What’s on POINT? August edition

Hey Columbus! There’s a lot of ways to do more good together in August. 

And guess what?! You can now share events directly from the POINT app, which makes it easier than ever to do more good and invite a pal (or two…or three…). We’ve got some awesome ways to get involved this month, many involving free food, and you won’t want to miss out!

Click on the links below for more info, orrrr just open up your POINT app! If you don’t have it yet, c’mon man. Download it here for iOS or Android.

P.S. We love to hear about your experiences! Take some pics & send them our way @pointapp 📸

Positioned to Prosper: Support Social Businesses
Tuesday, August 6

SocialVentures exists to advocate for, develop, and fund businesses that solve social problems in our community. Social enterprises are businesses that intentionally integrate social impact as a non-negotiable component of their business models through the people they employ or the social missions they support.

P.S. Did you know that POINT is a social enterprise?  

Event link to share: https://events.pointapp.org/1937 

Why we love this: Hear stories of amazing social enterprises, AND get free Jeni’s ice cream. Two of our favorite things in one spot – we’ll be there! Will you?

Cause: Jobs

Neighborhood: Downtown

What to enjoy nearby: Grab a slice of Yellow Brick Pizza and be sure to try the gluten free crust (best GF pizza in Cbus, according to our Community Outreach wizard, Steph). 

Sort Clothes at Westside Free Store Clothing Pantry
Thursday, August 8 (15, 24, & 29)

If you’re down for a chill afternoon of sorting clothes then this event is for you! Plug in your headphones and catch up on favorite podcast or chat with other volunteers and make a new friend.  

Event link to share: https://events.pointapp.org/1955

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. So cool.  

Cause: Poverty

Neighborhood: Hilltop

What to enjoy nearby: Amy’s Donuts is a huge fan favorite. They’re delicious AND have super fun Insta-worthy toppings. 

Food Pantry Senior Deliveries
Fridays in August

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 their food! Deliveries help get food to disabled residents and seniors who can’t easily leave their homes. Gladden does amazing work, and this helps them multiply their impact for people in the community who are often overlooked.

Event link to share: https://events.pointapp.org/1875

Why we love this: It’s like a mini-roadtrip and a way to do good all in one! Fire up the summer playlists, grab a friend, and hit the road!

Cause: Poverty 

Neighborhood: Franklinton 

What to enjoy nearby: Scioto Audobon Metro Park because they’ve got beautiful trails and a view of the city. Bonus POINTs if you’re into rock climbing 🧗🏽‍♀️

Community Tailgate & Donation Drive for Habitat for Humanity
Saturday, August 10

Habitat for Humanity is known for their building days, where you can do more good by building someone a house, but did you know they also run ReStores?! Think Lowe’s + Goodwill: it’s a secondhand store for home improvement materials and appliances. Come down and help prep the new Bethel Road store for the ~ Grand Opening ~ 🎉

Bonus POINTs – if you bring an item to donate, you get a meal ticket for all the food trucks at the event! Score!

Event link to share: https://events.pointapp.org/1949 

Why we love this: The environmentalists on the POINT team LOVE reusing and recycling and shopping secondhand (forreal – sustainability is all our CEO and Communications Manager talk about). Say goodbye to wasteful renovations, and give home goods new life!

Cause: Poverty 

Neighborhood: Henderson Heights

What to enjoy nearby: After your free food truck meal, head to Columbus staple Graeter’s for a post-ReStore-Grand-Opening treat. Their flavor of the month is banana chocolate chip and we are here for it!

Education Day for Crohn’s & Colitis Connect Mentoring
Saturday, August 10

This event is for you if you have Crohn’s or Colitis disease. Head over to the IBD Education Day to meet the team and chat with them about anything & everything being a Crohn’s & Colitis Connect Mentor is about. Look for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital booth. 👀

Event link to share: https://events.pointapp.org/1938 

Why we love this: Mentors are SO important. If you or someone you know has this disease and wants to help younger folks through it – sign right up. 

Cause: Health  

Neighborhood: Olde Towne East 

What to enjoy nearby: If you like burgers ,check out The Crest Gastropub. We live for the truffle fries…🍟 

Board & Volunteers Meeting for 614 Youth Prevention Agency
Saturday, August 17

This organization took a little hiatus but they’re back and ready to serve the community! This meeting is a potluck-style event, so bring a dish or beverage to share, come hang out, and learn about what 614 Youth Prevention Agency is doing and how you can get involved as a volunteer or board member. 

Event link to share: https://events.pointapp.org/1959 

Why we love this: 614 YPA puts on workshops that educate Central Ohio youth on teen pregnancy, drug abuse, and the importance of education.

Cause: Poverty 

Neighborhood: Bexley Park 

What to enjoy nearby: Good news for Rusty Bucket fans! This event is held at the Bexley Library, there’s a location right next door!  

Clean Up the Scioto!
Sunday, August 18

Head over to the Scioto Audobon boat ramp to help Hero USA clean up litter and trash from the Scioto River. If you love being on the water, hop in a kayak and paddle down the river, cleaning it as you go. Or if you’d rather stay on land, you can help with registration, loading and unloading boats and trash, and general clean up. Remember to bring water, sunscreen, and shades! 

Event link to share: https://events.pointapp.org/1946 

Why We Love This: What better way to enjoy summer than kayaking AND doing more good?! Let’s keep our city beautiful and our rivers trash-free. 

Cause: Water & Sanitation  

Neighborhood: Brewery District

What to enjoy nearby: We’re all going to be hungry after this. If you haven’t been to Katzinger’s Deli yet, post-kayaking is the perfect time to go and pick from over 80 different kinds of sandwiches. 

NightLight 614 with the Dick & Jane Project
Thursday, August 29

If you love music and beer –  go grab your phone and open POINT right now! Come pour beer with The Dick & Jane Project at NightLight 614 to raise $$ for an org that empowers Columbus students through songwriting.  

The Dick & Jane Project pairs middle school students with local musicians to create radio-ready songs, which fosters a love of music and expressive writing. Super cool.  

Event link to share: https://events.pointapp.org/1944 

Why we love this: When middle school students create a song, it inspires confidence that their words matter. Plus, who doesn’t love (free) concerts?

Cause: Education 

Neighborhood: Glenbrook 

What to enjoy nearby: Nightlife 614! So many food trucks… 

See you out and about!

No guilt trips, no sad stories. Just a chance to do something good.