OASHF National Service

AmeriCorps*VISTA (79 Members)

AmeriCorps*VISTA members work on indirect, capacity-building initiatives such as recruiting and training new OBB sites, developing resources, recruiting and coordinating volunteers, etc. These members are not meant to be engaged in direct-service activities as a rule. AmeriCorps*VISTA Leaders are second-year members who coordinate recruitment and development of members as well as assist with administration of the program. This program is funded primarily through the Corporation for National and Community Service (Federal agency), with cost-share requirements funded by GOFBCI.

AmeriCorps*VISTA Summer Associates (100 Members)

Summer Associates are VISTA members who serve for a limited time in the summer months, generally 8 – 10 weeks. These VISTA members are permitted to engage in direct service activities. OASHF engaged 100 members in 2010 to strengthen Ohio’s Summer Food Service Programs. Summer Associate responsibilities range from serving meals to children at Summer Feeding sites to increasing participation. This program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service with cost-share provided in 2010 by The Columbus Foundation’s Basic Needs grant.

AmeriCorps*State (30 Members)

AmeriCorps*State members work on direct service activities such as application assistance through the Ohio Benefit Bank and general anti-hunger initiatives at foodbanks such as Backpack and Kid’s Café programs. OASHF’s AmeriCorps*State program is branded HarvestCorps. We have 24 members assigned to OBB sites as counselors and 6 members assigned to foodbanks. This program is funded primarily through the Ohio Community Service Council (State agency) with a required match covered by GOFBCI and The Columbus Foundation.

AmeriCorps*NCCC (Residential, Team-Based)

AmeriCorps*NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) members live and serve in a residential, team-based environment and are deployed from one of five campuses around the nation for short (6-10 week) projects. Focus varies widely. We engaged ten members to provide free tax assistance at the Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services locations. This project is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Sponsors must provide accommodations and some meals to members.

For more information on the National Service programs please contact Dustin Speakman at 614.221.4336 or by email.

Ohio Benefit Bank Regional Coordinators’ Contact Information and Map

Maryjo Woodburn, Northeast Regional Coordinator
350 Opportunity Parkway, Akron, Ohio 44307
330.777.7578 (p) 330.996.5337 (f) 330.604.0870 (c)

Greer Connor, North Coast Regional Coordinator
15500 South Waterloo Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44110
216.738.7738 x2104 (p) 216.738.1604 (f) 216.409.6339 (c)

Jessica May, Southeast Regional Coordinator
51 N. High St., Suite 761, Columbus, Ohio 43215
614.221.4336 (p) 614.221.4338 (f) 614.307.9125 (c)

Meredith Bateman, Southwest Regional Coordinator
5901 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, Ohio 45014
800.352.3663 (p) 513.874.0152 (f) 614.273.5817 (c)

Zach Reat, Central Regional Coordinator
51 N. High St., Suite 761, Columbus, Ohio 43215
614.221.4336 (p) 614.221.4338 (f) 614.634.6458 (c)

Gayle Loyola, Northwest Regional Coordinator
51 N. High St., Suite 761, Columbus, Ohio 43215
614.221.4336 (p) 614.221.4338 (f) 614.273.5819 (c)

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