|The Ohio Benefit Bank Newsletter
NEW THIS YEAR - We will be
offering continuing professional education units for social workers,
professional counselors and marriage & family therapists.
Registration for the 2009 Ohio Benefit Bank
Community Meeting and Training is now FREE.
If you have already paid, your registration charge will
automatically be refunded in full and your registration will still be valid. No
action on your part is needed.
year's event is at the Crowne Plaza North Hotel in Columbus. The event is
intended for OBB Counselors, OBB Site Administrators, and OBB Program Partners.
This year's keynote speaker is Joel Berg, Executive Director of the New York
City Coalition Against Hunger and author of the book, All You Can Eat: How Hungry Is America?. Joel is a nationally recognized leader in
the fields of hunger and food security, national and community service, and
technical assistance provision to faith-based and community organizations.
will focus on a variety of topics such as policy simplification, marketing your
agency's message through social networking tools, expanding and strengthening
your OBB network within your community, customer service, and a three part
grant writing series, among others.
information AND to register, please visit http://www.garrisonevents.com/obb.html.
Site Spotlight: Correctional Reception Center
The Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB) at The Correctional Reception
Center (CRC) has been in operation for more than a year. Several volunteers
have been specially trained as OBB counselors to complete applications for food
assistance, medical benefits, and prescription assistance for inmates upon
their release from prison. Applications are also completed for inmate families,
where family members can also take advantage of these Benefits. CRC completes
on average more than 60 applications monthly. The vast majority of inmates
being released from CRC participate in the OBB program and receive benefits
so desperately needed. The pilot Benefit Bank program began approximately one
year ago at CRC and has become a highly visible, sought after and successful
resource for inmates and their families.
has achieved 100% outreach success to inmates at CRC.
2. Processed 329 applications (food stamp) in 2009.
Nutrition Assistance Program funds flowing into the state at current levels
will exceed $1.5 million in annual allotments. As of June 30, 2009, the annual
allotment of Food Stamp dollars is $821,604.
several cases, inmates were reconnected with Medicaid benefits.
This program is a stellar
success. It provides critically needed support for inmates re-entering
A major concern in re-entry is the ability of the inmate to obtain basic living
needs (food, shelter). While no statistics are available, it is not
unreasonable to assume that the service The OBB provides is a major reason
inmates will not return to prison (they may of course return for other reasons,
but not for survival ones). The mission of the Department of Rehabilitation and
Corrections is to rehabilitate, and return inmates to society thus reducing
recidivism. This program is
instrumental and vital in achieving this goal.
OBB Counselor Shawn Conrad
|Site Spotlight: The Wilmington United Methodist Church
Wilmington United Methodist Church has run an OBB site for
the past year to help the people of Wilmington and Clinton County deal with the
loss of DHL, the major employer for the county. The loss of DHL has had a
profound effect on the people of Clinton County, with up to 10,000 jobs
lost. In addition to DHL other businesses have had to close or lay off
employees. The Wilmington UMC OBB Site is located on Main Street.
Local businesses have stepped up to help with equipment for the site.
There are six workstations with computers and printers for counselors to use
with OBB clients. The area even includes a playroom to keep client's
children occupied while the parents get assistance through the Ohio Benefit
Bank. The space also provides an area for training OBB counselors, and an
internet café for the community to utilize for job searches.
Last month, WUMC brought on two AmeriCorps*VISTAs to help
them in their efforts to help the people of Clinton County. Alex
Ives and Annen Stuckert began their work with WUMC as volunteer
counselors. Their efforts will be focused on coordinating volunteers for
the WUMC OBB site. Alex will be able to train those volunteers as Ohio
Benefit Bank counselors. They will also being doing outreach in the Clinton
County area to help educate people on the efforts of the Ohio Benefit Bank to
fight poverty. We welcome them on board and hope they both have
successful terms of service as AmeriCorps*VISTAs!
OASHF Recruiting 30 AmeriCorps State Members
In June, OASHF was awarded 30 AmeriCorps State members by
the Ohio Community Service Council. We
requested 20 members to be OBB counselors at sites around Ohio and 10 to assist
in a variety of ways at our member foodbanks.
Now that all the sites have been selected, we are looking for 30
candidates interested in serving a year with their community.
The positions are for a one year term. Within this year, each member must complete
1700 hours of service, which does not include personal and/or sick time. While serving in the program, members will
receive a bimonthly, modest living allowance; health benefits; training
opportunities; and upon successful completion of a service term, members are
eligible for a $4,725 education award!
The application is available online: http://www.americorps.gov/forms/americorps_application.pdf
a map of the sites around the state can be found here:http://www.batchgeocode.com/map/?i=5461024af32025943882908044ac94d6
All positions begin September 1, 2009 and go until August
31, 2010. If you have any questions
regarding these opportunities, please contact Dustin Speakman at 614-221-4336.
|Welcome New Community Trainers!
The fourth year of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest
Foodbank's AmeriCorps*VISTA program began in July, and with it, 17
AmeriCorps*VISTA Community Trainers began their year of service. The new members completed the Ohio Benefit Bank Community
Trainer training on July 24th and, over the next month, they will work closely
with OBB Regional Coordinators to complete the practical Community Trainer
requirements necessary to be certified.
The VISTA members are assigned to public, private and
faith-based agencies around the state.
During their term of service they will train members of their community
to use The Benefit Bank software and will work on initiatives to expand the
capacity of their assigned agency.
In this photo (left to right): Savannah Turner, Kaitlyn Baker, Alex Ives, Annen Vance Stuckert, Robert Fellows, Sarah Grace Harpster, Leslie Liedtke, Patricia Russo, Zach Rinker, Tara Pavlovcak, Sharon Loukas, Shelby Edwards, Samantha Flores, Michelle Lydenberg, Joree Jacobs, Danielle Gray, Robin Stears
|OBB at the Ohio State Fair
This year, OASHF and The Ohio Benefit Bank partnered with
the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to host a booth at the Ohio
State Fair. OBB was fortunate to put The
OBB Mobile Express on display in the booth. This was aimed at providing Fair
Goers a more interactive experience with the OBB and to share with people our
efforts to expand outreach capability to the farthest reaches of Ohio's
Each year the ODJFS State Fair booth draws thousands of people
with questions ranging from unemployment to food assistance. OBB shares this
booth to demonstrate the strong and vibrant partnership that exists between the
two organizations and to reinforce the fundamental drive to reach those most in
need by raising awareness of existing benefits, work supports and tax credits.
This year 2000 people came through the OBB booth, 2300 pieces of marketing was distributed and volunteers assisted
164 people through the Quick Check
AmeriCorps*VISTA Member Danielle
Gray at the Ohio State Fair
|Evan and Wyatt and the Magical, Dessert-Enlarging Pennywhistle
a comic strip by Charles Stough
you ever wished
you could magically double the size of a great dessert? In Charley
Stough's comic strip, a couple of kids use magical pennywhistles to do just
that. Stough was a VISTA with OASHF in 2007-08 and now serves as an OBB
Counselor for City Heart in Dayton.
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