In 2008, Juilana Pernick Hardymon made a New Years Resolution to start volunteering again, but found out how difficult and extensive this process could be. She dreamed of a volunteer organization with more ease and flexibility for young professionals than what currently existed in Columbus. And thus, Columbus Gives Back was born. In 2009, she posted her first event on Craigslist to make dinner for the Unverferth House. To her surprise, ten volunteers showed up, had a great time, went to their first social twist at Hamptons on King…and really began to create the CGB model.
As CGB grew, so did our leadership. In December 2011, Joe Geissler stepped in as CGB’s new president and helped create the first true executive board while increasing the number of events provided per month. In July 2014, Caroline Chao took charge and continued CGB’s mission while constantly recruiting new volunteers. Since March 2017, Amanda Shafer has led as president, expanding the executive board to 7 members and growing our leadership team to 17 incredible event leaders. Currently, we are proud to be an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and CGB has provided over 1,000 volunteer opportunities in Central Ohio in just nine years. And we’re just getting started.