Portage Learning Centers would like to thank all of our dedicated and wonderful volunteer staff that help us each day. It is important for the children of our program to benefit from the knowledge and experience community volunteers provide.

Volunteer Policies

A Volunteer is an upaid person who is trained to assist in implementing ongoing program activities on a regular basis under the supervision of a staff person in areas such as health, education, tranportation, nutrition, management, social services and secretarial.


All classroom volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. If a classroom volunteer is under 18 years of age, written parental consent is required.

Placement and acceptance of volunteers between the ages of 12 and 15 will be at the discretion of the Outreach Coordinator.

Anyone volunteering on a one time basis, field experience students and sporadic volunteers will complete the following with the Outreach Coordinator at the main office or the Family Advocate at the site:

  • Volunteer Information Form
  • Provide Photo ID to be copied
  • Volunteers 12-17 must have a signed parental consent form

  • Anyone expecting to volunteer eight or more hours per week will need to complete the following before he/she may volunteer:

  • Volunteer Application
  • Confidentiality Statement
  • Volunteer Service Description
  • Volunteer Code of Conduct/Positive Behavior Agreement
  • Volunteer Dress Code/Personal Hygiene Form
  • Submit a medical statement with proof of a TB test with results (if in the classroom)
  • Documentation/Results of BCI Criminal Records Check within past year
  • Proof of Ohio Residency (5 years)
  • Statement of Non Conviction Form
  • Submit three Employee Reference Forms. Forms cannot be completed by family members.
  • Hepatitis B Statement
  • Employee Orientation Form
  • Volunteer Pre-Service Form
  • Volunteers must sign in and out daily of the In-Kind Sign In and Out Form.

  • For more information or to volunteer with Portage Learning Centers, please contact Bridget Szabat at (330) 297-7795.


    The federal government requires that Head Start grantees match 25% of all grant money awarded. If grantees are unable to meet the match requirement, that portion of Head Start monies cannot be spent. The match obtained through parent and community contributions called in-kind. In-Kind consists of cash donations or time spent by individuals volunteering their time or goods and services to the program.

    Volunteer Partners

    Portage Learning Centers has developed partnerships throughout Portage County and surrounding areas in order to involve community members in our programs. Listed below are just a few of our current partners. We thank each of you for your contributions!

    • Bohecker College
    • Family & Community Services – Foster Grandparent and Youth Development Programs
    • Hudson High School
    • Kent Roosevelt High School
    • Kent State University
    • Portage County Juvenile Court
    • Portage Workforce Connection
    • Stark State College

    If you are interested in building a volunteer partnership with Portage Learning Centers, please contact the Bridget Szabat at 330-297-7795.