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The ColumbUS Volunteer Challenge

ABOUT THE COLUMBUS VOLUNTEER CHALLENGE

The Columbus Volunteer Challenge is a city-wide volunteer event focused on lifting up and highlighting the importance of service to others—a critical element in building a community that is more inspired, proud and engaged.

Led in partnership by the City of Columbus and United Way of Central Ohio, the Columbus Volunteer Challenge will kick off on Saturday, August 25 and run through September 11, the National Day of Service. These two days will bookend an 18-day span of volunteer projects that will engage individuals, families, young professionals, teens, faith-based and corporate volunteers.

Throughout the Columbus Volunteer Challenge, the City of Columbus, United Way and various community partners will feature on-site volunteer opportunities and calls to action to promote and encourage volunteerism, including opportunities to sign up for long-term volunteer assignments such as mentoring or tutoring.

Columbus Volunteer Challenge Goals:

  • Engage 20,000 individuals to volunteer from August 25 to September 11
  • Address immediate needs in our community and leave a lasting legacy of service
  • Promote and celebrate a wide range of volunteerism including:
    • Service to nonprofit organizations, schools, neighborhood and community groups
    • Spontaneous, individual acts of volunteerism
    • One-time and ongoing volunteer commitments

COLUMBUS VOLUNTEER CHALLENGE CALENDAR

  • August 25-Columbus Volunteer Challenge: Family Day:  Family Day will serve as the community kickoff for the Columbus Volunteer Challenge. The one-day event is open to families, groups, individuals and volunteers from corporate or faith-based organizations.  Parents are encouraged to bring children ages 12 and up to volunteer at select sites. Note: A university student kickoff will begin on Tuesday, August 21, in accordance with The Ohio State University calendar.
  • August 26 to September 10-Days of Engagement:  The Days of Engagement will include community volunteer opportunities and daily calls to action for individual ongoing involvement based on a related calendar.  Nonprofit and faith-based organizations are encouraged to submit their own additional volunteer activities taking place on these days to form a full calendar of volunteer events. This will serve as a resource for anyone who desires to volunteer during these days.
  • September 11-Community Care Day: National Day of Service:  United Way of Central Ohio’s traditional Community Care Day will include opportunities for various types of volunteers to serve at nonprofit organizations throughout central Ohio. Projects will include a wide range of activities from painting and landscaping to filing and skill-based opportunities.

CONTACT US

For media inquiries, contact Kermit Whitfield at 614.227.2726 or kermit.whitfield@uwcentralohio.org.

For event information, please visit columbusvolunteerchallenge.org or email info@columbusvolunteerchallenge.org.

 

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