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Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services (JFS)

Provides information about health insurance coverage. Also, visit their website to find helpful information about food assistance, cash assistance, health care, job training, child care and much more. Offers several food programs, including the Ohio Direction Card / EBT (formerly known as food stamps). Individuals can apply for Medicaid at their local Opportunity Center, based on where they live. Each center serves certain zip codes.  People outside of Franklin County should visit their local county Department of Job and Family Services. Refugees and immigrants can apply for services as well.

  • East Center: 1055 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 212-1993
  • Northland Center: 1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 233-2851
  • West Center: 314 North Wilson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 233-2912

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Alvis House Community Reentry Program

Participants develop skills and access resources that will result in a successful transition to the community from the prison or parole system. Services include education, life skills, career training and case management.
2100 Stella Court, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 252-0660 or (614) 223-1499


AmeriCorps is a work program for adults age 17 and older that helps pay for college. AmeriCorps members tutor kids, build homes and work on various projects full-time or part-time over a 9 to 12 month period or during the summer in many locations throughout Ohio and the US. In exchange for their services, participants receive money to pay for college or help pay back student loans.
51 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 493-2755 or (800) 942-2677

Asian American Community Services (AACS)

Offers free career development resources, citizenship classes, computer training programs and English classes for Asians living in central Ohio.
4700 Reed Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43220
(614) 220-4023

CAP4Kids Resources for People with Disabilities & Special Needs

Are you looking for job programs for youth and adults with special needs and disabilities? Find resources in the special needs section of CAP4Kids by clicking below.
Go to CAP4Kids Special Needs Page

Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC)

Free extensive one-stop employment services for young and old, working and unemployed. Services include walk-in access to a career resource room, job fairs and job postings. They also offer free support in preparing resumes, finding a job, GED preparation, and training in English as a second language (ESL). Financial assistance is offered to those who qualify, through an appointment.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 559-5052

Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC) Youth Works Program

Youth throughout Ohio can enroll in summer or year-round programs to improve career skills and learn how to be successful in the workplace. The sites change from year to year, and paid jobs are offered to in-school and out-of-school youth ages 14 to 21. They also offer free employment services, career resources and job fairs.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 559-6063

City Year Columbus

City Year Columbus is a division of AmeriCorps. City Year brings together youth ages 17 to 24 from diverse backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time community service and leadership development. Participants work in local schools and may receive education awards, scholarships and paid stipends.
88 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 586-4540 or (614) 586-4520

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Job Help List

Click below to find a helpful up-to-date list of job programs and resources in the Columbus area.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-6450

Columbus Urban League (CUL) Career Services Department

For those who are new to the workforce, unemployed, looking for a better job, seeking a fresh start, or just wanting to start a career, free programs are available. They offer assistance with resumes and online job applications, job placement, employment counseling, summer programs and internet access. Programs are offered for youth (age 14 and older) and adults. CUL is dedicated to empowering African Americans and people from disadvantaged backgrounds. They offer scholarships for vocational training and free help finding a job.
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300, ext. 106

Community Kitchen

Free breakfast and lunch is served Monday through Saturday.  Call for serving times. All are welcome. They provide families of Southeast Columbus with referrals to community agencies at their family resource drop-in center on Tuesdays through Fridays.  Provides many services and has a ‘no questions asked policy.’ They provide bus passes for transportation to a new job or confirmed medical appointments and referrals to other community agencies. They also provide food to the homeless and work to prevent homelessness.
640 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-6428

Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS)

Serves refugees, asylees and immigrants in central Ohio by providing free employment counseling, skills training, job placement help, ESOL classes and translation services. As the only non-profit immigration legal program in central Ohio, they help with citizenship applications, notary services, visa extensions, green card applications, immigration photos, work authorization and other services. New clients are seen on a first-come, first-served walk-in basis during open immigration intake at the east office. After paying an initial fee of $20, clients can meet with one of the lawyers.
1925 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio  43229
(614) 235-5747

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools

Offers free programs for high school juniors and seniors at more than 15 school districts in central Ohio. They offer job training, career programs, college prep classes, GED classes, ESOL training and help finding a job. They also offer free summer camps for students in grades 6 to 8 explore career options. They also have options for students with special needs.
4300 Amalgamated Place, Groveport, Ohio 43125
(614) 836-4530 or (614) 836-5725

Empleos & Employment

Their online job search helps Latinos find employment (especially bilingual jobs), as well as other resources in the community such as scholarship programs, local events, job fairs and community services.
PO Box 3832, Dublin, Ohio 43016
(614) 790-8894

Alpha Group Community Employment Program

Provides vocational training, job development and employment skills to those with a variety of disabilities.  Assists individuals with disabilities and barriers to employment obtain and maintain positions to lead to successful employment.
1000 Alpha Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 368-5820 or (800) 474-9789

Faith Mission Resource Center

The resource center gives job seekers access to phones, fax, computers and bus passes. Frequent activities include setting up employment interviews, writing resumes, utilizing private voicemail, learning about training opportunities within the community, accessing job hotlines and conducting housing searches.
315 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
614) 224-6617

Gladden Community House

Serving Franklinton and its surrounding neighborhoods in zip codes 43222, 43223 and 43215. They assist with many neighborhood issues and help with employment options.
183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 227-1600

Godman Guild Career Services

Offers free job training, free information sessions, help finding a job, computer classes and free babysitting during their one-week job readiness class. They have a walk-in computer lab to help with job searches, and they sponsor hiring events with local employers.
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 294-5476

Godman Guild KEYS Program & Pathways to Work

KEYS is a summer work internship program for youth ages 14 to 24. Participants experience Work Readiness training and are then placed into paid internships with area employers. Internships last 6 to 8 weeks.

The Pathways to Work Program is for anyone over age 18 that is transitioning to full-time employment. Soft-skills and professional development training is provided.  Participants must first enroll in the Godman Guild’s Economic Empowerment class in order to be in Pathways to Work.
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 294-5476

Goodwill Columbus Work Readiness Program

This free program is open to anyone, with or without a disability, who is looking for assistance with their job search. Classes are one week long and are for Franklin County residents who are 18 years of age or older, and out of high school.
1331 Edgehill Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 583-0103 or (614) 583-0446

Hispanic Employment Program (HEP)

Ensures that Hispanics have an equal opportunity to compete in all aspects of federal employment. Their website has information about career opportunities, community resources, events and activities for the Hispanic community.
PO Box 3990, Columbus, Ohio 43218

IMPACT Community Action Employment Plus Program

Offers free employment services to individuals with a low income, as well as job coaching, paid job training and computer classes.
700 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 252-2799

Jewish Family Services (JFS)

Offers free employment counseling, career coaching, resume writing services and help finding a job. Services are available for all job seekers in Franklin County. They also provide support for those who have lost their jobs or are new to the country and need help.
1070 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 237-9675

Jewish Family Services (JFS)

Provides services for refugees with a low income to help with entry into the workforce, job interview preparation and support services.
1070 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 237-9675

Latino Empowerment Outreach Network (LEON)

LEON develops and supports programs that educate and empower Latinos in the community. Their focus is on health, education, family issues, leadership and advocacy. Visit their job listings page to find local job listings.
PO Box 16215, Columbus, Ohio 43216
(888) 538-5366

National Center for Urban Solutions (NCUS)

Provides job training, workplace readiness, computer basics, resume writing and career coaching for adults. They also have mentoring programs for youth.
899 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 857-1811

New Directions Career Center (NDCC)

Works with all people over age 18 and specializes in assisting women making career transitions (although they help many men as well). They help people regardless of their ability to pay, and offer free and low-cost monthly workshops open to the public on interviewing skills, financial literacy, how to manage utility bills, understanding credit scores and more. Financial aid scholarships, bus passes and childcare assistance are also available.
199 East Rich Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 849-0028

Ohio Unemployment Benefits

To apply for unemployment compensation, call or go online. Have available your social security number, your driver’s license and information about all employers you have worked for in the past 18 months.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Toll-free Hotline: (877) 644-6562

Ohio Wildlife Center (OWC)

Internships at OWC are career exploration and skill-building programs in a wildlife education center setting. They work with area schools to schedule volunteer internships of varying lengths during the summer and school year. High school and college students can volunteer for school credit, fulfill community service obligations or learn more about animal-related professions.
6131 Cook Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
(614) 734-9453

Salvation Army Career Enhancement Center

Provides free career guidance for all Franklin county residents, with a priority given to those living in certain zip codes (43203, 43205, 43211, 43222 and 43224). They offer workshops on creating a resume, filling out job applications, networking and interviewing. Walk-in orientation sessions are available on Monday mornings.
966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 358-2611

Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries

Provides many free services for children and adults in Columbus, including a free lunch summer camp, a free legal clinic, ESOL classes for adults, and referrals to health services and jobs. They also provide one-on-one homework help and tutoring to children whose parents attend the ESOL classes.
4653 Trueman Boulevard, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 586-7939

Somali Community Association of Ohio

Helps Somalis with writing resumes, finding jobs, learning English and addressing personal needs.
3422 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 262-4068

South Side Learning & Development Centers

Offers 30 days of free child care (based on availability) for children ages 6 weeks to 8 years old (6 weeks to 5 years old during the school year) to Franklin County parents seeking employment or in job training programs. They also work with the family to help the parents find employment.
255 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 444-1529

TOUCH (Teaching Opportunity Unity by Connecting Hearts)

This program is for low income youth, ages 17 through 21, who have dropped out of school or have graduated high school and need guidance on what direction to head in, such as military, college, trade school, workforce, etc. The program offers educational workforce development assistance, leadership development training and comprehensive counseling. When necessary, participants may also receive access to housing and clothing assistance. TOUCH is an agency dedicated to helping ex-offenders gain the skills and confidence needed to obtain workforce and educational opportunities.  Visit their website or call directly for eligibility and additional information.
37 Robinwood Avenue, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
(614) 338-8733

Youth Build Columbus

Provides full-year job and education training programs and offers hands-on work experience for central Ohio youth ages 17 to 21 who have dropped out of school. Participants can receive their high school diploma while learning residential construction or nurse assisting skills.
1183 Essex Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 291-0805

Welcome Warehouse

Located inside Indian Run United Methodist Church, the Welcome Warehouse offers programs to assist Dublin area families who are temporarily in need.  Those programs include:  Adopt-A-Family, Clothing Warehouse, Furniture Match Program, Multi-lingual and Mobile Computer Labs, Back to School Outreach and Emergency Household Assistance.  Call for details.
6305 Brand Road, Dublin, Ohio  43016
(614) 726-6958

Word Community Outreach

Word Community Outreach does community outreach and fundraising for those who are in need.  They offer volunteer opportunities for students and others to work within the community.  They also provide helpful tips for families and resources on their website.
2866 Noe Bixby Road, Columbus, Ohio  43232
(614) 823-7333

Wright Choice Success Center

Wright Choice has programs that allow high school and college students from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds and students with disabilities to explore career opportunities.
6230 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 802-2364