Columbus’s Opportunities For Giving

Columbus’s Opportunities For Giving

The world has become a quite different place in the age of coronavirus. With stay-at-home orders in place for months on end, many normal volunteer opportunities such as sorting donations, vuiding homes, reading to children, and helping out at local soup kitchen have been dramatically limited. Columbus’s opportunities for giving are still available, it may be different then you are used to.

Even with all the covid-19 restrictions in place, the pandemic has prompted millions of experienced volunteers to find innovative ways to give back while encouraging those new to volunteering to try it out – making masks at home, helping elderly neighbors with online shopping, walking front-line health care workers’ dogs or teaching virtual classes.

This evolution of the volunteer space makes it easier than ever to fit volunteer work into a busy or largely homebound schedule. With even a couple of hours to spare, you can support a cause you are passionate about.

Giving Our Time And Effort Helping Others Feels Amazing

At a time when some 33% of Americans are experiencing symptoms of pandemic-related anxiety or depression, that intrinsic reward or “warm glow” feeling provides both a buffer and a sense of control. Also, volunteering is likely to help boost one’s sense of social connection, particularly for older adults who may be feeling isolated.

And that is not all. In study after study, researchers have found that people who volunteer lead longer, healthier, happier lives. Volunteerism correlates positively to stronger self-confidence, better quality of friendships and improved job prospects. Columbus’s ppportunities for giving helps build more robust social networks and because volunteering often helps people discover their passions, the ability to tell one’s own story.

Donation Drives Columbus

Versiti Seasons of Giving Blood Drive at Hollywood Casino

December 28-29 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

As we continue to grapple with this global health crisis, giving blood is more important than ever. Unfortunately, due to social distancing measures and cancellation of many drives, the FDA reports dramatic reduction in donations. This holiday season, if you’re healthy and able, consider giving blood during the Versiti Seasons of Giving Blood Drive at Hollywood Casino. To sweeten the pot, all eligible donors will receive a $10 E-Gift Card as a thank you for donating! One eligible donor every hour will win a $50 comp to Final Cut Steak & Seafood. Winners will be notified via phone after the blood drive. This is a great for anyone looking for Columbus’s Opportunities For Giving! Make an appointment by clicking here.

Faith Mission Deck the Halls Shelter Gifts

Through December 11

Help brighten the holiday season and bring joy to Faith Mission and CHOICES residents and clients by donating a Deck the Halls shelter gift. Since the community can’t safely gather to package gifts, Faith Mission is asking that those interested in participating donate gifts fully assembled in holiday gift bags. Learn what’s needed and sign up here.

YWCA Season of Certainty Items


Help create a season of certainty for Columbus neighbors throughout the holidays by making a material donation to YWCA of Central Ohio. All items must be new and unopened. Appointments can be made to safely drop off items, or they can be purchased and shipped directly from Amazon Wishlist for those who would like to go completely contactless. Check out the most needed items for the YWCA Family Center and Women’s Residency here.

Seeds of Caring Care Kits


Seeds of Caring seeks to empower kids to create a kinder community with their hearts, hands and minds. This holiday season, there are a variety of kits that can be put together at home and donated to help bring cheer to neighbors in need. These include sack lunches for hungry and homeless neighbors, comfy kits for kids entering foster care, compassion kits for those experiencing homelessness and cards for senior living facilities. New opportunities are added on the 1st and 15th of every month, and can be found by click here here.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Holiday Toy Drive

December 5-16

Due to COVID-19, Nationwide Children’s Hospital patients must remain in their rooms at all times for their protection, which means they feel more isolated and need more items to support their needs for play and normalization. The holiday toy drive is critical to helping the hospital meet that need. Explore top wish list items and other ideas that can be bought or made, as well as drop-off instructions by click here here.

Columbus’s Opportunities For Giving And Volunteering

Meals-on-Wheels Delivery Columbus Is All Year

Columbus Meals-on-Wheels is serving more people than every before as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The community has the opportunity to assist with food delivery to neighbors who are elderly, medically challenged or homebound in a safe and socially distant way. Routes take an hour to an hour-and-a-half but the holiday cheer is priceless. Consider trying a delivery route this Columbus holiday season, especially if your own holiday plans are disrupted. If you enjoy your experience, there are needs for permanent route coverage as well.