VOLUNTEER CLASSES & TRAINING

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 food.  Class is limited to 10 participants until it is safe to gather in larger groups.

When:
Saturday, February 13
9:00 am – 2:30 pm
*Class is full. Registration has been closed.  See April class below.*

Saturday, April 10
9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Where:
BHITC’s Admin Offices
3274 West 58th Street (the former Gilbert School)
Cleveland, OH 44102

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.  Taking the Refugee 101 class is optional and only for those interested in serving in this area of the organization’s ministry.

When & Where:

  • Wednesday, January 20, 6:00 pm
    Virtual.  Register to receive zoom link.
  • Saturday, February 13, 9:30 am
    In person at The Hope Center
    15135 Triskett Road, Cleveland

REGISTER

Refugee / Hope Center 101

Note: In order to take this class, participants must have already taken the Building Hope 101 class listed above.

Refugee /Hope Center 101 is a 90-minute class and a pre-requisite for all volunteers at The Hope Center.  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 & Where:

  • Wednesday, January 27, 6:00 pm
    Virtual.  Register to receive zoom link.
  • Saturday, February 27, 9:30 am
    In person at The Hope Center
    15135 Triskett Road, Cleveland

REGISTER

Christian Community Development 101

The City.  God’s Invitation.  Our Response.

It’s common to look at our city and see only challenges and problems. The troubles of the poor and marginalized, desperate conditions, a lack of resources, systemic inequities, etc. These all exist, but so does God’s heart and power for a better future.  Christian Community Development is a revolution in the Church’s work to transition from a charity mindset to one of development (building capacity).  To do so requires commitment, risk and faith.  But, the result is the flourishing of people and communities as God intends!

This 90-minute class introduces the principles of Christian Community Development (CCD) as found in Scripture. It will highlight case studies of these principles in action and the resulting shalom brought about when God’s people fully embrace their city and its residents.  CCD grew from grassroots, church-based efforts across the nation (not a classroom) where God’s people humbled themselves and placed their hopes and work alongside others, especially the poor and underestimated.  The class will also highlight BHITC’s current efforts underway in Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton and Stockyards neighborhoods, providing information and opportunities for participants to join more deeply in our CCD work.  Participants will also meet ministry leaders from across the city, practicing CCD principles in their context.

When & Where:

  • Saturday, January 30, 9:30 am
    Virtual.  Register to receive zoom link.
  • Thursday, February 25, 6:00 pm
    In person.  Location TBD.

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Tutor Orientation

Tutoring for the winter and spring of 2021 will take place both virtually and in-person in small groups.  Join us for the orientation session below to learn more about how you can impact an urban or refugee student this school year.  You are needed now more than ever!  You will have the option to do whichever format of tutoring you are most comfortable with.  This is a 1-2 hour a week commitment based on your schedule and the student’s needs.

When:
Saturday, February 6
*Note:  This has been rescheduled from its original date of January 16.  
10:00 – 11:30 am 

Where:
The Hope Center
15135 Triskett Road, Cleveland

This training is for those interested in tutoring connected to The Hope Center only.  Volunteers can serve with traditional evening tutoring, virtual tutoring or help out with the daytime learning pod at The Hope Center.  If you have questions, contact Lauren Peticca at lauren@buildinghopeinthecity.org.

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MissionSmith Sessions

When:
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