Volunteer Administrator Resources


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. 


Get Connected Volunteer Portal

ServeOhio recently launched a new volunteer engagement platform, Get Connected, the first statewide volunteer portal in Ohio. 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.


Grants + Funding

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. 


Volunteer Engagement Fundamentals Course

ServeOhio provides a comprehensive volunteer management training course, Volunteer Engagement Fundamentals. This virtual 6-week course is offered twice per year in the spring and fall and is comprised of six weekly 90-minute sessions focused on key volunteer management practices. Sessions will equip participants with a strong foundation to successfully engage volunteers within their organization. The course is designed for new and mid-level volunteer engagement professionals (0 – 5 years’ experience) in Ohio who work in nonprofit, community, faith-based, higher education, or government organizations.

Skills-Based Volunteerism Resources

Skills-Based Volunteering (SBV) is the practice of lending one’s specific professional expertise to community organizations in a way that helps them affect social change. SBV differs from other, more traditional forms of volunteering in that volunteers are engaged in activities that leverage their professional expertise and experience – such as marketing, finance, or human resources. Skilled volunteer support is typically focused on operational or administrative functions - activities that a nonprofit might otherwise have to hire or pay for specialized support.

For even more information and resources about SBV, visit www.capacitycommon.org


Ohio Conference on Service & Volunteerism

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. 


ServeOhio Awards

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. 


Ohio Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA)

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. 

Central Ohio

Volunteer Administrators Network of Central Ohio (VAN)

Northeast Ohio

Forum for Volunteer Administrators (FVA)

Northwest Ohio

DOVIA of Northwest Ohio

Southwest Ohio

Cincinnati Association of Volunteer Administrators (CAVA)

Miami Valley Association of Volunteer Administrators (MVAVA)


Association for Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE)


Best Practices for Screening Volunteers Who Work With Children

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.