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570 N. State Route 741, Lebanon, OH 45036
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June 13, 2018 -- HEAP Summer Crisis Program Starts July 1, 2018 -- The Ohio Development Services Agency and Warren County Community Services, Inc. (WCCS), will help income-eligible Ohioans stay cool during the hot summer months. The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans assistance paying an electric bill or assistance with an air conditioner.  The program runs from July 1 until August 31, 2018.

To apply for the program, customers are required to schedule an appointment and bring the following documentation:

  • a copy of their most recent energy bill
  • proof of income for the last 30 days or 12 months for each member 18 years and older
    • self-employment is required to provide 12-months of income with IRS 1040 and a self-employment form (pick up a form prior to your appointment)
    • seasonal employment is required to provide 12-months income; paystubs, printout from employer or Seasonal Employment Verification form (pick up a form prior to your appointment).
  • picture ID for primary applicant, social security cards for all household members,
  • proof of citizenship for all household members
  • physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health (if there isn’t a household member over the age of 60).
  • renters: a copy of a lease or notarized statement from the landlord
  • section 8, HUD housing need a copy of the worksheet if applicable
  • food stamp letter

The Summer Crisis Program assists low-income households with any household member, age 60 years and older or households that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member's health.  Conditions can include lung disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or asthma.

Ohioans enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus Program (PIPP Plus) are not eligible for bill payment assistance through the program but are encouraged to work with Warren County Community Services, Inc. HEAP to identify other opportunities for assistance.

For more information about the Summer Crisis Program and to make an appointment please call 1.866.747.1042 or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov

Click here to download the press release (111kb pdf file)

 

May 9, 2018 -- Friendly Visitor Program Volunteer Training -- The Friendly Visitor Program, sponsored by Warren County Community Services, Inc. (WCCS), will provide a volunteer training Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Training will be held at WCCS’ 741 Center, 570 N. State Rt. 741, Lebanon, OH.

The primary goal of WCCS’ Friendly Visitor Program is to eliminate loneliness among our aging population. Loneliness is one of the major factors both in physical and mental health decline. Being alone, without social support, often leads to depression and self-neglect among the elderly. “Friendly Visitor volunteers are a tremendous asset to the continuum of care for older adults in our community,” says Dolcee Hoffman, RSVP Volunteer Program Director.

The WCCS’ Friendly Visitor Volunteer Program matches trained volunteers to older adults who may be living alone, may be at risk for institutional placement, or may need additional support to maintain independence. Volunteers must be special people who enjoy working with older adults. All volunteers must pass a criminal background check
and drug screen.

“Our community is greatly enriched by the wisdom and experience of caring volunteers. WCCS helps volunteers, 55 and over, locate the opportunities where their talents and skills are best used” said Hoffman. For more information or to register for the training, call Dolcee at 513-695-2252 or by email at dolceeh@wccsinc.org. Please register by Wednesday, June 12, 2018. Space is limited.

Click here to download the press release (104kb pdf file)

May 7, 2018 -- "Helping You Manage Your Diabetes" a Diabetes Self-Management Workshop -- WCCS is providing a free six -week program for adults of any age with diabetes type 1 or 2,or pre-diabetes and those who wish to support their family and friends. Participants meet in small groups and with the help of a facilitator, an easy to read workbook, and the support of their peers. Learn ways to overcome barriers to healthy living, set goals and report on their progress each week.

"Helping You Manage Your Diabetes" can help you if:

  • You have type 1 or 2 diabetes or pre-diabetic
     
  • You have problems setting and meeting healthy living goals
     
  • You want to learn more about diabetes 
     
  • You would like to be able to make healthy food and lifestyle choices

"Helping You Manage Your Diabetes" is an evidence-based program designed to educate and help you understand diabetes and at the same time enhance your life and reach goals that make living with diabetes less of a challenge and make life more manageable one step at a time. Please call 513-695-2239 to register for this class. Workshop is limited to 12 participants.

Monday May 14 to June 18, 2018
1:00pm - 3:30 pm

Warren County Community Services
570 North State Route 74
Lebanon, OH 45036
No cost to you

Click here to download the press release (134kb pdf file)

March 1, 2018 -- WCCS Joins Meals on Wheels™ Programs Across the Country in 16th Annual March for Meals Celebration -- Warren County Community Services announced today that it will participating in the 16th annual March for Meals, a month-long celebration of Meals on Wheels™. Vulnerable seniors rely on the vital service to remain independent at home. Warren County Community Services’ celebration includes activities throughout March including having community members riding-along delivery drivers.

”The services we provide the seniors of Warren and Butler Counties are critical and the need is rapidly increasing,” said Amy Houpey, Food Service Director of Warren County Community Services. “Together, we can keep seniors living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age.”

The annual March for Meals commemorates the historic day in March 1972 when President Nixon signed into law an amendment to the Older Americans Act of 1965 and established a national nutrition program for seniors aged 60 and older. Since 2002, Meals on Wheels™ programs across the country have joined for the awareness campaign celebrating the successful public-private partnership. Awareness created garners support needed to help serve seniors still in need.

“This March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels™ programs will rally their communities to build the support that will enable them to deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to America's most at-risk seniors all year long,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “With the demand for Meals on Wheels™ increasing along with our country’s senior population, we need to ensure that seniors are not forgotten.”

Click here to download the press release (407kb pdf file)

 

March 1, 2018 -- Winter Crisis Program ends March 30 --
If you are a low-income household facing disconnection of your primary or secondary heating source, have already had service disconnected, or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel, please contact Warren County Community Services’ (WCCS) HEAP office immediately for assistance.  The E-HEAP Winter Crisis Program, a federally funded program administered by WCCS, will be accepting applications until March 30, 2018.  Households with incomes at or below 175% of the 2017 Federal Poverty Guidelines may apply, see examples listed below:

Household Size

13 weeks

12 months

1

$5,279.25

$21,105

2

$7,105

$28,420

3

$8,933.75

$35,735

4

$10,762.50

$43,050

5

$12,591.25

$50,365

6

$14,420

$57,680

The following documents are required for WCCS HEAP Intake:

  1. Income documentation for all household members 18 years of age and older.  If this documentation is missing, the application is incomplete.  Required income for the last 13 weeks/3months categories would be: Wages, Court Ordered Child Support (print out from agency, even if not received), Social Security/SSI award letter or copy of check/bank statement. TANF/OWF benefits.  Unemployment (letter with weekly amount/printout), Utility Allowance (Metropolitan Housing contract), Self Employed (WCCS would prefer Quarterly Statement showing profit/loss for the past 3 months).  Zero Income-You must have documented proof of how you met your personal needs, (including your rent/mortgage, food, utilities, medical and any assistance received).  Most importantly if someone has given you money for rent, bills, etc.  WCCS and the Ohio Department of Development requires a notarized letter from the gift giver with their name, address and phone number and the amount given with the frequency of the loan and when it is expected to be paid back. With proof of cancelled checks and receipts. 
  2. Copies of both bills for the main heating and electric utility source.  If you heat with propane/fuel oil/wood, we also need a copy of your bill. 
  3. Documentation of co-payment is required.  For City of Lebanon applicants proof of any co-pays must be paid prior to appointment-bring receipt (E-HEAP cannot pay sewer, water, garbage etc.).
  4. Proof of Citizenship/Social Security Cards for all household members.
  5. WCCS requires a picture ID and Social Security Card for Primary Applicant
  6. WCCS requires proof of residency such as a copy of lease

To apply for this or other available HEAP assistance, please contact WCCS’ HEAP, toll free at 1-866-747-1042 for an appointment or to hear times for walk-in assistance.  The E-HEAP program is federally funded administered by WCCS.

Click here to download the press release (369kb pdf file)

 

January 3, 2018 -- WCCS Adds New Adult Reader Program -- Warren County Community Services, Inc. (WCCS) is growing again.  The 501(c)3 non-profit began 2018 with the acquisition of the Warren County Adult New Reader Program (ANR).

ANR Program Director, Barbara Geiger said she’s “delighted about the merger. It’s become increasingly challenging to survive as a smaller non-profit these days” continues Geiger.

WCCS ANR is a program that trains volunteers to tutor adults who live and work in Warren and nearby Counties. The program helps adults with literacy challenges to learn to read and write. It also helps legal immigrants learn English as a second language.

Merger talks started in the summer of 2017 when ANR Board Chair, John Roesch joined the WCCS Board. Roesch asked WCCS CEO, Eugene Rose if Rose would consult with Geiger regarding the viability of ANR. Discussions followed concerning the future of ANR and long-term strategic planning.

“After our initial meeting, it occurred to me that ANR’s mission fell squarely within that of WCCS’” said Rose. “We identified benefits and economies that would help ANR provide their services efficiently and reach more people. Our WCCS RSVP Program already provides volunteers as tutors.” Soon, Rose, Geiger and Roesch spoke to their respective Boards and the library boards that are the primary funders of ANR. All agreed to the merger.

Effective January 1, 2018, ANR is now a new division of WCCS. Offices are in Room 202 of the 741 Administration Building at 570 N. State Route 741, Lebanon, OH. Please call the program directly at (513) 695-2243.

Click here to download the press release (526kb pdf file)

 

January 2, 2018 -- See if you qualify for Winter Energy Assistance Available Through Local Non-Profit --
If you are a low-income household facing disconnection of your primary or secondary heating source, have already had service disconnected, or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel, please contact Warren County Community Services’ (WCCS) HEAP office immediately for assistance.  The E-HEAP Winter Crisis Program, a federally funded program administered by WCCS, will be accepting applications starting November 1, 2017.  Households with incomes at or below 175% of the 2017 Federal Poverty Guidelines may apply, see examples listed below:

Household Size

13 weeks

12 months

1

$5,279.25

$21,105

2

$7,105

$28,420

3

$8,933.75

$35,735

4

$10,762.50

$43,050

5

$12,591.25

$50,365

6

$14,420

$57,680

 

The following documents are required for WCCS HEAP Intake:

  1. Income documentation for all household members 18 years of age and older.  If this documentation is missing, the application is incomplete.  Required income for the last 13 weeks/3months categories would be: Wages, Court Ordered Child Support (print out from agency, even if not received), Social Security/SSI award letter or copy of check/bank statement. TANF/OWF benefits.  Unemployment (letter with weekly amount/printout), Utility Allowance (Metropolitan Housing contract), Self Employed (WCCS would prefer Quarterly Statement showing profit/loss for the past 3 months).  Zero Income-You must have documented proof of how you met your personal needs, (including your rent/mortgage, food, utilities, medical and any assistance received).  Most importantly if someone has given you money for rent, bills, etc.  WCCS and the Ohio Department of Development requires a notarized letter from the gift giver with their name, address and phone number and the amount given with the frequency of the loan and when it is expected to be paid back. With proof of cancelled checks and receipts. 
  2. Copies of both bills for the main heating and electric utility source.  If you heat with propane/fuel oil/wood, we also need a copy of your bill. 
  3. Documentation of co-payment is required.  For City of Lebanon applicants proof of any co-pays must be paid prior to appointment-bring receipt (E-HEAP cannot pay sewer, water, garbage etc.).
  4. Proof of Citizenship/Social Security Cards for all household members.
  5. WCCS requires a picture ID and Social Security Card for Primary Applicant
  6. WCCS requires proof of residency such as a copy of lease

To apply for this or other available HEAP assistance, please contact WCCS’ HEAP, toll free at 1-866-747-1042 for an appointment or to hear times for walk-in assistance.  The E-HEAP program is federally funded administered by WCCS.

Click here to download the press release (365kb pdf file)

 

December 5, 2017 -- Winter Energy Assistance Available Through Local Non-Profit

If you are a low-income household facing disconnection of your primary or secondary heating source, have already had service disconnected, or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel, please contact Warren County Community Services’ (WCCS) HEAP office immediately for assistance.  The E-HEAP Winter Crisis Program, a federally funded program administered by WCCS, will be accepting applications starting November 1, 2017.  Households with incomes at or below 175% of the 2017 Federal Poverty Guidelines may apply, see examples listed below:

Household Size

13 weeks

12 months

1

$5,279.25

$21,105

2

$7,105

$28,420

3

$8,933.75

$35,735

4

$10,762.50

$43,050

5

$12,591.25

$50,365

6

$14,420

$57,680

The following documents are required for WCCS HEAP Intake:

  1. Income documentation for all household members 18 years of age and older.  If this documentation is missing, the application is incomplete.  Required income for the last 13 weeks/3months categories would be: Wages, Court Ordered Child Support (print out from agency, even if not received), Social Security/SSI award letter or copy of check/bank statement. TANF/OWF benefits.  Unemployment (letter with weekly amount/printout), Utility Allowance (Metropolitan Housing contract), Self Employed (WCCS would prefer Quarterly Statement showing profit/loss for the past 3 months).  Zero Income-You must have documented proof of how you met your personal needs, (including your rent/mortgage, food, utilities, medical and any assistance received).  Most importantly if someone has given you money for rent, bills, etc.  WCCS and the Ohio Department of Development requires a notarized letter from the gift giver with their name, address and phone number and the amount given with the frequency of the loan and when it is expected to be paid back. With proof of cancelled checks and receipts. 

  2. Copies of both bills for the main heating and electric utility source.  If you heat with propane/fuel oil/wood, we also need a copy of your bill. 

  3. Documentation of co-payment is required.  For City of Lebanon applicants proof of any co-pays must be paid prior to appointment-bring receipt (E-HEAP cannot pay sewer, water, garbage etc.).

  4. Proof of Citizenship/Social Security Cards for all household members.

  5. WCCS requires a picture ID and Social Security Card for Primary Applicant

  6. WCCS requires proof of residency such as a copy of lease

To apply for this or other available HEAP assistance, please contact WCCS’ HEAP, toll free at 1-866-747-1042 for an appointment or to hear times for walk-in assistance.  The E-HEAP program is federally funded administered by WCCS.

Click here to download the press release (365kb pdf file)

 

October 28, 2017 -- Winter Crisis Program starts November 1, 2017 -- If you are a low-income household facing disconnection of your primary or secondary heating source, have already had service disconnected, or have less than 25% supply of bulk fuel/propane; please contact Warren County Community Services (WCCS) HEAP office immediately for assistance.

The HEAP Winter Crisis Program, is a federally funded program administered by WCCS, will be accepting applications starting November 1, 2017. Households
with incomes at or below 175% of the 2017 Federal Poverty

Guidelines may apply, see below:
Items to bring:

  • Income for the last 90 days
  • Zero income-must have a notarized
    statement from person supporting the
    household with contact information,
    address, and phone number. Need proof
    of cancelled checks or receipts.
  • Current bill(s)-copies of both bills for the
    main heating source and electric source.
  • Heat with bulk fuel/propane need that bill
  • Picture ID, social security cards
  • Proof of Citizenship
  • Lease
  • Medicaid/Food Stamps Letter

To make an appointment and for information call 1.866.747.1042

Click here to download the flyer (60kb pdf file)

 

September 5, 2017 -- Volunteer as an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide in 2018 -- Tax season will be here before you know it and the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program needs tax counselors for sites in Warren County. This program offers free tax-filing help to those who need it most. We're looking for compassionate and friendly individuals to join our team of local volunteers for the upcoming 2018 tax season. You'll receive training and continued support in a welcoming environment. There is one month of study and preparation then classroom training. This promises to be one of the most engaging and challenging activities you will ever undertake. Make a big difference in someone else's life! Please contact the RSVP Volunteer Program at 513-695-2252 by November 1, 2017 if you are interested. RSVP is sponsored by Warren County Community Services, Inc. (WCCS).

Click here to download the press release (300kb pdf file)

 

August 2017 - HEAP Summer Crisis Program ends August 31, 2017 -- Warren County Community Services, Inc. (WCCS), will help income-eligible Ohioans stay cool
during the hot summer months. The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans assistance paying an electric bill or assistance with an air
conditioner. The program will end on August 31, 2017.
"July and August can be two extremely hot months in Ohio, and that can take a toll on older Ohioans and Ohioans with breathing conditions", said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.

The Summer Crisis Program assists low-income households with any household member, age 60 years and older or households that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member's health. Conditions can include lung disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or asthma.
To apply for the program, customers are required to schedule an appointment and bring the following documentation:

  • A copy of their most recent energy bill
  • Proof of income for the last 90 days for each member 18 years and older
  • Picture ID for primary applicant, social security cards for all household members,
  • Proof of citizenship for all household members
  • Physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member's health (if there isn't a household member over the age of 60).
  • Renters: a copy of a lease or notarized statement from the landlord
  • Section 8, HUD housing need a copy of the worksheet
  • Food stamp letter

Ohioans enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus Program (PIPP Plus) are not eligible for bill payment assistance through the program but are encouraged to work with Warren County Community Services, Inc. HEAP to identify other opportunities for assistance.

To make an appointment please call 1.866.747.1042.

Click here to download the press release (57kb pdf file)

Click here to download the HEAP Fact sheet (125kb pdf file)

Click here to download the HEAP Appointment Needs sheet
(65kb pdf file)

 

June 26, 2017 - Much-Needed Funding Helps Keep Warren & Butler County Seniors and Their Pets Together -- Warren County Community Services is proud to announce that it has received a $1500 grant from Meals on Wheels America to support its client pet support program. Funding will be used to provide food, supplies and care for area clients with pets – all of which can be financially and physically burdensome.

In total, Meals on Wheels America has granted $300,000 to 193 local Meals on Wheels programs through the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets initiative this year. Funding is made possible in part through a donation from Banfield Charitable Trust (BCT). To date, the grant program has distributed more than $2.4 million in funding and pet food donations.

"While the benefits of companionship are clear, taking care of a pet can be financially and physically challenging for seniors," said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. "Meals on Wheels Loves Pets helps local Meals on Wheels providers alleviate this hardship and at the same time reduce the negative effects of isolation."

"This grant will help us to continue to provide our clients with so much more than a meal," says Amy Houpey, Food Service Director. "Just to name a few, it will provide a way to stay connected, to interact with others, to reduce depression and the feeling of isolation. This grant will allow us to continue to enrich and enhance the lives of our clients as well as their pets. We want to help our clients to be able to stay in their homes with their beloved pets as long as
possible."


Click here to download the press release (38kb pdf file)

 

June 21, 2017 - HEAP Summer Crisis Program Starts in July -- Warren County Community Services, Inc. (WCCS), will help income-eligible Ohioans stay cool during the hot summer months. The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans assistance paying an electric bill or assistance with an air conditioner.  The program runs from July 1 until August 31, 2017.

“July and August can be two extremely hot months in Ohio, and that can take a toll on older Ohioans and Ohioans with breathing conditions”, said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.

The Summer Crisis Program assists low-income households with any household member, age 60 years and older or households that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member's health.  Conditions can include lung disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or asthma.

To apply for the program, customers are required to schedule an appointment and bring the following documentation:

  • a copy of their most recent energy bill
  • proof of income for the last 90 days for each member 18 years and older
  • picture ID for primary applicant, social security cards for all household members,
  • proof of citizenship for all household members
  • physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health (if there isn’t a household member over the age of 60).
  • renters: a copy of a lease or notarized statement from the landlord
  • section 8, HUD housing need a copy of the worksheet
  • food stamp letter

Ohioans enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus Program (PIPP Plus) are not eligible for bill payment assistance through the program but are encouraged to work with Warren County Community Services, Inc. HEAP to identify other opportunities for assistance.

To make an appointment please call 1.866.747.1042

Click here to download the press release (157kb pdf file)

Click here to download the HEAP Fact sheet (125kb pdf file)

Click here to download the HEAP Appointment Needs sheet
(65kb pdf file)

 

March 6, 2017 - Winter Crisis Program ends March 31, 2017 -- If you are a low-income household facing disconnection of your primary or secondary heating source, have already had service disconnected, or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel, please contact Warren County Community Services' (WCCS) HEAP office immediately for assistance. The E-HEAP Winter Crisis Program, is a federally funded program administered by WCCS, will continue processing applications until March 31, 2017.

Households with incomes at or below 175% of the 2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines may apply, see examples listed below:

Household Size 13 weeks 12 months
1 $5,197.50 $20,790
2 $7,008.75 $28,035
3 $8,820 $35,280
4 $10,631.25 $42,525
5 $12,442.50 $49,770
6 $14,253.75 $57,015

The following documents are required for WCCS HEAP Intake:

  1. Income documentation for all household members 18 years of age and older. If this documentation is missing, the application is incomplete.

    Required income for the last 13 weeks/3months categories would be:
    • Wages,
    • Court Ordered Child Support (print out from agency, even if not received),
    • Social Security/SSI award letter or copy of check/bank statement.
    • TANF/OWF benefits.
    • Unemployment (letter with weekly amount/printout),
    • Utility Allowance (Metropolitan Housing contract),
    • Self Employed (WCCS would prefer Quarterly Statement showing profit/loss for the past 3 months).
    • Zero Income - You must have documented proof
      of how you met your personal needs,
      (including your rent/mortgage, food, utilities, medical and any assistance received).
    • MOST IMPORTANTLY: if someone has given you money for rent, bills, etc. WCCS requires a notarized letter from the gift giver with the amounts given and their name and phone number.

  2. Copies of both bills for the main heating and electric utility source. If you heat with propane/fuel oil/wood, we also need a copy of your bill.

  3. Documentation of co-payment is required. For City of Lebanon applicants proof of any co-pays must be paid prior to appointment-bring receipt (EHEAP cannot pay sewer, water, garbage etc.).

  4. Proof of disability (award letter or copy of check/bank statement).

  5. Birth Certificates and Social Security Cards for allhousehold members, regardless of age

  6. WCCS requires a picture ID for Primary Applicant.

  7. WCCS requires proof of residency such as a copy of lease

To apply for this or other available HEAP assistance, please contact WCCS' HEAP, toll free at 1-866-747-1042 for an appointment or to hear times for walk-in assistance.

The E-HEAP program is federally funded administered by WCCS.

Click here to download the press release (79kb pdf file)

 

March 5, 2017 - Friendly Visitor Program Volunteer Training -- The Friendly Visitor Program, sponsored by Warren County Community Services, Inc. (WCCS), will provide a volunteer training Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Training will be held at WCCS' 741 Center – 570 N. State Rt. 741 – Lebanon, OH.

The primary goal of WCCS' Friendly Visitor Program is to eliminate loneliness among our aging population. Loneliness is one of the major factors both in physical and mental health decline. Being alone, without social support, often leads to depression and selfneglect among the elderly. "Friendly Visitor volunteers are a tremendous asset to the continuum of care for older adults in our community," says Dolcee Hoffman, RSVP Volunteer Program Director.

The WCCS' Friendly Visitor Volunteer Program matches trained volunteers to older adults who may be living alone, may be at risk for institutional placement, or may need additional support to maintain independence. Volunteers must be special people who enjoy working with older adults. All volunteers must pass a criminal background check and drug screen. "Our community is greatly enriched by the wisdom and experience of caring volunteers. WCCS helps volunteers, 55 and over, locate the opportunities where their talents and skills are best used" said Hoffman. For more information or to register for the training, call Dolcee at 513-695-2252 or by email at dolceeh@wccsinc.org. Please register by Friday, April 7, 2017. Space is limited.

Click here to download the press release (24kb pdf file)

 

March 1, 2017 - Warren County Community Services Joins Meals on Wheels Programs From Across the Country in 15th Annual 'March for Meals' Celebration --Warren County Community Services (WCCS) announced today that it will be participating in the 15th annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and the homebound and vulnerable seniors who rely on its vital safety net. WCCS March for Meals celebration will include shopping at Talbots in Oakwood on March 9th and assisting with the deliver meals March 20th through March 24th.

"The services that we provide the seniors of Warren and Butler Counties are critical and the need is rapidly increasing," said Amy Houpey, Food Service Director, of WCCS. "Together, we can keep seniors living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age."

Since 2002, Meals on Wheels America has led the annual awareness campaign in an effort to fill the gap between the seniors served and those in need that is widening due to increased demand with a rapidly aging population combined with declining public and private resources, and rising food, transportation and operational costs. This March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs, like WCCS will reach out to their communities to build the support that will enable them to deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to America's seniors all year long.

"March is a time for us all to rally around Meals on Wheels,"
said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. "Our ability to meet the needs of vulnerable seniors lies in the willingness and generosity of businesses, government and concerned individuals of all ages to contribute in their own way. It not only makes economic sense to enable seniors to stay healthy and safe at home, but it improves the health and vibrancy of our communities and our nation at large."

For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors in Warren and Butler Counties and across the country, visit www.marchformeals.com.

Click here to download the press release (298kb pdf file)

 

February 28, 2017 - An Exciting Opportunity to Give Back! -- Your help is desperately needed at the South Lebanon Salvation Army Thrift Shop. Whether it's sorting, stocking shelves, working the cash register, or assisting customers, volunteers are vital in helping make a difference in the community. Volunteering can help you give back to the community, build friendships and support the work of the Salvation Army. There are many reasons to volunteer!

"Volunteering at the thrift shop is one of my favorite things to do!" says Jan of her experience at the Salvation Army Thrift Shop. Like other volunteers who work in the store, Jan's day is never the same. Sometimes she welcomes people who come in to donate items; sometimes she sorts through donations; sometimes she arranges items on the store shelves. " I love watching little kids find a treasure. I also love being able to find a few of my own at the same time. There is much to do. We are always excited to see you", says Jan.

Please contact the RSVP Volunteer Program for more information at 513-695-2252 or by email at dolceeh@wccsinc.org. RSVP recruits individuals 55 and over to volunteer in Warren County.

Click here to download the press release (38kb pdf file)

 

February 27, 2017 - Headstart and Kinship Care -- Head Start and Early Head Start are federally funded omprehensive school readiness programs that offer valuable and often life-changing resources for families in need. Many families may not realize that they are eligible for this free, high-quality early education program. In addition to serving low-income families, Head Start is also available at no cost to children in foster care or children in "kinship care" who are being raised by grandparents or other relatives due to family issues.

"Head Start is designed to provide social and educational experiences to ensure children are ready for school," says WCCS Early Learning Centers Director, Lisa Cayard.
"Children learn through hands-on, individualized activities with an evidence-based curriculum. Each child receives health and developmental screenings, so that any needed intervention can be provided as early as possible. Head Start is a uniquely comprehensive program that includes healthy meals, nutrition education, collaboration with medical and mental health agencies to make sure children are healthy, and family services to support parents in their role as the child's most important teacher."

In recent years, Warren County has seen a growing number of families in crisis due to substance abuse. Among families served by Head Start in Warren County, the number of children with a family history of substance doubled from 16% in 2015 to 32% in 2016. "The number of children in Head Start with an incarcerated parent increased from 10 children last year to 36 children this year," noted Cayard. "We also have enrolled 28 children being raised by grandparents or other relatives, an increase from 9 children last year." This striking increase points to a growing need for supportive services for these vulnerable children and their families.

Children who have been removed from their homes often have experienced significant trauma in their young lives, and this impacts their behavior and development. Grandparents who accept custody of their grandchildren are doing the best they can in these difficult situations, but they often need support. Head Start is available to connect these families with resources, and to provide a stable, supportive learning environment for the children.

Warren County Community Services receives federal Head Start and Early Head Start grants to serve infants, toddlers and preschoolers in a variety of program options, at no cost to eligible families:

  • Home-based services for infants and toddlers include a weekly 90-minute home visit, plus play groups for socialization twice a month.

  • Head Start for three and four year olds is available in part day three and a half hour classes, or six-hour extended day classes.

  • Child care is available for working parents at the Lebanon and South Lebanon sites, for children ages birth to five. Parents pay for the hours of before and after care through child care subsidies or a small fee.

All four centers operated by Warren County Community Services have earned fivestar ratings through Ohio's Step Up to Quality rating system. The Helen Centers Early Learning Center in Franklin currently has several openings, and the program is actively seeking eligible children. To apply for Head Start, call 513-695-2213, or print an application from the WCCS website, www.wccsi.org/earlylearning.

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February 1, 2017 - Are Electric Bills or the cost of Fuel Oil pinching your wallet? Save that Income Tax Refund and see if you Qualify for Assistance -- See if you qualify for assistance with your gas and electric bill, or the cost of filling your propane or fuel tank. If you are a low-income household facing disconnection of your primary or secondary heating source, have already had service disconnected, or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel, please contact Warren County Community Services' (WCCS) HEAP office immediately for assistance. The E-HEAP Winter Crisis Program, a federally funded program administered by WCCS, will continue accepting applications until March 31, 2017.

Households with incomes at or below 175% of the 2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines may apply, see examples listed below:

Household Size 13 weeks 12 months
1 $5,197.50 $20,790
2 $7,008.75 $28,035
3 $8,820 $35,280
4 $10,631.25 $42,525
5 $12,442.50 $49,770
6 $14,253.75 $57,015

The following documents are required for WCCS HEAP Intake:

  1. Income documentation for all household members 18 years of age and older. If this documentation is missing, the application is incomplete.

    Required income for the last 13 weeks/3months categories would be:
    • Wages,
    • Court Ordered Child Support (print out from agency, even if not received),
    • Social Security/SSI award letter or copy of check/bank statement.
    • TANF/OWF benefits.
    • Unemployment (letter with weekly amount/printout),
    • Utility Allowance (Metropolitan Housing contract),
    • Self Employed (WCCS would prefer Quarterly Statement showing profit/loss for the past 3 months).
    • Zero Income - You must have documented proof
      of how you met your personal needs,
      (including your rent/mortgage, food, utilities, medical and any assistance received).
    • MOST IMPORTANTLY: if someone has given you money for rent, bills, etc. WCCS requires a notarized letter from the gift giver with the amounts given and their name and phone number.

  2. Copies of both bills for the main heating and electric utility source. If you heat with propane/fuel oil/wood, we also need a copy of your bill.

  3. Documentation of co-payment is required. For City of Lebanon applicants proof of any co-pays must be paid prior to appointment-bring receipt (EHEAP cannot pay sewer, water, garbage etc.).

  4. Proof of disability (award letter or copy of check/bank statement).

  5. Birth Certificates and Social Security Cards for allhousehold members, regardless of age

  6. WCCS requires a picture ID for Primary Applicant.

  7. WCCS requires proof of residency such as a copy of lease

To apply for this or other available HEAP assistance, please contact WCCS' HEAP, toll free at 1-866-747-1042 for an appointment or to hear times for walk-in assistance.

The E-HEAP program is federally funded administered by WCCS.

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January 3, 2017 - See if you qualify for Winter Energy Assistance Available Through WCCS -- Winter is here and the days are getting colder. If you are a low-income household facing disconnection of your primary or secondary heating source, have already had service disconnected, or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel, please contact Warren County Community Services' (WCCS) HEAP office immediately for assistance. The EHEAP Winter Crisis Program, a federally funded program administered by WCCS, will be accepting applications until March 31,2017. Households with incomes at or below 175% of the 2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines may apply, see examples listed below:

Household Size 13 weeks 12 months
1 $5,197.50 $20,790
2 $7,008.75 $28,035
3 $8,820 $35,280
4 $10,631.25 $42,525
5 $12,442.50 $49,770
6 $14,253.75 $57,015

The following documents are required for WCCS HEAP Intake:

  1. Income documentation for all household members 18 years of age and older. If this documentation is missing, the application is incomplete.

    Required income for the last 13 weeks/3months categories would be:
    • Wages,
    • Court Ordered Child Support (print out from agency, even if not received),
    • Social Security/SSI award letter or copy of check/bank statement.
    • TANF/OWF benefits.
    • Unemployment (letter with weekly amount/printout),
    • Utility Allowance (Metropolitan Housing contract),
    • Self Employed (WCCS would prefer Quarterly Statement showing profit/loss for the past 3 months).
    • Zero Income - You must have documented proof
      of how you met your personal needs,
      (including your rent/mortgage, food, utilities, medical and any assistance received).
    • MOST IMPORTANTLY: if someone has given you money for rent, bills, etc. WCCS requires a notarized letter from the gift giver with the amounts given and their name and phone number.

  2. Copies of both bills for the main heating and electric utility source. If you heat with propane/fuel oil/wood, we also need a copy of your bill.

  3. Documentation of co-payment is required. For City of Lebanon applicants proof of any co-pays must be paid prior to appointment-bring receipt (EHEAP cannot pay sewer, water, garbage etc.).

  4. Proof of disability (award letter or copy of check/bank statement).

  5. Birth Certificates and Social Security Cards for allhousehold members, regardless of age

  6. WCCS requires a picture ID for Primary Applicant.

  7. WCCS requires proof of residency such as a copy of lease

To apply for this or other available HEAP assistance, please contact WCCS' HEAP, toll free at 1-866-747-1042 for an appointment or to hear times for walk-in assistance.

The E-HEAP program is federally funded administered by WCCS.

Click here to download the press release (82kb pdf file)

 

January 3, 2017 -- Help Children Discover the Joy of Reading -- Children have so much enthusiasm in 1st and 2nd grade and enjoy learning. But many students need extra attention and support beyond what the classroom teacher can provide.

The RSVP Volunteer Program partners with Bowman Primary School in Lebanon to recruit first and second grade reading tutors. Tutors are very valuable in elementary classrooms. They provide instruction, support, and care to students who most need it. Whether it's reading, writing, listening or speaking, tutors provide that one-on-one attention that makes a world of difference in a child's life. When tutors are able to come in on a regular basis and build relationships with kids, we begin to see a change in attitude and a genuine interest in reading. The students look forward to their 'turn' to work with the tutors and the teachers so appreciate the extra love and care the tutors supply.

Donna Walters, a RSVP volunteer, tutors at Bowman Primary and enjoys her experience. Donna explains, "The personal connection with these little ones is amazing. They are so earnest and innocent, one can't help but grow very fond of them. They make me smile a lot. Just like the little boy I had worked with in first and second grade, who had noticeably gained confidence in his reading in second grade. At the end of last year, I told him how proud he should be, progressing from a level "G" in first grade to an "M" in second. He enthusiastically agreed and said, "Miss Donna, you know what's going to happen when I'm in high school, don't you?" Not quite knowing where he was going with that question, I shook my head and said, "No, tell me." "I'm going to be reading "Z's!" He beamed. I smiled, stifling laughter, and said, "Oh yes, I'm sure you will.""

RSVP and Bowman's partnership has real rewards! So share the joy of reading and reap the rewards. RSVP recruit's individuals, 55 and over, to volunteer in nonprofit organizations in Warren County.

Please contact the RSVP Volunteer Program at 513-695-2252 for more information. RSVP is sponsored by Warren County Community Services, Inc. (WCCS).

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