Group Volunteer Opportunities

Youth Challenge operates more than 300 programs per year for young people with physical disabilities who are paired with peer teen volunteers. Groups of volunteers are needed to support these programs!

To schedule a group volunteer opportunity, contact Volunteer Manager Abbie Hair at [email protected] or 440.892.1001 x11.

Click here to view these opportunities on a printable one-pager.

Ongoing Needs

Van Cleaning: YC’s fleet of accessible vans are used by 95% of our participants to travel to and from programs. Vans often need to be vacuumed, wiped down, and given a little “TLC”! Maximum 15 volunteers.

Service Days: Join Team YC for a service project to improve our community! Your group will work alongside YC participants and volunteers to complete the activity. Examples include Walls of Love packets, snacks for teachers, and RISE Against Hunger. YC will work with you to create a group service activity! Maximum 30 volunteers.

Mailing Support: Team YC needs helping hands approximately five times per year stuffing mailings. Mailing support is typically needed in February, April, July, October, and November. Maximum 15 volunteers.

Snack Drive: We’re always in need of healthy, fun snacks for our participants at programs. Volunteer groups, companies, classrooms, etc. can coordinate snack drives to stock our shelves. Snacks needed include: fruit snacks, granola bars, chips, etc. Shelf-stable please! Unlimited volunteers.

Annual Large Programs

Sports Showdowns: During our program seasons, YC is in need of volunteers to assist with our Team Showdown games! Volunteers help make game day smooth for all athletes. Groups can help even more by supplying snacks, lunch, shirts, and other supplies. Maximum 15 volunteers (+ unlimited fan attendees). Showdowns:

  • Basketball (March)
  • Football (September or October)
  • Soccer (October)

Race Day: Groups can support YC at our most attended fundraiser of the year – Where Will Color Take You? 5K Race + 1-Mile Walk & Roll at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo the Saturday before Father’s Day. Volunteers are needed for clean up, kid’s activities, water stations, and race course support. Maximum 150 volunteers (any group size is welcome and multiple groups may participate per Race Day).

Summer’s End Bash: Your group can help YC finish the summer with a bang! Volunteers are needed for set up, party games, serving food, and clean up. Maximum 25 volunteers.

Halloween Party: “Adopt” YC for Halloween and make an unforgettable experience for the YC kids. Volunteers are needed to set up and execute the haunted house, pass out candy, serve dinner, and make it a great night. Groups can help even more by supplying additional decorations, candy, and pizza. Maximum 25 volunteers for set up and 15 volunteers during the party.

Have a different idea?

If you’re thinking of a volunteer opportunity you’d like to consider with YC that’s not listed above, contact us and we can work with you to help you give back. Thank you!