Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways to get involved with BHITC as a volunteer. Select a ministry below to see the ongoing opportunities, and special event based opportunities in that ministry.

Church Planting and Leadership Development / Transform 216

Ongoing Opportunities in this Ministry

  • Church Planting Volunteer

To find out more about volunteering with this ministry, complete the inquiry form here.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities in this ministry

  • Church Plant Volunteer
    Did you know BHITC supports 6 urban church plants?!?! Five in the Cleveland area and one in Akron! Here are very tangible ways you can support the planters, their families, the church and its community.

The Hope Center & Refugee and Immigrant Ministry

Ongoing Opportunities in this Ministry

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Refugee Family Mentoring
  • The Hope Center Reception & Staffing

To find out more about volunteering with this ministry, complete the inquiry form here.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities in this ministry

  • Van Driver
    Pick up individuals and families to bring to and from classes at The Hope Center. To learn more, contact Sharon Schuldt at sharon@buildinghopeinthecity.org.
  • ESL Volunteers
    English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered at The Hope Center. Volunteers are needed to assist the teachers, help students in the classroom or work one-on-one with students before or after classes.
  • Childcare Volunteers
    While parents' are in classes at The Hope Center, free childcare and activities are provided for the children. Volunteers are needed to help watch the children and create activities for older children, as needed. Volunteers are especially needed to assist with childcare in the mornings.
  • Small Group Teacher
    Work with a small group of 3-4 students at The Hope Center before before their testing to understand and practice materials such as reading, writing and conversation. The students in each group will vary.
  • Craft Activity Volunteer
    Volunteers are needed on a one-time and recurring basis (every 4-6 weeks) to prepare and lead crafts with small groups of refugee women. The crafts would be centered around various holidays and special occasions. Commitment is flexible based on level of availability.
  • Cafe and Welcoming Team Volunteer
    Coffee and tea are an international language, aren't they?! Volunteers are needed at The Hope Center to help in the cafe and welcome areas, keeping them stocked and clean and signing people in as they walk in the door - especially those who are new to The Hope Center.
  • Citizenship Volunteers
    Volunteers are needed at The Hope Center to assist with Citizenship. Opportunities include assisting the teachers, working in the classroom with the students or working one-on-one with the students before or after classes.
  • Tutors Needed for Urban and Refugee Students
    More tutors are always welcome and needed at BHITC's east and west side tutoring locations. Tutors assist one day a week in the afternoon or evening for 1-3 hours. Volunteers like you tutor urban and refugee students one-on-one and have a direct impact not only in the student's learning, but also in their life.
  • Administrative Volunteer
    Are you someone who loves the important behind-the-scenes ministry of administration? BHITC is seeking a few administrative volunteers to assist with growth of The Hope Center. This volunteer(s) would assist with data entry, filing and more.

Urban Family Learning Centers

Ongoing Opportunities in this Ministry

  • Urban and Refugee Tutoring
  • Transportation of Students Enrolled in Tutoring
  • Meals Ministry
  • Employment Training

To find out more about volunteering with this ministry, complete the inquiry form here.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities in this ministry

  • Tutors Needed for Urban and Refugee Students
    More tutors are always welcome and needed at BHITC's east and west side tutoring locations. Tutors assist one day a week in the afternoon or evening for 1-3 hours. Volunteers like you tutor urban and refugee students one-on-one and have a direct impact not only in the student's learning, but also in their life.
  • Christmas Store of Hope: Dec. 7 & 8
    Annual Christmas Store of Hope will be Friday, December 7 & Saturday, December 8. Save the dates!

Open Table Ministry

Ongoing Opportunities in this Ministry

  • Table Member

To find out more about volunteering with this ministry, complete the inquiry form here.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities in this ministry

  • Open Table Members Needed
    BHITC and several local partner churches offer Open Table, a highly relational ministry, which uses personal relationships to transform the lives of people in poverty. By sharing resources and building bridges, individuals in poverty grow in their personal sustainability.

    Volunteers are needed now to join tables launching in 2016, which will support refugee families as well as brothers and sisters in poverty.

Urban Ministry Training and Engagement

Training

(click here for a list of upcoming training opportunities)

Ongoing Opportunities

  • Supplies (Annual Christmas Store of Hope, The Hope Center, School-Age Children’s Books)
  • Development (grant writing, fundraising)
  • Internship Opportunities
  • Marketing (graphic design, writing, photography)
  • Office Assistance (mailings, list maintenance, answering phone)
  • Partner and Sponsor Opportunities
  • Special Event Planning Committees

To find out more about volunteering with this ministry, complete the inquiry form here.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities in this ministry

  • Photography Volunteer
    If you get our newsletter - print or email - or follow us on Facebook, you know we LOVE to share photos of what is happening in our ministries all over town! Because we cannot be all places at all times
  • Volunteers Needed for Mailings
    Building Hope in the City is looking for volunteers […]

Common Threads Thrift Store

Find out more about Common Threads here.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities in this ministry

  • Scrap Metal Driver / Delivery
    Already enjoy scrapping metal? Want to learn how? It’s actually very easy! We are finally able to make room to separate out our scrap metals and need faithful individuals willing to pick it up, scrap it, and bring the money to our main office. Pick-up frequency would vary but we would only need it once we collected a large enough load to make it worth the trip.
  • Online Selling Specialist
    While Common Threads following continues to grow we occasionally receive extremely high end designer clothes and rare or unique items that are best sold among a broader audience online. This volunteer opportunity works with the store director to establish a reputable presence in various online selling communities to generate maximum income from our best and rarest donations.
  • Quarterly Event Coordinator
    Every quarter, Common Threads hosts a special event like Ladies Night Out or a season-themed party. We need someone who likes to put on a great shin-dig! You will work with staff and other volunteers to plan details of the event and then work to implement those plans up through the night of the event.
  • Donation Pick-up Coordinator
    Schedule donation pick-up crews (both volunteer and staff) to pick-up donations requiring large SUVs or box trucks. You don’t need to lift a finger! But you should have great customer service skills! You will coordinate with the store manager, donors, and a list of pick-up crews to ensure quality merchandise arrives to Common Threads!
  • Store Associate Volunteer (Tester)
    Take returned items from a major retailer (especially small appliances), clean them, and test them to make sure they work before hitting the sales floor. It is a critical position ensuring the reliability of our merchandise and upholding our “best in thrift” reputation.
  • Store Associate Volunteer (General)
    Work with staff on the production side! Learn to sort, hang, tag, and run clothes to the floor! Restock departments and make sure the store is clean and beautiful! Opportunity to specialize in a department of choice!
  • Handy Person Volunteer
    Common Threads is in need of a handyman or handywoman who is a jack of all trades in terms of minor maintenance and repair. Occasional needs include: Light carpentry, Snaking drains / toilets, Occasional power wash, Lock repair, and Replacing fluorescent bulbs and ballasts.
  • Administrative Associate Volunteer
    Lots of info and data flows through Common Threads and we want to capture and organize it better. This opportunity focuses on project-based work that 100% fits around your schedule and skillset. Opportunities from data entry to process documentation to inventory to cutting flyers.
  • Donation Pick-up Crew
    Open roads and manual labor! They are not for everyone… but for some of us it is exactly the way we like to spend time volunteering! This is a critical need of the store and is ultra-flexible.
  • Collection Drive Coordinator
    Help build awareness to donate to Cleveland’s #1 thrift store! Work with local businesses, churches, and other non-profits to setup collection drives of clothes and household items to benefit Common Threads at partner sites.