(Posted April 7, 2021)
Editor’s note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations are closed or have altered their procedures and need for volunteers. Be sure to call ahead for details. This list provides a snapshot of how you can help these organizations, now and in the future.
4-H of Madison County
OSU Extension Madison County
217 Elm St., London 43140
Phone: (740) 852-0975
Contact: Frances Nicol
Volunteers needed: 4-H volunteers for year-round help, as well as volunteers who have experience with various project areas for livestock, food and nutrition, cake decorating, natural resources, woodworking, etc.
Wish list: Monetary donations for youth scholarships and county resources. Donations for 4-H Camp Clifton to ensure youth can attend camp this summer.
Adult Basic Literacy Education
179 S. Main St., London 43140
Phone: (614) 587-5718
Contact: Lynne Alexander
Volunteers needed: Assisting clients with computer skills, filling out forms, computing simple math problems, and upgrading general skills; reading to and with clients; answering telephones; grading tests.
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, Central and Southern Ohio Region
Contact: Andy Guidugli, volunteer specialist, (513) 484-7961, email@example.com
The positions listed below are currently where the greatest need lies, however, many other positions are available; see more info at www.redcross.org.
- Blood Donor Ambassadors to work local blood drives welcoming donors, running sign-in and helping with snacks for the donors.
- Disaster Action Team (DAT) members to work with a team to provide timely response to mainly home fires in Champaign, Clark and Madison counties and work to be sure that the residents’ immediate needs are met (food, shelter and clothing).
- Volunteer Services Volunteers to recruit and engage volunteers at the American Red Cross. They work with the Volunteer Services Department to ensure an adequate workforce exists to help deliver the Red Cross mission.
Interested individuals can explore all volunteer opportunities and register to volunteer by following these directions:
- Visit www.redcross.org/volunteer
- Scroll down the page to the red “Find My Volunteer Opportunity” button and click it.
- Browse volunteer opportunities in your community by using the zip code search tool or interest quiz.
- Create a username and password in “Volunteer Connections.”
- Complete all application steps including authorizing a background check.
COVID-19 note: Most of the volunteer positions are still running as ARC provides essential services to the community. Some have been modified so that more can be done virtually, but some still are face-to-face. ARC is taking extra precautions–sanitizing thoroughly and providing personal protective equipment to volunteers and staff.
Food Thru Faith Cupboard
51 W. Center St., London 43140
Phone: (740) 852-4735
Hours: 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesday & Thursday
Wish list: Monetary donations; food donations of canned fruits and vegetables, macaroni and cheese, jelly, noodles, pork and beans, tuna, corn muffin mix, teabags, hot chocolate; bar soap, toilet tissue.
COVID-19 note: The pantry is operating under its normal hours. The only difference is that clients are not permitted in the building.
FMCPT (Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails)
Phone: (614) 205-6754
Contact: Wayne Roberts
Volunteers needed: Trail cleanup; nature preserve work; new Community Mural Project.
Wish list: Donations to support trail and camping area maintenance and improvement. Also, FMCPT memberships which help finance trail-related projects, sponsored rides, and activities throughout the year.
Good Samaritan Food Pantry
36 S. Center St., West Jefferson 43162
Phone: (614) 379-3212
The pantry is open to Madison County residents in the 43162 and 43119 zip codes and in the Canaan and Green Meadows mobile home communities. 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 tuna, soup (not vegetable), pasta, peanut butter, jelly and eggs. Fresh produce from gardens. Toiletries, soap, toilet tissue. Monetary donations are always welcome.
COVID-19 note: The pantry continues to operate. Clients must wait outside until they are instructed to come in. No more than four clients are in the pantry area at a time. Everyone must wear a mask. All clients are being served in a timely fashion.
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 from 8 a.m. to noon. Stocking shelves. Soup kitchen preparation and shopping for customers on Mondays from noon to 6 p.m. Customer shopping and delivery of customers’ orders to their vehicles on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Help with outreach programs. Help with computer check-ins and general area organization.
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, feminine hygiene products); baby care items (large diapers size 4-6, wipes, baby food); $10 gas cards; plastic bags.
Humane Society of Madison County
2020 Plain City-Georgesville Rd., West Jefferson 43162
Phone: (614) 879-8368
Contact: Meg Werner or Cathy Leistikow
Public hours: Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays.
Volunteers needed: Foster care, walk and socialize dogs, socialize cats, cat and dog kennel cleaning, follow-up calls to families who adopted, fundraising and PR events, festival events, building maintenance. Go to hsmcohio.org to fill out a volunteer form.
Wish list: Doggy poop bags, treats for dogs and cats, toys for dogs and cats, paper towels, Lysol wipes, gift cards to Staples, Walmart and Kroger. Purina One dog food. Purina Complete cat food, Purina Kitten Chow. Check out the Society’s wish list on amazonsmiles.com; type in “hsmcohio.” A wish list is posted on the Society’s website, as well.
COVID-19 note: The Humane Society is currently closed to the public. Anyone interested in adopting a pet is asked to fill out an application at hsmcohio.org.
Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library
270 Lilly Chapel Rd., West Jefferson 43162
Phone: (614) 879-8448
Contact: Chris Siscoe
COVID-19 note: The library is holding off on volunteers until in-library programs and events can resume.
Wish list: Office supplies, craft materials, and new toys for giveaways and drawings. The library is not accepting book and movie donations at this time. Please do not leave donations outside of the library. Businesses interested in sponsoring the library’s Summer Reading Program are asked to contact Director Chris Siscoe.
London Public Library
20 E. First St., London 43140
Phone: (740) 852-9543
Contact: Andy Scaggs
COVID-19 note: The library has suspended its volunteer opportunities due to COVID-19. When it is possible to reinstate those opportunities, the library will welcome volunteers to deliver library items to homebound individuals and care facilities and assist with programs and other events. Hours are flexible. Must be at least 14 years old.
London Visual Arts Guild
121 E. First St., London 43140
P.O. Box 362, London
Contact: Sandy Fox, (937) 207-7400
Wish list: The guild operates the London Arts Center, which was renovated over the past year while closed due to COVID-19 regulations. Classes and exhibits resume in May. The guild could use tabletop easels, paint brushes, and canvas boards in various sizes.
Madison County Food Pantry
137 Maple St., London 43140
Phone: (740) 852-5822
Contact: Jim Witwer, (614) 404-4718
Volunteers needed: People to help on short notice. Open 9-11:45 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Help with bagging food.
Wish list: Hygiene items, canned fruits and vegetables, meals in a can (stew, meat, spaghetti), tuna, soup, peanut butter.
COVID-19 note: The pantry continues to operate during the pandemic. Guests are not permitted in the building; instead, it’s a drive-up format for picking up goods. Also, anyone wishing to donate items is asked to call Jim Witwer to make arrangements.
Madison County Historical Society
260 E. High St., London 43140
Phone: (740) 852-2977
Contact: Ned DeCamp, museum director
Volunteers needed: To help with exhibits, odd jobs, yard work, data entry, office work, general and spring cleaning of outdoor venues, and repair, washing and ironing of costumes. The museum is open 1 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and Sunday.
Wish list: Monetary donations, paper products, and other items (call for details).
210 N. Main St., London 43140
Contact: Jamie Adams, (740) 845-7052
Volunteers needed: Reception desk (greeting and wayfinding), gift shop cashiers, mail sorting and delivery within the hospital. special project volunteers to assist with bulk mailings and events, such as the Memorial Golf Classic, Heartfelt Holidays, Lights of Love and Auxiliary fundraisers.
COVID Note: Madison Health is returning some volunteers to service and will be adding additional volunteers as appropriate.
Madison County Senior Center
280 W. High St., London 43140
Phone: (740) 852-3001
Contact: Janisse Williams
Volunteers needed: Kitchen, dining room, telephone calls to shut-ins.
COVID-19 note: The center is currently closed and will remain so until it is deemed safe for senior members to interact with each other. For that reason, no volunteers are needed at this time.
Meals on Wheels/Lifecare Alliance
P.O. Box 187, London 43140
Phone: (740) 845-7325
Contact: Leah Baird
Volunteers needed: To deliver lunches to shut-ins and senior citizens in Madison County. Various routes available. Any schedule can be accommodated, from once a month to five times a week. Flexible, 45 to 60 minutes per route. Minimum age: driving age (ride-along helpers may be younger).
COVID-19 note: Meals on Wheels is still delivering meals in Madison County. Due to the pandemic, the delivery process has changed to ensure social distancing for clients. Last year, the program experienced a surge of volunteers at the start of the pandemic. Those number have decreased as people have returned to work. In the meantime, the number of people qualifying for meals has increased. As a result, there is a great need for volunteers.
Mt. Sterling Community Center
164 E. Main St., Mount Sterling 43143
Phone: (740) 869-2453
Contact: Megan Witteman
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
COVID-19 note: The community center has suspended opportunities for new volunteers due to COVID-19. When it is possible to reinstate those opportunities, the center will welcome volunteers to stock shelves for the food pantry, work the reception desk, help with toddler and youth activities, monitor open gym, help with the community garden, help with fundraising, and assist with the summer lunch program and special events.
Wish list: Non-perishable food; financial donations.
Mount Sterling Community Museum
60 W. Columbus St., Mount Sterling 43143
Phone: (740) 869-9305
Director: Steve Chambers
Wish list: Donated or loaned artifacts. Subject display periods will be announced throughout the year. Monetary donations and old photos of Mount Sterling welcomed. The museum also is looking for Mount Sterling and Madison-Plains high school yearbooks, especially one from the 1980s.
COVID-19 note: The museum is open but no events or programs are planned at this time.
Mount Sterling Public Library
60 W. Columbus St., Mount Sterling 43143
Phone: (740) 869-2430
Contacts: Sharon Morgan/Steve Brindza
Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Volunteers needed: The library would like to take this opportunity to thank all of its volunteers of years past. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the library is not accepting new volunteers at this time. If you are a student age 16 and up and in need of service hours, the library will work with you to accomplish this. The library hopes to return to accepting volunteer applications in the months ahead.
Wish list: Monetary or material donations.
COVID-19 note: The library is open to the public with programming returning in April.
Plain City Food Pantry
156 W. Main St., Plain City 43064
Food pantry contact: Bonnie Chuha, (614) 733-0909
Thrift store contact: Diane Needham, (614) 306-5429
Volunteers needed: On Mondays and Fridays to unload trucks, 8:30-11:30 a.m.; on Saturdays to load clients’ cars with food, 9 a.m.-noon. Volunteers also are needed to help in the food pantry thrift shop.
Wish list: Non-perishable food, including canned low-sugar fruit, canned low- or no-sodium vegetables, tuna fish, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti sauce, noodles, cake mixes, meals in a can with pull-top lids. Toiletries and other personal items, such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, and laundry soap.
COVID-19 note: Clients are not permitted in the building. They are asked to pull around to the back of the building and stay in their cars. Volunteers will bring food to their cars. The pantry is open to the public on Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon.
510 Elm St., London 43140
Phone: (740) 852-7052, ext. 1917
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, track, power lifting, equestrian events and flag football.
Wish list: Monetary donations for uniforms, sports equipment and tournament expenses.
COVID-19 note: The Summer Games and many other Special Olympics events have been cancelled. The best case scenario is softball starting sometime in July.
“This is so depressing for the athletes, their families and myself,” said Lincoln Comer, director of Special Olympics and community recreation for the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities. “But with a little luck, we all pull through unscathed and that is what truly matters. My greatest hope is that people rediscover the importance of family and friends during the crisis.”
Meals served at St. Paul AME Church, 11 W. Center St., London 43140
P.O. Box 162, London
Contact: Michelle Budd, (614) 330-0252
Volunteers needed: Individuals or groups to prepare meals which are distributed on Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m. A limited number of volunteers are packaging the food and handing it out.
Wish list: Paper supplies, styrofoam cups, plates, large and small bowls, utensils, Reynold’s Wrap, sugar, paper towels, coffee, creamer, and cash donations.
COVID-19 note: Welcome Table continues to serve meals during the pandemic, but all are carryout. Guests are not permitted inside the building.