Giving Back During the COVID-19 Pandemic

PDS Planning established PDS CARES, a charitable fund with The Columbus Foundation, in 2015 as a way to give back to our community.  PDS CARES and PDS Planning employees have given over $4,000 to COVID-19 related efforts including donations to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, the TCF Emergency Response Fund, Dublin Has Heart Fund, and the Grandview Heights Building Fund.

One of the many charitable causes we support on an ongoing basis, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC) provides a safe space for families to rest, enjoy a warm meal, and take a step back from the emotionally and physically draining experience of having a child across the street at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Over the last year, we have had the privilege of joining their head chef on multiple occasions to prepare breakfast for families staying at the House.  Additionally, we purchased food items and assembled “snack packs” in our office that were then delivered to the House for use by the residents.

Preparing “snack packs” in our office

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the House has temporarily suspended all volunteer activity to ensure the safety of the families and their loved ones.  This has created an added expense both in preparing and providing the meals as well as following the strict cleaning and sanitizing routine of the 133,588 sq. ft. House.

While we cannot give our time right now, we can give from our resources.  PDS CARES has made a $1,000 donation to the RMHC Coronavirus Response Fund.  We look forward to the day we can be in the House volunteering again, but until then, we will do our part by keeping our distance for the safety of others.

Sometimes it makes sense to just give your money away!

Please consider supporting local nonprofits by participating in “The Big Give” from Wednesday, June 10th at 10 a.m. to Thursday, June 11th at 11 a.m.  During this 25-Hour community rally, your generous donations will be boosted by a $1.5 million+ Bonus Pool, the largest in Big Give history!




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