With community at the heart of everything we do, we’ve built our Let’s Give program to highlight a local organization, non-profit or business each month that inspires us.
Through this program, we aim to bring awareness to our featured partner, celebrate their commitment to making an impact, and give our customers the opportunity to also lend their support.
DECEMBER COMMUNITY PARTNER:
This month, we are excited to once again partner with Zora’s House – the first and only coworking space and leadership incubator in Ohio created by and for women of color – working to ensure the full participation of Black women and other women of color in the civic, economic, and cultural life of our community.
Round up today to support their efforts and check out their annual Women of Color Owned Holiday Market on 12/3 at the Kee.
Zora’s House is making space and history with our expansion to a 10,000 sq. ft. community hub in Weinland Park that will serve as a center for leadership, innovation, and empowerment centering women+ of color. Click here to learn more and donate to the movement!
UPCOMING COMMUNITY PARTNERS
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NOVEMBER 2023 - BESA
This month, we’re incredibly proud to partner with Besa, a Columbus-based nonprofit dedicated to powering a wave of civic engagement that lifts us all. Besa fulfills critical needs by connecting people to community service. Every day, they make giving back easy—and transformative.
This year, their goal at Besa is to execute 1,500 volunteer experiences so nonprofits can serve more residents who rely on the services they provide–and so community members can both give and receive the positive impacts of volunteering.
OCTOBER 2023 - AMERICAN OUTLAWS COLUMBUS
The philanthropic goal of the American Outlaws Columbus Chapter (AO Columbus) is to let the beautiful game bring communities together. They are committed to growing the game in the Columbus community and across the nation while recognizing the power of soccer to change communities and lives.
They do this by supporting innovative programs like the Final Third Foundation’s Soccer and Literacy Program here in Columbus and AO Impact’s national grants program. The Soccer and Literacy Program uses the power of sport to uplift communities by combining the teamwork and leadership-building aspects of soccer with educational skills such as reading and writing fluency, comprehension and vocabulary development, and higher order thinking skills (such as critical thinking and problem solving). AO Impact’s national grant program supports and equips teams, programs, and players in need to build community soccer infrastructure, giving greater access to play and growing soccer community programs to change lives.
SEPTEMBER 2023 - FRIENDS OF METRO PARKS
This month, we are proud to partner with Friends of Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, a 501c(3) membership based nonprofit organization formed in 2014 to help support our Metro Parks. Through outreach, advocacy, and fundraising, they strive to make sure everyone in Franklin County and the surrounding areas know about the great opportunities the Metro Parks offer.
The benefits of the Metro Parks include conserving green spaces and wildlife habitat in central Ohio, free public programs for all ages, dog parks, and outdoor recreational opportunities.
Friends of Metro Parks supports the Metro Parks through small grants and providing extra programming at large events, as well as taking part in community partnerships that help promote and support the Metro Parks! Members of Friends of Metro Parks will gain access to “Friends Only” experiences that are advertised through a Monthly Newsletter. They will also get first invites to our Annual Friends Gala, as well as select public programs and events throughout the year.
In addition to being this month’s Let’s Give Partener we are proud towork with the Metro Parks through our collaboration with Nocterra Brewing, Wandering Monarch as well as at their annual outdoor festival, Scioto Fest!
AUGUST 2023 - NATIONAL VETERANS MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM
This month, we are thrilled to partner with our neighbors, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. The NVMM began with a vision from the late Senator John Glenn (1921-2016), Colonel, USMC (Retired), who understood the pressing need to honor the legacy of the courageous men and women who answered the call for our country.
We must carefully preserve not only the names, dates, and battles but the intimate memories, personal belongings and painful losses of our nation’s Veterans. His vision is now the guiding principle for the institution he inspired.
Visit the taproom this month, try our collaborative India, Papa, Alpha NVMM IPA and round up to support their incredible mission.
AUGUST 2023 - GLADDEN COMMUNITY HOUSE
This July, we’re proud to highlight Gladden Community House, an organization that has been stabilizing families and empowering the community of Franklinton for 118 years. A trusted resource for our neighborhood’s 12,000 residents, GCH offers team sports, pre-school, and after-school programs for the youth, senior outreach, and operates a food pantry that serves over 1,000 families each month.
We’re continually inspired by their mission of strengthening the well-being of the community and building a thriving, equitable neighborhood.
JULY 2023 - STONEWALL COLUMBUS
Each month through our Let’s Give program, we shine a spotlight on the remarkable organizations that make a positive impact in our community. This June, we are thrilled to feature Stonewall Columbus, an organization dedicated to advocating for, supporting, and celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community.
We share in Stonewall Columbus’ passion for bringing people together, fostering inclusivity and spreading joy. We invite you to join us as we delve into their incredible work and the ways we can support them not only throughout June, but year-round as part of #StonewallPride365.
As the heart of the LGBTQIA+ community in central Ohio, Stonewall Columbus has been an invaluable ally, advocate, and support system for over four decades. They work tirelessly to create a safe, empowering, and vibrant environment for individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
While there are a variety of ways you can engage with Stonewall Columbus – the biggest is through Stonewall’s annual Pride Festival and Pride March (6/16 and 6/17) (You can see a full list of Stonewall’s Pride events here.)
MAY 2023 - COSI
COSI – our beloved down-the-street neighbor – is a nationally esteemed science center that has delighted Central Ohio with all things science for 59 years, inspiring interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics and delivering our experiential, “hands-on fun” brand of learning.
As a trusted educational resource for families, schools, and community partners – COSI is an essential element of our community, engaging more than one million people annually through onsite, offsite, and online experiences.
We share COSI’s passion for creating an inclusive and welcoming environment that makes science accessible to everyone. We believe that fostering education and continued learning are critical components of both personal and collective growth, and are excited to highlight COSI as a partner who embodies these values through their innovative exhibits, events and educational programs.
APRIL 2023 - COLUMBUS METROPOLITAN LIBRARY
Can you say ses·qui·cen·ten·ni·al? Libraries don’t turn 150 years old every day, so it’s time to celebrate! Columbus Metropolitan Library is throwing a year-long celebration to celebrate their sesquicentennial anniversary, and we’re inviting you to join us in celebrating them all month long!
The library is synonymous with community, and we deeply admire how CML – which was founded as a single reading room – has grown to 23 library branches throughout Franklin County, providing spaces that are open to all. From students seeking help with school to book lovers checking out dozens of titles, we are grateful to have this valuable resource in our neighborhoods – including our local Franklinton Branch.
Whether you raise a glass with our exclusive library collaboration brew – Read Ale, grab a Sesquicentennial Passport to embark on an adventure at the library and around your community, or round-up your tab to support the CML Foundation – there are countless ways to show your support.
Explore the library’s full list of upcoming celebrations – including the upcoming Columbus Book Festival in July, follow the library on Twitter for updates, and help support the library by making a donation of any size here.
MARCH 2023 - CINEMA COLUMBUS
Cinema Columbus is an organization dedicated to sparking curiosity, conversation, and understanding through independent film throughout our city. We greatly admire the way Cinema Columbus celebrates the diverse people and stories brought to life by independent filmmakers, and share their passion for storytelling, community building and the celebration of independent art.
Cinema Columbus has been working collaboratively with venues throughout central Ohio to establish an outstanding annual film festival bringing independent film from around the globe (and here at home) into our communities and enhancing the Columbus film scene.
Learn more about the upcoming Cinema Columbus Film Festival (April 26-30) on their website & follow them on Instagram at @cinemacolumbus ahead of their full film festival schedule release for the latest updates and events.
FEBRUARY 2023 - UPPER CUP COFFEE
Upper Cup Coffee Co., a local coffee roaster with shops in Old Towne East & Gahanna, is a place where a variety of peoples, cultures, styles and theories all come together over a great cup of coffee.
With the ethos Coffee Is Our Culture, we deeply admire how Upper Cup has served as an incubator, fostering a sense of community throughout their neighborhood since opening their doors in 2011, and are proud to partner with them as both our February Community Partner and on our collaborative Black IPA with Coffee, Buna.
You can lend your support to Upper Cup by visiting one of their two shop locations, purchasing their locally roasted coffee, and by rounding up when you close your LG tab anytime throughout the month of February.