What’s happening this month?

What’s Happening Throughout the Year

The following public events typically happen annually at Central Community House.
Volunteers and supporters are often needed. Times are scheduled closer to the date of the
event and are subject to vary from year to year. To engage with one of these opportunities,
email info@cchouse.org or call our main phone number: 614-252-3157.

February:
• Free Tax Prep (VITA, EITC) – low and moderate income households who qualify
can receive free tax preparation assistance. Appointments made by calling 211
(Hands On Central Ohio). Volunteer tax preparers needed (training provided in
advance.). Typically Tax Prep hours are scheduled for a couple of set evenings each
week February through early-April.

April:
• CCH Annual Meeting – a public presentation highlighting the work of Central over
the past year, naming new board members and the Executive Committee of the board,
honoring outgoing board members and staff who reach milestone years of service.
Typically occurs the second Wednesday of the month.
• Free Store – we collect gently used household goods, toys, books, accessories, etc. to
offer for free to anyone who may have a need for such items. We cannot accept goods
except for the two weeks leading up to our scheduled Free Store date due to storage
issues.
• Earth Day – CCH/volunteers participate in community clean-up and improvement
projects. Typically held on or near April 22

May:
• Senior Program Annual Style Show – CCH Seniors hold a luncheon style show as a
fundraiser for their activities
• CCH Child Care Center’s Preschool Graduation – class of children ready to enter
Kindergarten in the fall is honored with a Preschool Graduation ceremony. Typically
takes place during a weekday morning.
• Afterschool Family Night – the end of the Afterschool Program culminates in a
Family Night to showcase accomplishments of youth during the school year.

June:
• Summer Challenge Day Camp kicks off – youth Kindergarten-grads through 8th grade
may enroll in a 9:00-5:00 camp offering summer fun, continued learning, art/culture
projects and daily meals/snacks. Camp takes place mid-June through mid-August.

August:
• Back to School Bash – youth and families are invited to an event showcasing
community resources for parents and youth, often school supplies or other necessities
are offered for free to families in need. Community can enjoy food and entertainment.
May take place in late August or early September.

September:
• Hot Times Festival Children’s Parade – local youth are invited to show their artistry
and community pride by marching to the
festival at Main and Parsons. Participants are served lunch at the festival. Typically
takes place the second Saturday in September.

October:
• Trick-or-trunk – youth are invited for safe trick-or-treating by going from car to car in
Central’s parking lot. Costumes encouraged. Facepainting, art, food and games are
often offered.
• Free Store – we collect gently used household goods, toys, books, accessories, etc. to
offer for free to anyone who may have a need for such items. We cannot accept goods
except for the two weeks leading up to our scheduled Free Store date due to storage
issues.

November:
• Holiday Help kicks off – Central offers a variety of programs for families in need
during the holiday season including Firefighters for Kids sign-ups, Holiday Meal
Boxes, Adopt-a-Family gift/food donations, and community celebrations
• Thanksgiving Meal – free hot Thanksgiving community meal provided. Typically on
the Monday before Thanksgiving
• Annual Campaign kicks off – each year supporters and friends of Central are asked to
give a monetary donation sometime between Nov-Feb. to help the agency remain a
stable source of support in the community

December:
• Holiday Open House – Central offers a free community holiday celebration including
food, free family photos with (or without) Santa, crafts and entertainment.
• Holiday Adopt-a-Family and Food Baskets – gifts and food are collected with the
help of local churches and businesses and given to families in need. Typically only
families already enrolled in Central’s ongoing programs are selected to receive
assistance. The general public (who qualify) may receive a toy for children in need by
signing up for Firefighters for Kids program (set days/hours are scheduled for this)

ONGOING – Daily, Weekly, Monthly
These activities happen on a regular basis and may offer opportunities for volunteers
who can commit to a regular schedule.

• Community Dinner – typically takes place the last Wednesday of the month
featuring a free hot meal prepared. Often fun themes are offered. All are welcome.
• Community Garden – garden beds in the front and back of the CCH parking lot
are tended by volunteers and youth and can grow flowers, vegetables, herbs,
fruits, etc for use by those involved in caring for the garden
• Community Gatherings – public social events are held at outdoor sites along Main
Street such as Cookies/Coffee or Block Party evenings. Peace rallies, prayer
walks or other events occur as well.
• Community Canvassing – volunteer teams take information and community building
door-to-door throughout the neighborhood.
• Afterschool Program – school year program serving local youth 3:00-6:00 daily
with a variety of activities including tutoring, homework help, art/culture projects,
physical activities and more.
• Take Home Groceries – Food Bank delivers food every other Friday during the
school year to be packaged for children to take home to supplement household
food. Volunteers needed to unload, sort and create packages.
• Teen Mentoring – community professionals lead teens in developing
leadership skills. Job shadowing and internships (paid preferred) also needed to
guide teens in career exploration and building job skills.
• Transit Arts Workshops – teens learn and practice various art forms from
community master artists and mentors including painting/drawing, poetry/spoken
word, DJ skills, hip hop dance, technology arts and more. See
www.transitarts.com for current workshop offerings both here at Central and at
other community sites in Columbus.
• Senior Program – CCH Seniors and South Side Seniors meet regularly at Central
Community House in a social club setting which may include informational
meetings, community involvement, games, food, coffee, exercise and more.
• Child Care Center – infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children receive
education-focused day care Mon-Fri, 7:00-6:00. Volunteers who can commit to
background checks and a regular schedule may be able to act as classroom
helpers.
• Computer Lab & Benefit Bank – community members may use the CCH
Computer Lab: adults 9:00-2:00, youth 2:00-6:00. Volunteers trained on the Ohio
Benefit Bank are needed to offer the service to those in need.