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Cancellations and Closings

In support of Gov. DeWine’s efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19/Coronavirus in Ohio, First Community North and South buildings are closed to everyone. All meetings and activities are canceled until further notice. 

News regarding Camp Akita

Camp Akita Update

Follow this link to read an important update regarding Camp Akita.

Congregational Care

We are seeking volunteers to help care for our members and friends during these uncertain and isolating times. Sign up to help make wellness calls, deliver groceries, write letters of gratitude, or help connect those who now qualify with social services. If you can help with any (or all!) of these, please sign up by clicking the button above.

If you have an urgent pastoral care need, please call our Pastoral Care line at (614) 488-0681, ext. 5. The call will be transferred to one of our clergy staff members.

This pandemic has caused increased stress and anxiety for us all. If you or someone you know needs care or support, please email Robin Hood, our Congregational Care Coordinator.

 

Ways to Help the Community

  • Help make no sew face masks
    • Instructions can be found here
  • Identify who needs care. Do you know someone who is going through a particularly difficult time? Would they benefit from a wellness call or check-in from church staff, volunteers, or clergy? Reply to this email so I can connect them to the right person.
  • Volunteer at Heart to Heart, which has developed a drive-thru system to keep volunteers and clients safe. Need food for yourself? Heart to Heart does not have a zip-code restriction, provides food to anyone in need once per month, and is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 – 1 pm. Find details on receiving food.
 
  • Volunteer at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Pre-packaged boxes keep everyone safe, but require more volunteers.
 
  • Practice compassionate shopping. Look for grocery store tags that list “WIC” next to the item’s price. That designates items that qualifying parents can purchase through a federal assistance program. Avoid choosing these items so there are enough for those in need.
 
  • Domestic Abuse Awareness. 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.
 
The Best Way to Help
Social distancing is the best way to help others right now. Please heed the warnings, and limit gatherings to essential interactions. Each time we do, we protect our neighbors and friends. Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky wrote a beautiful article on how to reframe social distancing as spiritual care.

Stay Connected!

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Resources

  • Job Search Resources
  • State of Ohio CoVid19 Updates and Information 
  • CoVid19 Hotline – 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)Mental Health. The virus has caused increase stress, anxiety, and depression. Find help through NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).
  • Call the NAMI HelpLine: 1-800-NAMI (6264)
  • Crisis Text Line: text “NAMI” to 741741.
    • In immediate danger? Call 911.
    • Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233.
    • Chat online at thehotline.org.
    • Text LOVEIS to 22522.Visit the Franklin County NAMI page, which includes free online support groups and a COVID-19 Resource Guide for more links and suggestions.
    • Local COVID-19 Resources. The Ohio Department of Health includes resources about how to protect yourself from the virus, identify symptoms, stay physically and mentally safe. Have a question? Call their hotline at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.
     
  • Domestic Violence. Get help if you are quarantined with an abuser, or someone you know is isolated in a dangerous home situation.
  • Unemployment. The Resources for Economic Support page of the ODH includes info on how to apply for unemployment, get food and medical assistance, and find local organizations that are hiring.

If you feel unsafe with your partner, reach out to free, confidential services in the U.S. in over 200 languages. Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 TTY, or chat online here. #DV

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