It's been a challenging year for families and businesses across the Columbus community. Finish 2020 by paying it forward and giving back to help people who haven't fared so well this year.
In a year when uncertainty has reigned supreme, individual philanthropy will provide a sense of comfort and security to those who need it most – especially during the holidays.
Family Assistance Programs
Welcome Warehouse provides clothes, school supplies, and household items to Dublin families in need.
Little Bottoms Free Store is looking for greeters and shopping assistants to help during their event on December 10. Little Bottoms helps families in need, particularly new mothers, find personal supplies and clothes. Diaper and clothing drives are held every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Support Outdoor Volunteerism
Habitat for Humanity Restore in Westerville collects gently used building materials, appliances, and furniture to provide local families with a ready supply of goods. Proceeds from donations go toward building homes. Sort and organize donated materials on December 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Meals And Food Pantries
CD4AP Free Store provides clothing and household items to support local families and individuals. They need shopping and wrapping volunteers for their annual Free Christmas Shop on December 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and December 20 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Volunteer In Healthcare
Become a volunteer at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The hospital has volunteer programs for teens, college students, and adults. Join a group or bring your pet and take part in the dog visit program.
Ronald McDonald House supports families with children in the hospital. Volunteering opportunities may be limited, but you can still donate from home. Check out the RMH Wishlist for high-priority donation items or craft welcome blankets for families.
Work With Animals
CHA Animal Shelter needs volunteers to assist with donations, animal upkeep, shelter maintenance, and socializing. Volunteers that are 14 and 15 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Individuals 16 and older may volunteer independently with a parent's signed consent. Plan and participate in fundraising, assist with adoptions, or foster shelter animals.