In 2008, Juilana Pernick Hardymon made a New Years Resolution to start volunteering again. When realizing how difficult this process could be, she dreamed of a volunteer organization with more ease and flexibility. And so, 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, and went to their first social twist at Hamptons on King. The stage for our current CGB model was made.
As CGB grew, so did our leadership. In December 2011, Joe Geissler stepped in as the new president and helped create the first true executive board. He also greatly increased the number of events provided per month.
In July 2014, Caroline Chao took charge and continued CGB’s mission while constantly recruiting new volunteers.
In March 2017, Amanda Shafer became president, expanding the executive board to 7 members and helping us to become an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Caleb Miller stepped up to the President plate in January 2019. CGB is celebrating ten years this March. And we’re just getting started.