Even with volunteering down during the pandemic, Besa helps dozens of non-profits with people to keep vital services running.

 11:39 PM EST February 14, 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Coming close together feels so distanced these days. For those who rely on critical in-person services, the past year has looked and felt different.

One central Ohio organization is helping dozens of non-profits make sure a change in services is not due to a lack of staffing.

Since 2012, Besa coordinates volunteers to fill voids, placing them in the right spots to make sure other organizations, and more importantly those that depend on them, do not see an interruption in service. At any given time, Besa has 30-60 different projects available for volunteers to get involved in, and depending on your comfort level, engagement can be in-person, virtual or individuals, according to its founder Matthew Goldstein.

“Even during the shutdown, services needed to be provided,” said Goldstein. “What we found is as people were pulling back, in terms of going to work and be at home, many, many people were still looking for powerful ways to support this community.”

New Salem Baptist Church has seen the power of volunteering first hand. Adam Troy, the chief engagement officer at New Salem Baptist Church says its Bread of Life Food Pantry almost reduced hours at the beginning of the pandemic, after seeing a need double practically overnight.

“They could shop for themselves and always tried to provide an environment that emphasized dignity,” said Troy. “When we had to pivot inside the course of a week, where we literally went from a high-touch situation to now, [where] logistically people had to show up in cars. We had to develop call systems, volunteers pool ran food back-and-forth and delivered it, and did it all while keeping the volunteers safe as well. We got down to an efficacy skill that previously didn’t exist.”

Troy says they now help about 200 families with thousands of meals per week. The church was partnered with Besa since 2016.

“They continued to show up consistently, which was big for our ability to plan appropriately for food distribution and the number of people throughout the community that we can absolutely serve,” said Troy.


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January 18, 2021, COLUMBUS (OH) – For the homeless in America, staying warm during the winter months, and uninfected during the COVID-19 pandemic, is a double challenge to their survival.

In remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Community of Caring Development Foundation, in collaboration with the OSU Wexner Medical Center STAR Trauma Recovery Center, will deliver care kits and highly innovative “sleeping bag” coats to homeless men at the YMCA of

Central Ohio and Men’s Shelter on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. The weather-resistant coat, packaged as an over-the-shoulder bag, can transform into a sleeping bag or a coat. The care kits from New Salem Baptist Church’s Bread of Life Food Pantry and other sources will include food, personal items, masks, sanitizers, and more.

“We are seeing an uptick in homelessness and despair as more are affected by the pandemic and its economic and mental health toll on our community,’ said Adam Troy, CEO, Community of Caring Development Foundation in Columbus, Ohio, the economic arm of New Salem Baptist Church. The donation targets men who are leaving the shelter and prefer to stay on the streets. “We must be smarter and lean on innovation and technology to find ways to improve lives and support our people in need.”

Sixty percent of all people experiencing homelessness are male. As of January 2019, Ohio had an estimated 10,345 experiencing homelessness on any given day, as reported by Continuums of Care to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). According to HUD, prior to the pandemic, Franklin County’s homeless population had increased 6% over the year to 1,900, 18% higher than five years ago. But the pandemic is putting a new strain on homeless services systems.

“The Men’s Shelter, operated by the YMCA of Central Ohio, is proud to serve over 200 men experiencing a housing crisis,” says Tiffany Hale, Director of Social Innovation, YMCA of Central Ohio, Van Buren Center. “The Y believes in serving with dignity, compassion, and respect and we believe that providing our men access to coats that transform into sleeping bags will be preparing our guests for any stage of their homelessness journey. Our guests are the experts of their own lives, and we are committed to supporting them in their process.”

The YMCA of Central Ohio’s shelter services for adult men offers the assistance and support needed to stabilize and maintain independent housing while providing access to those support services needed to achieve the highest possible standard of living.

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Press Release


Columbus Urban League partners with Bread of Life Food Pantry to bring Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley’s vision to life; help local families celebrate Father’s Day with a hot meal

COLUMBUS – When Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley decided to donate $200,000 to help five communities around the country hit hard by COVID-19 that shaped him personally and professionally over the years, he reached out to the Columbus Urban League.

Conley knew his college and still hometown was hurting. The coronavirus had exposed the disparities in the African American community – poor health outcomes, chronic disease, food insecurity, homelessness, and remote learning needs – that had been long ignored and now exacerbated by the pandemic.

The Columbus Urban League, in its mission to create hope and opportunity for the nearly 40,000 African American and disadvantaged urban families it touches every year, has partnered with the Community of Caring Development Foundation Bread of Life Food Pantry, to distribute 1,000 to-go meals on Saturday, June 20, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Salem Baptist Church (2956 Cleveland Ave. in Columbus) for local families (up to four members) celebrating Father’s Day. Families can click here to pre-register for a FREE Father’s Day Meal.

The drive-up, to-go meals, offered on a first-come, first-served basis, will include chicken, Bob Evans macaroni and cheese, and a variety of fresh produce and canned goods, along with personal protection items such as masks, hand sanitizer, soap and more.

“We know that many local families are still reeling from the punch of COVID-19, trying day-to-day to make ends meet and keep food on the table,” said Columbus Urban League President & CEO Stephanie Hightower. “Our hope is that this celebration of our fathers, uncles and neighbors, with a hot meal, extra food, and PPE, will help bring some relief. Thanks to Mike and Mary Conley’s generous contribution and our partnership with the Community of Caring Development Foundation, we’ll be able to help several hundred families whose children have been a part of Columbus Urban League outreach programs this past year.”

The Community of Caring Development Foundation operates the New Salem Church’s Bread of Life Food Pantry, a 30-year institution that serves nearly 200 families a week with food and other supplies. With the onset of COVID-19, the food pantry staff restructured its operations to protect volunteers and serve clients in a safe and secure setting using the proper PPE (including masks and gloves), sanitation, and social distancing.

“This will be a drive-up Father’s Day meal giveaway where our volunteers will be handing out meals until the supply is gone,” said Adam Troy, chief engagement officer for the Community of Caring Development Foundation. “Everything we do is to inspire hope and health in our local communities, to connect resources, and work together with organizations like the Columbus Urban League to find ways to keep us all safe and strong during these challenging times.”

For more information, visit www.cul.org and www.callingallconnectors.org.




About the Columbus Urban League

For more than 100 years, the Columbus Urban League has not wavered. We remain steadfast in our commitment to create hope and opportunity for the nearly 40,000 African American and disadvantaged urban families we touch every year. We proudly offer an authentic, integrated system of services that touch every neighborhood in Columbus and Franklin County. This work strengthens families, overcomes barriers, achieves

economic mobility, fosters entrepreneurship, constructs on-ramps to wealth creation through smart financial practices, and teaches children critical academic and life skills. For more information about the Columbus Urban League, visit www.cul.org.

About Community of Caring Development Foundation (CCD Foundation)

As the Community and Economic Development Arm of New Salem Baptist Church, The Community of Caring Development Foundation (CCD Foundation), a 501C3 organization, has planted seeds of hope and health in Linden and witnessed what can be accomplished when neighbors join together to create a connected community. Over the last three years, we have continued our commitment to investing in the lives of individuals and families by providing access to affordable housing for more than 1,000 families, over 300,000 meals, $20,000 in community grants and more than $70,000 in academic scholarship awards. Visit us at callingallconnectors.org. We are proud to call the Linden community HOME!


About the Utah Jazz

Founded as the 18th member of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1974, and located in Salt Lake City since 1979, the Utah Jazz are committed to excellence as a team and in the community. On the court, the Jazz are the second-winningest team in the NBA over the last 30 years, having won nine division titles and two Western Conference championships along with 16 seasons of 50-plus wins, and are supported by one of the

most passionate fan bases in all of sports. Away from the court, the Jazz are very active in the local community and have assisted a multitude of organizations and worthy causes by way of charitable donations, service and grants through Larry H. Miller Charities. The Utah Jazz also operate the Junior Jazz program, the largest and longest-running youth basketball league in the NBA, featuring more than 60,000 players and an additional13,000 volunteers who take part annually across seven states. For more information on the Utah Jazz, visit www.utahjazz.com.





For more information or to sign up for your FREE Father’s Day To-go Meal click the link below: https://forms.gle/eLMUzmWhXXUfzdiR6

Great team effort this Saturday with various corporate/community partnerships and an impressive showing from the Urban Scouts Group. Over 1500 packages of Mac & Cheese received! Kudos to Columbus Urban League, COTA, Bob Evans, North Linden Area Commission, Mike Conley Foundation, Community of Caring Development Foundation, and membership of New Salem Church. (Photos by Paige C. Reynolds)

Supports programs in Utah, Memphis, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Arkansas

Community of Caring Development Foundation to partner with Columbus Urban League to facilitate outreach

(May 20, 2020) – In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley has donated $200,000 to benefit the communities that helped shape him and the state he currently represents on the NBA hardwood.

Conley’s comprehensive contribution to five communities will address food insecurity, homelessness and remote learning needs exacerbated by COVID-19. His $200,000 donation will be distributed among Utah Food Bank in Salt Lake City; CodeCrew in Memphis, Tenn.; Community Shelter Board and the Columbus Urban League in Columbus, Ohio; the Indianapolis Public Schools Foundation in Indianapolis; and the New Haven Missionary Baptist Church in West Helena, Ark.

“Giving back and helping others is very important to me. The COVID-19 crisis has allowed me to slow down and appreciate who I am and where I am in life,” said Conley. “It has reminded me that I am in this position because of the support and sacrifices of others I’ve encountered all along the way. I wanted to be there for the communities that have been fundamental to my personal growth and are now suffering due to the effects of this pandemic. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”

A portion of the three-time NBA Sportsmanship Award winner’s donation will help Utah Food Bank continue to send increased amounts of product to its 182 partner agencies across the state. In addition, it will help offset the increased transportation costs of Utah Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry program, which is continually expanding to meet the sharp increase in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Conley’s contribution will provide the equivalent of more than 194,000 meals for Utahns facing hunger.

Conley’s donation will also benefit CodeCrew in Memphis, where he spent the first 12 years of his NBA career. CodeCrew, in partnership with STREETS Ministries, will use the funds to acquire low-cost broadband internet services and laptops for students in Memphis to assist with distance learning. The nonprofit organization educates, mentors and trains underrepresented groups in tech to become innovators and producers.

In addition, the Jazz guard’s gift will support Community Shelter Board in Columbus, Ohio, the city where he attended college at Ohio State University and makes his offseason home. Conley’s investment will help slow the spread of the coronavirus by providing masks for every staff member and client in the homeless system. His contribution will also provide critically important personal protective equipment for staff working in isolation and quarantine shelters for those experiencing homelessness and infected with COVID-19.

A portion of Conley’s $200,000 contribution will also assist the Columbus Urban League in
Ohio in its mission to create hope and opportunity for the nearly 40,000 African American
and disadvantaged urban families it touches every year. In partnership with the Community
of Caring Development Foundation, an arm of New Salem Baptist Church, the donation will
help the Columbus Urban League meet the basic food needs of the nearly 350 families
whose children have been a part of its outreach programs this past year.

Conley will also be investing in the city where he spent his high school basketball career with
a gift to the Indianapolis Public Schools Foundation. The Jazz guard’s investment in the
foundation’s Education Equity Fund will support the largest school district in the state of
Indiana. Funds will be utilized to provide internet connectivity for students, district-wide
professional development for teachers and preparation for re-entry into the classroom after
months of isolation.

Finally, Conley’s donation will support the New Haven Missionary Baptist Church in West
Helena, Arkansas, the state where he was born and raised. Conley’s contribution will provide
personal protective equipment for members of the community based in the Arkansas Delta.

Conley’s donation is aligned with the “Acts of Caring” platform of NBA Together, the global
community and social engagement campaign launched by the NBA family in response to the
coronavirus pandemic. “Acts of Caring” aims to harness the reach of the NBA and its
partners to galvanize support for those most impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19.

Conley won the NBA HORSE Challenge last month, which included a donation from State
Farm of more than $200,000 on behalf of the participants to charities focused on
coronavirus response efforts. In partnership with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry, the
Jazz guard also read Fox in Socks online to benefit the Save With Stories campaign in
response to the needs of children during school closures.
—@JazzDoingGood or utahjazz.com—
About the Utah Jazz
Founded as the 18th member of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1974, and located in Salt Lake City since 1979, the Utah Jazz are committed to excellence as a team and in the community. On the court, the Jazz are the second-winningest team in the NBA over the last 30 years, having won nine division titles and two Western Conference championships along with 16 seasons of 50-plus wins, and are supported by one of the most passionate fan bases in all of sports. Away from the court, the Jazz are very active in the local community and have assisted a multitude of organizations and worthy causes by way of charitable donations, service and grants through Larry H. Miller Charities. The Utah Jazz also operate the Junior Jazz program, the largest and longest-running youth basketball league in the NBA, featuring more than 60,000 players and an additional 13,000 volunteers who take part annually across seven states. For more information on the Utah Jazz, visit
About Utah Food Bank
Founded in 1904, Utah Food Bank has operated under various names but remains true to its mission of
Fighting Hunger Statewide by providing food to a statewide network of 182 emergency food pantries and agencies. Last fiscal year, Utah Food Bank distributed 45.7 million pounds of food and goods, the equivalent of
approximately 38 million meals, to families and individuals in need. For more information about Utah Food Bank, visit www.utahfoodbank.org.
About CodeCrew
CodeCrew is a non-profit tech organization that empowers youth and adults in Memphis from
underrepresented communities in tech to be tech innovators and producers through practical, hands-on computer science education and training. For more information about CodeCrew, visit www.code-crew.org.
About Community Shelter Board
Community Shelter Board leads a coordinated, community effort to make sure everyone has a place to call home. CSB is the collective impact organization driving strategy, accountability, collaboration, and resources to achieve the best outcomes for people facing homelessness in Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio. With the support of a compassionate community, our system of care served 15,000 people last year with homelessness prevention, shelter, street outreach, rapid re-housing, and permanent supportive housing. For more information about Community Shelter Board, visit www.csb.org.
About the Columbus Urban League
For more than 100 years, the Columbus Urban League has not wavered. We remain steadfast in our
commitment to create hope and opportunity for the nearly 40,000 African American and disadvantaged urban families we touch every year. We proudly offer an authentic, integrated system of services that touch every neighborhood in Columbus and Franklin County. This work strengthens families, overcomes barriers, achieves economic mobility, fosters entrepreneurship, constructs on-ramps to wealth creation through smart financial practices, and teaches children critical academic and life skills. For more information about the Columbus Urban League, visit www.cul.org.
About the Indianapolis Public Schools Foundation
The Indianapolis Public Schools Foundation partners with the Indianapolis Public School District to ensure all students have the resources and support they need to pursue their dreams with purpose. For more information about the Indianapolis Public Schools Foundation, visit www.ipsfund.org.
About the New Haven Missionary Baptist Church Coming from humble beginnings with just four families meeting in a home in 1984, New Haven Missionary Baptist Church in West Helena, AR has grown into an international family of believers who are committed to their mission to exalt the Savior, equip the saints and to evangelize the sinner. For over three decades, “The Haven” serves not only as a church home, but also as a source of help and encouragement to the community. For more information, visit Facebook | New-Haven-Missionary-Baptist-Church-1483456605262996.

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