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Arms Raised - Kathleen ZarubinThe Volunteer UA Expo takes place Thursday, April 16, 2015, from 10 am to 7 pm, here at the Upper Arlington Public Library. It's a great way for potential volunteers to learn about opportunities to give back.

If you can't make it to the Expo, or would like to start looking into ideas now on how and where you can volunteer, the following are some resources that may be helpful.

Volunteer in Upper Arlington

If you would like to make a difference close to home, the City of Upper Arlington suggests several ways to volunteer in the community. They include volunteering for the Senior Center, Beautification of the Parks, and helping out  in the Recreation division. Follow the provided links for applications, or contact the City at 614-583-5000 for more information.

The Upper Arlington Public Library also has a volunteer program. Learn more about it here.

Volunteer in Central Ohio

Hands On Central Ohio -  Hands On Central Ohio is dedicated to not only linking people in need to resources that can help, but also matching volunteers to programs and agencies to which they are most suited. Find volunteer opportunities near you, based on your interests, location, availability and more with an easy-to-use search portal.

Columbus Gives Back - Too busy to commit to an ongoing volunteer opportunity? Columbus Gives Back organizes one-time volunteer events, and encourages people to sign up to help out. It’s free of charge and no further commitment is involved.

Below are some ideas of popular organizations that may offer opportunities for those interested in long-term volunteering.

More Ways to Help

  • Volunteer Match - Search for volunteer opportunities all over Ohio and the United States with Volunteer Match.
  • Volunteer Vacations - JustGive.org offers this list of resources to those who want to travel and volunteer. 
  • Books about Voluntarism - Find books at the UAPL about volunteering, whether they are about finding opportunites, the benefits of helping, or experiences others have had doing it.