We partner with a number of churches in Columbus who love college students and are excited to support what God is doing on campus at Ohio State. If you are looking for a church to call home while at Ohio State or for after you graduate, these partners are a great place to start your search.
You can check out this map to see where in the city our partner churches are located. If you need a ride please contact your small group leader or the contact person listed under that church.
We partner in a variety of ways with these organizations in Columbus. The best way to get a taste of many of these organizations is to join us for our Columbus Spring Break trip each March.
Education and Community Development
Our mission is to provide a rigorous and engaging education while developing a strong sense of character and community among a diverse group of learners.
There are many volunteer opportunities at the school, assisting in a classroom, painting, cleaning, landscaping and yard work, and more.
CATCH Court & Sanctuary Night
Changing Actions to Change Habits (CATCH) is a specialized docket in Franklin County, Columbus, Ohio. Founded by Judge Paul M. Herbert in 2009, CATCH blends punitive sentences with a 2-year treatment-oriented non-adversarial program for those arrested for prostitution who suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression, and drug addiction.
Sanctuary Night is ran by the Franklinton Abbey, a church in the Franklinton community. It is an outreach to women caught in human trafficking. CATCH Court and Sanctuary Night are coordinated by Hannah Estabrook.
Habitat for Humanity - MidOhio
Affordable Housing and Community Development
Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity - MidOhio brings people together to inspire hope, build homes, empower families, and develop communities. Building projects happen all year long and you can volunteer as an individual or with a group.
Coffee Crafter's Academy
Incarceration and Recidivism
To aid in the reentry of individuals from correctional facilities back into communities across the US via employment in the coffee industry. CCA formed a partnership with Third Way Cafe to open up a coffee shop on the west side of Columbus. Make sure to stop by and visit with the Coffee Crafter baristas.
Food Insecurity and Access
Access - Create a farm and local food system that provide good food for all.
Opportunity - Contribute to a local economy that offers good jobs and fair pay for our neighbors.
Resilience - Care for the land and improve the environmental strength of our neighborhood.
Equity - Collaborate to build a community that values and includes all people.
Social Justice Partnerships
As a Christian community on campus, we value participating in God's kingdom mission by proclaiming the gospel through words and through being God's hands and feet in our world. To that end, we partner with four organizations on campus and globally who we can come alongside in their visions to serve.
The Aruna Project
The Aruna Project creates lifelong freedom through employment marked by holistic care to sexually enslaved women. By combining the best of non-profit and for-profit, we envision a day when every young woman is free to choose her own adventure.
You can participate in this cause by running in the OSU Aruna 5K Run and purchasing their handmade assortment of products. If you have questions or would like to be involved with coordinating the run and other opportunities contact: Quin Strouse
Global Orphan Care
Back2Back Ministries is an international Christian non-profit organization dedicated to being a voice for orphans. We exist to love and care for orphaned and vulnerable children, by meeting their spiritual, physical, educational, emotional and social needs that they might overcome their life circumstances and break free from the cycle of generational poverty.
To get involved contact Back2Back OSU Chapter Co-President: Lexie Kuczinski
International Justice Mission
Combatting Injustice and Slavery
IJM is a global organization with a plan to eliminate the slave trade everywhere. They will do this through the rescue of slaves, working with police to put slave owners in jail, and working to fight slave trade at its foundations to put the whole system out of business.
To get involved in awareness efforts, outreach, fundraising, for this cause contact IJM-OSU Outreach Director: Lauren Lucas
In the Fight for Children with Cancer
BuckeyeThon is the largest student run philanthropy in the state of Ohio which raises funds and awareness for the Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
To get involved in awareness efforts and the annual Dance Marathon contact CruOSU BuckeyeThon Team Leader: Rachel Copes
We are also involved in our city and local communities throughout the year. We do this through two unique opportunities and work to interact with nonprofit, government, and church organizations in the city during the school year.
1) Spring Break Engagement and Service Trip
2) Summer Cru
Organizations that we have partnered with are listed above. If you'd like to be a part of these engagement opportunities or would like more information about the partnering organizations please contact Cru staff member: Quin Strouse