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January 2020

January 25, 2020

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

January 21, Tuesday: 49
January 23, Thursday: 51

Prayer Requests

Lamar Graham, for safe travels home next week!
Cheryl VanDeusen, as she continues to recover from rotator cuff surgery

News

Out of Office

As you may know, our director Lamar Graham is on vacation through February 1. He will be visiting Georgetown, Guyana, and we look forward to his return next week. In the meantime, should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Amy Caskie, Missions Administrator at (614) 488-0681 Ext. 106.

Inclement Weather Policy

Heart to Heart will make every attempt to remain open during regular business hours unless there is a Level 3 Snow Emergency in Franklin County. In the event we are closed, we will make note on our voicemail, on our Facebook page and here on our webpage. Volunteers for the day will be notified via email as soon as a decision to close has been made

Cooking from the Heart

“Here are some pictures from the January, 16 cooking class.  We made shepherds pie, popovers and Heather made a great fruity salmon salad with canned salmon from the pantry. Thanks everyone! Sorry to miss Mary and David Garvin this month.  Hope to have a “crew” back next month, for the February 20 class. Good health, safe travels and happy days until then!”

Diane Sturges, Cooking Class Coordinator

Click to see photos

MLK Day of Service

OSU students on Martin Luther King Day of Service. They stocked cupboards, carried stock, packaged diapers and pet food, flattened bags, cut paper for bins, helped me rearrange, etc. This was a terrific group of kids. They were all helpful and interested in our pantry.”

Melody Smiley, Volunteer Stocking Coordinator

Hello from South America!

Lamar sent an email with a couple of photos from his trip to Guyana and a message to share:

“Took a visit to St. George Cathedral in Georgetown, Guyana. Coincidentally, it’s located on church street and is a National Monument known as the “wooden church”. Here is me of course, taking a selfie at the Botanical Gradens. This place would be the equivalent to our Franklin Park Conservatory, except, of course, for their palm trees. Neverthless ,a beautiful place. Another cool thing here are their water lilies. In fact, a water lily is their national flower and is named after the queen of England Victoria Regia.”

Powell Senior Living

“We were recently visited by some residents and staff of Powell Senior Living (PSL). During the holidays, PSL displayed a giving tree in their lobby decorated with hats and scarves donated by the residents with the purpose of giving them to Heart to Heart clients.  Many of the beautiful items were handmade by the knitting club of PSL. We know our clients will love these and we appreciate their efforts.”

Sandra Young, Stocking Volunteer

Upcoming Events

Hunger Hoedown 2020 screen graphic

Friday, February 7, 6 – 8:30 pm
Grace Hall, First Community North

This family-friendly event held at the North Campus of First Community Church includes square dancing, pizza, a raffle and fun for the whole family! Proceeds raised at the event benefit Heart to Heart, an important mission of the church. Professional calling by Eddie Powell; no previous square dancing experience required.  Can’t wait to see ya’ll there!

Register

Volunteers are needed both prior to and during the event. From selling tickets and entries during worship on Sundays, to donating food items, there is an opportunity for everyone to contribute. View the opportunities and sign up online by clicking the button above.

Volunteer
Hoedown Webpage

Traditional Raffle

Between 30 and 40 smaller prizes and packages ranging in value from $20-$250 will be raffled off at the Hoedown. Entrants are required to be in attendance to win these items and tickets can not be purchased ahead-of-time for the traditional raffle items.

Each admission includes one raffle ticket which will be given when you check in at the registration table. Additional tickets will be available during the event for the cost of $1 per ticket or $5 for 6 tickets.

Grand Prize Raffle

  • Short North Romantic Date Night Package valued at $1250
  • Bluejackets Experience Package valued at $850

Two grand prize packages are offered for raffle and winners will be chosen the night of the Hoedown. Unlike the traditional raffle items, winners are not required to be in attendance to receive the grand prize raffle packages. Raffle entries can be purchased ahead-of-time online or at tables after Sunday worship, and will be available for a limited time on the night of the Hoedown.

Cost for entries in the Grand Prize raffle:

  • 1 Raffle Entry $25
  • 3 Raffle Entries $50
  • 7 Raffle Entries $100
Raffle Information and Purchase Form
* These times were incorrect in firstnews Sunday bulletin insert.
Volunteer Sign Up

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ

Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:
Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God

January 18, 2020

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

January 14, Tuesday: 70
January 16, Thursday: 51

Prayer Requests

Cheryl VanDeusen, as she recovers from rotator cuff surgery

News

Jones v. Hastings

On Monday, January 13, Jones and Hastings Middle School faced off in their annual basketball rivalry game.  While Hastings walked away with the win this year, Heart to Heart was the real winner. All attendees were encouraged to bring a donation for the food pantry. In all, families were able to donate a total of 409lbs of food. We are grateful to everyone in attendance and those who participated in the food drive! Special thanks to athletic directors Logan Erwin and Michael Schaefer for coordinating the food drive.

Thank You

Yes, you read that right! In the last quarter of 2019, our church, friends and community donated a total of $47,070. Thank you so much for helping us surpass our goal with the most ever raised during this match period. With the anonymous donor’s contribution, this means we raised $67,070 for Heart to Heart in the short period between October 1 and December 31. We are humbled by your generosity and dedication to service.

ARC Volunteers

At ARC Industries, the mission is to help people with disabilities achieve their life goals. ARC does that by supporting individuals as they access the community where they live and work, helping them develop independence, self-advocacy and skills important to employment and community membership. Recently, ARC has been volunteering at Heart to Heart. Theresa, pictured here, especially likes to work with Susan Westbrook in the quilting room. The quilts are created by volunteers and quilters from Prayers and Squares. They are then given to new or expectant mothers who are clients at the food pantry.

Out of Office

As you may know, our director Lamar Graham is on vacation through February 1. He will be visiting Georgetown, Guyanna, and we look forward to seeing the photos when he returns. In the meantime, should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Amy Caskie, Missions Administrator at (614) 488-0681 Ext. 106.

Holiday Closings

The church is closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King day. However, Heart to Heart is open for our typical volunteer shifts. We will also be visited by several students from Ohio State as they perform their annual Day of Service.

Click for 2020 Holiday Closings

Inclement Weather Policy

Heart to Heart will make every attempt to remain open during regular business hours unless there is a Level 3 Snow Emergency in Franklin County. In the event we are closed, we will make note on our voicemail, on our Facebook page and here on our webpage. Volunteers for the day will be notified via email as soon as a decision to close has been made.

Upcoming Events

Hunger Hoedown 2020 screen graphic
Register

Friday, February 7, 6 – 8:30 pm
Grace Hall, First Community North

This family-friendly event held at the North Campus of First Community Church includes square dancing, pizza, a raffle and fun for the whole family! Proceeds raised at the event benefit Heart to Heart, an important mission of the church. Professional calling by Eddie Powell; no previous square dancing experience required.  Can’t wait to see ya’ll there!

Volunteer

Volunteers are needed both prior to and during the event. From selling tickets and entries during worship on Sundays, to donating food items, there is an opportunity for everyone to contribute. View the opportunities and sign up online by clicking the button above.

Hoedown Webpage

Traditional Raffle

Between 30 and 40 smaller prizes and packages ranging in value from $20-$250 will be raffled off at the Hoedown. Entrants are required to be in attendance to win these items and tickets can not be purchased ahead-of-time for the traditional raffle items.

Each admission includes one raffle ticket which will be given when you check in at the registration table. Additional tickets will be available during the event for the cost of $1 per ticket or $5 for 6 tickets.

Grand Prize Raffle

Two grand prize packages are offered for raffle and winners will be chosen the night of the Hoedown. Unlike the traditional raffle items, winners are not required to be in attendance to receive the grand prize raffle packages. Raffle entries can be purchased ahead-of-time online or at tables after Sunday worship, and will be available for a limited time on the night of the Hoedown.

Cost for entries in the Grand Prize raffle:

  • 1 Raffle Entry $25
  • 3 Raffle Entries $50
  • 7 Raffle Entries $100
Raffle

Click button above to purchase entries in the Grand Prize raffles.

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ

Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:
Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God

Community Partners 2019

By | Uncategorized

Every gift we receive is a blessing to our ministry and those we serve- families we see in our community every day. We wish to thank these generous organizations for their contributions to our success in service to our community in 2019.  We, in turn, encourage you to patronize and support these community businesses and organizations as they have supported us.

Al Becker Insurance

Aldi #6

Alpha Phi Omega

Anthem

Aramark Refreshment Services

Barrington Elementary School

Big Lots #5356

Byers Auto

CareSource

CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence

Christ N Us

Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith

CityScene Media Group

Colin’s Coffee

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Foundation

Columbus Souper Heroes

Community Employment Assistance Network

CROP Hunger Walk

DeMary Truck

DK Diner

Edison Intermediate and Larry Larson Middle School

Food Soldier

Friends of the Homeless

Giant Eagle at Kingsdale Center

Giant Eagle Market District

Gordon Food Services (GFS) at Hilliard-Rome

Hilliard Food Pantry- Hilliard Community Assistance Council FP

Homeless Families Foundation

Huffman’s Market

IMPACT

Jones Middle School

Kroger Co.

Little Caesar’s

Marc’s

Mid-Ohio Foodbank

Penzey’s Spices

Pets without Parents

Prayers and Squares

Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church

Seeds of Hope Garden

Star House

Starbucks Coffee

Stevenson Elementary School

Target at Hilliard-Rome

The Church Triumphant

Tri-Village Rotary Club

United Healthcare

Upper Arlington High School & PTO

Watkins Elementary

Wickliffe Elementary School

YWCA Columbus

 

We are also grateful for our partnerships within First Community Church:

  • Camp Akita
  • First Community Church Foundation
  • First Community Church Preschool
  • First Community Church Women’s Guilds
  • Monday Night Meals
  • Mary Evans Child Development Center
  • Mats for the Homeless
  • Prayers and Squares
  • Refugee Task Force
  • Share and Learn Gardens
  • Tri-Village Trading Post
  • Warm Welcome Knitters

 

Holidays 2020

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Holiday Closings

The church building will be closed in observance of these holidays, but the pantry will be open for volunteer shifts only. These are not regular service days for clients.

  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (1/20/20)
  • President’s Day (2/17/19)
  • Good Friday (4/10/19)
  • Easter Monday (4/23/19)
  • Memorial Day (5/25/19)
  • Labor Day (9/7/19)

We will be closed for all client service hours and volunteer shifts on the following dates to observe holidays. Please plan accordingly.

Independence Day

  • Friday, July 3

Thanksgiving

  • Wednesday November 25 through Friday November 27

Christmas

  • Closed Saturday December 19 through Sunday January 3
    • Friday December 18 will be the last volunteer day of 2020
    • Monday January 4 is first volunteer day of 2021

Thanksgiving

Heart to Heart does not distribute Thanksgiving Baskets in the pantry.

 

Christmas

Applications for our program, Christmas Presence, open on October 1.

 

Additional Resources

Please refer to HandsOn CentralOhio’s online guide for additional holiday assistance programs.


Inclement Weather Policy

Heart to Heart will make every attempt to remain open during regular business hours unless there is a Level 3 Snow Emergency in Franklin County. In the event we are closed, we will make note on our voicemail, on our Facebook page and here on our webpage. Volunteers for the day will be notified via email as soon as a decision to close has been made.

Volunteer of the Month: January 2020

By | Volunteer

Team Paul

“My best friend Paul Maynard and I have been volunteering for Heart to Heart over the past three years. We are food ‘mules’,  the easiest job imaginable— we pick up food donations from Target at the loading dock and bring them to the pantry at First Community Church each Friday. The best part of our involvement is that we do not have to do any administrative work and act like responsible adults, other than just remembering to go each week. We are inspired by the incredible generosity of the employees at the Target store who always interrupt their work routine to quickly gather food donations. We encounter many volunteers from church who are unfailingly enthusiastic, optimistic, and focused on their work. A monthly greeting from Lamar is enough to keep us inspired for, well I guess, indefinitely.  We are the poster boys receiving more than we give.”

-Paul Dusseau

Volunteer of the Month 012020

Paul Dusseau and Paul Maynard

Statistics: December 2019

By | Statistics

73 Unique Volunteers

2902 pounds of food donated to other agencies

 

Service Statistics

298 Households served

1102 Individuals served

179 Seniors served (60+)

529 Adults served (18-59)

397 Children served (0-18)

9918 Meals served

 

Food Received (pounds)

1627 Giant Eagle

548 GFS

269 Huffman’s Market

484 Marc’s

6345 Mid-Ohio Foodbank

Ordered 4863

Donated 1482

51 Penzey’s Spices

403 Starbucks

2451 Target

1192 First Community Church