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Finding a Job & Making Ends Meet

Columbus Urban League (CUL)

The Columbus Urban League (CUL) is a community‐based, non‐profit, advocacy organization that works to empower African Americans and marginalized groups through economic, educational and social progress with programs, classes and services. There initiatives fall under six categories:

  • Restoring Citizens
  • Keeping My Home
  • Growing Our Kids
  • Money & Mortgages
  • Jobs & Training
  • African American Male Initiative

788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300
cul.org

Alvis

  • Community Reentry Program: Offers a comprehensive range of services designed to help people who are transitioning from the corrections system back into the community. Services include: cognitive-behavioral treatment at their residential reentry center, alcohol and drug addiction treatment, workforce development, case management, mentoring, family and children’s programs, help for human trafficking victims and transitional education programs.
  • Community Recovery Program: Amethyst and Recovery Choices are two Alvis programs that provide hope and help to those in recovery. Amethyst offers a range of services to women and their families. Recovery Choices is a comprehensive, substance abuse treatment program.
  • Developmental Disabilities Program: Promote independence, personal accountability and growth for the clients with developmental disabilities. Services include: residential care, behavioral intervention, vocational/job readiness skills training and supported living.

2100 Stella Court, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 252-8402
alvis180.org

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 career planning, academic and skill testing, hands-on computer classes, GED preparation, creating resumés and cover letters, preparing for interviews and more.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 559-5052
cowic.org

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
www.publichealth.columbus.gov

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 ext. 240
www.communitykitchencolumbus.org

Dress for Success Columbus

Provides free interview and work-ready clothing, mentoring and career center resources (like professional development, computers with Microsoft software, printers and more) for Central Ohio women ages 15 and up. A referral is required to receive services.
1204 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 291-5420
dfscmh.org

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools

Offers free programs for high school juniors and seniors at more than 15 school districts in central Ohio, including 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.

  • District Office: 4300 Amalgamated Place, Groveport, Ohio 43125
    (614) 836-4530
  • Eastland Career Center: 4465 South Hamilton Road, Groveport, Ohio 43125
    (614) 836-5725 or (614) 836-4541, ext. 1
  • Fairfield Career Center: 3985 Coonpath Road Northwest, Carroll, Ohio 43112
    (614) 837-9443 or (740) 756-9243

eastlandfairfield.com

EveryoneOn

Find low-cost Internet and affordable computers in your area. EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. Those featured have met their minimum service and price standards and are committed to working with EveryoneOn in helping connect families and individuals.
718 Seventh Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
(855) 387-9166
everyoneon.org

Expanding Visions

Offers career development service to teenagers preparing for success in the workforce, adults looking to further their careers and middle school students developing leadership skills that will propel them to successful careers. They also offer life coaching to help graduates along their career paths.
PO Box 245, Brice, Ohio 43109
(614) 804-6200
expandingvisions.net

Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services (JFS)

Provides information about health insurance coverage, 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 Opportunity Center: 1055 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 212-1993
  • Northland Opportunity Center: 1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 233-2851
  • West Opportunity Center: 314 North Wilson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 233-2912

jfs.franklincountyohio.gov

Godman Guild

Offer free adult education classes (like GED preparation, ESOL, job training, computer lab) with free childcare services and transportation, community engagement programs, health and wellness programs and services, and youth programming (like after school homework help, mentoring, summer programs, internships and career exploration).
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 294-5476
godmanguild.org

Goodwill Columbus Work & Activity Services

The New Generation Work & Activity Services program provides unique and varied opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities between the ages of 18 and 44.  The program is designed for individuals who have an interest in learning work skills. Participants also partake in art, health and wellness, and a variety of activities in community settings including volunteering, recreation and leisure, and community awareness.
1331 Edgehill Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 583-0354 or (614) 583-0293 TTY
goodwillcolumbus.org

Jewish Family Services (JFS)

Provide counseling and community support services. They also offer free employment counseling, career coaching, resume writing services and help finding a job, as well as support for those who have lost their jobs or are new to the country and need help. Services are available for all job seekers in Franklin County.
1070 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 231-1890
jfscolumbus.org

Lao Volunteer Donation Association

Offers language classes, basic computer classes, citizenship classes, immigration services, employment services, housing assistance, basic living needs, after school programs for youth ages 5-13, Lao events and more.
1160 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 596-5169
laovda.com

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Faith Mission

Provides shelter to men, women and veterans and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the year to anyone who is experiencing homelessness. In addition, they offer case management, employment assistance and a health center to help clients overcome barriers to self sufficiency.
245 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-6617
lssnetworkofhope.org

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
www.ncusolutions.org

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
www.newdirectionscc.org

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Ohio Options for Adult Diploma & Ohio High School Equivalence

This site has a lot of information about obtaining a GED (General Educational Development), including testing centers and preparation classes. Also, they offer information about Adult Diploma Programs which provides job training and a new pathway for adults, ages 22 or older, to earn a high school diploma and industry credentials.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing/Ohio-Options-for-Adult-Diploma

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
http://co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio/Career-Enhancement

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
www.son-ministries.org

She Has A Name

She Has A Name is a faith-based organization that teaches job skills to survivors of human trafficking. They also provide education classes, increase awareness and serve partner organizations in the Central Ohio community.
Office: 345 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Mailing: 605 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 636-0421
shehasaname.org

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
http://southsidelearning.org

Southeast, Inc. Center of Vocational Alternatives (COVA)

Professionals work with teens and young adults with mental, emotional and social barriers to transition to work and achieve independent living. They offer free job readiness, pre-employment, and transitional services.
3770 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 294-7117 or Toll Free (877) 521-2682
cova.org