We count on the generosity of the community to provide Thanksgiving meals to families in need in Ohio. Please consider donating either money or resources to us.
Below is a description of our volunteer opportunities and appropriate ages.
- Food Inventory & Sorting – must be AT LEAST 7 years of age
- Publicity and Marketing – must be at least 18 years of age
- Driver – must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license
- Clerical Support – must be at least 13 years of age
- Volunteer Recruitment – must be at least 18 years of age
- Fundraising – must be at least 17 years of age
Dancing with Our Columbus Stars
Our annual fundraising event, Dancing with our Columbus Stars, takes place every fall. We rely on this event to generate the largest amount of income to provide Thanksgiving meals to families in need. The highly anticipated event will be held on October 1, 2021 beginning with a reception at 6:00pm, a sit-down dinner at 6:30pm, and will be followed by the show. A cash bar will be available. Our 2021 Dancing with Columbus Stars promises a fun and safe evening as our Columbus Stars dance to help us raise money.
Start a local county chapter
The Byron Saunders Foundation currently has chapters in Franklin, Knox, Montgomery, and Morrow County. All chapters work together on fundraising projects as well as food donations. Each chapter is responsible for the delivery of the Thanksgiving meals in their respective county.
Thank you for your interest in partnering with The Byron Saunders Foundation, and Providing Thanksgiving Meals to Families in Need. Your care and compassion will make a difference in the lives of many people throughout Central Ohio and surrounding counties.
If you would like to initiate and organize a chapter in the county in which you reside to better serve those in need, please contact Brian Wollenberg at the link below.
Employer Matching Gift Program
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contribution made by their employees. If your company has a matching gift policy, request a matching gift form from your employer and send it completed and signed with your gift, and we will do the rest. The impact of your gift to The Byron Saunders Foundation Providing Thanksgiving Meals to Families in Need may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.
Involve Your Church or Community Organization
Get your church, school or organization involved in The Byron Saunders Foundation. Projects can range from collecting food, fundraising, or volunteering. This program can provide an opportunity for community building through participation in a service project for families in need. These projects go beyond just the activity in which the individuals are involved. They engage the group in a learning experience that allows children and adults to receive valuable lessons about others less fortunate than they are and gain much gratification from doing so.
We will work personally with your church, school or organization to match up a suitable project with the interests of the group. Then we will develop a project plan and timetable, identifying fundraising goals, involve key people and promote involvement within your church, school or organization.