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How You Can Help These 8 Ohio Food Banks

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Food banks play an important role in communities throughout Ohio, providing food and support for those in need. Given the challenges of the past year, more people than ever before need support from local food banks. Whether you volunteer your time or make a donation, food banks across Ohio need support from the community to help as many people as possible. Even a small donation can make a big difference in the life of someone in need, so we've put together a guide to 8 Ohio food banks where you can show your support and make a positive difference in the community.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank

15500 S. Waterloo Rd., Cleveland, OH 44110

Northeast Ohio is home to a wide variety of food banks, including the large Greater Cleveland Food Bank, which serves more than 400,000 people per year. In addition to providing meals and fresh produce, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank works to help people in need sign up for programs that can help them find long-term solutions to food insecurity. There are many ways that you can get involved, by making a planned donation, monthly donation, or contribution of non-perishable food items. There are also volunteer opportunities available in a wide variety of positions, from loading/unloading food to using specialized skills to help with large administrative projects within the food bank.

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

350 Opportunity Pkwy., Akron, OH 44307

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank has been serving eight counties around both cities for nearly 40 years by storing and distributing food to a large group of smaller food pantries in the area. With 83,000 square feet of warehouse space and 8,000 square feet of freezer space, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank can serve more than 500 food pantries, shelters, and other non-profit organizations in the region. This foodbank is always accepting donations of food and funds, so it's easy to give back in a way that works for you. You can also volunteer in various support roles at the warehouse or help with food distribution in local communities.

Second Harvest Food Bank

5510 Baumhart Rd., Lorain, OH 44053

In its more than 35 years of serving Northeast Ohio communities, the Second Harvest Food Bank has distributed nearly 100 million pounds of food to those in need. The food bank distributes food to an organized network of food pantries and charity organizations throughout Northeast Ohio. Thanks to a new facility built in Lorain, Second Harvest Food Bank has tripled its capacity for food storage. You can help distribute all of that extra food or make a donation to ensure that the warehouse shelves are always stocked. The organization also needs volunteers to help package food backpacks, along with packages for senior centers and mobile food pantries.

NNEMAP Food Pantry

667 E. 11th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

NNEMAP Food Pantry is part of a coordinated network of food pantries in Columbus and beyond. While many food pantries distribute food based on ZIP codes, NNEMAP Food Pantry makes its services available to anyone who lives in Columbus regardless of where in the city they're located. Volunteers here help with food insecurity, hygiene products, food stamp access, and healthcare needs. You can make a difference as a delivery driver, client interviewer, inventory assistant, or a fundraiser. NNEMAP also accepts help from volunteer groups, if your friends, colleagues, or family would like to help contribute to a positive cause.

Worthington Resource Pantry

6700 Huntley Rd., Columbus, OH 43229

Based in Columbus, the Worthington Resource Pantry serves southern Delaware and northern Franklin counties. In addition to nutritious food, the Worthington Resource Pantry also distributes many essential personal care items to those in need. With a small leadership team and a large, dedicated group of volunteers, this food bank is able to reach more people every year. You can volunteer to help sort and package food, in order to make the distribution process as smooth as possible. The Worthington Resource Pantry also welcomes donations of food, funds, and personal care items.

Mid-Ohio Foodbank On-Site Pantry

3960 Brookham Dr., Grove City, OH 43123

The Mid-Ohio Foodbank On-Site Pantry is part of the larger Mid-Ohio Foodbank network, serving local communities in various ways for more than 40 years. The network is one of the largest of its kind in Ohio and reaches communities throughout the state through more than 680 partner organizations in addition to its own food pantry. With such a large network, there are many ways that you can get involved. Your donations of non-perishable food or funds are always welcome, with every donation playing a small part in distributing more than 140,000 meals every day. There are also many volunteer opportunities available, both at the On-Site Pantry and at other Mid-Ohio Foodbank locations around the state.

Freestore Foodbank

1141 Central Pkwy., Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Freestore Foodbank has a variety of locations around the Cincinnati area, including its main location on Central Parkway. This large food bank is part of the Feeding America network, with a variety of unique ways to contribute in addition to volunteering or donating directly. You can arrange a virtual food drive to raise money online, or participate in events like the Virtual Hunger Walk to help raise money for a diverse collection of local organizations which are working to address food insecurity around Cincinnati.

SEM Food Pantry

2020 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230

The SEM Food Pantry provides support for those in need who are located in eastern Hamilton County and Clermont County, while establishing partnerships with other local organizations including the Freestore Foodbank. SEM Food Pantry operates a client-choice food pantry, which allows members to select their food as if they were at the store. You can volunteer to help by answering phones, helping clients choose food, stocking shelves, and collecting donations. If you aren't able to volunteer, donations of food and funds are crucial in helping SEM Food Pantry serve the community.

Lending a Hand

Every little bit adds up, so how will you show your love to organizations that work every day to make a difference in the lives of those in need?


Thank a Volunteer at These 9 Housing Non-Profits Around Northeast Ohio

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Every day, dedicated volunteers at housing non-profits throughout Northeast Ohio invest their time and energy in helping people find safe, affordable housing where they can thrive. Non-profit organizations in Cleveland and beyond work hard to provide housing support for the people who need it most, without asking for anything in return. Volunteer Recognition Day, which takes place every year on April 20, presents the perfect opportunity to show some love to the housing volunteers in your community. Check out our list of 10 housing non-profits around Northeast Ohio where you can thank a volunteer this April.

Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio

1725 E. 115th St., Cleveland, OH 44106

Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio is a Cleveland area non-profit that focuses on providing housing and support for people with physical mobility disabilities. They provide fully accessible, affordable housing where people with disabilities can live full, independent lives and work with other local non-profits that share the same mission. The organization also provides a variety of educational programs for senior citizens, people with disabilities, and anyone who's interested in learning about the importance about accessibility in housing.

YWCA Canton 

231 6th St. NE, Canton, OH 44702 

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YWCA Canton is a community organization focused on empowering women, eliminating racism, and providing assistance to families throughout the Canton area. The organization offers a variety of housing services, including emergency shelters, permanent supportive housing, and a unique rapid re-housing program. They also operate an early childhood learning center where local children can have safe daycare and education from certified teachers. Their THRIVE program is dedicated to helping the youngest residents and their families by advocating for better prenatal care and providing educational resources for new parents.

Enterprise Community Partners 

1360 E. 9th St., Cleveland, OH 44114 

The team at Enterprise Community Partners is dedicated to addressing housing inequality from a wide variety of angles in cities across the country, including in Cleveland. Their work includes financing and development of homes, development of new solutions to address housing inequality, and advocacy for policies to address housing inequality at every level of government. They also provide resources and conduct research to help shed light on the challenges of housing inequality throughout the country.

Fair Housing Center for Rights and Research 

2728 Euclid Ave. Ste. 200, Cleveland, OH 44115 

The Fair Housing Center for Rights and Research has been supporting fair housing rights in Northeast Ohio for nearly 40 years, which started with a small group of local fair housing and civil rights advocates. It has since grown into a large organization that advocates for fair housing policy, the elimination of housing discrimination, and promotion of community involvement in housing issues. They conduct research, offer educational programs, advocate for improved public policy, and work to enforce existing fair housing regulations.

ICAN Housing 

1214 Market Ave. N, Canton, OH 44714 

The team at ICAN Housing believes that a stable home is one of the keys to a stable life, and has more than 30 years of experience supporting people struggling with homelessness in Stark County. They take a holistic approach to fighting homelessness, which includes housing support services, affordable housing programs, and permanent supportive housing. They provide community outreach, help homeless people reenter the workforce, and provide extensive peer support. ICAN Housing also works with other non-profit organizations throughout the Stark County area that focus on addressing homelessness and providing affordable housing for those in need.

CHN Housing Partners 

2999 Payne Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114 

CHN Housing Partners is a non-profit that aims to improve lives and create more equitable communities by creating affordable housing. They approach the challenge from multiple angles, by building affordable homes, providing housing services for people in need, and increasing the supply of affordable housing available throughout the Cleveland area. They have developed more than 6,500 affordable homes, provided housing services for more than 40,000 people annually, and helped thousands of people find new, affordable homes around Cleveland.

Front Steps Housing and Services 

1545 W. 25th St., Cleveland, OH 44113 

With more than 35 years of experience working to eliminate homelessness and housing inequality throughout Cuyahoga County, Front Steps Housing and Services has a long tradition of helping local families find affordable permanent housing. They created a transitional housing facility to help families in need find a temporary residence, and work hard to make sure that those same families eventually find a permanent home to call their own. Front Steps also helps people get back on their feet with a diverse selection of educational programs to provide advice on independent living, help with behavioral health challenges, and prepare people to enter the workforce.

United Way of Greater Cleveland 

1331 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115 

The United Way of Greater Cleveland is part of a nationwide organization dedicated to addressing the challenges of poverty at their source and providing vital assistance for community members in need. The Community Hub for Basic Needs, a new program from the United Way, is designed to be a resource for providing housing assistance, and educational support to help people deal with the many challenges posed by poverty.

Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center 

2226 W. 89th St., Cleveland, OH 44102 

The Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center offers a comprehensive set of community services and resources in the Cleveland area. Housing resources are a big part of the mission at Nueva Luz URC, with programs that include assistance for finding affordable housing, help with finding grants for new homeowners, and assistance with covering the cost of key utilities. The organization also provides services to help people with nutritional, medical, and legal needs.

Where Will You Thank a Volunteers This Year?

Whether you choose to volunteer your own time or recognize the work of the selfless volunteers in your community, Volunteer Recognition Day is a great chance to show your support.


Columbus: Where to Give Blood On World Blood Donor Day

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Could you spare a pint of blood for those in need throughout Columbus?

Believe it or not, you can "bleed" for a good cause without any pain or discomfort. In fact, a few minutes sitting on a comfortable chair is all that's needed to save a number of lives. Donating blood is one of the easiest, yet most selfless acts that you can do. If you've never donated blood before or haven't in a few years, now is the perfect time to perform such a heroic deed.

June 14th, 2020, is World Blood Donor Day. Organized by the World Health Organization, World Blood Donor Day is an annual event designed to raise awareness and spread education about the many benefits of blood donation. This international celebration unites us all in a quest to preserve the wellbeing of our communities with the life-saving gift of blood.

World Blood Donor Day began in 2004 in an attempt to raise awareness of the need for safe, clean blood, as well as to recognize the many selfless donors who voluntarily save the lives of thousands by simply donating their blood a few times each year.

Why are Blood Donations so Vital?

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Think about how much any donation can impact a community. A few dollars can feed a person struggling with homelessness, a few donated clothing can help a family, and a few hours of volunteering can benefit countless members of our society. While time, money, and effort can go a long way in helping our fellow neighbors, blood donations can make quite an impact in ways that we may not even realize.

Like other donations, blood donations are used in a variety of ways. In some cases, donated blood is used in planned medical treatments such as blood transfusions. Donated blood is also used to facilitate urgent medical interventions, such as when an individual has lost a significant volume of their own blood due to an accident, injury, or natural disaster.

What many individuals, even some donors, don't know is that blood is also used for healthcare in other, long-term ways. Many blood donations are saved in a blood bank for future use while others are sent overseas to countries that do not have safe or sufficient quantities of blood. Blood plasma donations can also be used for other medical treatments.

Facts About Blood Donations

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When you donate blood, every drop counts. While it may seem odd to think that something every human has is in short supply around the world, the reality is that there are thousands if not millions of men, women, and children across the globe that cannot obtain the clean, safe blood that they desperately need to restore their health. Here are a few vital facts about blood donations that we believe you should know:

  • A single blood donation can save as many as three lives.

  • Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood donation.

  • 62 percent of the population is ineligible to donate blood.

  • Type O blood is the most requested blood by hospitals, because Type O negative can be given to all blood types, but only 7 percent of the population in the United States are Type 0 negative.

  • Blood cannot be manufactured artificially; it must be donated from volunteers.

  • Over 117 million blood donations are collected around the world each year.

  • Over 65 countries collect less than 10 donations per 1,000 people.

  • Blood transfusions account for 75 percent of adults over the age of 65 in high-income countries.

  • Nearly 80 countries around the world rely on voluntary unpaid blood donations for 90-100 percent of their blood supply.

  • Blood transfusions account for 52 percent of children under the age of 5 in low-income countries.

Frequently Asked Questions About Blood Donations

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Would you like to learn more about donating blood? Here are a few frequently asked questions prospective donors inquire about via the American Red Cross:

  • How old do I need to be to give blood?
    Most states require a donor be 17 years of age or older, but some states do allow 16-year-old individuals to donate with parental consent.

  • How often can I donate blood?
    A donor may donate blood at most once every 8 to 16 weeks.

  • Does donating blood hurt?
    When the needle is inserted into your arm, you may feel a quick, small pinch.

  • When will my body regenerate my blood?
    While your red blood cells require around six weeks to regenerate, your plasma will regenerate within one day.

  • How long does a blood donation take?
    On average, the actually donating process takes around 10 minutes. However, the registration process and recovery process will add time to your visit. Budget around one full hour to complete the full process.

June Blood Drives Around Columbus

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Friday, June 12, 2020
  • Capital University Student Union
    745 Pleasant Ridge Ave., Columbus, OH 43209

Saturday, June 13, 2020

  • Polaris Fashion Place
    1540 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240

Sunday, June 14, 2020

  • New Life Church
    3690 N. Stygler Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230

Monday, June 15, 2020

  • American Red Cross
    995 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43205

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

  • Mount Carmel New Albany Surgical Hospital
    7277 Smiths Mill Rd., New Albany, OH 43054

Friday, June 19, 2020

  • Molina Healthcare
    3000 Corporate Exchange Dr., Columbus, OH 43231

Note that many locations may require signup prior to donating, but these blood donation events are far from the only opportunities for donation. Nearly every day of the year, there's a way for you to donate blood around the Columbus area. There are also a number of blood buses that schedule frequent stops at popular locations such as shopping plazas, community centers, and school campuses.

Be a Life Saver

Have you ever donated blood before? Tell us about your experience in the comments below and give other donors the support and advice you think will help make their experience as positive as possible.


Northeast Ohio: Sign Up to Run These Virtual Races

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With gyms closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Northeast Ohio residents are struggling to keep fit. From YouTube videos to push-up and squat challenges, those who want to stay in shape have certainly found some creative outlets to do so.

For runners, a virtual 5K race is a fun and exciting way to enjoy the camaraderie of race day while still staying socially distant. How does it work? You simply register ahead of time, then, on the day of the race, run or walk in any place you choose. Your medal will be shipped directly to you! 

Sound like fun? You're in luck! There's certainly no shortage of upcoming virtual races in the local area. For each of these races, you can complete your run (or walk) any time between the start and end dates. Unless otherwise noted, you may also choose between a 1-mile, 5K, 10K, half-marathon, or marathon run. You'll time yourself, and race officials will ask you to send them your time. The prices include your medal, race bib, and shipping.  

Now that you know how everything works, here are a few you may want to check out.

Race Through the Clouds

Sunday, May 10th at 7 pm - Sunday, May 31st at 9 pm


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This very special virtual race is being held in honor of Zach Sobiech, who wrote the song "Clouds" when he was dying of osteosarcoma at only 18 years old. The cloud-themed medal was made to honor his legacy and his "anthem of hope."

This race is held in May, to celebrate Zach's birthday, and 15% of the registration fee will be donated to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Funds

2020 Happy Hug Day

Saturday, May 16th at 7 pm - Sunday, May 31st at 9 pm 

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You might not be able to give out real hugs right now, but you can virtually celebrate National Hug Day. For this race, 15% of the fees will go to the HUGS (Help Us Give Smiles) Foundation, Inc., an organization that gives free medical care to children and adolescents who have a cleft palate, cleft lip, microtia, and other facial deformities. 

You can also purchase an official race t-shirt or hoodie if you want to show extra support! 

The Great Toilet Paper Chase

Saturday, June 13th at 7 pm - Saturday, August 29th at 8 pm 

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Did you know that National Toilet Paper Day is coming up on August 26th? Considering the craziness surrounding this essential product, it's only appropriate that a race is held in honor of it. 

A minimum of 30% of your $22 entry fee will go to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund through the World Health Organization. This charity helps provide frontline healthcare workers with essential supplies and supports research to speed the discovery of diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines. 

Get Truckin' 5K

Saturday, June 13th at 7 pm - Wednesday, September 30th at 8 pm

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One of the most essential, and under-recognized workers during the COVID-19 pandemic is the nation's truck drivers. These are the people who ensure that we're able to get food and critical medical supplies to the places that need them. Help support them by registering for the Get Truckin' 5K. 

Thirty percent of each registration goes to the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund. For a limited time, you can also purchase a limited-edition t-shirt or hoodie.  

2020 Race for the Greatest

Saturday, June 20th at 7 pm - Sunday, August 23rd at 9 pm 

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On January 26th of this year, the world lost the great Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. This race is held in his honor. The distances for this race are slightly different. Choose from a 2-mile, 8K (4.97 miles), or 24K (14.91 miles) run or walk. These numbers were chosen for Gianna's jersey numbers (2, 8, and 24). 

At least 34% of the registration cost will be donated to an organization that Bryant was passionate about After School All-Stars. You can also purchase an official t-shirt or hoodie. 

Father's Day 5K

Sunday, June 21st at 7 pm - Tuesday, June 30th at 9 pm

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Celebrate the important dads in your life and get a fun superhero medal! Run in honor of Dad, give the medal to him, or purchase an extra one to give as a gift. 

The registration is $22 and15% of the fee to Team Hoyt, which works with disabled and physically challenged young people to help build their self-esteem, character, and confidence. If you'd like, you can also purchase a commemorative t-shirt or hoodie. 

We're All in This Together: Social Distancing 6K

Saturday, June 27th at 7 pm - Monday, August 31st at 9 pm

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In honor of the 6-foot social distancing recommendations, this race features a medal that reads "We're all in this together, but six feet apart." At least 30% of all proceeds from this race's registration will go toward supporting Feeding America, which supports food banks across the country. 

Champions for the Children 5K

Thursday, August 20th at 7 pm - Mon. Nov. 30th at 9 pm

This race is held in celebration of World Children's Day, which occurs on November 20th. Registration for this event is $22 and 25% of this goes to support Feeding America

Set Your New PR 

Which of these awesome virtual 5K races are you going to do? 


16 Columbus Small Businesses + Organizations Making a Difference

Columbus consists of a tight-knit community that never passes up an opportunity to come together for a greater cause. That's why it is no surprise to us that there are so many fantastic businesses and organizations in the area dedicated to lending a helping hand whenever they can. We rounded up some of the businesses and organizations in Columbus that are truly making a difference in the community right now. From donating their profits to a local charity to providing essential services to those in need — these Columbus locals are proving how amazing our city is every day.  

Local Small Businesses

Eat, Purr, Love Cat Café

3041 Indianola Avenue

Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Columbus Ohio

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If you're a coffee and cat lover, you may never want to leave Eat, Purr, Love. When you visit this eclectic "cat café," not only can you enjoy fantastic local coffee, baked goods and board games, but you can also play with adorable cats that are all available for adoption. By providing a comfortable space to hang out and meet new feline friends, Eat, Purr, Love has been able to send hundreds of cats to new homes. If you want to learn more about this eclectic small business, check out An Inside Look Into Eat, Purr, Love: Central Ohio's First Cat Café!

Glenn Avenue Soap Company

1166 West 5th Avenue Do you know what's in your beauty products? More often than not, soaps, shampoos, lotions and other products are full of harmful chemicals that aren't good for you or the environment. That's why Glenn Avenue Soap Company uses completely natural ingredients in all of their products, which are also made using environmentally friendly practices. Either online or in person at their Craft Soaphouse, you can purchase anything from all-natural shaving cream and body butters to bath bombs and beer soaps — guilt free! Plus, they donate a portion of their proceeds to local charities. If you have an organization that you would like to be considered for a donation you can contact Glenn Avenue on their website.

Hot Chicken Takeover

Multiple Locations Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Columbus Ohio

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In the fall of 2013, owners Joe DeLoss and his wife Lisa visited Nashville and experienced their famous hot chicken culture for the first time. After tasting the chicken and getting hooked on the community surrounding the iconic dish, they decided to bring it to Columbus. Today, Hot Chicken Takeover is one of the most successful restaurants in the city, but HCT is about more than the chicken — it's about the people who work and eat there as well. That's why they provide supportive jobs to anyone in the area who needs a fair chance at work, regardless of homelessness, previous incarceration or any other barrier to employment.

Jeni's Ice Cream

Multiple Locations Even if you aren't from Columbus you probably know about Jeni's. Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream creates some of the most famous ice creams around, and they've even been named one of the best ice cream shops in the country. And it all started right here in Columbus when Jeni Britton Bauer decided to open a trendy ice cream shop in 2002. We love them, not only because the ice cream is so good, but also because they care about the environment and the Columbus community. They recently switched to long-handled metal taster spoons and ditched the plastic ones and work exclusively with local growers, makers, producers and suppliers.


495 South 3rd Street | 2424 East Main Street, Bexley Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of Kittie's Hand Crafted Cakes

Former professional golfers Mollie and Kelly are the brains behind Kittie's Hand Crafted Cakes. After traveling the world for 10 years during their golf careers, the pair decided they wanted to open a new cake experience in Columbus. At both of their locations, one in Bexley and the other in German Village, you can try their incredible cupcakes that look just as amazing as they taste. But it isn't just Kittie's fantastic cakes that landed them on this list, they are also very dedicated to the Columbus community, donating any leftovers to local charities and getting highly involved with charity fundraising.

Land Grant Brewing

424 West Town Street Land-Grant Brewing is a craft brewery located in the historic Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus. Not only is Land-Grant one of the most successful breweries in the area, but they're also a leading pioneer in the sustainability movement in Columbus. They've worked tirelessly to upgrade their building to make it more eco-friendly. And it isn't just environmental sustainability they are committed to — Land Grant also donated over $38,000 in 2018 to local area education, sustainability and community building initiatives.  

Local Organizations

A Kid Again

777-G Dearborn Park Lane A Kid Again has one goal: to make sure that every child in American with a life-threatening illness gets the chance to be a kid again. Using donations from the local community and with the help of volunteers, A Kid Again helps children that have been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition feel normal by taking them on fun adventures around town. A trip to Kings Island, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Scene 75 are just some of the fun adventures A Kid Again has organized.

City Year Columbus

350 East 1st Avenue Suite 250 City Year has made headlines all over the world for the impact they are having on schools and communities throughout the United States. Their goal is to help prevent children from dropping out of school, something nearly a quarter of Columbus students do. Our local chapter has spent nearly two decades serving students all over the area, serving more than a million hours and reaching more than 75,000 students.

Columbus Early Learning Centers

Multiple Locations Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Columbus Ohio For over 130 years, Columbus Early Learning Centers have been providing fantastic early learning and care to Columbus area children. They provide affordable child care and education to all Columbus families, regardless of income and work to prepare children for kindergarten. If you're interested in donating or volunteering at a Columbus Early Learning Center, you can learn more on their website.   

Dublin Furniture Banc

6253 Old Avery Road, Dublin Dublin Furniture Banc works tirelessly to ensure that the most vulnerable and at-risk groups in the Central Ohio area are safe and have their basic needs taken care of. Using generous donations from the community, they help provide those in need with furniture including mattresses, couches and dressers along with home appliances and even automobiles.

Franklinton Farms

867 West Town Street Franklinton Farms is a nonprofit urban farm dedicated to growing and sharing food, creating beauty and building community. The farm features a 12 Site Scattered Urban Farm with High Tunnels for year-round production. Among those sites they have a Paw Paw Orchard, a berry patch, a microgreens grow room, and a lot of produce growing. The Patrick Kaufman Memorial Franklinton Community Garden is home to many community events. Check them out here to get the freshest produce in Franklinton!

The Idea Foundry

421 West State Street Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Columbus Ohio The Idea Foundry is a place where anyone can explore their desire to make things. No matter what your passion is — video game design, welding, woodworking or public speaking — you can practice it at the Idea Foundry in one of their quiet workspaces, classrooms or workshops. And if you're interested in learning a new artisan skill, check out their calendar and see what types of classes and events they have going on this month!

Local Matters

633 Parsons Avenue In 2008, Local Matters was created to help put healthy, affordable food in the hands of Columbus residents and to educate the community on the importance of good nutrition. They work with schools to get students excited about healthy food; advocate for food education and access for all; and help families shop for, plan and cook healthy meals on a budget. Local Matters hosts several events every week, from cooking classes to gardening workshops. Visit their calendar to see what you could be learning this month.


620 East Broad Street, Suite 300 For nearly four decades, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra has been delivering a unique classical music experience to the people of Columbus through innovative programming and educational outreach. Not only does this orchestra consistently deliver stunning performances throughout the city, but they are also dedicated to providing accessible music education to everyone in Columbus. From outreach in schools and colleges to internships to free family-friendly concerts in neighborhoods and parks throughout Columbus — ProMusica is bringing a love of music to the community every way they can.

Southside Roots

280 Reeb Avenue Southside Roots is our city's only Pay-What-You-Can market, offering a variety of grocery items and meals to locals, regardless of how much money they are able to spend. At their café, you'll find a seasonal menu full of healthy and delicious ingredients, which you can pay the full price for or you are welcome to give your time in service as payment. Once a week on Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.- 7 p.m., Southside Roots hosts a free community dinner that helps bring people together and often includes dishes from all around Columbus.  

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