Mayor Coleman and Janet Jackson Ask Community Partners to Join the Columbus Volunteer Challenge
Mayor Michael B. Coleman and United Way of Central Ohio President and CEO Janet E. Jackson today called on community partners today to join the Columbus Volunteer Challenge.
“As we continue our Bicentennial celebration, this is the time where we not only honor our past, but ignite a stronger, more humanitarian future,” Mayor Coleman said. “The Columbus Volunteer Challenge is our opportunity to show the world that Columbus is the most caring and generous city on the planet.”
The Challenge will kick off August 25 and culminate September 11, the National Day of Service. Over the 18 days of the Challenge, hundreds of projects will be completed by individuals, families, faith-based and corporate volunteers. Throughout the Challenge, the City of Columbus, United Way and community partners—Vineyard Columbus, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, HandsOn Central Ohio, the Girl Scouts, The Ohio State University's Community Commitment Day team and Pay it Forward—will feature onsite volunteer opportunities and calls to action to promote and encourage volunteerism. Opportunities will also be offered to sign up for long-term volunteering such as mentoring and tutoring.
“The Columbus Volunteer Challenge will mobilize far more people than we ever have before, and will stand as a symbol to our entire nation of how Central Ohio comes together to improve lives and strengthen our vibrant community,” said Janet E. Jackson. “Every hour of service will make a difference, so we want everyone to be a part of this historic event.”
The three ways organizations can get involved and become a partner are:
1) Host projects for volunteers
2) Recruit volunteers from within their organization
3) Ensure ongoing volunteer activities are recognized and counted during the Challenge
For more information, visit http://www.columbusvolunteerchallenge.org. During the Challenge the website will also offer a place to post volunteer activities so that all participants can be counted for their service during this historic event.