It’s time like these that many folks are looking to help but unsure where to start. Luckily for Columbus, the Point App is here to help.
The Columbus-based Point App is a tool that both volunteers and nonprofits can use to connect and work together on projects. It’s easy-to-use interface makes signing up as a volunteer a breeze, and with its connections throughout Central Ohio, many nonprofits are utilizing the app; especially during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“We see the needs of nonprofits skyrocketing,” said Madison Mikhail Bush, founder of the Point App.
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The Human Service Chamber and The United Way gathered data to show what nonprofits are facing during the outbreak. The reported stats found that 24% of responding agencies have reported layoffs of employees, 41% of nonprofits are reporting financial losses of 10%, and 66% of nonprofits have canceled or postponed major fund raising events.
“Nonprofits rely on those events to function,” Mikhail Bush said. “It’s going to be very important that we meet the needs of nonprofits swiftly and efficiently. So when they post those needs on Point, it’s because they really do need people to respond to them.”
If you are healthy and able, consider donating your time, resources, or finances to one of the many nonprofits in Columbus. Point recently added a donate feature where users can donate money, rather than time, to promote social distancing. And if you are unsure if you are able to help, Point designed this handy flowchart to see if you are considered “low risk.”
And to help you out, we put together five different ways you can get involved. As always, remember to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and keep a six foot distance between you and another person—even while volunteering.
1.) Drop Off Supplies For Family Care Kits to South Side Early Learning | All day | Wednesday to Friday
These supplies can include non-perishable food items, educational items, diapers, and cleaning supplies.
2.) Produce Give-A-Way with the Hilltop YMCA | 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Wednesday | *27 spots available
At the Hilltop YMCA, volunteers are needed for tasks such as sorting and bagging produce items, directing traffic, and assisting with clean up.
3.) Packing Food for Homebound Deliveries with the Worthington Resource Pantry | 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. | Thursday | *Only two spots available
Many folks during this shelter-in-place are unable to leave their homes. Here, you can help out by packing food to distribute to families in Worthington and North Columbus.
4.) Delivering Groceries to Homebound Families with the Worthington Resource Pantry | 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Thursday | *Only one spot left
If the 1 p.m. start time on Thursday doesn’t fit your schedule, they will be delivering the groceries starting at 2 p.m.
5.) Donate For COVID-19 Relief For New Americans with Riverview International Center | Ends April 30
In addition to financial gifts to provide gift cards to affected new Americans in Columbus, you can donate working laptops and tablets, art supplies, and educational supplies.