Gain more; turn your passion into service

While at McNicholas, every student is obligated to complete at least 40 hours of service.  These service hours can be obtained through a variety of ways from group trips to cleaning up McNick’s ‘adopted’ highway to participating in the school’s Service Club.  Though these opportunities provide a worthwhile experience, a greater one can be found through service in a field that truly interests you.  In the city of Cincinnati, there are various opportunities to find interesting service opportunities.

1.  Cincinnati Therapeutic Horse Riding

If being around horses is what you love most, this organization is definitely one to look into. Volunteering here means helping the disabled, including children and adults, ride horses of all kinds in lessons and shows while walking closely beside them. To be a part of helping the disabled gain more confidence, look on their website for more information on volunteer training.

2.  Cincinnati Nature Center

For anyone who loves being amongst nature, this opportunity serves as a perfect way to spend hours outside.  Opportunities include educating children through hikes and Saturday programs,  land stewardship through being a part of an Adopt-a-Spot Clean-Up Crew and/or by becoming a Land Steward Team Member.

3. Cincinnati SPCA

For anyone who loves dogs and cats, this organization is for you.  Shift opportunities include working as a greeter, in development, and in Dog and Cat Socialization.  Orientation classes must be attended before volunteering.

4.  Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

For those who love being in the theatre atmosphere, Playhouse in the Park is an organization to look into.  Opportunities include ushering for Playhouse productions, decorating for the holidays, and giving behind-the-scenes tours of the Playhouse.

5.  FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest

For Reds fans, the annual FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest is a great volunteer experience.  Responsibilities include manning special photograph areas, children’s areas, the main stage, helping to answer questions for guests, and assisting with interactive activities including batting cages and speed pitching.

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