To see our group volunteer calendar, click the sign-up link at the bottom of the page.
Provide a Meal
Sharing a meal is a powerful way to connect a community. We've witnessed this first-hand time and again at the Transplant House. Because of the power of community meals, we aim to have one per week. If you have a group of people willing to provide a meal for 30 people, get in touch and check out our meal calendar →
Every Spring, we need some help getting our landscaping set up, air conditioners cleaned, and storage areas organized. We have smaller projects available throughout the year as well. If you are interested, please get in touch or check out our calendar below!
To apply to be a volunteer, complete our online volunteer application.
Help us provide top-notch guest services to patients and caregivers who desire to stay at Transplant House of Cleveland. Volunteers are essential to our culture that says “welcome” as they answer phones, greet guests upon arrival, help gets get settled in the House and neighborhood, act as "concierge," and serve as a friendly listener. Some volunteers find special areas of focus, like baking, organizing, and planning special activities. If you enjoy providing hospitality to others or ensuring a lovely home, Transplant House of Cleveland may be just the right place for your volunteer efforts.
Maintain Pristine Apartments
Volunteers are also essential to keeping our apartments and common spaces inviting and functional. All the chores and small "fix-it" tasks you do at home are needed here, from replacing lightbulbs to tightening door handles to replenishing magazine displays, to sweeping porches. We also have periodic group "work days" when we clean rugs and wash windows. In addition, it is fun to have people who tend to "fung shey" and keep our spaces seasonally attractive and warmly colorful.
Our Development staff welcomes support with fundraising planning & hosting, envelope-stuffing, and for those so inclined, database entry. Volunteers might also help with newsletter writing or video creation. If you enjoy event planning, marketing, and other components of fundraising and awareness-raising, we invite you to consider helping with our development efforts. For specific volunteer needs, please see the links below.
Meet Some of Our Volunteers
Our volunteers are a wonderfully tenacious bunch! We've been grateful to continue to feel their presence, though in a more limited capacity than in the past. Transplant House started with only volunteers. As we've grown, they continue to help us move our work forward. We are honored to know and recognize them in the stories below.
Dr. David Barnes – or “Dr. Dave” as he is known by the guests who meet him during the House’s Tuesday Breakfasts – has spent most of his adult life in the world of transplant. As a retired hepatologist at the Cleveland Clinic Transplant Center, he knows the challenges faced by transplant families. Now he volunteers to cook breakfast each Tuesday for guests.
“There’s something nurturing about cooking for someone and something enjoyable about seeing other people enjoy the food you’ve cooked. It’s nurturing for people physically and emotionally to share a meal – there’s something comforting in that.” – Dave
We are very lucky to have so many wonderful institutions as neighbors in University Circle. A number of our volunteers are Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) students. Elijah is a third-year undergraduate Case student double majoring in Nutritional Biochemistry and Evolutionary Biology.
“I enjoy being in the kitchen, but I also like talking to the residents because they have so many wonderful stories to tell.” – Elijah
We are very lucky to have so many wonderful institutions as neighbors in University Circle. A number of our volunteers are Case Western Reserve University students. Fred, who just completed his first year at CWRU, is interested in studying Statistics and International Studies.
“I love meeting and interacting with the people that make up the community at THoC. From patients and caregivers, to social workers and the leadership team I’m inspired by every conversation." – Fred
Among the many great neighbors Transplant House has in University Circle is Case Western Reserve University. We are fortunate to have so many dedicated student volunteers, such as Izzy, give generously of their time during the semester.
“Immediately when I read the website and mission statement, I knew that the wealth of good being done was something that I wanted to be a part of." – Izzy
A core group of volunteers from The Temple Tifereth Israel in Beachwood have provided vital support to Transplant House of Cleveland since 2017. What began as dinners, grew into help furnishing apartments and renovating our community space.
“I don’t think any of our volunteers can come here and leave without being fulfilled. We’ve had people go into tears when they smell the home cooked meal and say, ‘this is just like home.’ That’s just so important. How can you not want to come back? Each experience motivates us for another experience.”
Harlan, along with fellow members of Cleveland Cooking Club, has been cooking meals for Transplant House of Cleveland guests since 2018.
“I feel for the guests who are dealing with so much - the turmoil around the health of their loved ones, having to locate to an unfamiliar environment often without the rest of their support system nearby, the possibility of COVID impacting their immunocompromised friends and relatives. The guests are always grateful to have a safe, home-cooked meal, and the staff at Transplant House is incredibly gracious and supportive.”
There are some people who seem as though they’ve been with us always waiting to take their seat and do their special work. Anne Smith is just such a person.
“Transplant House is such a SPECIAL place!! My favorite part of this work is listening to stories and what brings people here. Every story is so different, yet every family has the same needs: to get the best medical care for their family member and to feel as comfortable as possible during this whole process.”
Judith Wolkoff was the first person to make a regular commitment to helping with the operations of Transplant House on a volunteer basis.
“It doesn't matter what you do as long as it helps people in the home. Whether it is making beds, cleaning the rooms, baking goodies, bringing in dinners or organizing the kitchen. I come home full of excitement after I work at this place.”