Whether you are new to central Ohio or just looking for ways to meet new people, United Way has multiple ways for you to network, make an impact and get involved in your neighborhood and with your peers.



Volunteer United is launching now at volunteerunitedcbus.org! United Way’s powerful, new online tool connects passionate volunteers in central Ohio to meaningful projects posted by our nonprofit partners. You can find opportunities with your favorite organization, or you can search for opportunities based on the causes you support or the skills you bring to the table. Volunteer United helps you keep track of your volunteer hours and see the impact you’re having throughout the year. You can also “follow” nonprofits and receive updates whenever a new volunteer need is posted.

United Way’s nonprofit partners are currently working hard to add their volunteer opportunities to volunteerunitedcbus.org. While you may find a rewarding opportunity today, you can expect to see the number of projects expand throughout the coming weeks.

Learn more and get started today at volunteerunitedcbus.org!


LINC (Lead. Impact. Network. Change.)

Share your knowledge and skills through volunteer projects. Meet people who share your passion. Learn from business and community leaders. And make a real difference right here at home. United Way LINC (Lead. Impact. Network. Change.) engages, educates and mobilizes young professionals around fighting poverty to help build a stronger, more vibrant Columbus.

Membership is open to early career professionals ages 22-30 who invest $250 or more annually (about $5 per week) in United Way’s Community Impact Fund.

If you would like more information or to get involved, contact Diana Schrimpf at diana.schrimpf@uwcentralohio.org  or 614.227.8701.



United Way’s Young Leadership Group (YLG) began more than 20 years ago, and is open to those 45 and younger who give an annual gift of $2500 or more and who want to play an important role in setting and carrying out agendas for change in central Ohio. Members invest their time and money to improve lives and strengthen our community by fighting poverty.

If you would like more information or to get involved with Young Leadership Group, contact Diana Schrimpf at diana.schrimpf@uwcentralohio.org  or 614.227.8701.



The NLA was formed in 2012 and is sponsored by United Way, Fifth Third Bank and Donatos. The program provides valuable training to central Ohio current and emerging community leaders in the areas of advocacy, consensus building, effective collaboration and communication skills. There are currently programs in the Hilltop, the Near East Side, the South Side and Greater Linden.

For more information, contact Sharon L. Ware, 614.241.3071, sharon.ware@uwcentralohio.org.



Project Diversity and Pride Leadership is United Way’s inclusive nonprofit board development program designed to create impactful, diverse leaders from central Ohio’s racial minority and LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer) communities. As our community becomes increasingly diverse, it’s critical that the composition of our nonprofit boards reflects this diversity to include many perspectives and approaches. The program trains participants to serve effectively by providing the knowledge, skills and experiences to contribute confidently.

Designed to give people of color— African American, Asians, Hispanics, Native Americans and other racial minorities—a greater opportunity to serve the community, Project Diversity was launched in 1989. Known today as a premier racial minority leadership program, it boasts an impressive list of about 550 graduates, many of whom have gone on to serve on local nonprofit boards.

Founded in 2008, Pride Leadership has given close to 200 members of the LGBTQ+ community a greater voice in leadership. Since its inception, the program has gained a solid reputation as a quality leadership development program in central Ohio.

For any questions you may have, please contact: Shayne Downton, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Shayne.Downton@uwcentralohio.org


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