The Adopt-A-Family program is a treasured tradition for Canal Winchester Human Services, dating back to 1955. The "giving spirit" of the Christmas season is brought to many homes in Canal Winchester and Lithopolis. "Adopted" children receive clothes, socks, underwear, pajamas, shoes, and three small "wishes." In addition, coats, mittens, and hats of all sizes are available at our building for individuals who need them. Finally, each family is given a generous food basket to help them into the New Year.
We partner with the City of Canal Winchester and the Joint Recreational District to carry out this festive, annual event. This year the hunt was held at Hanner's Park in April. This is fun for families and brings all ages together.
The Community Gardens bring joy and sustenance to our local residents. Twenty beds are located in the back of the Food Pantry building located at 80 Covenant Way, Canal Winchester. Each bed is maintained by a different household throughout the growing season.
Our Emergency Assistance program originated in 1955 when a house fire left a family without a home. To this day, the program assists individuals and families within the School District who are in financial crisis. Assistance is provided for immediate help with both rent/mortgage and utilities.
Our Tools for Schools (TFS) 2019-2020 backpack program provides approximately 150 students who reside in Canal Winchester with needed school supplies each school year. The program is available for grades K-12. For 2019-2020, NBC4 is donating 140 backpacks with basic supplies. During July and August collection boxes are placed at various churches and organizations to gather additional supplies. Special thanks to Faith United Methodist Church, Hope United Methodist Church, David's Evangelical Lutheran Church, David's Church of Christ, Lithopolis United Methodist, and Bloom Presbyterian and the Canal Winchester Community Center for partnering with us to prepare our students for success.
Our faithful friends at Canal Winchester High School dedicate one day every May to go out into the community and complete outside jobs for residents in our community. From cleaning windows to yard work, Coach Stratton, staff, and the players on the High School Football Team go home-to-home to serve others.
Twice a month, trips are planned by Canal Winchester Human Services, and transportation is provided through our Senior Transportation program. Our drivers look forward to these social events with our seniors. Examples of trips include: baseball games, theater performances, park visits, historical tours, and lunch outings. If interested, one must be an active member of the Senior Citizens Club ($10 yearly membership fee). To sign up or obtain more information, call (614) 837-8276.
Seniors enjoy an evening of glamour and charm at our host location, Canal Winchester High School. Ben Wyatt, Megan Longstreth, and Student Council organize this event. The 2019 theme was "Once Upon A Time," and DJ service was provided FREE by Master Mix DJ/Mike Walker.
Once a month, the staff from Canal Winchester Human Services provides, prepares, and serves a lunch at the Community Center. Anyone can attend. The cost is either a donation to the Food Pantry or $3.00 per person.
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