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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:

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.

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.

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

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.

Stay tuned for more ideas to help!

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