List of volunteer opportunities in Madison County


Adult Basic Literacy Education

179 S. Main St., London 43140

Phone: (740) 852-9843

Contact: Lynne Alexander

Volunteers needed: Assisting clients with computer skills, filling out forms, computing simple math problems, answering telephones, reading to and with clients, grading tests, upgrading general skills.

Wish list: Pens, pencils, tablets, copy paper, notebooks and binders, sheet protectors, file folders, pocket notebooks, cartridges for printers, computer programs, used books, magazines with labels removed, crayons, coloring books and puzzle books.


American Red Cross

Phone: (740) 845-9939

Volunteers needed: Platelet drivers, blood drive registration, Donor Diner support (make homebaked goods or prepare and serve food to blood donors), Disaster Response Team, mental health or medical personnel, Disaster Services Human Resources to respond to national relief assignments, instructors and leaders to promote safety through workplace and community education.

Volunteer Notes: You can work as little or as much as you like. All volunteers must pass a criminal background check. Some positions require a minimum age of 17, though many positions are available for youths with parental consent.


Arbors at London

218 Elm St., London 43140

Phone: (740) 852-3100

Contact: Destiny Douglas

Volunteers needed: To interact with residents by reading to them, talking, playing games, walking around the facility, and helping them get around by wheelchair. Euchre players afternoon and evening.

Wish list: Crafts and bingo prizes (jewelry, lotions, aftershave, perfume, puzzle books, stuffed animals, bath supplies, candy, sugar-free candy)


Arbors West

375 W. Main St., West Jefferson 43162

Phone: (614) 879-7661

Contact: Marsha Allen

Volunteers needed: To help gather residents for group activities; share a talent, occupation, recent vacation; help with crafts and games; decorate the facility for the holidays; do one-on-one visits with residents.

Wish list: Bingo prizes, word search books, large print Bibles, greeting cards, playing cards, games (new or gently used), pens, pencils, crayons, markers, stuffed animals, lotions, colognes, small or medium gift bags, general craft supplies, plastic storage totes, CDs or DVDs.


Food Thru Faith Cupboard

51 W. Center St., London 43140

Phone: (740) 852-4735

Hours: 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday and Thursday

Wish list: Monetary donations; food donations of cold cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, macaroni and cheese, jelly, noodles, pork and beans, tuna, corn muffin mix, teabags, hot chocolate; bar soap, paper towels, toilet tissue.


A Friend’s House

Phone: (740) 852-7761

Contact: Erica Burns

Volunteers needed: Help with fund-raisers, organize material donations, do handyman tasks, tutor children/adults for GED, teach computer skills, mentor for life skills, public relations, maintain shelter, on-site clerical support, child care. Those who work at the shelter or with clients must get a background check.

Wish list: Weather band radio, driveway salt, cleaners, outdoor furniture, tools, baby supplies, toiletries, storage totes, trash bags, toilet paper, paper towels, pillows, new toys for all ages, driveway repaved, office supplies, grocery and gas cards, haircut certificates.


Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails

Phone: (614) 205-6754

Web site:

Contact: Wayne Roberts

Volunteers needed: Trail sentinel program; nature preserve work; trail cleanup.

Wish list: Financial help to purchase First Aid kits, repair tools and vest/helmet liners for volunteer trail sentinels; membership donations to finance trail-related projects and activities throughout the year.


Good Samaritan Food Pantry

36 S. Center St., West Jefferson 43162

Phone: (614) 879-8130

Contact: Susan Maggard

Volunteers needed: Every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon to help put away food supply. We also need helpers to locate and pick up bread products and to help when the pantry is open. Help with repackaging. The pantry is open to Madison County residents only. Hours are Wednesdays from 2 to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m.

Wish list: Food donations with a special need for canned fruit, tuna, soup, pasta and peanut butter. Toilet tissue. Diapers. Monetary donations are always welcome.


Health Partners Free Health Clinic

212 N. Main St., P.O. Box 651, London 43140

Phone: (740) 845-7286;

Contact: Melissa Canney, executive director

Volunteers needed: This clinic is open to patients without health insurance on most Mondays by appointment from 6 to 8 p.m. and other days as doctors are available. Medical volunteers, especially physicians, nurses and pharmacists, are needed.

Wish list: Postage, envelopes and monetary donations.


HELP House Community Outreach

122 E. Center St., London 43140

Phone: (740) 852-1980 or 852-4844

Contact: Dee Heilman

Volunteers needed: Year-round to sort and hang clothes (mornings). Help with unloading food truck on Tuesdays 11:30 a.m., with the soup kitchen on Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m., and with outreach programs.

Wish list: New children’s socks and underwear and gently used spring and summer clothing for newborns through teens; money; non-perishable food; meat items; personal care items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc.); baby care items (diapers, baby food); $10 gas cards; plastic bags.

monitor open gym; help with the community garden; help with Friday Night Youth; help with fundraising.

Wish list: Bibles, new and gently used books for children; dish towels, tissues, craft supplies and fabric, personal care supplies, toilet tissue, laundry detergent, non-perishable food donations, and financial donations.


Mount Sterling Public Library

60 W. Columbus St., Mount Sterling 43143

Phone: (740) 869-2430

Contact: Chris Siscoe

Volunteers needed: Summer reading program. Maintenance of grounds and flowerbeds. Other volunteers could provide classes for patrons or put away materials. Minimum age 15, but families are welcome.

Wish list: Monetary or material donations.


Plain City Library

305 W. Main St., Plain City 43064

Phone: (614) 873-4912, ext. 30

Contact: Amanda Warner

Volunteers needed: The library has various events throughout the year for which volunteers are needed. Events range from children’s programs to theatrical events. Help also is needed with the community garden.

Wish list: Monetary donations are always appreciated and may be applied to specific programs or services.


Relay For Life

American Cancer Society

P.O. Box 411, West Jefferson 43162

Phone: 1-888-227-6446

Co-chairs: Carole Haenszel, (614) 554-1789; Gina Newsome, (740) 852-5532

Volunteers needed: The 2014 Relay For Life to benefit the American Cancer Society is June 13-14 at London High School. We need people to help with concessions, team registration, entertainment, survivors’ reception, auction and luminaries.

Wish list: We keep an active database of Madison County cancer survivors, so we need names of survivors to invite to the Relay. Donations can be made to the ACS at the address listed above.


Special Olympics

510 Elm St., London 43140

Phone: (740) 852-7052

Contact: Lincoln Comer

Volunteers needed: Coaches, chaperones, and unified partners to assist with Special Olympics events. Madison County competes year round in softball, bocce, soccer, volleyball, golf, bowling, basketball, alpine skiing and track.

Wish list: Monetary donations for uniforms, sports equipment, trophy cases and tournament expenses.


Welcome Table

Dine-in meals served at St. Paul AME Church, 11 W. Center St., London 43140

P.O. Box 162, London

Phone: (740) 845-0175

Contact: Laura Johnson

Volunteers needed: To set up, serve or clean up meals on Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m.

Wish list: Paper supplies, styrofoam cups, plates, large and small bowls, utensils, Reynold’s Wrap, salad dressing, sugar, paper towels, cash donations, coffee, creamer, and drinks such as Kool-aid and soda.


4-H of Madison County

c/o OSU Extension, Box 230, London 43140

Phone: (740) 852-0975

Contact: Janet Wasko Myers, ext. 14

Volunteers needed: 4-H advisors and assistants for year-round help, 19 and older.

Wish list: Monetary donations.


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