Cincinnati Urban Promise

2420 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45211, Usa
Phone 513-255-5582
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Our mission We envision empowered young people who take control and responsibility for their own development. We seek to facilitate racial and economic reconciliation. We exist to equip youth and their families to succeed in every area of life: spiritual, emotional, physical, and academic. We work to nurture loving and supportive long-term mentoring relationships that result in a stronger community.

Cincinnati Urban Promise

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Ways to help

Food Pantry

Monday's from 9 am - 12 pm we are always looking for new volunteers for our food pantry! Help pass out food boxes while making connections with other volunteers and community members.
  • Weekly
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays

Group Service Trips

We do any length of trip from day long trips to week long trips. There is a per person fee for lodging, staffing, and project supplies.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+)
  • Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • None
  • Weekends

Year Long

For volunteers working directly with children we ask for a minimum of a one-year commitment. Background check required, 21+, 1-2hrs/wk.
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Special Events

Due to the nature of our special events and holiday programs, we rely on a great number of volunteers to ensure the event/program runs smoothly.
  • One-time
  • Teens, 21+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Families
  • Event support
  • None
  • Evenings, Weekends

Bracken Woods Garden Preparation

Come help us clean up the garden space, build new beds, and get things prepped for winter. Social distancing will be utilized and masks are required. Meet at 3161 Bracken Woods Lane from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Bring work gloves.If you have a drill, shovel, hammer, etc. please bring those as well. Occurs Saturdays, contact us or visit our website for specific dates.
  • One-time
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Families
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • None
  • Weekends
Items we need now

Little Promises Preschool Sensory Room

We are looking for items for our preschools sensory room! These items include but not limited to:
  • Fidget cubes, spinners, etc.
  •   Bean bag(s)
  •   Brush and something to brush – fluffy stuffed animal, Barbie head, etc.
  •   Kaleidoscope
  •   Touch and feel books
  •   Black light for their invisible ink
DIY Items:
  •   Sensory bottles
  •   I-spy bottles
  •   Sensory bags
  •   Sensory bins
  •   Sensory balls
  •   Sensory blocks
  •   Weighted toys
  •   Weighted blanket
  •   Posters with breathing exercises
  •   Sensory boards
  •   Magnetic boards
  • In-Kind Donations
  • Item Collection
  • Make Items
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Food Pantry Items

Besides volunteers we are always looking and happy to accept donations for our food pantry! Items include but not limited to -     Food items:
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit
  • Fresh produce
  • Canned meat/fish
  • Cereal
  • Canned beans
  • Crackers
  • Canned soup
  • Canned stew
  • Canned ravioli
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Applesauce
  • Granola bars
  • Cereal/breakfast bars
  • Instant mashed potatoes
Other items:
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Feminine Products
  • Toothpaste
  • Plastic/reusable bags
Baby items:
  • Formula
  • Diapers for different ages
  • Baby food
  • Baby snacks
  • In-Kind Donations
  • Item Collection
Ways to help youth thrive

Mentor Substitute

Don’t have time for a weekly commitment to mentoring but still want to help? Sometimes our mentors need to be away for reasons of illness, work, or vacation and need someone to step in to cover for them with their group of students. We love to have several mentor substitute options when this is needed. Mentor Subs are required to come to training, but then only come to mentoring on an as-needed basis.
  • Education, Emotional, Social Skills
  • Elementary (5-10), Middle School, High School
  • Different Small Groups
  • Academically at Risk, English Language Learners, Low Income Household
  • Community Center, Nonprofit
  • Individuals
  • 1 School Year
  • 1 Hour/Month
  • Weekday Evenings
  • In-depth

Mentor

Each year our mentoring program grows and we need more volunteers to act as mentors. Mentors meet with students in small groups of 1- 3 students, for one hour each week. Currently, our program meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings – so mentors have a choice of which evening works for them. Mentors have in-depth training and utilize curriculum to guide their time with their students.
  • Education, Emotional, Social Skills
  • Elementary (5-10), Middle School, High School
  • Same Small Group
  • Academically at Risk, English Language Learners, Low Income Household
  • Community Center, Nonprofit, Volunteer's Choice
  • Individuals
  • 1 School Year
  • 1 Hour/Week
  • Weekday Evenings
  • In-depth

Summer Program Daily Volunteer

Each summer we need 100-150 volunteers to help in our summer program. We need help with anything from daily volunteers working with kids to volunteers who put on snack drives to supply snack for our students. There are many ways to help with our summer program. Please contact us if you’d like to help!
  • Education, Enrichment (Arts), Social Skills
  • Elementary (5-10), Middle School, High School
  • Same Large (5+) Group
  • Academically at Risk, English Language Learners, Low Income Household
  • Community Center, Nonprofit
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams, Families
  • 1 Semester
  • 2+ Hours/Week
  • Weekday Mornings, Weekday Afternoons, Weekday Evenings
  • Moderate

Summer Program Occasional Volunteer

Looking to give back in the summer, but don't have time for a long-term commitment? We need 100-150 volunteers to help in our summer program, and some of them just help for one day! We need help with anything from daily volunteers working with kids to volunteers who put on snack drives to supply snack for our students. There are many ways to help with summer program. Please contact us if you’d like to help!
  • Education, Enrichment (Arts), Social Skills
  • Elementary (5-10), Middle School, High School
  • Different Large Groups
  • Academically at Risk, English Language Learners, Low Income Household
  • Community Center, Nonprofit
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams, Families
  • 1 Day
  • 2+ Hours/Week
  • Weekday Mornings, Weekday Afternoons, Weekday Evenings
  • Minimal
How you help We have many skilled and unskilled jobs from working with children, to office work, to construction. Just about anything you can think of. Children growing up in under-resourced areas often have not had the benefit of relationships with committed adults.
About us Cincinnati Urban Promise, Inc. seeks to create holistic change in the lives of youth and their families by meeting their physical, emotional, academic and spiritual needs through a Christ-centered approach to education, empowerment, and loving relationships.
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