Cleveland’s Best Places To Volunteer

Volunteering is an excellent way to spend your time doing something you are passionate about and helping others. You can use your skills to benefit the community, help children grow, and improve the lives of individuals in need. No matter your skill level or interest, there are different opportunities throughout Cleveland that can help you put your abilities to good use for others.

This list of places to volunteer in Cleveland was compiled from our local staff’s recommendations based on the involvement of their friends, family, and themselves. We asked our staff to rate their favorite non profits and organizations to write this “Best of Cleveland” when it comes to volunteer activities. Read on to learn about some of the best places to volunteer in Cleveland.



Cleveland Animal Protective League

If you have a special place in your heart for furry friends, the Cleveland Animal Protective League is your calling for volunteer service. Their mission is to end animal suffering, foster community compassion for animals, and place 100% of their adoptable pets in fur-ever homes. They maintain a shelter and animal welfare clinic. Their services range from spay and neuter services to animal advocacy education and awareness. You can also count on them to perform humane wellness checks on animals the community suspects are in danger. They don’t receive government funds so the organization relies on financial supporters from the community.

If you want to make a difference, they have several ways for you to volunteer your time and efforts. You can help by participating in one of their annual fundraising events, such as the telethon or their annual gala, the Fur Ball. Visit their website to learn the steps you can take to become a volunteer. You can also call them for more information at (216) 771-4616 or stop by at 1729 Willey Avenue to meet them.

The City Mission

The City Mission is a non-profit organization in Cleveland that aims to provide compassion and restorative services to men, women, and children experiencing a life crisis. They aim to create an individualized and comprehensive program to each client, assisting everyone who enters needing assistance to build a stabilized and independent future. If you want to help their efforts and also be a catalyst for positive change, you can contact them regarding Cleveland volunteer opportunities by calling (216) 431-3510. Their administrative offices and the Crossroads Men’s Crisis Center are located at 5310 Carnegie Avenue. You can also visit their volunteer page for more information and to understand your opportunities.

Shoes and Clothes for Kids

Kids are always growing and for families on a tight budget, an unexpected growth spurt is an unexpected expense. Shoes and Clothes for Kids provides shoes, clothes, uniforms, and school supplies to children at no charge to improve school attendance. Shoes and Clothes for Kids is the only non-profit of its kind in Cleveland and reports data showing that their efforts have positively affected school attendance by up to 26%. Volunteers often sort shoes and socks, pack and distribute new shoes, or organize collection drives throughout the city to collect the three most-needed items: socks, underwear, and school supplies.

To volunteer in Cleveland for this unique organization, you can visit their volunteer page for more information or call (216) 881-7463. Their office is located at 3500 Lorain Avenue, #301.

Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank

The Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank aims to improve childhood literacy and love of reading by providing free books to children in need through collaboration with community partners. The organization collects gently used or new books, sorts them by reading level, and moves to distribute them through participating preschools, social service agencies, food pantries, schools, and the housing authority. Working to enhance community literacy, the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank has worked to distribute truckloads of books monthly, stocked Little Free Libraries throughout the city, and filled little hands with books to inspire the minds of our smallest and sweetest citizens.

You can find out more about volunteer opportunities or how to host your own book drive by visiting their volunteer webpage, calling (216) 417-1803 or stopping by 3635 Perkins Avenue, Suite #1e. You can even select some books to help stock Little Free Libraries using their special Little Free Library map.


Esperanza is Spanish for “hope” and is a great place where you can volunteer in Cleveland to mentor high school students and offer academic and social support. Their mission to improve the high school post-secondary achievement among the Hispanic community encourages student achievement through text, email, and phone correspondence. Mentees and mentors are matched based on interests to help foster a positive and professional relationship where the mentees can benefit from the experience and guidance the mentor offers. It is a quick way to make a lasting impact on today’s youth by building confidence, networking, and honing skills.

For more information call (216) 651-7178 or stop by the fourth floor of 3104 W 25th Street. Although their website is currently down, you can also see more about them through their Facebook page.

Hashtag Lunchbag Cleveland

Hashtag Lunchbag of Cleveland aims to empower humanity with the tools to benefit humanity through organized acts of giving and kindness. They are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that shows how small intentional acts of consideration can make a large impact to improve communities and neighborhood morale. They feed hungry tummies in the local community by distributing bagged lunches. Also included in each sack lunch is a handwritten unique note of love and encouragement that reminds the recipient that hard times pass and acknowledges the humanity of all. You can find them at 1212 W 6th Street.

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