American Red Cross
A humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Accepts: Volunteer time, monetary donations to be sent to people/places in need. Locations:
-- 300 Central Ave., Sandusky 626-1641(Firelands chapter, includes Erie and Huron counties)
--109 Madison St., Port Clinton 734-1100
-- 1245 Napoleon St., Fremont 332-5574
-- 870 W. Market, Tiffin 447-1424
Sandusky Bay Area Goodwill Industries, Inc.
Nonprofit providers of education, training, and career services for people with disadvantages, such as welfare dependency, homelessness, and lack of education or work experience, as well as those with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. Accepts: Clothing, small furniture, toys. (no large appliances, computers, food or personal care items such as shampoo or curling irons.) at these locations:
-- 924 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky
-- 2 Cleveland Road E.,Huron
-- 855 W. Main St., Bellevue
-- 201 Milan Ave. Suite 15A, Norwalk
-- 205 SE Catawba Road, Port Clinton
--108 Blossom Center, Willard
Donations of clothing and household items stay in the community and finance employment, education and job training programs. Contributions may be tax deductible under IRS regulations.
For information: sbagoodwill.org or 625-4744
Job and Family Services
-- 221 W. Parish St., Sandusky 626-6781(24-hour hotline: 626-5437)
-- 185 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk 668-8126
-- 8043 W. Ohio 163, Suite 200 , Oak Harbor 898-3688
-- 2511 Countryside Drive, Fremont 334-8231
-- 3362 S. Township Road 151, Tiffin 447-5011
Services for job seekers and employers, Ohio families, legislative services, personnel services, heathcare, placement, adult and child protective services.
1031 Tiffin Ave., Sandusky 626-3862
Assistance with utility payments and emergency food. Seasonal help at Christmas with food for elig ible residents, toys and clothing for children. Accepts: Monetary donations.
ALPHA Community Services
125 W. Water St., Sandusky 626-1450
Primary service: Youth empowerment skills.
Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Erie County Inc.
904 W. Washington St., Sandusky 626-8694
Accepts volunteers for the program for one-to-one mentoring for Erie County children, age 6-18.
Boys and Girls Club of Sandusky
Main Club: 431 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
Remington Unit: 2112 Cleveland Road, Sandusky 624-9250
A safe place for children to learn, grow and develop ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals.
505 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky 626-4548
A charitable organization that strives to assist cancer patients and their families both emotionally and financially, and to educate the community in care, prevention and awareness of cancer related issues.
Care and Share
241 Jackson St., Sandusky 624-1411
Food, clothing, shoes, furniture appliances and household goods available to those in need. Accepts: Listed items. Donors should call in advance to make sure donations are acceptable.
Erie Huron Counties Community Action Commission, Inc.
908 S. Depot St.Sandusky 626-4320
Provides social/emergency services: HEAP, summer crisis cooling, summer food service program, transportation, home repair, free income tax assistance, food bank, and emergency shelter (Norwalk). Head Start Program designed to servre the total child and family with education, health, nutrition, social services, mental health, disabilities, transportation, and parent involvement. Parents as Teachers program for parents and prenatal children up to kindergarten age. Accepts: Monetary donations, non-perishable food, school supplies.
Safe Harbor Domestic Violence Shelter
626-2200, 800-953-2207 (24-hour hotlines.)
Shelter as needed for victims of domestic violence, trained caregivers, counseling and referrals to other area services and legal advocates. Accepts: Clothing, small furniture, kitchen and cleaning supplies, (all must be new)as well as monetary donations, direct and indirect volunteers for crisis calls, counseling.
United Way of Erie County
416 Columbus Ave., Sandusky 625-4672
Funding qualified partner agencies on an annual basis; also instrumental as part of collaoratives and partnerships to address area exustuing and potential problems. Accepts: Monetary donations to be distributed to organizations in need.
United Way's 2-1-1 system provides callers with information about and referrals to human services for every day needs and in times of crisis. -- Basic Human Needs Resources: food banks, clothing closets, shelters, rent assistance, utility assistance.-- Physical and Mental Health Resources: health insurance programs, Medicaid and Medicare, maternal health, Children's Health Insurance Program, medical information lines, crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention and rehabilitation.-- Employment support: Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance, education programs.-- Support for older Americans and persons with disabilities: adult day care, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, home health care, transportation, homemaker services.-- Support for children, youth and families: child care, after school programs, Head Start, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring, protective services.-- Volunteer opportunities and donations.
The Volunteer Center of Erie County
174 E. Market St.Sandusky 627-0074
Promotion of volunteerism, volunteer recruitment and placement, promotion of Make A Difference Day. Accepts: Donations of household items, clothing and office equipment.
Volunteers of America
1843 Superior St.Sandusky 626-6505
Provides services for homeless families, the frail, the elderly, abused and neglected children, the developmentally disabled and many other at-risk people. Transitional housing for veterans, families, and individuals. Permanent supportive housing for the disabled. Accepts: Perishable and non-perishable food, clothing, bedding, infant needs, towels, furniture, vehicles, monetary donations and volunteer time.
Victory Temple Soup Kitchen
1613 Hayes Ave., Sandusky 627-8732
Accepts: Any perishable, non-perishable food items, monetary donations, clothing, blankets, toys, appliances.
Erie County Victim Assistance Program
247 Columbus Ave., Suite 319Sandusky 627-7699
A division of the County Prosecutor's Office, available to victims of child abuse, rape, spouse abuse, and adult victims of crimes against the person. To assist persons who have been victimized by crime in Erie County. The staff is available to assist victims and/or their families with the Victims of Crime Compensation application.
Victims of domestic violence: 419-624-6875 Victims of felony crime: 419-627-7699Victims of juvenile crime: 419-624-6885Victims of misdemeanor crime: 419-624-6880
Firelands Habitat for Humanity
365 Main St., Suite A Huron 433-2609
A Christian house-building organization that works in partnership with people in need. Accepts: Donations from individuals and businesses including new and used building materials and appliances in good working condition at ReStore, 11001 U.S. 250.
Reach Our Youth
2 E. Main St., Norwalk 663-2525
Program under the juvenile courts provides one-to-one mentoring for ages 6-18 years. Accepts: Volunteers, monetary donations.
Norwalk Area United Fund
10 Main St., Suite 3 Norwalk 668-0269
Accepts: Monetary donations taken and distributed to organizations in need.
Norwalk Area Food Bank
92 N. Prospect Norwalk 668-9823
First Call for Help
Information and Referral Line
Salvation Army Port Clinton
109 Madison St., Port Clinton 732-2769
Accepts: Furniture, clothing, monetary donations, all household items and vehicles.
1854 E. W. Perry St., Port Clinton 734-6645
Accepts: Donations taken and distributed to organizations in need.
First Call For Help
Information and Referral Line
Habitat for Humanity-Fremont
120 S. Park St., Fremont 355-1257
A Christian house-building organization that works in partnership with people in need. Accepts: Monetary donations.
United Way of Sandusky County
103 S. Front St., Fremont 334-8938
Accepts: Monetary donations.
1220 Cedar St., Suite B Fremont 334-6901
Sandusky County Care & Share Center
206 Lynn St.Fremont 334-2832
Clothing thrift shop and provides prescriptions, shoes, blankets and assistance with utility payments.