All Westlake High School students must acquire 60 hours of service learning by May of their senior year to meet the district's graduation requirements. Volunteering provides an opportunity to change lives -- including your own.
Service Learning Opportunities
Westlake City Schools makes no recommendations nor has any preference for any name on this list. Please know that you will need to contact and confirm if these people are still offering opportunites. This is just a possible source for Service Learning. This list is not meant as an all-inclusive list, nor does it signify the endorsement of the Westlake City Schools.
Youth Challenge Volunteers
Youth Challenge in an organization whose mission is bringing together young people with physical disabilities and teen volunteers who inspire each other through adapted sports, recreation and social growth activities. Please visit their website to learn more and to find out how to volunteer.
Volunteers must fulfill requirements specified by Youth Challenge:
- Be age 12 or older
- Be trained to work with and to meet the needs of children with physical disabilities. Training sessions are held prior to each program season.
- Attend a program as a volunteer shadow.
- Know the volunteer responsibilities.
- Be able to provide your own transportation to and from programs.
- Complete the required forms prior to participation in activities.
Polar Express Volunteers Needed
Be a part of the magic that is The Polar Express! Volunteers are needed for this annual program that creates happy memories which will last a lifetime! The program runs November 11 through December 21, 2017. Volunteers are need to portray Santa Claus and elves on the train and at the North Pole.Visit the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad website for more information
Artists that enjoy working with kids are needed!
Weaving Supply and Studio, located in Lakewood, is a children’s art studio teaching weaving, pottery, paper crafts, and other crafts to children of all ages. The service hours here would be making things like paper hats for younger children, cutting paper for upcoming crafts, painting things like dollhouses for the children to enjoy, and other fun things of that nature. Also, volunteers who enjoy photography that would be interested in taking photos for ads would be needed as well.
Contact the studio owner: Joanne Burns if you are interest at 216-533-7791 or email her at:
Joanne Burns firstname.lastname@example.org
Connecting For Kids (CFK): A local, nonprofit organization that helps families who have concerns about their child.
Volunteer opportunities are often available throughout the school year. If you would like to volunteer for CFK, visit their webpage: https://connectingforkids.org/volunteer
If you would like more information about Connecting For Kids, please email them at: email@example.com or call 440-570-5908
Here are two upcoming programs for CFK:
- Tuesday, September 24 - 6:00-8:00 pm - Westlake Porter Public Library - Volunteers needed in the child care room
- Thursday, October 24 - 6:00-8:00 pm - Westlake Porter Public Library - Volunteers needed in the child care room
The Connecting For Kids Website can also provide you with more information about their organization and what they do.
Hermes Cleveland Running Events offer volunteer opportunities - click here
If you would like to help out at any of the Hermes Cleveland northeast Ohio race events, please contact Hermes Cleveland by emailing Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (216) 623-9933. All volunteers are rewarded with a donation, t-shirts, refreshments, and appreciation.
O'Neill Healthcare on Bradley Rd. in Bay Village
Meaningful service learning opportunities may be available at O'Neil Healthcare.
Please email Tracy Biller at O'Neill Healthcare if you would like to be a volunteer.
Wigs For Kids, located right here in Westlake at 24231 Center Ridge Road, is seeking volunteers!
The Wigs For Kids office hours are Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and are always open to teen volunteers. Weekend volunteer hours are also available. Those interested volunteering can call their office at 440-438-3053 or visit their webpage to learn more about their volunteer opportunities.
Did you know?
- Wigs for Kids provides hair replacements completely FREE of charge to each of our recipients.
- Over 2 million children in the United States are affected by hair loss.
- 10,000 pediatric burn injuries occur annually in the US.
- 1.1 million children in the US are affected by alopecia.
- It takes 20-30 ponytails to make one Hair Replacement System.
Devon Oaks Assisted Living
Devon Oaks is an assisted living community in Westlake located at 2345 Crocker Road. They have teen volunteer opportunities available for those who may have an interest in working in the healthcare field and/or enjoy interacting with seniors.
This Senior Life Community is located in Westlake next door to LBMS. They have a wide variety of service opportunities available for teenagers. To volunteer or to learn more information, contact the Director of Life Enrichment/Volunteer Coordinator at 440-871-0090 ext. 2184
Westlake Historical Society at the Clague Road Museum
The Westlake Historical Society hosts several community events throughout the year. Responsible volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks such as set up an take down of event materials.
The address of the museum is 1371 Clague Rd. Visit their webpage to learn more about their organization and other volunteer opportunities.
Contact them at: 216-848-0680 if you are willing to volunteer.
Fight Like a Girl Club located right here in Westlake!
This is a local non-profit organization that helps women and their families cope with cancer. Areas they may need youth volunteers include data entry and packing/shipping clothing articles. See their website for more information.
North Union Farmers Market at Crocker Park
North Union Farmers Market, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, champions the local foods of Northeast Ohio and promotes their environmental, economic and health benefits by connecting certified producers with consumers through a network of markets.
They have various student volunteer opportunities on Saturday mornings at Crocker Park. They include weekly market set up, providing customer service for SNAP customers and special events. Contact email@example.com or call 216.751.7656 to schedule a volunteer opportunity or for more information.
Gardening Opportunity - Here at Westlake High School!
Earn service hours by helping maintain the pollinator garden here at WHS. Physical labor and some lifting are required in order to participate. You must see Ms. Barth in the science department for more details.
This organization offers many service learning opportunities and events for youth and families. Visit their website for more information.
You can do a search for volunteer opportunities available near Westlake and sign up online. Some examples of volunteer tasks available include packing food bags for the needy, meal serving and preparation, and helping people with disabilities.
Lake Erie Nature and Science Center
Volunteers may be needed throughout the school year with various community activities.
For further information, call 440-871-2900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Westlake Rehab and Nursing Center located at 4000 Crocker Rd
There are a variety of volunteer tasks available to teenagers at the Westlake Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. If you have a special skill or talent, residents would love to learn about it! Also, residents would love to learn about technology such as smartphones, laptops, or tablets. They would enjoy learning how to use Google, Skype, online games, or read information online. Bring your device with you and teach the residents about all of these fun technology advancements! Cards and board games such as Monopoly, chess, or checkers are availble so you could spend time playing these with the residents. This is a great opportunity to help bring a smile to others!
If interested, please call Barb Hopkins, Activity Director at (440)892-2100 Extension: 3020
Westlake High School Athletics
If you enjoy sports, consider stopping by the WHS Athletic office to see where/when they may need student volunteers.
This would be a great place for teens who love animals to volunteer in the summer! You must attend an orientation session with a parent to find out about great service opportunities available at the zoo. Visit their website for more orientation session dates and contact information.
The Hospice of Western Reserve has great volunteering experiences for teens. Junior High and High School students interested in helping people need to complete a 4-hour education session and some self-study paperwork. A teen youth volunteer application is available here.
If interested, contact Dionne Sims for more information about teen volunteering at 216-383-5745 or email@example.com
Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter
If you love animals, there is a located in Valley View, Ohio. For information on becoming a youth volunteer, visit their website at:
https://cuyahogadogs.com/en-US/Home.aspx. You will find information and an application to complete if you would like to earn service hours.
The Holden Arboretum has various student volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Visit their website for upcoming events where teens age 14+ can earn service hours. Some events include the annual Plant Sale in May, Goblins in the Garden at Holden Arboretum or the Egg Hunt, Summer Exhibit, Boo-tanical Bash or Glow at Cleveland Botanical Garden. Contact the volunteer office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 440.602.8003 to be added to their mailing list for information about upcoming activities.
Senior Citizens may need help with leaf snow removal
Many of our local senior citizens are not able to shovel snow from their doorsteps and driveways. Consider offering your help to any of your senior neighbors to earn service hours. A kind gesture like this is greatly appreciated by your fellow Westlake Citizens!
How Families Can Volunteer During The Holiday Season
This article, posted on Cleveland.com, provides Cleveland-area volunteer opportunities for teens and families. Websites and contact information for various organizations are provided in the article.
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad - Polar Express Volunteers Needed in November
Volunteers are needed to create a festive atmosphere through personal interaction, song and techniques to engage visitors aboard the Polar Express. Groups and Individuals are also invited to volunteer at the North Pole but the biggest need is on board the train. Volunteers that commit at least 4 nights onboard the train OR 6 nights at the North Pole receive EARLY ACCESS to 2019 tickets for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ train ride. Visit their website for more information.
Parkside Camp Link Volunteers
Camp Link Volunteers are needed for the summer. Fill out the application and submit it to Mrs. English as stated on the application below.
Paper applications are also available in the WHS Guidance Office
Gardening Opportunity at St. John Medical Center
The St. John Medical Center and the City of Westlake Community Garden needs helpers. The garden is located on the property of the hospital. Many volunteers are needed to weed and apply mulch around 45 garden plots. Many of the plot owners are older adults who do not have the stamina to complete this yearly task. The garden work afternoon will be held on Wednesday, May 8th beginning around 4pm with a rain date of Thursday May 9th. Volunteers should come dressed appropriately and if possible bring their own garden gloves and drink. Assistance throughout the summer will also be needed. This is a great chance for students to help out others within the City!Contact Madeline Crandall for more information at:
440-899-3544 or email her: email@example.com