Volunteer at OCS

As a volunteer, you are crucial to our success. We work with you to find to find the right place in our organization to share your skill-set and maximize your experience. We have a place for you to help your community and gain valuable experience at the same time. We welcome your ideas to make your community a better place.

Volunteer trainings are held monthly. Email our Volunteer Coordinator, Rosa Gadsden, at rosa@oberlincommunityservices.org for information about upcoming dates and topics. We ask our volunteers to attend a training session at least once every six months.


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Student engagement

Students from Oberlin High School, Lorain County Community College, and Oberlin College can volunteer at OCS to satisfy community service requirements, or simply to make a contribution to their community and learn about public service.

Professional development

Volunteering at OCS can satisfy required community service hours for job placement and enhancement. 


Depending on the position, tutors can be paid or volunteer. GED, Summer Tutoring, and the DuBois Project are examples of opportunities for tutors at OCS. 

Food Program volunteering

Volunteering in our food program involves working in the pantry and warehouse stocking, helping clients, and keeping the areas organized and clean

Garden volunteering

Garden volunteers do weeding, watering, planting, harvesting and occasionally, light construction. 

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Become a Volunteer

For more information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Rosa Gadsden at rosa@oberlincommunityservices.org, or fill out the form below. You may also download a copy of our volunteer application and return it to 285 South Professor Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074.

Volunteer Application PDF

I love working in a pantry. It adds a lot of meaning to my life and also provides me with wholesome physical exercise.
— Volunteer
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