Funding available for emergency food and shelter programs

Ohio Heartland Community Action, the local administrative agent for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, has announced that Marion County will receive $25,851.00 in federal funding this year to supplement emergency food and shelter programs. Local agencies that provide such services and want to apply for funding from the county’s program board will need to […]

Corporate America Family Credit Union joins Project Backpack for 14th year

Corporate America Family Credit Union (CAFCU) has begun its fourteenth year of support for Project Backpack, an annual school supply drive that helps families, students and teachers prepare for the school year. All CAFCU branches will be collecting items such as rulers, highlighters, calculators, binders, and other basic classroom tools to give to local schools […]

Local Modern Woodmen region to receive Fraternal Region Builder Award

Modern Woodmen of America’s Ohio Central Region, led by Regional Director Lori D. Seckel, will receive the organization’s 2016 Fraternal Region Builder Award. This national award is presented to one growing Modern Woodmen region each year based on the fraternal impact made on local communities. Seckel, whose regional office is based in Marion, Ohio, will […]

Modern Woodmen, members contributed nearly $1 million to central Ohio in 2016

Residents and community organizations in central Ohio benefited from $996,552.73 in assistance from Modern Woodmen of America and its local community partnerships in 2016, according to recently released results from the fraternal financial services organization. These dollars support social, educational, volunteer and fundraising activities in the region. The contribution includes $629,753 raised locally by Modern […]

United Way opens 2017 funding cycle

United Way of Marion County announced today that they will be accepting applications for program funding for the 2018 calendar year.  Programs must demonstrate that they are able to measurably impact specific Marion County indicators in the following categories: Education – Helping Children and Youth Reach Their Potential through Education Income – Promoting Financial Stability […]

Lawmakers propose additional eligibility checks for SNAP and Medicaid

A pair of Ohio bills introduced Wednesday would require additional eligibility checks for people receiving food stamp benefits or health insurance through Medicaid. Currently, enrollees in Medicaid and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP or food stamps, must notify program officials when their income changes. Senate Bill 96 and House Bill 119 would require […]

State officials back plan to put ID photos on SNAP cards

Many Ohioans receiving food stamps would have their photos on the program’s electronic benefit transfer cards under legislation backed by Ohio House and Senate Republicans. The legislation, which has not yet been introduced in the General Assembly, would exempt adults who have a disability, are age 60 or older, are a victim of domestic violence […]

Campus joins together again for Loving Scarves initiative

A group Ohio State Marion staff, alumni, and students from the campus social work club are coming together to spread love and warmth to local residents on February 11, 2017. For a second year, the campus is running their Loving Scarves campaign, an initiative to collect and distribute hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves, to community […]

PUCO reminds consumers of the Winter Reconnect Order

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) reminds Ohioans of the Winter Reconnect Order to help consumers reconnect or maintain electric and natural gas service during the winter heating season between Oct. 17, 2016 and April 14, 2017. Any customer of a PUCO-regulated electric or natural gas utility may take advantage of the order. Last […]

Application period opens for 2017 Community Foundation scholarship program

A simple thank you can best explain the focus and importance of the Marion Community Foundation Scholarship Program. Kara Kubbs, a Robert M. & Dorothy C. Wopat Scholarship recipient, wrote, “The generosity you have offered the community is amazing; and, I am appreciative. You have continued to help me pursue my dream, as well as […]