What’s on POINT? September edition
Hey Columbus – let’s do more good together in September.
And lucky you, we’ve got soooooooooo many ways to #domoregood this month!
Click on the links below for more info or just open up your POINT app. Don’t forget to send us your pics @pointapp 📸
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WE’VE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE REACH OUT ASKING HOW THEY CAN HELP REFUGEES. HERE’S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY!
By attending this training, you’ll learn about local and national challenges refugees face and how to help. This is the first step in being able to volunteer with CRIS, so we highly recommend attending if this is a cause you are passionate about!
Community Refugee and Immigration Services (aka CRIS) serves the growing refugee and immigrant populations in Columbus. They have a cooperative agreement with the Department of State to directly receive and place refugees in our community which is a win-win. Columbus natives get to share the beauty of our city with new neighbors, and refugees add an extra $1.6 billion to the Columbus economy every year.
Event link: https://app.pointapp.org/event/1978
Why we love this: Listening to the news can be super depressing and often times it feels like there’s nothing we can do. BUT now we know exactly how to get involved! We’re super excited to learn about ways we can support our fellow humans and play a part in solving the global refugee crisis.
What to enjoy nearby: Grab a slice of Columbus-native Borgata’s Pizza 🍕 Need we say more?
If you’re down for a chill afternoon of sorting clothes – this event is for you! Plug in your headphones with your favorite podcast or chat with other volunteers. You might even make a new friend! If this sounds fun but you can’t make it on the 5th, there’s plenty of opportunities. They need volunteers every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Why we love this: Anyone (ANYONE) can stop by and receive free clothing and household items. The Free Store is entirely run by donations and volunteers and serves thousands of people each year.
What to enjoy nearby: Amy’s Donuts is a huge fan favorite. Not only are they yummy, they’re also insta worthy. Trust us.
Habitat for Humanity is opening a new reStore (think: Goodwill but for home goods/appliances) and they need people to help renovate the interior of the new space. That includes knocking down walls. Sweeeeeeet.
Event link: https://events.pointapp.org/2020
Why we love this: It’s a workout, AND a way to do more good.
Cause: Poverty & Homelessness
Neighborhood: Henderson Heights
What to enjoy nearby: Our Comm Director’s favorite ice cream in the world – Graeter’s! Gotta reward yourself for all the calories you just burned, amirite?
Hey, guess what?! POINT is hosting this one! Our CEO & Community Outreach Manager are on the planning committee for the Festival for Good and we’d love to meet you and hang out.
Bonus POINTs – you get a free tee shirt + beer token for volunteering. Cheers!
Event link: https://events.pointapp.org/1929
Why we love this: This outdoor festival will feature over 25 local social enterprises (aka businesses that use their platform to do good – either through their products, their people, or their profits). Plus, there will be live entertainment, beverages from Ohio breweries, and delicious food from local food trucks. What more could you ask for in a volunteering event, honestly!
What to enjoy nearby: Beer, food trucks, & live music right at the Festival for Good!
We’ve allllll been to Global Gifts in the Short North. They’ve got free coffee samples & fair trade gifts from over 40 countries and we LOVE IT. But did you know they’re a nonprofit? By volunteering here, YOU can support fair & timely wages, ensuring the rights of children are protected and that people have safe and empowering working conditions.
There are two opportunities for orientation, Saturday morning or Tuesday night, Sept. 17th.
Event link: https://events.pointapp.org/1984
Why we love this: Ethical and sustainable business practices are principles that POINT HQ cares a lot about (we do an ethical gift guide every year for the holidays, check it out) and we couldn’t be more excited to have Global Gifts as a charity partner! They’re the best resource for fair trade products in our community.
Neighborhood: Short North
What to enjoy nearby: So many Short North options for places to eat, it’s hard to choose! But we recommend Belgian Iron Wafel Company . Their wafels are unreal delicious and they’ve got gluten-free and vegan options too!
Okay, you know what’s awesome about this part of Habitat for Humanity?! This project is completed entirely by women. What?! Females are strong as heck and we are here for it.
Event link: https://events.pointapp.org/2005
Why we love this: We can do more good and build friendships with strong women. It’s a win-win.
What to enjoy nearby: Vertical Adventures! What millennial doesn’t love rock climbing? And don’t worry, if you’re afraid of heights you can always test your skills on their bouldering wall (it only goes up a few feet).
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide and 4 locations in our region, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions.
Event link: https://events.pointapp.org/1974
Why we love this: Did you know that every 60 seconds someone in the US develops Alzheimers? This disease is not curable (yet) and this event is a great way to support the work to end Alzheimer’s and enjoy the sunshine, fresh air, and energy of those working on this cause.
Neighborhood: Arena District
What to enjoy nearby: Up for some post-walk eats to celebrate all work you did to raise $$ and support Alzheimer’s research? Check out Nada for some tacos & margs.
Come hang out, learn about the Red Cross, and meet new people! The best part is that if you’re interested in getting more involved, you can complete the volunteer application and background check right at the event.
Event link: https://events.pointapp.org/1993
Why we love this: We all know how important blood donation is. But did you know about alllll the other things the Red Cross supports in our community? Their volunteers are also trained to help respond to disasters, and they do tons to support the victims and help communities get back on their feet.
Neighborhood: Olde Towne East
What to enjoy nearby: Grab a slice of Yellow Brick Pizza – check out the gluten-free crust (best GF pizza in Cbus, according to our Community Outreach wizard, Steph).