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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 here.

If you have any questions about HRAs, please contact your field liaison. If you’d like to submit an HRA, please go here to fill out the form.





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

BBless2 Outreach Ministries

Please see the attached flyer for volunteer opportunities.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Drake County

Big Brothers Big Sisters' mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. there are currently 20+ children ready to be matched with a "Big" volunteer. See the flyer for a detailed description of the volunteer opportunities.

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

Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition (CORRC)

The mission of the CORRC is to provide a collaborative community response to human trafficking in central Ohio through education, services, advocacy, and prosecution. CORRC has volunteer opportunists for students who want to participate in human trafficking events including booth setup and information distribution at festivals and events. Please email Kathleen Martin for further 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 Monday through Friday from 3pm to 5pm to help children K-8 with homework after school. There are multiple volunteer opportunities available. No weekly commitment is required, although the children will compel you to return!

Volunteers are also needed every Wednesday from 12pm to 5 pm for Mid-Ohio Food Bank distribution. The address for this opportunity is 2150 Agler Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224.

Those interested in either opportunity can email Sean Young.

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

Compassion Outreach Ministries of Ohio

Compassion Outreach Ministries of Ohio is seeking volunteers for a drop-in shelter serving victims of human trafficking. They are in search of social workers that would be willing to offer services to the women that come through the shelter. Opporutnities are available to both liscensed social workers and students working towards a degree in social work or related field. Please contact Kate Sampson at 513-633-0052 or via email at for additional information.

Faithful Forgotten Best Friends

Faithful Forgotten Best Friends needs your help to feed downtown Columbus, OH and Franklinton's pets of the homeless. Volunteer opportunities include:
- Helping to distribute food to the pet owners.
- Picking up pet food and other donations from drop-off points.
- Transporting pets to and from clinics.
- Assisting with fundraising (events, donations jar distribution, donation inventory).
- Helping with publicity.
- Or are you willing to help wherever needed.

Please visit the website for additional information

Franklin County Children's Services

Visit the website for more information or see the 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 seeking volunteers to help with senior deliveries on Fridays. Contact Kim Addams at 614-228-2498 for more information.

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

Heartland Hospice

Heartland hospice provides extended services to people who have been diagnosed with a chronic illness. Heartland provides physical, emotional, and spiritual support for our patients and caregivers.

We offer various opportunities for students to get involved. Training and support is offered throughout the volunteer period.

Are you able to commit to at least one hour per week at a location and time that is convenient to you?
See flyer for additional information

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

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

LifeCare Alliance

LifeCare Alliance provides many volunteer opportunities including:
o Meals-on-Wheels delivery – Volunteers deliver a hot nutritious meal to our homebound or medically challenged clients. Each route lasts approx. 1 – 1 ½ hours and delivers meals to 12 – 15 clients. Volunteers would drive their own vehicles and training would be provided for these volunteers on the day of the event as well. We ask that volunteers deliver with at least one other person to make the deliver process smoother.
o Meals-on-Wheels Production Kitchen – Volunteers help with portioning food into the 3-compartment meal trays, wrapping slices of bread, and/or other activities to support the production process. This kitchen is located at our 1699 W. Mound St. location.
o Meals-on-Wheels Distribution kitchen – Volunteers will help to pack meals into coolers or meal bags, according to route needs. Depending on the needs of the day, they also may help to bundle side items (fruit, sides, beverages, menus), in preparation for routes to leave our Distribution Facility. This kitchen is located at our 670 Harmon Ave. location.
o Groceries-to-Go Pantry – Volunteers help to organize and stock inventory according to categories (fruits, vegetables, pasta, etc.), bag grocery orders for pick-up and distribute orders to clients that come to pick-up filled orders. This pantry is located at our 670 Harmon Ave. location.

Please review the orientation schedule and volunteer application for additional information.

LiFEsports Youth Leadership Academy

The Learning in Fitness and Education through Sports (LiFEsports) Initiative is a sport-based youth development program at OSU. One component of this initiative, the Youth Leadership Academy (YLA), is a collage and career readiness program which serves about 60 diverse, urban, high school Columbus youth each year. YLA juniors and seniors will be paired with college students or professionals to engage in college readiness activities. Please see the flyer for the requirements to become a mentor. For more information or to fill out an application click here.


Moms2B is a community-based, weekly prenatal education and support program focused in Columbus' low-income, high-risk neighborhoods. Moms2B has partnered with The Mid-Ohio Foodbank to bring fresh food to those most in need. They are looking for volunteers to help with program set up and clean up, including unpacking fresh food and assisting program partipiants with shopping. Please contact Moms2B at or (614) 292-1605 if you are interested in volunteering. See the attached flyer for more details.

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

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

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 Nisonger Center

There are two opportunities available.

The first is the Next Chapter Book Club. NCBC is a community-based social literacy program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Choosing NCBC as a volunteer opportunity means committing to a facilitating a weekly book club meeting where you'll build a supportive community through reading. Meetings will take place in various parts of Franklin County at different times. The current needs are for Tuesday evenings, Thursday evenings, Friday morning, and Saturday mornings. We provide training and support. A background check will be required to participate. You can find more information on this opportunity by contacting Karen Krainz-Edison or going to their website here.

The second is Friendship Connection. FC hosts social events in Franklin County for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Students will engage Friendship Connections members more fully with each other, the community, and activities. While FC hosts 3-4 events each month, students are asked to commit to a minimum of 2 events per semester. Training and support are provided, but a background check is required. The events will be at various times and locations. You can find more information on this opportunity by contacting Karen Krainz-Edison or going to their website here.

More information about their ongoing events can be found on their calendar here: FC Q3 Calendar.

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

Volunteers for Buckeye Library Leaders:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3-6pm or 4-7pm. Times vary slightly for each library. Transportation can be provided. Email if you are interested.

Research Study for Undergraduates Ages 18-24 Years Old:

  • The purpose of the study is to assess the language, readability, clarity, and overall user experience of a prescription drug misuse screening tool.
  • Participants will not be screened for prescription drug misuse or asked about their prescription drug use.
    This study will take approximately 60-90 minutes, during one session, at Stillman Hall on the OSU Campus.
    Participants will receive a $10 Chipotle gift card.

Email if you are interested in participating or have more questions.

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

S.T.A.R. Senior Services

S.T.A.R Senior Services is looking for volunteers serving the senior community.
See the flyer for details

Students Supporting People with Down Syndrome - Your Night Out

Your Night Out is a program through the student organization Students Supporting People with Down Syndrome that provides volunteer babysitting services to families of children with Down syndrome around Columbus. The children range in age from ten months to fourteen years old and are always super excited to have our sitters come over! We have over 70 families in our system and therefore need volunteers like you! YNO runs on one Friday and one Saturday night a month from 5-10PM, but you only have to pick one date. Volunteers are always paired with another sitter in the program, so tell your friends and we can send you both together! An evening babysitting with YNO involves playing with the child with Down syndrome and their siblings, watching movies, having dinner, and more fun activities to help parents in need have the opportunity to have a night to themselves. Email Shannon if you’re interested and want to learn more!

United Way of Central Ohio: Tax Time

For many in our community surviving on low and moderate incomes, tax time is a critically important financial moment.  A number of refundable tax credits, including child tax credits, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and education credits help to bridge the gap between what working families earn and what they need to survive.  Tax Time provides free tax preparation services to make sure families can file safely, claim the credits they deserve, and not pay anything to do so. 


With the help of over 500 dedicated volunteers, Tax Time operates tax assistance sites throughout Franklin county during each tax season.  If you are interested in volunteering opportunities with Tax Time, check out our website at or email Sally Levy for more information.

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

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