Volunteer Service Opportunities

On average, 2,800 volunteers contribute more than 45,000 hours of service in Dublin. That’s equivalent to the work of 20 employees. And, this doesn’t begin to measure the enormous value of what volunteers give. For everything you do, from the visible impact at events, to those working behind the scenes, the City of Dublin says thank you.

Volunteer for the ‘MLK Civic Service Series’

The City of Dublin is proud to introduce the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Service Series. This is a collection of volunteer service and community impact days to honor Reverend King’s vision of creating a Beloved Community where people are committed to nonviolence. 

Time and Location: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 29, 2024, at the Dublin Community Recreation Center 

Service Topic: “Leap into Service”

  • Volunteer Expo: Talk to different organizations about the many ways you can give back in Dublin through service. 
  • Service Project: Write messages of kindess on coffee cup sleeves for Clover Coffee to use in for customers in 2024.
  • Impact Talk: Clover Coffee will discuss employing people with disabilities in the community.

McDaniel Citizen University

Dublin residents are invited to get an inside look at the dedicated effort it takes to maintain Dublin’s world-class services, entrepreneurial spirit and outstanding quality of life with McDaniel Citizen University, known as Citizen U. Participants ages 18 and older will learn about all aspects of the City of Dublin’s operations in this immersive nine-week experience

Applications for the 2024 Citizen U class are due March 17. – We are accepting applications for the waitlist.  

Classes are held Wednesdays from March 27 through May 22.

Teen Buddy Program

The Dublin Teen Buddy Program pairs teen volunteers and local older adults to form lasting intergenerational friendships. Paired matches not only communicate through phone calls, letters and emails, they also have the opportunity to participate in various in-person activities and gatherings. Training and orientation is provided and service hours are accrued. Buddy pairs begin their journey together in December 2023. If you’re interested, or if you know of an older adult who might benefit from this wonderful program, contact Volunteer Coordinator Shannon Maurer at smaurer@dublin.oh.us or by calling 614.410.4446.

Teen Guide to Volunteering

Getting involved with the community early in your life can help set you up for a lifetime of giving back. Check out a variety of ways that young people can volunteer in Dublin.

Nonprofit Language Bank

Are you fluent in a language other than English? Language is a common barrier for recipients of nonprofit services. Dublin’s nonprofit community is developing a language bank — a database of volunteers fluent in another language, which nonprofits can tap into when serving clients in need of translation. Email Christine at cnardecchia@dublin.oh.us to learn more and volunteer.

Dublin Heritage Interpreters

If you have a passion for history, nature and sharing knowledge with the community, consider becoming a Dublin Heritage Interpreter. Based at Ferris-Wright Park, this parkland is home to three earthworks and five burial grounds believed to be constructed by the Hopewell peoples thousands of years ago. Ferris-Wright is also home to a restored farmhouse said to be the first framed house in Dublin.

Heritage Interpreters complete a robust training program comprised of online learning modules, in-person workshops and interactive information sessions. Training will begin winter 2022-23, and new interpreters will be ready to lead tours in the spring and summer of 2023. Contact volunteer@dublin.oh.us for more information.

Culture Corner

Help celebrate Dublin’s diversity by teaming up with volunteers and staff to create educational and creative displays highlighting the many cultural holidays celebrated in Dublin. The Culture Corner is on display at the Dublin Community Recreation Center as well as digitally on the City of Dublin social media sites. Email Shannon at smaurer@dublin.oh.us to get involved.

Giving Garden

Located next to the Dublin Development Building on the grounds of the Historic Coffman Homestead is The Giving Garden. This eight-bed garden produces fresh veggies and herbs, which are tended to by City of Dublin volunteers. The purpose of the garden is to grow nutrient-rich veggies for the grateful clients at the Dublin Food Pantry. It’s a win-win-win for a piece of public land being put to great use for those who need a fresh, healthy dose of goodness. Planting typically takes place in mid-May, and care is needed through October. If you are interested in helping with the 2023 season, email volunteer@dublin.oh.us.

‘Keep Dublin Green’ Kits

Keep Dublin Green Park cleanup kits are a great flexible option for groups to give back to the community by cleaning litter from Dublin parks. The kit includes trash and recycle bags, gloves, safety vests, a first aid kit and even a scavenger hunt. To reserve a kit, please complete this interest form, and we will be in touch with next steps.

Recreation Program Assistants

Volunteers are needed days, evenings and weekends at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, assisting instructors with recreation classes for preschool and youth participants. It’s a great way to keep your heart smiling and help kids grow! To volunteer, email volunteer@dublin.oh.us.

Dublin Bicycle Ambassadors

Adults interested in turning their leisure biking time into a service to the community may inquire about this program that encourages safe biking, offers extra eyes and ears out on our bike paths, and assists City staff with bike-related events. To learn more, email Christine at cnardecchia@dublin.oh.us.

Office and Project Assistants

Our offices are always in need of project champions. We are especially interested in matching volunteer skills and interests with City initiatives and projects in need of helping minds, whether with technology, with programs and planning, wellness and research, or communication and engagement efforts. To learn more, email volunteer@dublin.oh.us.

Volunteer for Community Events in Dublin

Our Community Events don’t happen without your help! Consider donating your time to support our world-class events.

Become a Snow Angel

Help older adults and people with disabilities clear their driveways and walkways from snow after winter storms. Register with the City of Dublin to be placed on the call list when a resident in need contacts the City.

How to Give Back All Year-Round

Giving never stops! Finding ways to donate your time and resources now and in the year to come can be just as beneficial to your community.

  • Give Your Time. Turn your energy into a meaningful gift by deciding to volunteer with a friend or family member. Write them a note explaining what group you can give back to together, or donate to the organization on their behalf.
  • Donate. It’s an oldie but a goodie. There are many Dublin groups that could benefit from your generosity, including the Dublin Community Foundation, which invests in local nonprofits around the city.
  • Volunteer Right Here. The City of Dublin is always looking for new and returning volunteers to find a project they are interested in that helps contribute to the health of Dublin. Try something new in 2023, like being a Dublin Heritage Interpreter, Giving Garden volunteer, Bicycle Ambassador and more.

Here are some area nonprofits to consider:

Citizen U Jumpstart

Citizen U Jumpstart is back for summer 2024! Incoming sophomores, juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply today to be a part of Dublin’s citizen engagement program for teens. During this weeklong program, teens will gain awareness and exposure to local government services, our City’s form of government and local government career exploration. 

Scheduled for June 24-28, 2024, participants must be available from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day that week and must be City of Dublin residents or Dublin City Schools district residents. 

Applications will open on May 1, 2024. Questions? Contact volunteer@dublin.oh.us.

Public Records Request Overview

In order to support faster response and better tracking of requests, the City of Dublin uses JustFOIA to collect, respond to and manage public information requests.

Why JustFOIA?

JustFOIA is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) online application that helps streamline the open records request process for the community and improve efficiencies in getting requested information quickly and accurately.

The application lets community members submit requests for all city records, including police reports. Commonly requested information includes accident reports, copies of resolutions and body-camera video.

Submit a Public Records Request

Mission

We are and always have been a proud local democracy. In our service, we strive to provide the best quality of life and environment in which our residents and businesses can thrive. We seek to ally our proud traditions with the best innovations of the future.

Vision

Dublin, Ohio, is the most sustainable, connected and resilient global city of choice.

Core Values

Integrity, Respect, Communication, Teamwork, Accountability, Positive Attitude & Dedication to Service.

The City of Dublin operates under a set of seven key core values: integrity, respect, communication, teamwork, accountability, positive attitude and dedication to service. Staff members use these seven values as the basis for daily decision-making, including the decisions that go into the budget process.

  • Integrity. We are open and honest. We honor our commitments to the community and each other. Our actions are consistent with what we say.
  • Respect. We treat our coworkers and members of the community with courtesy and dignity. We embrace diversity and acknowledge the needs, responsibilities and inherent worth of each individual.
  • Communication. We maintain an environment in which employees feel free to share ideas and information. We promote open interaction throughout the organization to ensure knowledge and understanding among all employees and our community.
  • Teamwork. We create a climate in which all employees work together and support the individual talents and contributions of team members. We celebrate successes and see mistakes as opportunities for growth; we will never willingly let a member of our team fail.
  • Accountability. We are responsible to our community and each other for our personal and organizational decisions, actions and performance results. We are committed stewards of our City’s assets and resources.
  • Positive Attitude. We focus our efforts on constructive behavior, attitudes and solutions. We promote an environment that people love going to every day – a place where each individual can find a sense of belonging, inspiration, enjoyment and meaning.
  • Dedication to Service. We pursue innovation and continuous improvement in all we do. We are committed to efficient, effective and responsive service delivery that makes a difference in the lives of those we serve.

Leadership Philosophy

We are members of an organization that succeeds because of teamwork, dedication, diversity and the innovative spirit of all of   our members. Together, we build a culture of trust, service, mutual respect, inclusion and open communication. We hold ourselves mutually accountable to promote and sustain continuous learning and to develop the learning potential that exists in every member of our team.

City Code

The complete Dublin City Code is available online at American Legal City Ordinance website. Information staff at the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library are available to help navigate this website.

Revised Charter of Dublin, Ohio

This Revised Charter, as adopted on March 19, 1996, became effective on July 4, 1996.

Zoning Code

The Zoning Code for Dublin is Chapter 153 of the Dublin Code of Ordinances. The Zoning Code sets land development requirements and establishes different uses within individual districts. Zoning regulations address the physical development of a site, such as building height, lot requirements, setbacks from lot lines, minimum numbers of parking spaces, sign types and sizes, and other related regulations.

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