25 days of volunteering in Columbus

It’s easy to get wrapped up—literally— in our own affairs and those of our loved ones during the holiday season, but it’s more important now than ever to think outside of yourself your circle.

During this time of giving, consider giving some of your time to those less fortunate in our community.

Here are some events (courtesy of Columbus Gives Back) this month to get out and give back.

Deck the Halls with Faith Mission

December 1 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm @Faith Mission Community Kitchen

Our volunteers will be wrapping gifts for clients and decorating the building for the holidays.

Special Olympics Ohio – State Swim Meet

December 1- 3 @Ohio State University

Volunteers are needed for Special Olympics Ohio’s State Swim Meet. Come support athletes as they compete! Volunteer will escort athletes, keep time, and assist with other tasks.

Package Meals for Meals on Wheels at LifeCare Alliance

December 3 from 5:30 – 7:30pm @LifeCafe Alliance

Volunteers will be working on the meal packaging assembly line for older adults and chronically ill persons who are unable to provide meals for themselves.

Blankets & Brews with My Very Own Blanket

December 4 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm @My Very Own Blanket

Volunteers will be heading to the My Very Own Blanket headquarters to sip on drinks while you make a blanket for a child in foster care. This event is BYOB.

Help Registers Shoppers for Firefighters for Kids

December 5 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm @Central Community House

Vlunteers will check their IDs, log them into a computer website and print out a receipt with a time for them to visit a warehouse to “shop” for toys for each child.

Science Night for the YMCA Van Buren Shelter

December 5 from 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm @Van Buren Shelter

Volunteers at a STEM-themed activity night for the youth at the YMCA Van Buren Shelter.

Volunteer for St. Jude Kids Radiothon

Volunteers will be responsible for answering the phones and securing partners in hope which is a monthly $20.00 donation to the hospital.

Volunteer for Project: See Kids Dream

December 8 from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm @Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H center

Volunteers will be making a blanket as a gift that will be donated to those in our community who could use a sentiment of warmth and kindness from a caring family.


Habitat for Humanity ReStore NORTH

December 8 from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm @Habitat Restore – NORTH

This is an indoor opportunity, where your valuable time will be used to help sort, organize, and display building materials, furniture, and household fixtures donated to ReStore.

Volunteer for the Santa Speedo Dash

This event raises tens of thousands of dollars to help those with diabetes throughout the central Ohio community. Central Ohio Diabetes Association will need help in different areas of the race to make it successful!

Volunteer at Ganthers Place Lighting of the Luminaries

December 8 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm @Ganthers Place

Volunteers will help with a variety of tasks to ensure the event runs smooth and is enjoyable for everyone.

Serve Lunch at YWCA Family Center

December 9 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm @YWCA Family Center

. Volunteers are needed to set up and serve lunch for the families staying at the Family Center.

Shop Assistant for Broad Street Food Pantry

December 13 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm @Broad Street Food Pantry

Volunteers will be assisting clients as they shop the choice pantry – help them select from available items, enforcing limits as necessary, offering suggestions for recipes and ways to use new foods.

Game Night with YMCA Supportive Housing

December 13 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm @YMCA of Central Ohio

This event is one where volunteers are able to have hands on interactions with those in need and have fun doing it!

Habitat for Humanity Build Day

December 15 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm @TBD US (Google Map)

Tasks will vary and our helpful site leads will teach you everything you need to know! Come dressed ready to work.

Build Furniture with a Heart

December 15 from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm @Furniture with a Heart Thrift Store

Activities include any or all of cleaning donations, organizing donations, sorting donations, assembling furniture, and more.

Bake Cookies at Ronald McDonald House

December 18 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm @Ronald McDonald House

Join Columbus Gives Back as we head to Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio to bake cookies for the families staying there.

Winter Wonderland Holiday Giveaway with 614 Youth Prevention Foundation Inc.

December 21- 22 @Eastside Vineyard Church

Please contact Jynette for specific information about the volunteer positions available this year and the times volunteers are needed.

General volunteering opportunities courtesy of Columbus Moms Blog:

Bethlehem on Broad

Broad Street UMC hosts a family assistance program that provides 1,200 food baskets during a mid-December Christmas Party.

Broad Street United Methodist Church, 501 East Broad Street

Phone: (614) 221-4571


Salvation Army Red Kettle

Bell Ringers needed Monday – Saturdays until December 24 (10:00am – 8:00pm)

80 Locations in Central Ohio

Contact: Debbie Luffy, Kettle Coordinator

Email: redkettleringer@gmail.com

Phone: (614) 403-0404

Ohio Nature Education

Become Santa’s little helper by wrapping purchases at Half Price Books in Columbus from December 10-24.

Donations benefit Ohio Nature Education.

Contact: Manon VanSchoyck

Email: mvs@ohionature.org

Homeless Families Foundation Holiday Store

This program allows parents to select free gifts for their children.

Volunteers are needed to help pick-up and/or sort donations, organize and restock store, personal shoppers, and gift wrappers.

Contact: Geneviev

Email: hff@homelessfamiliesfoundation

Seeds of Caring

Spread cheer by creating holiday cards and caroling for seniors during four scheduled events this month.

Limited space available.


Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center

Contact the Shelter to become a dog walker, groomer, customer service representative, adoption counselor, media ambassadors, or photography volunteer.

Phone: (614) 525-7282
Email: dlriquin@franklincountyohio.gov

Pets without Parents

(614) 267- 7297

Any day from 9am- 8pm with miscellaneous opportunities including cleaning cages, walking animals, greeting potential adopters, and feeding the animals.

Bonus event: Not Your Mama’s Craft Market

Sunday, December 2 from 5pm- 9pm @Schiller Park

Bring your kiddos to Schiller Park during Village Lights to make holiday cards to be donated to hospitals and nursing homes in central Ohio!


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