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COUNT & HCCO Serve Meals @ Van Buren Shelter
February 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
COUNT would like to invite HCCO members to join them in assisting shelter staff in serving dinners and cleaning up at the Van Buren shelter on the 2nd or 3rd Tuesday of each month. COUNT has 10 volunteer slots reserved for HCCO and COUNT members who RSVP here or on the COUNT Meetup page (so you don’t have to RSVP anywhere else). The shelter is located at 595 Van Buren Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43223, near Harmon and Mound Streets. There is ample free parking available.
The Van Buren shelter has a limit of 15 volunteer slots for dinner service so if the 10 COUNT and HCCO volunteer slots are taken, please register at the Community Shelter Board website ( http://www.csb.volunteerhub.com/ ) where you can check to see if any of the remaining slots are open. If you wish to volunteer anytime other than 2nd or 3rd Tuesdays, you must register at the CSB website. (Please let Blair Prusha know if you do volunteer anytime other than 2nd or 3rd Tuesdays so that we can keep track of your hours)
We may go out afterwards (probably to Hampton’s to have a bite/drink and join the Omnipresent Atheists (OA) meeting in progress – if curious, see details about OA meetings at http://www.meetup.com/omnipresentatheists/ .
***For questions contact: Blair Prusha at (919) 881-0783***
More about the Community Shelter board (from http://www.csb.org/ ):
“Community Shelter Board is a collective impact organization leading the community’s response to homelessness by creating collaborations, developing innovative solutions, and investing in quality programs in Columbus and Franklin County. Community Shelter Board oversees an annual budget of $31 million to support homeless programs and services at 19 different provider organizations across the community. Last year, these programs ended homelessness for more than 12,000 people. Community Shelter Board is funded by the City of Columbus, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, the United Way of Central Ohio, The Columbus Foundation, Nationwide Foundation, American Electric Power Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the State of Ohio, and many other public and private investors.
Melvin Schottenstein believed that it was not acceptable for any person to be homeless in the Columbus and Franklin County community, even for one night. He had a bottom line inability to accept any situation that left a man, woman or child without food or shelter. He worked closely with another local philanthropist, Nancy Jeffrey; and a local businessman, Bob Lazarus; to bring together both public and private funders to fashion a collective community response to homelessness.
These three people were absolute champions around the issue of homelessness in Columbus, and were instrumental in founding the Community Shelter Board in 1986.”