About

Hello Friends!

Columbus Gives Back is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides social volunteer and philanthropic opportunities throughout central Ohio. Our focus is to provide a variety of events for small-to-medium sized groups on evenings and weekends to accommodate the schedule of working professionals. We’re proud to partner with many different organizations, so volunteers can learn even more about Columbus while giving back! Check out our current volunteer events.

The heart of Columbus Gives Back is our amazing leadership team. Our event leaders create a welcoming, engaging, and fun experience for you at every event – something that sets CGB apart from other volunteer opportunities. Read about our team below! Are you interested in becoming an event leader? Click here to fill out our online application.

Our Story

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.

Board

Amanda Shafer

Amanda Shafer

President
Alfred Yates

Alfred Yates

Director of Engagement
Andy Durczynski

Andy Durczynski

Director of Finance and Development
Paul Dalsky

Paul Dalsky

Chief Information Officer
Caleb Miller

Caleb Miller

Director of Outreach
Diana Lolli

Diana Lolli

Director of Marketing and Communications
Taylor Putnam-Majarian

Taylor Putnam-Majarian

Social Director

Event Leaders

Stephanie Barnes

Stephanie Barnes

Event Leader
Andee Boiman

Andee Boiman

Event Leader
Gwen Burkey

Gwen Burkey

Event Leader
Caroline Chao

Caroline Chao

Event Leader
Stephen Fenderson

Stephen Fenderson

Event Leader
Isabel Fernandez

Isabel Fernandez

Event Leader
Shannon Flynn

Shannon Flynn

Event Leader
John Hamulak

John Hamulak

Event Leader
Morgan Haviland

Morgan Haviland

Event Leader
Tom Middleton

Tom Middleton

Event Leader
Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller

Event Leader
Evan Miller

Evan Miller

Event Leader
Gina Loewengart

Gina Loewengart

Event Leader
Brittany Peterson

Brittany Peterson

Event Leader
David Ratcliff

David Ratcliff

Event Leader
Curt Roginski

Curt Roginski

Event Leader
Richard Sanders

Richard Sanders

Event Leader