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Volunteer with Us!

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It’s never been easier to volunteer with Community Kitchen, Inc.

Community Kitchen, Inc. could not complete our work without the help of hundreds of volunteers every month. Our volunteers serve meals, create fun activities for our children during our Tuesday family program, drive our van to transport goods, assist with our IT issues, update our newsletters and much, much more. We welcome you to come serve with us. If you or your group are interested, follow these three easy steps to sign up:

  1. Click here to begin your online application.*
  2. Watch this brief orientation video.
  3. Schedule your volunteer experience using our online scheduling system, VolunteerSpot.

We’ll see you soon!

If you have any questions, contact Ashley McIntosh, email:  volunteer@communitykitchencolumbus.org /  phone: 614.252.6428 ext. 238

* Volunteers must be 13 years or older. If you are under 18 years old, you will need a parent or guardian’s signature on Liability, Confidentiality, and Photo Release forms

Mj Muldrow – Director of Operations

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We are so pleased to announce the appointment of long-time employee Mj Muldrow to the position of Director of Operations.

Mj started working with Community Kitchen, Inc. seven years ago as a volunteer. She worked her way up through the ranks to her present position as Director of Operations. Mj has worn many different hats during her time at Community Kitchen, from serving as a volunteer in the kitchen and the front desk, to managing the clothing room, working as the kitchen assistant, managing our satellite location at St. Dominic’s, to serving as the Administrative Coordinator, Office Manager, and now as the Director of Operations.

Clearly, Mj knows Community Kitchen inside and out and is committed to ensuring Community Kitchen operates at its best potential. Mj says “I am excited about this new role I have been given and can’t wait to see what’s next. Please stop in to grab breakfast or lunch, or just say hi! If you’re looking for a place to volunteer where you feel like you’re doing the most good, try Community Kitchen, Inc.!”

Upcoming Festive Events

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Christmas ThanksgivingThis Year we’re holding three holiday dinner events at St. Dominics and our S. Ohio Avenue location:

Thanksgiving

  • Community Kitchen, 640 S. Ohio Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43205

Thanksgiving dinner, Thursday November 27th 11am to 12:30

Take home dinner available

Sit down dinner with a jazz band and singer

  • St. Dominic’s, 453 N.20th Street, Columbus Ohio 43203

Thanksgiving dinner, Wednesday November 26th 11:30 to 12:30

Christmas

  • Christmas Party at Community Kitchen, December 23rd 11:00 – 12:30

Dinner will be served Presents will be given out to adults and children who are present

You Must be present at this event to receive gifts there are no exceptions.

 

Stock Donations; new ways to give to the Community Kitchen.

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Donation of Stock blurb The Community Kitchen, Inc. Fund was established at The Columbus Foundation earlier this year.  The Fund makes it easy for donors to give a gift of appreciated securities (such as stock, bonds, and mutual funds).

Appreciated securities held long term often provide important tax advantages, as their full market value is generally deductible as a charitable contribution up to thirty percent of the donor’s adjusted gross income. Like gifts of cash, deduction amounts that exceed the limit can be carried forward for up to five additional years. 

This is a great way to support our work.

Please contact Steven Moore at Columbus Foundation if you would like to learn more about donating securities to support our programs and the work that we do.   Steven can be reached at 614-251-4000 or via email at smoore@columbusfoundation.org.

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Monsanto Award

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Many thanks to Monsanto and Channel Seeds. We are proud winner’s of their American Farmers Grow Communities program. A local farmer, Gayle Larue of Groveport, recommended us for the award! This is a national award that involves a local farmer in each county of the United States!!Monsanto

Our History

Our History

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Business leaders and the Parish Priest of Holy Rosary-St. John parish founded Community Kitchen, Inc. in 1979. In 1985, a separate Board of Directors was formed and incorporated the agency as a private non-profit organization. Throughout our history, other vital services have been added to the primary mission of feeding people. A Women’s group has grown into the Family Resource Center where comprehensive information and referral services are made available. The priority referrals requested by clients are assistance with material and safety needs such as rent, utilities, food, transportation and health care. A clothing room was added to provide serviceable clothing for all ages, as well as, small household items. A bus pass program has been instituted to help clients with transportation for new employment and medical appointments.

Community Kitchen, Inc. believes strongly in the importance of providing services with a “no questions asked” policy. There is evidence that this policy helps to maintain a level of dignity necessary to work through the health or economic issues underlying the hunger. While maintaining a “no questions asked” policy for persons in need of a meal, the agency has grown in its success to bring about long-term results among the diners. Many are able to regain employment, obtain stable housing and often continue their relationship with us as volunteers assisting others.
The Community Kitchen, Inc. primarily serves economically disadvantaged persons living on the southeast side of Columbus. Clients come mostly from residential neighborhoods bordered by Broad Street to the north, Parsons Avenue to the west, Alum Creek Drive to the east, and Whittier Street to the south. However, clients may come from anywhere to the Community Kitchen for services. Diners at the Agency represent a broad range of demographics and specific needs. Our immediate zip code (43205) has a poverty rate of 39.3%, an unemployment rate of 13.9%, and has an average household income of $7,239 per year. Approximately 15% of the population in this area are senior citizens, 30% are single parent household with an average family size of three.