Do Justice. Love Kindness. Walk Humbly.
Director: (614) 488-0681 ext. 102
Administrator: (614) 488-0681 ext. 106
Volunteer Coordinator: (614) 488-0681 ext. 203
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
Monthly Archives

February 2021

February 20, 2021

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • Tuesday, February 16 closed due to weather
  • 19 on Wednesday, February 17
  • 24 on Thursday, February 18

Households served via Pop-Up Pantry

  • 35 Wednesday, February 17

Next Week

  • Please note the time change for the truck unloading on Monday morning. We are trying it out this week and will evaluate if it works with the volunteers present.

Volunteer Needs

Here are the opportunities to serve at Heart to Heart in February. Thanks for lending a hand! Click the lightbulb to sign up.

Monday, Feb. 22
6:30 am – 7:30 am Giant Eagle Pick Up
11:30 am – 1:30 pm MOFB Truck Unload (10)

Tuesday, Feb. 23
10:30 am -12:30 pm Pantry Volunteer (4)

Wednesday, Feb. 24
3:00 pm -4:30 pm Stocking (2)

Thursday, Feb. 25
10:30 am -12:30 pm Pantry Volunteer (3)

Friday, Feb. 26
10:00 am -11:30 am Stocking (4)

Volunteer Information

Feedback Welcome

Unfortunately, the link provided online for the Zoom meeting on Tuesday was incorrect. While the Meeting ID in the graphic shared was accurate, the broken link prevented several volunteers from joining us online. We apologize for the error and inconvenience.

For those of you that were not able to participate, please review the Meeting Notes for the topics discussed. If you have any questions or comments, please submit them via email by clicking below.

Submit Questions and Comments

Welcome Yohan

Please join us in welcoming Yohan Kim to the Heart to Heart team. Yohan will join us part-time as a Volunteer Coordinator beginning March 1. We are grateful to have him and hope everyone gets a chance to meet him soon!

Yohan will spend the first couple of weeks on the job observing operations as they currently run. He will get to know individuals, especially those of you who volunteer with us regularly. He will work to improve volunteer communication.

To begin, Yohan will work Monday, Wednesday and Friday. His schedule is not set in stone, and will change over time as it becomes more evident when his presence is needed.

Over time, Yohan will help us develop standardized procedures for things like volunteer registration and check-in. Together, we will develop a volunteer orientation procedure. We will hold regular volunteer meetings, as we did on February 16.

Yohan is excited to get started and hoping to make some genuine improvements to the volunteer experience. We are glad he has joined our team. Thank you for your patience as he learns the ropes and gets to know everyone. This is a new position for Heart to Heart and it will take some time for things to get settled.

COVID-19 Policy

We are asking all volunteers to review our COVID-19 Policy. Please do not come in if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, and please give us as much notice as possible.

You can delete your name from SignUp Genius or email hearttoheart@FCchurch.com to let us know.

Don't Go Viral!

Meeting Notes

  • We have discontinued Direct Retail Pickups from GFS and Target.
    • Target times were inconvenient and often the product we received was not usable. These donations have been taken over by Christ N Us Ministries OCC, with whom Heart to Heart has previously worked.
    • GFS donations were in serving sizes too large for our clients to take. They have been redirected to a chef that volunteers to cook meals for those in need.
  • A donor has offered a regular monthly donation of a large amount of meat. We are researching how we will receive and store this meat on a regular basis. A refrigerated truck was considered but was determined to be too expensive. We are also looking into whether or not they’d be able to donate fish instead of beef or pork. Several of our clients do not eat pork or beef.
  • A small task force has been formed to discuss the future challenges facing Heart to Heart. This task force will raise questions to be addressed by the church’s Strategic Planning group.
    • It is obvious we have outgrown the space inside the Annex to operate Heart to Heart in the future. The task force will investigate future locations and improvements that need to be made to accommodate changes.
    • As we resume outdoor operations in the warmer weather, the task force will evaluate what does and does not work. Processes will be evaluated and revised as necessary.
  • The Refugee Task Force has started a Pop-Up Pantry using the existing group’s model. They will provide groceries to the Riverview International Center on the second Friday of every month. This past Friday, they served 20 families.
  • Yohan Kim introduced himself as our new part-time Volunteer Coordinator (see “Welcome Yohan”).
  • We discussed the new volunteer check-in procedure (see “Note to Volunteers”), and the new PPE provided to us (see below).

Note to Volunteers

  • All volunteers should report to the Crane Welcome Center in the main church building upon arriving.
  • While there, you will sign in, take your temperature, get your PPE and read any notes for the day.
  • Remember to dress appropriately for outdoor work (you will NEED a coat, hat, and gloves).
  • Please sign up online. If you are unable to attend your assigned shift, let us know as soon as possible so we can fill the spot with another volunteer. You can email hearttoheart@fcchurch.com, reply to your sign up genius reminder, or leave a message at 614-488-0681 x102.
  • Prior to your arrival, review the requirements/description of your volunteer activity online at h2h.fcchurch.com/volunteer-opportunities

New PPE for Volunteers

We have been provided new PPE by Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Volunteers will have access to these materials when working at Heart to Heart.

We are asking all volunteers to double mask as they are able. If you come to volunteer with a cloth face mask, we will provide a disposable mask to wear underneath it while you are here.

Alternatively, volunteers will have access to plastic face shields. These were received unassembled through the FCEMHS program. Directions for assembly and sterilization are available at volunteer check-in, and online here.

News

You are eligible to enter the raffle if you have volunteered at Heart to Heart anytime in 2020 or 2021. For more information and a link to enter the raffle, click the button below.

Volunteer Raffle

Volunteer Training Opportunities

Mid-Ohio Foodbank hosts free, online training sessions for volunteers through Agency 360. In February, they will host two PantryTrak training sessions and one Food Safety class. For more information about these opportunities and to sign up, please visit their website at midohiofoodbank.org/agency-360

PantryTrak is the online software used to log client visits and track our service statistics. Those who volunteer during client service hours may find these sessions useful.

Food Safety 101 is a certification required for all Heart to Heart employees and any volunteer that will be leading a stocking or shopping shift without an employee present.

Through the Community Rewards program, Kroger makes a contribution to Heart to Heart every time you shop. In the quarter beginning Nov 1, 2020 and ending Jan 31, 2021 we earned $1139.51 from the 268 participating households.

Enroll your Kroger customer loyalty card in the program today. Visit https://www.kroger.com/i/community/community-rewards and choose Organization #TB926 (First Community Church).

See how much your participation earned for us last quarter!

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justice,
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

In accordance with Federal law and U.S.D.A. policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability.

February 13, 2021

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • Tuesday, February 9 closed due to weather
  • 12 on Wednesday, February 10
  • 31 on Thursday, February 11

Households served via Pop-Up Pantry

  • Wednesday, February 10 canceled due to weather

Pastoral Prayers

We hold Jane Ledman close to our hearts this week, offering our deepest condolences on the loss of her husband, Jim. The Ledmans have been long-time volunteers and supporters of Heart to Heart. Please keep Jane in your prayers this week.

Click to add a name to the Prayer Chain

Volunteer Needs

Wow! Thanks to our awesome crew, most of the volunteer slots for next week are full. Click the lightbulb to sign up for an available slot:

Thursday, February 18

  • 10:30am – 12:30pm  Pantry Volunteer

Friday, February 19

  • 9:00am – 10:00am  Starbucks Pickup
  • 10:00am – 11:30am Stocking Shift

Next Week

  • Due to anticipated weather, and in observance of President’s Day, we will be closed this coming Monday, February 15.
  • Rev. Kate will no longer be out for two weeks, as previously planned. Thank you to all the volunteers that were willing to help out in her absence. It is so wonderful to know we can count on you!

News

Happy Birthday

Please join us in wishing our founder a happy birthday. Jill Thomas turns 80 on Valentine’s Day. She is a wonderful woman who continues to support Heart to Heart, along with her husband, Duke. We are grateful for her continued love and guidance.

Welcome Yohan

Please join us in welcoming Yohan Kim to the Heart to Heart team. Yohan will join us part-time as a Volunteer Coordinator beginning March 1. We are grateful to have him and hope everyone gets a chance to meet him soon!

Volunteer Information

COVID-19 Policy

We are asking all volunteers to review our COVID-19 Policy. Please do not come in if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, and please give us as much notice as possible.

You can delete your name from SignUp Genius or email hearttoheart@FCchurch.com to let us know.

New PPE for Volunteers

We have been provided new PPE by Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Volunteers will have access to these materials when working at Heart to Heart.

We are asking all volunteers to double mask as they are able. If you come to volunteer with a cloth face mask, we will provide a disposable mask to wear underneath it while you are here.

Alternatively, volunteers will have access to plastic face shields. These were received unassembled through the FCEMHS program. Directions for assembly and sterilization are available at volunteer check-in, and online here.

Don't Go Viral!

Volunteer Training Opportunities

Mid-Ohio Foodbank hosts free, online training sessions for volunteers through Agency 360. In February, they will host two PantryTrak training sessions and one Food Safety class. For more information about these opportunities and to sign up, please visit their website at midohiofoodbank.org/agency-360

PantryTrak is the online software used to log client visits and track our service statistics. Those who volunteer during client service hours may find these sessions useful.

Food Safety 101 is a certification required for all Heart to Heart employees and any volunteer that will be leading a stocking or shopping shift without an employee present.

You are eligible to enter the raffle if you have volunteered at Heart to Heart anytime in 2020 or 2021. For more information and a link to enter the raffle, click the button below.

Volunteer Raffle

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 16 at 7 pm to join us live online. Click the link below to join the meeting next Tuesday.

Join Zoom Meeting

About Volunteering

  • All volunteers should report to the Crane Welcome Center in the main church building upon arriving.
  • While there, you will sign in, take your temperature, get your PPE and read any notes for the day.
  • Remember to dress appropriately for outdoor work (you will NEED a coat, hat, and gloves).
  • Please sign up online. If you are unable to attend your assigned shift, let us know as soon as possible so we can fill the spot with another volunteer. You can email hearttoheart@fcchurch.com, reply to your sign up genius reminder, or leave a message at 614-488-0681 x102.
  • Prior to your arrival, review the requirements/description of your volunteer activity online at h2h.fcchurch.com/volunteer-opportunities

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justice,
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

In accordance with Federal law and U.S.D.A. policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability.

January 2021 Stats

By | Statistics

Unique Volunteers: 80

Service Statistics

  • Households Served: 483
  • Seniors Served: 228
  • Adults Served: 774
  • Children Served: 540
  • Individuals Served: 1,542
  • Meals Served: 13,878

Food Received

  • First Community: 1,703 pounds
  • GiantEagle: 3,209 pounds
  • Marc’s: 368 pounds
  • Penzey’s Spices: 140 pounds
  • Starbucks:  772 pounds
  • Target: 2,653 pounds
  • Mid-Ohio Foodbank: 19, 343 pounds
    • Order: 17,912 pounds ($1,173.72)
    • Shop Thru: 1,431 pounds

February 6, 2021

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • # on Tuesday, February 2
  • 15 on Wednesday, February 3
  • 38 on Thursday, February 4

Households served via Pop-Up Pantry

  • 40 on Wednesday, February 3

First Community Prayer Chain

The Prayer Chain is a group of active church members who devote time each day to pray for those who request prayer. All prayers are held with confidentiality. Prayer requests can include as much or as little information as you wish. These prayers are held in confidence and unpublished unless requested to be shared with the pastoral care staff by the one submitting the prayer. You may also contact Robin Hood at (614) 488-0681 ext. 235. Blessings to you.

Click here to add a name

Sign up to Volunteer

Sign up to volunteer! Remember to dress appropriately for outdoor work (you will NEED a coat, hat, and gloves). Please sign up online. We still need help during these shifts:

  • Monday, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
  • Friday, 10:00 – 11:30 am

… plus several direct retail pickups throughout the week! Don’t forget we have a one-time special volunteer opportunity this Sunday for some heavy lifting!

COVID-19 Policy

We are asking all volunteers to review our COVID-19 Policy. Please do not come in if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, and please give us as much notice as possible.

You can delete your name from SignUp Genius or email hearttoheart@FCchurch.com to let us know.

News

New PPE for Volunteers

We have been provided new PPE by Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Volunteers will have access to these materials when working at Heart to Heart.

We are asking all volunteers to double mask as they are able. If you come to volunteer with a cloth face mask, we will provide a disposable mask to wear underneath it while you are here.

Alternatively, volunteers will have access to plastic face shields. These were received unassembled through the FCEMHS program. Directions for assembly and sterilization are available at volunteer check-in, and online here.

Changes Made and Coming

  • The Direct Retail Pickups at Target, which were done daily Monday through Friday, have been discontinued. We were asked to pass along a note of “thanks” from both Mid-Ohio Foodbank and Ben at the Hilliard-Rome Target store. They wanted to make sure our volunteers know how much they are appreciated!
  • As you may know, Rev. Kate Shaner soon plans to be out of the office for two weeks following knee surgery. Next week, we will provide a schedule for volunteer coverage in her absence.

Volunteer Training Opportunities

Mid-Ohio Foodbank hosts free, online training sessions for volunteers through Agency 360. In February, they will host two PantryTrak training sessions and one Food Safety class. For more information about these opportunities and to sign up, please visit their website at midohiofoodbank.org/agency-360

PantryTrak is the online software used to log client visits and track our service statistics. Those who volunteer during client service hours may find these sessions useful.

Food Safety 101 is a certification required for all Heart to Heart employees and any volunteer that will be leading a stocking or shopping shift without an employee present.

Census Bureau Thank You

Special thanks to Deb Linville and Sally Kriska who volunteered this past summer to get clients signed up to take the census.

You are eligible to enter the raffle if you have volunteered at Heart to Heart anytime in 2020 or 2021. For more information and a link to enter the raffle, click the button below.

Volunteer Raffle

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 16 at 7 pm to join us live online. Click the link below to join the meeting next Tuesday.

Join Zoom Meeting

Don't Go Viral!

Pop UPdate

In January, our Pop-Up Pantry team delivered food directly to clients and their families at the following agency sites:

  • January 6:    Commons at Livingston-40 clients
  • January 13:   Hope Recovery Services-40 clients
  • January 20:  Southpoint Village Apartments-34 clients
  • January 27:  Commons at Grant-30 clients

January Total:      144

This month, the Pop-Up Pantry team conducted a survey of our agency site contacts to obtain feedback on the needs of their clients.  Among the responses, the need for personal hygiene and cleaning supplies was identified. From time to time, our team members have made personal donations of items such as shampoo and soaps to add to our delivering food from the pantry.  However, based on the survey results we are planning to explore ways to better address these needs for our clients on an ongoing basis.  We are grateful to our agency site coordinator, Kitty Rohrer, for gathering this feedback and forging positive working relationships with our agency contacts.

We continue to be blessed by the opportunity to serve clients in their local communities and for the ongoing support of the Heart to Heart leadership

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justice,
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

In accordance with Federal law and U.S.D.A. policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability.