We are always in need of people who are eager to join our mission of 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 ministry 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. For a closer look at the variety of volunteer opportunities available, please click through the tabs below.

Thanks so much for your interest in our mission and your willingness to be a part of the work God is doing with CCHO!

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Volunteer Opportunities

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!

  • Ministry Volunteers

    Sunday Service

    About

    Our Residential kids are given the choice to participate in church held at our retreat center. The kids get to sing worship songs, hear a sermon/ message and have a snack afterwards. Church is not a requirement for these kids to attend but on average we have a 95% attendance rate which is amazing!

    Groups

    Guys and girls. Mixture is fine.

    Age

    High school or older

    Responsibilities

    To help lead worship, preach and help with snack afterwards (can do one or all of these items. It is up to the group)

    When

    Sundays from 2-3pm.

    Requirements

    Group must be willing to do this outreach at least 3-4 times a year. Group application must be on file; leader must have background check done. Before the 1st service is staff from CCHO will want to go over some things the group may come across/ see during the service such as: child being placed in a hold (has only happened once), child running out of the room b/c the worship or sermon may have set off a trigger along with other do’s and don’ts.

    Outreach/ GoCo Groups

    What is it?

    When groups come out that provide lunch, devotion and games for our Residential Kids.

    Groups

    Guys or Girls or a combination of the two.

    Age

    High school or older

    Responsibilities

    To provide Lunch, Devotions and Activities that our residential kids can participate in.

    When

    One Saturday a month. Probably in the afternoons for about 2-3 hours max. Group must be willing to do this outreach at least 3-4 times a year or more.

    Requirements

    Group application must be on file; group leader must have background check done. On your first visit a CCHO staff member will go over some things that the group may come across/ see during their time with us such as: child being placed in a hold, or any other issues that are currently happening on campus.

  • Residential Volunteers

    Mentors

    Individual

    Guy or Gal

    Age

    25 or older

    Responsibilities

    Our goal is to match the right child up with the right adult who can be a positive influence on the child as well as a good listening ear. We request that mentors come onto our Wooster campus 2-3 times a month to hang/ get to know their mentee for about 1-2 hours. We have children ages 6-18 both girls and boys that have come to us to receive help, hope and healing due to a traumatic event(s) that has happened in their lives. Some things that Mentors can do with their mentee once assigned: hanging out/ getting to know your mentee, playing games, watching movies, working on homework (if needed), being a listening ear and encouragement to your mentee. Being someone that the mentee can count on.

    When

    2-3 times per month for 1-2 hour visits. Mentoring the child until they are discharged from our care. On average a child will reside with us for 6-9 months however we have had kids stay longer than that time frame it depends on the trauma and the child.

    Requirements

    Mentor application, formal interview w/ Lauren Steiner and another CCHO staff member, background check (BCII and FBI), training 6-8 hours, 5-10 minuet meeting with your mentee’s therapist where you will be provided with some background information about your mentee, and then the therapist will introduce you to your mentee. **Please note that this process may take a few weeks to complete.

    Cottage Helpers

    Individual

    Guy or Gal

    Age

    25 or older

    Responsibilities

    Helping staff with day to day tasks such as: cooking & cleaning. May also have time for cottage helpers to hang out with the kids once tasks are completed.

    When

    During the day (while kids are at school) or during the evenings. 1 1/2- 3 hours once a week (more if the staff would like as well as if the volunteer is willing).

    Requirements

    Individual application, formal interview w/ Lauren Steiner and possibly one other CCHO staff, background check (BCII and FBI) and training 6-8 hours. **Please note that this process may take a few weeks to complete.

    Cottage Cleaners

    Group

    Guys or Girls group would be preferred but individuals are welcome.

    Age

    18 or older

    Responsibilities

    Helping to do a deep clean of rooms within a cottage. Cleaning everything from ceilings, light fixtures, walls, base boards, flooring and furniture. Goal is for each room in the cottage to be thoroughly cleaned at least 1 time per month. Cottage cleaners can do multiple rooms per visit.

    When

    During the day while kids are in school. For at least 1 hour or more.

    Requirements

    Individual application, background check (BCII and FBI), scheduling a time to come out and volunteer. **Please note that this process may take a few weeks to complete.

  • Poplar Ridge Stables

    Helping Hand

    Individual

    Guy or Girl, Small Groups would be welcomed

    Age

    13 or older

    Responsibilities

    Helping in the barn: mucking out stalls, grooming horses, feeding horses, general cleaning and upkeep of the barn, pastures and riding arena.

    When

    Volunteers can come Monday-Friday and on weekends. NOTE: Weekends will need to be approved prior to coming. We ask that volunteers come for at least 1 hour or more.

    Requirements

    Individual application, background check (**Note- background check will be run on anyone over the age of 18. Anyone 18 or under that would like to volunteer will have to have their legal guardian sign off that the volunteer has not been convicted of a crime/ felony) and at least 1 hour of training.

    Horse Leader or Side Walker during Therapy Sessions

    Individual

    Guy or Girl we need at least 3 volunteers per therapy session

    Age

    18 or older

    Responsibilities

    During a therapy session we have 3 volunteers helping the therapist. 2 side walkers who walk on either side of the horse to make sure the client doesn’t fall off the horse and 1 leader of the horse. By having these three volunteers during a therapy session it allows the therapist to work more directly with their client.

    When

    Therapy sessions take place on Thursdays from 5:30pm-8pm and Saturdays from 9am-2pm. Sessions are normally 1 hour long so volunteers can help with one session or multiple sessions.

    Requirements

    Individual application, background check (**Note- background check will be run on anyone over the age of 18. Anyone 18 or under that would like to volunteer will have to have their legal guardian sign off that the volunteer has not been convicted of a crime/ felony) and at least 1 hour of training.

  • Seasonal & Event Opportunities

    Event Help

    Individual

    Guy, Girl or Group

    Age

    10 or older (event would also dictate age)

    Responsibilities

    Helping to staff one of our three events that CCHO and Encompass host 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.

    1.) Heart for the Home Celebration – Saturday, April 8, 2017 (evening event time TBD)

    You can help in one or more of the following ways:

    a) Helping with stuffing envelopes for the event mailing
    b) Recruit items for our Silent Auction (we provide all paperwork needed)
    c) Once auction items are received numbering items and making sure that they are all in the auction booklet.
    d) Helping with setup the Friday before and morning of the event.
    e) Volunteer to help the evening of the event. Some opportunities may include: greeters, check in table, silent auction table info booth, silent auction check out, etc.
    f) Volunteer to help with tear down after the event is over

    2.) Great Grill Off – Sunday, June 11, 2017

    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 9th during the day, Saturday, June 10th during the day or Sunday morning June 11th.
    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)

    3.) Caring4Kids Golf Classic – To be held in August date TBD

    You can help in one or more of the following ways:

    a) Helping with stuffing envelopes for the event mailing
    b) Stuffing goodie bags for our golfers
    c) Putting tee signs together
    d) Picking up and delivering items to the golf course that will be used the day of the event.

    General Maintenance

    Individual

    Guy, Girl or Group

    Age

    13 or older

    Responsibilities

    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.

    Christmas Help

    Individual

    Guy, Girl or Group

    Age

    10 or older

    Responsibilities

    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.

  • Off-Campus Opportunities

    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:
    1. Coffee
    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)