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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.


October 12, 2019 - League of Women Voters of Metro Columbus

The League of Women Voters of Metro Columbus needs assistance with voter outreach on October 12, 2019 from 12-3 PM in the OSU Campus area. You would be canvassing voters, but training would be provided. You can register for this activity hereKatherine Miller is the point of contact for this HRA. For more information, please e-mail her.

October 15, 2019 - Central Ohio Veterans Stand Down

At Stand Down, A Veterans only program, many of our guests’ health, housing, and job issues can be helped by one of our 80 plus social service agency representatives. Guests are able to speak to a “real person” and get much-needed answers toward solving their challenges. This volunteer opportunity is taking place on October 15, 2019 from 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM at the Greater Columbus Convention Center Exhibition Hall (400 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215). The point of contact is Dan Willis and you can reach him at 614-855-8328. You can find more information on their website here. You can also check out the event flyer here and the volunteer flyer here.

October 19, 2019 - Ville on the Hill (A Program by Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone)

Ville on the Hill will be coordinating a home maintenance and clean up day on October 19, 2019 in the Hilltop. It will run all day. Barbara Camfield is the point of contact for this activity. Volunteers are needed to assist with light yard work such as pulling weeds, raking leaves, etc. You can find more information on their website here.

October 22, 2019 - League of Women Voters of Metro Columbus

The League of Women Voters of Metro Columbus needs assistance with voter outreach on October 22, 2019 from 6-8 PM at 6500 Busch Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43229. You would be calling voters and reminding them to vote. You can register for this activity hereKatherine Miller is the point of contact for this HRA.

October 26, 2019 - League of Women Voters of Metro Columbus

The League of Women Voters of Metro Columbus needs assistance with voter outreach on October 26, 2019 from 12-3 PM in Franklinton. You would be canvassing voters, but training would be provided. You can register for this activity hereKatherine Miller is the point of contact for this HRA. For more information, please e-mail her.

October 29, 2019 - OSU Alumni Association "Feed the Funnel" Service Project

Athletics, Student Life, your alumni association and alumni societies are partnering with Kind Columbus to do a kindness service project with a group called The Pack Shack in a crazy-fun, high energy, high impact feed-the-funnel party. Check out this video to see how fun and impactful this project is.

Our goal is to have 600 volunteers pack over 100,000 meals in just two hours. The meals will be donated locally and throughout the state of Ohio for people who are food insecure.

This event is taking place at the French Field House at 410 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210. There will be pizza and orientation from 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM and meal packing will take place from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. You can register for this event here.

October 30, 2019 - League of Women Voters of Metro Columbus

The League of Women Voters of Metro Columbus needs assistance with voter outreach on October 30, 2019 from 6-8 PM at 6500 Busch Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43229. You would be calling voters and reminding them to vote. You can register for this activity hereKatherine Miller is the point of contact for this HRA. For more information, please e-mail

November 11, 2019 to November 14, 2019 - Westerville Challenge Days

Challenge Day is returning to Westerville this November!  We hope you can join us and spend a day with our students in this amazing program where they learn to listen, share, and appreciate themselves and others for who they really are.  Please help us make this year's Challenge Day meaningful and memorable. Each day, we need 25-30 adult volunteers to participate with our students. In order to repeat the program for four days, we are looking for a total of 100-120 caring adults. The program dates and locations are as follows and the program time each day is 6:45 AM - 2:45 PM:

Monday, November 11 - Westerville CENTRAL High School

Tuesday, November 12 - Westerville CENTRAL High School

Wednesday, November 13 - Westerville SOUTH High School

Thursday, November 14 - Westerville NORTH High School

Challenge Day is an annual tradition in our high schools and has touched the lives of nearly 6,000 Westerville students! You can sign up to volunteer here. The point of contact for this activity is Stephanie Martin.



BBless2 Outreach Ministries

Please see the attached flyer for volunteer opportunities. You can go here to sign up to volunteer or for more information.


Check out BESA for even more volunteer ideas in your area!

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.

Capital City Hospice

Capital City Hospice strives to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual comfort for those experiencing a life limiting illness, wherever they call home. We are currently seeking volunteers to provide many services in facilities all over the Columbus area. Working with patients and families, office support, pet therapy, music/art therapy are just to name a few. Volunteers choose when, where, and how much time to volunteer. Orientation, training, background check, TB test ,and drug screen are required and provided. For more information, please reach out to Capital City Hospice's Volunteer Coordinator Lisa Crandall at 614-406-5728 or e-mail her here.

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, click here.

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 at

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. There are lots of opportunities available! To sign up to volunteer, contact Katie Palmer at or 614-268-3539.

CMAA Refugee Services

Volunteers are needed at CMAA, which is 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 3 PM to 5 PM 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 Noon 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 at

Columbus Gives Back

Check out Columbus Gives Back for even more volunteer ideas in your area!

Columbus Metropolitan Libraries

Do you like the library? There are many different volunteer opportunities available at the Columbus Metropolitan Libraries. Check them out here!

Columbus VA - Volunteer In Home Visitor Program

The Columbus VA Volunteer In-Home Visitor Program connects veterans who are lonely or socially isolated with volunteers in their community who can provide a friendly social visit. There are no home care of medical duties the volunteers would perform. Volunteers get opportunity for a 1:1 connection with isolated veterans, promoting stronger and healthier communities. The time commitment can be from 2 hours per month up to 2-4 hours per week! Volunteers can be matched with a veteran near their own home to minimize travel time. Volunteers must pass a background check and be over 18, as well as complete training. The schedule is based on volunteer and veteran availability. Volunteers can be veterans, non-veterans, students, or seniors. The point of contact for this opportunity is Lori Murphy. You can reach her at 614-257-5685.

Community Development for All People

Our organization hosts a variety of nonprofit programs in efforts to build and strengthen the South Side community in Columbus. One such opportunity is volunteering at All People's Fresh Market. Our market is currently the largest distributor of free produce in all of Central Ohio. Opportunities within this market include greeter, stocker, member support, program support, and data entry. We currently need the most support during our early afternoon shifts, but have opportunities 7:30am-5pm Monday-Friday and 9am-1pm on Saturdays. Our address is 945 Parsons Avenue Columbus, OH 43206. You can check out our website for more information hereIf you have any questions, please contact Nathan Whitford.

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. Click here for more information!

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. Opportunities are available to both licensed social workers and students working towards a degree in social work or related field. Please contact Kate Sampson at 513-633-0052 or via e-mail at for additional information.

Faithful Forgotten Best Friends

Faithful Forgotten Best Friends needs your help to feed downtown Columbus and Franklinton's pets of the homeless. Volunteer opportunities include: helping to distribute food to pet owners, picking up pet food and other donations from drop-off points, transporting pets to and from clinics, helping with publicity, assisting with fundraising (events, donations jar distribution, donation inventory, etc.) or willing to help wherever you're needed. Please visit the website for additional information.

Franklin County Children's Services

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

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 and Friday on an ongoing basis (weekly, biweekly, monthly, etc). Pantry hours are 9 AM - 3 PM. Need volunteers to greet and check clients into the computer up front.

Gladden Community House is also seeking volunteers for our after school program from 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM. If interested, email Lindsay Blackburn at

GLSEN Central Ohio

GLSEN Central Ohio needs volunteers for monthly meetings in the Columbus area dealing with policy research and advocacy. You can e-mail the agency here for any questions. The point of contact for this opportunity is Alex Ryan (they/them/theirs). You can also find more information at their website here.

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?
Please see the 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. Please see the flyer for more information.

Holy Family Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry

If a student is interested in volunteering for HRA hours at this organization, please e-mail them at The contact person for this is Dana Krull, the Operations Manager at the facility. They typically offer volunteer times daily between 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM.



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. You can 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 Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 9 AM to noon, as well as on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 PM - 8 PM. For more information, click here.

LifeCare Alliance

LifeCare Alliance provides many volunteer opportunities including:


  • Meals-on-Wheels delivery – Volunteers deliver a hot nutritious meal to our home-bound or medically challenged clients. Each route lasts approximately 60 to 90 minutes and delivers meals to twelve to fifteen 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 delivery process smoother.
  • Meals-on-Wheels Production Kitchen – Volunteers help with portioning food into the three-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.
  • 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, etc.) in preparation for routes to leave our Distribution Facility. This kitchen is located at our 670 Harmon Ave. location.
  • 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 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.

Local Races

Please check It's Your Race and Ohio Runner for local races to participate in or volunteer for!

Mental Health America of Franklin County

MSW-II students can volunteer by providing direct counseling to pre-screened clients for the Pro Bono Counseling Program. The Pro Bono Counseling Program offers short term (12 sessions or less) to clients who are uninsured or under-insured. The program has a number of locations within the community where students can meet with clients. Students will need to receive supervision from a licensed social worker in order to participate. If you are interested, please contact Sheronda Palmore here for more details. The website will also have information, which you can access here. This activity will take place in various locations in Franklin, Delaware, and Fairfield counties.


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 participants with shopping. Please contact Moms2B at or (614) 292-1605 if you are interested in volunteering. Please 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. Please click here for more information.

North Central Mental Health Services - Suicide Prevention Hotline

At North Central Mental Health Services, we run a 24-hour Suicide Prevention Hotline that services the Central Ohio area, answering more than 15,000 calls a year. We train new volunteers each Fall and Spring to aid those in crisis and help protect the lives of those thinking of suicide. We know that suicide is the second leading cause of death for those aged 15-34. Volunteering with Suicide Prevention can increase communication skills and provide students with firsthand professional experience which is key in entering the career field or graduate education. You can e-mail the agency for more information here. The point of contact is Hannah Thompson.

Help Save Lives - View the Volunteer Flyer Here!


OSU Nisonger Center - Friendship Connection

The OSU Nisonger Center has a program looking for volunteers: 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 three or four events each month, students are asked to commit to a minimum of two 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  going to their website here or contacting Karen Krainz- Edison at

OSU Nisonger Center - 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. To volunteer, please contact Jillian Ober at or 614-685-6718. You can also visit here for more information.

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, please click here.


Volunteers for Buckeye Library Leaders:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3 PM - 6 PM or 4 PM - 7 PM. Times vary slightly for each library. Transportation can be provided. Please e-mail if you are interested.
Point App

Check out Point App for even more volunteer ideas in your area!

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. If you're interested in volunteering, please click here.

SON Ministries

Please visit the website here if you're interested in volunteering. You will have to create a volunteer profile and have a background check ran. Once that is approved, you'll be e-mailed a link to select the dates you'd like to volunteer. There are many options available!

S.T.A.R. Senior Services

S.T.A.R Senior Services is looking for volunteers serving the senior community. Please 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 PM - 10 PM, 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. If you want to know more, check out our Facebook group here. if you're interested in volunteering for HRA hours, please e-mail us at

The Center for Disability Empowerment

This ongoing opportunity will have volunteers supporting and/or assisting peer groups, we well as helping with independent living trainings. Please e-mail Sue Hetrick for more information regarding this opportunity or go to their website here.

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 here or email Sally Levy at for more information.

ViaQuest Hospice in Dublin, Ohio

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. Please click here for more information.


Check out VolunteerMatch for even more volunteer ideas in your area!

Worthington Libraries - Homework Help Center Volunteer

Our Old Worthington Library is in need of a volunteer in the Homework Help Center (HHC) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-6 PM this 2019-2020 school year. The Worthington Park Library HHC is in need of volunteer help on Monday and Thursdays from 3:30-6:30pm. The HHCs are staffed by trained library personnel and volunteers to help with school assignments. Homework help is available on a first-come, first-served basis and provides students with access to reference tools, technology and people who can help them with their studies. We would welcome any graduate students that need to fulfill service hours, but would encourage a commitment from them for the school-year. This shift can be split or shared between two people if that works better for all involved. Volunteers in this position should be excellent communicators, be comfortable working with youth ages 5-17, and demonstrate patience and a concern for students and their educational needs. The volunteer position description can be found here and the Adult Volunteer Application can be downloaded here. Any students students interested in this volunteer position can contact Erin Buerk here or by calling 614-807-3639.