7 Ways to Give Back in Columbus By Doing Things You Already Do

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Here are 7 ways to give back in Columbus by doing things you’re probably already doing!

In this age of social media and instant news, it can be overwhelming to figure out how to help when there are so many important causes, major issues and people in our own community who need help! Here are 7 ways you can help others in Columbus by doing things you’re already doing!

1. Light a Candle

Burning Candle from Eleventh Candle Co

Everyone likes their home to smell good, right? We’re already buying candles, diffusing oils and boiling cinnamon sticks on the stove, so put your money towards a good smelling candle or room spray that provides jobs for women who are at risk of or survivors of human trafficking right here in Columbus! The factory that makes the candles employs these women in Columbus and the profits from the company then go on to support an orphanage and at risk women in Ethiopia. Shop here (referral link): Eleventh Candle Co. Use my referral code “todaycolumbus” to get 10% off your purchase! They will also soon have a retail space at The Madery in Worthington!

2-4. Go Out for Coffee

Well, this is a no-brainer! If you’re planning a coffee date with your BFF, choose one of these 3 coffee shops where a portion of the profits are being given to a good cause:

Third Way Cafe

coffee mug at Third Way Cafe

Third Way Cafe is a venture of CleanTurn Enterprises whose mission is to “strengthen communities with an empowered workforce by creating profitable social enterprises.”

The cafe hosts a variety of community meetings, classes and informational sessions! Examples include: Entrepreneurship 101, Homework Clubs for neighborhood kids and meetings for parents of addicts. Join them for an open mic night, brunch pop up, card making class and more! Or just stop in for a bottomless cup of coffee for just $2 and browse their large book collection! Follow Third Way Cafe on Facebook to stay in the loop about all of their upcoming events.

Bottoms Up Coffee Co-Op

Outside of Bottoms Up Coffee Co-Op

Bottoms Up Coffee Co-Op is on a mission to reduce infant mortality in Columbus! The coffee shop is also part co-working space and you can rent a work space in the form of a desk or an office on a monthly basis. A portion of the proceeds are given to local non-profits that are working to reduce infant mortality.

Bottoms Up is actively involved in the Franklinton neighborhood and the coffee shop offers coffee, speciality drinks (my favorite is the Canary Island) and baked goods. Read more about them in 5 on Friday: Kid-Friendly Coffee Shops.

Roosevelt Cafe

Coffee mug at The Roosevelt Coffee House

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse is a coffee shop with a mission. Proceeds from the coffee shop support efforts in the areas of clean water, hunger and human trafficking. The coffeehouse partners with local and international organizations who are making a difference in these three areas.

Examples of local organizations the coffee shop supports are: Faith Mission, She Has a Name Cleaning Services (also part of CleanTurn Enterprises), Gracehaven, The Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition and the Salvation Army. Read more about the causes and organizations your coffee dollars support here.

5. Bring a Snack to Share

Plate of brownies from Fourteen Twenty Nine

Next time you have to take a birthday treat to school, bring dessert to a potluck or just want to surprise a friend or family member with a special treat, consider ordering your baked goods from Fourteen Twenty Nine. Owner Amanda’s goal is to open a bakery that will support, train and hire women who are survivors of human trafficking and who don’t have easy  access to traditional avenues of employment.

Order your brownies here! All proceeds from the sale of brownies will go towards procuring a commercial kitchen space where Amanda can bake her brownies and begin to accept women who want to volunteer to learn baking skills. As the business grows, Fourteen Twenty Nine will be able to hire women to work in the kitchen space! Read more about Amanda and Fourteen Twenty Nine at Fight Human Trafficking in Columbus One Delicious Brownie at a Time!

6. Have a Family Night Out

Bowling Alley at Ten Pin Alley, Hilliard, Ohio

Ten Pin Alley has recently been remodeled and provides tons of family-friendly fun! There’s bowling, an arcade, laser tag, bocce ball and a full kitchen! (See New and Improved Ten Pin Alley Provides Family Friendly Fun in Hilliard!) But a night out can be more than just that. Ten Pin Alley has instituted Heart & Bowl, a way to give back to local non-profit organizations! For all of 2018, 2% of all sales will be given to Hilliard Food Pantry, Action for Children and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio! You can see all of the information about Heart & Bowl here.

7. Take your Kids to the Library

baked goods at Freedom a la Cart

You’re already taking your kids to the library to pick out books and I’m guessing you’re swinging through the Starbucks drive-thru on the way for your coffee fix. (Why do I assume that? Because I do it ALL. THE. TIME. 😉 ) Next time, save yourself the drive thru wait and check out Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Northside Branch. This newly rebuilt library has a fun and bright children’s area AND it’s home to Annie Maude’s Café, named after Annie Maude Battelle, the first woman to serve on the Columbus Public Library Trustee Board, and run by Freedom a la Cart.

Freedom a la Cart employs survivors of human trafficking here in Columbus and by doing so gives them job skills and a safe place to learn, grow and heal. The cafe serves One Line Coffee drinks, snacks, cookies, brownies and other sweet treats. Read more about Freedom a la Cart here!

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ICYMI:  Everything You Need to Know about the Butler County Donut Trail

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Everything You Need to Know About the Butler County Donut Trail

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Visit 12 locally-owned donut shops to complete the Butler County Donut Trail!

This post was written in partnership with Butler County Visitors Bureau.

Butler County, Ohio, just 20 minutes North of Cincinnati and 90 minutes south of Columbus boasts the largest number of donut shops per capita in the Midwest – maybe even in the country! My family and I spent Spring Break exploring Butler County and one of the first things we did was hit the Donut Trail!

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The Butler County Donut Trail consists of 12 stops. At any stop you can pick up a Passport to keep track of your progress! At each stop, get the passport stamped with the official Donut Trail stamp and when you’re finished, you can turn in or mail in your passport to the Butler county Visitor’s Bureau to receive an official t-shirt!

Butler County Donut Trail t-shirt and passport

donut trail sign

What you need to know:

  • The donut shops open early – some as early as 5:00 AM – and they may sell out. When the donut shops sell out, they close up, so you want to set your alarm early and get a head start!

donuts in Butler County

  • Make sure to study the map before you head out. The donut shops are in 6 different cities and can be anywhere from 5-30 minutes from each other, so you may want to spend a few different mornings hitting the different corners of the county.
  • It goes without saying (I think!) that eating 12 donuts in one morning is not for the faint of heart. If you’re coming from Columbus and you want to hit all 12 in one day, I definitely recommend sharing. My boys dove in at the first stop, of course, but were definitely slowing down by our 4th stop (and we just did 4!). Pace yourself, people! 😉

Boy eating donut in Butler County, Ohio

  • Search for and share your posts on social media using #donuttrail Scope out your plan of attack ahead of time by following the Butler County Donut Trail on Facebook or Instagram!

One of the best part about visiting the donut shops was seeing how different they all were. Each of the four we visited had their own vibe – they were all very different! These are the four donut shops my family visited on our trip:

1. Holtman’s Donuts

  • 9558 Civic Centre Blvd., West Chester, OH 45069

Hultman's Donut Shop, Butler County, Ohio

Hultman’s Donuts is a modern donut shop with fancy and zany donut options! My kids go for those “lots of toppings” donuts like the Lucky Charms donut (which was actually really good!)! Also at Holtman’s Donuts are two large viewing windows were you can watch the donuts being made.

boys at Holtman's Donuts

blue donut at Holtman's Donuts

boy eating donut in Butler County

Gotta get your donut priorities straight! #icingfirst

Holtman's Donuts

donut crumbs

Donut aftermath.

2. Stan the Donut Man

  • 7967 Cincinnati Dayton Rd., West Chester, OH 45069

donuts at Stan the Donut Man

Stan the Donut Man is a no frills donut shop just like I remember from my childhood. It was obviously popular because they were pretty wiped out by the time we got there at 10:00 AM!

Donut at Stan the Donut Man

donut at stan the donut man

boy eating donut at Stan the Donut Man

3. The Donut House

  • 8268 Princeton Glendale Rd., West Chester, OH 45069

The Donut House in Butler County

The Donut House has a fun vibe! I really liked the pull apart cinnamon donut and my husband got maple bacon! Don’t miss the opportunities to take your pictures by the trail sign at each location!

donut at The Donut House

donut at The Donut House

donut at The Donut House

4. Jupiter Coffee & Donuts

  • 5353 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield, OH 45014

Juniper Coffee and Donuts in Butler County Ohio

Of the donut shops we visited, Jupiter Coffee and Donuts had the most coffee options. I got a latte here and it was really good! It has more of a coffee shop feel and the kids played checkers instead of eating donuts!

donuts at Jupiter Coffee and Donuts

boys at Jupiter Coffee and Donuts

donut at Jupiter Coffee and Donuts

coffee cup at Jupiter Coffee and Donuts

boys playing checkers at Jupiter Coffee and Donuts

Now we just have to figure out when we’re going to go back and do the other 8 stops! 🙂 Have you done the donut trail or have a favorite Butler County donut?

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What Should We Do This Weekend? March 17-19, 2017

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1. Month of Madness at Entertrainment Junction

When: March 1 – March 31, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Monday-Saturday; 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM Sunday
Location: 7379 Squire Ct, West Chester, OH 45069
Phone: 877-898-4656

If you’re up for a road trip this weekend, at this family entertainment center and train museum, for the month of March you can visit the A-Maze-N Funhouse for only $1.25 with the purchase of a Train Journey Ticket! Also hot dogs are only $.25!

2. Spring Fling at Oakland Nursery

When: Saturday, March 11 – Sunday, March 19, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 1156 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus, OH 43224
Phone: 614-268-3511

This week long Spring Fling includes workshops, sales and family-friendly events! There will be a Kid’s Carnival on March 18th from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM!

3. Free Green Smoothie at Smoothie King Polaris

When: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 6:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Location: 1924 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-505-7072

Get a free 12 oz green smoothie in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day!

4. Chatterboxes at Treehive Cafe + Play

When: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: 337 W. Olentangy St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-681-1456

Drop in to chat with a Speech Language Pathologist about “typical” speech and language development in children! No registration required!

5. St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: Parade begins at 11:00 AM
Location: Metro Center through Historic Dublin
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This day of celebration includes a pancake breakfast at 7:00 AM, an Inflation Celebration at 9:00 AM and the parade at 11:00 AM! There will be more than 100 units in the parade!

6. Donuts with Dad at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

Have a donut and playdate with Dad at Coffee Connections!

7. Spring Craft and Gift Bazaar at Grove City High School

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 4665 Hoover Rd., Grove City, OH 43123
When: March 18, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Children under 12 are free to enter this Spring Bazaar that benefits Grove City High School Band! There will be over 175 vendors including food and drink!

8. Paw Patrol Meet and Greet at Skate Zone 71

When: When: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr., Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

Visit with Chase and Marshall at this family skate!

9. Ribbon Wands at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone:  614-715-8000

Fairy lovers can color their own satin ribbon wand!

10. Meet and Greet with Belle at Ohio Glass Museum

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 124 W. Main St., Lancaster, OH 43130
Phone: 740-334-0520

If you’re planning a trip to Disney World you can meet Travels by Stacy to learn how she can help, plus A Dream Come True Parties will be presenting Belle from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM! There will be a meet and greet, story time and pictures!

11. Pixar in Concert at Columbus Symphony

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-469-0939

Watch clips of your favorite Pixar movies accompanied by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra!

12. Columbus Toy and Collectible Show at Ohio Expo Center

When: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Lausche Building, 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211

You can buy, sell or trade retro and collectible toys at this Toy and Collectible Show! Kids under 12 get in free!

13. Back to the Future Part 4th St. on South 4th St.

When: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 260 S 4th St, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Join the restaurants of S. 4th St. to go Back to the Future! Bring $5 or a pack of diapers to donate to the Columbus Diaper Bank and you can get a picture in front of the Delorean and a 5X7 print out!

14. Turtle Rescue at Watermelon Cay Book Reading at Grove City Library

When: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 3959 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614- 875-6716

The Friends of Southwest Public Libraries are hosting this special event where local author Janet Shailer will read her book, “Turtle Rescue at Watermelon Cay” while the artist who illustrated the book will lead an art project! There will also be a marine biologist on site to talk about her work with baby sea turtles! Every child who attends will receive a free copy of the book! No reservations necessary!

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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