We are always in need of people eager to join with us in providing a safe and stable environment for at-risk children in need of hope, healing and unconditional love. With a 165-acre campus, four residential cottages, an equine therapy ministry, a full event schedule each year and other needs both on and off campus, CCHO offers a host of ways to get plugged into our family of ministries no matter your passions, talents and giftings.
If you’re interested in becoming a part of our growing volunteer team, please fill out the brief form on this page. Once sent, we will contact you at the email address you provide with more details and next steps. Click through the tabs below for a closer look at the variety of volunteer opportunities available, and download individual descriptions of each position for even more information.
Also, be sure to download a copy of our updated volunteer handbook:
Learn more about all of the volunteer opportunities available with CCHO by clicking through the tabs below. Be sure to fill out the form above to let us know that you’d like to join our volunteer team!
Connect2Kids Groups serve an invaluable role in the spiritual formation/development of current CRC residents. These groups of volunteers come to CCHO’s campus and provide lunch, a time of devotions and activities/games for our residents. Getting to experience the fellowship and care of communities of believers from around the area provides the residents with continued exposure to the unconditional love of Christ. This outreach can also build connections for relational/spiritual support for when they transition out of the CRC program.
Former Resident Speaker
A Former Resident Speaker can serve as a source of inspiration and motivation to current CCHO residents. By having a shared experience in being a part of CCHO’s CRC, Former Resident Speakers relate to current residents in a unique way. This unique bond can serve as a vehicle for communication that empowers current residents to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential. Former Resident Speakers communicate the impact that CCHO had on their lives, share personal experiences, and encourage current residents to embrace their time at CRC.
A Cottage Cleaner is an essential support role in the function and programming of the Children’s Residential Center (CRC). Cottage Cleaners aid in maintaining the four Cottage facilities for residents and staff in order that they are kept in a safe operating condition. Providing clean, sanitary, comfortable, and orderly surroundings for the residents promotes a therapeutic, healing environment. Cottage Cleaners perform deep cleaning tasks, thus assisting CCHO in exhibiting good stewardship in the care and upkeep of the facilities which impact so many abused, neglected and abandoned children.
A Cottage Helper is an essential support role in the function and programming of the Children’s Residential Center (CRC). Cottage Helpers work in cooperation with the Cottage staff performing tasks to make daily programming run smoothly. Focus for Cottage Helpers is primarily on ensuring meals are prepared and cottage living areas are kept clean and safe. When the Cottages reflect a consistent, homelike atmosphere that meets the essential needs of the residents, it promotes their continued growth and progress in the program. Cottage Helpers may also have opportunities for personal interaction with the residents, helping to build positive relational connections.
Resident Mentorship is a structured and trusted relationship between a caring adult and a current CCHO resident. Resident Mentor develops relational connection with a resident that promotes positive communication skills, builds self-esteem, and models appropriate boundaries. Resident Mentor helps empower resident to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential. Resident Mentor commits to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a resident.
One Heart Stables
Helping Hand volunteers serve an important role in the function and flow of One Heart Stables (OHS). A Helping Hand provides a service focused on general stable maintenance, equine grooming/care, and upkeep of barn, pastures and riding arena. Helping Hand Volunteers enable One Heart Stables Director and other OHS Equine Therapists to focus attention on providing therapeutic experiences to the Children’s Residential Center (CRC) residents, Encompass Outpatient clients, and special needs individuals who benefit from positive interaction/learning from Equine Therapy.
Horse Leader or Side Walker
Horse Leader/Side Walker Volunteers serve an important role in the function and flow of One Heart Stables (OHS). A Horse Leader/Side Walker provides a service focused on assisting clients by taking the responsibility of leading the horse and walking along both sides assuring the rider is safe and stable during Therapy Sessions. Horse Leader/Side Walker Volunteers enable One Heart Stables Equine Therapists to focus more direct attention on providing therapeutic experiences to the Children’s Residential Center (CRC) residents, Encompass Outpatient clients, and special needs individuals who benefit from positive interaction/learning from Equine Therapy.
Seasonal & Event Opportunities
Guy, Girl or Group
10 or older (event would also dictate age)
Helping to staff one of our events that CCHO’s family of ministries hosts throughout the year. We need volunteers who can help prior to the event (normally during the weekdays during business hours) or volunteer the day of the event.
2.) Great Grill Off – Sunday, June 10, 2018
You can help in one or more of the following ways:
a) Helping with stuffing envelopes for the event mailing
b) Volunteer to help with set up on Friday, June 8th during the day, Saturday, June 9th during the day or Sunday morning June 10th.
c) Volunteer during the event- serving side dishes, running a carnival game, face painting, etc.
d) Help with tear down once the event is over (around 2pm)
Guy, Girl or Group
13 or older
Helping with some of the basic up keep of our campus. Weeding and planting flower beds in the spring/ summer/ early fall, cleaning our retreat center and pavilion before an upcoming event, raking leaves in the fall and various other opportunities as they become available.
Guy, Girl or Group
10 or older
Helping around Christmas time by participating in one or more of the following ways:
1.) Participating in our Wish List Program
a) Providing gifts for a child or two who CCHO is currently serving. Children note five presents that they would like to receive that cost around $25 each and one present that costs roughly $50. Donors then go out and purchase the presents and turn into CCHO unwrapped. Wish Lists will be available Monday, October 31st and gifts will need to be turned back into CCHO unwrapped by Friday, December 2nd.
b) Provide gifts to be utilized by the programs that CCHO offers. Donors help to purchase items that our programs utilize to help the children that we serve overcome their trauma. This list is very large and donors have the option of picking which items they would like to purchase. Program Wish Lists will be available on Monday, October 31st and gifts will need to be turned back into CCHO unwrapped by Friday, December 2nd.
2.) Wrapping Christmas presents at our main campus in Wooster
a) Groups can come out and help wrap the Christmas presents that were turned in prior to or on Friday, December 2nd.
b) First come first serve opportunity.
c) Dates available are any time between Monday, December 12th-Friday, December 23rd.
d) We prefer weekday groups who can either come in the evening or during the day.
e) We can make weekends work but would prefer not to if possible.
You can help to make a difference without even stepping onto our campus! Here’s how:
Create Care Packages for our Cottage Staff
We have 10-12 staff that work in each cottage (4 cottages total). Each cottage houses a specific gender and age range. Staff work on shifts in the cottages. They are the people behind the scenes who help our kids get to a better place in their life. The staff work on the holidays and take time away from their own families on those special days to be a light to the children that we serve. By creating care packages for our cottage staff you will help to boost morale and let them know just as they show to the children they serve on a day to day basis that they matter the staff get to see that they matter as well. You could do one package per cottage or even better do one per shift per cottage (3 packages per cottage)! Some items that I’m sure they would love to have:
2. Chap stick, little bottles of hand lotion or hand sanitizer
3. Snacks- peanut butter and cheese crackers, little bags of cookies…
4. Chocolate, Hard candies or gum
5. Homemade cookies/ snacks (please include name of the item and list of ingredients)
6. Office supplies- pens, pencils, note pads (no spiral bound), sticky notes…
Once you have completed your Care Packages please contact Lauren Steiner to schedule a time to come out and drop off your items.
Host a Collection Drive
Contact Lauren Steiner for a list of items that CCHO could use. These items could be anything from canned/boxed food to cleaning supplies. We as that you stick to the items on the list as much as possible as we want to be good stewards of the donations that we receive. Once your collection drive is complete you will need to contact Lauren prior to making your delivery to set up a delivery date and time.
Regular Delivery Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm (exceptions can be made but Lauren must know about them prior to delivery)