Northern Ohio Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Association

NORVA connects Northeast Ohio RPCV's with each other and our community.


NORVA is committed to giving Returned Peace Corps Volunteers the opportunity to continue their passion for service at home.  

Recognizing that NORVA members have unique talents, many organizations in Northern Ohio are seeking NORVA members to volunteer.  Listed below are organizations have an existing relationship with NORVA and may interest members.  Members are encouraged to contact these organizations on their own for individual volunteer opportunities.

In addition to helping the Northern Ohio community partner with individual members,  NORVA also sponsors service opportunities, where members can network with other RPCVs, serve their communities, and continue promoting an understanding of the world at home.  These events are posted on the event calender (EVENTS).  

Letters to Current Volunteers

Join NORVA at Bottlehouse Brewing Company in Lakewood on Wednesday, September 21st as we write letters to current volunteers in the field.  Who writes letters anymore? - We Do!  Over the next several months we'll be gathering to write notes and bring together care packages for currently serving volunteers.

Come and meet current NORVA members and share good times while connecting to Peace Corps Volunteers.  Limited light appetizers will be provided.  More information to come on this September letter writing as well as for the future letter writing in the coming weeks.

Respond via our website on the events page or directly to Joe at


Redline Greenway

The Red Line Greenway (RLG) will be a world-class three-mile trail and linear park connecting eight of Cleveland’s most racially and economically diverse neighborhoods to downtown Cleveland. The RLG will connect the Warehouse District, the Flats, Ohio City, Duck Island, Tremont, Clark-Fulton, the Stockyards and Detroit Shoreway neighborhoods. 

This Saturday March 26th from 9 to noon we need 10 to 12 volunteers to help dig the holes to plant them the following Saturday, April 2nd.

RLG will also be accepting volunteers for various dates through October.  Contact Lennie Stover at 440-537-6461 or

Building Hope in the City, Cleveland, OH

Building Hope in the City is an independent organization connected with Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Cleveland along with many other urban churches. The organization works to reach out to the urban community. Their mission includes urban community development and welcoming and partnering with refugees and immigrants.

Volunteer Opportunities:

One on one tutoring with K-8th grade students, adult ESL tutoring, mentor a refugee family. Contact Amy Mitchell 216-281-4672 or for more information.

Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Cleveland, OH

The Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA) is dedicated to furthering global engagement and education in Cleveland. Every year, over 300 emerging leaders from around the world visit Northeast Ohio through the CCWA’s International Visitors Programs. These programs include both short-term and long-term exchanges and are typically sponsored by the U.S. Department of State as part of our ongoing public diplomacy efforts. All International Visitors hosted by CCWA have been identified by U.S. embassies abroad as emerging leaders in their respective fields. CCWA’s staff and volunteers organize professional meetings, cultural events and home visits for program participants, the main goal being to build bridges of mutual understanding. Get involved and join our team of citizen diplomats!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers are needed to host International Visitors as dinner guests, accompany groups around Cleveland, and host International Visitors overnight. Contact Jane Myers (youth programs) at or 216-255-9007, Ryan Ouellette (adult programs) or 216-255-9008, or visit to learn more.

College Now Greater Cleveland, Cleveland, OH

College Now has been working for 50 years to increase college attainment for Cleveland-area residents. Each year, College Now reaches more than 27,000 students across Northeast Ohio, in schools, community centers, and libraries. We assist traditional and non-traditional students with college access and advising services, scholarships and financial aid, and retention and mentoring services.


Volunteer Opportunities:

College Now currently serves over 1,100 college students with a scholarship and mentor. In summer of 2018, College Now will add another 350 incoming freshmen to the program, and needs volunteer mentors for these students. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Madeline Rife, Mentoring Program Manager, at or 216-635-0163, or visit their website to learn more.

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