Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. About 500 citizens volunteer tens of thousands of man-hours of work in just the upper one-third of the State of Ohio alone. USO Northern Ohio (USONO) volunteers can be seen at community events in Toledo, Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, and other cities in our 31 county region.

The most important work that our volunteers do is provide direct comfort to the service members from our area of the world, in other words, our Neighbors. Volunteers provide refreshments at unit homecoming or deployment functions, or serve beverages and snacks at USO run canteens or lounges. These are the personal touches that boost morale and fortify the feeling that our defenders of freedom are supported on the home front by the public.

A lot of the tasks the volunteers are responsible for depends on the function or program they are staffing. Below is a brief description of those tasks.

Volunteer Tasks

Operation Outreach and Family Care is a diverse, all encompassing program that opens up a wide variety of possible services and tasks. Operation Outreach targets local families who have a mother or father who is forwardly deployed so serving them might mean delivering relief packages to their homes during the holidays, or maybe it’s serving or busing tables during a unit party. Volunteers could man the grill at a unit picnic in the summer. Volunteers might make phone calls trying to provide a much needed household appliance that just malfunctioned in one of their homes. There’s no website big enough to fit all of the possible services in Operation Outreach and Family Care, therefore there is no way of listing all the things that volunteers can do for local service members families in need.

In the USONO Canteen at the MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) the Volunteers supply refreshments and snacks to applicants and their families. Volunteers also distribute USONO literature introducing the recruits to the many programs available to them while they are serving. In the USONO Bob Hope Airport Lounge the volunteers greet and comfort traveling military personnel and their families while providing an assortment of services. Sometimes, to a weary trooper, they just fill the role of the alarm clock so they can meet their boarding time.

At Special Events volunteers provide staffing in booths to accept donations from the community. USONO literature is passed out to telling the public of our services and showing how the donations are spent. That lets everyone know that the USONO is still efficiently accomplishing our mission.

To submit a volunteer interest form for this center or to log in to your personal volunteer profile, please visit our volunteer site.

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