March 2015 Newsletter
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HandsOn Central Ohio
Be the Change

March 25, 2015
Community Shelter Board Recognizes CPoA as a Program of Excellence
Community Shelter Board recently designated HandsOn Central Ohio's Coordinated Point of Access program as a featured Program of Excellence, citing our successful handling of the significant increase in call volume we experienced due to the addition of hundreds of new shelter beds in the system. The Board noted our strong emphasis on strengthening the team with training, resulting in positive outcomes for both diversion and shelter linkage. Congratulations to the HandsOn Central Ohio CPoA team!
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
This month, our Volunteer Action Center team members led by example and volunteered at LifeTown! LifeTown is a unique, interactive world where children with special needs have fun while they practice important life skills through role play. We had a blast, and you can too! Sign up below.

entoring at LifeTown
Date: Ongoing
Time: Varies

For more information about this and other volunteer opportunities, be sure to visit our online Project Calendar.
Contact Us
For immediate access to the most up-to-date resources, visit our online database
2-1-1 Online.

Phone: (614) 341-2282
Text: (614) 702-7772
Mon-Fri 8 am-4 pm

Information and Referral
(614) 221-2255
Mon-Sun 24 hrs

Coordinated Point of Access (CPoA)
(888) 474-3587
Mon-Sun 24 hrs

195 North Grant Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 221-6766
HandsOn Central Ohio Teams with Besa for National Volunteer Week
This April will bring six new Little Free Libraries scattered across the city of Columbus.

This year for National Volunteer Week, HandsOn Central Ohio is joining forces with volunteer organization Besa to install six Little Free Libraries at nonprofit sites across the city. Using recycled newspaper dispensers donated by The Columbus Dispatch, corporate volunteers from CD102.5, McGraw-Hill Education, Safelite AutoGlass and Skreened will design and paint the libraries, while donors from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and McGraw-Hill Education will fill them with hundreds of books that will expand reading opportunities for Columbus youth'. Many thanks to 400 West Rich Street for its donation of project space and Compton Construction for its assistance with installation.

Little Free Libraries encourage the "take a book, leave a book" model in which readers young and old have the opportunity to keep and share their favorite stories with their neighbors, so be on the lookout for these libraries in a neighborhood near you!
HandsOn Central Ohio Selected to Operate Columbus' Homeless Hotline
As an expansion of the current coordinated intake process, beginning in July, both families and single adults experiencing homelessness will call HandsOn Central Ohio to find a safe place to stay.

Through a competitive bid process, Community Shelter Board recently selected HandsOn Central Ohio to act as operator of the coordinated intake system for families experiencing homelessness, signifying that HandsOn Central Ohio will now be the first line of help for all Franklin County residents in need of emergency shelter. Columbus is the 15th city to designate its 2-1-1 operator as the coordinated point of access for emergency shelter. 

Since HandsOn Central Ohio assumed coordinated intake for single adults in 2012, we have been witness to our community's steady rise in homelessness. Since 2011, our shelter system has seen a 79% increase in the number of families sheltered and a 16% increase among single adults. Last year, HandsOn Central Ohio served more than 11,000 unique single adults over 95,000 calls.