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Central Ohio Veterans Stand Down

Central Ohio Veterans Stand Down 2022

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Central Ohio Veterans Stand Down!  We are very excited to be back and having this wonderful event, so we hope to see you either (or both) on Monday, October 17, 2022 (set-up) and/or Tuesday, October 18, 2022 (day of the actual event).  Volunteers make this day a success while we serve our Veterans!

Please Note:  Volunteer sign-ups will close on Friday, October 7, 2022.

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.  Children between the ages of 12-17 must have prior approval from our Volunteer Chair to participate.

Three volunteer opportunities:

  • Monday, October 17, to set up  9-00 - 3:00
  • Tuesday’s Event, October 18   7:00 - 1:30
  • Tuesday - 1:30 Tear Down. 

You can sign up for all three if you like - You choose!

Please, choose only one Volunteer job slot for the Tuesday Event (this does not include the Tear Down).

If you are both a Veteran and an Event Volunteer, please let us know when you sign up.  We can give you Guest Access to Stand Down.

If you sign up for the day of the event (Tuesday, October 18): Please make sure you go to our website and sign up for a lunch.  This helps us get a more accurate headcount, so thanks! https://www.centralohiostanddown.org/ 

Note:  Location, work times, parking, other Volunteer guidelines can be found on our CentralOhioStandDown.org page under Volunteers.

Location:  Greater Columbus Convention Center, Exhibition Hall C and D and 2nd Floor Ballroom, 400 N. High Street, Columbus

COVID Policy

We want to keep everyone healthy!

Central Ohio Veterans Stand Down will support the Columbus Public Health and county health agencies regarding indoor masking as a method of preventing the spread of COVID.

  • Issued 7/22/22: advises people to wear mask in indoor places as well as crowded locations.
  • Surgical masks will be available at Greater Columbus Convention Center prior to entering the event space.
  • We encourage you, our providers, and volunteers to stay safe and healthy.
  • Some services may not be available to you without a mask!
  • If you feel sick, stay home.

Thank You!

Created by:   Kim Foster
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Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Location Time (EDT) Available Slot
10/17/2022 (Mon.) Main Hall Convention Center  9:00am - 3:00pm  

Main Hall Set-Up (30)

Help set up tables and chairs throughout the hall for the Stand Down.

All slots filled
Greg Schick
Tony Macisco (5)
bringing Knights of Columbus friends
James Ward
Glenda Brendus
Krista Schumacher
Jenn Murray
Cristina Villarreal
Natalia Sztryk
Kenneth Blankenship
Janet Blankenship
Diane Hogan
AvaMaria (Mia) Knight (4)
I’d like to bring the Franklin County Young Marines
Marston McKeon
AF veteran
Courtney Willis
Shane Smith
Amy Graves
I work at USAA, I will only be able to volunteer in the afternoon.
Shawn Fletcher
Katherine Shockey
Paul Yarger
Wesley Dickinson
A Veteran Serving Veterans
Meghan DiSanto (2)
OhioHealth Volunteers

Home Essentials Set-Up (10)

Sort and set up our new clothes for the Veterans' store.

All slots filled
Brynnen Torres-Juarez
Katey Fanning
Anna Hughes
Andy Prociuk (2)
One of us is a veteran
Paul Rovnak (2)
Jeff Morbitzer
Donald Olson
Denise Olson

Grocery Area Set-Up (10)

Prepare bags of groceries for our Veterans by sorting prepared food donations

All slots filled
Barbara A Tucker Tucker
duncan mcvay
Katy Crabtree
John Danko
Eric Ayles
Nan Hays
Bridget Mustain
Katherine Scott (2)
I, Katherine Scott and one other veteran Juliet samuels would like to help in the food area first choice then also,if time anywhere else needed
Bryan Drope
10/18/2022 (Tue.) Main Hall Convention Center  7:00am - 1:30pm  

Pre-Program Area, Door Greeters (25)

Welcome our Veteran Guests and serve them coffee and donuts. Volunteers will also ensure that each guest has their DD214 ID. You will also explain the services available in the Main Hall as well as manage seating, if needed. Distribute wristbands.

24 of 25 slots filled
Greg Schick
Curtis Hinton Jr.
Nicola Dickinson
Tomy Chatman
All so will help wherever needed
Louise Mnich
I am a Navy Veteran
Hilary Kasper (6)
Randy Hastedt
Brenda Hastedt
Jon Rich
Patricia Flowers
I am a USAR Veteran and this is my 1st time volunteering.
Monica Watkins
Monica Watkins
Kristy Crochran
Jasmine Walker
Can't Wait to help :)
Linda Barba
Charles Nelson
Nathan Coyle
Kimberly Youse
Lisa Graham

Intake Volunteers (25)

At tables, you will record demographic information and verify their DD214 IDs. When the main intake 'rush' is over, you may be asked to help out in other areas, such as being a survey taker.

All slots filled
Lynn Feldman
Pam Obert
Marybeth Cartmille
Carol Bakenhaster
I have worked in Intake the past 3 years it was held
Kay Hayman
Jill White (2)
Jill White
Bill McNeer
Thomas Vollmer
I have done this in the past and I am a Vet
Beth Yeprem
Alyssa Hurt
Christopher Gonzalez
Bryan Drope
Im a Iraq Vet
Zeb Ruffin
Zeb Ruffin
AvaMaria (Mia) Knight
Elizabeth (Betty) Montgomery
Meghan DiSanto (5)
OhioHealth Volunteers
R. Watson

Survey Takers (10)

Volunteers will take surveys with guests, volunteers and providers.

7 of 10 slots filled
Deep Patel
AvaMaria (Mia) Knight
Meghan DiSanto (5)
OhioHealth Volunteers

Clothing and Home Essential Specialists (15)

Help guests with their selections. Size and distribute new clothing.

All slots filled
I have worked this area in the past
Barbara Waters
I am a DAR
Janet Hepburn
Danielle Patraca
Anna Hughes
1st time volunteer
Debora SCOTT
Jeff Morbitzer
Anthony Johnson
Zeb Ruffin
patricia jean pell pell
Courtney Willis Willis
Janet Blankenship
Marc Amos
USMC Veteran
Jovanda Curry

Stage Assistants for the Main Stage (4)

Help seat guest speakers on stage as well as provide minor technical assistance.

All slots filled
George Wylie
Bill Romine
Andrea Patterson-Kerns
Michael Oravecz
I’m a Vietnam Veteran

Lunch Servers (20)

Serve lunch to all Stand Down participants and clear tables.

16 of 20 slots filled
Brenda Crabtree Arrington
Lisa Galden
Kim Jones
Prudy McNeer
Ametee Hampton
Suzanne Hughes
David Mason Jr
Current Member of the Ohio Army National Guard
Patricia Tolbert
Army Veteran
Krista Schumacher
Matthew Wojciechowski (6)
Alicia Reid
Navy Veteran

Counters (30)

Greet guests and count the number of guests who enter a specific area. Counters will use a palm counter and/or validate a guest's wrist ID band with a hole punch. You will be assigned your specific area on the day of the event.

10 of 30 slots filled
Nolan Donegan
Glenn Hickman
I need to sit
Zeb Ruffin
Kenneth Blankenship
Summer Hamilton
Scott Wallace
Need to sit periodocially
Paul Yarger
Marcia Severt
Kay Burke
Need seating

Guest Exits (4)

Make sure that the guests have gotten a reentry band if coming back, a parking pass if needed, as well as make sure guests do not reenter if no reentry band.

2 of 4 slots filled
Hugh Williams
Alicia Reid
Navy Veteran

Garage Parking Pass and Reentry Wristbands (4)

Distribute parking passes (to the specific allotted parking garages) to all Event participants (guests, volunteers, providers). Distribute reentry wristbands to Veteran guests.

3 of 4 slots filled
Iva Porter
Theresa Burright
Marston McKeon
AF veteran

Floaters (10)

Volunteers will 'float' to different areas, filling in for bathroom breaks, helping out where needed, and will make guests feel welcome. If there are walk-in volunteers on the day of the event, this is where they will be assigned.

9 of 10 slots filled
Dave Swisher
Robert Moody
Sherrell Johnson
Patricia Tolbert
Army Veteran
Bernard Nelson
Rashan Legard
Purnell Sweeney
Will work where every you need me: I am also a part of the U.S. Bank group
Alison Evans
Cortez Cortez Robinson

Volunteer Sign-In and Welcome Team (12)

Will greet volunteers/providers and direct them to the correct sign-in. Will sign in volunteers and verify location/task for the volunteer. Will distribute name tags, t-shirts and programs. Volunteers for this section need to be here at 6:45 a.m.!

10 of 12 slots filled
Cristina Villarreal
Barbara A Tucker Tucker
Margaret Zimmer (2)
Maggie & Chris
Rev. Dr. Heath Cox
DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Dept. of OH Chaplain
Sheri W Holcomb Holcomb
Myra Williamson
Myra Williamson
Sandra Lytle
Dale Scholl
Diana Vance

Blue Star Mothers of America, Buckeye Military Moms, Chapter 9 (10)

Volunteers will participate in a variety of volunteer opportunities. To volunteer for this section, you must be a current member of the Buckeye Military Moms.

6 of 10 slots filled
Cristina Villarreal
Sheri W Holcomb Holcomb
Jill Gibbs
Peg Kearns
Barb Tucker
Diana Vance

Grocery Assistants (8)

Distribute bags of groceries to guests.

All slots filled
Dan Feldman
Ametee Hampton
Brittany Mitchell
Kayla Waddell
Latoya Mitchell
Nan Hays
Jim Lutz
Samantha Miller
Main Hall, Exhib. C and D  1:30pm - 2:30pm  

Tear Down at the End of the Event (20)

Will fold and stack chairs and tables.

12 of 20 slots filled
Eric Ayles
Glenda Brendus
Bryan Drope
Im a Iraq Vet
Courtney Willis Willis
Marston McKeon
AF veteran
Summer Hamilton
Wesley Dickinson
A Veteran Serving Veterans
Marcia Severt
Meghan DiSanto (3)
OhioHealth Volunteers
James Michel
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