Looking to change a life in Central Ohio? You’ve come to the right place! Welcome to GiveDirectCentralOhio.org, a one-stop-shop to learn about and support local agencies that help people of all ages.
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First, click through our more than 70 member agencies and learn more about the incredible, life-changing work they do. From home-delivered meals for senior citizens, to child care, to services for people with developmental disabilities, to health care and much more, our agencies are responsible for helping millions of people every day. You can also search through our agencies by a particular cause.
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Action for Children
Founded in 1972, Action for Children is the source for child care and early learning services in central Ohio. Our mission is to develop and advocate for early childhood education initiatives; to foster the growth of early learning environments and assure their availability to all children in central Ohio; and to help families endow their children with quality early learning experiences.
Alvis House is a multifaceted human services agency providing research-based programs that are a turning point to a more successful future. Agency programs include: Community-based reentry services for men, women and youth; Supported living and behavioral support programs for individuals with developmental disabilities; Workforce development services; Treatment for substance abuse, mental health and trauma recovery; and support programs for families with a member who has become criminally involved.
The Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio Chapter is committed to meeting the needs of persons affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia through family and clinical support, education, advocacy, and research.
For more than 25 years, Amethyst has been a Central Ohio leader in long-term, gender-competent addiction and trauma treatment for homeless women and their families. Our highly successful treatment program helps women transition back into society. Women leave Amethyst as healthy, productive citizens who work, further their education, raise children, buy homes and experience the joys in life that many of us take for granted.
Berea Children's Home
We equip and empower children and families to reach their potential and become contributing members of a strong community. Through a continuum of services we strive to respond to the individual mental health and developmental needs of the community’s most vulnerable children and their families. We have made a commitment to a brighter future by cultivating strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio is a non-profit prevention-based agency that serves the community by providing quality mentoring relationships to children and youth in need of a friend. Big Brothers Big Sisters has a rich history of nurturing friendships between caring adult volunteers and promising children and youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters impacts the lives of approximately 6,000 children and youth in the central Ohio area each year through its mentoring programs, including Community-Based and School-Based Mentoring programs such as Project Mentor, and Group Mentoring at Camp Oty’Okwa
Boy Scouts of America, Simon Kenton Council
The Simon Kenton Council is one of the largest councils in the nation serving 17 counties in central and southern Ohio, and Greenup county in northern Kentucky.Building on an already strong tradition of youth and community service, the Simon Kenton Council will develop and provide the highest quality Scouting program in its geographic area to accomplish the mission of the Boy Scouts of America, and in doing so be recognized and accepted as the premiere leader in youth development.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus
The Boys & Girls Club of Columbus is a youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational, social and character development of girls and boys ages 7 to 18. Striving to help youth improve their lives, the Club offers programs that build self-esteem and develop values and skills during the critical period of growth.
The Buckeye Ranch provides hope and healing to children and families by offering family-focused mental health treatment and alcohol/drug services for children with behavioral or psychological and substance abuse disorders.
Center for Healthy Families
The Center for Healthy Families engages parenting teens and their children in opportunities to acquire self-sufficiency capabilities of health and well-being, positive networks, education and employment through a coordinated network of the most effective community services.
Central Community House
Central Community House is a comprehensive, neighborhood-based community center that has been serving the near east/near south side of Columbus, Ohio in the settlement house tradition since 1936. With the mission to empower people to reach their full potential, to be self-supporting and to live cooperatively with all others, Central offers programs such as an Early Education Child Care Center, afterschool/summer youth programs, seniors program, neighborhood development and advocacy, family strengthening, social work services, basic/emergency materials assistance and workforce support/development. Rather than address one problem or social condition, we nurture ongoing relationships and exist to holistically impact children, their families and the neighborhood. Healthy children can only exist within strong families; families can only succeed when surrounded by safe, supportive neighborhoods.
Central Ohio Diabetes Association
Founded by a group of local physicians, the Central Ohio Diabetes Association has provided service to the Central Ohio community for forty-seven years. The Central Ohio Diabetes Association helps Central Ohioans living with diabetes detect their condition, prevent onset and complications, and learn to live well with the challenge of diabetes. The local independent non-profit agency is not affiliated with a national organization.
Children’s Hunger Alliance
Children’s Hunger Alliance is a statewide non-profit agency working toward long-term solutions to fighting childhood hunger.To achieve our goal, we work with schools, youth-serving non-profits, faith-based groups and child care providers to increase participation in USDA Child Nutrition Programs.
The mission of CHOICES is to interrupt the cycle of domestic violence by responding to those in need, educating our community, and advocating for social change. CHOICES takes pride in being the primary direct service provider to central Ohio families experiencing domestic violence.
City Year Columbus
As tutors and mentors, City Year Columbus corps members provide critically needed services to some of Columbus’s most underserved children and youth.
Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center
The Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (CRC). CRC’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all people in the Clintonville-Beechwold community in the best tradition of Settlement Houses. We accomplish this mission through our Family Services, Senior Services, Youth Services and Kinship Care programs.
Columbus AIDS Task Force
Established in 1984, Columbus AIDS Task Force (CATF) is a full-service, community-based, non-profit AIDS Service Organization providing comprehensive care services, educational programs and an HIV testing program. CATF’s mission is to lead the fight against HIV/AIDS through awareness, advocacy, and care.
Columbus Area, Inc.
Columbus Area, Inc. is a comprehensive community mental health and wellness
organization making a measurable difference in the lives of Central Ohioans
- children, adolescents and adults. We are committed to serving those with
the highest degree of need: people with severe mental illness; people with
alcohol and other substance abuse/dependencies; and people with mental
health and substance abuse problems re-entering society from prison. We are
also committed to helping families have strong and healthy relationships.
Columbus Early Learning Centers
Columbus Early Learning Centers – Broad Street Infant & Toddler Center (BIT-C), Eastside, Northside, and Westside – have been providing high quality early childhood education and day care for infants, toddlers and pre-school children for more than 100 years.
Columbus Housing Partnership
In the belief that a decent and affordable home is the cornerstone of family life and a healthy community, Columbus Housing Partnership, through its Homeport Programs, provides quality, affordable homes and services to low and moderate income households in Central Ohio. Through its activities, Columbus Housing Partnership is a partner in building vibrant communities and enhancing the lives of its residents.
Columbus Literacy Council
Columbus Literacy Council provides adult basic literacy instruction, with programs tailored to native English speakers and to speakers of other languages. The Council’s mission is to increase the level of functional literacy among adults reading below an eighth grade level by teaching the English language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. The Council is the largest and oldest volunteer adult literacy program in central Ohio.
Columbus Speech & Hearing Center
Columbus Speech & Hearing Center works to help all people improve communication and vocational independence for life. Services include speech and occupational therapy, hearing evaluations and hearing aid services, and vocational rehabilitation for individuals with disabilities including those who are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and Deaf-Blind.
Columbus Urban League
The mission of the Columbus Urban League is to empower African-Americans and disadvantaged persons and families with life-changing strategies to reach and maintain self-reliance, opportunity and civil rights.
Communities in Schools of Central Ohio
The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Communities In Schools’ dedicated and experienced staff work across the district in Columbus and Whitehall City Schools and is an integral part of strategic efforts to improve academic success and graduation rates.
Community for New Direction
Community for New Direction empowers youth and families to strive to be their best. We are the bridge between communities and schools; and, between youth and their families. We are preparing our youth to be leaders in their own time, thus empower families and communities to be safe and violence-free.
Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio
The mission of Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio (CMS) is to prevent the harmful physical, emotional and economic effects of unmanaged or mismanaged conflict on individuals, families, neighborhoods and organizations, by providing, promoting and teaching non-adversarial conflict management strategies that empower disputants to create lasting, “win/win” resolutions to their conflicts.
Community Properties Impact Corporation
The mission of Community Properties Impact Corporation (CPO Impact) is to help realize the CPO Management Services three-fold mission to: 1) Provide quality affordable housing; 2) Link residents with resources that can stabilize their housing; and 3) Move residents beyond poverty, where possible. The long-term vision is to support the creation of a replicable national model of transformational affordable housing.
Community Research Partners
Community Research Partners was formed to comprehensively address community data and information needs, primarily in central Ohio. CRP’s mission is to strengthen Ohio communities through data, information, and knowledge
CompDrug is one of the largest comprehensive organizations in Ohio offering prevention, intervention and treatment programs for persons with substance abuse problems and a provider of institutional and community based corrections programs.
Founded by a group of concerned citizens with determination and vision, Concord Counseling Services is a private, nonprofit organization. We’re dedicated to healing people in mind and spirit, and have evolved into an 80-member team of comprehensive and specialized mental health and substance abuse counseling professionals. One of Central Ohio’s first community mental health agencies, we’re proud to continue the caring tradition that began nearly 40 years ago.
COVA, the Center of Vocational Alternatives
COVA, the Center of Vocational Alternatives serves more than 3,300 people each year, and more than 250 employers. We are Central Ohio’s leader in vocational rehabilitation services for people with mental illnesses and other disabilities that pose a barrier to employment. COVA’s mission is to assist and support the community in overcoming mental, emotional and other challenges to a productive life, focusing on employment, economic stability and life skills.
Directions for Youth and Families
Directions for Youth & Families’ mission is to empower families and their children to make sound choices and achieve promising futures. Directions for Youth & Families staff work with families and young people to help them identify strengths and learn new skills that lead to healthier decision-making. With the ultimate goal to achieve success in their lives, families and youth work with staff to address many issues including violence, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, delinquency, and abuse.
Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio
Founded in 1984, the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO) is the leading resource for information, support, programs and referral assistance throughout the 15 Ohio counties we serve. DSACO serves more than 700 families through support groups, educational programs, recreational and social activities which enable people with Down syndrome to reach their full potential.
Dublin Counseling Center
Dublin Counseling Center is a private, not-for-profit organization founded by community residents in 1978. The Center provides a wide range of mental health and drug/alcohol outpatient services for all age groups including older adults, young children, adolescents, men, women and families. The Center specializes in trauma-informed treatment and offers several evidence-based treatment models of care for persons of all ages.
Founded in 1989, EnterpriseWorks provides self-employment training to people with disabilities throughout Ohio. Career exploration opportunities and life skills instruction offered through after school programs and summer camps guide low-income Franklin County youth toward high school graduation and adult self-sufficiency. The agency also assists nonprofit organizations in developing business plans for earned income initiatives.
Furniture Bank of Central Ohio
The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio provides free furniture to our central Ohio neighbors in need. The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio is an amazing community project that harnesses the support and involvement of local organizations and individuals to “turn empty houses into homes.”
Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland
Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council is proud to be a girl-centric and girl-driven environment where a girl finds courage to explore new worlds and adventures, confidence to believe in herself and her abilities, character to stand by her values and connections to girls from every background. It is also the place where girls return those gifts by becoming the next generation of women leaders through service and reinvestment in their communities.
Gladden Community House
Gladden Community House is a settlement house located in the heart of Franklinton in Columbus, Ohio. We offer a broad range of neighborhood-based social services to individuals, families, and groups.
Godman Guild Association
Godman Guild Association has a long history of successfully serving the needs of the Central Ohio community. Established in 1898, the Guild meets community members where they are to provide the support necessary to knock down the barriers that keep individuals from gaining the confidence to achieve success in life. We do this with a continuum of programs and services designed to promote self-sufficiency and leadership development; translating into the economic growth of the community
Goodwill Columbus has been serving the central Ohio community since 1939, building independence, quality of life and work opportunities for individuals with disabilities and other barriers. Each year Goodwill Columbus provides 1.2 million hours of service to its participants with disabilities and other barriers through employment training, job placement programs, as well as work, social activities and supportive living services for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Habitat for Humanity - Greater Columbus
At Habitat for Humanity-Greater Columbus, our mission is to work in partnership with God and people to build affordable homes, empower families, and develop communities. Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), and the Greater Columbus Affiliate, is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Habitat affiliates work locally in communities around the world to select and support homeowners, organize volunteers, and coordinate house building.
HandsOn Central Ohio
HandsOn Central Ohio inspires, equips and mobilizes people to create meaningful change in their lives and in their community. As the central Ohio affiliate of the HandsOn Network, HandsOn Central Ohio connects individuals and organizations with volunteer opportunities. A free and confidential comprehensive information and referral line for community resources is available 24/7 through dialing 2-1-1.
Homeless Families Foundation
Homeless Families Foundation is a leading provider of services to homeless children and their families. We are different from other homeless service agencies because we: Focus on children; offer dynamic after school and summer programs unlike any found in central Ohio; provide families with a full spectrum of life skills programming so that they can become independent and productive.
House of Hope
The House of Hope provides alcohol and other drug treatment services to those who are most in need, so that they may maximize their potential, become productive members of society, and enjoy those gifts of life that are available in sobriety.
Huckleberry House was established in 1970 to provide a safe place for runaway youth in Columbus. Today, we provide many programs to help teens all over Franklin County who are in crisis situations, homeless or runaways.
IMPACT Community Action
The mission of IMPACT Community Action is to reduce poverty by providing hope-inspiring help and real opportunities for self-sufficiency.
Jewish Family Services
JFS provides services to a diverse mix of over 3,700 individuals from across the Columbus community. JFS serves people in the two most important aspects of their lives: family and work. We serve the entire Central Ohio community regardless of race, religion, color, sex or sexual orientation, and are unique in that we are able to customize mental health and career services to create a personalized set of services to address each client’s situation. JFS is nationally accredited by CARF and is recognized for excellence in service delivery. JFS CHANGES LIVES!
Jireh Services, Inc. is a multifaceted, non-profit, 501©3 charitable organization that develops and manages houses and services for disabled adults in Franklin County. The mission of Jireh Services is the provision of programs and services that help to insure disabled adults are able to live in decent, safe, affordable and supportive living environments.
LeaderSpark ignites the power of youth leadership. We do this by providing practical leadership skills curriculum, coaching and training support. LeaderSpark has a long track record of success with diverse youth populations in skills training and service learning in school and neighborhood settings
Legal Aid Society of Columbus
The Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) law firm that seeks to improve the lives of and empower low income residents and senior citizens of Columbus, and our Central Ohio service area, by providing high quality legal services to meet their civil legal needs.
LifeCare Alliance, the nation’s premier Meals-on-Wheels provider, for more than thirty years, continues to serve older adults and the chronically ill residents of Franklin and Madison counties 365 days a year. LifeCare Alliance is a private not-for-profit organization that provides a comprehensive array of health and nutrition services to homebound residents in Central Ohio through its signature programs; Meals-on-Wheels, Senior Dining Centers, Wellness Centers, Help-at-Home, Visiting Nurses, Columbus Cancer Clinic, Project OpenHand-Columbus, and Groceries-to-Go.
Maryhaven provides integrated behavioral healthcare services, with a specialization in addiction recovery care, to help men, women, and children restore their lives from the effects of addictive and mental illness.
Mental Health America of Franklin County
MHAFC is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders and raising awareness and understanding of mental health issues through advocacy, education and support services in our community. We are a private, not-for-profit organization established in 1956.
Mid-Ohio Foodbank is dedicated to feeding hungry people by collecting and distributing food and grocery products, educating the community about hunger, advocating for hunger-relief programs, and collaborating with others who address basic human needs.
NAMI Franklin County
NAMI Franklin County is dedicated to improving the lives of family members, friends and persons with mental illness through education, outreach, support, referral and advocacy in Central Ohio.
Netcare Access provides twenty-four hour mental health and substance abuse crisis intervention, stabilization and assessment for Franklin County, Ohio residents. These services are provided for children, adolescents and adults who evidence a mental health or substance abuse disorder. Linkage, if necessary, is provided to local agencies for therapeutic treatment.
Northwest Counseling Services
As a community organization and ADAMH system provider, Northwest Counseling Services provides outpatient counseling, prevention, education and outreach for individuals and families across the lifespan, without regard to ability to pay. An important part of our mission is to be a resource for the community, to identify needs, develop solutions and enhance the quality of life.
Physician Free Clinic/Voluntary Care Network
The PFC/VCN is a vital part of the health care safety-net. It connects low-income, uninsured residents with medical homes and improves access to specialty care. Over 30,000 vulnerable people have been helped by coordinating and connecting health care safety net services. For every $1 we receive in funding, we coordinate $5 in medical care services, which demonstrates a 500% return on investment.
Project Linden, Inc. is a private non-profit outpatient alcohol and drug treatment and prevention services center. The mission of the agency is to promote, maintain and conduct programs and activities designed to enable persons to develop a lifestyle free of chemical dependency leading to economic independence, productivity, self-empowerment and a self-fulfilling social function.
Rebuilding Together - Central Ohio
Rebuilding Together Central Ohio is a volunteer driven initiative that serves the community through the Safe at Home and the Tool Library programs. The Safe at Home program provides emergency home repairs and safety modifications to low-income senior and permanently disabled homeowners. The Tool Library offers tools and knowledge to neighbors and non-profit partners, giving them the resources to maintain homes and revitalize their communities. Our focus is to have everyone live in a warm, safe, and dry condition with independence and dignity.
Rosemont Center provides for the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well being of our community’s most troubled youth and their families. Committed to helping every child in need, Rosemont is dedicated to healing and renewing young people with a history of trouble and abuse. Rosemont provides the unconditional acceptance, treatment, counseling, education and hope necessary to help them become more productive members of the community.
Southside Learning & Development Centers
Our primary focus is preparing our students for Kindergarten so they may be successful in school and in life. South Side Learning & Development Centers has a long, rich history of providing quality, education based early care. Comprehensive services also include a full-time social worker to assist our families with their needs.
St. Vincent Family Centers
St. Vincent Family Center provides behavioral health prevention, intervention and treatment services to children and families in Columbus and throughout the state of Ohio. SFVC is a family service organization that develops children, strengthens families and sustains communities. The 135 year old agency is a 2008 winner of the SAMHSA, certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health, provider agency for the ADAMH Board, Franklin County Children Services and the United Way of Central Ohio.
Starr Columbus (formerly Hannah Neil Center)
Starr Columbus, formerly known as the Hannah Neil Center for Children, is a nationally recognized child and family services organization with more than 150 years experience in the treatment of troubled and at-risk youth. Children come to the location with problems from depression to learning difficulties, home and school truancy, delinquency, parental conflicts, physical and sexual abuse, drug and alcohol abuse as well as attempted suicide.
Vision & Vocational Services
As a leader in restoring hope, Vision & Vocational Services strives to assist persons with visual and other disabilities to enhance the quality of their lives and increase their independence by providing comprehensive, individualized rehabilitation services, using innovative methods, technology and community partnerships.
VOICEcorps reading service
VOICEcorps reading service provides a 24-hour radio/internet broadcast of volunteers reading newspapers, magazines and periodicals for people who cannot use standard print because of a visual or physical disability. The VOICEcorps reading service mission is to connect, inform and inspire by offering information and entertainment in any way that honors the dignity of people of all ages who cannot use standard print due to a disability.
YMCA of Central Ohio
The YMCA of Central Ohio is a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion to strengthen the foundations of community. Through a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive.
Youth Advocate Services
Youth Advocate Services (YAS) is a nationally accredited, state-certified, 501(c)(3), non-profit child/family caring agency who has served thousands of children and families since 1978. As the oldest therapeutic foster care program in Ohio, YAS provides high-quality treatment foster care, emergency shelter care, outpatient mental health counseling, home-based and school-based services, and a Help Me Grow early intervention program.
YWCA of Columbus
With a mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, YWCA Columbus transforms the lives of central Ohio women, children and families on a daily basis through our various programs and services. The award winning YWCA Family Center is the front door to rapid re-housing for homeless families. The Women’s Residency provides safe and affordable housing to formerly homeless women struggling with issues of addiction and mental illness. Our childcare programs offer homework help, creative activities and the award winning Race Against Racism curriculum. The YWCA hosts leadership programs for women of all ages, including high school juniors and women at the beginning of their careers. Our goal is to break down barriers and create opportunities for women from all walks of life.