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  The Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio is located directly across the street from Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Open 365 days a year, the Ronald McDonald House is a home-away-from-home for families with seriously ill children receiving treatment in the hospital. The House offers comfortable bedrooms with private baths, continuing care suites for recovering transplant patients, fully equipped kitchens and dining areas, play rooms, laundry facilities, a meditation room, exercise room and informal gathering areas. Currently, the House can accommodate 137 families every night, making it the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world. The Columbus Ronald McDonald House opened a major expansion project in 2014 including 57 guest rooms, a commercial kitchen, a rooftop garden, additional green space, and five single-family homes for families whose children have extended stays at the hospital.  For more information, visit www.rmhc-centralohio.org.

 

The Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio is located directly across the street from Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Open 365 days a year, the Ronald McDonald House is a home-away-from-home for families with seriously ill children receiving treatment in the hospital. The House offers comfortable bedrooms with private baths, continuing care suites for recovering transplant patients, fully equipped kitchens and dining areas, play rooms, laundry facilities, a meditation room, exercise room and informal gathering areas. Currently, the House can accommodate 137 families every night, making it the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world. The Columbus Ronald McDonald House opened a major expansion project in 2014 including 57 guest rooms, a commercial kitchen, a rooftop garden, additional green space, and five single-family homes for families whose children have extended stays at the hospital.  For more information, visit www.rmhc-centralohio.org.

  The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research supports scientific studies that can be translated to innovative patient care at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James). Some of the most talented and experienced researchers in the world are working to find cures for breast cancer at the OSUCCC – James, and all of them share Stefanie’s dream of a cancer-free world. With help from the Spielman Fund, these researchers are creating drugs and developing therapies that bring their ultimate goal of ending cancer closer to reality. Herein, some of these scientists explain their research and how they are assisting in the global battle against breast cancer – a battle we are all fighting with Stefanie in mind.

 

The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research supports scientific studies that can be translated to innovative patient care at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James). Some of the most talented and experienced researchers in the world are working to find cures for breast cancer at the OSUCCC – James, and all of them share Stefanie’s dream of a cancer-free world. With help from the Spielman Fund, these researchers are creating drugs and developing therapies that bring their ultimate goal of ending cancer closer to reality. Herein, some of these scientists explain their research and how they are assisting in the global battle against breast cancer – a battle we are all fighting with Stefanie in mind.

  The Lil MAC Kids Foundation is a non-profit organization formed to raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and assist needy families in Ohio with children diagnosed with ASD

 

The Lil MAC Kids Foundation is a non-profit organization formed to raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and assist needy families in Ohio with children diagnosed with ASD

The Columbus Dream Center, located in Downtown Columbus,  is a Volunteer Driven organization dedicated to providing hope to low income, homeless and underserved individuals and families in Columbus Ohio. With a motto of "Find a need and meet it, Find a hurt and heal it", the Columbus Dream Center provides such services as, but not limited to, free medical care,  kids outreach,  hot and pre-packaged meals,  a full food pantry, and laundry and shower services.   They provide critical materials to help the homeless in our city such as tents, sleeping bags, blankets, and warm coats as well as conducting a weekly homeless outreach where the homeless of Columbus are provided meals and resources. 

The Columbus Dream Center, located in Downtown Columbus,  is a Volunteer Driven organization dedicated to providing hope to low income, homeless and underserved individuals and families in Columbus Ohio. With a motto of "Find a need and meet it, Find a hurt and heal it", the Columbus Dream Center provides such services as, but not limited to, free medical care,  kids outreach,  hot and pre-packaged meals,  a full food pantry, and laundry and shower services.   They provide critical materials to help the homeless in our city such as tents, sleeping bags, blankets, and warm coats as well as conducting a weekly homeless outreach where the homeless of Columbus are provided meals and resources. 

Directions for Youth & Families impacts over 8,000 youth and their families each year through mental, emotional and behavioral health services. Our programs are offered in three main categories: Counseling and Clinical, Parenting and Kindergarten Readiness, and After-School/Summer Programs. We have over 70 licensed social workers and counselors providing services to youth on an outreach basis – in their homes, schools and other community settings removing transportation barriers and allowing us to work with the entire family in their environment. We have 15 programs that help address and overcome a range of issues including school concerns, sexual abuse, delinquency, domestic violence, mental health issues, physical abuse/neglect, family conflict, and substance use. In addition, we operate two after-school/summer youth centers located in underprivileged neighborhoods offering safe, fun, and educational programming. We are a resiliency-oriented, trauma-informed agency working and training with experts and educators. We collaborate with areas schools, hospitals, judicial systems, protective services, and other social service agencies. Over 95% of our services are provided at no cost to the client allowing those who would not be able to afford it to receive the services they need.

Directions for Youth & Families impacts over 8,000 youth and their families each year through mental, emotional and behavioral health services. Our programs are offered in three main categories: Counseling and Clinical, Parenting and Kindergarten Readiness, and After-School/Summer Programs. We have over 70 licensed social workers and counselors providing services to youth on an outreach basis – in their homes, schools and other community settings removing transportation barriers and allowing us to work with the entire family in their environment. We have 15 programs that help address and overcome a range of issues including school concerns, sexual abuse, delinquency, domestic violence, mental health issues, physical abuse/neglect, family conflict, and substance use. In addition, we operate two after-school/summer youth centers located in underprivileged neighborhoods offering safe, fun, and educational programming. We are a resiliency-oriented, trauma-informed agency working and training with experts and educators. We collaborate with areas schools, hospitals, judicial systems, protective services, and other social service agencies. Over 95% of our services are provided at no cost to the client allowing those who would not be able to afford it to receive the services they need.

The Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center is a settlement house in the heart of Clintonville, though its reach extends far beyond that geographic designation. The CRC operates a Choice Food Pantry that was busier than ever in 2015, including a weekly fresh produce market which shares 5 tons of vegetables and fruits with neighbors from throughout Franklin County. The nonprofit United Way agency also administers a Senior Supportive Services program that works with 400+ seniors annually, a Kids Club afterschool and summer program serving 150 children, a countywide Kinship Care service and lots more. For 45 years, the CRC has been meeting the needs of neighbors in north Columbus and far beyond, giving everyone a chance to be involved in making the community a better place. For more information, visit the website http://clintonvillecrc.org/crc/ or “like” the CRC on Facebook!

The Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center is a settlement house in the heart of Clintonville, though its reach extends far beyond that geographic designation. The CRC operates a Choice Food Pantry that was busier than ever in 2015, including a weekly fresh produce market which shares 5 tons of vegetables and fruits with neighbors from throughout Franklin County. The nonprofit United Way agency also administers a Senior Supportive Services program that works with 400+ seniors annually, a Kids Club afterschool and summer program serving 150 children, a countywide Kinship Care service and lots more. For 45 years, the CRC has been meeting the needs of neighbors in north Columbus and far beyond, giving everyone a chance to be involved in making the community a better place. For more information, visit the website http://clintonvillecrc.org/crc/ or “like” the CRC on Facebook!

Community Shelter Board is a collective impact organization leading the community’s response to homelessness by creating collaborations, developing innovative solutions, and investing in quality programs in Columbus and Franklin County. Community Shelter Board works to prevent homelessness whenever possible, ensure safe emergency shelter for all who truly need it, provide affordable, supportive housing, and advocate for policies and resources to end homelessness in our community. Community Shelter Board is the voice for more than 12,000 people experiencing homelessness each year in Columbus and Franklin County. Community Shelter Board’s provider network includes 19 partners delivering an array of services including homelessness prevention programming, shelter, case management, street outreach and housing. 

Community Shelter Board is a collective impact organization leading the community’s response to homelessness by creating collaborations, developing innovative solutions, and investing in quality programs in Columbus and Franklin County. Community Shelter Board works to prevent homelessness whenever possible, ensure safe emergency shelter for all who truly need it, provide affordable, supportive housing, and advocate for policies and resources to end homelessness in our community. Community Shelter Board is the voice for more than 12,000 people experiencing homelessness each year in Columbus and Franklin County. Community Shelter Board’s provider network includes 19 partners delivering an array of services including homelessness prevention programming, shelter, case management, street outreach and housing. 

  The mission of The 2nd & 7 Foundation is to promote reading by providing free books and positive role models to kids in need while encouraging young athletes of the community to pay it forward. The 2nd & 7 Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Columbus, Ohio. Three former Ohio State University football players, Luke Fickell, Ryan Miller and Mike Vrabel, started the foundation in 1999. Inspired by their involvement in various community outreach programs as student athletes, they decided to continue making a difference by promoting literacy and providing positive role models for children in central Ohio.

 

The mission of The 2nd & 7 Foundation is to promote reading by providing free books and positive role models to kids in need while encouraging young athletes of the community to pay it forward.

The 2nd & 7 Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Columbus, Ohio. Three former Ohio State University football players, Luke Fickell, Ryan Miller and Mike Vrabel, started the foundation in 1999. Inspired by their involvement in various community outreach programs as student athletes, they decided to continue making a difference by promoting literacy and providing positive role models for children in central Ohio.

  The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is the patient-care component of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Consistently ranked by U.S.News & World Report as one of the top hospitals in the nation for cancer care, The James is a transformational facility that fosters the collaboration and integration of cancer research and clinical cancer care. The James is the largest cancer hospital in the Midwest and the third largest in the nation. 

 

The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is the patient-care component of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Consistently ranked by U.S.News & World Report as one of the top hospitals in the nation for cancer care, The James is a transformational facility that fosters the collaboration and integration of cancer research and clinical cancer care. The James is the largest cancer hospital in the Midwest and the third largest in the nation. 

  A Kid Again provides ongoing hope for families raising children with life-threatening illnesses. Throughout the course of a year, A Kid Again provides year-round, cost-free Adventures that enable kids in Ohio to get out of the hospital, forget about doctors, and just be A Kid Again.  Children arrive at Adventures, eyes full of wonder for what will come next. They hurry their siblings and parents along to their favorite ride, see their favorite animal, get to their seats, or visit with Santa. All the while, their sense of curiosity, smiles, and laughter mask the pain of ongoing treatments endured when battling a life-threatening illness.

 

A Kid Again provides ongoing hope for families raising children with life-threatening illnesses. Throughout the course of a year, A Kid Again provides year-round, cost-free Adventures that enable kids in Ohio to get out of the hospital, forget about doctors, and just be A Kid Again. 

Children arrive at Adventures, eyes full of wonder for what will come next. They hurry their siblings and parents along to their favorite ride, see their favorite animal, get to their seats, or visit with Santa. All the while, their sense of curiosity, smiles, and laughter mask the pain of ongoing treatments endured when battling a life-threatening illness.

Nellie's Champions for Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to a mission of making life a little easier for kids and teens with cancer in the Central Ohio area. Pediatric cancer often leaves families unable to make their house payment, put gas in their car, or even put food on their table due to the out-of-pocket expenses caused by treatment. NC4K's goal is to help these families who have been financially devastated by being the organization they can turn to for help and more importantly, for hope. They support families with financial assistance for mortgage payments, gas and grocery gift cards, and utilities. Other programs include providing support for the back to school and holiday seasons, as well as providing weekly snack bags and monthly meals for the families being treated at Nationwide Children's Hospital. NC4K works to ensure that no child fights alone. 

Nellie's Champions for Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to a mission of making life a little easier for kids and teens with cancer in the Central Ohio area. Pediatric cancer often leaves families unable to make their house payment, put gas in their car, or even put food on their table due to the out-of-pocket expenses caused by treatment. NC4K's goal is to help these families who have been financially devastated by being the organization they can turn to for help and more importantly, for hope. They support families with financial assistance for mortgage payments, gas and grocery gift cards, and utilities. Other programs include providing support for the back to school and holiday seasons, as well as providing weekly snack bags and monthly meals for the families being treated at Nationwide Children's Hospital. NC4K works to ensure that no child fights alone. 

Each day in Franklin County, innocent children are removed from their homes when their parents fail to protect and care for them. These abused and neglected children are placed under the custody of the courts for their own protection but they are still at risk. The disruption of their everyday lives can have a devastating effect.  CASA of Franklin County’s mission is to provide a powerful and consistent voice in court for the innocent child victims of abuse and neglect.  CASA recruits, screens, trains and supports community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.  CASA provides the link between concerned community volunteers and the abused and neglected children in need of a powerful voice to speak up for their best interest.

Each day in Franklin County, innocent children are removed from their homes when their parents fail to protect and care for them. These abused and neglected children are placed under the custody of the courts for their own protection but they are still at risk. The disruption of their everyday lives can have a devastating effect.  CASA of Franklin County’s mission is to provide a powerful and consistent voice in court for the innocent child victims of abuse and neglect.  CASA recruits, screens, trains and supports community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.  CASA provides the link between concerned community volunteers and the abused and neglected children in need of a powerful voice to speak up for their best interest.

  The Humane Society of Delaware County (HSDC)is located in Delaware, Ohio and is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping abused, neglected, and homeless petsfind their forever homes. We serveand protect animals by conducting cruelty investigations, providing humane education, operating a low-cost Vaccination and Wellness Clinic, and reducing pet overpopulation through our low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic.

 

The Humane Society of Delaware County (HSDC)is located in Delaware, Ohio and is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping abused, neglected, and homeless petsfind their forever homes. We serveand protect animals by conducting cruelty investigations, providing humane education, operating a low-cost Vaccination and Wellness Clinic, and reducing pet overpopulation through our low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic.

  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio is a non-profit prevention-based agency that serves the community by providing quality mentoring relationships to children and youth in need of a friend. Big Brothers Big Sisters has a rich history of nurturing friendships between caring adult volunteers and promising children and youth. For more than 75 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has served many thousands of children and youth in Franklin, Delaware, and Union counties through its mentoring and camping programs.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio is a non-profit prevention-based agency that serves the community by providing quality mentoring relationships to children and youth in need of a friend. Big Brothers Big Sisters has a rich history of nurturing friendships between caring adult volunteers and promising children and youth. For more than 75 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has served many thousands of children and youth in Franklin, Delaware, and Union counties through its mentoring and camping programs.

  Jerseys of hope is a non-profit organization committed to inspiring a sense of community and wellbeing in hospitals through the donation of new and gently used athletic jerseys to be worn by patients rooting for their favorite team.

 

Jerseys of hope is a non-profit organization committed to inspiring a sense of community and wellbeing in hospitals through the donation of new and gently used athletic jerseys to be worn by patients rooting for their favorite team.

The Love an Angel Foundation (LAAF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working to meet the needs of individuals and families of Ohio affected by Angelman Syndrome (AS).  AS is a rare neuro-genetic disorder characterized by severe intellectual and developmental disabilities. Those with AS, known as "Angels", require lifelong care.  LAAF owns 20 acres of land in Summit County, Ohio. It is the future site of Halo Farm Complex; a recreation, residential and respite care facility, for those with AS and similar disabilities.

The Love an Angel Foundation (LAAF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working to meet the needs of individuals and families of Ohio affected by Angelman Syndrome (AS).  AS is a rare neuro-genetic disorder characterized by severe intellectual and developmental disabilities. Those with AS, known as "Angels", require lifelong care. 

LAAF owns 20 acres of land in Summit County, Ohio. It is the future site of Halo Farm Complex; a recreation, residential and respite care facility, for those with AS and similar disabilities.

BuckeyeThon is the largest, student-run philanthropy at Ohio State. With an ultimate goal of ending childhood cancer, BuckeyeThon works to raise money to support the kids treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Nationwide Children's Hospital is Columbus, Ohio's Children's Miracle Network Hospital and will treat any child regardless of a family's ability to pay. BuckeyeThon hosts events and activities throughout the year to raise money For The Kids. Its largest event is the annual Dance Marathon which brings together thousands of Buckeyes in The Ohio Union.

BuckeyeThon is the largest, student-run philanthropy at Ohio State. With an ultimate goal of ending childhood cancer, BuckeyeThon works to raise money to support the kids treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Nationwide Children's Hospital is Columbus, Ohio's Children's Miracle Network Hospital and will treat any child regardless of a family's ability to pay. BuckeyeThon hosts events and activities throughout the year to raise money For The Kids. Its largest event is the annual Dance Marathon which brings together thousands of Buckeyes in The Ohio Union.