2019 Host Sites

Best Buddies International, Inc.

Best Buddies Ohio offers One-to-One Friendship and Leadership Development programs -positively impacting nearly 2,000 individuals with and without disabilities in Ohio.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio (BBBS) is all about mentoring! The organization matches caring volunteers with kids facing adversity to provide professionally-supported, structured mentoring relationships that have a measurable positive impact on our youth, our mentors and our community. BBBS also offers a variety of volunteer opportunities that fit every schedule: community-based mentoring and school-based mentoring, including PROJECT MENTOR.

Community for New Direction

CND is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping kids and their families build a bridge to a brighter tomorrow. Community for New Direction helps youth to make a successful transition to adulthood by educating youth on decision making, refusal skills and decorum, as well as providing recreational activities that exclude the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Cristo Rey Columbus

Cristo Rey Columbus High School uses a national educational model in which businesses invest in student workers to make college-preparatory education possible for students with economic need. This unique program allows businesses to fill entry-level clerical positions with no overhead, and it provides students with the ability to earn a significant portion of the cost of their private, college-preparatory education and the opportunity to gain professional work experience.

Grange Insurance Audubon Center

The Grange Audubon Insurance Center offers recurring educational programs to help its members create welcoming backyard habitats. The organization partners with schools and scouting groups for special programming, and also host bird walks, bird counts and other nature programs.

The Homeless Families Foundation

The Homeless Families Foundation educates and nurtures children while empowering families to achieve stable housing and self-sufficiency.

kidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic

KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic works to ensure that every vulnerable child in central Ohio has a healthy smile!  A non-profit dental clinic, KidSMILES provides a dental home to children in need as well as educational outreach to at-risk children. When you visit KidSMILES, there are no invoices, bills or added expenses.

Lower Lights Ministries

Lower Lights Ministries serves individuals, families, and the community of Franklinton through holistic programming. Mission-focused staff and hundreds of dedicated volunteers work to minister to those in need by equipping them with the tools and skills needed to achieve self-sufficiency and break cycles of poverty.

Ohio Wildlife Center

Ohio Wildlife Center is dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of Ohio’s native wildlife through rehabilitation, education and wildlife health studies.

Peggy R. McConnell Worthington Center for the Arts

The Peggy R. McConnell Worthington Center for the Arts is a contemporary, multidisciplinary facility presenting and promoting the performing, visual and digital arts. The arts center continues the legacy of the Worthington Arts Council to advocate, create, and nurture arts programming through a series of performances, exhibitions and classes, and cultural opportunities through both ticketed and free events.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, Inc.

For more than three decades, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC) has been keeping families close at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. Beginning as a grassroots movement established by a partnership between volunteers and local McDonald’s Owner/Operators, RMHC has served thousands of families in their deepest times of need.

The Siemer Institute for Family Stability

The Siemer Institute enhances educational opportunities for school-aged children by preventing family homelessness and reducing school instability.

SON Ministries

Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries was incorporated as a faith-based not for profit in 2009 with a mission to serve children and families facing the challenges of suburban poverty, providing resources to help them OUT of poverty through education.