2018 Host Sites

BESA Community Inc.

Besa connects people with local charities – from food pantries and community gardens to homeless shelters and senior homes. The organization works with members of the community to provide support to those who need it most.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus

Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus gives young people the support, guidance, tools, and skills to succeed in life. They provide comprehensive, affordable afterschool and summer programming for youth ages 6 through 18. It is a place where great futures are started each and every day.

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus

CXC is a free, citywide arts festival hosted every year by people and places with a passion for cartoon arts. CXC connects the global family of cartoon storytellers, comic makers, and animators with the people who love and are inspired by their art. Together, they celebrate the stories that can only be told in visual media that are as diverse as the people who imagined them.

City Year Columbus

Since 1994, City Year AmeriCorps members have provided valuable services to Columbus City Schools. For the 2016-2017 school year, a talented team of 54 AmeriCorps members are deployed into the following schools: Linden McKinley STEM Academy, Mifflin High School, South High School, Champion Middle School, Trevitt Elementary School, and Livingston Avenue Elementary School.

Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services

ETSS is a community based 501(c)(3) organization that helps new arrivals from all countries establish roots and gain self-sufficiency in Columbus through programs and services that encourage community integration, sustained employment, education, health, and strong families.

Equality Ohio Education Fund

Equality Ohio was founded in 2005 by a group of 65 dedicated LGBT activists and allies from all corners of Ohio after voters passed a constitutional amendment prohibiting same sex marriage and civil unions. Now, Equality Ohio’s work is broad and focuses on multiple aspects of LGBTQ equality in Ohio.

Huckleberry House

Huckleberry House works with Central Ohio’s youth and families who are dealing with some of the most difficult problems imaginable. Issues like abuse, violence, neglect, poverty, and homelessness. No matter how hopeless the situation may seem, we offer proven programs and committed people who know how to help young people and families take control of their lives. So they can move past the circumstances they’re in, and move toward the future they want.

Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus

As a Center of Jewish learning, the JCC Early Childhood program provides a comprehensive education for young children in a warm Jewish setting. We seek to nourish a child’s natural curiosity and excitement while allowing each child to develop at his/her own pace. You can be confident that we will provide all the loving, enriching attention you want for your child.

Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center

The Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center was founded on the simple principle that Ohio’s state and federal victims of crime deserve and require legal representation to enforce and protect their constitutional and statutory legal rights throughout the criminal justice process. The Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center provides free legal representation in criminal court to citizens victimized by crime to protect their legal rights.

King Arts Complex

Through a multidisciplinary approach, The King Arts Complex offers performing, cultural and educational programs that provide high artistic merit, varied and diverse experiences, and which increase and disseminate knowledge regarding the vast and significant contributions of African-Americans to the culture and history of America and the world.

LifeCare Alliance

LifeCare Alliance is a not-for-profit organization that provides a comprehensive array of health and nutrition services to older adults and medically challenged or homebound residents of central Ohio through its signature programs: Meals-on-Wheels, Senior Dining Centers, Wellness Centers, Help-at-Home, Visiting Nurses, The Columbus Cancer Clinic, Project OpenHand-Columbus, Groceries-to-Go, IMPACT Safety and Senior PetCare. The Agency’s mission is to lead the community in identifying and delivering health and nutrition services to meet the community’s changing needs.

Local Matters

Local Matters is a recognized leader and community collaborator, increasing critical healthful food education and food access to combat food insecurity and diet-related diseases particularly in low-income communities.

Muslim Family Services of Ohio

Muslim Family Services of Ohio strives to provide professionally trained staff and volunteers to build stronger families, insha’Allah (God willing), according to Islamic principles. Our goal is to focus our services on the following core groups: families in crisis; men and women who are widowed, displaced, homeless; and the disenfranchised and abused of our community.

Tech Corps

TECH CORPS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring K-12 students have equal access to technology programs, skills and resources that enhance early learning and prepare them for college and career. TECH CORPS develops technology programs and deploys tech-savvy talent to assist K-12 schools and youth-serving organizations across the country.