In the winter months, we all need to look out for each other and offer cold weather assistance where possible. As the temperatures start to drop please check on ALL of your neighbors, ESPECIALLY the elderly and those that may have difficulties getting around! Be sure that they have warmth and plenty of food and water. There are many people in our neighborhood that can also use your help with shoveling their walks. If you are able-bodied please consider helping to shovel a pathway to the bus stops as well, your neighbors will love you for it!
If you find someone that is in need, here are some local organizations that can provide assistance.
Cold Weather Assistance
Cold weather warming stations
Neighborhood Services, Inc. (on Facebook) — Neighborhood Services provides food during the afternoons to those in need in our area
St. Gregory’s of Nyssa Orthodox church offers a free meal on Saturdays at noon (with a food pantry and free clothing table also open at that time), Tuesday at noon and Thursday at 6pm
There is a homeless drop-in service at Glen Echo United Presbyterian Church on Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m.
And most churches in the area provide some form of immediate assistance and can give referrals.
CRC – The Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (on Facebook) — Though it’s a bit further away, the CRC – The Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center also offers support to our area.
You can find out more about the agencies in our area offering assistance through Hands On Central Ohio (i.e., 211 referral bank). http://www.211centralohio.org/MatchList.aspx
For a full list of Columbus Shelters
Also, now is the time to bring your pets inside or provide substantial, insulated, protected shelter for them outdoors with plenty of food & water. If you see dogs running loose, you can call 24 hours a day at 614-525-3400 (see Franklin County Animal Control). If you see animals that are left in the cold without adequate shelter, contact Humane Society Cruelty Investigations Department at 614-777-7387 ext. 250. The police do not have authority to do much about animals in the cold, so calling police is not recommended.
cold weather tips for feral and stray cats
video on how to make a feral cat shelter
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