City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

City Manager's Blog

Apr 16th, 2018
07:52 AM
9 days ago

Volunteering has been part of Upper Arlington’s DNA since the community was first incorporated in 1918.  Reflecting on the past 100 years, examples are plentiful of residents giving back on local, state and national levels. Ruth Weimer Mount (1926-1997) devoted her retirement to organizations such as Franklin County Children’s Services, creating a higher quality of life for young people. And John A. Dawson (1895-2000), while serving as Director of the UA Civic Association, walked door to door, raising funds for the City’s first swimming pool. These UA residents are but two examples of the thousands that have given their time over the years to their community, and I don’t see that tradition changing anytime soon.   

2018 marks the beginning of the next 100 years and there is still no end to the ways in which an eager volunteer can give back or the number of organizations looking for assistance. But sometimes connecting volunteers with a nonprofit or community organization that is the right fit can be challenging. This is where Volunteer UA steps in to help. Since 2007, the Volunteer UA team has been doing its part to spread awareness of the benefits of volunteerism, and to help connect civic groups and non-profits with a pool of volunteers.

The group’s signature annual event is almost here—the Volunteer UA Expo. Timed to coincide with National Volunteer Month, this year’s Expo is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18 from 10 am-6 pm at the Upper Arlington Library on Tremont Road. The Expo is shaping up to be a good one, with over 25 area non-profits attending, so you’re bound to find something that inspires you and fits your schedule.

Volunteer UA is made possible through a partnership of the Upper Arlington Commission on Aging, City of Upper Arlington, Upper Arlington Public Library, Leadership Upper Arlington, Tri-Village Lions and Syntero, Inc./Northwest Counseling Services. These partner organizations will also have exhibitor tables at the Expo.

For additional Volunteer UA Expo details or volunteering opportunities throughout the year, visit the Volunteer UA Facebook page at www.facebook.com/VolunteerUAOH.