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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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Fight Human Trafficking in Columbus One Delicious Brownie at a Time

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Fourteen Twenty Nine is a Central Ohio bakery with a vision for social enterprise and a heart for survivors of human trafficking! 

Thanks to Fourteen Twenty Nine for sponsoring this post!

Amanda Caldwell grew up baking with her grandma every Friday night. Her grandma made all the birthday cakes for her family and the whole family got together to bake on “Cookie Day” each Christmas season.

Baking is the one thing that comes naturally to Amanda and when she came to a crossroads in her professional life, she stepped out in a new direction, believing that her calling was to start a bakery. And not just any bakery, 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.

Amanda baking brownies

Amanda and her husband Aaron have been married for five years and started their business, Fourteen Twenty Nine, this past December. The name Fourteen Twenty Nine comes from the Bible verse Deuteronomy 14:29, “so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.”

Fourteen Twenty Nine Baking Brownies

Little boy licking spatula

Amanda and Aaron partner together, shifting their work schedules to juggle caring for their 22 month old, Judah, while Amanda bakes brownies from her home kitchen and ships them out or delivers them in person within 48 hours!

Bowl of Brownies

Amanda keeps things simple with a focus on brownies: Cake Batter Brownies, Snickerdoodle Brownies, Buckeye Brownies, Cookies and Cream Brownies, Nutella Brownies – and my personal favorite, a Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie, to name a few!

Cookies and Cream Brownie

Brownie

In the coming months, Amanda will begin working with a local agency to teach at-risk women things like baking skills, how to build a pantry and how to make healthy meals with their kids. In her spare time, she collects toiletries and gently used purses to put together packs of supplies to hand out to women she meets on the streets of Columbus while volunteering with Reaching for the Shining Stars.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie

These are just a few of the ways she has set to work building relationships with community organizations, looking for ways to partner together to battle human trafficking and help survivors find dignity and meaning.

Brownies on table

How can you help? The number one, super tasty way? Buy some brownies!

Order 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!

brownie on a plate

Amanda also accepts women’s toiletries including toilet paper, deodorant, toothpaste, etc. as well as gently used purses to hand out to women through her work with Reach for the Shining Stars.

You may also be able to help by connecting Amanda with other community resources in Central Ohio, passing on ideas for an affordable kitchen space, and any other resources that will help her dream become a reality! Connect with her through her Instagram and Facebook Pages or send her a message through her website!

mom and son baking

Brownies can be ordered anytime of course, but if you’d like to try a Sample Box, a limited time offering just for Valentine’s Day, you need to order by February 12, 2018! If you need your brownies mailed, make sure to order this week! Order here!

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