Columbus Urban League

Hands on Work (choose from opportunities described below.)


  • Help set up or tear down events throughout the year, such as graduation events for the Fathers to Fathers program

Who can help: Teens and adults!

Organize a Fundraiser


Host a fundraiser and donate to the Columbus Urban League as they empower families and help them achieve financial stability and dignity.

Who can help: Anyone!




Use social media like Twitter and Facebook to get the word out on Columbus Urban League events and fundraisers.  Or, provide information about the programs and services it provides.

Who can help: Anyone!

Contact Columbus Urban League under the ‘Contact’ tab on the menu to your left to set up volunteer opportunities or service projects!

What is your organization’s mission statement?


The mission of the Columbus Urban League is to empower African Americans and disenfranchised groups through economic, educational, and social progress.

What population do you serve? 


Columbus Urban League serves African Americans and other historically underprivileged groups of people. Columbus Urban League promotes equality for all.


How many do you serve in a year? 


Columbus Urban League serves hundreds of men, women, and children each year through our various initiatives including Head Start, Financial Empowerment, and Workforce/Career Development.

What region or area do you provide services in?


Columbus Urban League provides services directly to the Columbus community. However, it is also affiliated with the National Urban League, which helps people throughout the country.

How and when did the organization get started? 


The Columbus Urban League was founded in 1918 to advocate for equality in the Columbus area. It is one of the oldest organizations in the United States that promotes equal and equitable access to resources.


How many employees do you have? 


The Columbus Urban League has a small group of Board Members and staff.


How many volunteers does your organization have?  (click the “Service Projects” tab to learn more about volunteer opportunities)


We have many volunteers to help with our initiatives, including programs designed to help every age group.


How do your programs or services help the community?


Columbus Urban League works to better the lives of Columbus citizens by advocating for equal opportunities for all. Columbus Urban League helps improve the lives of local African American males, helps increase academic achievement of Columbus youth, helps people find affordable and fair housing, and helps promote self-suficiency by working to connect unemployed individuals with job opportunities.

Program Descriptions 


African American Male Initiative: aims to empower African American males and improve their quality of life. This initiative has remained an important part of Columbus Urban League’s mission since the initiative was founded in 2007. Under this initiative, Columbus Urban League helps educate and connect fathers to assist them in becoming nurturing, responsible fathers. Another program under the initiative helps ex-offenders transition back into society.


Education and Youth Services: aim to increase academic achievement among Columbus youth, as well as enhance life and leadership skills. Services include middle school tutoring and a summer youth empowerment program.

Head Start Academy: aims to provide early childhood education that prepares kids for success as they transition to the next level of learning.

Financial Empowerment Services: aims to help counsel local citizens when they are looking to buy or rent housing. Columbus Urban League educates prospective buyers/renters on finding fair housing and finding financially responsible options.

Workplace Development and Career Services: aims to connect unemployed citizens with job opportunities. Columbus Urban League promotes self-sufficiency and family stabilization.

Columbus Urban League’s Wishlist:

  • Office and Paper Supplies for educational meetings and events
  • Food and party supplies for Fundraising Events

Name: Michelle Orr

Title: Center Program Coordinator

Organization: Columbus Urban League


Work: (614) 372-2312

788 Mount Vernon Ave
Columbus, OH 43203

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