Office of Student Life

Sorority and Fraternity Life

SOE Opportunities - Citizenship

Citizenship Description

Vision Statement: We envision a Greek community that recognizes the value and significance of connecting to the larger community, that develops a strong sense of community through service and philanthropic efforts to serve the needs of others, and that instills a spirit of citizenship and responsibility among members.

Definition: The Ohio State University is committed to fostering a sense of citizenship for the common good. One of the hallmarks of citizenship is community service. The sorority and fraternity community at The Ohio State University exemplifies the highest principles of our University by committing ourselves to hands-on community service and encouraging an environment where each chapter can give its members the opportunity to serve the greater community.

In addition to hands-on community service, chapters are encouraged to participate in philanthropic activities and report donations to the Ohio Union. It is highly recommended that chapters complete hands-on community service related to philanthropic efforts.

Chapter Responsibilities:
  1. Chapters must sponsor or participate in at least one hands-on community service event per year. At least 75% of chapter membership must participate in chapter planned/promoted service throughout the course of the year. A summary of the activity/activities, including objectives, statistics, and outcomes must be provided on an annual basis, including contact information for the coordinating service agency. A letter of documentation from the volunteering agency is highly recommended.
  2. Individual members of sororities and fraternities are expected to participate in at least five (5) hours of hands-on community service each year in a project of their choice in addition to the chapter group service requirements. A list of individual members' service will be provided to the Ohio Union on an annual basis.
  3. Each chapter is expected to elect or appoint at least one person as the service chair. Chapters will provide contact information for this individual on a semester basis. The service chair is encouraged to attend a service training session.

Citizenship SOE Opportunities

OSU’s Volunteer Database

Opportunities on campus such as timing swim meets. Type in Columbus, Ohio and then hit search, will pull up all of the opportunities in the Central Ohio area.


Wexner Center for the Arts

Docents, educational program volunteers, volunteer ushers.


Columbus Gives Back

Events in November include meal packing, baking cookies, building things, etc.

The full calendar of their events can be found here:

Link to their EventBrite page where you can sign up:


Hands on Central Ohio

Gives some one-time volunteering events.


Housing/Food Service

Mid-Ohio Foodbank

Food-bank volunteering. They are always looking for volunteers and have multiple locations! Link with more info here:

Sign up here, there are multiple opportunities daily:


Ronald McDonald House

Provide places to stay, food, etc. for families with children in hospitals. They have a few different options for ways to help, pretty flexible. Link here:


Star House

Drop-in center for homeless youths in Central Ohio. Orientation-required involvement as well as basic volunteering that does not require short orientation. More info here:


The Homeless Families Foundation

Their mission is to break the cycle of homelessness. Short application required, can pick time-slot immediately.


Furniture Bank of Central Ohio

Assemble furniture for people in need, call or email to schedule appointment, find more info here:


Life Care Alliance- Meals on Wheels

Assist in meal-packing. Short application required.


Serving Our Neighbors Ministries

Tuesday and Thursday nights 6:30-8:00 pm between October 4-April 25. Volunteers can come whenever is convenient for them after attending a brief orientation! 15 minutes from campus. opportunities to volunteer with immigrant families that are struggling to learn English and provide for their families. Volunteers can select whether they want to work with infants, preschoolers, middle-schoolers, or high-schoolers. There are opportunities in homework tutoring, arts and crafts, sport activities, childcare, technology education, and more.



Pets Without Parents

Caring for pets, hands-on.


Colony Cats

Address cat overpopulation, volunteer for hands-on jobs.


4 Paws for Ability

Definitely a more long-term option, requires an application and orientation but you get to help train service dogs around campus, super easy way to get your hours in!



PBJ Connections

Therapy for kids through horses. Number of different tasks.


Columbus Metropolitan Library

After-school tutoring.



Topiary Park

Gardening/upkeep work.



Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO)

A more selective process, more long-term.



Therapeutic golf for people with neurological conditions.


Unverferth House

Temporary residence for families of patients at the Wexner Medical Center who do not live in Franklin County. Housekeeping, landscaping, and cooking opportunities.


Lutheran Social Services: CHOICES

Provide meals and services to victims and families of domestic abuse.