The heart of Harmony is strong, even in these challenging times. While all of Harmony’s rehearsals and programs are suspended until further notice, our mission remains focused: we believe in the power of community.

This moment in our global society is unlike any other in modern history. The impact is being felt across all social and geographic divides. The pain and uncertainty are real. So is the need. 

While our offices are now closed, our team remains engaged and working remotely. We have been focused on finding ways for your efforts to be mobilized and realized. How YOU can help, if you are able to.

Below, you will find opportunities for you to reach out and serve, based on your self-determination of your abilities to do so.

With this crisis changing hourly, volunteer opportunities that are available as you read this may not be available the following hour – we will communicate as soon as possible should these opportunities be cancelled.

Additionally, we ask that you follow ALL CDC and Ohio Department of Health guidelines before committing to ANY of these projects. 

Harmony has received requests to assist in the following ways, and we hope that if you are seeking service opportunities, you may find one or more below.

PLEASE NOTE: We will continue to update this page with new opportunities, as well as those opportunities that are no longer available.

HARMONY COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES - UPDATED THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020 AT 1:30PM

For more information and opportunities to serve, visit the City of Columbus COVID-19 Resources Page.

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DONATION

The American Red Cross is asking those who are healthy, feeling well and eligible to give blood or platelets to make an appointment to donate as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The Red Cross has implemented additional safety measures to keep staff and donors safe during the coronavirus pandemic. You can learn about those safety measures here.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL PEOPLE FRESH MARKET

The All People’s Fresh Market (945 Parsons Avenue) will remain open during its scheduled times for those in need of fresh produce and has a critical need for volunteers. The Fresh Market serves 400-500 people daily and is one of the top 20 largest points of distribution for free food in the United States. Shopping limits are daily, and they are open 5 days a week. CD4AP anticipates that the volume will only increase over the next few weeks.

NEW SAFETY PROTOCOL: To protect both volunteers and the greater community, the Fresh Market has changed the way they run the market. They are creating two “drive-thru’s” on each side of the building, as well as a walk-up line. Community members will not enter the building. Volunteers will take orders, go into the pantry to compile the food in a box, and then carry the box out. The community member will then proceed to the check out table to be signed out before leaving.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jess Grady by email at jgrady@4allpeople.net or by phone at 614-445-7342 EXT 41.

SUPPLIES NEEDED AT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL PEOPLE

Community Development for All People has a CRITICAL NEED for the following hygiene products and baby supplies (New items only, please.):

  • Bars of soap
  • Deodorant
  • Bath towels and washcloths
  • Shaving razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Shampoo
  • Diapers of any size
  • Baby food
  • Baby wipes

Donations may be dropped off at the All People’s Fresh Market (945 Parsons Ave.) by pulling through the Market Drive-Thru:  Monday-Friday, 11:00am – 5:00pm, Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm.

Contact Atticus Garden if you have questions at agarden@4allpeople.net.

MID-OHIO FOOD BANK
MOHFB has a significant need of volunteers to support multiple service opportunities. To browse for projects and register, please click here

COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOLS LAPTOP DISTRIBUTION

Columbus City Schools are in need of volunteers to help distribute laptops to families at ALL 74 elementary schools. CCS students are able to pick up between 9am and 2pm on Tuesday, March 31, Wednesday, April 1, and Thursday, April 2. This will allow CCS students to continue learning at home while their schools are closed.

Register to volunteer by clicking here.

SUPPLIES NEEDED AT YWCA COLUMBUS

The YWCA Columbus is in CRITICAL NEED of the following supplies (New items only, please):

  • Iron-Fortified Formula
  • Soy Milk
  • Baby Food
  • Surface Wipes
  • Bottled Water
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Paper Plates, Utensils, Cups
  • Activities for Children (Board Games, Puzzles, Coloring Books, etc.)
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Medical Disposable Face Masks
  • Toiletries (Deodorant, Conditioner, Lotion, Body Wash)
  • Sippy Cups
  • Diapers (All Sizes)

To arrange drop off, please contact Naomi Merino at nmerino@ywcacolumbus.org or by phone at 614-253-3955.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT NNEMAP FOOD PANTRY

Shifts are available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30am to 12:00pm, to help manage NNEMAP’s temporary service model and also “deep clean” the pantry. To schedule volunteer days/times, please contact Executive Director Roy Clark at director@nnemappantry.org.

LIFECARE ALLIANCE MEALS ON WHEELS DELIVERY DRIVERS
Lifecare Alliance needs assistance with delivering for its Meals on Wheels program. If you are interested in volunteering, there will be daily trainings. For more information, and to schedule your training, you may call the volunteer hotline at 614-437-MEAL(6325). You may also email the Lifecare Alliance team members, Pauli Tice (ptice@lifecarealliance.org); Stephanie Hughes (shughes@lifecarealliance.org); or Marissa Deerwester (mdeerwester@lifecarealliance.org).

HAND SANITIZER DONATIONS FOR PICKAWAY CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections staff, including our contacts at Pickaway Correctional Institution, are in need of hand sanitizer to ensure their health and safety while working on site. While they are taking extra precautions to protect inmates, they find themselves in need at this time.

Please coordinate drop off with Rochelle Moore 937-594-1463.

SUPPLY DRIVE BENEFITTING TRANSIT ARTS YOUTH AND CENTRAL COMMUNITY HOUSE 
TRANSIT ARTS provides free arts programming for youth in our community, ages 12-21. These supplies will be used to support online visual arts and poetry workshops, and other ways to stay connected with the youth, combat isolation, maintain mental and emotional wellness, and to stay in community. You may purchase items online here.

Central Community House provides wraparound services for low-income families, seniors, and children living in the near east and near south neighborhoods of Columbus. These items will serve youth in the after-school program and those who will be without their community for several weeks. Items range from basic needs to items that keep youth engaged in learning activities. You may purchase items online here.

ON-CALL SKILLS-BASED VOLUNTEERS
For now, this is an ON-CALL volunteer opportunity. We will work to connect you to individuals and community partners as the need emerges. Also, please note, your time is volunteer, and all support is donation-based, pro bono, and free-of-charge. Please register below if you are willing to volunteer your time – remotely, online, and/or over the phone – to support the following community needs:

  • Legal aid, advice, and/or consultation: medical, landlord/tenant, employee rights, immigration, etc.
  • Mental health support: therapy, crisis-mitigation, suicide prevention
  • Educational support: tutoring, mentoring, reading/math support, speech therapy
  • Food Stability: Food donation
  • Other/Miscellaneous

Once registered, you will be prompted to answer a few questions about your level of expertise, specialty, or interests. This will help us connect you to individuals and community partners who may need your help. To register, click here

COMMUNITY SHELTER BOARD: MAKE SNACK BAGS FOR PEOPLE FACING HOMELESSNESS
Community Shelter Board (CSB) is requesting donations of assembled snack bags to distribute to those facing homelessness during this incredibly difficult time. You may assemble the snack bags from the comfort of your own home and drop them off to CSB. Snack bags should be assembled in a gallon-sized ziplock bag.

Snack items should be nonperishable and should not be easily crushed. Suggested items:

  • Chewy granola or cereal bars
  • Cheese or peanut butter crackers
  • Fruit rollups or fruit snacks
  • Protein bars
  • Beef jerky
  • Dried fruit or raisins
  • Peanuts or trail mix
  • Small bottled water or juice
  • Plastic spoon or fork

Contact Aubre Jones at ajones@csb.org for more information or to schedule a drop off.