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

    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: 6 Days Ago, Added: February 23, 2021
  • Campus: Columbus

    YWCA Columbus' mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. As part of this mission, we aim to empower middle school girls to advocate for themselves and their communities and become the next wave of social change agents. Bright Futures is a weekly, neighborhood based after-school program focused on social justice concepts like racism and sexism. We operate out of rec-centers in the Southside and Hilltop areas. We are looking for a volunteer to help facilitate the program and work with our girls. If interested please contact our program coordinator at

    Updated: 3 Weeks Ago, Added: February 10, 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: 4 Weeks 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: 4 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: 4 Months Ago, Added: November 1, 2020