Volunteer Opportunities

Mentors and Tutors

Mold and encourage scholars, ages 9 to 18, to reach full potential during the evenings and/or weekends at one of our Cincinnati locations:

  • Boys’ residential homes in Finneytown.
  • Girls’ residential home in Walnut Hills.
  • Community-Based Program at Purcell Marian High School in Walnut Hills.

Join the BHGH family and follow our scholars throughout their years with us. Participate in monthly BHGH community service projects with our scholars, join a BHGH house for dinners,  attend  school activities, join BHGH holiday celebrations and more!

Mentors and tutors undergo state and national finger-print based background checks and tuberculosis (TB) tests. Mentors also undergo a motor vehicle driving record check. Reimbursements are available, when applicable.

MENTORS:  can be matched with one scholar of similar interests to provide friendship, encouragement and advice on a 1-to-1 basis. Mentors can also take on the role of a dinner parent/family in which they cook and join the members of a BHGH house for dinner once a month. Just by being a positive presence in the home, a dinner parent/family can take on the role of mentor(s) for each scholar in that home! Corporate groups can also choose to “group-mentor” the scholars of one of our BHGH programs, spending time with the scholars as a group several times throughout the year and forming strong, positive relationships.


  • Form supportive, open relationships.
  • Communicate effectively with people in the scholars’ lives, including BHGH Cincinnati staff and scholars’ families (when appropriate).
  • Support scholars’ academic life.
  • Guide life skills.


  • At least 21 years of age.
  • The goal of a 1 year, minimum committment
  • Bi-monthly, face-to-face contact. (About four hours, monthly).
  • Bi-monthly additional contact between visits, through phone calls, emails, etc.
  • Be a positive role model.
  • Submit the hours you mentored your scholar on BHGH Cincinnati’s online mentor log.

Resources: Please view BHGH Cincinnati’s online mentor resources for required mentor training and additional mentor resources.

TUTORS: Scholars are assigned to a tutor with knowledge of his or her troubled subject. Tutors meet with scholars at the residential or community-based programs.


  • Form supportive, open relationships.
  • Communicate effectively with people in scholars’ lives, including BHGH Cincinnati staff.
  • Support scholars’ academic life.
  • Model study skills.
  • Encourage post-secondary education.


  • At least 18 years of age.
  • A minimum of an academic year commitment.
  • 90 minute sessions, once a week (after school and evenings, Mondays through Thursdays).
  • Knowledge of subject.
  • Be a positive role model.
  • Submit the hours you tutored your scholar on BHGH Cincinnati’s online tutor log.

Resources: Please view BHGH Cincinnati’s online tutor resources for required tutor training and additional tutor resources.

Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities:

For those who can’t commit to a year of volunteerism, pick a one-time volunteer opportunity, below, and continue as many times as preferred. Have a volunteer opportunity we didn’t list? Share your ideas and we’ll be glad to accommodate!

(volunteers must be 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult)

  •  Ambassador: Share information about BHGH with friends and family, distribute BHGH literature or host a volunteer or scholar recruitment event.
  • Birthday Celebrations: Help to make a scholar’s birthday special by baking a cake or helping to plan a party, during the evenings and throughout the week.
  • Donor: Support BHGH financially or with a material/in-kind donation.
  • Events: Assist to plan, prepare and run events through the year, such as the BHGH Cincinnati’s Pro-Am Golf tournament in August or BHGH Cincinnati’s Hearts for Hope gala in February.
  • Meal Preparation: Prepare a meal for one of BHGH’s three residential houses in Walnut Hills or Finneytown. Meet scholars and take a tour of their homes. Cook for about eight people, during the evenings and throughout the week.
  • Office: Operate phones, organize mailings and assist in other administrative duties at BHGH’s office in Blue Ash.
  • Summer Program: Help to plan and teach curriculum at BHGH’s summer program at Xavier University in Norwood. Help to organize community service projects and recreational outings, also. Program runs from June to July, annually.


For information on volunteer opportunities, contact:

Tracy Chappell, Community Resource Coordinator, AmeriCorps
(513) 372-6195
Download a volunteer application.

For information on donor options, contact:

Debbie Bowman, Executive Director

dbowman@bhgh.org ; 513-721-3380