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In an effort to ensure the safety of volunteers, all in-person volunteer opportunities have been suspended until further notice.


We Our Volunteers

Since the opening of the Family Center in October of 2005, YWCA Columbus has maintained a close partnership with the community. Over the years, tens of thousands of people have volunteered at the Family Center; providing kindness, warmth and compassion to families experiencing a housing crisis.

Our volunteers provide essential support to our families by providing babysitters while parents attend enrichment courses, organizing our donation closets or leading weekend activities and crafts. Most importantly, we rely 100% on the community to provide dinner to our residents 365 days a year. This saves the organization over $200,000 annually. Even better, the meals provide structure and stability to their day while giving the opportunity for much needed quality family time. Beyond the immediate impact to our families, volunteering with classmates and coworkers creates a shared experience that brings people closer together.

Ways to Help During this Crisis:


Additional Ideas:

Provide Meal or Food Support:

Host a Meal

There are two options: 1) Physically drop off prepared food to our kitchen staff who will serve the food 2) Sponsor a meal by donating $500 for dinner or $300 for breakfast.

Provide a Meal for Essential Staff

Provide a meal for YWCA Columbus staff working on the front lines during the pandemic.

Provide a Snack

Assemble and drop off snack bags for residents and/or staff. Snack bags can include fruit, vegetables, crackers, trail mix, etc. Please no nuts or nut products.

Bake a Dessert

Bake a sweet treat to drop off and share with our residents and/or staff.

meal related calendars

see open meal dates see meal schedule

Provide Material Support:

Host a Donation Drive

Host a donation drive to collect most needed items for our families and women residents. See list of most needed items.

Assemble A Care Package

Assemble a care package for front line staff at YWCA Columbus. Care items can include snacks and sweet treats, personal care items, family-friendly activities and thank you notes.

Sew Homemade Masks

Sew masks for adults and children to ensure our residents have what they need to stay safe as the community begins opening more widely

Make Blankets

Add comfort during a difficult time and create tied fleece blankets for residents at both of our locations using these instructions:

Provide Activity Support:


Participate in our Adopt-A-Resident program during holidays and/or other special occasions.

Pre-record an Online Class

Pre-record an online class for our women residents who are unable to get together with loved ones. Please donate supplies to complete your class. Class ideas include: how to cross stitch, cooking lessons, how to plant an indoor garden or painting.

Brighten Someone's Day

Write letters of encouragement to residents and/or staff or create encouraging positive posters to hang around the building(s)

Create Activity Packets/Craft Kits/Bordom Busters

Create activity packets and craft kits for children to keep them occupied while out of school during the summer or create activity packets and craft kits for adults in our Women’s Residency Program who are unable to get together with loved ones.

Help with Outdoor Projects

Help with outdoor cleanup, cutting grass, tending to flower beds and other outdoor projects at the Family Center. Shifts are weather-permitting and are scheduled in one-hour blocks.

Host or Participate in a Community Event

Partner with us to host a community event or conversation at your organization or company.

Outreach Ambassador

Help spread word of our Leadership and Social Justice programs in your neighborhood and communities around Central Ohio.

Facilitate a Leadership Session

Lead a session with our young women’s leadership program or facilitate leadership training among middle school girls.

Download a printable file of all volunteer opportunities:

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Frequently Asked Questions

We're Here to Help!

Jessica Wichtman-Will

Director of Engagement

Contact Jessica for big volunteer ideas that you may not see listed on our website.
65 South Fourth St.
Columbus, OH 43015

Email Jessica

Naomi Merino

Volunteer and Donations Manager

Contact Naomi for general information or to schedule a volunteer opportunity.
YWCA Family Center
900 Harvey Ct.
Columbus, OH 43219

Email Naomi