Other Community Opportunities

There are lots of ways you can plug in and make a difference. Below are just a few of the opportunities available right now. Have a particular interest, but don’t see anything below that’s a fit for you? Or does your organization have a specific project or engagement opportunity? Contact us.

  • Lead a Because I Said I Would volunteer group

    because I said I would has a host of volunteer opportunities available.

    The Cleveland Chapter of because I said I would keeps promises to help others in need through volunteerism and works to become better citizens through personal development workshops. We are a nonreligious, nonpartisan group.

    • Personal Development through Workshops and Individual Promises. See past examples.
    • Group Volunteer Projects (aka Unified Promises). See past examples.

    To join – come to our monthly Chapter Meetups and Group Volunteer Projects/Unified Promises! They’re free, open to the public, and anyone over the age of 18 is welcome.

    Upcoming events:

    Next Group Volunteer Project/Unified Promise: February 18, 1pm- 3pm  Click HERE for event details and to sign up

    Next Chapter Meetup: March 8, 6:00pm- 7:30pm  Click HERE for details and to sign up

    Additionally, the Cleveland Chapter is looking for dedicated volunteers to be leaders! Our monthly Meetups are starting up again in March, and our goal is to have a full team. Current open positions:

    Chapter Leader

    Unified Promise Leader

    Fundraising Leader

    If you are interested in applying to be our Chapter Leader, please visit HERE.

    For other positions, please email cleveland@becauseisaidiwould.com or contact Chapter Relationship Manager, Shannon Baker with any questions.(shannon@becauseisaidiwould.com)

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  • The Gathering Place Rising Leaders Council

    The Rising Leaders Council is to ensure the viability and sustainability of The Gathering Place through fundraising, friend-raising, and outreach.

    Harness the talent and passion of the next generation of leaders in Northeast Ohio to support and promote the mission of The Gathering Place, a nonprofit cancer support center that provides free programs and services to anyone touched by cancer.


    • Partner with The Gathering Place to engage and attract the next generation of leaders to the organization.
    • Raise awareness about The Gathering Place in the community.
    • Develop leadership skills and knowledge about board membership.
    • Raise funds and support special events and activities on behalf of The Gathering Place.

    If you are interested in serving on the Rising Leaders Council, contact Simone Swanson at swanson@touchedbycancer.org or at (216) 455-1522.

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  • Open Doors Academy volunteers needed

    Open Doors Academy (ODA) is a successful out-of-school enrichment program and leadership academy for adolescent scholars. Part of their success is their generous and dedicated network of volunteers. Whether working with youth, assisting administration, supporting family events or using a unique skill, please consider becoming an ODA volunteer by attending one of our Volunteer Orientation sessions.

    To schedule a volunteer orientation or learn more, contact Maggie Wingenfeld, Community Relations Manager, at (216) 229-1900 x124 or mwingenfeld@opendoorsacademy.org

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  • AIDS Memorial Quilt opportunities

    The AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest piece of ongoing community art in the world, will be in Cleveland, at MetroHealth November 20 through December 5, 2017. A number of opportunities are available to lend a hand.

    • Volunteer to Quilt-Sit
      Every Monday – Saturday, November 20 – December 5
      MetroHealth needs volunteers  each week the quilt is on display to sit at a table near the Quilt, pass our information and to keep an eye on the quilt. Lots of volunteers are needed!
    • Volunteer at the Panel-Making Workshop
      Saturday, November 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
      Help partners, family members and friends make Quilt panels for loved ones they lost to AIDS-related illnesses. Sewing experience is not necessary but is helpful.
    • Make a panel
      Saturday, November 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
      If someone you knew and loved died from an AIDS-related illnesses, you can make a Quilt panel. The Panel-making workshop if free and open to everyone and includes everything you need including, artistic guidance, materials and volunteers to help you all day.
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  • 300 volunteers needed for the Council of the Great City Schools annual conference

    Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) has been selected to host the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) annual conference. The event brings together 68 of the nation’s largest urban public school systems to share best practices and collaborate on how best to confront the challenges faced by big-city school districts across the nation. Philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the Keynote Speaker. Actress Rosario Dawson and CNN commentator Van Jones will host a town hall meeting as part of the conference.

    The conference will take place October 18-22, 2017 at the Cleveland Hilton Downtown. That’s just six weeks away, and CMSD needs 300 volunteers to make the event a success.

    The goal is for every attendee of the CGCS Fall Conference to leave Cleveland not only appreciating everything we offer in CLE and the CMSD, but also feeling that every second of their conference experience was memorable due to our over-the-top planning, hospitality and devotion to making it a fabulous experience for them.

    Help CLE put its best foot forward by volunteering a couple hours of your time.

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  • Destination Cleveland Volunteers

    Are you a passionate Clevelander? Spread the love by welcoming guests and providing them with an authentic Cleveland experience.

    Opportunities to serve as a volunteer include:

    • Airport Welcome:  Greet guests right as they touch down in Cleveland and assist with questions they may have about transportation and the city.
    • Hotel Welcome and Concierge: Help guests find things to do during their stay, and make them feel welcomed.
    • Wayfinder: Greet guests, serve as directional help, and answer questions at locations around Downtown Cleveland.
    • Special Events: Assist in welcoming guests, checking badges, helping with directional assistance, waving goodbye, and more.
    • Bag Stuffing: Help to prepare gift bags for certain groups that would be given to each guest at their hotel registration.
    • Pop-up Welcome Parties: Greet groups of visitors at exciting locations around Cleveland.
    • Cleveland Script Sign Photographer: Take photos at the newly installed Cleveland script signs at Cleveland Hopkins Airport, Abbey Rd. Overlook (Tremont neighborhood), North Coast Harbor (Downtown), Edgewater Park (Edgewater neighborhood) and Euclid Beach (Collinwood neighborhood).
    • Visitor Experience Survey Interceptors: Hit the streets during large events around town to ask attendees about their Cleveland experience.
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  • Cleveland Codes mentors

    Cleveland Codes is looking for folks who would you like to share their experience, advice, and mentorship with 22 up-and-coming future coders. Regardless of your background or specialty, if you can spend an hour or two working with/teaching our students on a Friday afternoon, they want you! You can pick any Friday that works for you. Contact Seth Pinckney for more details.

  • CMSD True2U Mentoring

    Cleveland Metropolitan School District is actively recruiting mentors for the 2017-2018 school year for the True2U Program – a small-group mentoring program that supports Cleveland eighth graders as they explore their true selves & prepare to transition into high school.
    Program brochure
    Mentor application

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  • College Now Mentoring

    College Now is seeking mentors with professional backgrounds looking to have an impact with helping a student succeed both personally and professionally and, at the same time, improve their own leadership skills. They are also looking for companies who want a path to direct employees towards community engagement.

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  • Greater Cleveland Volunteers – varied opportunities

    Greater Cleveland Volunteers has myriad short- and long-term volunteer opportunities through Northeast Ohio.

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  • CMSD Customer Service

    Be a “mystery shopper” and provide feedback on the customer service provided by the district.

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