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 you are enrolled in field education. The purpose of HRA is to engage you in advocacy outside of the field placement, as well as to allow you 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.


    4/21/17 - Dental Access Now! Day at the Statehouse

    Our continued efforts are paying off. Legislation to authorize dental therapists and dental hygienist therapists was introduced last year and will be reintroduced soon.
    Across the country, momentum is building around solutions to the oral health care crisis. Let’s bring that energy to Ohio!
    Dental therapists are being employed effectively in Alaska and Minnesota, and soon they will be practicing in Maine and Vermont.
    Native American communities are employing dental therapists who provide quality care to tribal members.
    Dental Access Now’s Day at the Statehouse is perfectly timed to inform lawmakers about a proven solution to the dental provider shortage.
    We need action NOW that will modernize Ohio’s dental workforce and improve access to dental care for all Ohioans.
    We need your voice to make Dental Therapists a reality in 2017.
    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Call 614-456-0060 ext. 225 for more information.
    Click Here to Register Now

    5/13/17 - Walk MS

    Ending multiple sclerosis for good will take all of us. Walk MS helps us team up with friends, loved ones and co-workers to change the world for everyone affected by MS. Together, we become a powerful force. And with every step we take, every dollar we raise...we're that much closer. Together, we will end MS forever.
    Join us for Walk MS: Columbus on May 13, 2017.
    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.

    CMAA Refugee Services

    Volunteers are needed at CMAA, a local agency that assists refugee and immigrant families with adult education, resettlement, access to community resources, etc.  Volunteers are needed Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3pm to 5pm to help children K-8 with homework after school.  No weekly commitment is required, although the children will compel you to return! Those interested can email Sean Young, at

    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 Community House is looking for someone to pick up donated bread from 2 different Kroger's on Monday mornings and drop it off at our Pantry. The stores are relatively close to campus (Bethel & Henderson). Must have own transportation. This takes about an hour.

    Gladden Community House is seeking volunteers for our pantry on Monday & Friday on an ongoing basis (weekly, biweekly, monthly). Pantry hours are 9-3. Need volunteers to greet and check clients into the computer up front.

    Gladden Community House is also seeking volunteers for our after school program 3:30pm-5:30pm.

    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 Children's 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 gvillegas@homelessfamiliesfoundation.orgt

    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

    Mid-Ohio Food Bank

    There are countless ways you can make a difference—from sorting and packing groceries to contacting an elected official to discuss the importance of emergency food in our community.
    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