What kind of volunteer positions are available?
Each year our mentoring program grows and we need more volunteers to act as mentors. Mentors meet with students in small groups of 1 to 3 students, for one hour each week. Currently, our program meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings – so mentors have a choice of which evening works for them. Mentors have in depth training and utilize curriculum to guide their time with their students. There is no need to come up with life transforming things to say and do on your own! There is no financial commitment, only your time and your willingness to love and nurture the students in your group!
Don’t have time for a weekly commitment to mentoring but still want to help? Sometimes our mentors need to be away for reasons of illness, work, or vacation and need someone to step in to cover for them with their group of students. We love to have several mentor substitute options when this is needed. Mentor Subs are required to come to training, but then only come to mentoring on an as needed basis.
Group Service Teams
Have a group you want to do a project with? We accept groups of all sizes and ages and have opportunities for service to fit a variety of interests. We have work projects, relational/outreach projects, administrative work, and more. Groups can come for a week, a weekend, or an afternoon. We have a dorm facility, showers, and full kitchen available for out of town groups. Please fill out the contact form above for more information on bringing a group.
Summer Program Volunteer
Each summer we need 100-150 volunteers to help in our summer program. We need help with anything from daily volunteers working with kids to volunteers who put on snack drives to supply snack for our students. There are many ways to help with summer program. Please contact us if you’d like to help!
I would like to volunteer. How do I begin the process?
To begin the volunteer process, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (513) 255-5582. We will contact you with a list of current opportunities and to schedule a time for a volunteer orientation. At orientation, you will have a chance to complete the background check consent forms. Once your background check is complete, you will be contacted by the volunteer coordinator to discuss your areas of interest and your availability so you can begin volunteering.
What is a volunteer orientation?
Volunteer orientations are an important part of the volunteer process. At orientation, you will hear about the history of Cincinnati Urban Promise, our philosophy and focus on community development and about specific ways you can serve. You will also be able to tour our facilities and learn about the geographical area in which we serve.
Why do I have to consent to a background check to volunteer?
Cincinnati Urban Promise carefully screens volunteers to help ensure that the relationship between volunteers and our neighbors will be safe and rewarding for everyone involved. All prospective volunteers are screened through an application, background check, character references, and personal interviews. All information collected is confidential.
How long is my volunteer term?
Terms can be determined based on your availability and desire. For volunteers working directly with children we ask for a minimum of a one-year commitment. Children deserve our best commitment. We want to show them the character of commitment and not disappoint them by leaving them feeling abandoned or unimportant.
What kind of special skills or training do I need to volunteer?
None. If you have one to two hours each week and know how to have fun, know how to love and care for people, and have a desire to serve and worship – then this is the place for you. We have many skilled and unskilled jobs from working with children, to office work, to construction. Just about anything you can think of.
Is it possible for the youth group at my church to volunteer on the weekend?
Yes. We welcome all youth groups and have several possibilities for volunteer projects, depending on the time of year and day that your group is interested in serving. Please contact us to learn more about youth group opportunities.
Do you have other group opportunities?
Yes. We have many opportunities for group service trips. Please contact us to discuss scheduling your trip. We accept groups up to 60 people in the summer, up to 30 people at other times of year. There is a per person fee for lodging, staffing, and project supplies. We do any length of trip from day long trips to week long trips.
Is there a minimum age requirement for volunteers?
Yes. For our mentors, the minimum age requirement is 21 years of age. Other volunteers may be of any age. However, any volunteer under the age of 18 must be directly supervised by an adult. For our group volunteers, the minimum age requirement is 12 years of age. For group volunteers bringing students between the ages of 12-14 there must be a ratio of 1 adult per every 4 junior high students. The minimum age requirement may be waived for families serving together at special events.
Are background checks required for Special Events?
No. Due to the nature of our special events and holiday programs, we rely on a great number of volunteers to ensure the event/program runs smoothly. We encourage group and family participation at our events and do not require background checks be completed.