Dorothy Cage Evans, President
Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands, Inc.
Q. What is Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands, Inc.?
A. Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands, Inc. (GCCHH), established in 2006, consists of a group of volunteers committed to providing service, programs and activities to enhance educational opportunities and self esteem of youth in this community.
Q. What is the GCCHH mission and population served?
A. GCCHH targets at risk high school seniors, focusing on first generation college bound students. Columbus City Schools, Whitehall Yearling High School and the Columbus Housing Community students are eligible to compete to participate in the program. Students participate in The Stepping Off to College Program which provides workshops to better equip them for college entry. At the conclusion of the program, students receive a laptop complete with all software and warranty, printer, school supplies and college dorm supplies.
After one year of college, students are eligible to compete for books and fees scholarships through the GCCHH Scholarship Fund at the Columbus Foundation.
GCCHH has one event annually during which local role models are honored and students who are in our programs are presented to the public. In 2016, six citizens were honored, six local agencies which serve youth were recognized, twenty six college student scholarships were awarded and eighty six students in the Stepping Off to Program were presented to the public.
Q. What do you like most about GCCHH?
A. The opportunity to encourage youth and to give them hope.
Q. How long have you been a member of AFP, and what’s the most valuable part of your membership?
A. I’ve been a member for less than five years. The educational information provided in the programs is excellent. The networking opportunities have been great.
Q. How long have you been in fundraising?
A. I have more than ten years of fundraising experience with our non profit organization in which I was a co-founder. We saw the need to help the underserved and determined that could be done best with the help of others as we work to make a positive difference with our youth.
Q. What’s your favorite part about living in Columbus?
A. Columbus is a diverse city with opportunities to see and do many things.
Q. Tell us a fun fact about you.
A. I enjoy creating and maintaining flower gardens in our yard.
Posted October 2016