Columbus is home to many wonderful organizations that give back and help those in need in our community. See below for a list of some of the opportunities to volunteer and/or donate this holiday season.
If you have questions, please reach out directly to the organization.
Have a happy holiday season!
Worth the Wait Charity
Colony Cats & Dogs
Alex's Sunnyside Playroom
The Sunnyside Playroom was created in honor of Dr. Alex Porter. We provide family-friendly playrooms in adult cancer hospitals within the United States. These playrooms provide a sanctuary where families can come together to play with toys, games, create memorable pieces of art together, read books, relax in an environment with murals that bring the OUTside IN, and watch child-friendly movies in comfortable furniture. To this date, we opened our first family playroom at Riverside Methodist Hospital. We are working on our second playroom currently!
Alex’s Sunnyside Playrooms – Donate
Seeds of Caring
Our kids deserve a world that is kinder, more just, and more connected than the one we live in today. Seeds of Caring works to turn this vision into reality—to empower kids to make a real difference through service, social action, and community-building projects.
Seeds of Caring-Volunteer
Seeds of Caring-Donate
Feed the Kids Columbus
Ronald McDonald House Central Ohio
United Way of Central Ohio
United Way of Central Ohio is focused on fighting poverty by investing in the most effective partners that get results. This network of more than 90 local nonprofit partners provide opportunities and resources in two critical areas: BASIC NEEDS- Ensuring people in crisis get food, shelter and assistance and STUDENT SUCCESS- Helping children succeed from cradle to career.
United Way – Volunteer
United Way – Donate
CASA of Franklin County
CASA of Franklin County’s vision is to ensure that every abused and neglected child has a trained, competent volunteer guardian ad litem to serve as their voice in court in order to make a positive impact on the child and community.
CASA of Franklin County – Volunteer
CASA of Franklin County – Donate
My Very Own Blanket
My Very Own Blanket is dedicated to warming the heart of every child in the foster care system with a blanket which gives them a feeling of comfort, security, and most of all, a SMILE.
We connect diverse people, community groups, businesses and services through this volunteer opportunity and ministry to our children in foster care. These gifts are comforting and familiar and children can take them from one home to another.
Through the loving care of volunteers, thousands of blankets are donated each year to children in foster care. Each blanket is personalized with the child’s name, a tradition for “My Very Own Blanket” since 1999.
My Very Own Blanket – Volunteer
My Very Own Blanket – Donate
Boys and Girls Clubs
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Ohio gives kids ages 5–18 years the support, guidance, tools and skills to succeed in life.
Clubs are open both after school and during the summer, providing youth a safe, welcoming space, caring mentors and proven programs so they can learn, grow and prepare for a great future.
Worthington Resource Pantry
Mid-Ohio Food Collective
Yes, we’re a foodbank. We collect and distribute an impressive amount of food. But that’s not all. We’re a hub for caring people who want to give back with their time, talent and treasure. We’re a welcome place to imagine and to test out fresh new ideas to tackle tough social issues. We’re a collection of passionate people who want to do all we can for poverty and health as a whole. So, when life happens, we’re here for our neighbors who need us.
Mid-Ohio Food Collective -Volunteer
Mid-Ohio Food Collective – Donate