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Columbus Love offers the people of Columbus a way to support the community just by wearing a Columbus Love t-shirt. Cbus Chic spoke with Columbus Love co-founder, Ian Smith, who explained how the non-profit got started and how it has evolved.

 

Smith grew up in Cincinnati, but after graduating high school, he made the move to Columbus and enrolled in The Ohio State University.  Currently, he’s a senior studying Industrial Systems Engineering. His major might be focused on engineering, but Smith said, “my passions revolve around start-ups, entrepreneurship, and social enterprises. I have always been so fascinated with the idea of creation and innovation and using them as tools to instill social change and drive community growth.”
So, with his younger brother Jordan’s help, Smith came up with an organization that would have an impact on the Columbus community. Jordan always had a passion for apparel and style and approached Smith last summer for help with designing t-shirts for his friends.
Afterwards, Smith’s mind was full of ideas for an organization that would simultaneously support Columbus and provide stylish and comfortable apparel.
And while Smith is not the first one to come out with an “Ohio themed” t-shirt, he was determined to create an organization that would do more than just provide t-shirts. “We created Columbus Love to act as the vessel for which tangible community growth can be possible. Every t-shirt we sell has a story behind it as the majority of every t-shirt we sell goes directly towards local Columbus nonprofits,” explains Smith. “By wearing a Columbus Love t-shirt you are literally saying ‘I love my city, which has been so good to me and I want to give back.’”
insightly new year chic publicationEvery month, Columbus Love partners with a nonprofit organization, drawing awareness to the many causes and missions that are supported right in the city.  Every t-shirt sold during a nonprofit’s featured month supports the organization’s cause.  Then, Columbus Love collaborates with the nonprofit organization and puts together a community event with part of the t-shirt sales’ funds.
Columbus Love doesn’t focus on any specific issue or cause, but tries to  partner with a variety of nonprofits in the area. Columbus Community Kitchen was the first nonprofit they partnered with and after funding from the t-shirts, they were able to collaborate and have the kids from Columbus Community Kitchen make fleece-tie blankets to donate to Nationwide Children’s Hospital for the holidays.
“In this way, the people who purchased Columbus Love apparel during that campaign literally were involved in placing a warm blanket on a struggling child’s back,” says Smith.
Columbus Love recognizes and celebrates the uniqueness and specialness of Columbus.  Many small businesses in the city support the “buy local” initiatives that keep Columbus on the rise, but Smith says,  “At Columbus Love we truly believe the best way to impact the state of Ohio is to give back to the communities and cities in which we live in … and the people of Columbus continue to embody this.”
In 2015, Columbus Love will continue to collaborate with local nonprofits and put on community projects.  They are also hoping to work with local private businesses and provide opportunities for their employees to participate in community projects.

 

The best way to get involved with Columbus Love is to visit their website at http://www.columbuslove.co and  reaching out to them at info@columbuslove.co.