How to Help
South Side Early Learning provides high quality early learning experiences to Columbus’ most vulnerable children and families. Learn about ways you can give back below. Please contact our team if you are interested in volunteering in a group.
About Volunteering at SSEL
At SSEL we are excited to work with individuals who are interested in giving their time and talent. According to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, volunteers who have regularly scheduled shifts must complete a background check and have a medical statement completed (for more information, please visit this page of the ODJFS website). This is to ensure the health and safety of our students. While these forms are not required for single time volunteer opportunities, please know if you have a great experience and would like to volunteer again you will need to work with our Program team to complete the necessary paperwork.
Morning Volunteer Opportunities
Babies Rock Volunteer – Spend time in our infant and toddler room assisting teachers in rocking, holding and feeding infants.
Teacher’s Volunteer – Assist our teachers in all aspects of the learning environment, including during circle time and at activity stations.
Playground/Gym Volunteer – Assist our teachers in large muscle play! Join our students on the playground or in the AEP Ohio Foundation Gymnasium.
Office Buddy/Greeter – Join the administrative team for a day and assume the role as greeter in the SSEL front lobby. Meet families as they come into the center and help our various departments with administrative tasks.
Afternoon/Evening Volunteer Opportunities
Full Bellies, Full Minds Volunteer – Help deliver meals to classrooms and assist teachers around the table during our shared, family-style meals program “Full Bellies, Full Minds.”
Office Buddy/Greeter – Join the administrative team for a day and assume the role as greeter in the SSEL front lobby. Meet families as they come into the school and help our various departments with administrative tasks.
Classroom Reader – Read with our students during our afternoon sessions (after 2:30).
Family Services Center Workshops – Assist the Family Services Center team as they provide workshops and programs to strengthen SSEL families.
Lend Us Your Talents – Are you a master in the garden, love to paint, or can rock out on a guitar? Our team is eager to find ways to incorporate your talents into our programming.
Every minute you give back to the children of South Side Early Learning means more than you can ever imagine. Thank you in advance for your support!