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Assistance Organizations

Being in HR, it’s inevitable that at some point you will have an employee who falls on tough times and needs assistance. Whether it be assistance with paying bills, needing food for their families, or resources for things such as mental health, Columbus has a variety of organizations that can aid or guide employees to the correct organization to help. Here are just a few.

HandsOn Central Ohio

HandsOn Central Ohio connects people, local resources, volunteers, and service organizations to opportunity. For nearly five decades, we have served as Central Ohio’s platform for using technology to bridge community data and community leadership; and as a catalyst for generating solutions to Central Ohio’s greatest social challenges. We make it easier for people to navigate Central Ohio’s social service landscape and provide easier access to resources in ways that keep pace with the increasing needs of a growing region. People can turn to us 24 hours a day, every day, and be assured that they can find what they are looking for, wherever they are, when they need it most.

HandsOn is proud to be recognized as the backbone support for delivering and sustaining social impact in Central Ohio and for our thought leadership on the use of data for social good.

One of HandsOn biggest services is the Call 2-1-1- service. HandsOn’s 2-1-1 is the largest, AIRSTM accredited information and referral service in Ohio, and among the largest in the United States. Our professional team of certified resource specialists coordinate service delivery, strengthen food security, centralize homeless shelter access, and make volunteer service connections for nearly 500,000 people each year. We combine best practices, experience, and social innovation to provide one of the nation’s leading 2-1-1 services, in Central Ohio.

Call 2-1-1 or visit: to reach thousands of social service, government and community resources in Franklin County to address any problem you might be facing or to be connected to volunteer opportunities.

Mid-Ohio Food Bank

Mid-Ohio Foodbank is ending hunger today, tomorrow and for a lifetime. We provide enough food for about 155,000 meals each and every day to help stabilize families, connect hungry neighbors with community services to help them toward economic sufficiency, and energize the community to address root causes of hunger so everyone thrives.
We are leading the conversation on Food Is Health by exploring innovative approaches for our hungry neighbors to access affordable and healthy food to measurably improve health outcomes.

Without judgment, Mid-Ohio Foodbank partner agencies are here to help connect you to the food you need to live an active healthy life. Visit: for more information.

Mental Health America of Franklin County

MHAFC was founded in 1956 as an affiliate of Mental Health America, the country’s oldest and largest mental health not-for-profit organization. With 200 affiliates nationwide, Mental Health America works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million individuals with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service.

The work of Mental Health America work has resulted in positive change. We have educated millions about mental illnesses and reduced barriers to treatment and services. As a result of Mental Health America’s efforts, many Americans with mental disorders have sought care and now enjoy fulfilling, productive lives in their communities.

MHAFC offers pro-bono counseling, maternal mental health support, support groups, training programs and a full mental health resource directory. Please visit: for more information.

Furniture Bank of Central Ohio

The Mission of the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio is to reduce the impact of poverty by providing furniture to central Ohio families and individuals struggling with severe life challenges. Our Vision is for all central Ohio families to live in furnished homes, thereby strengthening family units, improving quality of life and building a better community. Community collaborations and resource sharing make this possible on an ongoing basis.

To find more information about getting furniture, you can visit:


Homeport is a non-profit housing developer based in Columbus, Ohio. Since its inception in 1987, Homeport has given greater security, opportunity and dignity to thousands of low-income people by building quality, affordable homes, primarily financed with private investment leveraged by Federal tax credits. Homeport also develops new and renovated single- and multi-family homes designed to catalyze neighborhood revitalization, including market-rate homes, single-family, and lease-to-purchase homes.

Homeport also equips thousands of Central Ohioans with the foundational skills needed for successful home ownership. Through group classes and one-on-one coaching, Homeport provides direction and training in key areas such as the home buying process, setting a budget, and avoiding foreclosure, with the goal of providing the tools everyone needs to be long-term stewards of a home.

A full list of programs and resources can be found by visiting:

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