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City Description

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.  

Housing: House
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 a justice and peace associate. The volunteer will research and prepare educational materials on the core issues, plan events, programs, rallies, and prayer services, and interface with various collaborating groups.

Site Details

Skills: Education, Advocacy, Event Organizer, Research, Team-Oriented

Mercy Health

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 a spiritual care assistant for Mercy Hospital Anderson. The volunteer will ensure a continuum of care for patients through assisting with spiritual care assessments and referrals, triaging phone calls from ambulatory patients, providing educational resources, and maintaining patient charts. Thorough orientation and training will be provided.

Skills: Pastoral Care, Hospitality, Counseling

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 an 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. 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 senior services program assistant. Such duties would include assisting with senior center activities and celebrations, accompanying clients while selecting food from the pantry, making home visits to seniors, and responding to urgent needs. This site is within walking distance of the volunteer residence.

Skills: Social Services, Social Work, Gerontology

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 academic support to students struggling in reading and math in individual and small group settings. The volunteer will also help to provide supervision at lunch and on the playground as well as coordinate after-school activities and school-wide celebrations. Ultimately, the gifts and expertise of the volunteer will help fashion a most interesting and rewarding experience.

Skills: Elementary Education, Support Services, Activities Coordinator

Lydia’s House

Mission: To provide safe, stable and supportive housing for women and children in crisis.

Lydia’s House offers support to single mothers between the ages of 18-30 experiencing homelessness to help connect them to stable housing, pertinent documents and government services, meaningful educational or employment opportunities, and a supportive community of women to help them walk through difficult times. The volunteer will serve as an advocate by engaging in homemaking, community building, and advocating for women and children experiencing housing crisis. The volunteer will welcome and orient new guests, accompany guests to various appointments, offer supportive presence through listening, and assist with advocacy efforts and special events. 

Skills: Social Services, Hospitality, Relationship Builder, Advocacy


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