Category Archives: Community Services

Community Impact Award Winner Named in Pickaway County

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The United Way of Pickaway County has named the 2021 Community Impact Award winner.

Sharon Link is this year’s most outstanding community volunteer. She has been honored for her work with the Westfall Cares Foundation and the Pickaway County Emergency Homeless Shelter.

Members of the community voted for the candidate of their choice among seven nominees.

The winner will have five scholarships named in their honor which will be awarded to high school seniors of the Class of 2021 in Pickaway County in May.

Ross Right To Life Holds Diaper Drive

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The Ross County Right to Life is hosting a diaper drive April 17-25.

The diapers are for families living below the poverty line, with diapers for infants costing as much as $80 per month.

Participants in the Diaper Drive are asked to make the purchase, then take the diapers to Saint Peter’s Church between April 17-25.

For more information, call Ross County Right To Life at 285 West Water Street in Chillicothe.

New Leader On-Board At Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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Watch our Litter Media Spotlight in the above video

The Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence is letting the community know they are still active in helping victims of domestic abuse.

David Burchett, Executive Director of the Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence joined us on the Litter Media Spotlight to talk about the revitalization of the Coalition as they work with victims in Ross County.

Burchett came on-board with the Coalition on February 15th after serving as a substance abuse addiction therapist at the Chillicothe Veterans Affairs Medical Center. 

He said he felt the services offered with the Coalition needed more attention. “I want to reiterate to the community that they (services) are still here and we are providing quality services. I am trying to broaden those services and offer some more to the community. We still have our shelter, we still have our 24/7 hotline so if anyone in the community is struggling or suffering, they can always reach out.” 

The Coalition also offers case management services and will be offering counseling services soon.

Burchett says they want to become a “one stop shop” for those needing these services, where they can get as much help as possible. “We have clothing, food, shelter- all these kinds of services.” 

He says there are a myriad of ways that people in need of help can get in contact with the Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, whether from their home, through law enforcement or through the courts. Burchett pointed out that victims of domestic violence must “not allow” the perpetrator of their abuse to convince them (the victim) that there is “no way out.”

Burchett says their staff is adept at assisting, not only with the victims physical needs, but also their emotional needs that come with being a victim of abuse.

“Our sole purpose is to welcome these survivors of domestic violence into a caring scenario, whether that is in our office or shelter, to empower them and help them regain the life that they want.”

As expected, Burchett echoed the information heard nationwide that cases of violence in the home have gone up during the COVID-19  pandemic. 

Burchett encourages volunteers from the community to join them in doing what they can to help these victims, whether through monetary donations or through food and clothing assistance to the Coalition. 

For more information about the Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, call (740) 775-5396 or email David@rccoalition.org. Their office is located at 63 West Second Street in Chillicothe.   

United Way of Ross County Hosts April Events In Trying To Hit $625,000 Campaign Goal

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The Ross County United Way Campaign for 2020-2021 is shortly coming to an end and they are $66,000 away from meeting their annual goal. In April they are going to have a series of events that they hope will help their efforts to reach the annual goal of $625,000.

The first event is Saturday, April 3rd, and all you have to do is eat at Panda Express on Bridge Street, between the hours of 10:30am-9:30pm.

You can order online or go in person and 50% of the proceeds will go to the Ross County United Way, but you must mention or bring the flyer with you.

United Way of Ross County says more events are coming as well.

Red Cross Seeking Volunteers Through Blood Donations

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Celebrate National Volunteer Month by giving about an hour of your time donating blood. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, from accident victims to children battling cancer to mothers giving birth. Healthy volunteer donors are the key to helping save lives. Medical conditions and emergencies don’t stop for a pandemic. You can help by encouraging others to sign up to donate blood with the Red Cross.

Below are the promos being offered in April…

  • Four premium tickets to the 2022 Indianapolis 500® Mile Race
  • Four Garage & Pit Credentials
  • Passes to attend a meet and greet opportunity with driver(s)
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Three-night hotel accommodations (May 27-30, 2022)
  • $500 gift card for expenses
  • *Terms and conditions apply

Below are the blood drives that are open to the public in April.

  • St. Mary’s Catholic Church – drive will be held at the South Central Ohio Chapter

Thursday April 1st

12:00pm-5:00pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: StMarysFLC

  • Bainbridge Community – Tri-County Community Building (located beside JR’s General Store)

Friday April 2nd                

12:00pm-6:00pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: Bainbridge

  • Frankfort Community – Masonic Lodge located at 23 W Springfield Street

Saturday April 3rd             

9:00am-2:00pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: FrankfortCommunity

  • Heritage Nazarene Church – Multi-Purpose Room

Wednesday April 7th                 

2:00pm-7:00pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: HNC

  • South Central Ohio Chapter – Friedman Donor Room

Saturday April 10th              

9:30am-3:30pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: SCOC

  • South Central Ohio Chapter – Friedman Donor Room

Tuesday April 13th             

9:30am-3:30pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: SCOC

  • Adena Regional Medical Center – drive being held at The Carlisle Building located at 9 Paint Street

Friday April 16th               

9:00am-3:00pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: AdenaRegionalMC

  • The Robert Uhrig Memorial Blood Drive – drive held at the South Central Chapter House

Saturday April 17th

8:00am-2:00pm

To schedule an appointment call Christy Leslie at (740)649-3939, or visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: RobertUhrig

  • Christian Life Tabernacle – Fellowship Hall

Monday April 19th   

1:00pm-6:00pm

To schedule an appointment call Dian Smith at (740)773-6044, 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: CLTabernacle

  • South Central Ohio Chapter – Friedman Donor Room

Friday April 23rd              

11:00am-5:00pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: SCOC

  • South Central Ohio Chapter – Friedman Donor Room

Wednesday April 28th              

9:30am-3:30pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: SCOC

  • Zane Trace High School – Gymnasium

Thursday April 29th            

8:30am-1:30pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: ZaneTraceHS

County Wide Clean-Up Events Planned in Pike County

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The Pike County Solid Waste Management District has scheduled a series of county wide collection events that will receive old appliances, electronics, hazardous materials and tires for disposal.

The first event will run between April 5th-16th and will have district crews coming to you- if you have an appointment.

The second event is a household hazardous waste and small appliance collection at the Pike Government Center in Waverly on April 24th.

The third event is a Spring Cleaning Event, which will focus on scrap tires over a four week period to include each of the townships of Pike County.

For more information, call Kelsey Chapman at (740) 947-4104.

Information on each of the event posters can be found below:

New CEO & President Sought For South Central Ohio Big Brothers/Big Sisters

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The board for Big Brothers/Big Sisters Of South Central Ohio is advertising for a new CEO and President.

Julie Violette resigned from that post at year’s end to become Executive Director of the Child Protection Center.

The BBBSSCO position is being advertised as a full-time position with an annual salary of between $50,000 to $60,000. Their mission states that they are “To create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.”

Job requirements include a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, although an advanced degree is preferred.

For more information, contact the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Of South Central Ohio at (614) 839-2447, extension 163 or email npettus@bbbscentralohio.org

Goodwill Teams With Scouts For Good Turn Day

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Scouts across Ohio will be teaming with Goodwill Industries for the Spring Good Turn Day on March 20th.

All nine of Goodwill of South Central Ohio stores will participate in the annual event. Good Turn Day is an opportunity for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to do a “good turn” in their community by collecting used clothing, housewares and books to donate to Goodwill.

“We’re excited to participate in Good Turn Day again, and we appreciate what the Scouts do for Goodwill”, said Goodwill of South Central Ohio CEO Marvin Jones . “The scouts efforts will help Goodwill with its mission as a nonprofit organization to partner with individuals with disabilities and challenges to help them lead the lives they envision across our 8-county region.”

Stores in the region have awarded about 400 patches over the last four Good Turn Days. Scouts earn a patch by donating a large trash bag of items or volunteering for an hour in one of the stores.

Limited volunteering will be available at the stores on March 20th except the McArthur store and Zane Plaza store in Chillicothe.

Scouts wanting to volunteer must schedule a time by emailing jona.ison@gwisco.org or by calling (740) 702-4000- extension 135 no later than March 18th.

Donations for Good Turn Day can be dropped off anytime during business hours March 20th at stores in Athens, Chillicothe, Circleville, Jackson, Logan, McArthur, Washington CH and Waverly and at their donation center in South Bloomfield.

Fundraiser Golf Tournament Being Hosted By First Capital Rotary Club

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“Fairway For Friends” is the name being tagged to a fundraising effort by the First Capital Rotary Club on May 14th at the Chillicothe Jaycees Golf Course.

The 10:00 A.M. event will attempt to raise proceeds for grants to help non-profit organizations in the community.

Dustin Nusbaum of the club says the day will include food, beverages, and skills prizes with the registration fee being $400 per team. There will be a 32-team limit.

Sponsors are also being sought for $100 per hole, along with sponsors for “skins prizes”.

If you would like to sign up your team, be hole sponsor, or donate a skill prize on behalf of your business please follow the link below or message our facebook page link provided below.

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Goodwill Opens New Adult Day Services Center

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Goodwill of South Central Ohio is opening a new adult day services center on Monday, March 1 to fulfill an immediate need for individuals with disabilities in Pickaway County.

In January, the county’s only open adult day services center, Person Centered Services (PCS), closed suddenly. As a result, Goodwill’s administrative team began putting together a plan to open an Activities and Training Center at 5075 S. Union St. in South Bloomfield, about 6 miles from the former PCS site.

“We already provide various services to individuals with disabilities in Pickaway County, so this was an easy decision to make,” said Goodwill CEO Marvin Jones. “Our center employs three former PCS employees including former director Stephanie Smith who is our center’s supervisor. We’re excited about the experience they will bring to the center. Their presence will also help make the transition smoother for the individuals who attended PCS and decide to attend our center.”

Goodwill closed its South Bloomfield store on Feb. 6 to transform the salesfloor into the day center and purchased buses and vans to provide transportation for individuals attending the center. The donation center in the back of the building remains in operation accepting donations at the south entrance between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. All store employees remain employed and have transitioned to operate the donation center or work in our Circleville store.

This isn’t the first time Goodwill has responded to fill a need for services in Pickaway County. In January, its workforce development team began a paid work experience training program, Project Connect. The program provides participants an opportunity to gain marketable skills by working with a job coach in a Goodwill store for up to six months. Upon completion of the program, participants will then work with a Goodwill employment specialist to identify and secure community employment.

In March 2020, Goodwill also launched its C.A.R.E. program in Pickaway County which provides homemaker/personal care, Ohio Shared Living, and assistive technology services.

“COVID has negatively impacted service options in the area for individuals with disabilities. While we’ve felt some of those effects at Goodwill, we’ve worked collaboratively with our boards of developmental disabilities in the eight counties we serve to find solutions,” said Missions Coordinator Cana Horner. “We have actually expanded the services we offer during the past year, and that’s partly due to the tremendous community support we get from those who donate to and shop at our thrift stores.”

There will be an open house for the new center from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 1 by appointment only. Call Stephanie Smith at 740-248-9907 to schedule an appointment.