Volunteer Opportunities

US Together

US Together, Inc. is a refugee resettlement agency located in Columbus, Ohio. Meeting the needs of refugees and immigrants in the area, UST aids in the resettlement process through education, support, advocacy, and community strengthening.

UST coordinates several services for refugees and immigrants. Volunteers can assist children with homework in after-school tutoring at 1400 Brooks Ave., or become a conversation partner to help adult students improve their speaking skills in order to get jobs. Volunteers can also teach citizenship classes to prepare students for the USCIS naturalization interview. Citizenship classes are held:

  • Monday & Wednesday: 9am-11am at 1779 Shanley Dr. Apt. 14.
  • Monday & Wednesday: 6pm-8pm at the Hilltop Public Library conference room at 511 S. Hague Avenue.

For more information, contact Sam Willer at swiller@ustogether.us or (614) 981-4851. You can also visit their website at: www.ustogether.us

Somali Senior and Family Services

Somali Senior and Family Services provides classes in English as a Second Language (ESL), citizenship, and computer skills to adult immigrants. This volunteer-based organization works with the Tuskegee University Alumni Association, which supports educational work in the community.

Director Abdi Warsame organizes the classes, which are available to any adult immigrants.  Most of the current students are from Somalia, but past classes have included students from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Morocco, Mali, and Senegal. Volunteer teachers are currently needed in ESL and basic computer classes.

Somali Senior and Family Services is located in the William J. Clemons Learning Center, at 2706 Crossroads Plaza Drive (just north of ODU campus). For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Michael Terry at mterrynd310@yahoo.com

The Columbus Literacy Council

The Columbus Literacy Council is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to increasing the level of functional literacy of adults reading below an 8th grade level through teaching the English language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

The Council provides volunteer opportunities in the areas of tutoring and administrative support at many locations in the city of Columbus. Volunteers can teach classes in Adult Basic Education (ABE) or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), in classroom settings or one on one. Volunteers in administrative support may help with fund-raising, data input, grant research, and assisting with special events.

Volunteer orientation and training sessions are offered every month. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Justin DeBrosse at jdebrosse@columbusliteracy.org

ELS Columbus

ELS Columbus is an international English language center, with over 60 locations throughout the USA, Canada, and Australia.  The location in Columbus, Ohio is on the campus of Ohio Dominican University with classes in Fitzpatrick and the LEAD building.

The student population at ELS Columbus come from the Middle East (mostly Saudi Arabia), China, South Korea, Latin America, South and East Asia, Africa, and Europe.  Most of them plan to continue their studies at universities in the U.S. after studying English at ELS.

ELS offers opportunities for MATESOL students to get field experience observing and teaching academic English classes of all types and levels.  They also have many social activities that give a chance to hang out with interesting students from all over the world.  Opportunities to become conversation buddies are also available. Contact Bryan Hasar bhasar@els.edu for more information.

Shepard Church of the Nazarene

The Shepard Church of the Nazarene in Gahanna is looking for volunteers to tutor English learners that live and work in the community.

Classes are Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00 PM. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Martha Bobadilla at  bobadillaomar@sbcglobal.net or call the church office at 614-471-3368.

One Response to Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Mariam says:

    Extremely valuable contacts and sites to possibly work for or use for research purposes. Many, many thanks for the great information!

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