Council OKs funding to help area seniors

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Columbus City Council sent $12,000 in relief funding to local service organizations supporting Columbus’ seniors.

“There is tremendous work being offered by the social services agencies across our community,” said councilman Mitchell Brown. “Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County and the Greater Columbus Network of Villages have strategies to provide supplemental support to older adults in Columbus.”

The funding will assist older adults with groceries, water, pet supplies and hygiene products. It will also create a dedicated phone line for volunteers to speak to residents who feel isolated. The Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center (CRC) administers the citywide program.

As of March 19, the following services will be available:

Necessity Boxes

Older adults in greater Columbus in need of food and supplies can call the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center at 614-268-3539. Delivery is available twice a week, and pick-up is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Requesting Boxes
• Older adults can call 614-268-3539 to request a box
• The receptionist will take caller’s name, address, phone number and whether the recipient needs delivery or picked-up
• Delivered is on Tuesday and Thursdays between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Picked-up at CRC is available Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Volunteer Protocols
• CRC staff and a small group of vetted volunteers will assemble the boxes
• Volunteers temperatures are taken at the start of their shift
• Volunteers are required to wear gloves when packing and loading boxes
• All surfaces are sanitized at beginning and end of packing
• Boxes will include a rotation of items as availability allows.

Potential items include:
-Census
-State COVID-19 hotline and relevant info
-A note of encouragement with friendly phone line number
-Paper towels
-Soap
-Toilet paper
-Disposable Thermometer
-Gloves
-Shelf stable food and snacks

Friendly Phone Line

The Friendly Phone Line, 614-993-3614 is available to older adults in greater Columbus who are looking for friendly conversation and social connection. The Friendly Phone Line is intended to combat loneliness during this unprecedented time of social distancing. These calls are not intended to be a space to provide counseling, case management, or health information/recommendations. Older adults may call Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Now more than ever, it is important that we support the most vulnerable in our community,” said Brown. “I encourage all residents to contact older family members and friends to express support during this period of isolation.”

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