Our volunteers play an integral role in the daily operations of the Akron Urban League.

Young Black volunteer sitting with an elderly person

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering for the Akron Urban League is a great way to give back to the community and help create positive change. You will have the opportunity to work with a dedicated team of professionals and help make a difference in the lives of people in need. Whether you want to help with events, participate in advocacy efforts, or something else, there are many ways to get involved and make a meaningful impact. By volunteering your time and skills, you can help create a more just and equitable society and make a positive difference in the lives of those around you.

Seeing the impact we can achieve in our community, it is apparent that our volunteers are the lifeblood of what we do. Without their support, we simply would not continue to serve our clients and the community in the meaningful ways we can today.


It is the policy to screen volunteers to assure the highest quality of service is maintained and ensure the satisfaction, safety and security of clients while engaged in AUL services. All operational volunteers will be required to complete a volunteer application form and agree to a background check.

The Volunteer Application is the first step in the screening process to make sure the applicant is well placed for doing work that meets expectations and that he or she has the skills to meet the minimum requirements needed to perform the duty. Applicants will provide information on preferred contacts, availability, and other basic information.  A Parental Consent Form is needed for any youth volunteer under the age of 18 years old.  If relevant, references, verification of credentials and specific specialized training will be conducted, and those directly involved with youth are subjected to an annual criminal background record check.


Adult volunteers are selected based on ability to meet the requirements of the volunteer position and availability.  An Individual Volunteer Service Agreement & Participant Assumption of Risk and Release will be signed by the volunteer to make sure there is a clear understanding of volunteer role responsibilities and expected deliverables.

Volunteers will receive an official notification of acceptance or appointment to a volunteer position.  No volunteer shall begin the performance of any position until he or she has been officially accepted for volunteer work and has completed all the necessary screening and paperwork.  At the time of final acceptance, each volunteer will receive a copy of the Akron Urban League volunteer handbook.

Explore volunteering opportunities by contacting Zulekha Sharp at

234-542-4153 or fill out our volunteer application.