FIRST Collective is a nonprofit organization in central Ohio. We are a group of organizers, activists, and local residents interested in making art, creating social infrastructure, and fostering community through mutual aid.
On the near-east side of Columbus, FIRST Collective has an encampment set up for un-housed folks that is entirely volunteer run. This camp houses 20-25 residents, provides shelter, food, medical supplies and care, transportation, harm reduction supplies, funds for individuals’ immediate needs, and a community of support, acceptance, and growth. The E Mound Street camp, also known as Camp Shameless, is FIRST’s priority project as the housing and homelessness crisis is affecting all aspects of our community and collective wellbeing. We are raising emergency operating funds that will allow us to continue this necessary work in our community. Visit our GoFund Me for more information.
Columbus is in the midst of a housing crisis. We are determined to combat this issue by providing safe spaces and services for our neighbors experiencing houslessness. Read our grant proposal we submitted to the City of Columbus in early June.
The Columbus Dispatch featured a story on our work with the E Mound Street Camp. Read the story here.
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