Van Buren's Volunteer Hub

Welcome to the Volunteer Hub for YMCA of Central Ohio's Shelter and Housing Volunteers. You can find the latest happenings at the Van Buren Shelter, find new ways to be engaged in volunteer service and stay informed of all the great work of our volunteers and donors!

If you are signing up to volunteer, please visit the volunteer opportunities page and fill out the form for your desired activity. If you are with a company, for a day of volunteering, please visit the Corporate volunteers page. After signing up, please complete the forms on the Volunteer Forms page. You will need to complete the Handbook Agreement form and the photo release waiver.

All Volunteering at Van Buren has been postponed. All new information will be send out in an email soon. Thank you for your patience's.

Van Buren Volunteer,

The health, well-being, and safety of our Guests, staff, volunteers and partners is our top priority. We are monitoring the ever-changing dynamics of the COVID-19 virus and listening to the advice of Federal, State and Local government and health officials. We will be sending regular updates to so that we can keep you informed as a vital partner.

Beginning Monday, March 16th, we will postpone all volunteer efforts for 3 weeks to allow our volunteers the opportunity to care for themselves and their families. As you continue your daily routines, we encourage you to follow everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Within our facility, we take special precautions to prevent the spread of illness, and even during this time we have heightened our sanitation practices. We have a role to play in slowing the virus spread while serving the community in a healthy way and we will need your help!

We rely on our volunteers 365 days a year to provide time, talent and treasure to those served at the Van Buren Center. We understand that postponing our volunteers efforts will impact the women, children and families the most.

The Van Buren Center will remain open during this crisis to serve our Guests that are experiencing a homeless episode.

There are ways that you can support our efforts to provide critical supplies and supports, by visiting our website: and clicking DONATE NOW.

We will continue to send updates and information about our volunteer opportunities to let you know when we resume our volunteer efforts.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to our Executive Director, Shameikia Smith ( if you have any questions or would like to offer additional support to those served at The Van Buren Center during this time.

To reschedule your volunteer shift at a later date please contact our Volunteer and Program Coordinator, Kristian Tucker (

We thank you for your continued support.

Church of the Resurrection in New Albany

The Church of Resurrection collected hygiene items to assemble and complete kits for those in need of shelter. Van Buren has had two visits to the church and each time they have donated 200 hygiene kits.


The Van Buren Center is in need of the follow items:

Can you donate

Bar Soap (hotel soap)


Deodorant (women/ men)

Combs/ Brushes

Tooth brushes

Socks (women, men, children)

These items can be dropped off at the Van Buren Center 595 Van Buren Dr. Monday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm or arrange a pick by emailing (subject: donation pick up).

We will be collecting donations all month long. Doesn't matter the size of quantity small, medium , large or bulk it all is helpful.

2018 Christmas at Van Buren

Each person staying at Van Buren received lots of gifts and treats for Christmas this year thanks to all our donors and staff.

Franklin Woods Intermediate School

The 6th grade class did a donation drive and donated boxes of wipes for the families.

Let's all get involved.

During the holiday we received this wonderful note along with $25 from a young lady who wanted to make an impact in the lives of those experiencing homelessness.

Winter Clean Up at 40 West

Our Downtown men's YMCA (supportive housing) is looking for individuals to come and help spruce up the building on December 26th, 27th, 28th, and 31st

Santa's workshop 2018

It's still not to late to give a child a magical holiday. Please think about becoming an elf and donating to Santa's Workshop at the Van Buren Center.

Van Buren 2nd Annual Back to School Rally

The Van Buren "Back to School" Rally was a huge success. With all the donations we were able to supply over 400 children experiencing homelessness with back-packs full of supplies, shoes, clothes, hair cuts and more! There were also resources provided for parents needing employment, childcare, parenting support and group empowerment.

500 bags filled with hygiene items

We give hygiene items to every man, woman and child that enters our doors. Donations like this make that possible!

Community members donate gifts to almost 200 children for the Holidays

Story from NBC4 News about a caring neighbor who made the holidays feel special for children experiencing homelessness.