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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.


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

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  • Campus: ATI Wooster, Columbus, Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark

    The Dream Center is starting a new program! There is a justice gap among the low-income and homeless population that has only widened in recent times. Our volunteer-based program aims to come alongside existing programs to serve our city by engaging our established community relationships. Our objective is to meet the needs of our homeless and low-income neighbors. There are several issues that are critical in combating homelessness including, education, employment, housing, health care, and identification. One study found that 70% of low-income households experienced at least one legal issue. Of those households, 70% reported the legal issue affected them “very much” or “severely.” The common legal problems reported were related to issues of basic human needs such as health, finances, rental housing, children and custody, education, income maintenance, and disability. It is important to point out the estimated 1.7 million legal issues reported represent less than 6% of the total legal problems faced by low-income Americans. Individuals need access to lawyers who can remove the legal barriers preventing these resources as well as other services that could transform their lives. For example, obtaining a driver’s license or identification card can change so much for our guests. It allows for them to apply for benefits, jobs, and housing. The services this program hopes to provide are: · Identification Recovery · Public and Health Benefits Assistance · Legal Assistance with: o Housing o Wills o Child Support o Protection Orders o Expunctions The program aims to capitalize on the flexible clinic models that were created to respond to the pandemic. Attorney volunteers work with law students on a schedule that best serves the volunteers. Program coordinators handle intake (including gathering relevant documents and executing limited services contracts). The law students will draft documents and send to the a

    Updated: 4 Months Ago, Added: April 15, 2021
  • Campus: Columbus

    Conveniently located near campus, we are open for volunteers Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm for our daily food pantry. Volunteers welcome to work full or partial shifts. Due to the pandemic, we are currently serving our neighbors car side. Only volunteers and staff are allowed inside the building. Duties include packing dry goods boxes, receiving deliveries, stocking shelves, organizing food product, and helping load cars with food. Face masks and closed toed shoes are required during your shift at NSI. Other than that, no dress code. We are located at the address below, in a shopping plaza between Kings Pizza and Suzie Cues bar. Parking is ample in the parking lot out front. The first time you come in, ask for Chris, our food pantry coordinator. We will get you signed in, give you a brief orientation and get you started!

    Updated: 5 Months Ago, Added: February 23, 2021
  • Campus: Columbus

    Alicia's Closet is a nonprofit organization serving the foster care community in Franklin County and surrounding areas. We provide clothing, diapers, shoes, accessories and other essentials, at no cost to families. By supplying much needed items to children and youth in the foster care community, we hope to help create a sense of comfort and normalcy during a very difficult, uncertain time. We are looking for general volunteers to help us sort donations, pick up items, and deliver supplies to foster families. Please contact us for more information! You may also fill out the interest form here:

    Updated: 6 Months Ago, Added: February 5, 2021
  • Campus: Columbus

    Cornerstone of Hope is a center for grieving children, teens, and adults. In addition to offering individual and group counseling, Cornerstone of Hope offers additional programming through the year including support groups, in-school groups, youth camps, workshops, memorials, and more. Cornerstone of Hope is looking for someone to help share information about upcoming programs and events. See below for additional information. Time commitment: as needed- 2-4 hours o Submit COH events & programs on online platforms o Email COH events & programs to local church bulletins o Mail information about COH events & program to local community agencies o Hang flyers on community bulletin boards o Create targeted list for community outreach

    Updated: 9 Months Ago, Added: November 4, 2020
  • Campus: Columbus

    Upper Arlington Commission on Aging needs volunteers for Senior Service Days to help with raking/blowing leaves, moving patio furniture, removal of screens, cleaning window wells, weeding, watering, planting bulbs, pruning, and mulching. Small hand tools and lawn refuse bags provided. Bring rakes and leaf blowers. Contact Jennifer Sega at 614 583-5326 or

    Updated: 9 Months Ago, Added: November 1, 2020