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ERIE COUNTY American Red Cross A humanitarian organization, led by v
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

ERIE COUNTY

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

Locations:

-- 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.

Salvation Army

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.

Cancer Services

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.

HURON COUNTY

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

OTTAWA COUNTY

First Call for Help

Information and Referral Line

734-6645

800-650-4357

Salvation Army Port Clinton

109 Madison St., Port Clinton 732-2769

Accepts: Furniture, clothing, monetary donations, all household items and vehicles.

United Way

1854 E. W. Perry St., Port Clinton 734-6645

Accepts: Donations taken and distributed to organizations in need.

SANDUSKY COUNTY

First Call For Help

Information and Referral Line

334-2720

800-593-9444

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.

Project Read

1220 Cedar St., Suite B Fremont 334-6901

Adult literacy.

Sandusky County Care & Share Center

206 Lynn St.Fremont 334-2832

Clothing thrift shop and provides prescriptions, shoes, blankets and assistance with utility payments.