Service Agencies Get Jobs Done While Meeting Community Needs

Suzanne Goldsmith
Fairhaven Lawn Care

Mowing. Cleaning. Catering. Whether you purchase these services once a week or once year, their costs add up. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that the money you spend is also serving to strengthen the community? Here are some opportunities to do just that.

Green Your Grass

Mulching, mowing, planting, spring or fall cleanup: Fairhaven Lawn Care trains and employs homeless individuals in supervised teams to provide all of the above services throughout Central Ohio. 740-808-4326, 

Add Some Color

Operated by Lutheran Social Services, Patriot Pride Painting Co. trains and employs veterans to spruce up your home, inside or out. 740-653-2012,

Clean Up

Female survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence and addiction find employment and training through She Has a Name cleaning services. 614-447-0528,

Feed a Crowd

Freedom a la Cart offers skills training and employment to women who are survivors of human trafficking. The company specializes in everything from box lunches to elegant appetizers. 614-992-3252, 

Eat a Sweet

The gluten-free cakes, muffins and cookies at Food for Good Thought are created by bakers with autism. The organization provides vocational training, paid summer internships and other opportunities for autistic teens and adults. 614-447-0424,

Heal Your Wheels

With a mission of making cycling accessible for all, Bikes for All People will repair your busted ride for a fee and use the proceeds to provide free bikes and helmets to kids in need. New and used bikes are also available for purchase. 614-670-8685,

Cuddle a Cat

The dozen, or so, felines at Eat Purr Love, a cat cafe, are all adoptable. Coffee and locally baked goods are available, and your $10 lounge fee ($5 for kids) buys an hour of pet, play and snuggle time with any of the cats in residence—while helping to support Columbus Humane. Reservations suggested. 614-852-3521,