2008 Organization

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Name: Wilshire Heights Blockwatch

Area: Boundaries are Sullivant Ave. to the North, Eakin Ave. to the South, Hague Ave. to the East and Crescent Road on the West.

Meets: Wilshire Blockwatch meets about five times per year on a weeknight. Blockwatch captains distribute meeting notices to homes in the area.

Contact: Kathy Hoke, Coordinator at (614) 276-5562 or

Purpose: The group works to reduce crime in the Wilshire Heights neighborhood by building a sense of community and working in partnership with the Columbus police. Crime prevention, crime trends and appropriate ways of reporting crime are discussed at periodic meetings. When neighbors are informed and know each other, they are better equipped to recognize and report criminal behavior.

Name: Friends of the Hilltop

Meets: 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. except July, Dec & Jan @ Hilltop Library

Contact: Gary Baker II, President (614) 404-3024


Purpose: Friends of the Hilltop is an all-volunteer non-profit civic organization, helping to bring about a Hilltop Renaissance. The mission of Friends of the Hilltop is to foster a sense of community, thereby encouraging reinvestment in the community and ultimately in the re-emergence of the Hilltop as a respected, powerful part of the great City of Columbus. Projects include the following:

  • Decorative flower planters along W. Broad
  • Annual beautification awards to homeowners and businesses

-Chair: John Lowry

  • Operation Hilltop Cleanup (Occurs 3x year-provides garbage bags and gloves to volunteers)

-Clean-up Chair: Sue Laughlin

  • Tree Planting
  • Maintains Hilltop Neighborhood Park

Name: Friends of Westgate Park

Contact: Lisa Grazier, President at or 274-4382

or Sue Laughlin, Vice President at (614) 278-9350

Purpose: The Friends of Westgate Park consists of a group of residents who formed last year to help beautify and enhance the park. They operate under the umbrella of the Friends of the Hilltop, and work closely with Columbus Parks and Recreation and the Westgate Community Recreation Council. There are no membership dues; therefore, funds for projects largely come from raising money through donations and grants.

The group initially started by coordinating periodic cleanups of Westgate Park, and they plan on continuing that activity. This spring the group plans on tearing out and replanting the beds in front of the Westgate Recreation Center, and will be closely working with volunteer landscapers and the Columbus Recreation and Parks to come up with the design. Recently, the group’s Letter of Intent was accepted by Neighborhood Partnership Grants, meaning they are able to request funds for projects. They are currently submitting a grant proposal to create a large mural in Westgate Park.

Name: Westgate Neighbors Association

Meets: Varies. All Westgate and surrounding neighborhood residents are invited to attend their open meetings

Contact: Mari Ann Binder Futty at or 276-9668

Purpose: The Westgate Neighbors Association is a civic group for the residents of Westgate; however, all Hilltop residents are welcome to attend meetings and support their efforts. Their slogan is “Promoting our neighborhood outside of the gate, supporting our neighbors inside of the gate.” There are several projects underway involving four committees.

Committees & Chairs:

Name: Greater Hilltop Area Commission

Meets: 1 st Tuesday of each month (2 nd Tuesday after elections) at 7:00 p.m. except holidays at the Hilltop Library

Contact: Chuck Patterson, Chair at

Purpose: The Greater Hilltop Area Commission is an elected, volunteer body, established by city charter and serving as a liaison body between the greater Hilltop community and Columbus City Hall. Commissioners hear primarily issues related to zoning changes, variance requests, code enforcement and development within the community. Commission recommendations are sent to city staff and on to the appropriate legislative office.

Committees and Chairs:

Name: Greater Hilltop Area League for the Arts (GHALA)

Meets: 1 st Thursday of each month, except July, August, and October. The time and place is determined by the GHALA Board of Trustees (announced in the fall newsletter).

Contact: Joe Decker, President at or (614) 351-5010

Purpose: GHALA began in 1990 with the mission of promoting and supporting the arts for the greater Hilltop area. Members include both amateur and practicing professional artists, students, and art lovers. GHALA membership benefits include opportunities to market as well as publish literary works, reasonable fees to enter all GHALA shows and exhibits, advanced information on art activities, a quarterly newsletter, and social and professional interaction with fellow artists and art lovers. There is an annual membership fee (student $5, individual $15, senior $10, family $25, organization $50).

GHALA activities and events have included art exhibits at various locations including the Columbus Cultural Arts Center and the Franklin Park Conservatory, and student art shows and scholarships to the Columbus College of Art and Design Saturday School Program. Recent projects include an art show at City Hall, the biannual published journal titled The Pinnacle, and an annual show at the Bean Dinner.

Name: Hilltop Business Association (HBA)

Meets: 2nd Wednesday of each month starting at 6:30 p.m. @ the Mount Carmel Hospital School of Nursing

Contact: Jerry Freeman, President


Purpose: The mission of the HBA is to advance the economic development of the Hilltop and Westside Business Community through education, representation and member association.

The HBA is involved with the revitalization of the W. Broad corridor as well as economic development for the entire Westside. Under the Neighborhood Community Revitalization (NCR) project, the HBA is creating an inventory of businesses (in addition to a business survey) covering an area on W. Broad St. from Highland Ave. to S. Roys. They are also helping to ensure that the NCR area is litter and graffiti fee, and they attempt to control vandalism and crime in the area. They are working with Mayor Coleman and Columbus City Council to create a West Broad St. business blockwatch. HBA is also attempting to generate additional funding for business maintenance issues.

Membership in the HBA is open to any business, individual, or organization that supports their code of ethics and the greater Hilltop community. Dues are $75.00 per year, and allows for members to be published in the yearly Greater Hilltop Area Community Directory. The HBA hosts several events including the Hilltop Bean Dinner and the Greater Hilltop Open

Name: Hilltop Historical Society

Located: Previously located at the old fire house on W. Broad. Currently: P.O. Box 44246 Columbus, OH 43204

Contact: Richard Hoffman, Past President at (614) 276-8045


Purpose: The goal of the Hilltop Historical Society is to preserve the history of the Hilltop. Membership is $10.00 for individuals, $15.00 for a family and $25.00 for businesses, which pays for events and mailings. The Hilltop Historical Society hosts the Annual Camp Chase Memorial Service held at Camp Chase (located on Sullivant Ave. between S. Roys and Wiltshire). The service is held each second Sunday in June at 3:00 p.m.

Name: Homes on the Hill

Meets: 12 S. Terrace Avenue Columbus , OH 43204

Contact: Stephen Torsell, Executive Director or (614) 275-4663


Purpose: Homes on the Hill is a non-profit organization that offers home rehabilitation and home ownership programs. Examples of programs include housing counseling for first time home buyers, and foreclosure prevention services for current home owners. Additionally, Homes on the Hill owns several affordable properties that have been renovated and brought to code, which are listed on their website.

The organization was incorporated in 1993 to develop affordable housing on the Hilltop, and in 1996, began actively purchasing and rehabbing property through the support of the National Community Development Initiative grant. Homes on the Hill has successfully developed twenty housing units and continues to improve and increase the organization’s ability to purchase and rehab properties in the Hilltop. They are currently accepting volunteers and there are no membership fees.

Name: Kiwanis Club (Hilltop)

Meets: Meet each Thursday at 12:00 at Crossroads Church ( 1100 S. Hague Ave)

Contact: Judy Andrews, President or Jim Milner at (614) 871-2049

Purpose: Kiwanis is a group of community minded individuals who focus on service, and supporting children and young adults. The Hilltop Kiwanis have served the Hilltop community since 1945. They focus on teaching community service and leadership skills to youth, and they raise funds for services that benefit children and young adults. Specific services or projects include the food pantry, Children’s Hospital, Scout groups, teaching bicycle safety, providing scholarships to Hilltop high schools, and running the Mighty Oaks summer camp and youth cabin. They provide clubs at each grade level (K-Kids for Elementary, Builders Club for Middle School, Key Club for High School, and Circle K for College). There is an annual due of $100, and they ask that potential members attend two meetings before joining. Meetings are held weekly and feature guest speakers, such as Gordon Gee.

 Name: Lion’s Club (Hilltop)

Meets: Weekly at Minelli’s on Sullivant Ave.

Contact: Hugh Gibb at 7555 Fawnwood Drive Lewis Center, OH 43035


Purpose: The Lion’s mission is to help meet the needs of the local community and the world. Hilltop Lions are part of Lions International, which includes 1.3 million members in 202 countries. The Lions conduct vision and hearing screenings, build parks, support hospitals specializing in vision care, award scholarships, assist youth, provide help in time of disaster, and much more. The Lions strive to make their communities and the world better places to live. They also have a specific mission of assisting people overcome with vision problems throughout the world.

Name: Scout Clubs

Meets: Cub, Boy and Girl Scouts meet at different nights at Parkview Church located at 344 S. Algonquin Ave

Contact: Steve Coup at 279-5749


Purpose: Boy Scouts: Boy Scouts membership is available to boys who have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10 yrs old. Objectives include developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness through various activities and events. Cub Scouts is part of Boy Scouts and is the scouting club for boys in the first through fifth grade. A Cub Scout volunteer leader works with boys and their families to improve their communities by enriching the lives of the families who live there. Cub Scout leaders support the family. They take an active part in helping to strengthen families and their boys by providing a fun-filled, worthwhile program that teaches values.

Girl Scouts: Provide an accepting and nurturing environment, where girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, like leadership, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. There are many volunteering and/or membership opportunities for children and adults. Adults 18 years of age or older can join Girl Scouts to serve as a mentor or speak at a Girl Scout event, volunteer in a troop or group, or offer services.

Name: Westside Free Store

Location: Powell Ave.

Contact: (614) 351-5480

Purpose: The Freestore provides clothing, household items and community to under served persons on the Westside of Columbus. Residents in need may shop for up to 20 items per week, and all items are free. The Freestore hours of operation are Mon. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Thurs. 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sat. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On Wednesday, the Freestore provides an after school program called Rock on Sullivant. The program is from 3:30-to 5:30 p.m. for students attending kindergarten through sixth grade. All children may apply for this program. Activities include games, artistic creativity, and tutoring. The Freestore is currently seeking volunteers who can help stock the store with donated clothing, or who can serve meals on Saturdays.

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