community service

Local realtors pay it forward during day of service

We were excited to host the Midtown Area Real Estate Association for another successful Realtor® Care Day. Our conference room and training room – used for all our Housing Advisory Center classes – got a fresh coat of paint, which will go a long way towards brightening the office for our employees and students!

About REALTOR® Care Day
RCD is an annual event where central Ohio REALTORS®, affiliates, family and friends volunteer their time to show their communities REALTOR® care.

Read more about how the Columbus Board of REALTORS® “pay it forward” here.

2013 In-Kind Donations

  • Regina Acosta-Tobin
  • Lowe's Home Improvement Hudson & Silver Drive
  • Alex Macke
  • Northwest Title
  • OGR Renovations
  • World Class Title
  • Sharon Young

Thanks to our 2013 volunteers!

  • John Fabing
  • Sharon Siedlecki
  • Jenn Lombardi
  • Lori Crabtree
  • Dennis Maag
  • Misty Linn
  • Terri Dickey
  • Thomas Wheeler
  • Michael Jones
  • Brenda Direen
  • Leah Basin
  • Susan Sutherland
  • Regina Acosta Tobin
  • Alex Macke
  • Sharon Young

* Bold names are RCD Project Coordinators or Area Realty Association Presidents

Volunteers needed for upcoming June events

Homeport is currently looking for volunteers to assist at the Marsh Run resource fair and fresh produce distribution on June 5th from 2:00 pm – 6:30pm. The resource fair events are an opportunity to connect residents to helpful organizations in the community they may not be aware of, provide them with resources such as health connections and fresh produce, and motivate residents to make positive changes in their lives. Volunteers are needed to help set up, bag and distribute approximately 10,000 pounds of fresh produce to the residents in attendance, as well as help out with the community cookout and children’s activities that will be going on during the event.

Other opportunities:

  • June 7th from 9:00am – 12:00pm we are looking for volunteers to assist at Pheasant Run with a bench building project. We are working on a build out area around our resident led community garden. Volunteers will be assisting with the assembly and installation of four benches, planting too bushes, installing rod décor, painting plant boxes and the installation of a storage shed.
  • We are still looking for volunteers to assist with our summer camp programming. We will have 5 locations running June 17th from August 9th Monday through Friday from 9am – 3pm. Please contact Rachel today for more details about how to get involved!


2012 Back to School Rallies

Each year, Homeport provides children age 5 to 18 in our Homeport Rental Living communities with backpacks and essential school supplies to ensure they start the school year with all they need to be successful.

Annual back-to-school rallies are held at our Homeport Rental Living communities, and are coordinated by Homeport Community Life Programs to get kids excited to learn.

Click here to see a list of the needed supplies and volunteer dates.

Bring donations to our main office at 562 E Main St, or drop them off at the Food Truck and Cart Hop on Sunday July 29!

If interested in volunteering, please contact Rachel Arnold by email or phone at 614-221-8889.

AmeriCorps members lend helping hand on service trip to Cleveland

Homeport AmeriCorps members embarked on a three-day immersion service trip to Cleveland, Ohio from May 17-19, 2012.  Members and Community Life staff served with an organization called University Settlement, whose mission is to “foster strong and independent individuals and families by providing innovative, valued, and collaborative services that meet the evolving needs of the Broadway/Slavic Village Community.” 

University Settlement Executive Director Derrick Fulton and Director of Development Jason Weiner provided engaging opportunities for our members.  Members participated in socialization activities at the senior center, which included Dominos, good conversation, and jewelry making. Additionally, members relived their childhood days by participating in a competitive game of kickball with the youth in the after-school program. Our members also had the opportunity to go into several of the nearby schools and help in the classrooms.  On the last day, members volunteered at a Mobile Market in the Lakewood community - providing fresh produce to those in need.



Celebrating National AmeriCorps Week 2012

National AmeriCorps Week celebrated the impact members make in communities every day. This year’s AmeriCorps Week was March 12-16, 2012 and was themed “AmeriCorps Works.”  Homeport AmeriCorps Members kicked off the week on March 8, 2012 with a service project in the Greater Linden neighborhood. During the actual week, members participated in Homeport’s COSI Diversity Training, a local nonprofit organization panel, AmeriCorps Alumni Panel, a special breakfast at Homeport Gallery, a teambuilding trip to Yellow Springs, Ohio, and ended with a celebration at Lucy Depp Park (which is part of the National Underground Railroad).

Read about how our members celebrated the week in more detail below!

March 8, 2012: Homeport AmeriCorps members teamed up with the Greater Linden Development Corporation and the Linden-McKinley STEM Academy’s Legends Against Litter organization to complete a clean-up in the Greater Linden community.  Homeport members first engaged in a discussion with Councilwoman Priscilla Tyson at Greater Linden Development Corporation.  She discussed her appreciation for the work our members are doing in the community and shared some of her experiences as Founder/Director of City Year Columbus. Despite the rain, members, youth, and City Year Columbus members were able to collect approximately 56 bags of trash in just 45 minutes.

Monday, March 12: Member participated in the Homeport COSI Diversity Training.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012: The theme for the cultural competency training was “Going Local.” Coffee for the morning was graciously donated by IMPERO Coffee Roasters of the Short North. The morning began with an Alumni Panel of former AmeriCorps members – Rachel Diskin, Emily Hanlon, and Erin Moore – who discussed their own experiences, life after AmeriCorps, and how service helped their career. Next, representatives from the SBB, Local Matters, and The Dick and Jane Project presented on their organizations.  Members and Homeport staff wrapped up the morning session by enjoying a special lunch from Tatoheads food truck.

Thursday, March 15, 2012: Members met at the Homeport Gallery for a breakfast donated by Cafe Brioso. Amy Klaben, joined by Craig Murphy and Maude Hill, started the morning off with a few words for the members in recognition of their service. During an open mic session, member Frankie Lee played and sang an original song, while Gloria Davis sang Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All”. Following breakfast, members headed to Yellow Springs, Ohio to experience a city that exemplifies the “Going Local” movement. Members were able to hike at Glen Helen, sample ice cream at Young’s Dairy, and enjoy a leisurely stroll around town.

Friday, March 16, 2012: The week ended with a celebration at Lucy Depp Park, a site from the Underground Railroad. Director of Community Life Gwyn Stetler prepared a delicious breakfast that members enjoyed while reflecting on their year of service and the week. Members were also given awards and played games. The afternoon ended with a potluck and a trip to Fort Rapids Waterpark.