Service and Outreach
In fulfillment of the university's mission, "education for citizenship," Ohio State students have many opportunities to connect with Columbus communities, engage in social justice issues and develop skills for active citizenship. The Office of Student Life offers a variety of programs designed to help students engage at a local, national and global level.
BuckeyeThon at The Ohio State University
The mission of BuckeyeThon is to create awareness and raise funds for children with cancer. As an official program of the Office of Student Life at The Ohio State University, BuckeyeThon focuses on children being treated in the Hematology/Oncology/BMT Unit at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. BuckeyeThon works to achieve this mission through programs, which enhance the student experience; promote the value of philanthropy; establish a spirit of service; and cultivate relationships between students, faculty, staff and community members.
Ohio State Kindness Committee
The Ohio State University Kindness Committee is dedicated to spreading kindness on campus and in the Columbus community. Members of the committee come from all over campus, including the Office of Student Life, Alumni Association, Department of Athletics, student organizations and more. The committee plans kindness events, shares randoms acts of kindness and encourages all Buckeyes to be kind.
The Kindness Committee is able to share kindness and offer programming from receiving the 2019 Kind Columbus Grant.
The Pack Shack
For three years, Ohio State has worked with The Pack Shack, an organization that hosts Feed the Funnel parties where groups pack food for people in need.
Operation Warm provides warmth, confidence and hope to children in need through the gift of brand new winter coats. With the help of the Columbus Foundation and Kind Columbus, the Office of Student Life was able to purchase and provide more than 500 coats to the scholars at the United Schools Network East Main and State street locations during December 2019.
Random Acts of Kindness
To help spread service and smiles around campus, the Kindness Committee, with help from Ohio State students, faculty and staff members, perform Random Acts of Kindness on-campus. Acts of kindness can be as simple as holding a door open for someone, to paying for a stranger's meal. Have an idea for a Random Act of Kindness? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking to get involved with kindness at The Ohio State University and in the Columbus community? You can sign up to be notified of kindness events and opportunities by visiting go.osu.edu/KindSignUp.
Pay It Forward
Pay It Forward is a student cohort within the Office of Student Life, made up of 22 students on six different committees. Everyone has their own unique job to help fulfill the following mission, vision and goals.
Pay It Forward provides Ohio State students with regular, easily-accessible service opportunities on campus and in the Columbus community. Working to help students pursue their passions within service, Pay It Forward educates and exposes students to avenues of civic engagement in a variety of areas. Fueled by hope and positivity, Pay It Forward allows students to match a personal cause to promote change within the community.
To get involved, visit the Student Activities website.
Since 1997, Buckeyes have started the new school year by coming together to serve the Columbus community during Community Commitment. After meeting in the Ohio Union, students travel to one of many agencies across Columbus where they serve alongside one another. Past projects have included working at COSI, local food pantries, the Columbus Zoo and a variety of other nonprofit agencies.
MLK Jr. Day of Service
Students can join more than 1,000 Buckeyes in honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the beginning of spring semester for MLK Jr. Day of Service. Students will connect with fellow Buckeyes and engage in service with the greater Columbus community.
Spring Into Service
Over 200 Buckeyes serve at 15 local Columbus nonprofits for a day of service geared towards environmental stewardship and sustainability every spring semester. Students can connect with fellow Buckeyes and engage in service with the greater Columbus community.
Student Life Social Change brings together the communities of Ohio State and the state of Ohio. Through a sustainable, community-driven, place-based, multi-disciplinary program, the local community is empowered to advance the well-being of Ohio citizens.
Social Change uses human capital (Ohio State students, Ohio State Alumni and community members) to increase educational opportunities for vulnerable youth and families facing poverty. Through weekly, long-term and sustained civic engagement programs and events, the community develops holistic and culturally relevant solutions.
To get involved, visit the Social Change website.
Sorority and Fraternity Life
Ohio State sorority and fraternity chapters partner with national and local service and philanthropic partners to support their community, raise funds for a variety of causes and champion the causes these partners promote. The impact of sorority and fraternity citizens can be felt not only here in Columbus, but across the country.
With more than 1,400 student organizations at Ohio State, students have a wide range of opportunities to get involved and serve their community. Discover the student organizations dedicated to community service and service-learning.