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.
Westlake Science Olympiad Invitational in need of volunteers January 26th
Earn service hours to assist over 100 teams participating in the 6th annual Science Olympiad. Volunteers will help make the day run smoothly by helping visitors navigate the building and help out with various other areas.
Use the sign-up Genius to find out about designated positions and time slots available: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D4AADA72FA3F94-westlake
How Families Can Volunteer This 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.
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.
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad - Polar Express Volunteers Needed
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 440-570-5908
The Connecting For Kids Website can also provide you with more information about their organization and what they do.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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.
Westlake High School Athletics
If you enjoy sports, consider stopping by the WHS Athletic office to see where/when they may need student volunteers.
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
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 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 email@example.com or call 440.602.8003 to be added to their mailing list for information about upcoming activities.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you love animals, there is a Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter 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.