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Help Others Find Joy With These 3 Volunteer Opportunities in Columbus


Part of the joy of the holiday season is finding ways to give to others. There are lots of opportunities around Columbus to do a little something extra, and many are close to home. Here are some ideas from The View on Pavey Square to get you started.

How Can I Help Columbus’ Struggling Families?

Make an impact on local families struggling with economic instability by volunteering at Home for Families. Their mission is to prevent homelessness by providing housing opportunities, education, and housing stabilization. They have touched the lives of more than 700 families and 1,000 individual youth in the Columbus region. Their volunteer system is easy to navigate, with opportunities and sign-up forms listed on their website. Help them clean and organize their facility, assist at events, and much more.

Where Can I Go in Columbus to Help Animals in Need?

Ohio is home to lots of animal lovers, and if you are one of them, you’ll want to check out Pets Without Parents, a nonprofit, no-kill shelter for dogs and cats. Its mission is to re-home every single pet that comes through their doors, as well as educate the community on the importance of spay and neuter efforts. They host several adoption events each year and are always in need of volunteers to help with setup, transporting and supervising animals, and communicating with the public. They also host seasonal events each year including Run with the Pack and their Art Auction, which both rely heavily upon volunteer efforts.

How Can I Contribute to Conservation Efforts in Columbus?

A great way to contribute to the conservation efforts happening right here in central Ohio, is through Columbus Audubon. Since the organization was founded in 1904, it’s mission has been to preserve not only avian habitat, but all wildlife habitats for the good of future generations. There are multiple ways to contribute. You can participate in citizen science activities like Project Feederwatch, or help them more directly by volunteering at events and helping them raise money.

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