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Africentric Personal Development Shop (APDS)

Non-profit behavioral healthcare agency providing alcohol and drug treatment, licensed counseling, domestic violence education and intervention programs, and support services for families affected by addiction. They also offer a summer camp, UCANN Serve and UCANN Lead programs for ages 11-17 to experience mentorship and civic engagement, Urban GEMS science and gardening after-school program for ages 12-19, and awards two scholarships per year for youth ages 17-22 pursuing higher education. The organization was founded by and centers the African community but serves all regardless of race, gender, disability, or economic status.
1409 East Livingstone Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 253-4448
apdsinc.org

COSI (Center of Science and Industry)

Science center offering hands-on STEAM education for all, through interactive exhibits and programs. Families can purchase tickets or memberships to enjoy their live shows, special events, opportunities to volunteer, resources for educators, and more. They offer a special Family Access Membership that is available for families who get WIC, EBT, or Ohio Medicaid. They also offer Sensory Bags and a Sensory Environment Map to help individuals with sensory needs enjoy their visit. The COSI Connects website has lots of STEAM information, videos, and activities for families and educators.
333 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-2674
cosi.org
cosi.org/connects

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO)

Serves: Preschoolers and Students ages 18-22 with special needs who have deferred their high school diploma.
The ESC offers multiple programs on the campuses at Columbus State Community College and The Ohio State University to create individualized transition plans for students and help them meet their career and lifestyle goals. Each program includes help with activities of daily living, hands-on experience at multiple work sites, on-campus, and in the community. They also host an Early Learning Peer Model Program with small group instruction for preschool-aged children. Find program details and application instructions online.

  • Campus-Based Transition: (614) 445-3750
  • Peer Model Program: (614) 542-4106

2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
www.escco.org/Default.aspx

All for Good

A website that lists opportunities for volunteerism and community engagement. Volunteer opportunities from many sites around the web are pulled together onto this website to provide an in depth database of volunteer opportunities.
allforgood.org

All THAT (Teens Hopeful About Tomorrow)

A mentoring program for youth attending Independence, Walnut Ridge, Whitehall Yearling High Schools and teens who have had contact with the Juvenile Court system. They also offer homework help, life skills training, and workforce development programming.
4117 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43227
(614) 745-0007
all-that.org

Alpha Group

Provides vocational training for individuals with a variety of disabilities. Services include soft skills development, assistance with all stages of the job application process, and direct skills training on the worksite. They offer an Integrated Adult Day program, Supportive Living Services, and Transportation Services. Services vary by location.

  • Delaware: 1000 Alpha Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015
  • Westerville: 200 Hoff Road, Suite F, Westerville, Ohio 43082
  • Dublin: 4333 Tuller Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017
  • Mansfield: P.O. Box 3831, Mansfield, Ohio 44907

Main Office: (740) 368-5810
Transportation: (740) 564-2502
alphagroup.net

Alvis

Offers supportive services to adults and families involved in the criminal justice system. Referrals are required to receive services. Call for details.

  • Reentry Services: Helps people 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, housing assistance, and links to community services and support.
  • Behavioral Healthcare: Offers traditional and intensive outpatient therapy and psychiatry, supportive housing, substance abuse treatment, job readiness, and trauma treatment.
  • Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Services: Includes residential care, behavioral intervention, vocational/job readiness skills training and supported living.
  • Family & Children’s Program: Supports children whose parents are justice-system-involved or suffering from substance abuse. Offers parenting programs, developmental assessments, critical needs free pantry, clinical services for children, and reunification activities.

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

AmeriCorps & ServeOhio

A work program for adults age 18 and older that helps pay for college in exchange for their service through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Members tutor kids, build homes, help with disaster recovery and more. The projects can be full-time or part-time over a 9 to 12-month period or during the summer in many locations throughout Ohio and the US. After serving, young adults are eligible for an education award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 728-2916
National Service Hotline: (800) 942-2677
AmeriCorps: americorps.gov
ServeOhio: serveohio.org

Best Buddies Ohio

Their One-to-One Friendship program creates social inclusion and friendships for people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities at middle and high schools, colleges, and online across Ohio. The Leadership Development program empowers people with and without IDD to become leaders, public speakers and advocates.
PO Box 45353, Westlake, Ohio 44145
(614) 928-3383
bestbuddies.org/ohio

Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus

Nationally-acclaimed club providing after-school and summer programming for youth 5-18. Programs are oriented around Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, Character & Leadership, and Mental Health & Wellbeing. Club members have access to tutoring, gym space, teen-specific areas, field trips, career-readiness opportunities, and mentoring. Go online for a full list of locations, including Newark, 3 Marion Clubs, and 8 Columbus Clubs.
(614) 221-8830
bgccentralohio.org

Bridges to Success For Young Adults Transitioning out of Foster Care

Provides guidance and supportive services to young adults who left foster care in Ohio at ages 18, 19 or 20 as they transition to adulthood. They offer services in housing, education, employment and help youth with getting health insurance, finding a doctor or improving physical or mental health in any way.

  • Central Region
    (614) 568-9428
    Counties:  Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Hardin, Hocking, Jackson, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, Ross, Union, Vinton
  • Southeast Region
    (614) 869-3889
    Counties:  Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Tuscarawas, Washington

jfs.ohio.gov/child-and-adult-protection-foster-and-adoption/services-for-families-and-children/bridges/overview

Buddy Up For Life for Youth with Down Syndrome

Serves individuals with Down Syndrome by providing engaging activities that help athletic, social, and emotional development. Athletes are partnered with volunteer Buddies to provide support, develop friendships, and reinforce the coaches’ instructions. Coaches are trained to implement the curriculum specifically created for athletes with Down Syndrome. Programs include tennis, pickleball, fitness, Zumba, and summer camp. The Columbus location offers a Life Skills program for students ages 14+ to learn skills like cooking, finance, and professional communication.
8000 Walton Parkway, New Albany, Ohio 43054
(614) 579-8808
buddyupforlife.org

Center for Courageous Kids (CCK)

Offers free summer camps and family retreat experiences for seriously ill children, in a safe, medically supervised environment. Medical care is provided by volunteer physicians and nurses coordinated by a full-time medical director. They provide camps for kids with asthma, cancer, cerebral palsy, diabetes, blood disorders, muscular dystrophy, sickle cell, spina bifida and more.
1501 Burnley Road, Scottsville, Kentucky 42164
(270) 618-2900
courageouskids.org

Center for Healthy Families

Provides community and school based services for pregnant and parenting youth 12-24 years old. Services include help with healthcare, preventing subsequent pregnancy, housing, parenting skills, support groups, education, and employment assistance. They also house the Black Girls and Young Women’s Collective to advocate for equity and community.

Healthy Families Home-Visiting Program
Healthy Families Connection Services
500 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 884-4200
centerforhealthyfamilies.org

Central Community House

A neighborhood-based community center that serves the near east and near south neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. Programs for families include soft skills training, employment assistance, financial education training, emergency housing/rent assistance, nutrition programs, utility services, health care, parenting workshops and more. They partner with Columbus Early Learning Centers to provide childcare. Programs for youth include after-school, summer day camp for kids ages 5-13, and the TRANSIT ARTS center which provides free music and art classes. Village Central Senior Program helps adults ages 60 and older maintain independence and combat isolation by providing transportation services, wellness programs, home repairs, organized social events, community engagement and more. They also have a business training program called  ACE, Academy for Community Entrepreneurs.
1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Front Desk/Intake: (614) 252-3157
Village Central Senior Program: (614) 545-2703
TRANSIT ARTS: (614) 732-0198
cchouse.org

Central Ohio Public Libraries

Visit your local library to get access to free books, music, movies and documentaries. Many libraries also offer group reading times for children, homework help, job and business help, fun events for all ages, and more. Librarians can often help you get connected to local resources in your community, even if they are not offered directly by the library. Contact your local library to confirm what services they are currently offering.

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Central Ohio Youth for Christ (COYFC)

A faith-based organization that offers free programs for youth, including:

  • City Life: Offers free group meetings, mentoring relationships, free childcare and other support for teen moms, job and life skills training and financial literacy for teens in Reynoldsburg and Franklinton.
  • Equip Skills Center: Teaches teens how to perform automobile maintenance and repairs. Donated cars are repaired under the supervision of a certified mechanic.
    (614) 237-7300
  • Point Break: A day-long anti-bullying seminars for area high schools. This evidence-based program helps teens develop compassion for each other.
  • Juvenile Justice Ministries: Offers spiritual counseling sessions and small interactive chapel services for incarcerated youth at multiple juvenile detention centers. Connects teens who have been released with mentors and peer groups.
  • Deaf Teen Quest: Fellowship groups for teens who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Gracehaven: Services for trafficked and exploited youth include a therapeutic group home, case management, and mentoring.
  • Parent Life: Connects expectant and parenting teens with adult volunteers and community partners for help with parenting skills, childcare, transportation, mentoring, and more.

PO Box 14804, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 848-4870
coyfc.org

City of Columbus – Small Business

Through the office of the Small Business Concierge, they offer free business resources that help with crafting a sound business and marketing plan, finding the right employees, obtaining financing, and how to properly account for a business.
111 North Front Street, 8th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-8616
columbus.gov/development/economic-development/Small-Business

City Year Columbus

A division of AmeriCorps that brings together youth ages 18 to 24 for a year of full-time community service and leadership development. Participants work in local schools and may receive education awards, scholarships and paid stipends.
350 East First Avenue, Suite 250, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 586-4520
cityyear.org/columbus

CleanTurn

Offers stable employment for survivors of human trafficking, as well as men and women impacted by generational poverty, incarceration and former drug abuse. CleanTurn provides affordable and professional home cleaning services, construction services, and commercial cleaning services.
1059 Cable Avenue, Suite A, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 447-0528
cleanturn.com

Columbus Cake Celebrations

Every child deserves a birthday cake. This group of volunteers bakes / buys and delivers cakes and cupcakes free of charge to Columbus children on their birthday. Parents and guardians can submit a request for their children on the website. The group provides, on average, 100 birthday cakes per month to Columbus area kids.
columbuscakecelebrations.com

Columbus Chamber of Commerce

Provides business support to local businesses in the Columbus region. Some membership services include business connections, market research and consultation, information on policy updates, workforce recruitment and more.
150 South Front Street, Suite 220, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-1321
columbus.org
Membership Benefits: columbus.org/membership

Columbus City Schools (CCS) Adult & Community Education (ACE)

Offers free GED prep and ESL classes for adults, and basic skills literacy classes for adults, as well as vocational training programs (STNA, LPN, HVACR) at different sites throughout Franklin County.
2323 Lexington Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
Main Campus: (614) 365-6000
Aspire (GED & ESL): (380) 997-7633
ESL classes: (614) 365-8802
School of Practical Nursing: (380) 997-7617
Nurse Aide/STNA: (380) 997-7615
ESL Language Assistance Contact Listccsoh.us/domain/213
ccsoh.us/Page/334

Columbus Coalition for the Homeless (CCH)

Advocates and provides services for those experiencing homelessness, educates the central Ohio community about homelessness, and actively works to reduce hate crimes. They provide an annual Street Card that lists the most needed and reliable services for those in Franklin County.
89 West Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 228-1342
Emergency Shelter: (614) 274-7000
columbushomeless.org
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Columbus Literacy Council (CLC)

Offers free adult education programs including literacy classes (including financial, workplace and technology literacy), citizenship classes, ESL, and GED test preparation. They also provide career coaching and entrepreneurship skill building, life and wellness coaching, supportive services for life transitions or re-entry to the community, and supportive services for immigrants and New Americans. Youth programs include tutoring and homework help, summer camps for children ages 7-13 years old, internships, and AMP career and mentorship program for youth and young adults ages 14-24 in Franklin County. Call for program details.

  • Downtown Columbus: 92 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Whitehall: 1394 Courtright Road, Columbus, Ohio 43227
  • Reynoldsburg: 5825 Chantry Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43232
  • Cincinnati: 6644 Coffey Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230

(614) 282-7661
clcworks.org

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)

CML is an award-winning library and amazing resource in the community. With 23 locations throughout Franklin County, they provide a lot more than just books, including lots of free online resources, specialized programs, and community events.

  • School Help: K-12 students can get after-school homework help, K-3 students can get extra reading practice with Reading Buddies in person or online, HelpNow offers 24/7 online homework help and test prep, and some locations host After School Snacktimes.
  • Kindergarten Readiness: Find Storytimes, Play to Learn, and Kindergarten readiness classes for ages 0-5. They also have Skill Builder videos with activities you can do together at home.
  • Teen Programs: YouMedia Discord for ages 13-17 to work on music, podcasts, videos, and more with skilled mentors; homework and test prep help, and monthly Teen Spotlight videos.
  • Adult Education: They offer ESOL and GED referrals; free technology business, and coding classes; history and genealogy experts, Digital Navigator staff can help you access hardware and software, and Excel Adult High School allows adults to get their high-school degree in an online, self-paced program.
  • Adaptive Services: Request accommodations, adaptive audio and visual equipment, and large print reading materials.

(614) 645-2275
Locations: columbuslibrary.org/library-locations
columbuslibrary.org

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Pride Centers & Neighborhood Social Workers

Pride Centers are one-stop shops for city services, dedicated to protecting the health, safety and welfare of families living in the area. These centers house basic city services in one place, which include the Neighborhood Social Workers. Call first to make an appointment.

Main Columbus Public Health Neighborhood Social Work Helpline: (614) 645-6807
Columbus Department of Neighborhoods Office: (614) 645-1993
new.columbus.gov

Westside Neighborhood Pride Center
1186 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 724-2033
franklinton.org
The Reeb Center
280 Reed Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 468-9280
reebcenter.org
Near East Pride Center
1393 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 645-7343
North Neighborhood Pride Center
248 East Eleventh Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 645-5220
Far East Pride Center
2500 Park Crescent Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43232
(614) 724-0100

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Resource Lists

These neighborhood resource lists are extremely helpful in finding resources near you. They provide detailed listings of free and low cost health care, vision care, dental care, prescription help, food pantries, transportation, job help, transportation, pregnancy resources and much more. They are updated frequently and reviewed by the Columbus Public Health social work team. Please note that CPH does not provide direct monetary assistance, but these lists are helpful in finding community agencies that do provide this assistance.

240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7417
Columbus Public Health Neighborhood Social Work Helpline: (614) 645-6807
https://new.columbus.gov/Services/Public-Health

Columbus Recreation & Parks APPS Job Readiness Program (AJRP)

Workforce development initiative for youth ages 14-23. Participants gain real-world, paid work experience with City departments and local businesses. Youth development specialists provide linkage to support services and mentorship to ensure participants’ success. Go online for eligibility and application details.
columbusrecparks.com/youth-success/apps

Columbus Urban League (CUL)

A community‐based, non‐profit, advocacy organization that works to empower Black and urban communities through economic, educational and social progress with programs, classes and services.

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

Columbus Works

Provides free job readiness training and job placement services. Each participant has an individual coach who guides the individual to reach their financial goals through full-time employment with benefits and competitive pay rates, with great area employers.

  • 775 West Broad Street, Suite 270, Columbus, Ohio 43222
  • 747 East Whittier Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
  • 877 East Eleventh Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
  • 303 East Sixth Avenue, Room #8, Columbus, Ohio 432015

(614) 585-8346
columbusworks.org

Community for New Direction (CND)

Non-profit agency that provides services for adults and youth in three areas: prevention, intervention, and treatment. Youth services include a Summer Day Camp, after-school program, and in-school program. They teach leadership development, anti-bullying and violence prevention, job readiness, college preparedness, and focus on ATOD-V (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, as well as violence) education. They also take high-school aged youth on an annual college tour and offer a FOCUS (Future Opportunities Created for Urban Students) program.

  • East Office: 993 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • West Office: 2096 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
  • South Office: 1008 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • Outpatient Treatment Services: 1000 Atcheson Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203

Main Phone: (614) 272-1464
Treatment Services Phone: (614) 252-4941
cndcolumbus.org

Delaware Area Career Center (DACC)

Technical career center offering career readiness for school-aged kids, summer camp, and unique electives for high school students such as welding, computer programming, cosmetology, and more. They offer a GED program and classes for adults, such as Microsoft 365, ESOL, and Firefighting. They also offer Disabilities Support for individuals with disabilities under 22 years old.
4565 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 548-0708
delawareareacc.org

Dominican Learning Center

Professional and educational learning center for adults ages 18+. Students are not charged for tutorial services, but those who are financially able are asked to purchase basic texts and materials. Courses include English as a Second Language (ESL), GED high school equivalency in English or Spanish, Adult Basic Education for those looking to improve reading, writing, and math skills, and Citizenship Test Preparation.
672 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 444-7330
domlearningcenter.org

Dreams on Horseback

Center offering equine-therapy and horse-assisted learning experiences to enrich lives. Programs include therapeutic riding for children and adults with special needs, Military Connections for military personnel and veterans, youth social-emotional learning, vocational training for young adults with special needs, and more.
1416 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, Blacklick, Ohio 43004
(614) 864-9500
dreamsonhorseback.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 16 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 tuition-free programs for high school juniors and seniors in Franklin, Fairfield, and Pickaway counties with programs like automotive, cosmetology, graphic design, pre-nursing and more. Programs for adults include GED, ESOL, STNA, Welding, HVAC, and help finding a job. They offer a free summer camp for students grades 6-8 to explore career options. The Employability Prep program for students ages 16-21 with learning differences offers hands-on job experience and soft skills training.

  • Eastland Career Center: 4465 South Hamilton Road, Groveport, Ohio 43125
    (614) 836-5725
  • Fairfield Career Center: 3985 Coonpath Road Northwest, Carroll, Ohio 43112
    (740) 756-9243
  • Adult Workforce Development: 4300 Amalgamated Place, Groveport, Ohio 43125
    (614) 836-4541
  • District Office: 4300 Amalgamated Place, Groveport, Ohio 43125
    (614) 836-4530

eastlandfairfield.com

ECDI

Is a non-profit organization that serves low-moderate income individuals, minorities, women, immigrants, and refugees, and those otherwise precluded from funding from a traditional financial institution. They serve a one-stop resource center, offering small business loans, education and mentoring, and general business support services.
1655 Old Leonard Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 559-0115 or (888) 210-3039
ecdi.org
ecdi.org/columbus

Eckerd Connects Workforce Development

Provides free career training, job and post-secondary education assistance, industry-recognized certification and supportive services for young adults ages 16 and older. The programs are offered year-round at various locations around Columbus. These services are free to those that meet TANF and/or WIOA eligibility guidelines. Please call for eligibility determination.
100 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-3398, ext. 101
eckerd.org/region/oh
eckerd.org/workforce-development/programs

Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (ETSS)

Helps immigrants and refugees from all countries establish roots and gain self-sufficiency in Central Ohio. They offer job training, resettlement support, mentoring, English language classes (ESL), after school tutoring for children, youth summer camps, case management for victims of domestic violence and much more.
4300 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43123.
(614) 252-5362
ethiotss.org

Expanding Visions Foundation

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. Visit the website for contact information.
845 Claycraft Road, Suite F and G, Gahanna, Ohio 43240
(614) 804-6200
expandingvisions.net

Fishing Has No Boundaries (FHNB)

Non-profit providing recreational fishing opportunities for all regardless of their age, race, gender, or disability. Their annual fishing event is an opportunity for people with disabilities to connect in community and participate fully in the world of fishing.
PO Box 1499, Grove City, Ohio 43123
(614) 383-8851
fhnbcentralohio.org

Flying Horse Farms (FHF) Camps for Kids With Serious Illnesses

Provides a free outdoor adventure camp experience for children with serious illnesses ages 7-21, and their families. They provide a medically safe environment with a staff of volunteer healthcare professionals, and camp activities like crafts, campfires, archery, swimming, and more. Family Camp is open to families of children with a wide variety of diagnoses such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, developmental differences, and more. They also have virtual camp experiences, camps for Mental Health diagnoses, and Siblings. Professionals can find volunteer and Child Life Practicum opportunities.
5260 State Route 95, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338
(419) 751-7077
flyinghorsefarms.org

Food for Good Thought

Serves: High-schoolers and young adults with autism in Central Ohio.
Non-profit that provides employment services, job training, career exploration, and sustained employment support to individuals with autism. The EveryBody Works program is a transition program that blends post-secondary education with paid work experiences. The summer program hosts students in high school with disabilities for five weeks and includes soft skills, interviewing skills, resumes, and a paid work placement. Call for application information.
4185 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 447-0424
foodforgoodthought.com

Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services (JFS)

Provides information about food assistance (Ohio Direction Card / EBT), cash assistance, medical assistance (like Medicaid), job training, emergency assistance (PRC), help with paying for child care and more. 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 should apply for services as well.

  • East Opportunity Center
    1055 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
  • Northland Opportunity Center
    1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
  • West Opportunity Center
    314 North Wilson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204

Call (844) 640-6446 to apply for SNAP/OWF cash assistance/Medicaid benefits
Medical Transportation: (614) 233-2381
Workforce Development: (614) 212-1800
jfs.franklincountyohio.gov
Find Your Local ODJFS Office: jfs.ohio.gov/about/local-agencies-directory
Self-Service Ohio Benefits Portal: benefits.ohio.gov

Franklin County Food Business Portal

Is a free one-stop collection of resources, information and services to help Franklin County entrepreneurs successfully plan, launch, and grow their food business. They offer both no-cost business advising and no-cost farm advising. Visit the website for contact information. The Food Business Portal is an initiative of the Columbus & Franklin County Local Food Action Plan.
fcfoodbusinessportal.org

Franklin County Reentry Advisory Board (FC-RAB)

FC-RAB website with resources to help support ex-offenders transitioning from correctional and rehabilitative institutions back into the community. Resources include document/identification assistance, job training and postings, public assistance benefits, mental health, food, clothing, housing/shelter and more.
373 South High Street, 25th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-5577
reentry.franklincountyohio.gov
reentry.franklincountyohio.gov/Get-Help
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Franklinton Farms

This urban farm, located West of downtown Columbus, provides connection through farming, gardening, and education. Order online to access affordable, locally-grown produce. Anyone can visit their U-PICK garden to harvest the produce they need, for free. They also train community gardeners in communities experiencing food deserts, post free healthy recipes, provide after-school and recreational programs, and host regular community events.
867 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 233-1887
franklintonfarms.org

Franklinton Rising

Trains young at-risk adults, typically ages 17-25 years old, for productive careers in the building trades. Training includes an introduction to the building trades, life-skills, and on-the-job training in rebuilding properties under the mentoring of partner contractors. Trainees get help obtaining full-time employment, then can rent and later purchase houses at below market rates.
4653 Trueman Boulevard, Suite 100, Hillard, Ohio 43206
(614) 581-4125
franklintonrising.org

Freedom a la Cart

Serves survivors of human trafficking so they can build a new life of freedom and self-sufficiency. They help by giving practical job skills and developing a strong work ethic through their organization and community partnerships. You can also visit the website for menus and site locations.
123 East Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 92-3252
freedomalacart.org

Godman Guild

Offers free adult education classes (GED preparation, ESOL, job training, computer skills), community engagement programs, and youth programming (after school homework help, mentoring, summer programs, and TEEN career exploration program).
195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 294-5476
godmanguild.org

Goodwill Columbus

Goodwill Stores sell thrift clothing, furniture, art, and more to support their job training programs. Programs include Roads2Work commercial driver training, STNA and medical coding, technology classes, AMP for young adults 18-24 years old, and 1:1 career coaching. They also provide person-centered, employment-focused services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) including Adult Day and Residential services, mental health support, and a Columbus art studio.
671 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Main Office: (614) 294-5181
Career Coaching: (614) 966-9283
goodwillcolumbus.org

Halt Violence

Non-profit offering mediation, violence intervention services, and mentorship. Develops healthy conflict resolution styles and productive work skills to youths and adults with a history of violent behavior or previous incarceration. If you or someone you know has a problem or conflict in your community that could result in unnecessary violence, call them to see if they can help.
923 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 302-1640
haltviolence.org

Hispanic Chamber of Columbus

Key resource connecting Hispanic businesses and professionals with the Central Ohio business community. They offer career fairs, Managing Your Business trainings, networking opportunities, and more.
150 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 225-6902
hccolumbus.com

Hot Chicken Takeover (HCT)

Provides supportive jobs to men and women who need a fair chance at work, whether it be homelessness, previous incarceration, or another barrier to employment. Some examples of support they provide include: flexible scheduling, professional development, counseling and their Matched Milestone Program for things like housing, education, transportation, and more. Visit the website for their menu and site locations.
hotchickentakeover.com/our-story/our-mission

IMPACT Community Action

Provides income-based case management services, emergency assistance services, financial services, computer literacy and workforce development programs. Most of the programs are for Franklin County residents living at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level. Visit the website or call for more information.

  • Emergency Assistance Services: Household items, burial support, rent/mortgage, transportation, water and energy (HEAP) assistance, food giveaways during the summer
  • Empowerment Services: Computer classes, financial services, re-entry program, ages 14-24 not enrolled in school and are not employed or are aging out of foster care (AMP: Achieve More & Prosper program), workforce development/employment, vocational training and certification, mobile medical unit in partnership with the Breathing Association
  • Energy Assistance Services: Free home repairs through their Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) and energy efficient lighting and refrigerator/freezer replacement through their AEP Program

Southside: 711 Southwood Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43207
Westside: 4129 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43228

  • General: (614) 252-2799
  • AMP (Achieve More & Prosper): (614) 233-2671
  • EMPOWERED Career Exploration: (614) 371-1245
  • Rental Assistance: (614) 964-2906
  • Home Energy Winter Crisis Program (HEAP): (614) 249-0019

impactca.org
AMP website: jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/amp

Jewish Family Services (JFS)

Offers a combination of job search assistance, counseling, case management, and family stabilization designed to meet the complex needs of individuals and families. Wrap-around services help clients address challenges like stable housing, financial wellness, and mental and physical health challenges. Most services are free, and mental health counseling fees are based on insurance. JFS is open to the Jewish and non-Jewish communities. They also offer resettlement services for refugees and New Americans, and specialized services for Holocaust survivors and older adults.
1070 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 231-1890
jfscolumbus.org

Jordan’s Crossing Resource Center

Serves those struggling with homelessness and substance use on the west side of Columbus. Services include daily meals and narcan distribution, clothing, documentation/ID assistance, laundry and shower services, cooling and heating stations, and more.
342 North Hague Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 507-3246
jordanscrossingcolumbus.org
facebook.com/jordanscrossingcolumbus

Keepsake T-Shirt Quilts & Blankets

This non-profit provides meaningful employment for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. They hire and train individuals who are deaf to handcraft T-shirt quilts, blankets, and pillows in an ASL-immersive work environment. They also use leftover materials to craft blankets for people without homes. Anyone can purchase their beautifully crafted items online.
563 South Dawson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 238-3323 or (614) 388-9630 VP
tshirtquilts.com/our-mission

Kiwanis Northwest Columbus

Volunteer organization serving kids in Northwest Columbus. They host several youth soccer programs, including Kiwanis Soccer Buddies for children K-6 with special needs. They also volunteer for habitat restoration at Upper Arlington parks, host Aktion Club for adults with disabilities, and award college scholarships to high school students with or without a documented disability. Find program details and contact information online.
northwestkiwanis.com

Lead the Way Learning Academy

Non-profit providing educational enrichment and youth development in Franklin County. They provide after-school programs at Bridge Gate Community School, Franklinton High, West High, New Albany High, Groveport-Madison High, Horizon Science Academy, The Charles School, and The Graham School. Programs are free for income-eligible families. Their Student Support Program provides hygiene items and food to students 16-21. The Summer Program provides paid work development experiences for Franklin County residents ages 16-21.
(614) 842-4993
leadthewaylearningacademy.org

Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC)

Provides free civil legal assistance and guidance to low income residents and senior citizens of Columbus and Central Ohio. Legal Aid attorneys may be able to help you with the following types of cases or legal problems: consumer law, family law, housing, public benefits, reentry, seniors, tax law, veterans, and education. Their website also has a page of Resources with easy to read information on these topics.

  • Columbus Office: serves Franklin and Madison county
    1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
    Intake: (614) 241-2001
    General Inquiries: (614) 224-8374 or (877) 224-8374
  • Marion Office: serves Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union county
    150 Oak Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
    (740) 383-2161 or (888) 301-2411

columbuslegalaid.org

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) 211 Central Ohio

Faith-based organization providing a wide range of services across Ohio. Services include Faith Mission homeless shelter, food, health care, affordable senior living and domestic violence help. Visit the website for detailed program information and to find an office near you. The United Way/LSS 211 Information and Referral network can connect you to other social services across Franklin County.

lssnetworkofhope.org

MASH (Military & Service Heroes) Pantry

Provides food, clothing, toiletries and hygiene items, emotional support and other resources to veterans, active duty personnel, reservists, military families and survivors.

  • MASH Pantry of Grove City
    2996 Columbus Street, Grove City, Ohio 43123
  • MASH Pantry of Delaware County
    222 East William Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
  • MASH Pantry of Chillicothe
    Forest E. Everhart Memorial Golf Course
    17273 State Route 104, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
  • Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base: For military personnel on base only
    8302 S. Perimeter Road, Building 863, Columbus, Ohio 43217
  • Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC): For military personnel on base only
    3990 East Broad Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213

Headquarters Address: 648 Clymer Road, Suite 113, Marysville, Ohio 43040
(614) 522-1555
mashpantry.org

MCS-TOUCH (Metropolitan Community Services Teaching Opportunity Unity by Connecting Hearts)

This program is for low income youth, ages 16 through 24, 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 workforce development and educational services, as well as education support and career preparation for high school juniors and seniors. TOUCH also helping ex-offenders gain, through reentry services, the skills and confidence needed to obtain workforce and educational opportunities, participants may also receive access to housing and clothing assistance.
4040 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
(614) 338-8733
mcstouch.org

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

Health organization serving people living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases. The website has great information on various diseases and treatments, a searchable directory to find care providers across the country, resources on research and joining a clinical study, and community education materials. They host an annual summer camp for kids and young adults with neuromuscular disease at no cost to families, with in-person and virtual options. Families can call the Resource Center for one-to-one support and help finding resources.
1016 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60607
Corporate Office: (800) 572 1717
Resource Center: (833) 275-6321
mda.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Job Shadowing & Internships

Job shadowing opportunities allow students to spend time with a healthcare professional, see the work duties performed, and observe interactions between staff and patient families. High school students cannot participate in hands-on care. All shadow and internships for high school students must be coordinated by the school. NCH also provides paid work opportunities for youth and young adults ages 16-24 during the summer season.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0678
Paid Summer Work Experience: nationwidechildrens.org/about-us/population-health-and-wellness/healthy-neighborhoods-healthy-families/workforce-development/youth-employment-program
Shadowing Information: nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/courses-for-parents-and-kids/student-education-opportunities/job-shadowing-and-internships

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Volunteen Program

Teen volunteers work in many areas, including the information desk, gift shop, sibling Clubhouse, clinic waiting rooms, Close to Home Centers and in office settings. Teens must be 15 and in high school to participate, and opportunities are available during the school year and summer.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-3635
nationwidechildrens.org/teen-volunteers
Volunteen College Scholarship: nationwidechildrens.org/giving/ways-to-give/volunteering/current-volunteers/teen-volunteer-scholarship
Volunteering for college students, adults, and groups: nationwidechildrens.org/giving/ways-to-give/volunteering

Neighborhood Bridges

A charitable organization that helps match families in need with businesses, volunteers, and organizations for resources like food, volunteering, clothing, supplies and more. Use the website to find a Bridge in your community, request help, or fill others’ requests for help.

New Directions Career Center (NDCC)

Works with adults and specializes in assisting women making career transitions and reduce barriers to satisfying, long-term employment. They offer a sliding fee scale and help people regardless of their ability to pay. Transportation and childcare assistance are also available for qualifying programs and individuals. Visit the website for a specific list programs and services offered.
2760 Airport Drive Suite 125, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 849-0028
newdirectionscc.org

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS) Office of Unemployment Insurance Operations

To apply for unemployment compensation, call or go online. Have available your social security number, your driver’s license or state ID number, and information about all employers you have worked for in the past 18 months.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6562 Toll-free or (614) 387-8408 TTY
jfs.ohio.gov/ouc/index.stm
File online at unemployment.ohio.gov

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction (ODRC) Reentry Resource Center

Agency providing information to reduce recidivism. Find information on visitation, reentry services, and victim services.
4545 Fisher Road, Columbus, Ohio 43228
(614) 387-0588
drc.ohio.gov/reentry

Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS)

Is the juvenile corrections system for the state of Ohio. DYS is statutorily mandated to confine felony offenders, ages 10 to 21. DYS is organized into several divisions that perform or support agency functions including legal services, community engagement and reentry, resources for families and more.
Central Office: 4545 Fisher Road, Suite D, Columbus, Ohio 43228
(614) 466-4314
dys.ohio.gov
Relink Resource Guide: relink.org

Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

The Certified Business Advisors that staff the SBDC offer integrated services to meet the needs of experienced small business owners and individual entrepreneurs in all industries, at all stages of business development. Some of the services they provide include: free, one-on-one business advising, workshops and training programs, business planning, specialty programs for Latinos/Latinas, and more. They serve a nine county district including Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Logan, Madison, Pickaway and Union counties.
Physical Address: 320 North Grant Avenue, Suite 1062, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Mailing Address: 550 East Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 287-5294
sbdccolumbus.com

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension

OSU College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences works with families, farmers, business owners, and community leaders to build better communities in Ohio. They offer soil testing kits, 4-H Youth Development Clubs, community courses on Urban Agriculture, Beginner’s Grant Writing, and Food Safety. Their Family & Consumer Sciences office offers nutrition and lifestyle resources including SNAP education, Dining with Diabetes, Food Preservation, and more.
2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 866-6900
franklin.osu.edu/home

Ohio.gov – Business

This website provides information about starting, managing, and growing your business in Ohio with resources from Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA), Ohio Business Gateway, and the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (ODAS).
business.ohio.gov

OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County

Free employment services for all ages, working and unemployed. The website has articles with tips for job searching, free online training modules for math and reading, GED prep, and computer skills; and resources for veterans, senior citizens, and previously incarcerated people. Job Centers offer help finding a job, free access to computer lab, technology training, help for employers, and more. Services and availability vary by location, use the website to find a Job Center near you.
Columbus-Franklin County Job Center:
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 559-5052
omjcfc.org
Ohio Means Jobs Main Website: ohiomeansjobs.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/omj/home

One Warm Coat

This national organization helps people and organizations hold coat drives and donate coats. Click on their searchable map to find local coat drives near you, places coats can be donated and ways to give.
(877) 663-9276
www.onewarmcoat.org

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) Vocational Apprentice Program

Provides individuals with   disabilities ages 18+ the chance to gain work exposure and experience through paid apprenticeships with state agencies. The goal of the program is for  apprentices to secure permanent employment in state government after the completion of the apprenticeship program. Find program details and apply online.
(614) 306-1744
ood.ohio.gov/about-us/programs-and-partnerships/ohio-vocational-apprentice-program

Opportunity Port

Started by Columbus City Council as an initiative aimed at expanding employment and housing opportunities for residents of Columbus and Franklin County by sealing their criminal records. Opportunity Port does not provide legal advice but helps former offenders seal their record. Visit their website for more information and to contact the organization.
opportunityport.org

Pilot Dogs

Provides free expertly-trained service dogs and handling training for Blind individuals ages 16 and up. They offer an Orientation & Mobility program for Blind individuals looking to improve white cane and  traveling skills. They also have many opportunities for volunteers, including Co-Pilots who volunteer to raise puppies until they are ready for advanced training. Find program details and apply for a Pilot Dog online.
625 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-6367
pilotdogs.org

Reeb Avenue Center

Provides a variety of programs designed to strengthen families on the South Side of Columbus. Services include GED classes, adult education and workforce development, early education child care, youth and family services, in collaboration with community partners (Boys & Girls Club, House of Hope, Southeast Healthcare Services, Godman Guild, St. Stephen’s Community Center, Alvis, Community Development for All People).
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 468-9280
reebavenuecenter.org

Salvation Army

Serves: Single Adults & Families
Offers various faith-based services for Central Ohio families. Housing Services include finding housing, financial assistance, and case management. They also offer programs for youth after-school programming and tutoring, food assistance, emergency utility assistance, support for human trafficking survivors, and addiction recovery. Their thrift stores offer items at bargain prices to fund programs. You can find thrift store, church locations, and program details on their website.

  • Administrative Office
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 253-6811 or (800) 725-2769
  • Housing Service Locations
    Franklin County: 966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    Delaware & Union Counties: 3769 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    Morrow County: 644 West Marion Street, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338
    Homeless Hotline: (614) 274-7000
  • Youth Learning Centers
    Linden: 3662 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    Hilltop: 2300 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 437-2159
  • Food Pantries: Call to schedule an appointment
    Franklin County: (614) 341-2282
    Delaware County: (740) 369-5301
    Union County: (740) 363-9487
    Senior Food Boxes: (614) 437-2134
  • Human Trafficking Services:
    24/7 Hotline: (888) 373-7888
    (614) 358-2614
  • Addiction Rehabilitation Center: Serves men struggling with addiction
    (614) 221-4269
  • Emergency Utility Assistance:
    Use the link to find a caseworker in your zip code for assistance.
    easternusa.salvationarmy.org/southwest-ohio/central-ohio/caseworker-zip-code-list/

easternusa.salvationarmy.org/southwest-ohio/central-ohio/home

SCORE Columbus

A non-profit organization that helps small business owners and entrepreneurs get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through workshops and webinars, free mentorship from volunteer mentors, and free business tools, templates and tips. They offer their services at no charge or at very low cost.
65 East State Street, Suite 1350, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 664-7267
columbusoh.score.org

See Kids Dream

Offers free service learning programs to schools with students ages 8 to 14 years old and through family programs for youth ages 5 to 14 years old. Their programs provide positive outcomes for students in areas of critical thinking, research and observation skills, civic engagement, leadership and teamwork.
Physical Address: 16 Orchard Lane, Columbus, Ohio 43214
Mailing Address: PO Box 341645, Columbus, Ohio 43234
(614) 429-3244
seekidsdream.org

Seeds of Caring

Inspires kids in the community to engage in service, social action, and community-building in their everyday lives through monthly service projects, small focus groups and other activities. Visit the website to find upcoming volunteer opportunities and contact information.
seedsofcaring.org

Seven Baskets Community Development Corporation

Faith-based, nonprofit organization that partners with Columbus City Schools to provide homework help, after-school programs, and summer day camps for elementary students at Leawood, Lindbergh, Scottwood, and Shady Lane. They also host a middle school group at their community house, and provide families with donated clothing and school supplies. Call for program details.
Community House: 1635 South Hamilton Road, Columbus, Ohio 43227
Mailing Address: Seven Baskets Community Development PO Box 65, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 406-2548
seven-baskets.org

Simply Living in Worthington

Offers a directory of locally-owned and sustainable businesses and a variety of courses on environmental sustainability, nonviolent communication, healthy living, personal finance, and civic engagement. They host regular free and low-cost community events including yoga, bird-watching, mindfulness, and Empathy Calls weekly support group. They also offer opportunities for internship or volunteering.
‪659 High Street, Worthington, OH 43085
(614) 447-0296‬‬
simplyliving.org

SOAR Initiative

Builds healthy communities for people who use drugs through harm reduction strategies. Go online to order free test strips for delivery anywhere in Ohio, order free naloxone, and sign up for Deadly Batch Alerts. They also provide a resource map for Central Ohio, and resources for accessing test strips elsewhere in the United States.
10 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Text ‘SOAR’ for Overdose Surge and Deadly Batch Alerts in Central Ohio: (614) 768-7627
thesoarinitiative.org

Social Enterprise Accelerator (SEA) Change

Provide training to help social entrepreneurs develop sustainability, determine their meaningful social impact, and access the tools they need to successfully launch their business. Their 14-module curriculum includes topics such as business model design, financial modeling, raising funds; measuring, monitoring and communicating impact, marketing and more.
(614) 515-0919
seachng.org

Social Ventures

Offers resources, programs, workshops and accelerators on social enterprise and acts as a primary network for social enterprise activity in Central Ohio. Visit their marketplace to find local social enterprise that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being.
(614) 208-5403
socialventurescbus.com

South-Western City School District (SWCSD) Career Tech

Junior and senior students can take classes toward graduation that include academic knowledge and technical skills. They also offer GED, ESL and other adult education programs. Visit the website for program details.
4750 Big Run South Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
(614) 801-3400
swcsdcareertech.com

Southeast Vocational Services

Supports individuals in overcoming emotional and other challenges by focusing on employment, economic stability and life skills. Project Work provides temporary employment to individuals with a history of severe and persistent mental illness and substance use disorders who may have history of finding or maintaining employment. They also offer job readiness training, resume writing, interview skills, vocational goal-planning, and more.

  • Franklin County: 16 West Long Street, Columbus, OH 43215
    (614) 225-0980
  • Delaware County: 824 Bowtown Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 695-7795
  • Morrow County: 651 West Marion Road, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338
    (419) 949-2000
  • Belmont County: 68353 Bannock Road, Saint Clairsville, Ohio 43950
    (740) 695-9344

General: (614) 225-0990
southeasthc.org/services/vocational-services

St. John Learning Center

Columbus, faith-based non-profit offering free adult education, GED classes, job search support, homebuyer and small business workshops, and mental health awareness.
640 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 547-2171
stjohnlearning.wordpress.com

St. Stephen’s Community House

Faith-based community center serving the Linden-area community. Programs include rental and utility assistance, childcare for children 6 weeks to 5 years at Christ Child Early Learning Center, afterschool and summer programs, Kinship Aftercare, Family to Family empowerment program for families with open cases with FCCS, senior food and transportation, and more. They are also a Mid-Ohio Market site, providing a food pantry with Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Find program details online.
1500 East Seventeenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 294-6347
saintstephensch.org

Teen Corps

A summer internship for 15-18 year old teens designed to teach life and work skills through hands-on experiences in urban farming. During the 8 week program, they learn about horticulture, the environment, cooking, health and nutrition, customer service, budgets and money matters, entrepreneurship, teamwork and communication. Participants receive 20 hours per week paid work experience. They begin recruiting Columbus City teens in early spring.
Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
1777 East Broad Street Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 715-8034
fpconservatory.org/education-programs/outreach-programs/teen-corps

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity

Interdisciplinary research institute at The Ohio State University committed to educating the public, building the capacity of allied social justice organizations, and investing in efforts that support equity and inclusion. Go online to learn about their research, opportunities for community engagement, and free speaker series events.
33 West Eleventh Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 247-1633
kirwaninstitute.osu.edu

The Mother Ship

Serves: Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers of special-needs children.
Nonprofit operating in Central Ohio including Franklin, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Madison, and Union Counties, supporting the needs of caregivers. They host fun events and gatherings for caregivers and provide financial assistance through grants that can be used towards their own school, medical needs, self-care, housecleaning, and more. Contact them online.
themothershipinc.com

Think Make Live Youth

Empowers youth in Columbus through equity and justice, bridge building, empowerment, belonging and fun. Programs include Guns DOWN group for ages 13-24 to heal from trauma and prevent violence, Unleashing Potential for ages 18-24 navigating the criminal justice system, and Summer Workforce for ages 14-24 to gain paid work and community service opportunities. Call for details.
(614) 323-9297
tmlyouth.org

Ticket to Work

Federally-funded career development program for Social Security disability beneficiaries ages 18 through 64 who want to work. Provides free employment services to help participants decide if working is right for them, prepare for work, find a job, or maintain success while working. Participants receive services such as career counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and job placement and training from authorized Ticket to Work service providers, such as Employment Networks (EN) or your State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency.
(866) 968-7842 or (866) 833-2967 TTY
choosework.ssa.gov

Today’s Military

A resource for young adults, parents and educators who want to learn about about military service. The website provides interviews with active-duty service members, interactive tools to explore the range of military career opportunities and more. The resource is produced by the United States Department of Defense.
todaysmilitary.com

Tolles Career & Technical Center

Career and technical school serving Dublin, Fairbanks, Jonathan Alder, Hilliard, London, Madison-Plains, and Jefferson Local school districts. Offers free adult and continuing education opportunities for ESL, GED, STNA and EMT, and more professional training programs.
7877 U.S. Highway 42 South, Plain City, Ohio 43064
(614) 873-4666
tollestech.com

TriVillage Mentor League (TVML)

Non-profit offering school-based mentoring to youth in grades K-3 at Stevenson Elementary in Grandview Heights and Greensview Elementary in Upper Arlington. The weekly program is run by their Mentoring Coordinator and volunteer teenage mentors. TVML awards two college scholarships each year to volunteer mentors who are graduating seniors from Grandview and Upper Arlington.
3600 Tremont Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221
(614) 255-7942
tvml.org

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Help small business owners and entrepreneurs by providing counseling and training, capital/funding support, contracting expertise, advocacy and more.
409 Third Street, Southwest, Washington, DC 20416
(800) 827-5722 or (855) 440-4960 VP
Additional Contacts: sba.gov/about-sba/sba-locations/headquarters-offices
sba.gov

Urban Minority Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP) of Franklin County

Offers substance abuse treatment, prevention, and recovery support programs for communities of color in Central Ohio using culturally specific, evidence-based strategies. They offer anger management, domestic violence prevention and parenting classes for adults. Youth programming includes in-school, after-school, and summer camp. They also offer training opportunities for professionals and events for the community. Call or email the organization to register for a program.
700 Bryden Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 227-9694 or (614) 403-3136
umadaopfc.com

Victory Ministries Center of Hope

Faith-based nonprofit providing a food pantry, clothing boutique, cooking classes, and Christmas food and gift help. They can also connect you to employment assistance with their community partners. Healthcare services include eye exams and no-cost glasses to those who qualify, breast and cervical cancer screens to women who are uninsured or underinsured, and mental health counseling with board-licensed counselors at the Hope Counseling Center. Appointments are required for most services, including food pantry and boutique.
3964 East Main Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
(614) 252-2500
victorycoh.org

Volunteer Match

Find volunteer opportunities in and around Columbus with this website. Local non-profit organizations list their volunteer opportunities, ranging from one-time events to ongoing volunteer positions.
volunteermatch.org

Volunteer United

An online tool where people can find opportunities to volunteer with local non-profit organizations who are partners with United Way of Central Ohio. Search for opportunities by cause, age, date, distance and more.
volunteerunitedcbus.org

Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM)

Faith-based charity providing food to income-eligible residents of the Westerville City School district. The HOPE program provides one-on-one supportive coaching for Senior adults (age 60+), people with disabilities, and others going through financial and life challenges. They have a free summer lunch program for children ages 1-18, Share Bac A Pac to feed children on weekends and school breaks, and the Way2Work free job training course. The Choice Market allows families to shop the food pantry online or by phone to customize their order. Find program and eligibility details online (if experiencing web issues, try using the mobile version or opening in Chrome).
150 Heatherdown Drive, Westerville, Ohio 43081
Administration: (614) 889-0196
Help Center/Food Assistance Scheduling: (614) 568-8700
warmwesterville.org

Women’s Small Business Accelerator (WSBA)

Is a non-profit business accelerator that provides education, peer support, mentoring, and accountability to help women on their entrepreneurial journey, to start and grow their own business. They also provide tools and business resources.
25 North Street, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 414-2449
wsbaohio.org

Worthington Food Pantry & Resource Center (WFPRC)

Distributes food and personal items to individuals and families in the Worthington School District (zip codes 43016, 43035, 43065, 43081, 43085, 43229, 43235, and 43240) who meet income guidelines. The pantry uses an indoor express service model, where customers park outside and are greeted by a volunteer for check-in. The pantry stocks meat, dairy, dry goods, produce, personal care items, and more. No appointment needed. Find eligibility requirements and program details online.
6700 Huntley Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 985-1766
worthingtonresourcepantry.org

YMCA of Central Ohio

Serves: Single Adults & Families, Youth & Teens
Hosts programs for men, women and children of all ages covering health and fitness, swimming, age-specific activities, childcare, summer camps, juvenile justice, housing, and more.

  • YMCA Stable Families Service coordination Program: Families with children (from Pre-K to 12th grade) who live in Franklin County have access to a service coordinator who can help with household income, maintaining safe and stable housing, and academic achievement of school-aged children.
    (614) 219-9895
  • Juvenile Justice: Provides a structured and supervised environment for 6th to 12th grade students as an alternative to being suspended from school. Students must be referred by their school district.
    (614) 578-7568
  • Early Childhood/Childcare: Provides free childcare while parents use Y facilities, summer programs, early learning centers, preschool, and more.
    (614) 689-2096
  • Housing: Provides housing stability services for adults facing homelessness in Columbus, Ohio.
    (614) 705-9151
  • Early Childhood Resource Network Plus (ECRN+): Programming for infants and children with special needs, apply online for an adaptive equipment loan.
  • Y Cares: Infant mortality reduction program for families expecting or with a baby under the age of 1, provides free pregnancy testing, diapers, formula, home-visiting, parent support groups, and counseling.
    (614) 689-2080

Administrative Office: 1907 Leonard Ave, Columbus, OH 43219
(614) 389-4409
YMCA Locations & Contact Info: ymcacolumbus.org/locations
YMCA Columbus Website: ymcacolumbus.org

Youth Engaged 4 Change (YE4C)

Provides youth-focused resources and opportunities that inspire and empower young people to make a difference in their lives and in the world around them. Youth can find volunteering, internship, job and leadership opportunities, and answers on topics like mental health, relationships, education and more.
engage.youth.gov


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