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For many of us, this will be our first experience interacting with government agencies and social service organizations looking for help. You can call 211 anytime of the day or night to be connected to a live, local operator who can guide you through your human service questions. Scroll through this update to see how you can GET HELP for your family or someone you know. Or how you can GIVE HELP if you are able. Sections include:
- United Way's Response, including emergency funding for local agencies.
- Food. Where to get it if you need it.
- Job Concerns. Were you laid off? Hours reduced? How to apply for help. Who's hiring to find a new job!
- Bills. Tips for keeping up.
- Mental Health and coping with these uncertain times.
- Ways to Help if you can. INCLUDING A GIFT TO UNITED WAY.
- More COVID-19 local information.
Remember that pledge you made to United Way one day last fall? While it makes a difference all year long, it really makes an impact in times like this! Logan County is coming together to LIVE UNITED through this unprecedented situation. We are all impacted in some way.
UPDATED HUMAN SERVICE INFORMATION
We continue to maintain Logan County's most comprehensive directory of COVID-19 services and updates right here on this page. You can also call 211 anytime of the day or night to be connected with a live operator who can talk with you about your situation.
FUNDED AGENCY SUPPORT
In mid-March, we fronted our Funded Agencies that we support on quarterly basis with their full 2nd quarter allocation a month early (more than $120,000) to assist them with cash flow and the ability to continue providing needed programs.
Our special grant fund for emerging and emergency needs is available to any Logan County organization providing extra support for COVID-19 response or that is experiencing a financial emergency. On April 8, we awarded $16,000 in emergency funds to the following organizations:
- $8,000 to Lutheran Community Services to cover costs associated with Our Daily Bread's new, all-day carryout meals (see below for details).
- $5,000 to LifeCare Alliance to cover costs associated with a 25 percent increase in homebound clients receiving meals-on-wheels in Logan County.
- $3,000 to Light the Way Christian Counseling Center to cover up to 75 mental health therapy sessions for uninsured and underinsured clients.
New Applications will be considered. Contact Dave Bezusko at (937) 592-2886 for more information before applying.
Navigating the ever-changing and increasingly complex network of available help is VERY challenging. But if you work at AGC, CRSI, Global Precision Parts, Green Hills Community, Logan Acres, Logan County Board of DD, Mary Rutan Hospital, NEX Transport, RTC Services, or SpartanNash, you are eligible to confer one-on-one with Ashley Spence, United Way's Licensed Social Worker, to talk about ANY human service need. Simply call Ashley directly at (937) 935-9509 OR e-mail her to ask her a question.
With the assistance of the Ohio National Guard, they serve hundreds of families during their drive-thru Mobile Pantry distributions each week in Logan County. For the updated schedule of distribution locations and times, click here and scroll down.
Providing a carry out sack lunch available between 10:00 and 1:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday). Carry out hot meals available between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Seeking donations of individual servings of vegetables, breakfast items, and juice boxes. Food pantry remains open. A letter of referral from a social service provider is necessary to access. Contact 937-592-9914 for more information.
Continues to deliver critical meals daily to homebound seniors and shut-ins in Logan County. Senior citizens needing home-delivered meals can contact (614) 278-3130 to sign up. There is a critical need for more volunteers to assist in the routes. They have established rapid response volunteer training to help on-board new volunteers quickly and seamlessly. Volunteers can call Ben Yeater at (614) 570-1053 for immediate training to start driving routes.
To help with challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis, United Way and RTC Services have partnered on a new Grocery Delivery Service for Logan County's older adults. Residents 60 years and older can now call RTC (937-539-3351) for free grocery pick up and delivery. The service is available weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. After calling RTC to get set up, you'll call a participating store to order and pay for your groceries. RTC will then pick up and deliver your order. Participating stores include:
- Community Markets in Bellefontaine
- Fields IGA in West Mansfield
- Kroger in Bellefontaine
- Steve's Market in DeGraff
- Thoman's IGA in West Liberty
Over a dozen food pantries throughout Logan County continue to operate. Click here for a directory with updated locations and hours.
All of our local school districts are providing meals for students. Contact your local school for details and updates on their distribution methods.
SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM
Western Outreach Center: Lunches 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Food Bags 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning June 1.
Chippewa Outreach Center: Lunches 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Food Bags 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning June 8.
Russells Point Center: Lunches Noon to 2:00 p.m. Food Bags Noon to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning June 8
Any questions can be directed toward Drew Shick at the Chippewa/ RP Center (843-9283) or Aaron Pool at the Western Center (593-1449).
If you have been laid off (even temporarily) or had your hours reduced because of COVID-19, click here to file for unemployment. Note that the "Mass Lay Off Number for Covid-19" is no longer being used by the state on new unemployment applications as companies are returning to work. The number will no longer be valid and will cause an error if used. If a person remains laid off currently and used the Mass Lay Off number in their claim, there is no additional action that they need to take. This only applies to new claims being filed. To view your payment status, log into your unemployment account click "View Claim Summary/Payment History" on the left side of your screen.
The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program is now open as of May 13. This means self-employed Ohioans previously unable to access unemployement benefits can now do so. The program offers up to 39 weeks of benefits to self-employed individuals, 1099 tax filers and part-time workers. The benefit amount is similar to traditional unemployment payments, plus an additional $600 per week through July 25. Those who believe they may be eligible should visit pua.unemployment.ohio.gov and click the button that says “Click Here to Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.” Individuals who pre-registered for the program received an email earlier this week with instructions for how to complete their applications.
MANY local workplaces are still operating and are hiring with immediate openings. Click here for a directory of local opportunities compiled by the Logan County Department of Job & Family Services. Their OhioMeansJobs Logan County office at 211 E. Columbus Avenue has reopened and is available from 9:00 to 4:00 each Monday through Friday. Please call to make an appointment at (937) 292-5064.
For many of us, this will be our first experience interacting with government agencies and social service organizations looking for help. If you work at AGC, CRSI, Global Precision Parts, Green Hills Community, Logan Acres, Logan County Board of DD, Mary Rutan Hospital, NEX Transport, RTC Services, or SpartanNash, you are eligible to confer one-on-one with Ashley Spence, United Way's Licensed Social Worker, to talk about ANY human service need. Simply call Ashley directly at (937) 935-9509 OR e-mail her to ask questions and seek guidance about any of these benefits and social services.
UTILITY INFORMATION DURING COVID-19
Dayton Power & Light and Vectren are not (yet) disconnecting any customer’s service for non-payment, in order to give customers experiencing financial hardship extra time to make payments. Many other local utility providers are offering similar grace periods. Contact your local utility provider for more information.
HOWEVER, one of the WORST things to do is ignore your bills. If you owe any of the following, please contact the company/person to whom you owe money.
Any other places to which you pay bills
AS SOON AS YOUR INCOME IS AFFECTED, CALL!! Here are some tips when calling those to whom you owe bills:
- Call right away and be patient. Places are overwhelmed with the rapid changes going on. However, they are very willing to help.
- Get everything in writing. Get the name of the person you spoke to, and get their email address. Send a follow up email so that you both have confirmation of what was said.
- Don’t assume things apply to you. Just because many places are offering deferred payments, 0 interest, etc., does not mean it will automatically be applied to your account. You must communicate with your bill holder to make sure you have these options.
UTILITY BILL ASSISTANCE
Bridges Community Action Organization - The regular Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) until June 1, 2020. For more information and what is needed to apply, contact Mitch Marshall at 937-404-9203. Additional information can also be found at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov or by calling (800) 282-0880.
Second Harvest Food Bank's Helping Hands program is another potential option. Contact (937) 325-8715 ext. 1.
HELP TO COPE WITH THE PANDMEIC
The outbreak of COVID-19 is stressful for many people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Click here for tips from the CDC on how to handle anxiety you may be feeling.
24 - Hour Crisis Hotline: 1-800-224-0422 or 937-376-8701
24 - Hour Crisis Text Line: Text "4Hope" to 741-741
Continues to provide peer support via phone and web. WE ARE PERSONS THAT KNOW MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE DEPENDENCE CHALLENGES. AND WE ARE HERE TO HELP NOW MORE THAN EVER! You can reach us at 937-407-4547 and 937-205-5274. We will match you with the appropriate peer supporter. You can also Message their Facebook Page to get connected.
Maintaining regular business hours Monday through Friday in Bellefontaine and Urbana. By appointment in Russells Point. Call (937) 599-1975 or the Crisis Line at 1-800-224-0422.
The United Way Board of Trustees awarded a $3,000 Community Impact Fund Grant to Light the Way Christian Counseling Center on April 8 to provide mental health therapy sessions over the next several months in response to the COVID-19 crisis. United Way's investment will cover the cost of approximately 75 therapy sessions for uninsured or underinsured clients seeking help to cope with anxiety or stress. All of the sessions will be conducted via Telehealth to comply with the Stay-at-Home order. Call (937) 593-9600 for more information.
CHWP is accepting new patients for both Medical and Behavioral Health services. Telehealth appointments are available for both Medical and Behavioral Health services. If patients do not have internet access and would like a telehealth visit, an on-site in your own vehicle visit can be arranged. Call 937-599-1411 to schedule an appointment. Bellefontaine and West Liberty Community Health Center offices are open: patients should CALL to schedule an appointment. No Walk-in appointments are available at this time. Call 937-599-1411 to schedule an appointment. Behavioral Health services are available via Telehealth. In-office appointments will begin June 1st. Indian Lake Community Health Center will reopen on June 1st. Hours of operation: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Saturdays at the Bellefontaine Community Health Center only, from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Transportation arrangements to appointments can be made if needed. All persons visiting CHWP are being encouraged to wear a face covering.
STATE OF OHIO HOTLINE
The State of Ohio started a new COVID-Care hotline for mental health support, open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days a week. Available at 1-800-720-9616, the call line is staffed with trained social workers and counselors who will conduct screenings, help with coping strategies, and if long-term help is needed, connect with on-going care.
GIVE TO UNITED WAY
Click here to make a one-time or recurring gift to United Way of Logan County.
DONATE ITEMS TO MARY RUTAN HOSPITAL
During this critical time, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies are running low nationwide and the effects are being seen in Logan County. To help area first responders and health care professionals who continue to serve vulnerable patients and community members, we ask for your help to address this shortage.
Items may be dropped off at the main entrance of Mary Rutan Hospital’s Logan View location at 110 Dowell Avenue in Bellefontaine (between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m). We ask that items are bagged or boxed for easy drop-off.
We appreciate the outpouring of interest to provide homemade masks for our community healthcare partners and professionals who continue to serve vulnerable patients and community members. Click here for details on how to make homemade masks.
HELP DELIVER MEALS-ON-WHEELS
LifeCare Alliance continues to provide daily meal deliveries to more than 160 shut-ins throughout Logan County and there is a critical need for more volunteers to assist in the routes. They have established rapid response volunteer training to help on-board new volunteers quickly and seamlessly. Volunteers can call Ben Yeater at (614) 570-1053 for immediate training to start driving routes.
LOGAN COUNTY BOARD OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
The Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities provides essential services that assist people with developmental disabilities. The health and safety of people with developmental disabilities is our top priority. We will need your help. Would you be willing to drop off supplies? Would you be willing to pick up some groceries? Can you stop by someone’s house and make sure they are ok? If you are healthy and under age 60 we can put you to work, when needed, as a volunteer. Providers are also needed. If you are interested in employment as a service provider there are jobs available. If you are 18 or older and willing to help people with disabilities, if you desire to help, please contact Deb Morrison at 937-292-3011 and you will be added to our volunteer list or you will be refered to one of our provider agencies. Thank You!
- 4C for Children. For those families and care givers who are not identified as health, safety or essential service workers, here's a resource that may help you identify alternative plans for the care of your children during the pandemic. If you, your family or neighbors have questions or need additional support during this time, our Family Specialists are here to support our community and can be reached at: 937-220-9660, x1330
- Boy Scouts Tecumseh Council - Click here for updates and status of programs and camps.
- Bridges Community Action Partnership - Bridges staff are currently working remotely. We have secured a drop off box at Osgood Bank in downtown Lakeview next door as they are still open. For all HEAP and PIPP customers: Households can choose to complete applications online at this link, via hand-delivery, by fax (937-642-1925), or by mail (232 N. Main St. Suite G, Marysville, Ohio, 43040). All required documents should be submitted along with current phone number. Call (937) 404-9203 for more information. If any one has an immediate crisis, please call 937 642-4986 x 234. Bridges is also offering a "Virtual VITA" program for anyone who has yet to file their 2019 taxes. Contact their office for more information.
- Daily Bread of Indian Lake - Closed until further notice.
- Discovery Riders - planning to reopen on June 1. Click here for updates.
- Green Hills Community - Click here for updates.
- Habitat for Humanity - The Logan County Habitat Restore has reopened. All customers must wear a mask. Maximum seven customers in the store at one time. No children under 18. Hand sanitizer available upon entering/leaving the store. Hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:00 to 5:00 and Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00.
- LifeCare Alliance - provides critical meals to homebound seniors and shut-ins in Logan County. Those daily meal deliveries continue and there is a critical need for more volunteers to assist in the routes. They have established rapid response volunteer training to help on-board new volunteers quickly and seamlessly. Volunteers can call Ben Yeater at (614) 570-1053 for immediate training to start driving routes. Senior citizens needing home-delivered meals can contact (614) 278-3130 to sign up. Congregate Dining Centers are closed until further notice. Dining center clients have the option to receive home-delivered meals. If you have questions or would like more information, please e-mail them or call (614) 278-3130.
- Logan County Friendly Senior Center - Closed until further notice.
- Logan County Neighborhood Outreach Centers - Due to the Covid-19 Virus all three of the outreach centers will start the 2020 summer offering the summer food program and food bags only, Monday through Friday. We will follow the social distancing and safety guidelines outlined by Governor DeWine. All children are welcome to eat lunch at the Centers, but will not be permitted to stay at the center all day. If things change later in the summer and we are able to provide other activities, we will adjust accordingly. Any questions can be directed toward Drew Shick at the Chippewa/ RP Center (843-9283) or Aaron Pool at the Western Center (593-1449).Here are the hours of operation at each of the Centers: Western Outreach Center (Beginning June 1): Lunches 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Food Bags 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Chippewa Outreach Center: Lunches 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Food Bags 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Russells Point Center: Lunches Noon to 2:00 p.m. Food Bags Noon to 2:00 p.m.
- Lutheran Community Services / Our Daily Bread - Carry out sack lunch available between 10:00 and 1:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday). Carry out hot meals available between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Seeking donations of individual servings of vegetables, breakfast items, and juice boxes. Food pantry remains open. A letter of referral from a social service provider is necessary to access. Thrift Store is closed. Contact 937-592-9914 for more information.
- Recovery Zone - is reopening in phases. 12-step meetings, outdoor recovery support groups, Zoom meetings, and food distributions occuring now. Click here for full details and updates.
- RTC Services - Public Transportation continues to run a normal schedule from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Please call (937) 593-0039 to schedule a ride. For other updates, please click here.
- Second Harvest Food Bank - Mobile pantry schedule is now being released week-to-week. The updated schedule is available here.
- TCN Behavioral Health - maintaining regular business hours Monday through Friday in Bellefontaine and Urbana. By appointment in Russells Point. Call (937) 599-1975 or the Crisis Line at 1-800-224-0422. TCN's Domestic Violence Program is also fully operational. The Soteria House DV Shelter is open and available by calling (937) 404-2365. TCN staff are still available to provide support anytime through Telehealth video conferencing with clients or to meet at the courthouse. Emergency protection orders can still be obtained.
- YMCA of Central Ohio - Hilliker YMCA is making plans to re-open on June 29. Click here for updates.
MORE LOCAL COVID-19 LINKS
OTHER COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
New Path Pregnancy Resource Centers is open by appointment. Call us today to schedule an appointment:
211 Information and Referral Hotline. Call 211 anytime to talk with a live, local operator about any human service need.