7 Ways to Give Back in 7 Days

GCAC Columbus Arts Festival 2017

GCAC Columbus Arts Festival 2017

 (Larry Hamill via GCAC) 

By Mariah West

Drink beer to benefit the Ohio Animal Foundation

Wednesday, June 6 @ 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Seventh Son Brewing

Local brewery Seventh Son will be teaming up with Pet Supplies Plus and Kurgo this Wednesday to host a boozy fundraiser for the Ohio Animal Foundation. For this event, Seventh Son will donate $1 for every beer sold to the organization’s animal welfare advocacy, education, and fundraising programs. With nearly 2,000 “interested” in this event on Facebook, this bash is guaranteed to be a bustling good time, and quite a help to the furry friends.
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Make tie blankets for foster kids with Columbus Gives Back

Wednesday, June 6 @ 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Sideswipe Brewing

Local social volunteerism group Columbus Gives Back invites local YPs to join them for a crafty meetup in the warehouse tap room space of Sideswipe Brewing on Wednesday evening. Volunteers at this event can enjoy craft brews while assembling no-sew fleece blankets that will be given to children in foster care through My Very Own Blanket. Guests will pay a small fee for each blanket they’d like to make and fabric will be provided.
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Volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival

Thursday, June 7 – Sunday, June 10
Scioto Riverfront Downtown

Festival season is in full swing, with one of the largest and most favored celebrations hitting the Scioto Mile this weekend. Back for its 57th year, the Columbus Arts Festival will include over 270 exhibiting artists, 6 stages of live music & entertainment, food & drink, and much more. Volunteers are needed to help at this not-to-miss bash, with a wide variety of jobs available including artist check-in on the eve of the event, parking, stage assistance, booth monitoring, and other general duties.
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Volunteer at the Wizard World con

Friday, June 8 – Sunday, June 10
Greater Columbus Convention Center

Fandoms & fantasies of all types come to life annually at Wizard World, one of Columbus’ biggest and most highly attended entertainment conventions. Every year, lovers or superheroes, comics, film, TV, gaming, and pop culture converge in their best cosplay for the event, which includes dozens of artists & creators, celebrity guests, live entertainment, and a massive exhibitor floor show. Volunteers are an integral part of this event, and are still needed for all three days of the con.
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Attend the ABSOLUTly Fabulous Pride Party for LGBTQ health equity

Saturday, June 9 @ 6:00pm – 2:00am

June is national LGBTQ Pride Month, and Columbus will be celebrating the coming weeks with a plethora of special events, one this weekend at the ultra-chic TRISM. The ABSOLUTly Fabulous Pride Party will feature a live podcast, DJs, dancing, a drag show, photo booth, body painting, and drinks & food, all in the name of diversity. Proceeds will benefit Equitas Health Institute for LGBTQ Health Equity, which aims to educate, research, and engage the community on reducing health disparities in the queer community.
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Volunteer or participate in the Columbus MommyMile 5K

Sunday, June 10 @ 8:00am – 12:00pm
Polaris Fashion Place

Mothers of all ages & backgrounds will be celebrated this Sunday as the 2018 MommyMile 5K & 1-mile walk hits Polaris Fashion Place, bringing thousands of women together to cross the finish line with their kids and loved ones. Proceeds from the event will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, which provides a “home away from home” to families of hospitalized children. Locals can still register for the race, or sign up for volunteer duties like handing out water bottles & snacks, start/finish line management, and assisting participants.
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Attend the Brewing Hope! fundraiser for the Homeless Families Foundation

Sunday, June 10 @ 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Land-Grant Brewing Co.

The Homeless Families Foundation will raise money for their cause to solve family homelessness with their Brewing Hope! fundraiser at Land-Grant Brewing Co this Sunday afternoon. Guests to this event can sip craft beer & dine on BBQ from Ray Ray’s Hog Pit, enter a raffle, and play games, with a portion of their purchases benefiting a great cause.
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