Community Organizations

  1. Adopt-a-Class
    1. 2153 West Eighth St., Suite 200
      Cincinnati, OH 45204
      phone: (513) 244-8027
  1. Website:
  2. Mission: Adopt A Class Foundation (AAC) is an area non-profit [501©(3)] mentoring program designed to facilitate personal, sustained connections between members of the business community and students enrolled pre-kindergarten through 8th grades. Adopt A Class helps establish mentor relationships with the purpose of providing positive role models and developing practical and social skills for the students and building the culture of philanthropy and teamwork for the business or community group.
  1. Alcoholism Council of the Cincinnati Area
    1. 2828 Vernon Place
      Cincinnati, OH 45219
      Phone: (513) 281-7880
  1. Website:
  2. Mission: The Alcoholism Council strives to be Greater Cincinnati's leading advocate and resource on alcoholism and other drug abuse; and to promote effective solutions to these and other related problems.  As a direct outgrowth of this mission, the goals are to: decrease the incidence of alcoholism and other drug dependence; eliminate the stigma associated with alcoholism and other drug dependence; provide services and support to those effected by alcoholism and other drug dependence; raise community awareness of the risks associated with the use and/or abuse of alcohol and other drugs; promote public policy that supports effective solutions to problems related to alcohol and other drug use/abuse; and to raise awareness of our role in the community.
  1. American Cancer Society
    1. 2806 Reading Road
      Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
      Phone: 513-618-5585
    2. Website:
    3. Volunteer Contacts:  Director Bob Ange and Asst. Director Nancy Logan
    4. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has 12 chartered Divisions, more than 900 local offices nationwide, and a presence in more than 5,100 communities.
    5. Mission: The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
  1. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati
    1. 600 Dalton Ave
      Cincinnati, OH 45203
      Phone: (513) 421-8909
  1. Website:
  2. Boys & Girls Clubs provide a positive, safe place for children ages 6-18 to spend their non-school hours surrounded by caring adults and engaged in enriching, age appropriate youth development activities. Boys & Girls Clubs get kids off the streets during the most dangerous time of the day, between 3 and 8 p.m., according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
  3. Club Members have access to an array of programs including:  tutoring, homework assistance, educational activities, daily physical activity, nutrition education, service learning, community engagement, mentoring and other leadership groups. Annual membership is FREE and includes a daily, hot and nutritious meal.
  4. Mission: To create hope,opportunity and foster civic engagement by enabling all young people,especially those who need us most,where they need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
  1. Boys Hope Girls Hope
    1. 4225 Malsbary Road
      Cincinnati, OH 45242-5561
      Phone: (513) 721-3380
  1. Website:
  2. Volunteer Contact: Bradford Shunn ( or 513-728-1362)
  3. Mission: Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered homes, opportunities, and education through college.
  1. Bridges for a Just Community
    1. 644 Linn Street, Suite 801
      Cincinnati, OH 45203
      Phone: (513) 381-4660
  1. Website:
  2. Mildred Fallen – Volunteer Coordinator-Public Ally Apprentice
  3. Mission: BRIDGES equips people with the awareness, the skills, and the opportunity to develop relationships that will engage and transform our environment into a fair and just community.
  1. Cincinnati Bar Foundation
    1. The Cincinnati Bar Center
      225 E. Sixth Street
      Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
      Phone: (513) 381-8213
  1. Website:
  2. Since its establishment in 1961, the Cincinnati Bar Foundation has been guided by local attorneys dedicated to the Foundation's mission of supporting legal education and law-related programs and services to the community.
  3. Mission: “Promoting Justice & Changing Lives Through the Law”
  1. Cincinnati Works
    1. 708 Walnut Street
      Floor 2
      Cincinnati, OH 45202
      Phone: 513.744.WORK (9675)
  1. Website:
  2. Mission: At Cincinnati Works, our mission is to help willing and capable people living in poverty achieve economic self-sufficiency through employment. Using a holistic approach, we offer access to area employers while providing comprehensive support services, which include: Behavioral Counseling; Legal Advocacy; Spiritual Support; Childcare Resources; Transportation Assistance; Lifetime Membership.  By addressing the multiple concerns and needs of our Members, we are able to coach and prepare them for long-term employment and, ultimately, economic self-sufficiency.
  1. Cincinnati Youth Collaborative
    1. 301 Oak Street
      Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
      Phone: (513) 475-4165
  1. Website:
  2. Kimberly Heestand, Mentoring Volunteer Manager
    513-475-4135 (
  1. Mission: Help youth graduate from high school and succeed in post secondary experiences by bringing together people, partners and community resources.
  1. Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati
    1. 103 William H. Taft Road
      Cincinnati, OH 45219
      Phone: 513.475.0475
  1. Website:
  2. Mission: Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati is a partnership of 28 local nonprofit organizations building social and economic equity and a healthy environment in Greater Cincinnati.  Community Shares member groups identify and address pressing issues in Greater Cincinnati. They empower those in need by providing a continuum of services and support.
  3. Community Shares raises awareness and support for its member organizations through workplace giving campaigns, professional enrichment, community education, and a variety of innovative initiatives.
  1. Cornerstone Corporation for Shared Equity
    1. 1641 Vine Street
      Cincinnati, OH 45202-6422
      Phone: (513) 369-0114  
  1. Website:
  2. Margery Spinney, Executive Director
  3. Mission: Cornerstone Corporation for Shared Equity (Cornerstone) is a nonprofit 501-c-3 that finances, develops, and manages affordable apartment housing with Renter Equity.  We created Renter Equity because many low-income people are not able to build equity by owning a home.  With Renter Equity renters and owners work together in the day-to-day management of the property.  Renters take pride in their homes, add value to the property, and earn credits in a financial fund.  When carried out on a broad scale, Renter Equity reduces rates of poverty through asset development.
  1. Crayons to Computers
    1. 1350 Tennessee Avenue
      Cincinnati, OH 45229
      Phone: (513) 482-3290
  1. Website:
  2. Robbie Atkinson, Director of Operations
  3. Mission: To serve the educational and imaginative needs of children in the greater Cincinnati area by providing a unique means to transfer donated, value purchased, and created product from businesses and individuals free to teachers for use in their classrooms and schools.
  4. Crayons to Computers (C2C), chartered in 1996, bridges the gap between the great need and excess resources. C2C distributes donated, value purchased, and created product to needy Tri-State classrooms through our teacher’s free store. 
  5. C2C distributed $11.5 million worth of free school supplies to local classrooms through 18,971 teacher visits during the 2009-2010 school year. We rely on an army of dedicated volunteers who sort donations, stock shelves, and check-out teacher shoppers.
  1. Dress for Success
    1. 205 West 4th Street, Suite 900
      Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
      Phone: (513) 651-3372
  1. Website:
  2. Mission: The mission of Dress for Success Cincinnati is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life.
  3. Tracey Zwick, Development Director
  1. Emanuel Community Center
    1. 1308 Race Street
      Cincinnati, OH 45202
      Phone: (513) 241-2563
  1. Website:
  2. Mission: Emanuel Community Center is a resource for a cohesive community, providing education and shared neighborhood experiences that connect all residents of Over-the-Rhine. The Center offers a diverse set of services for a diverse and ever-changing community.
  1. Everyone’s Child International (Joanne Glass referred)
    1. 535 W. County Road 1450 N.
      Batesville, IN  47006
  1. Website:
  2. Mission: Everyone’s Child International is driven by the belief that amazing changes happen when caring people set out to help a child in need. As a global network of passionate volunteers, we partner to provide life-altering medical care for children around the world who have nowhere else to turn.
  1. First Step Home
    1. 2203 Fulton Avenue
      Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
      Phone: 513 961-4663
  1. Website:
  2. The agency provides individual and group substance abuse counseling, access to medical services, mental health assessments, life skills training, financial counseling, on-site child care, twelve step meetings and connections to job readiness programs. In addition, First Step Home offers a comprehensive child and family development program for children ages 0 to 12 who are living with their mothers at the facility.  The children receive daily support and therapy from a three person staff.
  3. Through the programs offered at FSH, women learn self-sufficiency and gain the ability to live drug-free with their children. Upon completion of the residential program, women have the opportunity to move into transitional housing, supervised by FSH, where they are surrounded by other women and children in recovery.
  4. Mission: First Step Home helps women break the cycle of addiction and abuse and become self-sufficient, and provides a safe, nurturing environment for their children and families. 
  1. Freestore Foodbank
    1. Administrative Offices:
      1141 Central Parkway
      Cincinnati, OH  45202
      Phone: (513) 482-4500
  1. Website:
  2. Mission: By connecting those in need to services that create stability, we work to determine the root causes of hunger and poverty and build hope in our community.
  1. Goodwill Industries
    1. 10600 Springfield Pike
      Cincinnati, OH 45215
      Phone: (513) 771-4800
  1. Website:
  2. Mission: The mission of Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries is to provide vocational rehabilitation services to persons of working age who are physically, mentally, psychologically or socially disabled and vocationally limited for the purpose of maximizing their vocational independence.
  3. Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries' vision is to provide comprehensive vocational training and support services to adults with disabilities and other barriers to employment. It is in support of this vision, that Goodwill works in partnership with the larger community.
  4. More than two-thirds of all Americans with disabilities do not work. For many individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment, Goodwill Industries offers the challenge of learning about the world of work and the opportunity to develop new skills. Goodwill's support services help individuals to be successful in both personal and work environments.
  1. Hearne House
    1. 308 Erkenbrecher Ave.
      Cincinnati, OH 45229
      Phone: 513-244-2869
  1. Website:
  2. Mission: Through its youth services and programs, the Hearne House advocates for displaced children and youth by providing residential care, nurture, structure and support.
  3. Inspired and motivated by the number of children in foster care placement and the lack of foster care placement for preteen and teenagers, four concerned citizens started a residential group home to help abused and neglected children feel a sense of stability in a loving and caring home.  Residents receive the necessary treatment to help them overcome and concur the ills in which many have experienced during previous abuse, neglect and delinquency.
  1. Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
    1. Hamilton County:
      215 E. 9th Street
      Suite 200
      Cincinnati, OH 45202
      Phone: (513) 241-9400
  1. Website:
  2. Mission: Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati provides legal representation, information, advice and referral for people in need of legal help.  
  3. LASGC is affiliated with the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC, and also coordinate services with the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP).  Lower-income residents of Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, and Warren Counties are eligible for Legal Aid services.
  4. The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati coordinates its work with the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP).  VLP pro bono lawyers provide high-quality legal services to low-income citizens in seven southwest Ohio counties: Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, and Warren. The VLP recruits private attorneys to handle at least two pro bono cases each year. Cases handled by Volunteer Lawyers are common to a general civil practice and may require anything from one hour of work to full-scale representation.
  1. Lighthouse Youth Services
    1. 401 E. McMillan
      Cincinnati, OH 45206
      Phone: (513) 221-3350
      Toll Free: 1-800-474-4138
  1. Website:
  2. Mission: The mission of Lighthouse Youth Services is to advance the dignity and well being of children, youth and families in need.  We promote good citizenship, responsible behavior and self reliance.
  1. Nast Trinity Church
    1. 1310 Race Street
      Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
      Church Phone: (513) 721-7339
      Pastor's Office: (513) 241-2563
      Email: Pastor Dave Weaver
  1. Website:
  2. Nast Trinity United Methodist Church welcomes the diversity of residents in the greater Cincinnati area. Its central city location makes it easily accessible to persons from downtown and from the many wonderful Cincinnati neighborhoods surrounding the downtown.
  3.  Nast Trinity United Methodist Church is a welcoming and an inclusive congregation. It is a place where all persons are respected and valued — a place where each person comes with something to give and each person leaves with something received from another. It is a place where the unifying love, mercy, and grace of God are manifested in the diversity of God’s people.
  4.  Nast Trinity United Methodist Church has a rich tradition of outreach in its Over the Rhine neighborhood. Together with the help and support of over 25 organizations and 1500 volunteers each year, our Sunday breakfast and dinner events satisfy about 500 hungry stomachs each week. Our morning worship services help satisfy hungry souls in our neighborhood each week.
  1. Ohio Justice & Policy Center
    1. 215 E. 9th Street
      Suite 601
      Cincinnati, OH 45202
      Phone: (513) 421-1108
  1. Website:
  2. Mission: The OJPC is s non-profit law office that works for productive, statewide reform of the criminal justice system by:
    1. Promoting rehabilitation of incarcerated people
    2. Enabling them to successfully reintegrate into the community
    3. Eliminating racial disparities in the criminal justice system
  3. The OJPC works to achieve this mission through the following projects:
    1. The Race and Justice Project
    2. The Second Chance Project
    3. The Indigent Defense Reform Project
    4. The Clinical Legal Education Project
  1. ProKids
    1. 2605 Burnet Ave.
      Cincinnati, OH 45219
      Phone: 513-281-2000
  1. Website:
  2. Charlotte Caples, CASA Volunteer Program Director
  3. Mission: ProKids is a nonprofit agency that provides outstanding volunteer advocacy for children in Hamilton County who have been abused and neglected and, through no fault of their own, are in the court system.  ProKids recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers known as CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers to provide a powerful voice for these children.  ProKids provides leadership and education to the community by creating specialized programs such as Building Blocks for children age birth to 3 years old, Steps to Peace to address family violence, and the CASA University training program.  ProKids cultivates a committed community that provides the financial support necessary to reach more of these children and to stop the cycle of abuse and neglect.
  1. ProSeniors
    1. Pro Seniors, Inc.
      7162 Reading Road
      Suite 1150
      Cincinnati, Ohio 45237
      Phone: (513) 345-4160
      Toll Free: (800) 488-6070
  1. Website:
  2. Founded in 1975, Pro Seniors is a non-profit organization that provides free legal and long-term care help to older adults.  Pro Seniors offers Ohio residents age 60 and older the advice and information they need to solve their legal and nursing home, adult care facility, and home health care problems.
  3. Mission: Pro Seniors is dedicated to helping older adults maintain their independence by empowering them, by protecting their interests, and by helping them access resources.
  1. The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Urban Greater Cincinnati Network on Mental Illness (UCGNOMI)
      PO Box 317792
      Cincinnati, OH 45231
      Phone: 513-830-5114
  1. Website:
  2. Mission: To reach out to the greater Cincinnati urban community, families and all who are impacted by serious mental illness.  Our objective is to include, inform, support, educate and advocate for improved quality of life and an improved mental health system of care. We are dedicated to developing leadership and leadership opportunities at our local, state and national levels.  Our mission is to be a voice and have our voices heard.
  1. United Way of Greater Cincinnati
    1. United Way of Greater Cincinnati
      2400 Reading Road
      Cincinnati, OH 45202-1478
      Phone: (513) 762-7100
      Email: or
  1. Website:
  2. Mission: United Way leads and mobilizes the caring power of individuals and organizations to help people measurably improve their lives.
  1. Urban League of Greater Cincinnati
    1. Urban League of Greater Cincinnati
      3458 Reading Road
      Cincinnati OH 45229
      Phone: (513) 281-9955
  1. Website:
  2. Mission: Our mission is to transform generations by promoting personal empowerment and economic self-sufficiency.
  3. Founded in 1949 to build opportunities and level the playing field for African Americans and others, the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati is a private, 501(c)(3) corporation and a local affiliate of the National Urban League. The Urban League is a United Way supported agency and benefits from board representation from business, labor, education, service professions and media.
  1. Visions Community Services
    1. 425 Ezzard Charles Dr.
      Cincinnati, OH 45203-1428
      Phone: (513) 651-2229
  1. Website:
  2. Mission: VISIONS Community Services is a community-based organization committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by providing human services that strengthen families and promote self-sufficiency. Our interactions with the families we serve, our volunteers, funders and community partners will reflect our core values of caring, respect, integrity and a commitment to excellence in all we do.
  1. Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor
    1. For home address, see the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
    2. VLP Managing Attorney Ginny Whitman at 513-362-2839
    3. Rhonda King, Pro Bono Coordinator:
    4. Website:
    5. Mission: The Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) provides high quality legal services to low-income citizens in seven southwest Ohio counties:  Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland and Warren.  The VLP recruits private attorneys to handle at least two pro bono cases each year. Cases handled by Volunteer Lawyers are common to a general civil practice and may require anything from one hour of work to full-scale representation.
    6. Established in 1982 through a joint effort of the Cincinnati Bar Association and the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, the VLP was created in response to a steadily growing gap between the number of requests for services from low-income citizens and Legal Aid’s limited capacity to provide these services. Today, the Volunteer Lawyers Project serves as pro bono arm of, and is co-sponsored by, the Cincinnati and Butler, Clermont, Clinton and Warren County Bar Associations.
    7. The VLP allows attorneys to represent low-income persons whose cases have merit but which might otherwise be lost due to their inability to pay for counsel and the resulting inadequate self-representation. The Volunteer Lawyers Project has made a difference for thousands of low-income clients in southwestern Ohio and has brought the concept of equal justice for all a bit closer to reality.
  1. Winners Walk Tall
    1. 19 Broadcast Plaza, 635 W. 7th Street, Ste 103
      Cincinnati, OH 45203
      Phone: 513.281.6200 (office)
  1. Website:
  2. Mission: Winners Walk Tall is a character-building program that helps our youth develop the confidence they need to learn to make good choices as they mature in life. The only community-based program of its kind, this unique program provides a positive alternative to the problems students are facing.
  3. Volunteers, called Character Coaches, wearing neon pink baseball caps (the programs identifying symbol) spend 10-15 minutes in classrooms each week helping children understand and appreciate the secrets such as manners, behavior and ethics that are part of the lives of all winners. By learning these secrets in elementary school, students have the foundation they need to become productive, happy members of society true winners in life!
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