Situated on rolling hills on the banks of the scenic Ohio River, Cincinnati offers big city attractions with the small-town flavor of street fairs, festivals, and open markets. You’ll find lots to do in the city’s extensive park system, award-winning museums, top-rated public library system, world-class arts attractions as well as professional and college sports venues. Cincinnati’s German heritage is alive in its microbreweries and historic architecture. The city’s greatest asset is its people – friendly and welcoming! Despite these riches, inequality and poverty persists. The Mercy community strives to address these social ills in traditional and innovative ways. Volunteers live in a residential home with a view of the Ohio River and in close proximity to the heart of the city.
Transportation: 2 cars
Number of Volunteers: 4
Service Site Descriptions
Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center
Mission: To educate and advocate for peace, challenge unjust local, national and global systems, and promote the creation of a non-violent society.
Founded by 5 women religious communities in 1985, IJPC educates and advocates on four core issues – abolition of the death penalty, human trafficking, comprehensive immigration reform, and peace and non-violence. The center coordinates speaker panels, core issue committees, and community dialogues as well as provides opportunities for education and advocacy to school groups, churches and community members. A volunteer is needed as an assistant to the program manager. The volunteer will assist in planning and facilitating program tasks, committee meetings, and summer events focused on the core issues. The volunteer will research issues, prepare educational materials, plan rallies and prayer services, and interface with various collaborating groups.
Skills: Education, Advocacy, Event Organizer, Research, Team-Oriented
Mission: To extend the healing ministry of Jesus by improving the health of our communities with emphasis on people who are poor and underserved.
With 6 hospitals and more than 80 network locations throughout Cincinnati, Mercy Health has been serving the community for more than 160 years. Services include care for all aspects of life from maternity to senior care, primary and specialty physician practices, outpatient centers, outreach programs, and fitness centers. Embracing its mission to serve those at the margins, Mercy Health is the largest provider of Medicaid services in the state of Ohio. A volunteer is needed as an outpatient spiritual care coordinator for Mercy Hospital Anderson and Mercy Hospital Clermont. The volunteer will help to guide patients through the healthcare system by offering a caring presence, assisting with spiritual care assessments and referrals, providing educational resources, and ensuring a continuum of care for the patient. Thorough orientation and training will be provided.
Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
Mission: To promote the empowerment of individuals with a special focus on disadvantaged women and seniors through proved programs that educate, foster self-sufficiency, and support enhanced quality of life.
Inspired by the vision of the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Neighborhood Ministries offers various programs to support and empower individuals at the margins of society including home care aide training and employment, charitable home care and senior services, and adult education and job readiness courses. Program participants progress toward greater self-sufficiency and well-being through education and training opportunities and seniors remain living independently through the supportive services offered. A volunteer is needed as a social services specialist to assist with the various programs. Such duties would include assisting with senior services programs which provide outreach into the community, home visits, referrals for assistance, social activities and the like. The volunteer is also needed to assist with the agency workforce development programs in the areas of coaching, accessing community resources, crisis interventions/addressing barriers to stabilization and general support. This site is within walking distance of the volunteer residence.
St. Boniface School
Mission: To bring our students closer to Christ and to develop in our students personal growth in academic excellence.
St. Boniface School is a Roman Catholic elementary school in the Northside area of Cincinnati and belongs to the urban school structure of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The school serves 210 students from various ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds, with 94% of the families at or below the national poverty level. A volunteer is needed as a tutor and activities coordinator. The volunteer will provide additional academic support to students struggling in reading and math in individual and small group settings. The volunteer will also help to coordinate various enrichment activities and projects such as the social outreach club, “Girls on the Run” club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and a variety of school-wide celebrations. Ultimately, the gifts, education, and expertise of the volunteer will help fashion a most interesting and rewarding experience at the St. Boniface School Community.