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Oberlin, OH 44074
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(440) 774-6579
  • Volunteer

    OCS has many opportunities to volunteers for interested community members and students. We’re happy to host volunteers for court-mandated community service, class credit, work study, or just for fun! Our volunteer coordinators are available to answer any questions about community-based learning, student employment, or service requirements. To reach them, you can call OCS or email Hannah Rosenberg (hrosenbe@oberlin.edu) and/or MaQwe Lawson (maqwe.lawson@gmail.com).

    Soon our volunteer handbook will be available on this page– it’s a good introduction to volunteering at OCS!

    Volunteer Training

    OCS will now host monthly volunteer trainings. Volunteers will be required to attend training once every six months. Training will take place on theĀ third Tuesday of every month from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM. Food will be provided! ThisĀ hour will serve as a time to discuss best practices, get on the same page about OCS policies, and appreciate the work we all do to keep OCS running.

    Group Volunteer Opportunities

    Please get in contact with our volunteer coordinators (call or email) to learn about volunteering at our monthly distributions or organizing a volunteer project for your group.

    Internships, Program Coordinating, and Community Engagement

    We have many dedicated volunteers who are involved in longer-term projects with OCS. Local students are often supported by grants, fellowships, and course credit from their schools, and work study positions are also occasionally open for Oberlin College and Lorain County Community College students. Contact OCS Volunteer Coordinators for more information about internships.

    Social Justice Service and Engagement Winter Term Fellowship

    Do you want to fight poverty and food insecurity over winter term? OCS is offering a full credit community engagement WT experience. Fellows will take part in direct service, intensive hands-on study, as well as reading and discussion. Contact Hannah Rosenberg (hrosenbe@oberlin.edu) for application information.

    What is an Affinity Group?

    Groups of volunteers at OCS work together on self-directed projects coordinated by one or two people. They meet to learn about the needs of OCS and our community, create action steps to take together, and collaborate with other affinity groups. This volunteer opportunity is great for anyone who is available for a 2+ hour/week regular commitment.

    Food Justice

    Hunger and Nutrition

    Economic Justice

    Media and Outreach