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                   Volunteer at YMCA of Central Ohio's
                             ECRN+ Family Fun Fest
                   Saturday, July 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
          Hilltop YMCA, 2879 Valleyview Dr. Columbus, Ohio 43204
                             Sign up here to volunteer!

This event will consist of program registration, games, activities, food, music, free

haircuts, fire truck visit, book mobile visit and more! We will be helping with set up

& tear down, as well as game, food, and activity stations. Bring your family and

friends for a fun day of volunteering! 

Homelessness: What You Can Do

Did you know more than 15% of Americans live in poverty, including one in five children (22%), the highest rate in the industrialized world?  The cost of rent and utilities for a typical two-bedroom apartment increased 41% from 2000 to 2009.  Central Ohio is not exempt from this growing problem.  Help those in need at our Columbus agencies trying to make a difference and make a change.  Check them out here and sign up to volunteer and make sure to sign up to volunteer at our May event above with the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless honoring mother's who have experienced homelessness.

It's All About Earth Day

Earth Day started on April 22nd in 1970 and is considered to be the birth of the modern environmental movement.  It's celebrated in 192 countries worldwide and over a billion people take part in projects around the world on this day.  To learn more, visit the Earth Day Network and don't forget to sign up for our Earth Day event!

New Harvest

Cocktails for a Cause: March 11, 2014

*Event CANCELLED!  Please sign up for our next event with the Furniture Bank!*


Come and network at happy hour at Yogi's!  We will be collecting new and gently used books for Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus in honor of National Reading Month and Dr. Seuss' Birthday.  Books for all ages will be accepted, however books for teens are needed the most.  Click here for a list of suggested books.


Tuesday, March 11, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Yogi's Bar and Grill, 3880 Hard Rd., Dublin, OH 43016

*There are two Yogi's in Dublin.  Our event is at the Hard Rd. location*

                                 RSVP HERE


Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus offers recreational and educational programs to youth ages 6 to 18, ensuring that Columbus' kids have a productive and positive outlet for their free time.

GenNext Volunteers at The Chilly Open

Chilly open 1The Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club organizes and runs The Chilly Open at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to raise money and awareness for children's charities such as The Children's Hunger Alliance, Nationwide Children's Hospital, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Kroger, Papa Johns Pizza, 92.3 WCOL, Mount Carmel, and Central Ohio Primary Care are just some of the sponsors who make the event possible. Food venders such as Winking Lizard Tavern, Polaris Grill, City Barbeque, and Bon Vie Bistro provide samples of their food for free. Country singer Keith Anderson, WBNS 10TV’s Dom Tiberi and 92.3 WCOL’s Woody Johnson entertain and donate their time; all proceeds go to children’s charities.

GenNext was just one of the volunteer groups who contributed at the Chilly Open. This year we helped in providing beverages. Fountain beverages are provided for anyone, which GenNext volunteers helped stock, in addition to organizing beer and wine distribution for those of age. Volunteers were encouraged to explore the rest of the zoo before or after their shift. Volunteering at the Chilly Open is a fun, delicious, and entertaining way to help children’s charities and meet new people.

Happy New Year GenNext!

Happy New Year volunteers! Have you made a new year's resolution to spend more time volunteering in 2014?  If not, you should!  According to the Volunteering and Civic Life in America report 29% of Columbus residents volunteer, ranking us 19th among 51 comprable metropolitan areas.  Last year residents gave nearly 50 million hours of service!  That's great, but there is still plenty of work to be done, so make sure to add attending GenNext Service projects to your resolution list for 2014!

Your Steering Committee has several great events lined up.  So gather you friends and family and get to an event soon!


Thank You for Giving


Members of United Way of Central Ohio Leadership Giving groups, including GenNext, joined together on Wednesday, December 11th, collected and wrapped gifts for central Ohio children and enjoyed a wonderful party hosted by State Auto.

'Holiday Party With A Purpose' benefited CHOICES, Columbus Early Learning Center, St. Vincent Family Center, St. Stephen’s Community House, The Buckeye Ranch, Maryhaven, and Directions for Youth and Families.

CLICK HERE to view all the pictures from 'Holiday Party With A Purpose' on United Way of Central Ohio's Facebook page.







GenNext is a hands-on volunteer group of young professionals with a focus on service in the Columbus, Ohio community.  We are an United Way affinity group.


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Save the Date

The Columbus Volunteer Challenge is September 6th-11th this year!

Get Involved

Learn about Columbus' ongoing volunteer opportunities and ways to be involved through HandsOn Central Ohio here!

Eat or drink at a participating restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 and 5% of your check will be donated to Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s Operation Feed!

Past Events

GenNext volunteered for two days to help the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless set up and serve at their annual Mother's Day Brunch.  It was a great event where 388 mothers and their family members were served.  Thanks to all who volunteered!  Check out some PICTURES!

Our April 2014, Earth Day project was cleaning up and planting flowers in front of Ama Vera's garden at the New Harvest Urban Arts Center! We also picked up trash on the sidewalk and did a few other gardening task. Thanks to all of those who came!  Check out pictures from the event here.

Check out our PICTURES from our Furniture Bank event in March 2014.  Numerous GenNext volunteers came together to build furniture for those in need. Thanks to everyone who came!