COVID-19 RESPONSE AND RESOURCES
United Way of North Central Ohio has mobilized to direct resources and support to local social service agencies who are tasked with meeting the needs of the community during this COVID19 outbreak and its consequences. We are anticipating great strain on all community social services, including childcare, food pantries, workforce support, mobile meal services, meals for food insecure children who are home-bound, and more.
Our community has a great network of agencies providing safety net services already in place; they are experienced and prepared to meet the needs of our most vulnerable residents during this crisis.The resources of these agencies will be strained to the limits, however, as we expect the need to grow over the coming days and weeks. Please consider making a donation to the United Way of North Central Ohio’s Community Relief Fund – all donations will be used to support the near- and long-term COVID19 response efforts in our community, and you can designate your donation to be used in Crawford, Marion, or Wyandot.
You’ll find links to resources for community members below; if you have information to add please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources and Referrals for Immediate and/or Long Term Assistance
Open Door Resource Center
Mental Health Resources
Community Counseling Services Warm Line. Call 419-562-2000 from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. After hours, call CONTACT at 419-562-9010 or 419-468-9081.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Ohio. NAMI Ohio improves the quality of life and ensures dignity and respect for persons with serious mental illness, and offers support to their families and close friends. Call 1-800-686-2646 or text NAMI to 741741 for help now.
Crawford-Maron ADAMH Board. All of us know someone whose life has been touched by a mental health concern or substance abuse. In fact, one out of five Americans – 46.6 million people – will experience a mental health condition during his or her lifetime. In addition, about 1.1 million adult Ohioans are addicted to alcohol or other drugs. Fortunately, there is hope and help for people recovering from these devastating conditions, thanks to the Crawford-Marion Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services and its partner agencies. In Marion County, call 740-387-8531; in Crawford County, call 419-562-7288.
Health Information & Resources
Crawford County Public Health. Call 419-562-5871.
Galion City Health Department. Call 419-468-1075.
Marion Public Health Department. Call 740-387-6520.
Wyandot County Public Health. Call 419-294-3852.
Crawford County WIC Office. Our Crawford County WIC office is open and operating, but operating in a little bit different manner. We are asking that only adults come to the office. Please do not bring children if at all possible. Many of our WIC services are also switching over to being done over the phone. When you do need to visit our WIC office to re-load your card, we are asking you to wait in your car and call the office to let us run out to take care of you. We apologize for any inconveniences, but we are encouraging services while still maintaining social distancing and not spreading illness during this time. Please feel free to call our WIC office with any questions — we are here! (419)562-5859
Marion County WIC Office. WIC is open. Our appointments will be done differently. 1st. Please do not bring your infants and children into the building. We just need one healthy adult to come in to receive your WIC benefits. 2nd. Look for us to be calling you to do your appointments over the phone. Our number is 740-383-5533, so you know it is us. 3rd. If you have symptoms, cough, fever, trouble breathing, call us and we can discuss options over the phone. 4th. If you do not have an appointment and want WIC services call us to screen over the phone. Lastly, thank you for being flexible as we figure out this new way of doing things. Stay home and look for us to call!
Wyandot County WIC Office. Ohio WIC Program effective Tuesday March 17th until further notice: Your local WIC Program will continue to issue program benefits. To minimize the number of the people coming into the WIC clinic, physical presence of infants are being waived. IF a child or woman applicant are being certified or recertified, the iron assessment is waived and we will need a verbal height and weight. If you or anyone in your household is experiencing any symptoms of illness, please call our office to reschedule your appointment. Follow social distancing measures to reduce the exposure and transmission of COVID-19.
Food For Homebound Students
Here is a listing of locations providing meals in the area for those in need. BCSD will be donating food supplies to local food banks to help kids get fed. Beginning April 13, breakfast and lunch sack meals will be delivered to children ages 1 to 18 at five sites throughout Bucyrus. See the schedule here.
Buckeye Central Local Schools
Buckeye Central will be providing meals to students during the closure of school due to the Coronavirus. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, brown-bagged breakfast and lunch will be available to any student that needs it. Meals will be available weekdays between 11:30 a.m.- 12:30p.m. at the following sites:
Bloomville Community Center
Tiro Fire Department
Chatfield Fire Department
St. John’s Lutheran Church – New Washington
No payment for meals will be expected or collected. For tracking purposes, the name of each student will be recorded.
It is important that you respond to the One Call message that you will receive on Monday evening so that an adequate number of meals can be prepared.
Carey Schools will have grab and go breakfast and lunch pickup between 9 am-11 am in the back of the cafeteria around the back of the school circle. Signs will be posted on the door. Meals will be available beginning Wednesday, March 18th and continuing through Friday, April 3rd on weekdays only. Use the form here.
Crestline Exempted Village School District
The Grab and Go meals switch from delivery to pickup effective March 25. Meals will be available for pickup at the Crestline school building entrance. There are two pickup time slots. See details here.
Please reach out to Mr. Henderson if you have questions or concerns. He can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at 419 683-3647. Email is the preferred method of contact at this time and would receive the quickest response.
You can also communicate via the district Facebook page or by direct message through Mr. Henderson’s Twitter by following @Crestline_Super.
Elgin Local Schools
Elgin Local Schools will be delivering meals via current bus routes to ALL Elgin students. Buses will arrive between 11 am and 1 pm. Please call Teresa Vermillion at 740-223-4300, extension 6000 with questions.
Please fill out the School Lunch Request form.
Marion City Schools
Marion City Schools will delivering meals Monday through Friday to bus stops, starting March 17 through April 3, 2020. A Marion City Schools identified vehicle will stay at each stop approximately 15 minutes to distribute a prepackaged lunch and a breakfast for the next day. A menu will be posted on the website and provided upon request. All menus are subject to change and some items may contain nuts or other known allergens. For a complete list of ingredients and nutritional information, please contact the Nutrition Services Office at 740-223-4423. See the list of stops here.
Mohawk Local School District
Mohawk Local School District will be delivering meals to students. See more details as well as the locations and times here.
Pleasant Local Schools
Pleasant Local Schools will deliver a daily grab and go lunch. This opportunity will begin Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Bus drivers and staff will deliver sack lunches between the hours of 11: 00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Families may meet our buses at any of the following 7 locations to pick up a sack lunch. See the list of stops here.
Upper Sandusky Exempted Village Schools
Upper Sandusky Schools will be providing Grab and Go Brunch Bags for pickup by students. Please see details and locations here.
Wynford Local Schools
The Wynford Food Service Department will be offering FREE breakfast and lunch sack meals starting on Monday, March 23, 2020. These will be available for ALL students in the district. This includes free, reduced, and paid students. Your student/students MUST BE PRESENT with you to pick up the meals. No money will be exchanged. This is just for Wynford students. No adult meals will be for sale. See details and pickup points here.
Resources for At-Home Learning
Charter-Spectrum Internet Access
On Friday, Charter-Spectrum announced it would offer free access to broadband and WiFi services to households with students who do not already have the services.
The company says free broadband and WiFi access will be available for 60 days to households with students from Kindergarten to college who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps.
To enroll in the service you can call 1-844-488-8395, the company says it will waive installation fees for student households. See more info here.
Free, easy science for remote learning.
To help educators during this time of coronavirus, we have pulled our most popular science lessons and are offering them for anyone to use for free. No account or login is needed. Copy and paste the links below into your documents and use them however they might be helpful! Mystery Science is the creator of the most popular science lessons in U.S. schools. We’ve curated this starter set of science lessons that you can use remotely or share with parents.
Scholastic Learn at Home
For when school is disrupted, Scholastic has curated a free digital learning hub designed to support virtual learning plans: Scholastic Learn At Home allows open access to daily learning journeys divided into four grade spans—Pre-K–K, Grades 1–2, Grades 3–5, and Grades 6–9+, covering ELA, STEM, Science, Social Studies, and Social-Emotional Learning.
To learn more and to access Scholastic Learn At Home, visit: http://www.scholastic.com/learnathome
Marion Public Library
Marion Public Library is closed until April 6, but you can still access great materials online at MarionLibrary.org .
Bucyrus Public Library
Bucyrus Public Library is closed through April 5. Please do not return any items or leave items in the book drops until the library re-opens. No late fees will be charged. Please access online resources at www.bucyruslibrary.org. Wi-fi is available from the library’s parking lot.
Upper Sandusky Community Library
Upper Sandusky Community Library is closed through April 5. The Upper Sandusky Community Library will be extending due dates for patrons to April 13, though the book drop will still be available for patrons to drop off materials.Check out their eMedia offerings at usclibrary.org.
Virtual Museum Tours
Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 500 around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world. See them here.
Services for Seniors
Crawford County Council on Aging
On- and off-site activities are cancelled. Other services provided by the Council on Aging are operating as normal. ALL Home Delivered Meals, Congregate Meals, Homemaker/Personal Care, and Transportation will continue! The Council on Aging building will still be in operation during our normal business hours but will be open for individuals who are attending the congregate site only!
As of Monday, March 16th, the Galion Golden Age Center will be closing their doors for three weeks due to the (COVID 19) but have graciously agreed to open the building so we can continue to serve our congregate meals only! Individuals attending the congregate site can expect the same daily lunch schedule.
Marion Senior Center
The Marion Senior Center is closed until April 13, 2020. The Senior Center Transportation, Homemaker services, and Lifecare Alliance Home Meal delivery will operate as normal until further notice. The monthly Food Box distribution will continue as usual, but the pickup/distribution point will be
located outdoors at the Senior Center. For more info call Marion County Council on Aging at 740-387-0401 or visit our website at www.marioncouncilonaging.org
Mobile Meals of Marion County
Service is continuing, but Mobile Meals has implemented meal delivery changes for protection of our clients and volunteers’ health regarding the Coronavirus outbreak. Mobile Meals has provided Styrofoam containers to be used for the client’s meals when delivered to keep driver/client interaction minimal as possible. Drivers will no longer be entering the client’s residence. Get details here.
Workforce & Finances
Financial Questions Answered
Ohio State – Marion County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences financial educators are offering FREE financial education to assist families in improving both present and future economic well-being. Participants may submit anonymous questions, and a professional will respond via email within 72 hours! To submit a question, visit go.osu.edu/financialadvicesurvey
Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Get information about coronavirus and unemployment insurance benefits at Ohio Department of Job & Family Services, including how to apply. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is instructing Ohio employers planning layoffs or shutdowns as a result the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to share the following mass lay-off number with their employees to speed the processing of unemployment benefits: 2000180. The agency also is providing instructions for employers to share with their employees about how to apply for benefits. Here is a step by step guide to filling out COVID related claims: There is also a step by step guide to filing COVID Related Claims at http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/pdf/QuickTipsAndStepByStepGuide.pdf.
OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces
To reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions on businesses, workers, customers, and the public, it is important for all employers to plan now for COVID-19. See the guide prepared by OSHA here.