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? The Service Consultation Form is here for you! Our team of trained Pay It Forward members are excited to support you, your organization, department, or group on your service goals. Complete this form for general service inquiries and Pay It Forward will follow-up with you!

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

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  • Campus: Columbus

    Village Central, the senior program at Central Community House, provides resources and support to older adults hoping to remain in their own homes as they age, while staying connected to the community. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in providing technology support to older adults that will aid in connectivity during this time of social distancing. Helping an aging adult with tasks as setting up a tablet or connecting to the internet can make a BIG impact while providing a fun way to connect with an older neighbor. If you are interested, please contact us for more information and next steps!

    Updated: 2 Weeks Ago, Added: October 19, 2020
  • Campus: Main Campus

    Consider enrolling in ENGR 2194 this Autumn! This class is a fully online, second-session seven-week, one-credit hour course that will teach mentorship and robotics fundamentals. It will act as a prerequisite for mentoring a team in the Spring semester for college credit. Learn more at Contact FIRST Alumni & Robotics at with questions.

    Updated: 2 Months Ago, Added: September 17, 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: 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: 7 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: 8 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: 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: 9 Months Ago, Added: January 27, 2020