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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, 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
  • 200 Hoff Road, Suite F, Westerville, Ohio 43082
  • 4333 Tuller Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017

(740) 368-5810
alphagroup.net

Alvis

Offers supportive services to men, women, young adults, children and families through their reentry, behavior health and developmental disabilities programs.

  • Community Reentry Services: Helps 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, housing assistance and links to community services and support.
  • Behavioral Health Services: Amethyst offers a range of services to women and their families. Recovery Choices is a substance abuse treatment program.
  • Developmental Disabilities Program: 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

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
  • CNCS State Office: 200 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 493-2755

National Service Hotline: (800) 942-2677
AmeriCorps: americorps.gov
ServeOhio: serveohio.org

Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus

Serves youth ages 6 through 18 from across the city. For a low cost, the nationally-acclaimed Club provides members with access to after-school and summer programming oriented around three pillars: Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Character & Leadership. Club members have access to tutoring, gym space, teen-specific areas, field trips, career-readiness opportunities and mentoring.

  • Administrative Offices
    1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
    (614) 221-8830
  • J. Ashburn Jr. Clubhouse
    85 Clarendon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 221-8830, ext. 203
  • KIPP Clubhouse
    2750 Agler Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
  • Livingston Clubhouse
    825 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • Milo-Grogan Clubhouse
    1012 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 294-4366
  • R.I.S.E. Clubhouse
    68 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 221-8830, ext. 239
  • South Side Clubhouse
    280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
    (614) 468-9299
  • Newark Club
    96 Maholm Street, Newark, Ohio 43055

bgccentralohio.org

Bridges to Success

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) 655-8259
    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

bridgestosuccess.jfs.ohio.gov

Central Ohio Public Libraries

Visit your local library to get access to free books, music, movies and documentaries. Most libraries will also have group reading times for children, homework help, job and business help, and fun events for people of all ages and more.

Here is a map of all Ohio public libraries from Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN)oplin.org/fal

Franklin County

Delaware County

Fairfield County

Hocking County

Licking County

Madison County

Morrow County

Perry County

Pickaway County

Union County

Central Ohio Youth for Christ (COYFC)

A faith-based organization that offers free programs for youth on the West Side of Columbus. Some programs include:

  • 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.
  • HireLevel Promotions: Trains and employs teens in embroidery, screen printing and direct-to-garment printing.
  • HireLevel Auto: Teaches teens how to perform automobile maintenance and repairs. Donated cars are repaired under the supervision of a certified mechanic.
  • Point Break: Facilitates anti-bullying seminars for area high schools. This evidence-based program is highly effective in helping teens develop compassion for each other.
  • Juvenile Justice Ministries: Offer spiritual counseling sessions and small interactive chapel services for incarcerated youth at multiple juvenile detention centers.

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.
35 North Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(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 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 ESOL classes for adults, and basic skills literacy classes for adults, as well as vocational training programs for adults at different sites throughout Franklin County.
2323 Lexington Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211

  • Main Campus: (614) 365-6000
  • Aspire (GED & ESOL): (380) 997-7633
  • School of Practical Nursing: (380) 997-7617
  • ESL classes: (380) 997-7636

ccsoh.us/Page/334
ESL Language Assistance Contact List: ccsoh.us/domain/213

Columbus Literacy Council (CLC)

Offers free adult education programs, basic literacy classes (including financial, workplace and technology literacy) for families, citizenship classes and GED test preparation. They also provide career coaching and entrepreneurship skill building, life and wellness coaching, ASL (American Sign Language) classes, Spanish classes and more. For youth they offer tutoring and homework help, summer camps for children ages 7-13 years old, internships, and an employment program (called A.M.P.) that provides job skills and work experience to youth and young adults between the ages of 14-24 in Franklin County.

  • 92 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • 1394 Courtright Road, Columbus, Ohio 43227
  • 5825 Chantry Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43232

(614) 224-0501
clcworks.org

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Job Help List

Click below to find a helpful list of job programs and resources in the Columbus area.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-6450
columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/Health-Resources-Lists/Resources-By-Service-Area

Columbus Urban League (CUL)

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. Visit the website to learn more about the different programs that fall under these six categories:

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)

Is a non-profit agency that provides services for adults and youth in three areas: prevention, intervention, and treatment. Their 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.

  • Administrative Office
    2323 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 160, Columbus, Ohio 43204
  • 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 Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder 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)

Offers programs for both high school students and adults to improve skills so they can be better prepared to enter the workforce and advance within the workforce, by offering college credits, industry credentials and hands-on experiences.

  • North Campus: 1610 State Route 521, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 363-1993
  • South Campus: 4565 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 548-0708

delawareareacc.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 at more than 15 school districts in central Ohio, including job training, career programs, college prep classes, GED classes, ESL 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
    High School: (614) 836-5725
    Adult Workforce Development: (614) 836-4541
  • Fairfield Career Center
    3985 Coonpath Road Northwest, Carroll, Ohio 43112
    High School / Adult Workforce Development: (614) 837-9443 or (740) 756-9243

eastlandfairfield.com
efctsjourney.com
Summer Camp: eastlandfairfield.com/SummerCamp.aspx

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, mentoring, English language classes, after school tutoring for children, case management for victims of domestic violence and much more. They provide these youth, adult and family care programming’s at various sites throughout Central Ohio. Visit the website for a list of all the program sites.
Main Office: 1060 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 252-5362
ethiotss.org
Locations: ethiotss.org/location

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

Food for Good Thought

A non-profit that provides employment services, job training and sustained employment supports to individuals with autism. Their program EveryBody Works is a transition program that blends post-secondary education with paid work experiences. They employ individuals with autism in their gluten-free bakery, working with job coaches to develop skills.
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 can 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
Child Care: (614) 233-2000
Medical Transportation: (614) 233-2381
Workforce Development: (614) 212-1800
jfs.franklincountyohio.gov
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)

To address issues affecting re-entering residents and their families, FC-RAB created a website that lists resources to help increase the success rates of ex-offenders transitioning from correctional and rehabilitative institutions back into the community. Those resources include identification assistance, job training, 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
“Get Help” Printable Sheet

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.
(614) 992-3252
freedomalacart.org

Godman Guild

Offer free adult education classes (like GED preparation, ESOL, job training, computer lab), community engagement programs, and youth programming (like after school homework help, mentoring, and summer programs).
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207 (Only adult education and workforce development services)
(614) 294-5476
godmanguild.org

Goodwill Columbus

Offers employment and job training programs, social and education programs for people with developmental disabilities and other barriers to employment. They also offer supportive living, art, health and wellness programs, and a variety of activities in community settings including volunteering, recreation and leisure, and community awareness. At their Goodwill Stores are thrift clothing, furniture, vehicles, art and more. Visit the website or call for center and store locations in Central Ohio.
1331 Edgehill Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 294-5181 or (614) 583-0293 TTY
goodwillcolumbus.org

Halt Violence

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, Suite 100, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 290-5702
haltviolence.org

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, programs for foster youth and youth, ages 14-24 not enrolled in school and are not employed (AMP 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

711 Southwood Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43207

  • General: (614) 252-2799
  • Emergency Assistance: (866) 747-1038
  • AMP (Achieve More & Prosper): (614) 453-1709 or (614) 233-2671

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

Jewish Family Services (JFS)

Provides 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, victims of domestic violence and more.
1070 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209 (Ebner Building)
(614) 231-1890
jfscolumbus.org

Keepsake Theme Quilts (KTQ) Deaf Initiatives

Creates job opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing youth as a path to personal success, financial independence and self-fulfilled lives. Their Work Experience Model (WEM) offers hands-on experiences where they can develop work skills, and cultivate positive work habits and values necessary for successful careers.
563 South Dawson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 238-3323 or (614) 388-9630 VP
tshirtquilts.com/our-mission

Lead the Way Learning Academy

Provides youth development programs and activities for Franklin County youth in grades K-12. Their After School Learning Zone and Summer Learning Zone provides homework help, academic enrichment, field trips, fitness, free meals and other fun and exciting enrichment activities. Services are free to TANF eligible families. In collaboration with the Achieve More & Prosper (A.M.P.) Program, the Career Zone provides employment resources and opportunities to in-school youth, ages 16-18 experiencing barriers to academic and career success. Visit the website for site locations.
(614) 842-4993
leadthewaylearningacademy.org

Lutheran Social Services (LSS)

Serves: Single Adults & Families
Offers services to provide for the basic needs of all people, including shelter, affordable housing for seniors, food, health care, case management, veteran services; support for women, men and their children escaping intimate partner violence (CHOICES), transitional job training and more. They provide services in multiple counties in Ohio. Visit the website for detailed information about each program, location and contact information.
500 West Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 228-5200
24-hour crisis line (Domestic Violence): (614) 224-4663
lssnetworkofhope.org
Pantry Locations: lssnetworkofhope.org/foodpantries/services/pantry-locations
List of LSS Locations: lssnetworkofhope.org/contact-us/locations

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

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

Job shadowing and internship opportunities allow students the chance to spend time with a health care professional and see the work duties performed and the interaction 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.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0678
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

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.
199 East Rich Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 849-0028
newdirectionscc.org

Office of Opportunities for New Americans

Brings together resources to support immigrants integrate in to society and economic success. Programs that are provided include online job listings, English language learning, education and training, and ways to grow a business.
development.ohio.gov/newamericans

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

Provides vital information to assist offenders reentry into society. Go online to see an extensive list of resources specific to each county.
4545 Fisher Road, Suite D, 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

Works with families and children, farmers and business owners, community leaders and elected officials to build better lives, better businesses and better communities in Ohio. Many programs fall into four categories, including;

2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6181
Franklin County Office: franklin.osu.edu/home
extension.osu.edu

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 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
Columbus-Franklin County: omjcfc.org
State of Ohio: ohiomeansjobs.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/omj/home

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD)

Partners with Ohioans with disabilities to achieve quality employment, independence and Social Security disability determination outcomes; they also help students with disabilities transition from school to work. OOD’s job portal, called OODworks.com, allows potential consumers to learn about OOD’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services and complete an online application, allowing a more streamlined process. Visit the website for additional contact information.
150 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
For general questions regarding Vocational Rehabilitation or OOD: (800) 282-4536
ood.ohio.gov
oodworks.com
Contact: oodworks.com/contact.html

Reeb Avenue Center

Provides a variety of programs designed to strengthen families on the south side area of Columbus. Their 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 and South Side Roots Café).
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 468-9280
reebavenuecenter.org

Riverview International Center (RIC)

This resource center was created to assist with some of the basic needs of both new and established immigrants and refugees in the Riverview Drive neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. They offer general advocacy (like help with navigating mail, bills, appointments and federal benefit applications), English classes, job skills training, computer literacy assistance, citizenship assistance, legal clinic help, homework help, summer programing and more.
552 Riverview Drive, Apartment B, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 636-0630
riverviewinternationalcenter.org

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

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 more information on career technical education for high school students.
South-Western Career Academy
4750 Big Run South Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
(614) 801-3400
swcsdcareertech.com

Southeast Vocational Services

Offers community-based services include rehabilitation readiness, career development, vocational assessment, job training, job placement, evidence-based supported employment and benefits planning and consultation. They assist and support individuals in overcoming mental, emotional and other challenges to a productive life focusing on employment, economic stability and life skills.

  • Clintonville Office: 3770 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
    (614) 294-7117
  • Delaware County Office: 824 Bowtown Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 695-7795

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

St. John Learning Center

Offers free GED, computer training, entrepreneurial skills training and job search support, as well as prenatal/parenting workshops. Visit the website to see what classes and workshops are currently being offered.
640 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 547-2171
stjohnlearning.wordpress.com

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

Ticket to Work & Self Sufficiency Program

Provides Social Security disability beneficiaries (i.e., individuals receiving Social Security Disability Insurance and/or Supplemental Security Income benefits based on disability) the choices, opportunities and support they need to enter the workforce and maintain employment with the goal of becoming economically independent over time.
PO Box 1433, Alexandria, Virginia 22313
(866) 968-7842 or (866) 833-2967 TTY/TDD
yourtickettowork.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

Tolles is a career and technical school that serves Dublin, Fairbanks, Jonathan Alder, Hilliard, London, Madison-Plains, and Jefferson Local school districts. Tolles offers free adult and continuing education opportunities in ASPIRE, ESOL, GED, RAMTEC, industrial training and public safety.
7877 U.S. Highway 42 South, Plain City, Ohio 43064
High School: (614) 873-4666, ext. 4208
Adult Education: (614) 873-4666, ext. 4248
tollestech.com

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 after-school, in-school and summer youth programs, adult education, family needs assistance, reentry programs, counseling services, drug treatment, crisis intervention and more. Visit the website for a detailed description of their services.
2720 Airport Drive, Suite 110, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 227-9694
umadaopfc.com

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

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

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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