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Lounging by the pool and partying with your friends in the summer is a lot of fun, but why not use some of your spare time to volunteer? Columbus offers many character-building, community-driven opportunities for those looking to give back. Here are a few:

  1. Be a youth mentor. The Village Network is a local organization dedicated to the care and treatment of troubled youths. Mentors serve as positive role models, foster development of healthy adult relationships, offer support and guidance, and may help out with other tasks, such as tutoring and recreational skills, etc.
  2. Volunteer for the Arthritis Foundation’s Golf Classic. This year’s tournament will be held at Dublin Tartan Fields Golf Club on Tuesday, August 13th. There are plenty of roles that need to be filled: from check-in tables to silent auction set-up to on-course volunteers. Both morning and afternoon shifts are available. If you’re interested, contact Stephanie Perry, Community Development Manager at 614-503-5597 or [email protected].
  3. Provide support to patients and families. At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, there are a number of volunteer roles that need to be filled. From clerical duties to working directly with patients and families, there is something for everyone!
  4. Help aspiring entrepreneurs. If you’ve got have business acumen, volunteer as a mentor on MicroMentor.org. Joining is easy, and all activities occur online. Advise and assist aspiring entrepreneurs as a trusted coach and guide. This opportunity is very flexible because you set the the schedule and goals with your mentee. MicroMentor’s support staff will guide you through how to set up and maintain this relationship.
  5. Eradicate Hunger. Volunteer at Community Kitchen by helping Columbus residents who reside in food-deficient households or face homelessness. Volunteers can serve meals at their facility, drive the van to deliver meals, work in their clothing room, provide clerical work and more. If you are interested in providing assistance, contact Marilyn Oberting at [email protected].

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