The Columbus Volunteer Challenge: Our Call to Service is a county-wide collaboration that encourages, mobilizes and challenges central Ohioans to help build a more inspired, proud and engaged community through volunteerism. In September, the Columbus Volunteer Challenge will include 5 Days of Service with volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, nonprofits, places of worship and corporations. The 5 Days of Service each have a different focus, as indicated below:
Family Weekend, Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8
The Columbus Volunteer Challenge will kick off with Family Weekend beginning Saturday, September 7. This two-day event is an opportunity for volunteers from families, students groups, neighborhood groups, places of worship and individual volunteers to get involved. Volunteers can serve on one or both days at participating locations.
Drive Drop-off Day, Monday, September 9
Schools, corporations, non-profits, families and places of worship are encouraged to collect critically needed items prior to the Columbus Volunteer Challenge by hosting a donation drive. Items can be delivered to Columbus Volunteer Challenge drop-off sites on Monday, September 9.
Community Care Day, Tuesday, September 10
United Way of Central Ohio’s traditional Community Care Day will include opportunities for corporate and community volunteers to serve at nonprofit organizations throughout central Ohio. Volunteer projects will include a range of activities from painting and landscaping to skill-based opportunities.
National Day of Service, Wednesday, September 11
The National Day of Service will conclude the Columbus Volunteer Challenge events. Volunteers can sign up to participate in a variety of service projects, including projects which honor 9/11 victims, first-responders, survivors as well as veterans and current military service personnel.