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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


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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Serve Dinner to Families

Serve Dinner to Families

Volunteer at the new Van Buren Shelter

Date: July 25 | Time: 5:30 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.

  • If you're new to this event, 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: August 6 | Time: 5:30 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.

  • If you're new to this event, 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: August 16 | Time: 5:30 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.

  • If you're new to this event, 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: August 22 | Time: 5:30 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.

  • If you're new to this event, 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