7 Ways to Give Back in 7 Days

Jazz & Rib Fest

Jazz & Rib Fest

By Kerrigan Peoples

Philanthropic Happy Hour benefiting the Star House

Monday, July 16 @ 6-8 p.m.
Brewdog Franklinton

Come join Columbus Gives Back with drinks of every kind and loads of fun while benefiting the Star House! The Star House is the only 24/7 drop-in center for homeless youth in Central Ohio. They provide a safe place for the youth to stay, as well as reconnecting them with the community.
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Volunteer Night at Franklin Cycle Works

Tuesday, July 17 @ 6:30-9 p.m.
Franklin Cycle Works

Volunteer Night is a great way to get involved at Franklin Cycle Works. Some volunteers have lots of mechanical knowledge while others are very new to it, but all are interested in learning how to repair and maintain bikes so they can teach others to do the same. The shop isn’t open for repairs on Volunteer Night so the volunteers can get things done around the shop, get to know one another better, and further develop their skills.
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Bake Cookies at Ronald McDonald House

Tuesday, July 17 @ 6-8 p.m.
Ronald McDonald House

Love to bake AND make people smile? Then this event is for you! Bring your own cookie dough – homemade or pre-made – and bake alongside other volunteers in the Ronald McDonald House kitchen. The cookies will then be given to the amazingly strong families staying there while their child is seeking continuous treatment from the hospital, just across the street.
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Volunteer at Heinzerling Developmental Center

Wednesday, July 18 @ 6-8 p.m.
Heinzerling Developmental Center

The Heinzerling Foundation is a community of residents with developmental disabilities. Organized by Columbus Gives Back, the volunteers will be given a small tour and then to the recreation room where they meet the residents. This is where the volunteers will play games, do crafts, and other activities with the residents; a truly inspiring, hands on experience.
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Volunteer at Jazz and Rib Fest

Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22
Bicentennial Park and Genoa Park

This highly anticipated summertime tradition offers the finest in music and barbeque: jazz and ribs. With the addition of 33 acres of parkland along the Scioto Mile, the downtown riverfront is transformed into a wide array of hot ribs and cool jazz. The festival offers three days of continuous live performances while barbeque pit masters serve up sizzling ribs, chicken and more.
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Volunteer at Alvis Family Picnic

Saturday, July 21 @ 12:30-2 p.m.
Alvis Headquarters

Join EPIC (Empowering Young Professionals In Columbus) as they help Alvis throw their annual Family Picnic! Alvis is a nonprofit human services agency that provides reentry programs to support individuals and families with justice-involvement, treatment and recovery services, and programs for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. This annual picnic is put on for the individuals and families that have been reconnected through the help of Alvis.
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Help the Columbus Ecological Restoration Program get rid of invasive plant species

Saturday, July 21 @ 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Atrium Park

When it comes to invasive plants, we just don’t have room for them here! That’s why Columbus Gives Back decided to help the Columbus Ecological Restoration Program get rid of these invasive plant species in Atrium Park, 1 of 353 in Franklin County. All should wear closed toed shoes and clothes they don’t mind getting dirty as this will be a messy clean up job.
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