Community Agencies

Do you or someone you know need a little help? There is probably a community agency that is just waiting to help!

Education

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) - Traditional and School Based Mentoring provides quality one-to-one mentoring relationships for youth, ages 6-18, facing adversity, often those of single-parent and/or low income households or families where a parent is incarcerated. “Littles” achieve measurable outcomes, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships.
  
- Scouting instills leadership, character values, self-reliance, teamwork, and physical fitness for boys (6-20) and girls (ages 14-20). The program is divided into Cub Scouting (ages 6-10), Boy Scouting (ages 11-18), Venturing and Career Exploring (co-ed, ages 14-20).
 
Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council - Leadership Development builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts engages girls (ages 5-17) in discovering themselves and connecting with others and gives girls the tools they need to be successful leaders now and throughout their lives.
 
Goodwill GoodGuides - uses evidence-based approaches to mentoring and job readiness to target youth (ages 12-18) who are at-risk for juvenile delinquency, teenage pregnancy, and dropping out of school. GoodGuides helps youth build self-esteem, learn to set goals, feel more invested in their school and community, and stay in school.

Licking County Family YMCA - Preschool provides quality programming for children (6 weeks to 5 years) in a safe, loving and inviting environment that allows children to explore and discover new things at their own developmental pace. School Age Childcare and Summer Day Camp provides quality, affordable care for children (6-13) that develops and nurtures social competencies, positive identity and the five values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith.

Mental Health America - Youth Engaged in Service (Y.E.S.) is a resiliency-based safe haven for after school and summer hours. YES helps youth (ages 11-18) be responsible decision makers, participate meaningfully in their school and community, recognize and value diversity, be healthy, have confidence in their school performance and get along with others.

Our Futures in Licking County - promotes simple, proven interventions in schools and the community that promote student safety, academic achievement and the development of healthy and productive youth, while reducing risk factors associated with youth substance abuse, crime, violence and school drop-outs. The Good Behavior Game introduces and reinforces positive behavior, reduces student disruptions and increases engaged learning time. PAX Notes are written recognition of students doing the right thing. Families United unites families to address youth substance abuse. Triple P – Positive Parenting Program provides parenting support to reduce child maltreatment. Reward & Reminder recognizes business owners and establishments that refuse to sell alcohol or tobacco to minors.

Pathways - Professional Development Center (formerly Child Care Connections) works with programs, providers and community agencies to provide high quality early learning experiences for young children through professional development, resource lending libraries andtechnical assistance.

Salvation Army - Power for Life after school program for at-risk teenage girls provides mentoring, tutoring and programming that builds self-esteem; supports abstinence; teaches budgeting, good nutrition, fitness, life skills and conflict resolution.

United Way of Licking County - Born Learning provides parents and caregivers with tips and advice to create quality early learning opportunities and draws on volunteers to build Born Learning Trails in the community.

Income Basic/Needs

American Red Cross - Blood Services provides a safe blood supply and blood products through voluntary blood donations. Disaster Services provides immediate relief to victims of disaster and educates the public on how to prepare for a disaster. Services to the Armed Forces – provides emergency communications between active duty military personnel and their families, emergency support to active duty military personnel and their families, and support services to military veterans and their family members. These programs are unfunded congressional mandates.
 
Goodwill - Youth Works give out-of-school youth, ages 16-21, who have barriers to employment, paid work experience and classroom involvement to explore career opportunities and gain invaluable work and life skills leading to successful employment. Youth can also gain academic credit needed for graduation requirements.
 
Licking County Aging Program - Nutrition Program provides meals at no charge, in both congregate settings and home delivery, to senior citizens who are unable to prepare a meal for themselves and who have no one else to assist them on a regular basis. The program relieves isolation, provides a nutritionally balanced meal and helps seniors remain independent. In addition, the program provides an opportunity for socialization and education through classes offered at congregate meal sites in Newark, Heath, Buckeye Lake, Johnstown, Pataskala and Utica.
 
Licking County Coalition for Housing - Project Homeline provides emergency financial assistance, budget counseling, case management, mediation and coordination of local resources to prevent homelessness. Also provides a data base of affordable housing resources for the community at large. Transitional Housing Program provides short-term housing and supportive services to homeless persons and assists their successful return to permanent housing. These programs provide literacy information and age appropriate books to parents with children under the age of 5 years who come into the agency for services.
 
Pathways 211 - Crisis/Hotline and Information Center www.pathwaysofcentralohio.com – 24/7 crisis intervention, crisis management and information and referral phone service diminishes caller stress, provides referrals and/or a plan of action and is part of the Community Crisis Response System. The 2-1-1 Crisis/Hotline has an on-line resource directory for use by the general public and professionals in the community.
 
Salvation Army - Comprehensive Emergency Assistance addresses the immediate crisis needs of clients by providing a ‘safety net’ of services- emergency shelter; utility and rent/mortgage assistance; food assistance; daily soup kitchen serving lunch and dinner; back-to-school supplies; and summer nutritional program (breakfast, lunch and snack) for children.
 
Woodlands - New Beginnings Shelter and Services provides supportive services and safe shelter to escape a domestic violence situation. Multiple services assist and empower victims through the process of becoming a survivor and achieving long-term independence from an abusive partner- decreasing the number of adults and children living in domestic violence.

Health

Behavioral Healthcare Partners - Integrated Health provides basic physical health services for adults with severe mental illness and or severe substance use issues who also have unmet physical health needs. Coordinated care for physical and behavioral health needs within the same building significantly increases the likelihood of receiving necessary care.
 
Carol Strawn Center - Adult Day Service enhances the quality of life for those with dementia and their caregivers through dementia-specific adult day service (therapeutic social/recreational activities, exercise, nursing services, assistance with activities of daily living, behavior management techniques, and nutritional lunch and snacks).
 
Catholic Social Services - Senior Supportive Services helps vulnerable persons 60 and older maintain or regain a higher level of independence through assistance in managing finances, supportive counseling and coordinating assistance- locating and applying for housing, making funeral arrangements, arranging home care services, assisting with medical appointments and prescription access, arranging transportation, and assisting with Medicaid, Medicare, HEAP and other assistance programs. Transportation Services meets the transportation needs of older adults (age 60+) who are unable to independently secure transportation to non-emergency medical services.
 
Licking County Aging Program - Countyride coordinates transportation services for Licking County human service agencies and provides transportation for individuals referred by Licking County human service organizations to medical appointments, to locations for nutritional needs, to sign up for and/or retain human service benefits, for employment, and for education and training opportunities.
 
Licking County Center for the Visually Impaired – Eye Care Assistance provides eye examinations and glasses to clients at no cost by working with area providers to receive services and glasses at a discount or at no cost.
 
Family Health Services - Reproductive Health and Wellness provides education plus voluntary, comprehensive and culturally sensitive reproductive health and wellness services to the low income underinsured population of Licking County.
 
Licking County Family - YMCA Activate Youth helps youth (age 6-13) who have unhealthy nutritional or fitness behavior or identified as overweight or obese, adopt fit lifestyles. A variety of behavioral modifications and education on nutrition, health and fitness are offered in a “no pressure”, positive and fun way to the children and their parents.
 
Licking County Aging Program- Hearing Fund assists individuals obtain or repair hearing aids and related adaptive equipment.
 
No Cost - United Way of Licking County FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount Card provided at no cost to those in need leading to $1,553,486 through the end of May, 2012.

Behavioral Health

Behavioral Healthcare Partners - Youth Outpatient Recovery Services and residential programs, Courage House, serving women and their children and Spencer House, serving men, provides alcohol and drug counseling and supportive services that aid in obtaining and maintaining a sober lifestyle, obtaining employment/improving school functioning and preventing new/additional involvement with the criminal justice system. Residential programs also help clients acquire safe housing. Youth programs help parents/caregivers improve their supervision and monitoring. The School Intervention Program provides a social worker in the Southwest Licking School District to address student mental health needs by working directly with youth and/or consulting with school staff, improving their functioning in school. School Intervention and Youth Outpatient Recovery Services also offer evidence-based smoking cessation programs.
 
Camp O’Bannon - summer camp for youth ages 9-17, who are eligible for the school lunch program or considered “at-risk”, fosters development of self awareness, relationships, life skills and understanding of good nutrition/hydration.
 
Center for Disability Services - Adaptive Socialization Program provides community based social and recreational opportunities for adults who have developmental disabilities, improving their quality of life, social and daily living skills, physical and emotional health, and self-advocacy skills. Circle of Friends offers elementary- high school students, with and without developmental disabilities, an opportunity to learn about one another and develop and maintain mutual friendships. A variety of social and learning activities promote social inclusion, personal skill development and self-advocacy. Respite and Revive provides specialized respite care for children who have or are at-risk for developmental delays/disabilities. This respite care leads to reduced family stress and improved family functioning.
 
Community Support Teaming uses a best practice model to integrate treatment services and safely keep youth experiencing multiple, significant needs in their homes and community. These significant needs include health and mental health concerns, alcohol and drug use, developmental disabilities and receiving services from multiple providers.
 
Licking County Alcoholism Prevention Program (LAPP) - Outpatient offers a “safety net” of alcohol and other drug programs (Adult Outpatient, Women’s Program, and Adolescent Program) that improve quality of life and sobriety rates.
 
Mental Health America - Child Abuse Prevention Program/IC Hope reduces vulnerability of youth (pre-school-grade 6) to abuse/violence and increases school personnel knowledge of abuse/violence and resources. COMPEER offers socialization and match relationships between volunteers and adults with severe and persistent mental illness to reduce isolation and the use of emergency psychiatric services and help individuals reach personal goals. COMPEER also increases wellness behaviors by offering nutritional, diabetes self-management and other wellness services specific to individuals who experience mental illness. Consumer and Family Support helps people with mental illness access services, use natural supports, stay in recovery, work toward wellness and feel less alone. Parent Support offers groups, workshops and phone support that de-escalates parent distress and increases positive child and parent behaviors. In addition, the program focuses on increasing physical activity, healthy nutrition choices and family literacy. Parent Support’s Bridges out of Poverty Program increases financial stability in families. Prevent Assault & Violence Education - (PAVE) enlists high school student volunteers to teach middle school students violence prevention skills and reinforces respect for diversity. H.S youth gain presentation skills and maintain/improve grades and school attendance. Prevention and Education educates the community on mental health and how to acquire and maintain good mental health and promote recovery.
 
Pathways - Prevention Programs - Youth (elementary through high school age) increase knowledge and skills to support making choices for a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. Adults increase knowledge about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Capable Parents helps parents with children, ages 0-12, increase their ability to managing child behavior problems and increases the social and emotional competency of preschool children with conduct disorders.
 
The Woodlands - CARE provides teens (age 12-17), identified as at-risk of violent behavior, with tools to cope with anxiety, depression, stress and anger in healthy ways. Outpatient Counseling Services provides quality mental health services including individual, couples, family, and group therapy. Services include strategies to positively influence their physical health by address the effects of nutrition, diet, exercise and mindfulness on their mental health
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