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 or making handmade cards for the SJO Card Pal Program. 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
This opportunity is open to individuals, groups, clubs, and companies.
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.

  • 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 organizedplay while the parents are in their training for approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours
Please expect about 25-35 children, from age groups preschool to teenagers
Moraine Civic Center (Gerhardt), 3050 Kreitzer, Rd., Moraine, OH 45439
Food is provided at 5:15 p.m. followed by informal or organizedplay while the parents are in their training for approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours
Please expect about 25-35 children, from age groups preschool to teenagers

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.

  • Afternoon Party Ideas
    • Lunch Holiday & Reward Parties for education program clients (K-4th grade) can be arranged during lunch hours Monday through Friday at 5400 Edalbert Drive. Approximately 30 children. All volunteers/visitors must be 18 years or older.
      Holiday and reward parties for day treatment program clients (10-12th grade) can be arranged during lunch hours Monday through Friday at 274 Sutton Road. Approximately 40 young adults. All volunteers/visitors must be 18 years or older.

      • Monday – Friday afternoons from 11:15am – 12:15pm  in a recreation room on campus. Pool, air hockey, ping pong available, organized games/crafts are welcome – Please provide some type of healthy treat for the kids.
      • Monday through Friday afternoons from 11:00am – 12:30pm if providing lunch and a party.
      • Monday through Friday between the hours of 11:00am-1:00pm, specific day and 1 hour time frame can be arranged. Gym is available to play kickball or basketball, one corn hole set available. The teens like sweets and snack bags, please no gum or suckers.
    • Afternoon Parties for our residential children at Altercrest, 274 Sutton Road, are welcome in the afternoons – approximately 24 children.
  • Evening Party Ideas (Weeknights)
    • Weeknight Holiday Parties for children in the after school program at 5400 Edalbert Drive. Approximately 20 children. All volunteers/visitors must be 18 years or older.
      • 5:30pm – 7:30pm if hosting dinner
      • 6:00pm – 7:30pm if bringing treats – 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.
    • Weeknights between the hours of 5:00pm – 6:00pm in a recreation room on campus. Pool, air hockey, ping pong available,organized games/crafts are encouraged. Please provide some type of treat for the kids

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!

Adopt A Classroom
Classrooms at our Altercrest Campus – 274 Sutton Road, are in great need of desks and school supplies.
A company can adopt a classroom and make a donation specific to purchasing desks or other determined needs for the classroom. If interested in cleaning the classroom and setting up the new desk, the project would have to be scheduled after 3p.m. on a weekday or a Saturday morning when the students are off. Other donations needed include: book sets for the whole class, STEM projects, incentive items (candy, ear buds, headphones, lotion, and small toys for older students). Gift cards for incentive items are also very helpful. Our students earn these incentives as they increase in their program level.

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

  • 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, dolls, superhero action figures, cards, movies, puzzles etc.
  • Personal Care items such as: deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, ethnic hair products, toothbrush,toothpaste, towels, body spray, 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.
  • Materials for our deconstruction lab such as: wood pieces, plastic or metal tubing, rubber bands, marbles, construction paper, cardboard, fabric by the yard, sewing materials 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 our Volunteer Coordinator at 513-741-5690 X2225 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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