What's on POINT? June edition
Hey Columbus - let’s do some good in June.
Grab a friend (or a date 😉), do something good, then check out our suggestions of the best things to do afterwards to keep the party going. There are so many ways to do more good in Columbus this month. Just find an event on the app, tap “go,” and show up!
P.S. Take some pics & send them our way @pointapp 📸
The Godman Guild
@ The Columbus Arts Fest
Friday, June 7
“The mission of Godman Guild is to promote strong families and strong communities in Columbus, Ohio, primarily in the Near Northside.”
You guys won’t believe all the things the Godman Guild does! Check out the things you’ll be helping to promote:
Summer Youth Empowerment Program
Camp Mary Orton
A.C.E.S. (after school programming)
Why We Love This: The Godman Guild does AMAZING work in our city & we’d do anything to support them. Plus you get to hang out at the Arts Fest with awesome people. Win-win for sure.
Neighborhood: Brewery District
What to enjoy nearby: Duhh…the Arts Fest!
Franklin County LOSS Suicide Postvention
Volunteer Info Session
Saturday, June 8
Franklin County LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) needs help with Suicide Postvention - when a life is lost to suicide, volunteers head to the scene to be a source of hope and support for the family/friends. Truly an incredible group of people who are making the world a kinder place. They help those who have a lost a loved one to suicide, even as they are integrating a loss into their own lives.
Why We Love This: This is definitely a heavy topic - but so important. This definitely isn’t for everyone but if it interests you to be this kind of support for families, you will make an incredible difference.
What to enjoy nearby: Decompress with a buddy and grab a cup of iced coffee at one of our favorite local coffee shops, Colin’s Coffee.
Help Sam’s Fans
Sunday, June 9
Sam’s Fans is an Ohio-based organization with the mission “to support and enhance music and art therapy programs that serve seriously ill children and their families.” (Tugging on anyone else’s heartstrings?!) Come hang out and help with registration (no running involved - for you at least 😉), handing out medals, and selling swag at the merch table.
To learn more about why Sam’s Fans is awesome, check out the blog we wrote about them.
Why We Love This: Listen - we LOVE Sam’s Fans. This 5k is one of their biggest fundraisers to make sure they continue to provide music & art therapy for critically ill children. PLUS - you get to spend time outside on a Sunday morning cheering on runners. Sweeeeet.
Neighborhood: Wolfe Park
What to enjoy nearby: We’re gonna let you in on a delicious secret. Check out Cherbourg Bakery, especially if you are gluten-free or nut-free, or just love insta-worthy, mouth-watering pastries. We recommend the pink lemonade donuts💕🍋 (seriously).
Tuesday, June 11
Almost everyone has heard of the Special Olympics - but did you know why they’re so impactful? They support 32 team and individual sports (summer AND winter!) for folks in Ohio with intellectual disabilities, giving opportunities to exercise, compete, and make friends.
Bonus POINTs: “Special Olympics Ohio athletes and their families never pay fees to participate. Funds are raised at the local, area and state levels to cover the costs in providing the training and competition opportunities for the athletes.” 🧡
Why We Love This: If you like chill, low-key volunteering, then this is for you! Pop in some headphones or strike up a casual convo with fellow volunteers, all while contributing meaningful work to an awesome org.
What to enjoy nearby: What’s better on a summer afternoon than waltzing through a Farmer’s Market brimmig with fresh produce & baked goods? Smith Farm Market is literally right next door to Special Olympics.
@ The Idea Foundry
Tuesday, June 11
Khana is on a mission to ensure every girl has the panties she needs to manage menstruation and stay in school—starting with Uganda. While pads have become more accessible in the developing world, panties have not. Without panties to hold pads in place, over 8 million girls in Sub-Saharan Africa miss up to one week of school every month. Many girls drop out entirely once they start their period.
Bonus POINTs: The former COO of the Kardashian West brand and now Elle and POOSH contributor, Steph Shepard will be speaking and representing Khana as their strategic advisor. All of you Kardashian fans, get excited!!
Why We Love This: We love Ohio organizations making bold moves to solve a global issue. Read more on Poosh and Forbes.
Cause: Youth and Family
What to enjoy nearby: No need to go anywhere, Hot Chicken Takeover and Staufs are catering and you get to help serve/eat food.
@ Columbus Pride Fest
Friday, June 14
Chances are that you or someone you know has a parent/grandparent living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, as it affects 1 in 3 seniors throughout their lives. “Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.” This is a crazy good cause. Right now, over 16 million people provide unpaid care to a loved one with dementia and that number will rise unless we find a cure.
Bonus POINTs: June Is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month. 🧠
Why We Love This: You get to bring awareness to a much-needed, but rarely discussed, cause at one of Columbus’ best events of the year!
Neighborhood: Brewery District
What to enjoy nearby: Isn’t it obvious? PRIDE FEST 2019 🏳️🌈 Celebrate love and hang out with your friends at Columbus’ 38th Pride Fest.
Crohn’s & Colitis
Saturday, June 22
Head over to the Central Ohio Take Steps Walk to meet the team and chat with them about what being a Crohn’s & Colitis Connect Mentor is all about. Look for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital booth. 👀
Why We Love This: [Hint: this event is for you if you have Crohn’s or Colitis disease. Just sayin’.] Mentors are SO important & if you or someone you know has this disease and wants to help younger folks through it - sign right up.
Neighborhood: Shannon Park
What to enjoy nearby: Grab a drink (or two… or three…) and their classic Wagyu burger at The Pint Room.
Afternoon Senior Deliveries
The Gladden Community House Food Pantry
Friday, June 28
The Gladden Community House Food Pantry provides emergency food assistance to folks in the Franklinton area. But not everyone is able to come pick up food! Afternoon deliveries help get food to seniors and disabled residents, multiplying their impact by basically being the free Uber Eats for those who need it most.
Why We Love This: It’s so fun - grab a friend and jive to your favorite playlist while driving around town delivering groceries to folks who need it. It’s like a mini roadtrip for a good cause!
What to enjoy nearby: The Scioto Audobon Metro Park has beautiful trails and a gorgeous view of the city. Bonus POINTs if you’re into rock climbing 🧗🏽♀️