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What’s Around: Volunteer Opportunities in Columbus

Looking for volunteer opportunities in Columbus?

Good news!

There are plenty of organizations in and around Columbus that consistently seek out volunteers to support a variety of charitable causes and community events.

In our latest installment of What’s Around – a series from Columbus Downtown Apartments that gives residents a look at the various shopping, culture and entertainment options available in their backyard – we explore a few of the many ways you and your friends can give back to the Columbus community.

Volunteer with Columbus

Volunteer with Columbus is a volunteering hub started by Experience Columbus – an organization that helps make Columbus an appealing destination to visit and live. The initiative is a one-stop-shop for hundreds of volunteer opportunities in the city – mostly featuring roles to support community events, festivals and activities.

Columbus Gives Back

Columbus Gives Back

Focused primarily on volunteer and philanthropic opportunities for young professionals in Columbus, Columbus Gives Back is a great way to meet new friends while supporting great causes. The nonprofit mainly works on events for an array of local small- to medium-sized organizations – allowing volunteers to explore different areas of Columbus and its culture.

Columbus Humane Society

If helping animals is a passion of yours, then consider volunteering with the Columbus Humane Society! The charity offers several skills programs and classes centered around caring for animals, and volunteers get to meet others who share their similar interests. Columbus Humane Society also features one-time volunteer experiences for organizations or businesses in Columbus looking to make a difference in their community.

Fundraise at Nationwide Arena

Forget bake sales and car washes, fundraising with Nationwide Arena is an exciting, creative and fun alternative that caters to everyone from church groups to fraternities and sororities. Through vendor Delaware North, Nationwide Arena fundraising volunteers help out at foodservice stands throughout the concourse, and organizations receive commission on net sales for each event worked.

Franklin Park Conservatory

Got a green thumb? The Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus is always in need of individual or group volunteers to help maintain their beautiful garden and educate visitors about the conservatory, its exhibitions and its nature. Volunteer opportunities at Franklin Park Conservatory range from weekly, monthly, seasonal or one-time.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

If you love kids and want to make a difference in their lives, then volunteering at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus is a great way to get started. The hospital looks for volunteers of all ages – from adults, to teens, to college students and groups – to serve in a variety of different roles and functions, depending on interest and experience level.

Columbus Metropolitan Library

The perfect volunteer opportunity for bookworms, the Columbus Metropolitan Library is a great way to make a difference in the lives of library visitors throughout Columbus. Volunteer options include shelving books, helping kids with their homework, reading to children and teaching people basic computer and job search skills.

Dress for Success Columbus

Dress for Success Columbus

Dress for Success Columbus is a nonprofit that empowers women to achieve their career goals through complimentary suiting, career center and employment retention programs. The organization is always looking for volunteers passionate about the cause to help in their boutique, assist in their career center, mentor and speak to women, support special events and much more.


Do you know of any other great volunteer opportunities in Columbus? Share them in the comments!