You can make an impact by sharing your time and talents

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Projects such as landscaping, program supply drives and cleaning to create an excellent environment for the children of SJO are great opportunities to bond with fellow co-workers, church members or others, while contributing to a worthy cause. Groups, companies, and clubs are invited to host a party for the children. There are also opportunities available off-site, such as organizing a donation drive on behalf of St. Joseph Orphanage. There is an abundance of ways you can volunteer your time to make an impact in the lives of so many children.

Contact Our Volunteer Coordinator

If any of the volunteer opportunities below are of interest to you, we would love to hear from you! Please feel free to share any other ideas or talents you have.

Get Involved – Make a Difference

Foster Care Training
On the 2nd Tuesday of the month, we provide training for our foster parents while the children are supervised by SJO staff and volunteers. Individual and group volunteers are welcome. Groups, organizations and companies can supply the dinner, plan an activity, or sponsor the entire evening. All volunteers/visitors must be 18 years or older. Please expect about 25-35 children, from age groups preschool to teenagers

  • Individual volunteers can help serve dinner and interact with the children 1 on 1 or in a small group during free play
  • Group volunteers can provide a quick dinner for the children, such as pizza or subs
  • Group volunteers can organize an activity, games, etc. for the children – Weather permitting, we can play outside

Villa Campus, 5400 Edalbert Drive, Cincinnati OH 45239
Food is provided at 6:15 p.m followed by informal or organized play while the parents are in their training for approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours
Moraine Civic Center (Gerhardt), 3050 Kreitzer, Rd., Moraine, OH 45439
Food is provided at 5:15 p.m. followed by informal or organized play while the parents are in their training for approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours

Host a Party
This opportunity is open to church groups, high school and college clubs, and companies. All volunteers/visitors must be 18 years or older.

  • Evening Party Ideas (Weeknights)
    • Weeknight Parties for children in the after school program at 5400 Edalbert Drive. Approximately 20 children. All volunteers/visitors must be 18 years or older.
      • 5:00pm – 6:00pm in a recreation room on campus. Pool table, air hockey, ping pong available,organized games/crafts are encouraged. Please provide some type of healthy snack for the kids.
    • Weeknight Parties for our residential children at Altercrest, 274 Sutton Road, are welcome in the afternoons – approximately 34 children.
      • 5:00pm – 7:00pm if hosting dinner
      • 6:00pm – 7:00pm if bringing healthy snack
      • Organized games/crafts are welcome or play a game of kickball or basketball in the gym (we are always open for new ideas).
      • Please consider healthy food options like: fruit cups, cheese sticks, granola bars, fruit snacks, crackers etc.

Work Service Project
Upon availability, landscaping and cleaning projects can be scheduled Monday through Friday during work hours. Work Service projects can take place at both our Villa Campus – 5400 Edalbert Drive and Altercrest Campus 274 Sutton Road. If your company has a budget for volunteer projects, we welcome donations to help pay for mulch, plants/flowers, paint, or cleaning supplies. We always welcome new ideas for Service Projects!

We have ongoing needs for the following donation items. If there are items on the list that you are interested in donating, please contact Katie, our Volunteer Coordinator at Volunteer@SJOkids.org to coordinate delivery of donations. Please note that all donations must be new/unused.

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            • School and art supplies
            • Gift cards
            • Clothing items ranging is sizes from infant to adult 2XL
            • Socks, shoes and undergarments of all sizes
            • Toys such as: Legos, board games, nerf footballs and basketballs, Hot Wheels, superhero action figures, cards, movies, puzzles etc.
            • Hygiene Products: deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, soap, ethnic hair products, toothbrush, toothpaste, brushes, combs etc.
            • Kitchen items such as: pots and pans, silverware/tray, kitchen utensil set, non-stick bakeware, glasses/cups, mixing bowls, measuring cups/spoons, dish set (plates/bowls/mugs) etc.
            • New home essentials such as: full sheet sets, shower curtain, pillows, comforters, hangers, towels, all-purpose cleaners,new furniture etc.


*Do you have a special skill? We are always looking for volunteers to come into the classroom and teach the children a new skill or a
specialized topic! The above items are listed as suggestions. We are always open to hearing new ideas.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact Katie our Volunteer Coordinator at 513-741-5690 X2368 or Volunteer@SJOkids.org.

Contact Us For Volunteer Opportunities

St. Joseph Orphanage is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. If you are interested in inquiring about future Volunteer Opportunities, please complete the form below and a member of our staff will be in touch. Or feel free to contact us directly at 513-741-3100 ext. 2225. Thank you!
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