There are dozens of volunteer opportunities with Building Hope in the City (BHITC). Think you’re interested in volunteering with us?

Understanding Poverty

This training session provides insight and will deepen your understanding of people living in poverty and how to assist low-income people. Topics include research on the causes of poverty, personal models for life developed by those in the middle class vs. those in poverty and creating relationships for sustained change. This training is for anyone who would like to have a better understanding of everyday life for people in poverty, cycles of poverty and how to help people become self-sustaining to leave poverty.

Advance registration is required.  Cost to attend is $15 and includes lunch.  Please note – due to the interactive nature of this class, a minimum of 20 participants is required in order to hold the class, so please register early.  Our staff will review the number of people registered one week prior to the scheduled class date, and if the number is less than 20, you will be notified of its cancellation and refunded the registration fee.


Monday, Oct. 8 and Tuesday, Oct. 9
*Must attend both nights*
Tuesday, Nov. 13 & Wednesday, Nov. 14 **Rescheduled for October dates**

6:30 – 9:00 pm

BHITC’s Offices (2nd Floor)
2038 West 29th Street
Cleveland, OH  44113

Register here!

Building Hope 101

The first step to volunteering with Building Hope in the City is to take ‘Building Hope 101 (BH 101),’ a 60-minute introduction to the organization. You will learn about our mission and ministries and find ways to use your God-given gifts and talents to love people in the city for Christ.  Building Hope 101 is a prerequisite for the Refugee 101 class.


  • Saturday, August 18 – 8:00 am (BHITC’s offices)
  • Saturday, August 25 – 9:00 am *At The Hope Center, 15135 Triskett Road, Cleveland
    *Note:  This training takes place immediately before New Tutor Orientation. All new tutors will be required to take BH 101 before tutoring begins.  Sign up to attend BOTH on this day for your convenience, if you are able.  Please check mark both when registering through the link below.
  • Thursday, September 20 – 5:30 pm *At The Hope Center
  • Saturday, October 20 – 8:00 am (BHITC’s offices)
  • Tuesday, November 20 – 5:30 pm *At The Hope Center

Where:  Unless otherwise noted, all BH 101 classes take place at BHITC’s Offices (2nd Floor)
2038 West 29th Street
Cleveland, OH  44113


Refugee / Hope Center 101

Note: In order to take this class, participants must have already taken the Building Hope 101 class listed above. For your convenience, once a month, BH 101 is offered immediately before Refugee/Hope Center 101. To sign up for both classes, click “register,” select the date you wish to attend, then hit “submit.”

Refugee /Hope Center 101 is a pre-requisite for joining a BHITC volunteer mentoring team befriending a newly arriving refugee family. It is also required for Hope Center volunteers. Participants will gain an understanding of who refugees are, why they are fleeing their home countries, the resettlement process in Cleveland and how to handle various situations when working across cultures.

When and Where:

  • Saturday, August 18, 9:00 am (BHITC’s offices)
  • Thursday, September 20, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, The Hope Center, 15135 Triskett Road, Cleveland
  • Saturday, October 20, 9:00 am (BHITC’s offices)
  • Tuesday, November 20, 6:30 – 8:30 pm *At The Hope Center


MissionSmith Sessions


  • Watch for more dates coming soon!

Scranton Road Bible Church
3095 Scranton Road, Cleveland

MissionSmith sessions are free, half-day gatherings designed to forge the thinking and practice of metropolitan church and ministry leaders for greater effectiveness and innovation in mission, church planting and Kingdom advancement.

MissionSmith brings you and your team through a series of dynamic presentations from local, regional and national ministry leaders. The monthly topics vary, addressing a wide range of mission and leadership topics and practices, often through storytelling, lecture or skills-building sessions. Come and get equipped, inspired and linked with others at MissionSmith. They are all free with an advance RSVP, so select just the sessions that speak to your situation, or mark your calendar now and attend them all!


New Tutor Orientation


Saturday, August 25
10:00 am
*Note:  All new tutors will be required to take a Building Hope 101 (BH 101) training before tutoring begins.  For your convenience, a BH 101 session will be held immediately before New Tutor Orientation, beginning at 9:00 am at The Hope Center.  If you’re able to attend both on this date, please check mark sessions when registering through the link below.

Where:  The Hope Center
15135 Triskett Road, Cleveland

New tutor orientation is primarily for new volunteers who have already signed up to tutor in the fall.  New tutors will learn more about the needs of the children, the tutoring locations for the following year and more.  It is also an opportunity for potential volunteers to learn more about the ministry, ask questions and meet the staff and volunteers before making a commitment to tutor for the next school year.  While you’re at it, grab a friend or neighbor to bring, too!