Grateful grant partners share impact ...

Vertical 196: We completed the second full year of ministry at the Vertical 196 Hope Center. The Center’s primary role is to be a daytime drop-in center for the homeless and former inmates…In the past year, we had 11,447 guest visits and meals served onsite, 27,798 meals delivered to homes, and 71 families received assistance with flood cleanup.

Pataskala Community Outreach: "This grant made it possible to feed so many mouths during one of the most critical shut down times in the COVID-19 pandemic. We stepped in before the schools had a chance to get lunch programs together, and we continue to work very closely with the schools to supply food to the most at risk. This grant helped greatly."

 Licking County Community Center for 60+ Adults: “…With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent mandated closing of our doors, the LCCC staff knew that an immediate pivot was imperative to keep Licking County seniors physically, socially, and intellectually engaged. Thanks to the Licking County Foundation grant and other support, in June of 2020 we created “All Things Zoom” to offer classes to all Licking County residents. As many as 85 Zoom courses were offered a month over the next thirteen months! LCCC continues to offer six weekly wellness classes through Zoom for those not quite ready to return to in-person classes.”

Food Pantry Network of Licking County: Food Pantry Network of Licking County served 51,157 Households last year- with a total of 420,420 individuals being served through all of our feeding programs in 2020. The FPN distributed over 5.3 million pounds of food. This achievement would not have been possible without the gracious community support that we received throughout the community. The Licking County Foundation’s support of the Food Pantry Network helped us purchase much needed food and toiletry supplies early in the pandemic. These items were the hard to find items that families were struggling to find within the local grocery stores. With our purchasing power we were able to bring semi loads of food in at a fraction of the cost and provided over 46 different feeding programs within Licking County the items their families needed to help them through the pandemic.

 Look Up Center: "We are the only clinic in Licking County that’s free for people who don’t have insurance. A lot of the big hospitals have dentists on staff, but ours does not. When a person gets a bad toothache, they go to the emergency room, and they’re given pain medication rather than dealing with the tooth. When we extract the tooth, we take their pain factor away. We see about 10-12 patients a week, which is a lot for emergency dental care."  

Licking County Libraries (Dolly Parton Imagination Library): Thank you for the grant in the amount of $10,000 in support of the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. I am happy to report that the number of children registered for this program continues to grow. We have over 5,000 Licking County children participating in the monthly book gifting program. 

Fostering Further: "Because of the generous support we have received, young adults leaving foster care have a place to reside while they endeavor to launch their adult lives…. They are receiving the support that most 18 year olds typically receive but that many who age out of foster care do not."

Licking County Alcohol and Prevention Program: "When the pandemic began, many of our clients were not able to physically come to our office.  \We immediately began switching to telehealth services. We were unable to do any groups which left many clients in a vulnerable situation. We did not have a system in place that could accommodate all of our clients’ needs. The grant directly impacted our internet service … the indirect needs that were addressed have far-reaching effects on our community and our community members. We essentially turned our workforce into a mobile workforce with the ability to provide services wherever the services are needed."