Frequently Asked Questions
If you require a wheelchair, contact information for local wheelchair rental companies is provided for you to make your own arrangements.
The Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) is fully ADA compliant. The entire complex was built or has been renovated after ADA became law in 1990 and all spaces meet or exceed code requirements.
Medical Equipment Rentals:
Advanced Medical Supply
Columbus Medical Equipment Inc.
Columbus Mobility Specialists
Greater Columbus Convention Center Guest Services—mobile scooter rental only
R&J Medical Services
Accessible Taxi Services
Accessible taxis will service CMH airport, but do not typically wait at CMH in the taxi line.
Blue Cab provides regular and wheelchair-accessible taxi services. This service utilizes vehicles that are equipped with ramps to accommodate standard-sized wheelchairs.
Bobcat Taxi provides regular and wheelchair-accessible taxi services. This service has access to paratransit vans with ramps and straps to secure chair when inside vehicle. They can accommodate larger wheelchairs inside the vehicles but lack the motorized chairlift function.
Columbus Taxi Service
Columbus Taxi Service provides regular and wheelchair accessible taxi services. This service has access to paratransit vans with ramps and straps to secure chair when inside vehicle. They can accommodate larger wheelchairs inside the vehicles but lack the motorized chairlift function. You can reserve a taxi online.
Shamrock Taxi provides regular and wheelchair-accessible taxi services. This service has access to paratransit vans with ramps and straps to secure chair when inside vehicle. They can accommodate larger wheelchairs inside the vehicles but lack the motorized chairlift function.
Yellow Cab provides regular taxi service and wheelchair-accessible taxi services. This service has access to 10 paratransit taxis equipped with ramps and motorized lifts to accommodate larger chairs or scooters.
Fixed costs mandate a $50.00 cancellation fee, a $30.00 bounced check fee and allow for no refunds after April 9, 2018. Registration is transferable.
Child care will be provided during scheduled sessions of the Assembly for children ages 2-12 years old for a daily fee of $35 per child. Parents are to provide food for children with special diets, diapers and any needed change of clothing. Please indicate on your registration form if you need child care.
United Methodist Women Assembly Office
475 Riverside Drive, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10115
The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) operates bus service in Columbus. The CBUS is a free downtown circulator that runs every 10-15 minutes from the Short North District through Downtown, to the Brewery District and back again. For current information on stops and routes, check COTA’s website.
Rent a bike and pedal yourself around the city at one of CoGo Bike Share’s more than 30 stations throughout downtown, for just $8 a day. Or, hire someone to do the pedaling for you with E.C.T. Pedicab, in operation most every night for just $1.50/ minute.
Columbus offers a safe and walkable convention district for all delegates. From the GCCC, meeting attendees are literally just steps from the Short North Arts District as well as hundreds of hip galleries, shops, dining, nightlife, sports, hotels, entertainment and more.
For those who prefer to drive themselves around but don’t want to worry about a rental car, car2go offers on-demand access to a network of 300 Smart cars at a rate of only $0.41/minute (plus tax).
- General sessions and worship
- Experience hall
- Workshops, panels and performances
- Name tag
- Assembly tote bag
- Lunch on Friday and Saturday
Your registration fee does NOT include transportation costs or hotel accommodations. Please make your own arrangements. See recommended hotels section.
Ubuntu Day of Service (optional pre-assembly event)
- A day of service, giving back to the local community
- Bus transportation to and from sites, as well as options at the Greater Columbus Convention Center
- Ubuntu Day T-shirt
- Water bottle
A box lunch on Friday and Saturday are included with your registration fee.
Traveling to Assembly could provide you with an opportunity to see a National Mission Institution! Go to unitedmethodistwomen.org/nmi to locate national mission institutions along your travel route. Please contact the National Mission Institution in advance to schedule a visit.
If you are flying to Assembly, wear something with a United Methodist Women logo! You might meet other United Methodist Women members on their way to Assembly. If you have a large group traveling together, ask the flight attendant to make an announcement and welcome United Methodist Women traveling to Assembly.
You can register for Assembly with the attached paper registration form below. Please note due to processing fees, paper registration is $330. You can seek assistance through your conference assembly liaison or conference President to receive the lower registration fee.
Baby Hats and Booties Needed!
United Methodist Women-made hats and booties will be distributed to local hospital churches and day care centers following Assembly 2018. United Methodist Women crafters are needed to knit, crochet or sew baby hats and booties and bring them to Assembly.
Contact your conference president to learn how to book a hotel room in your conference's sub block. If you do not know your conference president, contact registration customer service at UMWAssembly2018@
Conference hotel sub-blocks are held through Dec. 1, 2017. At that time, any unused hotel rooms will be released back into the general Assembly hotel block. Rooms may become available after the December 1, 2017 release.
Individuals or groups may contact hotels directly to plan their stay. Please indicate that you are part of the United Methodist Women Assembly room block when calling to make reservations. To help conferences make travel plans and housing arrangements, notify your conference attendees if you have a preferred hotel. It has proven helpful for conference presidents or Assembly liaisons to have a list of names of those attending from the conference.
Please indicate that you are part of the United Methodist Women Assembly 2018 room block.
Rates do not include state and local taxes, which are added to each room rate.
|Hotel Name||Room Rate||Reservations|
|Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention Center+||$159 standard,|
|Hampton Inn & Suites*||$154 standard,|
|Hilton Columbus Downtown+||$157||614-384-8600 or|
|Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown Capitol Square*||$154||614-221-3281|
|Hyatt Regency Columbus+||$159||614-463-1234|
|Red Roof Inn*||$123||614-224-6539|
|Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square*||$139||800-325-3535|
*Shuttle service will be provided between the hotel and convention center.
+Connected to the Greater Columbus Convention Center via an enclosed walkway, the skybridge.
For problems registering online for Assembly 2018 contact registration customer service at UMWAssembly2018@integrityee.com or call 800-804-6506. Please note the Early Online discount of $295 does not apply to paper registration due to associated costs of mail-in forms. The mail-in registration fee is $330.
Scholarships for Assembly are provided by online donors who choose to give. The deadline for applications is Dec 1, 2017. Please download the pdf application and return to RCraddock@unitedmethodistwomen.org OR mail to Rashida Craddock, United Methodist Women, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115.
Translation is offered in American Sign language, French, Korean
and Spanish during the general sessions or Community Gatherings only for Assembly.
In May, Columbus usually has mildly warm weather; dress appropriately. Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes for exploring the exciting Experience Hall, United Methodist Women’s many resources and the Columbus area. Every effort is made to reduce long waiting periods, but with so many United Methodist Women members in one place, lines are unavoidable. Please use this time for fellowship and reunion with your neighbors.