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
- Participate in Outreach Events
Church plants often host outreach events to get to know members of the community where they are planting the church. This helps not only to build relationships, but also helps the church plant to best know the needs of the people in the neighborhood. Volunteers are needed to help plan and/or attend these types of outreach events at our six church plants.
- Attend Worship Services
As new churches are trying to get off the ground, having existing believers willing to attending services is a huge blessing! These volunteers do not need to commit to every single Sunday, but regular or even periodic attendance will help the church to build relationships and meet newcomers.
- Church Plant Prayer Team 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
- Refugee Mentor Volunteer
Refugee mentoring has been a long-time volunteer opportunity with BHITC. As part of it, newly arriving refugee families are paired with local citizens to help them through cultural adjustments and most importantly, build friendships.
- Van Driver
Pick up individuals and families to bring to and from classes at The Hope Center. To learn more, contact Sharon Schuldt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- ESL Volunteers & Group Conversation
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.
- 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.
- Happy Hour Bowling @ Mahall’s: March 15
Join us at Mahall's in Lakewood as we throw down some strikes on the bowling lanes and raise support for refugee ministries! All proceeds provide supplies and transportation needs for immigrant families to the Hope Center.
Urban Family Learning Centers
- Meals Ministry Volunteer
Organize your small group, book club, friends or family to provide a meal before a tutoring session. This allows tutors who are coming straight from work to enjoy a nice meal with the student they tutor before getting started for the evening. If you don't have time to make a whole meal, donating healthy snacks is a great help, too.
- 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.
- Family Fun Bowl-a-Thon: February 24
Join our annual Tutoring Bowl-a-thon, which benefits the tutoring ministry and its five tutoring sites and also offers a fun afternoon for BHITC volunteer tutors and others who support city ministry.
Urban Ministry Training and Engagement
(click here for a list of upcoming training opportunities)
Ongoing Engagement Opportunities
- Supplies (Annual Christmas Store of Hope, The Hope Center, School-Age Children’s Books)
- Development (grant writing, fundraising)
- Marketing (graphic design, writing, photography)
- Partner and Sponsor Opportunities
- Special Event Planning Committees
To find out more about volunteering with this ministry, complete the inquiry form here.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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! Opportunities also available to test items such as small appliances.
- 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.