CAP4Kids lists many organizations that offer free and low-cost services and products. Visit various (sub)categories to find organizations that meet your need.
Offers support programs for veterans and their family, such as temporary financial assistance, a cash grant to support minor children of veterans who are eligible for American Legion membership. They also offer youth programming, award college scholarships, and list veteran discounts and services and places to find counseling and mental health support.
Contact Information: legion.org/contact
A neighborhood-based community center that serves the near east and near south neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. They offer soft skills training, employment assistance, financial education training and emergency housing programs to help access rent or mortgage assistance, food nutrition programs, utility services, health care, parenting workshops and more. Additionally they offer afterschool programs, summer programs, and child care for ages six-weeks through five-years-old.
1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Offers free, one-on-one financial counseling as a public service to adult residents of Central Ohio. Certified Financial Counselors help individuals and families navigate a budget, save money, find safe and affordable banking, reduce debt, and improve their credit. This service is provided as a partnership between the City of Columbus & Jewish Family Services.
1070 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
The Columbus Humane’s Essential Care Center offers low-cost wellness exams, vaccinations and care for pets. They provide high-quality, low-cost care for pet families. They also provide pet food assistance through their pet pantry.
3772 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43207
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
Franklinton Pride Center
1186 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 645-5224 (Social Worker)
(614) 645-0176 (Main)
South Side Pride Center
280 Reed Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 645-5205 (Social Worker)
(614) 645-8097 (Main)
Near East Pride Center
1393 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 645-0115 (Main)
Northside Pride Center
248 East Eleventh Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 724-1900 (Main)
Far East Pride Center
2500 Park Crescent Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43232
(614) 724-0101 (Social Worker)
(614) 724-0100 (Main)
Provides disaster survivors with information, support, services, and a means to access and apply for disaster assistance. The site also provides resources to help you learn how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
FEMA Disaster Assistance Helpline: (800) 621-3362 (also for 711 & VRS) or (800) 462-7585 TTY
Offers financial assistance for families who need financial help due to a medically needy child. Includes help with utility/rent bills, meal expenses while at the hospital, gas expenses for travel to and from hospital or doctor visits, non-covered medical expenses, non-covered supplies that would aid the child in their treatment and funeral expenses related to the death of a child. Complete an online application to apply for assistance. Visit the website for additional contact information.
PO Box 1981, Pompano Beach, Florida 33061
Establishes, enforces, review and modifies child support orders so payments can be made. Helps with termination of support orders, paternity establishment, and health insurance coverage for children. They also offer a mobile app that gives users secure access to their child support case information.
80 East Fulton Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Ohio Department of Job & Family Services Office of Child Support: jfs.ohio.gov/child-support
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
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Provides free donated vehicles to struggling families to assist them in their transition from dependency to self-sufficiency. Free Charity Cars operates the largest free non-profit car-donation / distribution program in the nation and has awarded over 9000 free vehicles nationwide. For more information, visit their website.
Provides information about end-of-life issues to individuals through consumer education outreach, including group presentations, printed materials, personal consultations, local price surveys and membership benefits. They help individuals understand options and costs so they can make funeral arrangements that are dignified, meaningful and affordable. FCA monitors the death care industry and is run by volunteers.
P. O. Box 14835, Columbus, OH 43214-0835
Settlement house located in Franklinton serving zip codes 43222, 43223, and 43215. Programs include parenting classes, senior outreach, a preschool, youth programming and sports, rent and utility assistance, medical appointments with The Breathing Association, and the Gladden Food Pantry. The food pantry provides home delivery for seniors and disabled residents, and diapers.
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.
1070 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
Serves those who are homeless and have a substance use disorder by offering services and resources (like mentoring, food, clothing, documentation/ID assistance, laundry and shower services, a cooling and heating station, and more) and making referrals to other community service providers. Visit the website to see all the services and resources they provide.
342 North Hague Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
Helps teen parents or pregnant teens finish school by providing cash assistance. Students must be under the age of 20 and working on earning either their GED or high school diploma.
1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Ohio Law & Rules about LEAP: codes.ohio.gov/oac/5101:1-23-50
A rent assistance hub for both tenants and landlords. Provides simple, reliable, and easy-to-access links to Central Ohio rent assistance programs. They also dispel common myths, provide eviction information customized to Franklin County, and highlight some of the places you can go to get even more help. The website can be translated in English, Spanish, or Somali.
Provides individuals with low-interest loans. Loans will be provided for one-time expenses to individuals who can demonstrate that they can pay back the loan. Loans are for expenses such as a car repair, a home repair, educational expenses, and medical expenses not covered by insurance. They do not provide loans for expenses such as rent, food, or utilities. Individuals will also be provided with their own credit union account. They can also use this account for direct deposit of paychecks and to cash checks for free. All applicants will be visited by SVdP financial mentors who will provide information on finances, consumer protection information, and connect to other community resources.
197 East Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 285-4473 or (614) 221-3554
Contact for Delaware, Fairfield, Knox, Licking and Ross County: svdpcolumbus.org/contact_info
Note: CAP4Kids does not recommend or endorse any specific company. We encourage families to carefully review and evaluate all services.
Offer vouchers that cover the cost of an Ohio identification card and an Ohio Birth Certificate. Only a few are offered every week. They also offer brown bag lunches to those that are hungry.
139 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Provides medical grants to help families access and pay for health care services that are not covered by their family’s commercial medical insurance plan. The medical insurance plan does not have to be through UnitedHealthcare. Learn more and apply directly on their website.
Provides an official guide to government information and services at the federal level. Examples of topics include financial help, disability services, how to prepare for and recover from disasters and emergencies, housing, jobs and unemployment, as well as taxes, immigration, how to research common U.S. laws, and file a complaint against the government and more.