Field Education

Human Rights Activities

ADVOCACY OUTSIDE THE FIELD PLACEMENT

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.

TIME SPECIFIC OPPORTUNITIES

12/2/17 - 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.

Specific opportunities include:
Gahanna Creepier Festival - Gahanna Creekside, Mill Street, Gahanna Ohio - MUST STAY from 10:00am-4:00pm
Worthington Indoor Farmer's Market - Shops at Worthington Place - December 2, 2017 from 9:00am-12:00pm

12/4/17 - John J Gerlach Center for Senior Health - "Walk in Shoes"

Our 3rd Walk In Shoes* learning opportunity is here!

John J Gerlach Center for Senior Health wants you to see how they enrich the lives of seniors in Franklin County.

Our Senior Options Grant Program funds their innovative and vibrant intergenerational programming, but did you know they also offer geriatric medical consultations?
And cognitive neurology?
And fitness and educational programs for seniors and caregivers? Plus more!

Please join us on Monday, December 4 from 1:30pm - 3pm
at 3830 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214.

Light refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP if you are interested

12/19, 12/20, and 12/21/17 - Franklin County Children Services' Holiday Visitation event
  • Franklin County Children Services’ annual three-day Holiday Visitation event is a time for kids in out-of-home placement to visit with their birth families. We need hundreds of volunteers to help run this!
  • Dates are December 19, 20 and 21 and volunteer shifts are 11-2 pm, 2-5 pm, and 5-8 pm all three days
  • The event takes place at FCCS’s 855 W. Mound St. location, just west of downtown in Franklinton
  • Help is especially needed to cover the face painting and family supervision shifts
  • Interested students should email clgreenl@fccs.us to sign up
  • Spots are limited so first come, first served until the volunteer shifts are full

ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES

Amethyst

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 jmartin@amethyst-inc.org

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 crcvolunteers@clintonvillecrc.org 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 syoung@cdcheadstart.onmicrosoft.com.

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 sampson.150@osu.edu 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)
BESA
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 lindsayblackburn.gch@gmail.com.

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

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 Moms2B@osumc.edu 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 jillian.ober@osumc.edu 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 simms.51@osu.edu 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

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

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 www.taxtimecentralohio.org 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