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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.

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

    Why volunteer with LifeSmart Education? This is an excellent chance for someone to learn and gain valuable experience working with the director of a small nonprofit organization. Earn an endorsement on LinkedIn and/or a referral after 3 months. There are a wide variety of skill sets that are needed and we are willing to train the right candidate. • Role Description • We are seeking a personal assistant to work closely with the Executive Director of LifeSmart Education. The volunteer will mainly be assisting with general office duties. This is a great opportunity for someone who is willing to work in a startup environment, help with process improvement, and is open to the challenges of a small nonprofit. Some of the work may be done virtually, but the volunteer must be willing to go into the office in Grove City, Ohio to pick up files. The position requires a 3 month commitment. • Responsibilities • Filing • Answering phone • Manage Outlook • Basic research • Responding to emails • Assist with virtual training for mentors • Create and maintain documents • Running errands (local area) • Additional ad hoc administrative tasks • Skills • Strong organization and time-management skills • Maintains a high level of professionalism • Detail-oriented • Proactive and takes initiative in making things happen • Basic computer skills and the ability to learn new software

    Updated: 2 Weeks Ago, Added: April 25, 2021
  • 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 Weeks Ago, Added: April 15, 2021
  • Campus: ATI Wooster, Columbus, Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark

    Cornerstone of Hope, a bereavement center located in Columbus, is looking for volunteers for their grief camp, Camp Memory this summer! Camp Memory is held June 15, 16, and 17 from 8am-4pm for children ages 6-13 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Camp Memory is held at Amberleigh Pavilion in Dublin and offers the children an opportunity to explore their grief, share about their loved one, and enjoy traditional camp activities. Mandatory volunteer training is held Saturday, June 5th from 9:00am-12:00pm.

    Updated: 2 Months Ago, Added: April 8, 2021
  • Campus: Columbus, Newark

    As part of the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) tour, the Memorial Junior is an annual event in central Ohio that brings in about 75 of the best junior golfers from around the world. Many former AJGA members are now playing on the PGA and LPGA and are major winners. This year’s event will be held at Hickory Hills Golf Club (Grove City, OH) on June 7-9, 2021. In addition, a qualifier will also be held on June 6, 2021 at Champions Golf Course. We are looking for volunteers to help put on this high profile event. Our needs include: timing/water stations, registration, water rovers, tournament set up, etc. Ideally, we are looking for those with driver licenses to drive carts, but we’ll have needs if don’t have a license. Benefits of volunteering include: AJGA hat and pin, on-course beverages and lunch, opportunity to watch the next generation of golf, and a letter for community service (to meet you public service requirements). To sign up to volunteer, proceed online to: For additional information on the AJGA: If you have any questions, please contact the Memorial Junior Volunteer Chairman, Michael Rabadam at (m: 614-204-6412).

    Updated: 2 Months Ago, Added: April 5, 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: 2 Months Ago, Added: February 23, 2021