The University District has a rich collection of community-based groups and is one of the most civically engaged neighborhoods in all of Columbus. Click below:
+ CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS
100 Friends of the Peach District
This neighborhood association (nestled between Dennison Place and the Ohio State University) throws neighborhood events and resident gatherings throughout the year.
Dennison Place Civic Association
Dennison Place residents have organized regular communication of neighborhood events, activities, and issues through social media.
Glen Echo Neighbors Civic Association
The Glen Echo Civic Association is an organization for residents of the Glen Echo neighborhood. The Association organizes regular social events, neighborhood communication, as well as neighborhood improvement projects.
Email List: firstname.lastname@example.org
NECKO Civic Association
NECKO, the Neil-Eighth-Cannon-King Organization, was founded in 1979. The organization organizes social events for neighbors, as well as works on improvement projects for the neighborhood.
Short North Civic Association
The Short North Civic Association is a nonprofit civic association focused on building a strong community through representation, education, advocacy, and sponsorship of projects benefiting the Short North and its surrounding neighborhoods. It emcompasses the southern neighborhoods in the University District. Meetings are held at 7:00 PM on the third Thursday of each month at the Caretaker's Residence in Goodale Park.
University Community Association
The purpose of the Association is to ensure the viability of The Ohio State University area as a unique community of neighborhoods, through the promotion of preservation and development, recognition of the community's heritage and diversity, communications that extend a sense of community, leadership development, and the encouragement and support of other organizations’ initiatives that further these efforts. The University Community Association Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM at the Northwood-High Building, 2231 North High Street, Room 200, Columbus, OH 43201.
Contact: Pasquale Grado, President
Weinland Park Community Civic Association
The mission and purpose of the Weinland Park Community Civic Association is to proactively engage all community stakeholders in working together to improve the quality of life in the Weinland Park Community. The Association also advocates on behalf of all stakeholders in the Weinland Park Community, including area residents, property owners, business owners and their employees, community and faith-based organizations and their constituencies, as well as external entities such as federal, state, and local governments, private corporations, educational institutions, and other community organizations whose business and operations impact the Weinland Park Community. Meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of every month from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Schoenbaum Family Center at 175 East 7th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.
Web Group: LINK
+ BLOCK WATCHES
Buckeye Block Watch
Buckeye Block Watch is an initiative to increase safety in the neighborhoods around Ohio State. It seeks to further Student Life’s mission to create the extraordinary student experience. Students are encouraged to engage with Community Ambassadors and participate in Buckeye Block Watch activities throughout the year including cookouts and the Buckeye Block Watch Bash.
Facebook: Contact the street specific Community Ambassador for Facebook links.
Dennison Place Block Watch
The Dennison Place Block Watch sends out regular safety alerts and reports weekly crime statistics. Send a note to the email below to be included on their email list.
Contact: Mark Skinner
Iuka Ravine Area Block Watch
A block watch for the Iuka Ravine area with regular safety meetings, information drops, and safety alerts. Send a note to the email below to be included on their email list.
East Northwood Avenue Safety Network
A safety communication network for residents on East Northwood Avenue.
Contact: Ken Snow
Short North Block Watch
The Short North Block Watch covers The Circles portion of Dennison Place. It sends out regular safety notices through various social media outlets.
Web Group: LINK
SoHud Block Watch
The SoHud neighborhood is nestled between Glen Echo and Iuka Ravine. The SoHud Block Watch has meetings on the second Thursday of every month, 7:00 PM at the Maynard Avenue United Methodist Church. It also provides regular safety alerts, graffiti removal events, and safety information drops.
Email: email@example.com Facebook: LINK
Weinland Park Safety Committee
The Weinland Park Community Civic Association has a Safety & Mobility Committee to discuss safety issues and distribute information to Weinland Park residents.
Contact: Chris Orban & Brandyn MacElroy
Web Group: LINK
+ SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
Art Quilt Alliance
Art Quilt Alliance, a 20 yr old community group of artists, from central Ohio, meets to learn techniques, offer opportunity to exhibit, and support one another in their exploration of fiber art. We are open to the public. We offer an exhibition each year to the ArtSpace. We donate annually to the operation of the ArtSpace.
Meetings: Second Sunday of every month, 1:15- 4:15 PM, Room 100
Contact: Deb Bailieul
Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio
We are a progressive activist organization made up of people who desire social, economic, and political justice and work to achieve these ends.
Meetings: Second Thursday of every month, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Room 100
Contact: Simone Morgen
Franklin County Green Party
The Franklin County Green Party is committed to environmentalism, social and economic justice, grassroots democracy and non-violence through community-based organizing without the support of corporate donors.
Meetings: Second Tuesday of every month, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Room 100
Contact: Connie Hammond
Friends of the Ravines
The mission of Friends of the Ravines is to protect, preserve, and restore ravine areas for the benefit of the urban community, as well as the wildlife that lives in them. The stability of the ravines has been directly threatened by development and other human activity. Utility placement and uncontrolled invasive plant species have disturbed the natural ecosystem. The Friends’ goal is to educate and involve the community in conservation efforts to restore and preserve these natural areas.
Meetings: Fourth Wednesday of every month, 6:45 - 10:00 PM, Room 100
Contact: Martha Buckalew
Glen Echo Bird Club
A bird enthusiast group that holds regular bird watching events.
Meetings: Weekend days depending on the weather, Fourth Street entrance of Glen Echo Park, Check for times.
House of Toast Poets
We meet to read and discuss each others' poems (workshop), to share information about readings and to plan readings, to share opportunities for publishing and celebrate each others' publications.
Meetings: Third Sunday of every month, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Room 100
Contact: Charlene Fix
Creating a compassionate and sustainable world through personal, community and cultural transformation.
Meetings: First Thursday of every month, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Room 100
Contact: Chuck Lynd
Social Action Song Swap (SASS)
Exchanging and sharing songs, primarily folk songs, with social action content.
Meetings: Fourth Sunday of every month, 12:30 - 3:00 PM, Room 100
Contact: Leslie Zak
+ COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT ORGANIZATIONS
Campus Partners was formed in 1995 as a 501(c) 3, private, non-profit corporation working in the urban neighborhoods surrounding The Ohio State University. The hallmark of Campus Partners’ work has been a market-based strategy which relies on community planning, a comprehensive approach to neighborhood renewal, partnerships among major stakeholders, and strategic projects that leverage private investment and change underlying conditions in the neighborhoods. Campus Partners’ mission is to revitalize distressed neighborhoods within the University District. They strive to improve the quality of life for students, faculty, staff, residents, and business owners throughout the university community and thereby reinforce the stature of The Ohio State University as one of the world’s great public research and teaching universities.
Campus Partners’ goals and objectives are to:
- Focus on community-based planning
- Use a comprehensive approach with multiple partnerships
- Emphasize market-based revitalization
- Build strategic revitalization projects
- Focus on long-term results
Godman Guild Association
Godman Guild Association has a long history of successfully serving the needs of the Central Ohio community. Established in 1898, the Guild helps community members achieve success in life. We do this with a continuum of programs and services designed to promote self-sufficiency and leadership development which translates into economic growth in our community. As one of the top 10 organizations funded by the United Way of Central Ohio, Godman Guild distinguishes itself by achieving outstanding outcomes year after year.
Neighborhood Services, Inc.
Founded in 1965 by churches in the OSU area that became aware of the growing needs of its neighbors, Neighborhood Services Inc. (NSI) provides food, emergency assistance, friendly counsel, reliable referrals, and faithful advocacy for residents of the University District that are in need. From humble beginnings, NSI has grown into one of the largest food pantries in Columbus.
Weinland Park Collaborative
The Weinland Park Collaborative is focused on improving and sustaining the quality of life in Columbus’ Weinland Park neighborhood though renovating housing and providing educational and employment opportunities for existing residents. The collaborative strategy involves coordinated investments over the next three to five years in housing, education, employment, public safety, health, civic engagement of the residents, and a careful evaluation of the success of each component and of the overall strategy. The principal funders of the Weinland Park Collaborative are the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, The Columbus Foundation, United Way of Central Ohio, the City of Columbus, The Ohio State University, and Campus Partners for Urban Redevelopment.