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Give Some Thought to Volunteering

Living and working in Hudson and Stow, Ohio, for the past 28 years, I have come to appreciate all the beautiful things about these communities. In particular, I have a great appreciation for the number of people that volunteer their time and talent for worthwhile organizations.  

In the past, volunteering was for stay-at-home moms or retirees. I am happy to share there are ample opportunities for every age from teenagers to seniors. While some opportunities require extensive training and time, others require showing up once or twice a month to help with a project. In the COVID-19 world we live in today, some can even be completed virtually.

Below is a partial list of area volunteer opportunities. I hope one or more will appeal to you:

  • Hudson Job Search: Our mission is to help individuals who live or worship in Hudson Ohio find employment after the loss of a job. I serve as an advisor to clients and am on the Board of Trustees. We are currently looking for young, female, or individuals of color to round out our advisor pool so we can mirror our community better. We are also searching for a volunteer blogger who can summarize the content of our Monday night meetings. Currently, both positions are virtual, as we are doing everything through Zoom.
  • Parkinson's Foundation: Even though this organization is based in Columbus, they have local and regional volunteer opportunities. This is a cause that's near and dear to my heart as my mother suffers from PD.  
  • Alzheimer's Association: These volunteers are passionate, inspired, and want to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. You can donate your time a few hours or several hours per week, depending on the position.
  • Humane Society of Summit County: If you love animals, this may be the position for you! Volunteers can be as young as 14 years old. All volunteers must be able to give a minimum of 4 hours per month or 24 hours over six months.
  • Summa Health: They offer both adult and teen volunteer opportunities with a variety of tasks, scheduling options, and skill requirements available.
  • Summit Metro Parks: Volunteering at Summit Metro Parks is a satisfying way of giving back to your community while enjoying the beauty of the parks. There are many ways you can help care for your parks, from one-time, drop-in service days to ongoing volunteer opportunities.

By the way, this is not an all-inclusive list but is meant to cover different areas you may have an interest -- if you don't see an organization on this list, email or call them. They may be thrilled to know you are interested in helping out.


Benefits of Volunteering


According to research conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health volunteers:

  • Spend 38% fewer nights in the hospital
  • Enjoy better health
  • Have more stamina and
  • Have lower stress levels.

Also, giving of your time and talent can help lead to a new career, according to Next Avenue, a website dedicated to keeping the 50+ age population active and growing. 

However, given all this, I feel it is essential to find a cause you are passionate about when weighing your volunteer opportunities. Most of all, please remember that many non-profit organizations would not be able to stay in business if they did not have the love and support of volunteers.


Happy Volunteering from Mulligan Management Group

I have volunteered with many organizations over the years and am currently on the Board of Directors for Hudson Job Search and NSME Akron/Canton. I'm a member of the Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce and an associate member of the Hudson Clocktower Rotary.


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