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 on our families, volunteering with classmates and coworkers creates a shared experience that brings people closer together.
Other Ways You Can Help:
Provide a Meal
Help provide a meal by physically providing ingredients/meals, making a monetary donation, or volunteering to help prepare meals.
Host a Donation Drive
Host a donation drive to collect the most needed items for our families and women residents. Contact Brian Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of items needed at this time.
Donate Directly to Our Mission
Donate directly to YWCA Columbus and know that your gift enables us to reach even more people and continue to build toward a Columbus that is equitable for all.
Frequently Asked Questions
Meal Host Options
Food can be provided using one of the following methods:
Option 1: Physically provide and drop off the meal for our kitchen staff to serve.
- Your group should expect to serve up to 185 people for breakfast and dinner and approximately 50 – 120 people for lunch. (Please contact Brian prior to purchasing food due to fluctuating numbers)
- Please plan to drop off your meal at or before the following times:
- 6:00 am for breakfast
- 11:00 am for lunch
- 5:00 pm for dinner
- Share pictures of the meal preparation/drop-off with Brian so we can thank you on social media!
Option 2: Financially sponsor a meal for our kitchen staff to prepare and serve for a donation of:
- $300 for breakfast
- $500 for lunch or dinner
Click here to sponsor a meal.
You can be any age for the volunteer opportunities unless noted below:
16 years and older: May babysit in our Convenient Care room
15 years and older: May volunteer in our kitchen
Younger than 15 years: May volunteer in our dining room/community room area
Note: at this time, we are limiting all volunteers to groups of 4.
Due to operational needs, we limit the number of volunteers for each of our opportunities.
Greater than 15:
We may be able to split your group up between different tasks
We will let you know ahead of your scheduled host date how many people you should expect to serve. You take that number and divide by your recipe’s serving size. Then multiply each ingredient by that number.
At this time tours have been suspended.
Yes! Please let our staff know ahead of time if your group is interested in receiving a tour; otherwise, it may have to be scheduled for an alternative date and time. Email Brian Rogers or call 614.253.3955 to schedule a tour.
We're Here to Help!
Volunteer and Donations Coordinator
Contact Brian for general information or to schedule a volunteer opportunity.
YWCA Family Center
900 Harvey Ct.
Columbus, OH 43219
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