Where to Help Kids in Columbus

October 20, 2015 / volunteer / Kids

It can be frustrating: wanting to help those who need help the most, but not knowing where to begin. If you want to learn where you can help kids in Columbus, Ohio… here’s your start!

Any one of these Columbus organizations is a great resource to Ohio kids and their families, and can provide you with a sense of purpose and enrichment in your life that comes from helping kids in need. Here’s where your help is needed:

Million LEGO for Kids

You can donate old LEGOs to Columbus kids who can’t afford their own sets and provide the building blocks of enrichment.

Mission Statement: “Million LEGO for Kids provides LEGO bricks and resources to children who could otherwise not afford them, particularly in the neighborhoods of Beechwold and Clintonville, and occasionally in surrounding neighborhoods in Columbus, Ohio.”

Schools for the Children of the World

Help build schools for children living in underdeveloped countries and bring education to the world’s most vulnerable nations.

Mission Statement: “The mission of SCW is to empower children in developing countries through the provision of new school facilities and educational opportunities.
This mission will be accomplished through partnerships with local communities and supporting organizations to create quality learning environments that are safe, healthy, secure and educationally adequate.”

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Hospice Program

Help kids with life-limiting illnesses and their families get the care, support, and love that they need to heal and have a full childhood.

Mission Statement: “The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Hospice Program affirms the dignity of life. Our belief is that the quality of life is not determined by the quantity of one’s days but by the way in which those days are lived. We have opportunities to enrich each day – physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.”

Franklin County Children Services

If you can make a six-month commitment to one-on-one mentoring an at-risk child or teenager, you could make a lifelong difference in their lives.

Mission Statement: “Franklin County Children Services provides services for abused, neglected, and troubled children and their families. Social workers and other professionals provide protection and care to children through in-home counseling and out of home placement when needed. Many children under the care of Children Services depend on volunteers and mentors to guide them through difficult times. Volunteers and mentors share time with their matched youth at least twice a month and make a 6-month commitment to that child. Our 4 Volunteer Program opportunities are designed to enrich the lives of those who give the gift of time and sharing, as well as enrich the life of child that will last forever.”

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation

There are several different nonprofit and volunteer organizations associated with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation that you can use as a vehicle to help the kids of Columbus. Marathons, reading programs, fundraisers, and events are organized by affiliated organizations. Ask NCHF how you can get involved and help!

Mission Statement: “Nationwide Children’s believes that no child should be refused necessary care and attention for lack of ability to pay. Upon this fundamental belief, Nationwide Children’s is committed to providing the highest quality: patient care, advocacy for children and families, pediatric research, education of patients, families and future providers, and outstanding service to accommodate the needs of patients and families. For every child, for every reason, we are here.”

Children’s Defense Fund of Ohio

Kids don’t have a voice of their own, so CDF seeks to protect kids; particularly kids who are poor, minorities, or have disabilities. You can help provide care and important programs for kids who need it most.

Mission Statement: “The mission of Children’s Defense Fund is to Leave No Child Behind and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.”

Children’s Hunger Alliance

Volunteer at afterschool programs, help organize events, and donate to provide Columbus kids with nutritious meals. Work to end childhood hunger in Ohio.

Mission Statement: “To break the cycle of childhood hunger in Ohio through education, leadership, advocacy and service.”

A Kid Again

Work with A Kid Again to provide Ohio kids with life-threatening illnesses year-round activities, adventures, and fun that allows them to feel like kids.

Mission Statement: “We exist to foster hope, happiness and healing for families raising kids with life threatening illnesses. …We strive to give these kids an opportunity to have fun and feel like they should – the kid they are meant to be each day. Our adventures are designed for kids to have something to look forward to, to have fun with friends and give their sisters, brothers and parents some respite as well. Siblings are often left on the sideline due to the stress and necessary attention/time demands of the ill child. They also give our families a time to connect and network with each other. They empathize and understand what one another is facing. They connect and become resources to one another as well.”

The Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies, Inc.

The OACCA provides services to kids across Ohio by working closely with federal and state government agencies to help provide the programs needed to improve the lives of kids and their families. Check out their website to find out how you can help.

Mission Statement: “The Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies, Inc. applies the collective strength of its members to sustainably improve the provision of services to children, young adults, and families through policy advocacy, performance improvement, and member support.”

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