Office of Student Life

Student Activities

Service and Outreach

Pay It Forward has created a Socially Distant Service webpage in response to the current health crisis. If you are looking to volunteer consider the following, call ahead to see if they are accepting volunteers, practice social distancing, inquire about virtual volunteer roles, consider donating items or dollars instead of time.

In fulfillment of the university's mission, "education for citizenship," Ohio State students have numerous opportunities to connect with communities, engage in social justice issues, and develop skills for active citizenship. Student Activities offers a variety of programs designed to help students engage at a local, national, and global level.

Use the navigation tabs on the left to access programs specifically focused on service and outreach for individuals and organizations.

Looking for a service consultation or other support or resources from Student Activities? The Student Activities Request Form is here for you! Our team of trained coaches, facilitators, and staff members are excited to support you, your organization, department, or group. Request Support from Student Activities.


Use the search function below to find current volunteer opportunities throughout the Greater Columbus area.

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  • Campus: Columbus

    In Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries we're committed to standing in the summer hunger gap as we have for 13 summers. We want to provide complete nutrition to children. We will be distributing "grab & go" lunches and breakfast in 15 different locations and providing mental support to children through enrichment bags to do with our volunteers and staff through Zoom video calls. There are many opportunities to volunteer. 1. Make Non-Perishable Lunches 2. Make Enrichment Bags 3. Distribute Lunch/Breakfast (Background check required) 4. Assist staff to facilitate Virtual Camp (Background Check Required) You will need your own transportation. You will be meeting our camp staff at a lunch distribution site and will then follow them to two additional sites. All sites are in the Hilliard area. You will be distributing lunches at each site for 30 minutes. Please bring a photo ID with you when you come to volunteer. Please wear a mask. If you do not have one, we have a limited supply available. We will provide hand sanitizer. Questions? Contact our Volunteer Developer at hlopez@son-ministries.org or 614-586-7939 Please click the link to our website to register as a volunteer. We would love for you to join us in Serving Our Neighbors!

    Updated: 2 Months Ago, Added: June 22, 2020
  • Campus: ATI Wooster, Columbus, Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark

    Brainwave is a free online tutoring platform for students K-12. We strive to match all students with the highest quality level of tutors that arise from a variety of colleges in order to maximize on all educational needs. Visit our website: https://www.brainwavetutoring.org/ to apply as a tutor, and proceed to a series of questions that will help us pair you best with an aspiring student. We help to provide the great opportunity to volunteer from the comfort of your own home, and give back to students who currently cannot attend school during this unfortunate crisis.

    Updated: 4 Months Ago, Added: April 3, 2020
  • Campus: ATI Wooster, Columbus, Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark

    SACG is a community garden with volunteering opportunities in gardening, harvesting food, and donating to food pantries that are committed to feeding low-income communities and people experiencing homelessness. As food pantry and volunteer coordinators, we organize groups of volunteers to come to the garden and help out! For the upcoming growing season, we need volunteers to help us maintain the food pantry plots and work with the community & pantries to deliver donated produce. We welcome all volunteers and provide a way to give back to our community, while keeping Columbus green. We also welcome other creative ideas for community integration, food security, and garden beautification!

    Updated: 6 Months Ago, Added: February 28, 2020
  • Campus: Columbus, Marion, Newark

    Hello, my name is Kevin Nahabakomeye and I am a co-leader at Fugees Academy Columbus. Fugees Academy was founded in the Atlanta area in 2006 with the goal of helping our society's most vulnerable people - child survivors of war and displacement - to rebuild their lives. Our model, which you can read more about by following the link, is based on love of soccer, high expectations, and structured support for the students we serve. Our afterschool tutoring program, which is mandatory for all students, is an important part of each day when kids can get homework assistance and practice with foundational skills before they go home for the evening. We are currently in search of volunteer tutors. Volunteers will work 1:1 or with small groups of 6th and 7th grade students, once per week, from 4pm-6pm at our school in the Northland area of Columbus. No experience tutoring is required, but you should have an awareness of positive work habits and study skills, and an interest in supporting the process - not just getting the work done. All tutors must pass a background check and participate in a short orientation before beginning work with the students. Individuals from international backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as it means a great deal to the students to see themselves reflected in the adults they look up to. Anyone interested should email: kevin@fugeesfamily.org with the subject line: INTERESTED IN TUTORING. Please include a resume, a couple of sentences to explain your “why” for wanting to join our team, and which day of the week (M-Th) you have available for this commitment.

    Updated: 7 Months Ago, Added: January 27, 2020
  • Campus: Columbus, Newark

    Hello, my name is Kevin Nahabakomeye and I am a co-leader at Fugees Academy Columbus. Fugees Academy was founded in the Atlanta area in 2006 with the goal of helping our society's most vulnerable people - child survivors of war and displacement - to rebuild their lives. Our model, which you can read more about by following the link, is based on love of soccer, high expectations, and structured support for the students we serve. Our afterschool tutoring program, which is mandatory for all students, is an important part of each day when kids can get homework assistance and practice with foundational skills before they go home for the evening. We are currently in search of volunteer tutors. Volunteers will work 1:1 or with small groups of 6th and 7th grade students, once per week, from 4pm-6pm at our school in the Northland area of Columbus. No experience tutoring is required, but you should have an awareness of positive work habits and study skills, and an interest in supporting the process - not just getting the work done. All tutors must pass a background check and participate in a short orientation before beginning work with the students. Individuals from international backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as it means a great deal to the students to see themselves reflected in the adults they look up to. Anyone interested should email: kevin@fugeesfamily.org with the subject line: INTERESTED IN TUTORING. Please include a resume, a couple of sentences to explain your “why” for wanting to join our team, and which day of the week (M-Th) you have available for this commitment.

    Updated: 7 Months Ago, Added: January 17, 2020

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