Volunteer Spotlight

Columbus Gives Back would not exist without our hard working volunteers! We want to recognize those volunteers who have gone the extra mile for the community.  When you see these volunteers out and about, be sure to give them a pat on the back for a job well done!

Do you know someone worthy of being the “Volunteer of the Month”? Let us know, send an email to Amanda at amanda@columbusgivesback.org.

Edwin – October 2013

Where are you originally from? Philippines. Lived in New Jersey before moving to Columbus.

What do you enjoy most about Columbus? I love how Columbus is diverse and the people here are open-minded. I’m proud to call Columbus home.

How did you get involved with Columbus Gives Back? I found Columbus Gives Back on Facebook. Columbus Gives Back has the ideal setup for people with a busy lifestyle. You sign up when it suits your availability, as most events are scheduled after regular work hours.

What’s your favorite Columbus Gives Back memory? I’ve liked all of the events I have participated in, but I enjoyed serving dinner at Faith Mission the most.

Why do you enjoy volunteering and “Giving Back”? I’ve been fortunate in life and I want to give back to my community.

Char – September 2013

Where are you originally from? I was born in New Jersey but grew up most of my life in the small town of Brandon, Vermont. I have lived in Columbus for 8 years now.

What do you enjoy most about Columbus? I love that Columbus is just like me; a little bit of country and a little bit of rock and roll!

How did you get involved with Columbus Gives Back? I volunteer a lot with an organization back home in Vermont called Camp TaKumTa, a camp for kids that have or have had cancer. I miss it a lot and was looking for something here I could jump right into!

What’s your favorite Columbus Gives Back memory? My favorite memory was my first volunteer event at the Franklin Park Conservatory. I got to be a horticulteralist for a day! I’m not totally into plants but when I heard the berries that I was picking went to help provide food to people that were hungry, I realized even doing a little can make a huge difference. (I may have sampled a few berries too!)

Why do you enjoy volunteering and “Giving Back”? I enjoy volunteering and giving back because it gives me truth wealth, that being joy and love. Doing the right thing and helping to make others’ lives better never goes out of style.

LD – August 2013

Where are you originally from? Columbus, Ohio

What do you enjoy most about Columbus? I just recently relocated back to Columbus – so what I’m enjoying most is spending time with my family and getting reacquainted with old friends.

How did you get involved with Columbus Gives Back? I got involved with CGB by searching
online for volunteer opportunities within the city. CGB was one of the options provided.

What’s your favorite Columbus Gives Back memory? My favorite CBG event or memory so far is the Slice of Columbus

Why do you enjoy volunteering and “Giving Back”? I enjoy volunteering and “giving back” because it is important to do so.

Jeff – June 2013

Where are you originally from? Columbus, Ohio

What do you enjoy most about Columbus? I grew up here, so this is where my family is, and will always feel like home to me. I like everything about Columbus except the weather!

How did you get involved with Columbus Gives Back? I found CGB’s web site while looking for ways to volunteer, and just signed up. The simplicity and flexibility in scheduling were just what I was looking for.

What’s your favorite Columbus Gives Back memory? I’d say food packaging at LifeCare Alliance is my favorite event, because I think it’s an important charity, and it usually involves organizing things into neat stacks. I like organizing. :)

Why do you enjoy volunteering and “Giving Back”? Looking back, there are many people who have helped me in my life, and it’s fulfilling to be able to pay some of that forward. It’s also great to meet people with similar views on contributing to the community.

Whitney – May 2013

Where are you originally from? Columbus, Ohio

What do you enjoy most about Columbus? I enjoy finding new experiences to enjoy with my friends and family…Wine and canvas, plays, live music, don’t forget volunteering with CGB. :-)

How did you get involved with Columbus Gives Back? I got involved with CGB through one of my best friends Dominica Rennick about 2 or 3 years ago, our first event was helping with the community garden @ Faith Mission on 8th.

What’s your favorite Columbus Gives Back memory? My most favorite memory with CGB was volunteering @ Habitat for Humanity Restore a few years ago, I was allowed to use power tools for the first time and then we went out to lunch and had a great time socializing and getting to know some of the now leaders(Joe Geisler and Karan Patal) of CGB events.

Tom Middleton – April 2013

Where are you originally from? Dayton, Ohio. Home of such beloved Americans as the Wright Brothers and Rob Lowe

What do you enjoy most about Columbus? I’ve lived in several cities around the U.S., and Columbus provides maybe the best mix of activities and events, while not being so big that it’s impossible getting around. Some of my favorite aspects of the city include CD1025, food truck Thursdays at Columbus Commons, Dirty Franks, Comfest, and Schiller Park.

How did you get involved with Columbus Gives Back? I found it online when I was new to Columbus and figured this was a great opportunity to get involved in the community and meet some cool people (and I was correct!)

What’s your favorite Columbus Gives Back memory? Volunteering at the beer fest was a blast, but my favorite memory was probably when we assembled red wagons for the Christmas toy drive.

Why do you enjoy volunteering and “Giving Back”? Because it takes me out of my comfort zone at times and you get to see how other people around Columbus are living their lives. Plus it’s fun, and I’m usually up for a celebratory drink afterward!

Corey Smith – March 2013

Where are you originally from? Long Beach, California

What do you enjoy most about Columbus? I really enjoy how condensed the city is…there is always something happening near by & the crazy atmosphere around town on Buckeye Football Game Days is unmatchable!  Fans get wild & it’s alot of fun.

How did you get involved with Columbus Gives Back? I played Football in college at St. Xavier in Chicago, IL & did alot of volunteering with the team & University.  When I moved to Columbus I just looked on the internet & found CGB.

What’s your favorite Columbus Gives Back memory? I really enjoyed working at the Habitat Restore.  Everytime that your there it seems like your always doing something new.

Why do you enjoy volunteering and “Giving Back”? I just enjoy helping people & most of the time people are extremely appreciative.  It’s nice to give back when people are thankful for your efforts.

Jon Chennault – February 2013

Where are you originally from? Cleveland

What do you enjoy most about Columbus? Columbus is the best city in Ohio, catch me around Grandview sometime.

How did you get involved with Columbus Gives Back? I went to one of the happy hours thanks to Jen and Brian. A lot of friends have graduated and moved away, so this was the perfect way to keep busy and meet interesting people.

What’s your favorite Columbus Gives Back memory? Favorite event was Beerfest, jk. Actually Habitat Restore was pretty good as well. I made a novel way of transporting some heavy cargo the other week.

Why do you enjoy volunteering and “Giving Back”? I realized that the world has been pretty good to me. I had a lot of opportunity others didn’t have, so it was time to give back to the world around me.

Dinesh Atchala – January 2013

Where are you originally from? Nellore, India

What do you enjoy most about Columbus? Columbus always have something to do. Close to lot of places to visit. I like the weather here.

How did you get involved with Columbus Gives Back? I found about Columbus gives back on the Internet

What’s your favorite Columbus Gives Back memory? My favorite is my first volunteer event,”Habitat for Humanity ReStore”. Some workout with fun.

Why do you enjoy volunteering and “Giving Back”? You can actually help others while having fun at same time. The best part is that you don’t have to go through some preliminary checks like some other volunteer jobs. It’s not just the same kind of volunteer work every time, it has wide variety of jobs. Great way to service the community.

Tamara – December 2012

Where are you originally from? Columbus

What do you enjoy most about Columbus? I like how many of neighborhoods are changing and growing.
Weinland Park,Long Street and Olde Towne East have changed so much over the years. I also love The North Market, The Book Loft and the hidden gem L’appât Patisserie Café in Olde Towne East.

How did you get involved with Columbus Gives Back? I found out about CGB when it was on meetup.com.

What’s your favorite Columbus Gives Back memory? Serving dinner at Faith Mission

Why do you enjoy volunteering and “Giving Back”? I like meeting people and severing the community.