story VOLUNTEER POWERS, ACTIVATE!

VOLUNTEER POWERS, ACTIVATE!

A tapestry of opportunities to give back to the community

Compiled by Elizabeth Hicks and Maija Zummo

Project Embrace (through ProKids)

Crafty volunteers can knit, sew, or crochet handmade blankets and afghans for foster children and teenagers in Greater Cincinnati. ?prokids.org

Dress for Success Cincinnati/4th Street Boutique

Promotes economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools. Volunteer at the boutique to help sort donations, organize, act as a personal shopper, or give office support.? ?www.dfscincy.org

Women Helping Women

The only 24-hour rape crisis program and comprehensive non-shelter domestic violence program in Hamilton County. Volunteers are needed in areas from hospital advocates to hotline advocates. All volunteers must complete a 40-hour training session.? www.womenhelpingwomen.org

Dramakinetics

Individuals of all abilities develop social connections, physical skill, and language and thinking skills using the performing arts. Volunteers provide one-on-one assistance to special needs individuals in classes. ?dramakinetics.org

BRIDGES for a Just Community

Runs programs that equip people with awareness, skills, and opportunities to develop a more equitable and just community through an equal-rights agenda. Volunteers needed for regular programs, camps, and for special events. Also hosts Public Allies Cincinnati.? www.bridgescincinnati.org

Anna Louise Inn

Providing safe and affordable housing to single women since 1909. Volunteers assist with maintaining the over-100-year-old building by helping paint, clean, and landscape. www.cinunionbethel.org

Girl’s Night In (through The Women’s Connection)

Participate in workshops for girls ages 15-18 to help them develop life skills related to issues dealt with as teens such as positive body image, conflict resolution, and employment readiness. ?thewomensconnection.org

Kenzie’s Closet

Provides prom dresses and accessories for underprivileged high schoolers in Cincinnati. Donate dresses you don’t wear anymore or assist in the boutique. ?www.kenziescloset.org

Save the Animals Foundation

A volunteer-run, no-kill animal shelter. Volunteers help with daily care of cats and dogs, including love-giving.?staf.org

MoBo Bicycle Co-op

A volunteer-run cooperative to help make cycling accessible and practical to everyone in Cincinnati. Volunteers with or without bicycle knowledge can help in regular or special positions.?mobobicyclecoop.org.