Do Justice. Love Kindness. Walk Humbly.
Director: (614) 488-0681 ext. 102
Administrator: (614) 488-0681 ext. 106
hearttoheart@FCchurch.com
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Tuesdays 9am to 12pm
Wednesdays 5pm to 7pm
Thursdays 9am to 12pm
First Community South, Annex
1944 W. First Avenue Columbus, OH 43212
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March 2020

March 28, 2020

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Prayer Requests

Tom Norman

Service Statistics

March 24, Tuesday: 60
March 26, Thursday: 66

News

In The News

Click above to see the full video and view the entire story about Heart to Heart from NBC Channel 4.

Photos From This Week

Volunteers John and Sarah Oberlin and Kitty Rohrer serving clients though our drive in system.

Pictured here are Kitty Rohrer and John Oberlin taking care of our clients.

Additional Resources from MOFB

Something To Read

Stuck at home with nothing to do? Read this article for some ideas.

Announcements

Amid the ever-changing news regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, we have established a page on the website where you will find regular updates as they are announced. A link to this page will be on the left side of the menu permanently. We will continue to post these announcements on social media and via email, as well.

Heart to Heart COVID-19 Updates

How You Can Help

Five things you can do to help us at Heart to Heart:

1. Volunteer with us! Click the link below to sign up. If you aren’t able to volunteer physically maybe you can write encouraging cards.

2. Give funds. Please click button below to contribute directly to Heart to Heart. For every $1 we spend at Mid-Ohio Food Collective we can get $10 worth of groceries for distribution to our clients.

3. Take care of yourself. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup! Stay informed with accurate information on the Ohio Department of Health website here. If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)

4. Contribute food at 1944 W. First Ave in our bin outside the door. Please note:

  • We are NOT accepting any food BEYOND the expiration date or BEYOND best used by date. The best times to donate food to our bin are Monday 9-10 am and Wednesday 3-4 pm.
  • Due to possible exposure of COVID-19 through the usage of used plastic, paper, and reusable cloth, we are NO LONGER accepting any bag donations.

5. Pray for our world, country, community, and our families. If there was ever a time to pray, the time is now.

If you have any questions about Heart to Heart at this time, please call 614-488-0681 ext. 203

Donate Online Here

Hello Dedicated Volunteers,

I know some of you are worried during this time if you should commit more time to Heart to Heart physically or not. I want you to know that I understand completely if you are unable to volunteer during this time of Social Distancing. There will be no hard feelings if you need to take a step back and be close to family.

Lamar Graham
Heart to Heart Director

Volunteer Sign Up Here

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

COVID-19 Plan REVISED 3-20-20

By | Announcements

Change in Process at Heart to Heart Food Pantry

Alternative Service Plan

The health and well-being of our clients, volunteers and staff are top priorities for us here at the Heart to Heart. To that end, Heart to Heart will move from its current shopping model to pre-packaged boxes until further notice.
The plan upon arrival at Heart to Heart:
  • Clients will be asked to stay in their vehicles and a volunteer will help line up cars on the curb along First Avenue.
  • A volunteer will register clients for the pantry while they remain in their cars.
  • Clients will be directed where to drive up and receive pre-packaged boxes.*
  • Clients will then exit by driving past the front of First Community South onto Cambridge Blvd.
*Please note the following:
1. Clients will be only be able to shop for themselves and one other family and/or friend per day
Those people should fall under the “High Risk” category:
  • Persons over 65
  • Persons with chronic medical conditions: Diabetes, Chronic lung disease, cancer, etc.
2. Case managers will only be able to shop for two families per day.
In the interest of keeping human contact to an absolute minimum, what the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) calls “social distancing,” we believe that this is the safest course of action to take moving forward, especially during these challenging times.
3. All of our clients/proxy shoppers can shop once every 30 days.
We so appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we all look out for one another during this public health threat and as this situation continues to unfold. Please check in on each other, take care of each other, and pray for each other.
If you are interested and able to volunteer during this time, please view the Sign Up Genius online here. All volunteers will be asked to take their temperatures upon arrival to serve. If they have a fever above 100, they will be sent home.
At this point, our plan will be to continue to serve in this capacity until we are ordered to close.
Thank you,

Lamar Graham | Heart to Heart Director
First Community | Where Everyone is Accepted

1320 Cambridge Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 488-0681, Ext. 203
(614) 488-2763 Fax

lgraham@FCchurch.com
FCchurch.com | H2H.FCchurch.com

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

March 21, 2020

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Announcements

Amid the ever-changing news regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, we have established a page on the website where you will find regular updates as they are announced. A link to this page will be on the left side of the menu permanently. When we have a new announcment it will appear highlighted in red to alert you to read more. We will continue to post these announcements on social media and via email, as well. Read the latest announcement from Director, Lamar Graham.

Service Statistics

March 10, Tuesday: 55
March 12, Thursday: 44

 

March 17, Tuesday: 92
March 19, Thursday: 63

Prayer Requests

Tom Norman

Service Statistics

In the month of February, we served

  • 337 Households
  • 201 Seniors
  • 601 Adults
  • 434 Children
  • 1,236 Individuals

Click here for the full list of statistics from last month.

Volunteer of the Month

The spotlight is on Bob Argo for March. Click here to read the post.

Bob Argo

News

Drive-Thru Service

This week was a busy yet productive one as we rolled out our new “Drive-Thru” system. We served 155 households! Normally, we serve between 100-160 households in a week. Thank you for all of your hard work and contributions. Please enjoy photos from this past week and stay tuned for more information in preparation for this coming week.

Preparations of pre-packaged groceries.

New drive-thru service in action.

Mental Health Resources

While we don’t like to think about it, with increased stress comes things like increased depression, increased domestic violence, and increased suicide. Please make sure you have the following numbers available to give people if they need them or if you feel you might need them yourself. Know there is always help, there are people to listen, and you are worth any effort. You matter to God and you certainly matter to us.

  • NetCare Crisis Hotline (Mental Health Emergencies) 614- 276-2273
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline- 1-800-273-TALK
  • If you are quarantined with an abuser, or someone you know is isolated in a dangerous home situation, please reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or chat at thehotline.org.

How You Can Help

As we served this week we seen many people step up in a huge way! Many volunteers came to help us out on what was our first rodeo of our “Drive-Thru” system. We saw many people who were doing their morning run and/or walk stop to tell us thank you for continuing to serve our clients. Our clients were also super appreciative, telling us repeatedly, “Thank you for being here”.

As prepare for this coming week we at Heart to Heart would like to say to you, our wonderful volunteers and stakeholders: Thank you for being here. All of your support makes it possible for us to give our clients high-quality service.

We have received several inquiries about how folks can best help out during this uncertain time. These are some things you can do:

  1. Give of your time volunteer with us! Click the link below to sign up. If you aren’t able to volunteer physically maybe you can write encouraging cards. We have lots of students who helps us with this throughout the year. Often our youth will write and/or draw fun, simple, cool, and witty ways to encourage our clients.
  2. Give funds. Please see this link below to contribute directly to Heart to Heart. For every $1 we spend at MidOhio Foodbank we can get $10 worth of groceries for distribution to our clients.
  3. Take care of yourself. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup! Stay informed with accurate information on the Ohio Department of Health website here. If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)
  4. Lastly, pray. Pray for our world, country, community, and our families. If there was ever a time to pray, the time is now.

Thank you for your support as we get through this challenging time together.

For now, we plan to remain in our altered state of operation unless we are ordered to close our doors. In that event, we will inform the public via our website and social media platforms.

Donate Online Here
Volunteer Sign Up Here

Cookie Donation

Kristin Unalan of Girl Scout Troop 1444 donated 107 boxes of cookies on Wednesday. This troop of third-graders are from Barrington Elementary in Upper Arlington.

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

COVID-19 Plan

By | Announcements

Change in Process at Heart to Heart Food Pantry

Alternative Service Plan

 

The health and well-being of our clients, volunteers and staff are top priorities for us here at the Heart to Heart. To that end, Heart to Heart will move from its current shopping model to pre-packaged boxes, beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until further notice.
The plan upon arrival at Heart to Heart:
  • Clients will be asked to stay in their vehicles and a volunteer will help line up cars on the curb along First Avenue.
  • A volunteer will register clients for the pantry while they remain in their cars.
  • Clients will pull up op to the Heart to Heart building and receive pre-packaged boxes based on family size. *
  • Clients will then exit by driving past the front of First Community South onto Cambridge Blvd.
*Please note the following:
1. Clients will only be able to shop for themselves and one other family member.
Family members should fall under the “High Risk” category:
  • Persons over 65
  • Persons with chronic medical conditions: Diabetes, Chronic lung disease, cancer, etc.
2. Case managers will only be able to shop for two families.
In the interest of keeping human contact to an absolute minimum, what the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) calls “social distancing,” we believe that this is the safest course of action to take moving forward, especially during these challenging times.
We so appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we all look out for one another during this public health threat and as this situation continues to unfold. Please check in on each other, take care of each other, and pray for each other.
If you are interested and able to volunteer during this time, please view the Sign Up Genius online here.
Thank you,

Lamar Graham | Heart to Heart Director
First Community | Where Everyone is Accepted

1320 Cambridge Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 488-0681, Ext. 203
(614) 488-2763 Fax

lgraham@FCchurch.com
FCchurch.com | H2H.FCchurch.com

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

Announcement

By | Announcements
Dear Heart to Heart Family,
We will remain open tomorrow (Thursday) for regular business hours. Please know the Columbus/Ohio Coronavirus situation changes very rapidly, so we’re in frequent communication with church leadership and follow the guidance of the Ohio Department of Health, Gov. DeWine, and the CDC/WHO. All of us can play a role in keeping each other safe and healthy, and there some basic things we can start now to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.
They are:
  • Use good handwashing. Watch the video in the link for the best way to wash and tell everyone you know!
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you can’t wash you hands with soap and water. (It doesn’t need to be antibacterial soap, just soap!)
  • Don’t touch your hands to your face.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Avoid large crowds.
  • Here is a link to good, accurate information.
Again, we will continue to monitor the situation and update information with any changes. Please look for email updates from me and postings on Heart to Heart’s social media.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at lgraham@FCchurch.com
Please note: Governor DeWine has recommended all large group gatherings be canceled. Based on that, and an abundance of caution, we are canceling all activities, including worship this Sunday, through the end of the day Tuesday. This includes all regularly scheduled meetings of committees and councils, the Tri-Village Trading Post and the Strategic Planning event this weekend. Heart to Heart, NA and AA will be allowed to stay open in order to service those individuals who utilize their services. The MECDC and Early Childhood programs are also remaining open. We will reassess on Tuesday, March 17, whether we can lift this ban at that time.
Sincerely,

Lamar Graham | Heart to Heart Director
First Community | Where Everyone is Accepted

1320 Cambridge Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 488-0681, Ext. 203
(614) 488-2763 Fax

lgraham@FCchurch.com
FCchurch.com | H2H.FCchurch.com

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

March 7, 2020

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

March 3, Tuesday: 35
March 5, Thursday: 45

Prayer Requests

Friends and family of Mary Garvin

News

Baby Quilts

This is photo of the Veda Hendricks family was taken at the pantry on Thursday. Christian is 4 months old and received baby quilt from the quiliting group today. They were so grateful.

Voter Registration

Pictured here are Deb Linville and Sally Kriska getting clients registered to vote on March 17.  Not only were they helping new voters register, but they assisted with change of address forms and checked polling locations for several clients. In just two weeks, they were able to help 34 clients.

Staying Healthy

We encourage everyone to review these basic tips for the prevention of illness:

  • Wash your hands frequently—with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow or a tissue, not your hand.
  • Wash immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Feel free to “bump elbows” or bow to one another, rather than hugging or shaking hands.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your mouth, nose and eyes, with
    unwashed hands.
  • Regularly disinfect surfaces frequently touched including keyboards, desktops, elevator buttons and door knobs.
  • Use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid close contact with someone who is sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick!

Prevention at the Pantry

At Heart to Heart we are doing our part to prevent the spread of viruses. At the end of every day, volunteers wipe handles, chairs, light-switches, keyboard/mouse, etc. with alcohol-based sanitizing wipes.  We have also provided alcohol-based hand sanitizer in each of the rooms we regularly use.

We are asking and encouraging all volunteers who have a fever or feel ill to stay home. You should remain isolated at home until you are symptom/fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

Donation Request

We would love to be able to send each client away with a dispenser of alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Please drop off these contributions at the donation stations at both church locations, or inside the annex building.

Mid-Ohio Foodbank Order

Click here to see the order we anticipate next week!

Thank you

Thank you to all our volunteers, donors, and community partners for their support of our mission.

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

February 2020 Stats

By | Statistics

Unique Volunteers: 78

Food Donated to Other Agencies: 973 pounds

 

Service Statistics

Households 337

Seniors Served (age 60+) 201

Adults Served (18 – 59) 601

Children Served (birth – 17) 434

Individuals Served  1236

Meals Provided 11,124

 

Food Received

First Community: 3,946 pounds

Big Lots: 298 pounds

GFS: 666 pounds

GiantEagle: 2401 pounds

Huffman’s Market: 1,248 pounds

Marc’s: 811 pounds

Mid-Ohio Foodbank: 8,339 pounds

Purchased: 6,283 pounds

Donated:  2075 pounds

Starbucks: 704 pounds

Target: 1,940 pounds

Volunteer of the Month: March 2020

By | Volunteer

Bob Argo

After some convincing, Bob reluctantly agreed to be put in the spotlight this month! He has been working with volunteer Steve McClarren for about a year. On Fridays at 6 am, they pick up frozen meat from the Giant Eagle at Kingsdale and deliver it to the freezers in Lincoln Road Chapel. Steve has been doing this for a while now and was our volunteer of the month in April 2017. Here’s what Bob had to say about volunteering with Steve for Heart to Heart:

“The most rewarding part of volunteering is working with Steve. At 6 AM he is always alert, chipper, and amiable.  We work well together.”

Bob Argo

Bob Argo