult population or experience with Alzheimer’s disease. The offices are located in Andrews House, 39 W. Winter Street. Phone Yvonne Fisher at (740) 363-1365, or email yfisher@alz.org.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society saves lives and creates a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fight back. Students can volunteer with their localColleges Against Cancer Chapter. Colleges Against Cancer gives students the opportunity to bring the fight against cancer to campus, while receiving support and guidance from a local Society office. With more than 300 chapters nationwide, thousands of college students are making an impact on their campuses and the surrounding communities. Colleges Against Cancer chapters focus their efforts on four strategic directions: advocacy, cancer education, Relay For Life, and survivorship. These areas have become a basis for the structure and activities of our chapters. Cities are becoming smoke-free, legislation protecting cancer patients is being passed, and hundreds of thousands of college students across the country are learning cancer education and prevention information - knowledge that will promote a cancer-free future. For more information, call 888-227-6446.

American Red Cross – Ohio Buckeye Region

The Delaware County American Red Cross office is located at 380 Hills-Miller Rd, Delaware, OH. Volunteers are needed to assist with a wide range of projects including: single events, home fire preparedness campaign canvassing, community outreach and preparedness along with disaster services. Training opportunities include CPR, First Aid, Lifeguarding and Babysitter training. Ohio Wesleyan University students play an active role in the Red Cross community on and off campus. The American Red Cross is always looking for new volunteers and we are committed to making your volunteer experience a rewarding one. To learn more about the American Red Cross in Delaware County or for information regarding volunteer opportunities please contact Mark Garrison at 740-362-2021 ext. 114 or Mark.Garrison2@redcross.org.

Andrews House

Andrews House is a restored historical building which houses many social service agencies, and provides meeting space for community groups. Volunteers are always needed to help in the computer learning center; to prepare and serve meals on the Second Friday and Third Thursday of each month; to help with day-to-day maintenance/up-keep of the facility and with fund-raising efforts. Andrews House is located on the corner of W. Winter and N. Franklin Streets at 39 W. Winter. Contact Executive Director, Don Chenoweth, dchenoweth@andrewshouse.org or Operations Manager, Kendra Winemiller at (740) 369-4520, kwinemiller@andrewshouse.org to learn more about service opportunities.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Located in Andrews House, (39 W. Winter Street), Big Brothers Big Sisters provides carefully screened adult volunteers to serve as friends and role models to children from one parent and non-traditional families. BBBS enjoys a significant partnership with Ohio Wesleyan through Willis Big Brothers and Big Sisters, a school-based tutoring and mentoring program which translates well for the limitations imposed by the college academic calendar. Students who are interested in becoming “Bigs” should contact Kerri Robe at (740) 369-2447, krobe@bbbscentralohio.org or Sue Pasters in the OWU Community Service Office, x3084.

BREAD (Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity)

BREAD is a congregation-based community organization in Columbus, Ohio. It was founded by 23 congregations in September of 1996 to be a vehicle for justice. The organization has successfully addressed a number of critical community issues such as access to health care, transportation, education and affordable housing. Today, BREAD is composed of 50 religious congregations and over 40,000 people representing a broad range of traditions: Pentecostal, Jewish, Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, Unitarian Universalist, Holiness, Reformed, United Church of Christ and Presbyterian among others. These congregations come from throughout Franklin County and though diverse, share a common faith tradition to pursue justice. To learn more, call (614) 220-9363. (BREAD is a local affiliate program of The DART Center. To learn more about how to become a paid community organizer, please see DART Organizer’s Institute.)

Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions, (CCI), is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with physical disabilities and hearing impairment by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Volunteers are needed to help with fund-raising and special events. CCI is located at 4989 State Route 37 East. Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Jean Henry at (740) 548-4447, Ext. 105, email jhenry@cci.org , to learn more about this special organization.

The Central Ohio Diabetes Association

Located at 1100 Dennison Avenue in Columbus, Ohio (43201), the Central Ohio Diabetes Association is an independent organization providing services to people with diabetes in Central Ohio regardless of their ability to pay. It is not affiliated with any national organization and all funds raised stay in Central Ohio to provide services. Each Spring, Ohio Wesleyan hosts a “Swim for Diabetes” event to help raise funds for this worthy cause. Interested students can contact the agency by calling (614) 884-4400.

The Columbus Foundation - Located at 1234 E. Broad Street in Columbus, the mission of The Columbus Foundation is to assist donors and others in strengthening and improving the community for the benefit of all its citizens. Founded in 1943, The Columbus Foundation offers resources, knowledge and expertise in charitable giving. In 2006, the Foundation awarded 72.3 million dollars to 6,582 nonprofit organizations. OWU students who wish to learn more about the Foundation, or to inquire about internships can call the offices at (614) 251-4000, or email Dan Sharpe, (OWU ’06), at dsharpe@columbusfoundation.org .

Common Ground Free Store Ministries

A warm and welcoming store, run by volunteers, where needed items are available to everyone free of charge – clothing, shoes, linens, small appliances, books and toys. There are no income requirements – just the support of people who care. There are many volunteer opportunities – helping to run the store, sorting clothing, re-stocking racks and shelves, and hospitality. Students interested in getting involved with the Free Store may contact Bonnie Ristau at bonniefs@columbus.rr.com or call the store and leave a message at (740) 369-3733.

Community Nutrition Service
(Also known as the Delaware County Senior Nutrition Program)

The Council for Older Adults provides a nutritious noon meal to Delaware City and County homebound residents who are 60 years or older and unable to prepare their own meals. Volunteers are frequently in great demand to deliver the meals. To volunteer you should have a valid driver’s license, an insured vehicle, and two free hours once a week between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. In return, you receive mileage reimbursement and a free lunch! To learn more, call (740) 363-6677.

Connections

The Delaware County Volunteer Center – Located in Andrews House, (39 W. Winter), Connections is a central clearinghouse for volunteering in Delaware County. Connections recruits, screens and refers volunteers to meet community needs. They have provided many opportunities for personal and professional growth and development through in-depth workshops and training programs. OWU students can help Connections directly with office support services, or they can take advantage of the large menu of requests for volunteers to find the perfect service learning or internship placement. To learn more, call Connections at (740) 363-5000, or email Suzanne Pingry at spingry@helplinedelmor.org.

Council for Older Adults & Senior Choices

An agency whose mission is “to improve the quality of life for older Delaware County residents,” the Council provides a clearinghouse of information, assistance and services for older adults and their families. Services available are medical transportation, home delivered meals, adult day care, homemaker services, personal care, respite care, chore services, durable medical equipment and emergency response service, as well as home repairs, insurance counseling, prescription assistance, and other services such as providing nutritional supplements, legal aid clinic, and income tax assistance. The Council also publishes a newsletter, The Council Communicator. OWU students are welcome to help with any of the above programs or to develop an internship with this agency. The Council Offices are located at 800 Cheshire Road. To learn more, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Amy Brown at (740) 363-6677, or via email at amyb@growingolder.org.

Delaware City Schools
See After-School Learning Centers

Many opportunities to serve the children of Delaware are available through campus programs such as Willis Big Brothers Big Sisters, Latino Outreach, and After School Tutoring. Additionally, OWU students are welcomed to tutor students working to pass proficiency tests, to aid with enrichment programs, to help with basic reading and math skills. OWU enjoys a particularly close relationship with Woodward Elementary School, (200 S. Washington Street), and Willis Middle School, (74 W. William Street). Both schools are within close walking distance to campus. To explore the possibilities, visit the OWU Community Service Learning Office located on the 4th floor of Hamilton Williams Campus Center. Specific School Contact Information is as follows:

Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities
See Alpha Group, Ergon Employment Solutions, and Hickory Knoll Early Childhood Center.

Located at 106 Stover Drive, the Board serves county residents with developmental disabilities from birth until services are no longer wanted/needed. For more information regarding the many rewarding volunteer opportunities working with this very special population, call Jennifer McCleese at (740) 368-5801, (x300), or email jmccleese@dcbdd.org.

Delaware County Cultural Arts Center (The Arts Castle)

A non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing creative energies through teaching and practice of the arts. The Arts Castle provides classes, exhibits, concerts, a gift shop, special events, and much more. Art majors, or those interested in the arts, are sought to help host events, set up exhibitions, or help with day-to-day chores necessary for general up-keep and maintenance of the facility. Internships are available for those interested in public relations, communications, special events planning, marketing, small business management, and art gallery administration. The Arts Castle is located at 190 W. Winter Street, on the corner of Elizabeth Street, across from Sanborn Hall and Austin Manor. Call (740) 369-2787 to explore the many volunteer opportunities.

Delaware County District Library

Located at 84 E. Winter Street, (one block past THE STRAND move theatre), the library serves as a resource for Delaware County residents through literature, reference information, videos, DVDs, periodicals, books on tape, the bookmobile, special events, programs and meeting rooms. Volunteers can mend or shelve books, help children learn to use the computer system, or do general housekeeping and landscaping chores. For more information, contact Library Director, Mary Jane Santos at (740) 362-3861, or via email: mjsantos@delawarelibrary.org.

Delaware County Juvenile Court

The student internship program provides an opportunity to participate in a unique and intensive self-directed experience, specifically in working with youth and families. The key focal areas: Assist Intake and Probation Officers in receiving and processing of complaints; Observe and conduct Pre-Sentence Investigations; Assist in the facilitation of positive activities with court-involved youth such as bowling, ice skating, camping, and canoeing; Participate in regular supervision with a field supervisor. Students interested in internships should contact Probation Counselor, Katie Murray at (740) 833-2671. Juvenile Court is located at 140 N. Sandusky Street.

  • TEAM Mentoring Program – The court has established a mentoring program for court-involved youth, and for non-involved youth who have potential warning signs. OWU students wishing to become mentors should contact Patty Cram, Mentoring Coordinator, at (740) 833-2678, or via email at pcram@co.delaware.oh.us.

Delaware General Health District

Offices are located at 1 and 3 W. Winter Street. The Health Department offers a full range of public health services from prenatal care and child and adult immunization services to hypertension screening, a reproductive health and STD clinic, anonymous HIV testing, workshops, the “Safe Kids” car seat program, and much more. For health clinic services, phone (740) 203-2040. For the main switchboard, phone (740) 368-1700.

  • Keep Delaware County Beautiful focuses attention and volunteer resources on environmental health issues including safe disposal of household hazardous waste, recycling, and river, park and highway clean-up projects. For environmental service opportunities, contact Jenifer Way Young at (740) 203-2076, litter@delawarehealth.org
  • To explore healthcare related service opportunities, contact Joan Bowe, RN, Director of Nursing (740) 203-2032.
  • For health education opportunities, contact Lori Kannally, (740) 203-2029.
  • Friends For Life - A development program engaged in educating the health district residents about the Health Department through verbal and audiovisual presentations and soliciting donations to assist with Health District programs. Contact Linda Diamond at (740) 203-2016.

Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District

By working with this conservation organization, students can actively participate in projects which benefit water quality and the environment in Delaware County and beyond. Special events, such as river sweeps, Earth Day activities, community festivals, storm drain labeling, conservation plantings, conservation workshops and clinics, and stream assessments and monitoring are just a few of the many community service learning projects and activities offered through the District. Participant interest in these special projects may later lead to a limited number of student internships. Contact the Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District at (740) 368-1921, ext. 4, or email dswcd@delawareswcd.org.

Delaware Speech and Hearing Center

The Delaware Speech and Hearing Center was founded in 1959, and has provided high-quality communication services to the Delaware community ever since. With offices in Delaware, (494 W. Central Ave.), and Powell, the Center offers volunteer opportunities throughout the county with varying time and responsibility commitments. Volunteer needs range from landscaping and administrative projects, to potential long-term positions within agency programs. The Delaware Speech and Hearing Center is the only agency of its kind in Delaware County, and it serves area residents of all ages. For more information on how you can help, contact Betsy Gillespie, Development/Community Relations Manager, at (740) 369-3650, or betsylgillespie@gmail.com.

Ecology & Environment
See Delaware General Health District, Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District,Preservation Parks of Delaware County, and Stratford Ecological Center.

English as a Second Language (ESL)
See ABLE.

Ergon Employment Solutions

Provides employment services to people with disabilities. Services include vocational readiness, job training/coaching, resume development, rehabilitative services, employee training, and community access assistance. OWU students are welcomed as job coaches and/or to explore other ways they can gain valuable hands-on experience. Offices are located at 1000 Alpha Drive. For more information, contact Holly Shellogg at (740) 368-5820, x418, or via email at hollyshellogg@alphagroup.net or Barb Brinegar at (800) 474-9789 x410.

Family Promise of Delaware County

Uses an Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) of congregations and volunteers to meet homeless families’ immediate needs for shelter, meals, and comprehensive support services. Host congregations take turns providing weekly overnight accommodations in their buildings. During the day families attend the Day Center, located at 35 N. Washington Street. OWU student volunteers and interns are sought to help with phone work, record-keeping, mailings, marketing, data collection, fund-raising, child-care, after-school tutoring, and many other tasks. To learn more, contact Director, Jennifer Dunkle via email at jenniferdunkle@familypromise-delawareohio.org or call (740) 513-1735.

Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council

The Girl Scouts serves girls ages 5-17, and adult volunteers in 30 counties of central, south-central and southeastern Ohio. As one of 6 Girl Scout councils in Ohio, Ohio’s Heartland is part of Girl Scouts of the USA, the largest voluntary organization in the world for girls. Founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Through programs related to the arts, science and technology, outdoor activities, community service and world travel. Girls Scouts experience a wide range of activities that are both educational and fun. With support from volunteers and community partners alike, we nurture the development of our girls and build relationships, character and leadership abilities to help them in their lifelong endeavors. For more information, contact Regional Director, Donna Hughes, at (614) 487-8101, x8834 or dhughes@gsohiosheartland.org.

The Global Village Collection

A volunteer-operated retail shop located at 37 N. Sandusky Street that sells hand-crafted items made by artisans of developing nations. The mission of Global Village is to create economic opportunities and fair wages for people in these countries. Store hours include week days, weekends and some evenings, making it an ideal service opportunity for OWU students. Call during store hours, (740) 363-6267, email info@globalvillagecollection.org or stop by the store to check out the beautiful hand-crafted items and “Fair Trade” Coffee & Tea. Ask for a volunteer registration form!

Grace Clinic of Delaware County, Inc.

A free medical clinic run by volunteers from Delaware, Powell and other central Ohio communities. On Wednesday nights (5 PM until 9 PM) we transform the first floor of the Andrews House into a medical clinic. This faith-based ministry is an excellent opportunity for students who want to share their time and talents with those less fortunate. Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Licensed professionals provide basic medical care at no cost. Medications are dispensed by pharmacists. Child care and snacks are provided. Patients who want to pray with our trained volunteers are welcome to do so before they leave. There are many volunteer opportunities – helping to set up or tear down the temporary treatment rooms is always a major need. This involves an hour before (5-6PM) and/or an hour after clinic (8:30-9:30PM). OWU students can also assist with child care, file patient charts or help with patient flow. Students interested in getting involved with Grace Clinic may contact Colleen Pavarini at winterwood@columbus.rr.com or call and leave a message at (740) 548-5508.

Grady Memorial Hospital

Located at 551 W. Central Avenue, Grady offers many patient-related and non-patient related volunteer opportunities including work with varied services to the public. Volunteers are vital to the operation of the on-site snack bar and gift shop, as well as the Hospice Program, and much more. To learn more, contact the Grady Volunteer Services Office at (740) 368-5128.

Habitat for Humanity

The Delaware County Affiliate Chapter of Habitat for Humanity partners with low-income families to build decent, basic affordable housing. OWU students are welcome to help with building homes, serving on the board, and on committees. Volunteering is easy by visiting the webpage. The Delaware Habitat for Humanity office, (740) 363-9950, and ReStore, (740) 369-4505, are located at 305 Curtis Street.

Students are also encouraged to join the OWU Campus Habitat Chapter. Inquiries can be made via email: owuhabitat@hotmail.com, or by contacting the leadership of the campus Habitat chapter through the Community Service Office, (x3084), or the Student Involvement Office, (x3185).

HandsOn Central Ohio

Across the nation people are hungry for opportunities to transform their communities for the better. HandsOn Central Ohio is an integral component to engaging and energizing this cultural movement of people who are so willing to give. HandsOn Central Ohio connects interested individuals and organizations with meaningful civic engagement opportunities in the communities in which we live and work. HandsOn Central Ohio also connects residents in need to social services, enabling them to create change in their lives. The offices for HandsOn Central Ohio are located at 195 N. Grant Avenue in Columbus, OH 43215. Inquiries can be made by calling (614) 221-6766, or by emailing info@handsoncentralohio.org.

Health Department
See Delaware General Health District.

HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow Counties, Inc.

A 24 hour crisis/suicide prevention and information referral hotline staffed by volunteers and HelpLine staff. A 40 hour training program teaches potential volunteers such skills as active listening, effective communication and crisis management. Volunteers must commit to one year of service after training. This is an opportunity to acquire valuable life skills while helping others, especially recommended for students interested in careers in counseling, social work, and education. The HelpLine Office is located at 11 N. Franklin Street. To learn more, call the HelpLine business phone number - (740) 363-1835. Many other service learning opportunities are available through HelpLine programs, including:

  • SARN (Sexual Assault Response Network) – Caring individuals are recruited to provide emotional support, information and community referrals to survivors of sexual assault. Forty hours of intensive training are required to participate. Active listening, effective communication, crisis management, legal issues, and dynamics of sexual assault, are among the issues covered in the training. To learn more about SARN, contact Ruth Reeve, L.I.S.W. at 1-800-684-2324. (Please note, due to the nature of the work, all SARN volunteers must have access to their own transportation when they are on-call.)

Hickory Knoll Early Childhood Center

A county supported program located at 4981 County Home Road, Hickory Knoll provides early childhood programs for children identified with disabilities from birth to six years old. They serve children birth to three also known as Early Intervention in approximately six center-based classes. This program is family driven, requires an evaluation and placement through the HELP ME GROW system. This program also has a home based component with families receiving services at home or in the community. The Preschool programs serve children age’s three to six. Children are placed at Hickory Knoll by the local school district after the child has been identified as eligible for preschool services through IDEA. There is also a satellite classroom at the Liberty Community Center. Hickory knoll is particularly appropriate for those majoring in Early Childhood Education, Pre-Medicine, Adapted Physical Education, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, or Social Work. Volunteers are welcome to work in classrooms. To volunteer please contact the Director, Pam Gallagher at (740) 368-5830 or pgallagher@dcbdd.org.

Humane Society of Delaware County

Is a “Low-Kill” shelter which provides dogs and cats for adoption and investigates cruelty to animals. Accepts stray cats and owner-surrendered cats and dogs by appointment. Low cost spay and neuter service is available. OWU students are very welcome to help with exercising the dogs, socializing the cats and kittens, and to help with general maintenance and up-keep. Assistance with fund-raising, special events, and other contributions are, of course, always welcome! The Humane Society is located at 4920 State Route 37 East. To Volunteer visit the web page, call (740) 369-7387, or email managerhsdc@live.com.

Internships

Ohio Wesleyan has a long history of substantive working relationships with numerous area agencies which range from paid internships to class credit arranged through various Academic Departments on campus. To explore these options students should consult with their Academic Advisors, Department Chairs, visit the OWU Career Services Office, or the Community Service Learning Office. For other resources, check theAction for Change - Get A Life website.

Latino Outreach

To learn more about how you can be of service to Delaware’s Hispanic Community, please contact the OWU Community Service Learning Office in room 407 of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, (740) 368-3084.

Liberty Community Center (LCC)

Located South of Campus at 207 London Road. (Take Liberty south until it ends in London Rd, and then go right 1 block to Neil Street. The parking lot is behind the building off of Neil.) LCC is an early care and education center and is licensed by the Ohio Board of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The Center serves children from 6 weeks through Kindergarten. Class sizes are kept small and activities are based on a developmental curriculum that align with the State of Ohio Early Learning Content Standards. The Rainbow Programs are pre-school programs for special needs children administered through the Delaware Board of MRDD. LCC serves a diverse ethnic, racial, and economic group of families. OWU students are welcomed to help with play-time, reading stories, special events, field trips, facility up-keep and just to spend time with the children. Students who would like to volunteer on a regular basis must meet the guidelines of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services which include a medical statement, references, signing a statement of non-conviction, and submitting to a background check. To learn more contact LCC Director, Tim Adams at (740) 369-3876. (See also RAINBOW ROOM UNITS.)

Library
See Delaware County District Library.

LifeCare Alliance

LifeCare Alliance is a private, not-for-profit organization, provides a comprehensive array of health and nutrition services to older adults, chronically ill, and disabled central Ohioans. Its mission is to lead the community in identifying and delivering health and nutrition services to meet the community’s changing needs. LifeCare Alliance accomplishes this through programs such as Meals-on-Wheels, Pet Care Program, Groceries-to-Go, Project OpenHand-Columbus, Help-at-Home and several others, serving Franklin, Madison and Delaware counties. To learn more or to join our team, please contact Kristin Kirk at (614) 437-2867 or kkirk@lifecarealliance.org.

The Literacy Coalition of Delaware County

The Literacy Coalition serves as the Delaware County area resource and advocate for youth, adult, and family literacy. OWU volunteers are actively sought for carrying out literacy programs in the community. Volunteer tutors are needed for the Literacy Coalition’s after-school homework help program, known as (WS)2. This program takes place on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:15 to 5:00 pm at William Street United Methodist Church and provides homework help to 5th and 6th grade students who attend Willis Intermediate School. Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with students on homework completion, developing study skills, goal setting, and monitoring academic progress. Additional volunteers are needed to assist with our book drives and book distributions in the community. Volunteers help collect, sort, inventory, and distribute books to local schools and organizations. In addition the Literacy Coalition welcomes student proposals for supervised volunteer activities that would further promote literacy in the community. Specific activities could closely align to students individual interests. Opportunities for helping with program evaluation, research, advocacy and non-profit management exist. To learn more contact Tina Younoszai, PhD, Vice President, Board of Directors at (740) 816-3514, email info@delaware-reads.org.

Nursing Homes and Retirement Communities

Most of the Nursing Homes and Retirement Communities in Delaware welcome visitors and volunteers, including OWU students. However, it is always well-advised to call the volunteer coordinator and arrange for a visit in advance. Those facilities which have actively sought student involvement are listed as follows:

  • The Arbors At Delaware - 2270 Warrensburg Road, (740) 369-9614.
  • The Sarah Moore Home - 47 E. William Street, (740) 362-9641.
  • Willow Brook Christian Village - 100 Willow Brook Way South, (740) 369-0048
  • Willow Brook At Delaware Run - 25 Delaware Crossing E. (740) 201-5640

Ohio Wildlife Center

The Ohio Wildlife Center (OWC) is a leader in wildlife rehabilitation and conservation education. They treat nearly 5,000 animals in their wildlife hospital every year and reach thousands of adults and children through education programs. Ohio Wildlife Center always needs volunteers who help with tasks such as answering hotline calls; raising orphaned animals; providing tours of the education/nature center; educating the community; working in the OWC Hospital; assisting with fundraising, or coordinating administrative affairs. High school and college students are welcome to volunteer for school credit, to fulfill community service requirements, or to investigate if they want to pursue animal-related professions. The OWC Animal Clinic is located at 2661 Billingsley Road in Columbus, OH 43234. Phone (614) 793-9453. The OWC Education and Administrative Center is located at 6131 Cook Road in Powell, OH 43065. Phone (614) 734-9453.

People In Need (PIN)

Located at 138 Johnson Drive, PIN serves as Delaware County’s Food Pantry and provides a number of emergency services for families in need. Other services include assistance with utility bills, housing and medical needs such as prescriptions and equipment rental. PIN also offers a diabetes program, a dental services fund, eye glasses, school shoes, and family development/advocacy services. Holiday Clearing House is a major program of PIN. It provides new toys, new clothing and food to families and senior shut-ins during the holiday season. Ohio Wesleyan students are welcomed to help with sorting and stocking non-perishables, to help with fund-raisers and food drives, to work at Holiday Clearing House, and to do general house-keeping and maintenance projects at the PIN offices. To learn more, call Carolyn Leasure or Kevin Crowley at (740) 363-6284, or email info@delawarepeopleinneed.org.

Preservation Parks of Delaware County

Preservation Parks exists to preserve open spaces; to provide environmental education, and to make parks available to all citizens of Delaware County. Students interested in serving with this agency can contact Volunteer Coordinator, Saundra McBrearty at (740) 524-8600, ext.6, or email saundras@preservationparks.com. Opportunities include nature center staffing, general maintenance projects, highway cleanup, nature education classroom assistance, general office duties, assistance with special events, trail maintenance, fence removal, and other projects as they arise. The main office location is at 2656 Hogback Road in Sunbury, but other park areas are located in several areas of the county. Call the main office for locations and directions, visit their website, or email preservation@preservationparks.com.

Rainbow Room Units

A county supported program located at Liberty Community Center, 207 London Road, provides early childhood programs for children identified with delays and/or disabilities. This program is family driven, requires an evaluation and placement through the HELP ME GROW system. The Preschool programs serve children age’s three to six. Children are placed by the local school district after the child has been identified as eligible for preschool services through IDEA. There is also a satellite classroom at Woodward Elementary School. The Rainbow Room units are particularly appropriate for those majoring in Early Childhood Education, Pre-Medicine, Adapted Physical Education, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, or Social Work. Volunteers are welcome to work in classrooms. To volunteer please contact the Director, Paula Dinovo, at (740) 369-3876.

Recovery and Prevention Resources of Delaware & Morrow Counties

The mission of RPR is “to provide the highest quality alcohol and other drug treatment, intervention, prevention and education services to all citizens of Delaware County.” RPR is a non-profit, community-based agency which has provided drug and alcohol treatment to Delaware County for more than 25 years. They are always looking for volunteers to help with the “Prevention Players” and to staff the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade retreats. These retreats are not overnight, but do last for a total of two days, usually on weekends. OWU students who are energetic, enthusiastic, and enjoy working with children and youth are most welcome. Training is provided. To learn more, contact Julie Krupp the RPR Education/Prevention Specialist at (740) 369-6811, Julie.Krupp@rprdm.org. RPR is located at 118 Stover Drive.

The Salvation Army

Located at 252 Curtis Street, the Salvation Army is a Christian organization which provides many outreach services to the community including a food pantry, Columbia Gas help, children’s programs, Lake Greenwood Summer Camp, Praise Band, etc. Volunteers can assist with answering telephones and ringing bells for the annual Christmas Kettle donations. Students wishing to get involved may be asked to provide a brief resume with two character references. Call (740) 369-5301.

Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility

OWU students looking to make an investment in their future are invited to volunteer at the Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility. Many of the SJCF programs are suitable for students majoring in psychology, sociology, education and pre-law. Scioto utilizes volunteers in a variety of areas in the facility such as health & fitness, nursing, social work, and education. The SJCF is located in Southern Delaware County at 5993 Home Road. Students who wish to volunteer should contact Community Coordinator, Constance Robinson at (740) 881-6960 or via email at constance.robinson@dys.ohio.gov.

School-Aged Child Care (SACC)
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Special Olympics Ohio

Special Olympics Ohio, (SOOH), provides year-round sports and training competition opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. SOOH hosts seven statewide championships and there are 75 local and area events throughout Ohio each year. To learn more about Special Olympics Ohio, visit the linked website above. To volunteer with Special Olympics of Delaware County, (SODC) contact the volunteer coordinator, Cindy Smithson, at smithson.2@osu.edu or the local coordinator Sharon Taylor at (740) 272-2575, or via email at staylor@sodcoh.org.

Stratford Ecological Center

Located at 3083 Liberty Road, (South of town off of London Road), Stratford Ecological Center is dedicated to the education of children and adults in understanding the relationships between living things and their environment. The mission is to foster an appreciation of the land and all life that depends on it. They provide a perfect setting for farm and field trips for schools or scout groups and various adult education programs. The ecological center offers (paid) supervised internships in sustainable agricultural and environmental education for area college and university students. Volunteer opportunities for individuals and small groups include: education guides; gardeners; farm hands, etc. An excellent service learning site for students majoring in, or planning a career in the following fields: environmental education, agriculture, horticulture, K-12 education, biology, microbiology, and veterinary science. To learn more, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Jane Walsh at (740) 363-2548, or via email at secvolunteer@aol.com.

Turning Point

Provides shelter and programming for battered women and their children. Services include food, clothing and transportation; individual and group education and support; victims’ rights advocacy; community-based support groups; batterers’ intervention; community education and a 24-hour crisis line. Students who wish to volunteer or develop an internship are always welcome. Duties can include public relations work, child-care, telephone assistance and routine home maintenance work. Turning Point’s public shelter is located at 330 Barks Road West, north of Delaware in Marion. The mailing address is PO Box 875, Marion, Ohio 43301-0875. To contact the shelter, call the business line at (740) 382-8988, or email Carol Kientz at ckientz@turningpoint6.com.

United Way

This community-based organization encourages cooperation among local, state and national agencies serving the community. The United Way of Delaware County assists organizations in developing new ways to meet the needs of people with problems and raises funds for the member agencies. Interested students are most welcome to help with fund-raising activities, general office support tasks, and by supporting the volunteer needs of the member agencies in Delaware. The offices of the Delaware County United Way are located at 40 N. Sandusky Street, Suite 203, above the PNC Bank. Phone (740) 369-9618 for more opportunities.

Victim Services

Sponsored by the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office, Victim Services provides support for any survivors of serious felony offenses. They provide victims/survivors of crime with information about the criminal justice system; assistance with victim impact statements, as well as victims of crime compensation and explanation of survivors’ rights. They notify victims/survivors of judicial hearings; accompany them to all stages of the criminal justice system; make appropriate referrals to community resources, and help with protection orders. Students wishing to volunteer must complete an application, interview and screening process followed by a 40 hour training program. Upon completion of the training, students accompany staff to actual court hearings while learning about all steps of the criminal justice system. Serious candidates are given the opportunity to work independently with victims/survivors, making this an invaluable internship experience for students interested in law, criminology, social work and counseling. Students majoring in Psychology, Sociology, Politics and Government or Pre-Law are strongly encouraged to apply. Class credit is available in some cases. Volunteers must possess the ability to be punctual, compassionate with survivors, and dedicated to the work. Confidentiality is an absolute must. Interested students can contact Director, Traci Whitaker at twhittaker@co.delaware.oh.us to schedule an appointment. Victim Services is located at 140 N. Sandusky Street, 3rd floor.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), provided by the Delaware County EITC Coalition, offers free income tax preparation services for low to moderate income individuals and families with combined income of $50,000 or less. As a volunteer for this program, you will receive training in a classroom or online and become IRS certified to prepare tax returns. This free service provides Delaware County tax payers the opportunity to bring more money back into their household budgets by maximizing available tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Additional Child Credit. Enhance your resume with tax preparation certification and volunteer experience. It also allows you to apply your tax and accounting training to real world situations and to provide a free service to eligible tax filers in need of your help. To volunteer please contact Diana Rice at (740) 369-3184 or via email at vitamanager@caodmu.org.

The Women’s City Club of Delaware County

The Women’s City Club is a non-profit organization established in 1954 dedicated to providing secure and stable living quarters for single working women of modest income located at 135 N. Franklin Street, just a couple of blocks from the OWU campus. The Club has monthly dinner meetings with programs ranging from women’s health topics to making floral arrangements; they also hold periodic fundraisers with all proceeds going to maintenance of the living quarters for the residents. The first floor of the Women’s City Club House is available for rental for private parties, workshops, receptions, etc. The WCC is always looking for volunteers to help with maintenance projects around the house, fundraisers, and more. To volunteer, please contact the OWU AmeriCorps*VISTA, Mery Kanashiro, at mmkanash@owu.edu or (740) 368-3856.

Woodward Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center (FRC) is located about two blocks from campus, at 200 S. Washington Street, adjacent to Woodward Elementary School in the middle modular. Right in your OWU backyard, the FRC is community-based and deliberately designed to connect to the hard-to-reach, low-income population. The goal is to provide services to the community where the residents are comfortable and feel safe. We offer a number of services through partnerships with the community, such as ESOL classes and independent study, free Tax Preparation, the Ohio Benefit Bank, Parent/Caregiver Support group, Family Fun Nights, and much more. Volunteer opportunities include one-time only events and on-going commitments depending on your desire. Some opportunities require training/certification and others do not. If you are interested in helping families, please contact Molly Watson or Dana Wright at (740) 833-1619 or via email at FRCW@actionforchildren.org.

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