Volunteering, leadership development and networking opportunities are just part of the mission of organizations aimed at the Tristate's young professionals. Meeting new people and having a good time are high on the agenda. Read on for a sample of great organizations for
newcomers and natives.

Access

Type: Socializing, Networking, Civic Engagement

Description: Started by the Mayerson Foundation, it connects and introduces Jewish young professionals. Ages 21-35. Attracts 30 to 400 people at each event.

Why Join?: Events, parties, and gatherings throughout the year. Most are deeply subsidized or free.

Contacts:

www.jypaccess.org

www.facebook.com/jypaccess

(513) 373-0300

info@jypaccess.org

 
Bacchanalian Society

Type: Socializing, Philanthropy

Description: Combines philanthropy with socializing and networking. Four charity wine tastings per year. 21 or older.

Why Join?: Diverse mix of young
professionals.

Contacts:

www.bacchanaliansociety.com

www.facebook.com/CincyBacchus

www.twitter.com/cincybacchus

cincibacchanaliansociety@gmail.com

 
Cincinnati EATS

Type: Socializing, Networking

Description: Combining two favorite pastimes "” eating and being merry with new friends.

Why Join?: Restaurants benefit from new clientele and a portion of the proceeds goes
to charity.

Contacts:

www.cincinnati.com/cincinnatieats

www.facebook.com/pages/Cincinnati-EATS/108567445868954

cincinnatieats@gmail.com

 
CincyPAC

Type: Political, Civic Engagement

Description: A non-partisan group to educate elected officials and candidates about moving Cincinnati forward. Diverse professions, backgrounds and political viewpoints.

Why Join?: Become involved in politics in a meaningful way.

Contacts:

www.cincypac.blogspot.com

www.twitter.com/#!/CincyPAC

candace@cincypac.com

 
Cincinnati Sports Leagues

Type: Recreation, Networking

Description: As many as 20 co-ed athletic leagues. Also wine tastings and happy hour meetings.

Why Join?: Socialize and stay in shape.

Contacts:

www.gocsl.com

www.facebook.com/cincinnatisportsleagues

www.twitter.com/#!/cincinnatisport

(513) 533-9386

 
Crossroads Community Church

Type: Interdenominational church

Description: Community outreach, projects, small groups. Locations in Oakley and Mason.

Why Join?: Many social and spiritual events.

Contacts:

www.crossroads.net

www.facebook.com/crossroads-church

(513) 731-7400

 
Friends For The Arts

Type: Arts, Socializing, Volunteering

Description: An initiative of ArtsWave to socialize, network, volunteer and appreciate the diverse and vibrant art community.

Why Join?: Connects people who enjoy music, dance, theater, museums and art. More than 2,400 members.

Contacts:

www.theartswave.org/arts/FFTA

www.facebook.com/ArtsWave

www.twitter.com/#!/ArtsWave

(513)-871-2787

 
HYPE: Harnessing Young Professional Energy

Type: Professional Development

Description: Sponsored by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber to make Cincinnati a top destination for young professionals, by connecting them to one another, to companies, and to various information.

Why Join?: Leadership and networking experience..

Contacts:

www.local.cincinnati.com/hype/

www.facebook.com/HYPECincinnati

www.twitter.com/#!/HYPECincinnati

(513) 579-3100

hype@cincinnatichamber.com

 
Junior League

Type: Volunteering, Professional Development

Description: A women's organization to train volunteers to take action and leadership roles.

Why Join?: Training and collaboration with community leaders.

Contacts:

www.jlcincinnati.org

www.facebook.com/jlcincinnati

www.twitter.com/#!/JuniorLeague

(513) 871-9339

 
Legacy

Type: Networking, Civic Engagement

Description: Connect with other young professionals and engage in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky community. Ages 21-40. More than 300 members.

Why Join?: Develop skills and connections by working on special projects.

Contacts:

www.legacyleadership.org

Legacy@nkychamber.com

 
Mayor Mallory's YP Kitchen Cabinet

Type: Civic Engagement

Description: Interact with government officials. Created by Mayor Mark Mallory to develop interest and efforts of YPs in the government.

Why Join?: Access, connections, publicity and expertise to realize ideas.

Contacts:

www.facebook.com/cincyypkc

www.mayormallorysypkc.com/

mayorsypkc@gmail.com

 
Professional Leadership Network

Type: Volunteering, Mentoring.

Description: Work through the Dan Beard Council to mentor Boy Scouts from under served areas.

Why Join?: Mentor children.

Contacts:

www.danbeard.org/pln

ken.brunner@scouting.org

 
Tender Mercies Junior Board

Type: Volunteering, Networking.

Description: Raise awareness and money for homeless adults with mental illness.

Why Join?: Improve the quality of life for these adults.

Contacts:

www.tendermerciesinc.org

www.facebook.com/tender.mercies

www.twitter.com/tendermerciesOH

513-721-8666

 
United Way Emerging Leaders

Type: Volunteering, Professional
Development

Description: Designed to address community issues through giving, advocating and volunteering. Approximately 1,580 members. Those under the age of 40 can become members with a $1,000 annual gift to United Way, or through a step-up
donation program.

Why Join?: A successful group with more than
double-digit growth every year.

Contacts:

www.uwgc.org

www.facebook.com/UnitedWayofGreaterCincinnati

www.twitter.com/#!/UnitedWayEL

(513) 762-7100

emergingleaders@uwgc.org

 
United Way Volunteer 1000

Type: Volunteering

Description: More than 300 volunteers working on United Way projects on education, income and health. Goal is to reach 1,000 volunteers, 1,000 hours, or 1,000 projects each year.

Why Join?: Led by young professionals.

Contacts:

www.uwgc.org

www.facebook.com/Volunteer1000

www.twitter.com/#!/Volunteer1000

(513) 762-7100

 
Vineyard Community Church

Type: Interdenominational church

Description: Extensive community outreach, projects, small groups.

Why Join?: Many events weekly.

Contacts:

www.vineyardcincinnati.com

(513) 671-0422

info@vineyardcincinnati.com

 
Young Hearts Association (AHA)

Type: Committed to heart health

Description: Next generation working with the American Heart Association.

Why Join?: Many events during the year.

Contacts:

(513) 842-8863

sara.walker@heart.org

 
Young Nonprofit Professionals

Type: Professional Development

Description: Provides professional development and networking.

Why Join?: Happy Hour events and morning coffee "Power Hours."

Contacts:

www.ynpn.org

www.facebook.com/pages/YNPN-Greater-Cincinnati/177869296414

www.ynpncincyblog.wordpress.com

 
Young Philanthropist Society

Type: Philanthropy, Networking

Description: Raise funds and to develop leaders in the arts and nonprofit sectors.  

Why Join?: Members serve on non-profit boards and associate boards.

Contacts:

www.ypscincinnati.org

www.facebook.com/pages/Young-Philanthropist-Society-of-Cincinnati/121078787961704

www.twitter.com/#!/YPSocietyCincy

 
YPs at the Mayerson JCC

Type: Networking, Recreation.

Description: Recreation and social programs for more than 1,000 members ages 21-35.

Why Join?: Jewish Community Center has a $45 million state-of-the-art fitness facility and many monthly events.

Contacts:

www.mayersonjcc.org

www.facebook.com/CincyJCC

www.twitter.com/#!/theMayersonJCC

(513) 761-7500