“The purpose of working together is very important to me, especially as it relates to those underserved and with limited access to available resources and information… Whenever I begin to use “I” it is time to stop and regroup.”
Donna Bates was born and raised on the South Side of Columbus and has lived there her whole life. Following in her mother’s footsteps of collaborative activism, she has humbly dedicated her life to making her neighborhood a better place and has been involved in countless community organizations.
She currently sits on the board of directors for the Reeb Avenue Center as the community leader and is the secretary of the Steelton Village Civic Association. In these roles, Donna is able to work together with her community to serve those who have limited access or knowledge about available resources. She is involved in the Southeast Lions Club and is passionate about her work with the Central Ohio Lions Eye Bank which aims to connect donors to transplant patients through collaborations with Ohio State University. Donna also serves as the minister of music and the secretary of her church which allows her to serve her family, friends, and community through love and faith.
In one of her most prominent roles, Donna served as the President of the Parsons Area Merchants Association and now contributes as a trustee. PAMA works hard to support the South Side by promoting local business and healthy living to its community members. Donna is especially proud of her work with PAMA to bring scholarships to the students of South High School, her alma mater.