Updated: Thursday, April 9 1:54 PM (If you have an item to add to this page, please e-mail.)
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.
- Child Care, if you are still working.
- 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 received by May 1 will be considered next month. 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.
Due to the "Stay at Home" order in Ohio, United Way staff is working from home until further notice. You may still contact us at our regular contact number at (937) 592-2886.
Community Care Day, scheduled for May 15, has been postponed and rescheduled for Friday August 28, when it will also double as our 2020 Campaign Kickoff event.
With the assistance of the Ohio National Guard, they served hundreds of families during their drive-thru Mobile Pantry distributions. They are planning to conduct weekly drive-thru distributions moving forward. The next one is scheduled for Monday April 6 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Bellefontaine Kroger parking lot. Check this page for updates as they are scheduled.
Providing a carry out sack lunch available between 10:00 and 4:30 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 more than 160 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
10 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.
If you have been laid off (even temporarily) or had your hours reduced because of COVID-19, click here to file for unemployment. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has been working around the clock to streamline performance and boost capacity by adding servers so the online claims system can handle the unprecedented influx of claims, which has affected processing times. Several people we've talked to have had a shorter experience when filing during non-peak hours (late night, early morning). Those without internet access or who have case-specific questions can call 1-877-644-6562 (OHIO-JOB) from 7a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
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. And on April 2, Lt. Governor Jon Husted launched a new website to match essential businesses with Ohioans who are able and willing to work. CLICK HERE to be connected to this statewide service.
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 will not disconnect 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. Gov. Mike DeWine issued a statewide order Tuesday (3/31) that will prevent water utilities from shutting off connections due to non-payment and will require them to restore service to those customers whose water has been disconnected. DeWine said that water utilities will not automatically restore connections. It will be the responsibility of customers to contact their local service provider. But utilities will be required to restore connections regardless of a customer's payment history. (DeWine said that customers will still be required to pay their bills.) 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
Effective immediately (4/2/20), Ohioans who are enrolling in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP) for the first time, applying for Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program, or have limited income, are no longer required to visit a local Energy Assistance Provider in order to complete an application. Please pick up a packet at the front door and return it with your documents to be completed. Appointments may be completed over the phone during the scheduled appointment time rather than face-to-face. Ohioans can visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov to start their application and upload the required documents prior to their appointment. If a you do not have access to the internet and/or cannot upload your documentation, the local Energy Assistance Provider can complete your application over the phone. For a list of required documentation or to schedule an appointment call Bridges Community Action at 937-404-9203.
Development will also extend the Winter Crisis Program (WCP) until May 1, 2020 to align with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s extended Winter Reconnect Order and the regular Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will be extended until June 1, 2020. Development’s Interactive Voice Response phone lines will not be available, however Ohioans may continue to call (800) 282-0880 and select option 2, to be transferred to their local Energy Assistance Provider.
The Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program helps income-eligible Ohioans pay their heating bills and can assist with fuel tank placement, fuel tank testing and furnace repair. Ohioans must have a gross income at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify for WCP and HEAP assistance. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $45,062.50. Ohioans must have a gross income at or below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify for PIPP. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $38,625.00. Ohioans that have a regulated utility and have been issued a disconnect notice are eligible for a one-time WCP benefit if they have not already received a WCP or regular HEAP benefit.
For more information about the features of the Winter Crisis Program locally 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.
If you are still working and need child care, here are some local options.
PANDEMIC CHILD CARE CENTERS
The State of Ohio has kept a certain number of child care centers open with a special Pandemic Child Care License. We have three in Logan County:
Green Hills Community in West Liberty
Little Learners in Bellefontaine
Theresa’s Gingerbread House in West Liberty
These are to be used by those required to work during this crisis in essential jobs and for our first responders if child care is needed.
As long as employers remain open while school remains closed, there is a need for child care. Are you a high school or college-age student home from school while YOUR classes are cancelled and would like to make some money? We will be posting and updating a directory of available babysitters here so parents can find you and contact you directly to find support for their families.
- BABYSITTERS Click here to be added to the list.
- PARENTS Click here to see the list. Information provided in our Babysitting hub is meant solely to connect you with available help and to serve as a resource. We encourage you to screen anyone you may contact to your standards before employing them.
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
HELP TO COPE WITH THE PANDMEIC
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for 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.
Community Health and Wellness Partners wants to continue to meet the needs of ALL residents of Logan County and beyond during this time of crisis. CHWP is currently seeing anyone, regardless of whether they have an established Primary Care Provider or not. This change has come about as some Primary Care Providers offices are not seeing patients and others are not offering telehealth. If people do not have a Primary Care Provider, new patient paperwork is available at www.chwplc.org. CHWP currently prefers to do all visits via telehealth if possible; however, if patients do not have access to devices with data or Wi-Fi, appointments can occur while the patient remains in their vehicle. There are two designated parking spots closest to the entrance at their West Liberty and Bellefontaine locations, and an iPad can be brought to the car so the patient can interact with a provider (both medical and Behavioral Health). The Bellefontaine location is being used for all ill patients. The West Liberty office being used for chronic care patients (no sick visits).
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.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT GREEN HILLS COMMUNITY
At Green Hills Community, we are praying for a best with a quick end to this current health crisis. The reality is that we need to be prepared for a worst-case scenario. As part of our disaster plan, we expect that the worst case is a need for volunteers to supplement staff during the height of the pandemic. We could need help with anything from greeting/screening visitors to helping cook meals, feeding residents, help with activities, or assisting with other care needs.
This would only happen if we experienced a severe need. Volunteers would only help with tasks they are comfortable in performing. We would never ask volunteers to do anything they were not comfortable with. If you are over 18, and would be willing to help in the event we have a crisis, please contact Green Hills will your contact information and what duties you would be interested in performing. Also, please indicate if you have any healthcare experience. All volunteers will be required to go through a screening and basic orientation process. Interested parties may leave their contact information by calling the Green Hills RSVP hotline at 937-465-0700 and leave their e-mail address, contact/interest information or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for a way to make a difference while you're cooped up with the kids at home? Help us spread some cheer to our senior citizens who are also cooped up at Green Hills Community and Logan Acres. Here's how:
- Download and print one or more of the coloring pages at this link.
- Have your child color it. (YOU can color one too!)
- Add an inspirational message in the blank space.
- Then take a picture of it with your phone or scan it in.
- E-mail it to us or text it to (937) 209-9258.
We will print them out and deliver to Green Hills Community and Logan Acres for the residents to enjoy. Please share with those you think may be interested in helping!
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!
- United Way of Logan County - Due to the "Stay at Home" order in Ohio, United Way staff is working from home through at least April 6. You may still contact us at our regular contact numbers. (937) 592-2886 for Dave and (937) 935-9509 for Ashley. Community Care Day, scheduled for May 15, has been postponed to Friday August 28. Dolly Parton Film World Premiere screening at the Holland Theatre, scheduled for April 2, has been cancelled.
- 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 - all scouting and camping activities cancelled at least through April 3.
- 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. Services are our HEAP Winter Crisis and Free Tax Clinic. Folks can drop off their taxes and HEAP applications and a member of our staff will contact them and mail back their documents. Our Weatherization services have been postponed until April 3rd at this time as well. We are taking application if anyone wants weatherization services. 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. The Winter Crisis Program season has been extended to May 1. Call (937) 404-9203 for more information. If any one has an immediate crisis, please call 937 642-4986 x 234.
- Daily Bread of Indian Lake - Closed through at least April 16
- Discovery Riders - closed until further notice.
- Green Hills Community - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! At Green Hills Community, we are praying for a best with a quick end to this current health crisis. The reality is that we need to be prepared for a worst-case scenario. As part of our disaster plan, we expect that the worst case is a need for volunteers to supplement staff during the height of the pandemic. We could need help with anything from greeting/screening visitors to helping cook meals, feeding residents, help with activities, or assisting with other care needs. This would only happen if we experienced a severe need. Volunteers would only help with tasks they are comfortable in performing. We would never ask volunteers to do anything they were not comfortable with. If you are over 18, and would be willing to help in the event we have a crisis, please contact Green Hills will your contact information and what duties you would be interested in performing. Also, please indicate if you have any healthcare experience. All volunteers will be required to go through a screening and basic orientation process. Interested parties may leave their contact information by calling the Green Hills RSVP hotline at 937.465.0700 and leave their e-mail address, contact/interest information or e-mail email@example.com.
- Habitat for Humanity - The Logan County Habitat Restore will be Closed until further notice. We are scheduling pickups for donations now by calling 937-539-0275 for when we begin pickups again on April 1st. Thank you for your patronage and understanding and look forward to you seeing you soon
- 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 as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Dining center clients will 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 - are closed until further notice.
- Lutheran Community Services / Our Daily Bread - Carry out sack lunch available between 10:00 and 4:30 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 - Closed for daily operation. Still providing peer support via phone and web. 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 our Page to get connected. ZOOM meetings with our members to do check-in’s, groups and sharing (We will provide this service in smaller groups, as sometimes it is difficult for everyone to share outside of their base group.) Post updated online meeting supports as available and connection to mental health services. Provide phone call check-ins or individual/messenger check in’s daily for members who are not able to participate in ZOOM meetings. Providing weekly food provisions. Call (937) 407-4547, (937) 205-5274 or (937) 597-2607 for more information. **NOTE TO OUR MEMBERS: We have a private Facebook page set up for sharing with our RZ family. If you have not been added to the page, just message or call us, and we will add you ASAP!
- 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. RTC's facility day programs will remain suspended through Friday, April 17. This includes: Industries, Seniors, Adult Day, Pos+Abilities, & the STUDIO. We are happy to announce that we are beginning some new services. We will be using technology to do video group activities and classes! If you need assistance with technology, we may be able to help with this. We can also deliver activity packets to you, have someone call you to check in, and provide some in-home services. If you are interested in these services, please contact your program manager (Nancy Evans Donley, Christy McGill, Aaron Atherton or Abby Miller) or call RTC's main line at 937-592-0534 and leave a message.
- Second Harvest Food Bank - Mobile pantry schedule is now being released week-to-week. The Logan County mobile for the week of March 30 has already occurred. We will post the new schedule here when we receive it.
- 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.
- YMCA of Central Ohio - Hilliker YMCA is closed through at least April 6.
MORE LOCAL COVID-19 LINKS
OTHER COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
New Path Pregnancy Resource Centers has closed all Centers until further notice. If you need a pregnancy test, please email and give us your contact information, one of our directors will arrange to meet with you. If you are a current/active client and need diapers, wipes or formula, please email and we will make arrangements for those items. If you are not a current client but have an emergency need for baby supplies, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are grateful for your understanding. We are committed to serving and protecting you and your children. If you are not able to send an email, please call 937-642-5683 and leave a message with all your contact information.
211 Information and Referral Hotline. Call 211 anytime to talk with a live, local operator about any human service need.