Who We Are

The Good Neighbors (Neighbors Engaged in Giving the Homeless Better Opportunities, Respect and Strength) are a committee of community leaders representing the Greater Columbus area. Our leadership represents the multiplicity of partners dedicated to supporting, planning and implementing a successful event every year. These partners represent homeless facilities, the corporate community, banking industry, media, educational institutions, city and government, professional and civic associations, faith-based and nonprofit sector, and senior and youth groups.

The issues of poverty and homelessness are still as prevalent today as they were decades ago snd surprisingly, the issues of homelessness remain generally a topic of ignorance and misinformation on the part of our society as a whole. We work to increase public awareness of the plight of the homeless as it stands today and looking into the future and build bridges of understanding in our community.

Planning for the event begins in January when 12 committees, led by an Executive Committee, are formed to lead various picnic functions. Committees include donations, entertainment, facilities, food, free store, marketing & guest recruitment, photography, safety & health, setup & cleanup, transportation, volunteers, and a web master. Committee chairs are empowered to coordinate and schedule their own meetings and activities with the assistance of the Executive Committee. Full planning committee meetings are held once a month starting in March, with additional meetings held in September in final preparation for the picnic.

Each committee works independently to recruit members and solicit the contributions needed to make the event successful every year.

Through Good Neighbors and our annual picnic we strive to accomplish the following goals:

  • To create a positive activity for homeless families and individuals
  • To educate the community and dispel myths regarding the homeless
  • To promote on-going community service through the Make A Difference Day concept

In addition to an entertaining day, homeless families are provided with much needed clothing, personal care items, as well as, shoes, books, toys, blankets, and travel bags in preparation for winter.

“Extraordinary people make an extraordinary event happen! Thank You!”