The Social Service Department at the Community Action Committee of Pike County is responsible for receiving and processing applications for assistance programs. This is where residents can get information on assistance programs or be referred to another local agency. Outreach is a process of getting help or support to people who need it. It often involves working with people who are not already using services or who may be difficult to reach.
The non-profit will always encourage adult household members to reach out to the Social Service Department to discuss any problems. If someone is struggling to pay for rent or medication, or needs a job, an intake worker can help them get financial assistance. They help find the best options to meet the needs of everyone in Pike County.
If the non-profit can’t help with the situation, they will provide information on where to go for help. The website provides contact information for Ohio-based grant and aid programs.
Pike CAC Social Services does more than just give low income families information and referrals to programs. They also offer interventions to help these families. The Advocacy will involve staff contacting a third-party individual or concern on behalf of the customer. The team at Pike County CAC also helps clients with appointments to see doctors, lawyers, counselors, and representatives from Jobs and Family Services.
The AEP Neighbor to Neighbor Program also offers help with paying energy bills. You can apply for this donation service through the Social Services Department.
The CAC of Pike County Summer Food Service Program is a free program that provides nutritious meals to children and youth aged 18 and under. The program is funded by the state of Ohio and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). There is also free food available to individuals over the age of 18 who have been determined to be mentally or physically disabled by a state or other local public educational agency in Ohio.
You don’t need to fill out any registration or eligibility forms to get help meeting your nutritional needs. Meals are served at various locations from mid-June through mid-August.
The Community Action Committee Home Delivered Meal Program brings hot, nutritious meals to the homes of seniors in Pike County who are over the age of 60. There is also food for disabled people who are unable to go to congregate feeding sites. Several programs are in operation to ensure that all who qualify receive regular meal delivery. Food is delivered by volunteers Monday through Friday. Volunteers have the option to deliver food on the weekends. The main contact number for this company is 740-947-5555.
Volunteer dentists and hygienists at Valley View Health Center provide free dental services. This assistance is for everyone, no matter their age. The cleanings/check ups are at CAC’s Piketon and Broadway Street locations.
Some people will have to pay for this. The program will help pay for Medicaid and most major insurances. Fees are also determined by how much money a family has and how many people are in the family. If someone is in a difficult situation or does not have a lot of money, they may be able to get dental care for free.
Free help with income taxes and filing is available. The VITA program provides services to seniors and very low income Pike County residents at no cost to them. This means that these individuals can get the help they need without having to worry about the cost. VITA volunteers, who are IRS-certified, can provide basic income tax return preparation. The process will not only help in tax preparation, but also in accessing appropriate credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax, and the federal government Credit for the Elderly and Disabled. This will help ensure that you are getting the most out of your tax return and help you get the most money back.
A select group of volunteers are also certified in providing additional services, such as Schedule A, Schedule C, and Schedule D. In a typical year, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is available from the Community Action Committee of Pike County from January 2 through April 15. Appointment times are available at the main agency in Piketon and at the Senior Center in Waverly.
The goal of the Corporation of Ohio Appalachian Development-sponsored and CAC-operated Senior Companion Volunteer Program is to keep older residents in the community by providing assistance and companionship. This allows them to stay in their homes rather than moving to assisted living or nursing facilities. This is a volunteer-based organization.
Our services include making food, eating together, reading, helping with writing, going shopping, and simply listening to what our clients have to say. Applicants for the Senior Companion program must have an income at or below 125 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, be over the age of 60, and be willing to volunteer a minimum of five days a week, four hours a day.
This community action program requires a small fee. This means that volunteers will get money for the travel they do, a small amount of money every hour, time off for holidays, and time off when they are sick. This means that the compensation is not considered as income and therefore no taxes are necessary. There are no limits on how much money a person can make and still receive services from a Senior Companion volunteer.
The Community Action Committee of Pike County is open on weekdays. The address is 941 Market St., Piketon, Ohio 45661. A toll free number is a phone number that you can call without being charged.