We are very proud of our Community / Senior Outreach initiative that reaches a variety of individual needs and interests. From toddlers to our older population, we strive to branch out to the community in ways that impacts not only those that we serve, but also the “recruits” that give their time and talents to make each event / program happen.
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.
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.
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.
We partner with the City of Canal Winchester and the Junior Recreational Department to carry out this festive, annual event. This year, the hunt was held at Hanners Park in April. This is fun for families and brings all ages together.
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.
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 widows to yardwork, Coach Stratton, staff and the players on the High School Football Team go home-to-home to serve others.
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 Tools for Schools (TFS) 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.
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.
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