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YMCA of Central Ohio

40 W Long St
Columbus, OH 43215

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YMCA of Central Ohio

With 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. Anchored throughout central Ohio communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident and secure children, adults, families and communities.


Ratings & Reviews


Nicole Phalen

Nicole Phalen

Volunteer

Columbus, OH

August 10, 2018

Rewarding Night

My husband, step-daughter, her friend and I had a great time at the Van Buren Center serving dinner. We worked the family side and we stayed super busy the entire time. It was a wonderful night for the family to bond and serve. Thanks for the great organization and experience.

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Bryan Mauger

Bryan Mauger

Volunteer

Dublin, OH

October 14, 2016

Great!

Volunteering at the Van Buren Shelter was my first experience with Besa and I really enjoyed it! It was very gratifying to help the nice folks who depend on the shelter for a warm meal. I've already signed up to help at the shelter again! Katie, the team leader, did a great job. She was upbeat, energetic, and enthusiastic!

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Ali Iovino

Ali Iovino

Volunteer

Dublin, OH

November 12, 2015

Serving Dinner to Families

Volunteering at the Van Buren Shelter is great! The staff and people we serve dinner to are always so friendly and appreciative (and, as always, the Besa team is amazing too). The event is organized incredibly well and the time flies by! I would definitely encourage everyone to participate – it really is such a welcoming and rewarding experience.

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Danielle Stucke

Danielle Stucke

Volunteer

Galloway, OH

October 21, 2015

Great!

This was a great experience with a lot of great people! The staff was helpful and nice and the people we served dinner to were very thankful and appreciative,

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Tommy Lopez

Tommy Lopez

Volunteer

Grove City, OH

April 10, 2015

Awesome experience

Helping serving food to needy families and women in need was great. You get to interact directly with the people your trying to help. A very rewarding experience. Team Leader Kass is a joy to work with.

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Lauren Adkins

Lauren Adkins

Volunteer

Columbus, OH

March 12, 2015

Fantastic Experience!

This was my first time volunteering with the Community Shelter Board, and I will be attending again! The event was well-organized thanks to the friendly BESA volunteer leader Kassandra, who provided clear direction and instructions to the attending volunteers. The CSB staff gave a tour to the newbies providing a humbling insight to their purpose of homelessness prevention. The opportunity was engaging with a welcoming atmosphere, and I am looking forward to next month!

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EXP Women's Merch. Team: Support Homeless Families

EXP Women's Merch. Team: Support Homeless Families

Date: December 18 | Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Venue: Van Buren Shelter

Address:
595 Van Buren Drive
Columbus, OH 43223

Details:

Community Shelter Board, in partnership with the YMCA, opened a shelter to address the growing numbers of men, women, and families who are experiencing homelessness. The shelter is designed to move people more quickly into stable housing and stop repeat homelessness. 
 
Last year, Van Buren Shelter started Santa's Workshop to better meet the needs of the growing number of families and children they serve during the holiday season. This program allows parents, with the assistance of a staff member or volunteer, to select gifts for their children ranging in age from newborn to 18 years old. 
 
As a volunteer, your team will help prepare Santa's Workshop for the following week's launch. Tasks will include organizing and stocking the workshop, sorting donations, 'pricing' and setting out new items. 
 
  • A lead volunteer from Van Buren Shelter will be on-site to provide orientation and training.
  • A tour will also be provided. 
  • Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required.
  • If you have a Giving at Express t-shirt, please wear it for photographs. 
  • If you're new to this event, please print, fill-out, and bring this liability waiver with you
  • Parking is available on-site. 
  • Personal belongings can be stored securely in the building. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.
  • A Besa representative will be on-site to greet your team and help answer any questions.
 
If you are interested in donating toys, please contact Ian Estep at ian@givebesa.org.
 
Click here for more information about Van Buren Shelter and the amazing work they do.
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Serve Dinner to Families

Serve Dinner to Families

Volunteer at the new Van Buren Shelter

Date: December 20 | Time: 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm

Venue: Van Buren Shelter

Address:
595 Van Buren Drive
Franklinton, OH 43223

Details:

Community Shelter Board, in partnership with the YMCA, opened a shelter to address the growing numbers of men, women, and families who are experiencing homelessness. The shelter is designed to move people more quickly into stable housing and stop repeat homelessness.

 

Join Besa and the Van Buren Shelter to help support families experiencing homelessness. Besa volunteers will work side-by-side with the YMCA kitchen staff to provide dinner to families. This includes: preparing the dining room, serving meals to guests, clean-up and interacting with guests.

 

  • 14 is the minimum age required and all minors must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Closed-toe shoes are required.

  • New Volunteers: please print, fill out, and bring this liability waiver with you. 

  • If this is your first time volunteering at the shelter or you would like a tour - please arrive at 5:30 and ask for Kristian!
  • Parking is available in the surface lot.

  • Court-appointed volunteering: At this time, we can not accept court-appointed requests.

 

Van Buren Shelter could use the following donations to support the men, women, and families during their stay. If you’d like to donate any of these items, please bring them with you when you volunteer and notify your Besa Volunteer Leader.

 

  • Bar Soap

  • Razors

  • Men's and women's deodorant

  • Shaving cream

  • Baby wipes


Click here for more information about the Van Buren Shelter and the amazing work they do.

Sign up for this event
Spread Holiday Cheer at Van Buren's Santa's Workshop

Spread Holiday Cheer at Van Buren's Santa's Workshop

Support Homeless Families

Date: December 23 | Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Venue: Van Buren Shelter

Address:
595 Van Buren Drive
Columbus, OH 43223

Details:

Community Shelter Board, in partnership with the YMCA, opened a shelter to address the growing numbers of men, women, and families who are experiencing homelessness. The shelter is designed to move people more quickly into stable housing and stop repeat homelessness. 
 
Last year, Van Buren Shelter started Santa's Workshop to better meet the needs of the growing number of families and children they serve during the holiday season. This program allows parents, with the assistance of a staff member or volunteer, to select gifts for their children ranging in age from newborn to 18 years old. 
 
Join Besa and the Van Buren Shelter to spread holiday cheer to families experiencing homelessness. Besa volunteers will assist parents as they select holiday presents for their children. 
 
  • A lead volunteer from Van Buren Shelter will be on-site to provide orientation and training.
  • 18 is the minimum age required.

  • Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required.
  • New Volunteersplease print, fill out, and bring this liability waiver with you. 
  • Parking is available on-site. 
  • Personal belongings can be stored securely in the building. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.
  • Court-appointed volunteering: At this time, we can not accept court-appointed requests.
 
Click here for more information about Van Buren Shelter and the amazing work they do.
Sign up for this event
Serve Dinner to Families

Serve Dinner to Families

Volunteer at the new Van Buren Shelter

Date: December 26 | Time: 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm

Venue: Van Buren Shelter

Address:
595 Van Buren Drive
Franklinton, OH 43223

Details:

Community Shelter Board, in partnership with the YMCA, opened a shelter to address the growing numbers of men, women, and families who are experiencing homelessness. The shelter is designed to move people more quickly into stable housing and stop repeat homelessness.

 

Join Besa and the Van Buren Shelter to help support families experiencing homelessness. Besa volunteers will work side-by-side with the YMCA kitchen staff to provide dinner to families. This includes: preparing the dining room, serving meals to guests, clean-up and interacting with guests.

 

  • 14 is the minimum age required and all minors must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Closed-toe shoes are required.

  • New Volunteers: please print, fill out, and bring this liability waiver with you. 

  • If this is your first time volunteering at the shelter or you would like a tour - please arrive at 5:30 and ask for Kristian!
  • Parking is available in the surface lot.

  • Court-appointed volunteering: At this time, we can not accept court-appointed requests.

 

Van Buren Shelter could use the following donations to support the men, women, and families during their stay. If you’d like to donate any of these items, please bring them with you when you volunteer and notify your Besa Volunteer Leader.

 

  • Bar Soap

  • Razors

  • Men's and women's deodorant

  • Shaving cream

  • Baby wipes


Click here for more information about the Van Buren Shelter and the amazing work they do.

Sign up for this event
Serve Dinner to Families

Serve Dinner to Families

Volunteer at the new Van Buren Shelter

Date: January 9 | Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue: Van Buren Shelter

Address:
595 Van Buren Drive
Franklinton, OH 43223

Details:

Community Shelter Board, in partnership with the YMCA, opened a shelter to address the growing numbers of men, women, and families who are experiencing homelessness. The shelter is designed to move people more quickly into stable housing and stop repeat homelessness.

 

Join Besa and the Van Buren Shelter to help support families experiencing homelessness. Besa volunteers will work side-by-side with the YMCA kitchen staff to provide dinner to families. This includes: preparing the dining room, serving meals to guests, clean-up and interacting with guests.

 

  • **Please note: timing for dinner service is now 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
  • 14 is the minimum age required and all minors must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Closed-toe shoes are required.

  • New Volunteers: please print, fill out, and bring this liability waiver with you. 

  • Parking is available in the surface lot.

  • Court-appointed volunteering: At this time, we can not accept court-appointed requests.

 

Van Buren Shelter could use the following donations to support the men, women, and families during their stay. If you’d like to donate any of these items, please bring them with you when you volunteer and notify your Besa Volunteer Leader.

 

  • Bar Soap

  • Razors

  • Men's and women's deodorant

  • Shaving cream

  • Baby wipes


Click here for more information about the Van Buren Shelter and the amazing work they do.

Sign up for this event
Serve Dinner to Families

Serve Dinner to Families

Volunteer at the new Van Buren Shelter

Date: January 17 | Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue: Van Buren Shelter

Address:
595 Van Buren Drive
Franklinton, OH 43223

Details:

Community Shelter Board, in partnership with the YMCA, opened a shelter to address the growing numbers of men, women, and families who are experiencing homelessness. The shelter is designed to move people more quickly into stable housing and stop repeat homelessness.

 

Join Besa and the Van Buren Shelter to help support families experiencing homelessness. Besa volunteers will work side-by-side with the YMCA kitchen staff to provide dinner to families. This includes: preparing the dining room, serving meals to guests, clean-up and interacting with guests.

 

  • **Please note: timing for dinner service is now 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
  • 14 is the minimum age required and all minors must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Closed-toe shoes are required.

  • New Volunteers: please print, fill out, and bring this liability waiver with you. 

  • Parking is available in the surface lot.

  • Court-appointed volunteering: At this time, we can not accept court-appointed requests.

 

Van Buren Shelter could use the following donations to support the men, women, and families during their stay. If you’d like to donate any of these items, please bring them with you when you volunteer and notify your Besa Volunteer Leader.

 

  • Bar Soap

  • Razors

  • Men's and women's deodorant

  • Shaving cream

  • Baby wipes


Click here for more information about the Van Buren Shelter and the amazing work they do.

Sign up for this event
Serve Dinner to Families

Serve Dinner to Families

Volunteer at the new Van Buren Shelter

Date: January 23 | Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue: Van Buren Shelter

Address:
595 Van Buren Drive
Franklinton, OH 43223

Details:

Community Shelter Board, in partnership with the YMCA, opened a shelter to address the growing numbers of men, women, and families who are experiencing homelessness. The shelter is designed to move people more quickly into stable housing and stop repeat homelessness.

 

Join Besa and the Van Buren Shelter to help support families experiencing homelessness. Besa volunteers will work side-by-side with the YMCA kitchen staff to provide dinner to families. This includes: preparing the dining room, serving meals to guests, clean-up and interacting with guests.

 

  • **Please note: timing for dinner service is now 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
  • 14 is the minimum age required and all minors must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Closed-toe shoes are required.

  • New Volunteers: please print, fill out, and bring this liability waiver with you. 

  • Parking is available in the surface lot.

  • Court-appointed volunteering: At this time, we can not accept court-appointed requests.

 

Van Buren Shelter could use the following donations to support the men, women, and families during their stay. If you’d like to donate any of these items, please bring them with you when you volunteer and notify your Besa Volunteer Leader.

 

  • Bar Soap

  • Razors

  • Men's and women's deodorant

  • Shaving cream

  • Baby wipes


Click here for more information about the Van Buren Shelter and the amazing work they do.

Sign up for this event