ServeOhio provides grants and resources to organizations that engage volunteers to address critical issues. Additionally, we offer high-quality professional development and recognition opportunities to celebrate and engage volunteers and volunteer administrators throughout the state.
ServeOhio recently launched a new statewide volunteer engagement platform, Get Connected, the first statewide volunteer portal in Ohio. The COVID-19 pandemic made the need for a system like this even more pressing, as local service has never been more important.
Get Connected allows nonprofit, community, faith-based, and government organizations to post volunteer opportunities to recruit volunteers in their local community, which feeds directly into the statewide system. Volunteers can then search for opportunities that best match their skills and interests.
Since 1994, ServeOhio has supported hundreds of community-based organizations that engage local citizens to address their most pressing needs. ServeOhio administers Ohio AmeriCorps funding and awards grants for National Days of Service volunteer projects.
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ServeOhio seeks to increase the capacity of Ohio nonprofits to recruit, engage, and retain skills-based volunteers. To achieve this goal, ServeOhio developed the Skills-Based Volunteerism Training Academy which will engage a cohort of 10 organizations annually in state-of-the-art training, technical support, and ongoing coaching to increase the use and effectiveness of skilled volunteers across Ohio.
Each fall, ServeOhio hosts the annual Ohio Conference on Service & Volunteerism for volunteer program administrators, national service program directors, AmeriCorps members, philanthropy managers, and nonprofit leaders. The purpose of the conference is to create opportunities for inspiration, connection, and building of 21st century skill sets that support the continued evolution and impact of Ohio's service and volunteerism professions.
The ServeOhio Awards, made possible through support from corporate Stewards of Service, Honda of America Mfg., Inc. and AEP Ohio, recognize outstanding people, groups, and initiatives in each region of Ohio who make great contributions to their communities through service and volunteerism. A cash award of $1,000 is issued to support the organization which benefited from the winner’s service. The awards are presented in the volunteer’s local community each year during National Volunteer Week in April.
DOVIAs are local associations of volunteer program administrators who meet regularly to exchange information and ideas, host professional development workshops, and plan collaborative volunteerism activities for their region. Find an active DOVIA in your community from the list below and click the link for more details about becoming a member.
Volunteer Administrators Network of Central Ohio (VAN)
Forum for Volunteer Administrators (FVA)
DOVIA of Northwest Ohio
Cincinnati Association of Volunteer Administrators (CAVA)
Miami Valley Association of Volunteer Administrators (MVAVA)
Association for Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE)
On March 22, 2001, Amended Ohio Senate Bill 187 became law (Ohio Revised Code sections (R.C.) 109.574-.577, 121.401-.402). The legislation’s purpose is to provide appropriate screening methods to youth-serving organizations that place volunteers in positions requiring unsupervised access to children on a regular basis. In accordance with the law, ServeOhio developed a set of “recommended best practices” for organizations to follow when screening volunteers who work with children.
Resources For Creating a Volunteer Project