**Due to COVID-19 precautions, The MHDAS Board of Logan and Champaign counties, will be having a tele-conference board meeting on Tuesday March 31st at 5pm. The call in number for this meeting is 937-887-0215.**
FILE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT
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.
FIND A NEW OR TEMPORARY JOB
MANY local workplaces are still operating and are hiring with immediate openings. Click here for a directory of opportunities compiled by the Logan County Department of Job & Family Services.
LIVE UNITED @ WORK
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.
Red Cross Blood Collection
SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK
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 March 30 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Bellefontaine Kroger parking lot. Check this page for updates as they are scheduled.
OUR DAILY BREAD (223 Oakland Square, Bellefontaine)
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.
LIFECARE ALLIANCE - Meals-on-Wheels
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.
Nine 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 your employment has been effected due to Covid-19 lay offs, check out this resource of employers that are urgently hiring.
The MHDAS Board for Logan and Champaign Counties is in need of facemasks for our Behavioral Health providers, our Peer Recovery Support locations and recovery houses.
Can you, or someone you know sew? If you have the ability to sew, and would be willing to assist by donating face masks to distribute to our community partners, please contact us here on FB or at 937-465-1045 to coordinate drop-off / pick-up.
When the world faces global trauma, we need each other more than ever. It’s a time for us to be more like the people we need to be, and the people we were called to be. It’s a time for us to leave judgement and comparison and righteousness well behind, and replace them with radical kindness, compassion, and open-heartedness. So let’s do that. When humanity is hurting, don’t underestimate what the little things might mean to the ones in your life who might be missing you, or who might be feeling more separate from the world, or maybe more anxious than usual – phone calls, messages, video chats, social media tags with ‘this reminded me of you’ in the message. Let’s not take the little things for granted. They matter. As it turns out, the little things will be the big things that will get us through this.
A Message from the Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Services Board of Logan & Champaign Counties:
March 20, 2020
Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol Services Board of Logan & Champaign Counties
1521 N. Detroit St. (P.O. Box 765)
West Liberty, Ohio 43357