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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
Thursdays 9am to 12pm
First Community South
1944 W. First Avenue Columbus, OH 43212
Monthly Archives

September 2021

Holiday Help 2021

By Announcements

Once again, this year, our much-loved Christmas Presence program has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we have come up with an alternative to enable us to assist client families in need this holiday season.

Groups, families, and individuals are welcome to sponsor a family or families that request holiday assistance this year financially through the purchase of gifts for them. Sponsors will be asked to contact their sponsored family directly to get ideas for Christmas gifts and make arrangements for delivery or pick-up. There will be no suggested expenditures for each family, as we would like sponsors to help in the way they best see fit.

Clients who are in need of assistance this holiday season will be asked to notify Heart to Heart by phone or email to hearttoheart@fcchurch.com. Staff will get contact information and family make-up from the clients and pass the information along to our dedicated volunteer and social worker extraordinaire, Kitty Rohrer. Kitty will then match inquiring families with those looking to sponsor them.

We will accept sponsors until December 15 or until all families are matched! We will continue to accept client families through December 5. After that date, all inquiries, both clients and sponsors, will be referred to other programs by our team of resource volunteers. This small group answers emails and voicemails received through Heart to Heart’s resource line at 614-488-0681 x241. The group is made up of social workers and community advocates familiar with programs available to our clients.

We are eager to help our clients in need, but also cautious about large gatherings as the pandemic continues. We encourage both sponsor and sponsored families to follow appropriate social-distancing guidelines and wear masks, especially if unvaccinated. Hopefully, this effort will prove to be a sufficient alternative to Christmas Presence. We hope to continue the tradition of partnering with the Trading Post again next year!

If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at HearttoHeart@fcchurch.com.

For information about our holiday hours and closings, click here.

 

September 25, 2021

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 50 on Tuesday, September 21
  • 40 on Thursday, September 23

Households served via Pop-Up

  • 35 on Wednesday, September 22
  • 30 on Friday, September 24

Wednesday Evenings

Remember, we will no longer be serving clients on Wednesday evenings.

Volunteer

Volunteers are needed next week for the following shifts:

Tuesday, September 28
8:30am – 10:30am Drive-Thru (2)
10:00am – 12:30pm Drive-Thru (4)

Thursday, September 30
8:30am – 10:30am Drive-Thru (2)
10:00am – 12:30pm Drive-Thru (4)

Friday, October 1
9:00am – 10:00am Giant Eagle Pickup (1)
10:00am – 11:00am Cold Stocking Shift (3)

Click the lightbulb to sign up!

News

Donor Pledges $20,000 in Matching Donations from October 1-December 31 
It takes multiple moving parts to run our incredible Heart to Heart program -from volunteers, donations of food, toiletries, and paper goods by multiple community organizations, and, of course, money. Every donation received from October 1 through December 31will be matched up to $20,000.
The donors’ strong belief in the scope, direction, and relevance of this ministry is more than reaffirmed by its volunteer coordinator, Yohan Kim- have you met him?. “He is the glue that keeps all of the moving parts running smoothly”, said John McCandless, a most devoted volunteer. And so many parts: from all the generous gifts from our community to all the components within the pantry. There are 180 volunteers who divide and conquer the massive operation which ultimately brings food to our neighbors: picking up contributions, unloading trucks, restocking our pantry shelves, shoppers, produce handlers, and our check-in volunteers. Yohan said, “Sometimes I step back and look at all of our various volunteers, playing their own unique roles. It’s like watching a symphony with all of its different instruments, performing and blending to make the drive-through experience seamless and joy-filled for our neighbors!” Paul Dusseau, a long-time volunteer, talked enthusiastically about Yohan’s superior organizational skills and ability to create camaraderie and a family atmosphere. Paul said… “ he is a beautiful communicator; he is reliable, consistent, affirming and patient.”
As the outreach of Heart to Heart grows to meet the needs of our community, so also does the need for financial support. Remember your gift will be doubled through December 31. This ever-expanding program also needs more volunteers. Would you consider helping out? Abby Black, a sophomore at Upper Arlington High School, is one of our most beloved, devoted, and hard-working participants. She said, “ Yohan connects with and deeply appreciates the volunteers; he makes it fun to be a Heart to Heart volunteer!”
Donate online here: h2h.fcchurch.com/donate
Sign up to volunteer here. h2h.fcchurch.com/volunteer-opportunities

Volunteer Training Opportunities

Pantry Trak/Fresh Trak

This workshop will provide the fundamentals to get started with Pantry Trak at your agency. Participants with learn how to administer the intake process using Pantry Trak and will be guided on best practices for developing an efficient process in registering your clients. For agencies already using Pantry Trak, this workshop will be helpful as a refresher of the basics.

Training will be held virtually via ZOOM. Once you have registered you will be sent the link for the Zoom approximately 48 hours prior to the training session. Please make sure you register with your name, email address and phone number as well as your Agency Name and ID Number. (Heart to Heart Agency 1042).

Click below to register:

Food Safety

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify food safety risks
  • Take appropriate action when someone has symptoms of foodborne illness or is diagnosed with a reportable disease
  • Follow good personal hygiene and hand care practices
  • Identify cross-contamination risks and methods for prevention
  • Implement effective cleaning and sanitizing procedures
  • Identify appropriate pest prevention measures and signs of pest infestations
  • Maintain facilities and equipment in compliance with regulations

Training will be held via ZOOM MEETING. Once you have registered you will be sent the link for the Zoom approximately 48 hours prior to the training session. Please make sure you register with your name, email address and phone number as well as your Agency Name and ID Number. (Heart to Heart Agency 1042)

Click below to register:

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.

September 11, 2021

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 37 on Tuesday, September 7
  • 10 on Wednesday, September 8
  • 37 on Thursday, September 9

Households served via Pop-Up

  • 30 on Wednesday, September 8

Wednesday Evenings

Beginning the week of September 20, we will no longer be serving clients on Wednesday evenings.

News

Christmas Volunteers

Attention volunteers! We need a small group to organize and run this year’s Christmas program. We are open to alternative ideas as we are unable to hold the Christmas Presence event that we have in the past due to COVID-19. If you are interested in volunteering for the holiday team, please email HearttoHeart@FCchurch.com.

Volunteer Training Opportunities

Ohio Benefits Training

Participants in this training will gain a better understanding of ways to connect eligible individuals to SNAP Benefits, including the ability to pre-screen and use Ohio Benefits Self Service Portal. Participants will be able to determine the right outreach strategy for their agency. Participants will discuss ways to connect clients to social Benefits such as SNAP/Medicaid/ and OWF. Participants will take away how to submit SNAP/ Medicaid/ OWF benefits using Ohio Benefits Self Service Portal. Best tips and tricks in navigating common barriers to assisting individuals.

  • At this time there is no registration fee to attend – FREE!
  • Space is limited! No more than 35 individuals may register.
  • This session will be held via ZOOM MEETINGS. You will receive an email with the Zoom link approx.48 hours before the training.

Click Here to register for Thursday, September 23, 10 am to 12 pm.

Advocacy and SNAP

Register today and join the conversation. Tim White, MOFC Advocacy Manager, and Juanita Burden, Director of Benefits and Customer Outreach, join forces in an open forum to discuss the State Budget and its effects on essential programs and benefits for your customers.

Explore ways to push back and advocate against the continued assault on the SNAP program. Learn how to help your customers be aware of available benefits and how to successfully navigate the application process. Bring your questions and prepare to engage!

Click here to register for Advocacy & SNAP September 16th 1:00pm to 2:30pm 

Pantry Trak/Fresh Trak

This workshop will provide the fundamentals to get started with Pantry Trak at your agency. Participants with learn how to administer the intake process using Pantry Trak and will be guided on best practices for developing an efficient process in registering your clients. For agencies already using Pantry Trak, this workshop will be helpful as a refresher of the basics.

Training will be held virtually via ZOOM. Once you have registered you will be sent the link for the Zoom approximately 48 hours prior to the training session. Please make sure you register with your name, email address and phone number as well as your Agency Name and ID Number. (Heart to Heart Agency 1042).

Click below to register:

Food Safety

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify food safety risks
  • Take appropriate action when someone has symptoms of foodborne illness or is diagnosed with a reportable disease
  • Follow good personal hygiene and hand care practices
  • Identify cross-contamination risks and methods for prevention
  • Implement effective cleaning and sanitizing procedures
  • Identify appropriate pest prevention measures and signs of pest infestations
  • Maintain facilities and equipment in compliance with regulations

Training will be held via ZOOM MEETING. Once you have registered you will be sent the link for the Zoom approximately 48 hours prior to the training session. Please make sure you register with your name, email address and phone number as well as your Agency Name and ID Number. (Heart to Heart Agency 1042)

Click below to register:

Upcoming Events at the Trading Post

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.

Holidays 2021

By Announcements

Closing Dates

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

  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (1/18/2021)
  • President’s Day (2/15/2021)
  • Memorial Day (5/31/2021)
  • Labor Day (9/6/2021)
  • Columbus Day (10/11/2021)

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

Annual Closure

  • Monday, September 13 through Friday, September 17, 2021

Thanksgiving

  • Wednesday, November 24 through Friday, November 26, 2021

Christmas

  • Closed December 24 through December 31, 2021
    • Thursday, December 23 is the last service/volunteer day of 2021
    • Monday, January 3 is first volunteer day of 2022
    • Tuesday, January 4 is the first service day of 2022

Other Closures

Special Events

Inclement Weather Policy

Heart to Heart will make every attempt to remain open during regular business hours unless there is a Level 2 Snow Emergency in Franklin County, an active thunderstorm, or an official Tornado Warning in our area. 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.

Public Health Alert System Policy

Heart to Heart will make every attempt to remain open during regular business hours, unless Franklin County reaches a level 4 purple alert status. In the event we are closed, we will make note on our voicemail, on our Facebook page and on our webpage.

Thanksgiving

Heart to Heart does not distribute Thanksgiving Baskets in the pantry. Read more>>

Christmas

For information about our Holiday Help program this year, please click here.

Additional Resources

Please refer to LSS 211 (formerly HandsOn) for additional holiday assistance programs.

September 4, 2021

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 33 on Tuesday, August 31
  • 10 on Wednesday, September 1
  • 39 on Thursday, September 2

Households served via Pop-Up

  • 37 on Wednesday, September 1

Volunteer Needs

Here are the opportunities to serve at Heart to Heart next week. Click the lightbulb to sign up.

Tuesday, September 7
8:30 – 10:30 Stocking Shift (6)*
8:30 – 10:30 Drive-Thru (4)
10:00 – 12:30 Drive-Thru (6)

Wednesday, September 8
1:00 -2:00 MOFB Shop Thru (1)
3:00 – 4:30 Evening Prep Shift (5)
4:30 – 7:30 Drive-Thru (3)

Thursday, September 9
8:00 – 9:00 MOFB Shop Thru (1)
8:30 – 10:30 Drive-Thru (3)
10:00 – 12:30 Drive-Thru (3)

Friday, September 10
10:00 – 11:00 Cold Stocking (3)

*Heart to Heart is closed Monday, September 6 and the week of September 13 through 17.

News

Christmas Volunteers

Attention volunteers! We need a small group to organize and run this year’s Christmas program. We are open to alternative ideas as we are unable to hold the Christmas Presence event that we have in the past due to COVID-19. If you are interested in volunteering for the holiday team, please email HearttoHeart@FCchurch.com.

Volunteer Training Opportunities

Ohio Benefits Training

Participants in this training will gain a better understanding of ways to connect eligible individuals to SNAP Benefits, including the ability to pre-screen and use Ohio Benefits Self Service Portal. Participants will be able to determine the right outreach strategy for their agency. Participants will discuss ways to connect clients to social Benefits such as SNAP/Medicaid/ and OWF. Participants will take away how to submit SNAP/ Medicaid/ OWF benefits using Ohio Benefits Self Service Portal. Best tips and tricks in navigating common barriers to assisting individuals.

  • At this time there is no registration fee to attend – FREE!
  • Space is limited! No more than 35 individuals may register.
  • This session will be held via ZOOM MEETINGS. You will receive an email with the Zoom link approx.48 hours before the training.

Click Here to register for Thursday, September 23, 10 am to 12 pm.

Advocacy and SNAP

Register today and join the conversation. Tim White, MOFC Advocacy Manager, and Juanita Burden, Director of Benefits and Customer Outreach, join forces in an open forum to discuss the State Budget and its effects on essential programs and benefits for your customers.

Explore ways to push back and advocate against the continued assault on the SNAP program. Learn how to help your customers be aware of available benefits and how to successfully navigate the application process. Bring your questions and prepare to engage!

Click here to register for Advocacy & SNAP September 16th 1:00pm to 2:30pm 

Pantry Trak/Fresh Trak

This workshop will provide the fundamentals to get started with Pantry Trak at your agency. Participants with learn how to administer the intake process using Pantry Trak and will be guided on best practices for developing an efficient process in registering your clients. For agencies already using Pantry Trak, this workshop will be helpful as a refresher of the basics.

Training will be held virtually via ZOOM. Once you have registered you will be sent the link for the Zoom approximately 48 hours prior to the training session. Please make sure you register with your name, email address and phone number as well as your Agency Name and ID Number. (Heart to Heart Agency 1042).

Click below to register:

Food Safety

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify food safety risks
  • Take appropriate action when someone has symptoms of foodborne illness or is diagnosed with a reportable disease
  • Follow good personal hygiene and hand care practices
  • Identify cross-contamination risks and methods for prevention
  • Implement effective cleaning and sanitizing procedures
  • Identify appropriate pest prevention measures and signs of pest infestations
  • Maintain facilities and equipment in compliance with regulations

Training will be held via ZOOM MEETING. Once you have registered you will be sent the link for the Zoom approximately 48 hours prior to the training session. Please make sure you register with your name, email address and phone number as well as your Agency Name and ID Number. (Heart to Heart Agency 1042)

Click below to register:

Upcoming Events at the Trading Post

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.

Volunteer of the Month: September 2021

By Volunteer

Rachel Beebe

God gave one commandment: TO LOVE. At Heart to Heart, God’s loving compassion is in action, beyond the pews, through the passionate hearts and earnest muscle of volunteers. I get to be a part of God’s love when I help our neighbors at Heart to Heart.