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Community Career Expo

You’re Invited!
Please join us for a Community Career Expo on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.
Stecker Auditorium
The Ann Isaly Wolfe Education Building
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 575 S. 18th St.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Columbus Urban League are helping you to prepare for your future.  Learn tools to help you find the right career path.  Job readiness training will be available on-site, including: resume writing, online application help, mock interview presentation, wear to work fashion show, education and career planning.

We are strongly encouraging residents from the 43205, 43206, and 43207 to join us for this event.  If you have any questions, please contact Nationwide Children’s Hospital Human Resources at 614-355-4111 or

Home of Hope Columbus

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is partnering with Habitat for Humanity – MidOhio, WBNS-10TV, and the City of Columbus as we build a brand new home for a family in only 5 days! This “blitz build” will take place on April 25 - April 29, 2013. The home is being constructed 1 block away from our Main Hospital Campus, on the corner of 18th Street and Beck Street.

Nationwide Children’s is proud to be a part of such a wonderful project with the community working together to make history.

If you are an employee of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and you are interested in volunteering for a shift during this event, please contact Dani Borror Sugarman at (614) 355-0743.

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The Harmony Project Presents: Peace, Love

The Harmony Project is a hybrid performance group and service organization comprised of 200 choir members who participate in large-scale volunteer and fundraising projects focused on different needs Harmony Projectthroughout the Columbus community.   During seven days in April, hundreds of volunteers and local residents will clean, plant, paint and build a playground in the Streetcar District of Livingston Avenue between Parsons Avenue and Nelson Road and the city’s south side. The project will connect residents to each other and to their neighborhood, building unity and civic pride. Nationwide Children’s is excited partner with The Harmony Project on this program, which will take place April 22-April 28. 

If you are an employee of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and you are interested in volunteering for a shift during this event, please contact Dani Borror Sugarman at 355-0743.

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DRIVEN Foundation Food Outreach Event

The 4th Annual DRIVEN Foundation Food Outreach event was held at Livingston DRIVEN logoAvenue Elementary on December 15, 2012.  Over 50 volunteers from Nationwide Children’s, Northwood’s Foundation, Dynamix Engineering, and the DRIVEN Foundation gave out over 700 boxes of food to event participants.  Approximately 100,000 lbs. of free food are provided to members of the community each year through this amazing event.  Food is acquired through food drives, donations, and support from DRIVEN’s budget and includes fresh produce, dried and canned goods.


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Healthy Homes Home Tour

This year’s annual Healthy Homes—Home Tour will take place on Saturday November 10, 2012 from 1pm-3pm. Come see nine fully renovated, affordable and energy efficient homes that are available for purchase. The tour will begin at 810 Carpenter Street where you will receive information, maps, and refreshments. Shuttles will be provided for transportation to all homes on the tour. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Danielle Borror Sugarman at (614) 355-0743 or

Community Garden Wrap-Up

This year, we donated a total of 179.7 pounds of fresh produce to the St. John Holy Rosary Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen!  Congrats to all of the gardeners and a special THANKS to each of you for donating the fruits of your labor. Please see the attached slide for a breakdown of our season. Planning has already begun for next year’s growing season! If you are interested in participating in the 2013 Community Garden season, please contact Dani at 355-0743. 2012 Gardeners will be offered first priority for 2013 and then we will extend invitations to individuals on our waiting list.

2012 Franklin County Candidates Forum on Children and Youth

Thank you to all who came out on Friday, October 19, 2012 for the 2012 Candidates Forum on Children and Youth at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. 20 Candidates from Franklin County races answered a variety of questions on their position on children’s issues. Check out our photo gallery of the event.

If you attended, please respond to a brief 2012 Candidates Forum Post-Event Survey  to help make the 2014 Candidates Forum an even better event by providing your valuable feedback!

African American Male Wellness Walk

Saturday, August 11th 2012 marked the 8th annual African American Male Wellness Walk, and this year the walk was held in Livingston Park. Around 7,000 community members, elected officials, and groups came out for health screenings, informational booths, and the 5K walk/run to raise awareness to the importance of health and wellness for African American Males.

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African American Males are disproportionately affected by preventable diseases and have higher rates of illness and mortality and a larger need for health education. The Walk is held to educate men and women around these health issues in order to impact change and enforce preventative measures and overall health and wellbeing.

Thank you to all of the volunteers and walk participants who came out for this important event to prevent & reduce the incidence of health issues in our community!

Turner Construction Day

Turner Construction DayOn Saturday, August 18, 2012 around 150 volunteers from Turner Construction came out to the South Side neighborhood to complete beautification projects in the Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families service area.  Volunteers planted bushes, trees, plants and flowers, cleaned the streets and alleys, removed debris, and many other improvements.  

Thank you to all of our great volunteers for helping to make the neighborhoods beautiful!

Wellness Walk - Saturday, August 11

A Wellness Walk will take place this Saturday, August 11 from 6:00 AM  – 3:00 PM along the city streets bordering the campus area.  Nationwide Children's is allowing walk participants to park in the W-lots, L-Garage and S-14, S-27 for the event.  
Employees who work Saturday and are assigned to these areas may park in  E-4, E-5, Staff Garage and the upper floors of the Visitor Garage.
Please note that Livingston Avenue, between 18th Street and Parsons Avenue,  will be closed to all traffic between 6:00 AM and 2:00 PM.  Parsons will be closed 9:15 AM until  9:50 AM.   18th Street will be closed at approximately 9:45 AM  – 12:00 PM for the walkers returning to the Livingston Park area.  See the attached map for road closures.
Columbus Police Department will assist with traffic along the perimeter of the campus during the event.  Emergency vehicles will have access to campus during the event.
Please plan accordingly to navigate the road closures and alternate parking locations.  

For more information on the Wellness Walk, please visit

GenNext’s Annual HNHF Summer Service Project

GenNext of the United Way of Central Ohio’s was created to inspire the next generation of leaders to become involved in Photo of GenNext's Annual HNHF Summer Service Projectstrengthening a community in which everyone has the aspirations, resources, and opportunities to reach their fullest potential.  Young professionals in Central Photo of GenNext's Annual HNHF Summer Service ProjectOhio participate in service projects and education opportunities while connecting with their peers to strengthen our community.

Each year, GenNext participants in a Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families summer service project focusing on the 43206 zip code and on-going Healthy Homes and this year’s event took place on Saturday, June 28th. 13 volunteers came out at 10am to complete a variety of projects to help in the HNHF revitalization efforts in the South Side community.


Farmers’ Market Tuesdays

For the fourth year in a row, fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other healthy foods are available at Nationwide Children's Hospital’s famers markets.  This year there will be six markets to attend, each with a different theme to enjoy.  This year will mark the first year of the markets taking place in Livingston Park at 760 E. Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205.  Don’t forget, these markets have been approved to accept the Ohio EBT Card, WIC, and Senior Coupons. 

July 31:Farmers Market Tomatoes
Healthy Cooking with Herbs Demonstration at 12:00pm

August 14:
Summer Produce for fresh salads and backyard barbeques

August 28:
“Back to school” Produce for healthy lunches

September 11:
Come sample tasty salsa

September 25:
It is apples season

October 9:
Pumpkins, pumpkins galore

Make sure to stop by Nationwide Children's Hospital’s Farmer’s Markets at Livingston Park and shop fresh and healthy this Summer 2012! We hope to see you there.

Deloitte and Touche IMPACT Day at Nationwide Children's Hospital

On Friday, June 8, volunteers from Deloitte’s Columbus offices spent the day on Carpenter Street in the Livingston Park Neighborhood Improvement Association District digging, planting, mulching, painting, and sweeping three multiunit properties. 16 of the over 100 volunteers spent their time landscaping at NCH as part of Deloitte’s annual IMPACT community day. Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out on this hot and sunny 90 degree day and worked hard to make Carpenter Street beautiful!

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Plant Pride on Parsons

This year’s 2012 Spring Cleanup known as Plant Pride on Parson’s took place on May 12, 2012.  On this beautiful Saturday before Mother’s day, volunteers helped with flower planting, planter placement, painting projects of trash containers and tree stands, graffiti removal, and litter abatement. Plant Pride on Parsons

Plant Pride on Parsons is a neighborhood beautification effort that takes place each spring on the Southside on a two mile stretch of Parson’s Avenue.  Watch the CTV news story on the history of Plant Pride on Parson’s and great highlights from this year’s event.

With refreshments provided by Kroger and entertainment by Harmony on the Southside, community members, led by the city's Keep Columbus Beautiful program, worked together to beautify our neighborhood and make this event a success yet another year in a row! This year, 126 hand-painted pots were planted up and down Parsons Avenue including 20 cool historical planters. Check out the full collection of hand-painted planters for 2012.  Big thanks to the 150 volunteers who came out to help, including many from Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the eight surrounding neighborhoods.

As well, there are still planters available for sponsorship! View the gallery of all planters available for $150 with an engraved nameplate.  Please call Sherri Palmer, Keep Columbus Beautiful Program Manager, at 614-645-3171 for more information

Spring Beautification 2012

It’s amazing how flowers have the ability to brighten up any day and bring a smile to your face.  On Saturday, May 19, 11 Good Neighbor Civic Associations participated in the annual spring beautification flower and mulch distribution event in order to bring smiles to many faces.  Flats of flowers and bags of mulch were given to the following organizations for use in their public space:

  • Driving Park Civic Association

  • German Village Society

  • Livingston Avenue Area Commission

  • Livingston Park Neighborhood Improvement Association

  • Merion Village Association

  • Old Oaks Civic Association

  • Holy Rosary/St. John

  • Olde Towne East Neighborhood Association

  • South of Main

  • Southside United Neighbors (southern Orchards)

  • Southside Community Action Network

Thank you for participating and helping to make our community bloom-tastic!  It is inspiring to see so many volunteers work hard for their neighborhoods.

Nationwide Children’s Partners with the D.R.I.V.E.N. Foundation for 3rd Annual Food Giveaway

DRIVEN Food DriveIn 2009, The DRIVEN Foundation hosted the first annual MR. DRIVEN’s TRUCK in Columbus, Ohio.  The idea was to provide families several meals that they could enjoy together during the cold winter months.  Many times, outreach opportunities around Thanksgiving involve food giveaways, but the Christmas season is typically about gifts.  As we all know, people go hungry everyday, not just on Thanksgiving.  In 2010, Nationwide Children’s partnered with D.R.I.V.E.N. to bring the giveaway to the south side at Livingston Avenue Elementary. Now, after just three years, MR. DRIVEN’s TRUCK has distributed nearly 150,000 pounds of food to Columbus-area families in need. 

With the help of nearly 300 volunteers from Nationwide Children’s and others, recipients were given a variety of breads, meats, fruits, vegetables and juices to take home with them.  These items provided several weeks worth of healthy meals for their families.

The impact that was made on Saturday, December 17th showed on the faces of those who walked away with food and holiday cheer. The hugs from men, women and children who now knew where their next meal was coming from, said more than “thank you” could express.  Volunteers who took part in the day returned home to their families to know that they made a difference in someone’s life.

For more information on the D.R.I.V.E.N. Foundation, please visit their website.

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