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First Community South
1320 Cambridge Blvd. Columbus, OH 43212
Monthly Archives

August 2023

Volunteer of the Month: September 2023

By Volunteer

Nicholas Ubert

“I really enjoyed volunteering at Heart to Heart. I had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people who always put a smile on my face. Helping others is a rewarding experience and something I’m extremely grateful for. I will never forget the kindness among all the people I met through volunteering at Heart to Heart. One thing I learned from volunteering at Heart to Heart is: kindness costs nothing, but means everything.”

 

 

Volunteer of the Month

Getting to Know You: Amy Caskie

By Staff Bio

Amy Caskie

Amy Caskie is the Director of Missions at First Community. Next week, she will celebrate 10 years employed at First Community, though she has had many roles at the church. She was originally hired to be the Administrative Coordinator for Camp Akita, but quickly moved into the role of Administrative Coordinator for Missions. After some time in that role, she became the Administrator of Missions, and is now the Director. Her role includes oversight of all Missions, including the Refugee Ministry, Tri-Village Trading Post and Heart to Heart.

Amy grew up on the westside of Cleveland, Ohio, as the youngest of 4 siblings (or 6 or 8 or 15 depending on how you define “sibling”). Suffice to say, she has a big family. She attended high school at St. Joseph Academy. Amy then graduated with a BA in Art History in 2005 from the University of Dayton, where she met her husband, Jared. They were married on New Year’s Eve, 2007. After graduating, they found jobs in the Central Ohio area, first living in Powell, then Grove City, and now just a one-minute drive from First Community North in Columbus. They have two kids, Lucy (11) and Bennett (8) and two dogs, Beverly (6) and Harriet (5). Jared is an accountant and the kids are in sixth and second grade, respectively. Amy likes to say her hobbies include being a mom, making lists, and sleeping when she can. But in reality, she enjoys DIY, crafts, elaborate birthday parties and comedy (stand-up and movies).

Fun facts that you didn’t ask for:

  • Her top 5 favorite movies are, in no particular order: Mean Girls, So I Married an Axe Murderer, Tommy Boy, Office Space and Napoleon Dynamite.
  • Favorite color: purple
  • Favorite word: sandwiches
  • Her favorite foods include: cheese, pizza and coffee.
  • Favorite song to play in a crowded bar / her baseball walkout song: Mambo #5
  • Amy’s life mottos include: “Don’t take life too seriously”, “I’ll figure it out”, and “Why did I walk into this room?”
  • Her pet peeves include: things that are sticky, looking for things that are lost, and not being able to remember the word for the thing she’s talking about.
  • She has collections of: sunglasses (see above note about losing things), bird figurines, esp. chickens (against her will), and music boxes she inherited from her mother.
  • She has been keeping a list of actors she would cast in the movie of her life, should such a biopic ever come to be. This is in no way based in reality. The proposed cast list is at 75 people and the working title is “Moderately Abnormal: the Amy Caskie story.”
  • Amy’s best friend is coincidentally also named Amy, and has kids the same age as the Caskie children, which is very convenient.

Amy & Jared

Lucy & Ben

Beverly & Harriet

Amy & her siblings

The Amys

August 19, 2023

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Weekly Numbers

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 47 on Tuesday, August 14
  • 58 on Thursday, August 16

Households served via Pop-Up Pantry

  • 40 on Wednesday, August 15

2022 Statistics

Better late than never! Our 2022 annual report is now available on our website.

Volunteers Needed

Click the button below to view open shifts and sign up to volunteer online!

Tuesday, August 22

  • 8:30 – 10:30 am Drive-Thru Opening Shift (2)
  • 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Drive-Thru Closing Shift (5)

Wednesday, August 23

  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm MOFB Shop-Thru (1)

Thursday, August 24

  • 8:30 – 10:30 am Drive-Thru Opening Shift (2)
  • 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Drive-Thru Closing Shift (2)

Friday, August 25

  • 9:00 – 10:00 am Direct Retail Pickup (1)
  • 9:30 – 10:30 am Cold Stocking (2)

Back to School

It’s that time of year again! Students are headed back to school and that means they can’t volunteer during the day. We are grateful for their service this summer and sorry to see them go. Can you help in their absence? We are looking for volunteers starting next week. Check out the link above to see where you might be able to help.

Volunteer Training Opportunities

Mid-Ohio Food Collective Trainings

The Mid-Ohio Food Collective offers regular training opportunities for food pantry staff and volunteers. For volunteers, the most useful trainings are FreshTrak and Food Safety. These trainings, specifically, will help you learn more about pantry operations and make you an even more effective volunteer! They also occasionally offer training on advocacy, and other topics that may be of interest to you.

For most trainings, volunteers will need to register with an agency name and number: Heart to Heart Agency #1042

Sign up at Agency360

MOFC FreshTrak Basic Training

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

  • Sep 6, 10-11:30am

MOFC Food Safety Training

Level 1 Person In Charge

We are excited to announce that MOFC/Agency Services is launching a brand new Person in Charge (Level 1) Food Safety Training developed by Feeding America and ServSafe.

This training is targeted to those who partner with foodbanks and is much more relevant to the work you are doing in your communities.

The new FA Food Safety will be offered, online, at no-cost to your agency AND even more exciting is the fact that once taken and successfully passed, the certification never expires for the person who takes the training!

The following dates and times will be available to choose from:

  • Mon, Sep 11, 10am
  • Wed, Sep 13, 6pm
  • Thu, Sep 28, 2pm
  • Tue, Oct 10, 2pm
  • Mon, Nov 6, 10am
  • Tue, Dec 5, 2pm

Upcoming Events

August 12, 2023

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Weekly Numbers

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 55 on Tuesday, August 8
  • 44 on Thursday, August 10

Households served via Pop-Up Pantry

  • 40 on Wednesday, August 9

Volunteers Needed

Click the button below to view open shifts and sign up to volunteer online!

Wednesday, August 16

  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm MOFB Shop-Thru (1)
  • 3:30 – 5:00 pm MOFB Order Unloading (8)

Thursday, August 17

  • 8:30 – 10:30 am Drive-Thru Opening Shift (4)
  • 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Drive-Thru Closing Shift (2)

Friday, August 18

  • 9:30 – 10:30 am Cold Stocking (2)
Click here to access SignUpGenius

Time Change!

Please note the truck from MOFB will not arrive until Wednesday, August 16. We will need extra help unloading that day.

School Supply Drive Ends Sunday

During worship August 13, Heart to Heart is holding a Backpack and School Supply Drive for clients of our Pop-Up Pantry at Riverview International Center. Fill a new backpack with all new school supplies and bring it with you to worship on Sunday! A complete list of requested supplies can be found at h2h.fcchurch.com/monthlydrives. If you are attending services at North, please look for the donation station sign in the parking lot and drop off your donations before you come inside! If you’re attending services at South, please look for the donation cart at Crane welcome center, where you can drop off your donation with our volunteer.

Pastoral News

Volunteer Training Opportunities

Mid-Ohio Food Collective Trainings

The Mid-Ohio Food Collective offers regular training opportunities for food pantry staff and volunteers. For volunteers, the most useful trainings are FreshTrak and Food Safety. These trainings, specifically, will help you learn more about pantry operations and make you an even more effective volunteer! They also occasionally offer training on advocacy, and other topics that may be of interest to you.

For most trainings, volunteers will need to register with an agency name and number: Heart to Heart Agency #1042

Sign up at Agency360

MOFC FreshTrak Basic Training

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

  • Sep 6, 10-11:30am

MOFC Food Safety Training

Level 1 Person In Charge

We are excited to announce that MOFC/Agency Services is launching a brand new Person in Charge (Level 1) Food Safety Training developed by Feeding America and ServSafe.

This training is targeted to those who partner with foodbanks and is much more relevant to the work you are doing in your communities.

The new FA Food Safety will be offered, online, at no-cost to your agency AND even more exciting is the fact that once taken and successfully passed, the certification never expires for the person who takes the training!

The following dates and times will be available to choose from:

  • Wed, Aug 30, 2pm
  • Mon, Sep 11, 10am
  • Wed, Sep 13, 6pm
  • Thu, Sep 28, 2pm
  • Tue, Oct 10, 2pm
  • Mon, Nov 6, 10am
  • Tue, Dec 5, 2pm

Upcoming Events

Enroll Now

Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

The safety of the children we serve is our top priority, so anyone who volunteers with children or is a staff member (whether you work with children or not) at First Community is required to attend our Darkness to Light sexual abuse prevention training. We are asking Heart to Heart volunteers to take this training, as we work in and around the building when Preschool is in session. The training is now offered at no cost to our volunteers. Please consider enrolling to learn how to better protect our children.

Register by Friday, August 18.

Register for Training

July 2023 Stats

By Statistics

Service Statistics

  • Households Served     553
    • Families Served by Drive-Thru Pantry 365
    • Families Served by Pop-Up Pantry  188
  • Individuals Served      1,884
    • Seniors Served 242
    • Adults Served  944
    • Children Served   698
  • Meals Served   16,956

Incoming Materials

(in pounds)

  • First Community Church 1,710
  • Giant Eagle 2,119
  • Marc’s 534
  • Mid-Ohio Foodbank (total weight)   22,367
    • Shop Thru weight 8,382
    • Order weight 13,985
    • Total Cost $5,482.09

August 5, 2023

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Weekly Numbers

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 30 on Tuesday, August 1
  • 46 on Thursday, August 3

Households served via Pop-Up Pantry

  • 30 on Wednesday, August 2

Volunteers Needed

Click the button below to view open shifts and sign up to volunteer online!

Monday, August 7

  • 8:30 – 9: 30 am Cold Stocking (1)
  • 5:00 – 6:30 pm Shop & Stock (1)

Wednesday, August 9

  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm MOFB Shop-Thru (1)
  • 5:00 – 6:30 pm Shop & Stock (6)

Thursday, August 10

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am MOFB Shop-Thru (1)

Friday, August 11

  • 9:30 – 10:30 am Cold Stocking (2)
Click here to access SignUpGenius

Donations Needed

We weren’t able to get a few of our pantry staples on our last order, so we are reaching out to our community to ask for these donations: jelly, rice, canned soups, boxed side dishes and dinners.

Donation instructions at h2h.fcchurch.com/donate

PUPdate

In July, the Pop Up Pantry, delivered to the following sites:

  • July 5:         Commons at Livingston – 29
  • July 10:       Southpark Apts w/Franklinton Farms – 19
  • July 12:       Hope Resource Center – 40
  • July 19:       Southpoint –  40
  • July 26:       Grant – 30
  • July 27:       Riverview International Center – 30

Pop Up 2023 Monthly totals:

  • January:     153
  • February:    161
  • March:        190
  • April:           171
  • May:            226
  • June:           190
  • July:            188

YTD:     Individuals/families served:  1,279

click for full PUPdate & more PUP info

Enroll Now

Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

The safety of the children we serve is our top priority, so anyone who volunteers with children or is a staff member (whether you work with children or not) at First Community is required to attend our Darkness to Light sexual abuse prevention training. Re-certification for staff or volunteers who work with children is required every three years.

We are asking Heart to Heart volunteers to take this training, as we work in and around the building when Preschool is in session. The training is now offered at no cost to our volunteers. Please consider enrolling to learn how to better protect our children.

Register for Training

Volunteer Training Opportunities

Mid-Ohio Food Collective Trainings

The Mid-Ohio Food Collective offers regular training opportunities for food pantry staff and volunteers. For volunteers, the most useful trainings are FreshTrak and Food Safety. These trainings, specifically, will help you learn more about pantry operations and make you an even more effective volunteer! They also occasionally offer training on advocacy, and other topics that may be of interest to you.

For most trainings, volunteers will need to register with an agency name and number: Heart to Heart Agency #1042

Sign up at Agency360

MOFC FreshTrak Basic Training

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

  • Sep 6, 10-11:30am

MOFC Food Safety Training

Level 1 Person In Charge

We are excited to announce that MOFC/Agency Services is launching a brand new Person in Charge (Level 1) Food Safety Training developed by Feeding America and ServSafe.

This training is targeted to those who partner with foodbanks and is much more relevant to the work you are doing in your communities.

The new FA Food Safety will be offered, online, at no-cost to your agency AND even more exciting is the fact that once taken and successfully passed, the certification never expires for the person who takes the training!

The following dates and times will be available to choose from:

  • Mon, Aug 7, 10am
  • Mon, Sep 11, 10am
  • Thu, Sep 28, 2pm
  • Tue, Oct 10, 2pm
  • Mon, Nov 6, 10am
  • Tue, Dec 5, 2pm

Upcoming Events

Pop-UPdate: July 2023

By Pupdate

In July, the Pop Up Pantry, delivered to the following sites:

  • July 5:         Commons at Livingston – 29
  • July 10:       Southpark Apts w/Franklinton Farms – 19
  • July 12:       Hope Resource Center – 40
  • July 19:       Southpoint –  40
  • July 26:       Grant – 30
  • July 27:       Riverview International Center – 30

Pop Up 2023 Monthly totals:

  • January:     153
  • February:    161
  • March:        190
  • April:           171
  • May:            226
  • June:           190
  • July:            188

YTD:     Individuals/families served:  1,279

Our team welcomed new volunteers:  Sandee Reim and her daughter, Chloe.  It was so nice to have them join us.  Both were a great help and they hope to return.

We are aware of some of the issues Southpark Apartments has been experiencing these recent months.  We are watching the news carefully and if at any time we do not feel safe, we will not put ourselves in harm’s way.  We set up our pantry in the park/playground area along with several other volunteers from Franklinton Farms. During the summer months we have also been joined by the Columbus City School district as they serve lunches each day in the same area.  There are a lot of families that come to take advantage of the food being offered by us all.  Since there have been many large families with 8-12 in a household we will adjust accordingly with our food supply.

Heart to Heart/Pop Up Pantry will be kicking off our backpack drive August 1.  We are planning to deliver over 150 filled backpacks to Riverview International Center before school begins mid-August.  Look for the Heart to Heart blog for more information.

Our team is continually blessed and grateful for everyone who contributes to Heart to Heart and the Pop Up Pantry with their continued donations and service.

~Rose and Melody