Buckeyes Care

Community Service

Ohio State student-athletes, coaches and pillar partners are making an impact in central Ohio and beyond. Listed below is a brief outline of how the efforts that are currently being made by these role models can be better organized to deliver a consistent and comprehensive message. This overarching program will highlight the positive community service being performed every day and create a new and uniquely enhanced marketing and communications platform.


  • Organize and highlight current outreach initiatives under an overarching community umbrella
  • Engage, educate and inspire the community
  • Build community goodwill


  • Fitness
  • Wellness
  • Education
  • Public Service

Impacted Organizations

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio
  • TechCorps
  • United Negro College Fund
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and Columbus
  • Rebuilding Together
  • St. Stephen’s Community House
  • Dave Thomas Foundation.
  • South Side Learning & Development Center
  • Big Brother Big Sisters of Mansfield
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Athens
  • The Well at Sunnyside
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • 2nd & Seven
  • The Buckeye Ranch
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters
  • Columbus Urban League
  • Make A Wish
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • St. Vincent’s Family Center
  • USO of Central and Southern Ohio
  • A Kid Again
  • Flying Horse Farms
  • Special Olympics
  • JDRF
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Mid-Ohio Food Bank
  • American Red Cross
  • Down Syndrome Association
  • Franklin County Children’s Services
  • Columbus City Schools



American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5.3 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP’s transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas. AEP’s utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.


When Jim Grote founded Donatos Pizza back in 1963, he did it with only $1,300 in his pocket and a simple philosophy: “To serve the best pizza and treat others the way I would like to be treated.” Today, this philosophy is still the driving force behind everything the company does. Today, Donatos Pizza is recognized as one of the premier regional pizza chains and #1 Fast Casual pizza chain in the country. Donatos currently operates over 150 restaurants in 6 states (Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, Alabama, and North Carolina) including 64 restaurants in Central Ohio. In 2015, Donatos was inducted into the Pizza Hall of Fame, which celebrates America’s oldest and most beloved pizza restaurants. The Donatos Mission of promoting goodwill through product and service, principles and people is lived each day as Donatos has supported over 600 local non-profits through monetary and in-kind contributions this past year.



Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs more than 375,000 associates who serve customers in 2,640 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s. The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 320 fine jewelry stores, 1,240 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations.


Columbus Dispatch Charities’ primary purpose is to encourage and support education of the general public, and in particular, youth education in Central Ohio through three program areas (i) education, (ii) youth skills development, and (iii) community service and health care.






UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In the United States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1.2 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,500 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. The company also provides health benefits and delivers care to people through owned and operated health care facilities in South America. Through the Buckeyes Care partnership UnitedHealthcare received the 2019 Community Advocate Award on behalf of Franklin County Children’s Services. The Community Advocate Award was given as recognition of UnitedHealthcare’s relentless support of families and children throughout Ohio.