The Heinzerling Foundation

Hands on Work (choose from opportunities described below.)


  • Provide your talents such as giving a puppet show, or singing for residents (anytime).
  • Assist residents with arts and crafts (opportunities available year round) 
  • Be a Volunteer Buddy:  Youth ages 11-13 are matched with a resident to provide friendly visiting. Volunteer must be supervised by a responsible adult.
    • Be a Volunteer Friend: Volunteers ages 14 and older are matched with a resident to provide friendly visiting. Available to high school students for community service. 


Who can help: Anyone!  (except specific ages mentioned for friendly visits).

Run a Collection Drive


Coordinate a drive among friends, family or classmates to collect and donate items needed for holiday gifts for residents (annually in December).

Who can help: Anyone!

Organize a Fundraiser


Organize a fundraiser (host a wine tasting, bake sales or car washes) to raise money to purchase toys for our young residents.

Who can help: Anyone!

Support an Event


Assist with setting up and/or providing holiday parties for residents (monthly).

Who can help: Anyone!

Contact The Heinzerling Foundation 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 Heinzerling Foundation is to provide a loving and nurturing environment that enriches the development, education and quality of life of individuals with severe or profound developmental disabilities..

What population do you serve? 


There is a wide range of levels of developmental disabilities. The Heinzerling Foundation serves individuals who have very serious and complicated disabilities. Almost all of the individuals who live at Heinzerling do not have the ability to walk or talk. All the residents have their own wheelchairs. Several use specially designed systems to communicate with other people. Many of them have serious medical conditions. Although they live at Heinzerling, some of the individuals spend time with their families when they visit. Many of our residents go to school and other programs during the day to learn new things and have fun with other people. The residents range in age from infancy to about 80 years of age

How many do you serve in a year? 

The Heinzerling Foundation provides 24 hour residential care for 208 individuals with severe developmental disabilities. We are normally at 100% capacity and at times, we have a waiting list.  Our central location, immaculate facilities and reputation for high quality care makes the Heinzerling Foundation a much sought after organization.

Currently, we have two facilities: 

-Heinzerling Memorial Foundation (HMF) is home to 104 children and young adults.   

-Heinzerling Developmental Center (HDC) is home to 104 adults over the age of 22.               

What region or area do you provide services in?


The Heinzerling Foundation provides services to individuals living in and around central Ohio.

How and when did the organization get started? 
The Heinzerling Foundation was founded in 1959 in Columbus, Ohio by Otto and Mildred Heinzerling. Driven by a deep desire to help children with disabilities, Otto and Mildred opened up a 12 bedroom facility to provide a home for children who had no services available to them. Mildred and volunteers cared for the children on site day and night, while Otto spent much of his time fundraising for the organization. The Heinzerling Foundation is celebrating its 56th Anniversary this year. Since the very beginning, Heinzerling has assisted thousands of children and adults with severe developmental disabilities and provided them with a higher quality of life.

How many employees do you have? 


The Heinzerling Foundation has a staff of over 540 professionals in order to be able to work around the clock to nurture our residents and give them a fulfilled life. Our staff provide a personalized approach, involving many therapies such as: physical and occupational therapy, communication skills, life skills, sensory development, and mobility opportunities for residents.

How do your programs or services help the community?


The Foundation has a highly skilled staff, which includes such specialists as dieticians, direct care assistants, physical therapists, physicians and dentists, and consulting psychologists. The staff goes beyond highly trained caregivers. To the residents, they are trusted friends, family, and supporters, who encourage and make living worthwhile.  The extra love and personal involvement they bring to their work is largely responsible for the progress displayed by many of our residents.

Program Descriptions 


Daily Services and activities: Residents receive daily living activities that give them opportunities to work on current skills and work on new growth towards independence. Examples of this include feeding and dressing one’s self, walking using assistive walkers, and moving arms and hands to complete small tasks. Also, the programming staff works with each resident to develop goals for communication, socialization and daily living activities/leisure. In addition, residents also participate in 250 annual community field trips. These include camp programs, zoo trips, movies, museum visits, concerts, swim trips, therapeutic horseback riding, adaptive fishing, and seasonal parties.

Dietary Services: registered dieticians assess the nutritional needs of each resident and develop individualized nutrition plans. They prepare food in various textures and liquid form that adhere to the developmental and oral motor abilities of the residents. They also conduct tube feedings and prepare lunches for off-site activities.

Therapy Services: residents receive physical and occupational therapy services by licensed therapists. Each resident is given assessments and interventions for musculoskeletal and sensorimotor skill development. The results of these exercises assist therapists in developing an “Individual Habilitation Plan” for each resident. Additional support and treatments are given for swallowing disorders. Also, maintenance staff build specialized wheelchairs and orthopedic equipment for residents


Nursing Services: residents receive 24 hour care and emergency medical services by RN’s and LPN’s. This includes medication administration, respiratory services, skin and wound treatments, and ostomy care. In addition there is an on-site physician and dentist to provide annual checkups and any necessary treatments

The Heinzerling Foundation’s Wishlist:

  • Walmart gift cards (teachers use these to purchase resident personal care items)
  • Holiday Gifts
  • Quilts/Blankets
  • Arts Supplies
  • Children’s Movies (DVD’s)
  • Children’s Music (CD’s)

Name: Sanya Kohli

Title: Volunteer Activities

Organization: The Heinzerling Foundation


Work: (614) 272-8888

1800 Heinzerling Drive
Columbus, OH 43223

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