To inspire, equip, and mobilize people to create meaningful change in their lives and in their community.
HandsOn Central Ohio connects individuals, groups, and organizations with volunteer opportunities through the online project calendar, HandsOn Connect. The agency also coordinates National Days of Service, including Make A Difference Day, 9/11 Day of Service, MLK Day of Service, and National Volunteer Week.
Corporate Volunteer Service Management
Corporate Volunteer Service Management provides start-to-finish volunteer service management and associate engagement experiences for employers. Corporate and business communities represent one of the most powerful forces for change in our nation, and when their employees invest their expertise and financial resources, corporations can strengthen communities and solve critical social problems. HandsOn Central Ohio works with corporations and organizations of all sizes to engage employees in volunteer community service and help them achieve their corporate social responsibility goals.
HandsOn Central Ohio is responsible for the administration of the statewide Dental OPTIONS program in 29 counties in Ohio. As a joint partnership between the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Dental Association, the mission of the program is to assist Ohioans with special healthcare needs and/or financial barriers to obtain dental care (including dentures, partials, root canals, braces for children and teens, and wisdom teeth extraction). Dental OPTIONS patients are primarily adults, and many are the working poor or older adults with fixed incomes. To be eligible, patients must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, without dental insurance, and unable to qualify for Medicaid.
Information and Referral Services
A comprehensive information and referral line provides information on thousands of social service, government, and community resources to help find a solution to any need. Free and confidential, 2-1-1 is available throughout Franklin County 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Callers can also tap into Foodline, where referral specialists assess callers’ needs—including distance from a food pantry, time of day, and pantry preference—and connect residents with a food pantry or soup kitchen. Additionally, HandsOn Central Ohio coordinates taxi transportation for Franklin County Children Services, schedules free tax preparation appointments during tax season, and acts as the coordinated point of access for the county's single adult homeless shelter system.
Senior Corps includes the RSVP and Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), two national initiatives that engage older adults in meaningful volunteer service. RSVP is the largest volunteer network in the nation for those 55 and over, providing volunteer opportunities for older adults to utilize their experiences and interests on a regular basis in a variety of settings throughout our community. Most volunteers are placed at sites that focus on the “healthy futures” of our community and help older adults maintain independence—generally through senior transportation, Meals on Wheels, community gardening, and teaching classes at senior centers. FGP provides opportunities for children with special needs to receive one-on-one tutoring and mentoring from low-income, older adults who receive a stipend for their service. FGP participants provide tutoring, mentoring, and emotional support in elementary schools, Head Start centers, and developmental disability agencies.
All portrait information is provided voluntarily by nonprofit organizations. An organization may decline to participate. At a minimum, information is updated annually--sometimes more frequently. Documents indicated as available by an organization are verified by Foundation staff. The financial section is completed by Foundation staff based on available documents for a three-year period.