Field Education

Human Rights Activities


    The College of Social Work at The Ohio State University requires all students to complete human rights activities (HRA) each semester they are enrolled in field education. The purpose of HRA is to engage the student in advocacy outside of the field placement, as well as to allow our students the opportunity to provide volunteer services to those most in need. When we talk about advocacy, we mean advocacy on a macro level addressing issues for entire populations. When we talk about volunteering, we mean working on a more individual level to help individuals in need.

    For detailed information about hour requirements and approved activities:

    Download our Human Rights Activities Policy [PDF]

    Should you have any questions about HRAs, please contact your field liaison.

    2/4/17 - Nationwide Children's Hospital Rock'N Bowl

    All proceeds from the event benefit The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The Center for Family Safety and Healing fully addresses all aspects of family violence, including child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse.
    Rock 'n Bowl Informational Packet 2017

    3/16/17 - The MS Society's State Advocacy Day

    Volunteers are sought to assist the day of the event with helping at Statewide Advocacy Coordinator with logistics at the event.  We are also seeking volunteers to participate as advocates.  Issue information will be provided in writing in advance of the event as well as a prep call to answer any questions.  The day of the event will consist of training on the issues, meeting with your visit group to discuss a discussion plan when meeting with legislators, lunch and two or three visits with House and Senate Offices.  9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Ohio Statehouse. For more information, contact Holly Pendell at (614) 515-4622 or

    4/1/17 - Run Down the Demons(TM)

    Run Down the Demons™ is hosting their third annual 5k obstacle event on April 1, 2017.  See flyer for more details. If interested, contact Colin Winter, at

    4/8/17 - National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) walk

    The walk will raise awareness and education for eating disorders within the community as well as provide funds to NEDA’s lifesaving programs.
    For more information

    7/21-23/17 - Camp Connect

    This is a weekend camp is for children living with multiple sclerosis or have a parent living with multiple sclerosis.  We are seeking volunteers to serve as camp counselors for the weekend.  Location - Recreation Unlimited in Ashley, Ohio.  For more information, contact Tony Bernard at (614) 515-4608 or


    Amethyst is a treatment center for women recovering from substance abuse issues.  They are looking for students who would be willing to mentor some of the children who live with their mothers. The agency is especially in need of male mentors as many of the boys have fathers who are not present in their lives due to prison sentences and other circumstances. They are looking for mature individuals who have a passion for working with kids and would like to be a positive influence. There will be a short training and required drug screen and background check provided by the agency.  Hours for volunteering are flexible and volunteers will probably meet with their child for one hour every week.  The time spent mentoring will be super easy and just focused on having fun with the child: playing games, walking to the nearby park, etc.  Contact Jessica Martin at 614-221-7178 or

    The Center for Family Safety and Healing

    Child Assessment Center playroom volunteers provide support and play to children at various stages of their assessment process. Main lobby volunteers engage patients waiting for appointments in the play room and assist the staff at the front desk.
    For more information

    Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (CRC)

    Part of the century-old settlement house movement, the CRC was organized in 1971 to promote a positive quality of life for residents of the Clintonville-Beechwold area. CRC responds to the needs of their diverse community to foster safer, healthier, and empowered lives. See flyer for all volunteer opportunities. To sign up to volunteer, contact Katie Palmer at or 614-268-3539.

    Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS)

    CRIS' mission is to help refugees and immigrants reach and sustain self-sufficiency and achieve successful integration into the Central Ohio community. CRIS’ new program, Community Connectors, is currently looking for mentors for the 2016-2017 academic year. The program would pair a potential mentor with a middle/high school refugee student, most likely currently studying at Columbus Global Academy. Students at this school are emergent bilinguals, studying English intensively for 1-2 years before entering another school in the district. We are looking for mentors who can meet with these students at least once a week for a full year.
    For more information or see attached flyer

    General Volunteer Ideas

    Its Your Race, Ohio RunnerPremier Races (Awareness runs/walks)
    Volunteer Match
    Mid-Ohio Food Bank (multiple locations)
    Columbus Metropolitan Library (multiple locations)

    Gladden Community House

    Gladden is seeking volunteers for their pantry on an ongoing basis (weekly, biweekly, monthly). They need volunteers to check clients into the computer up front, walk clients through the pantry, stock and organize shelves. Must be able to lift 10-25 lbs. Pantry hours are 9am-3pm Monday-Friday. The agency’s also seeking volunteers for their after school program.  If interested, email Lindsay Blackburn at

    Hilltop Teen Club

    The Greater Hilltop Shalom Zone is comprised of like-minded people of faith and conscience invested in developing the spiritual, economic, and communal well-being of local neighborhoods.
    See flyer for more information

    Franklin County Childrens Services

    Visit the website for more information or see the attached flyer.

    Homeless Families Foundation

    . The Homeless Families Foundation (HFF) was created by volunteers in 1986 and people from all walks of life come together to help families in need become self-sufficient. Some opportunities include: reading to children, stocking shelves or working the holiday store. Learn more here. For questions or further assistance, reach out to Genevieve at 614-715-8551 or

    Joseph's Coat of Central Ohio

    Joseph’s Coat is a faith-based nonprofit that offers stepping stones to self-sufficiency to families and individuals in the community. They offer free furniture, clothes, and toiletries. Volunteers are needed every Wednesday & Saturday morning from 9am-noon and on Tuesday &Thursday evenings from 6-8pm. For more information

    Ohio Benefits Bank Counselor

    In Ohio, far too many people struggle to meet their basic needs. The process of getting medical assistance, buying food, making ends meet and even knowing where to go for help can be confusing, intimidating, time consuming and embarrassing. The Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB) removes these obstacles – bringing people closer to stability and closer to self-sufficiency. See the  attached document for a list of agencies requesting volunteers. Please note, students must be certified as an OBB counselor to participate in this opportunity. Contact Elon Simms at with questions.

    OSU Social Change

    Social Change is a department within the Office of Student Life at OSU. As part of the University’s motto, ‘Education for Citizenship,’ the Department of Social Change exists to advance the well-being of the people of Ohio and the global community through the creation and dissemination of knowledge. They work to connect OSU with communities, focusing specifically on programming for individuals, families, and entire communities facing poverty and its consequences.
    For more information

    Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that confronts poverty in all its forms, empowering the vulnerable to find dignity and hope through changed lives. The organization also plays a major role in providing disaster relief.
    Find opportunities here

    Westside Free Store

    The simple premise of the Westside Free Store is those in need can shop for free as a result of the generosity of others. Material donations (clothing and small household items) are organized and made available to all who visit. There are no income or residency requirements.
    For more information

    The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC)

    Are you looking for a way to give back? Do you have one hour to spare each week? The Next Chapter Book Club is for you! NCBC is an innovative program of Ohio State’s Nisonger Center that promotes literacy, socialization and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. Clubs meet weekly in coffee shops and cafés. We are looking for volunteers to serve as group facilitators.
    For more information or contact or 614-685-6718

    ViaQuest Hospice, Dublin, OH

    ViaQuest volunteers are dedicated and caring people from the community who have the ability to listen sensitively and have an awareness of personal boundaries. Our volunteers undergo a comprehensive training program with an emphasis on compassion and caring with the goal of providing the best assistance to our patients and their caregivers. There is a wide range of opportunities, including assisting patients and their families, providing information, and being a source of encouragement at any point for those who need it.
    For more information

    World Relief Columbus

    World Relief Columbus assists refugees as they transition to new lives in America. They provide housing and medical assistance to ESL classes and career services.

    The agency is looking for a Friendship Partner (2 hrs per week for at least 3 months) - This role focuses on 2 main areas: English and Life Skills. Through this role, students can help families learn English, basic financial procedures in the US, health and medical procedures, household responsibilities, aspects of American culture, and employment-related skills. Volunteers will be given goals for the individual/family they are paired with and resources to help new refugees learn skills. You will meet with adult refugees in his or her home once or twice a week, and become friends in the process.

    Apply here or email Amanda Epting at