Coleman elected as women’s veterans representative

Nichole Coleman, executive director and county veterans service officer for the Hancock County Veterans Service Office, was elected as the women’s veterans representative for the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers last week during the association’s annual conference.
Duties during her two-year term may take Coleman to Washington, D.C., to discuss concerns that female veterans have with their Veterans Administration health care and other issues.
Her responsibilities will include staying aware of issues that impact female veterans as they pertain to health care, disability compensation, pension benefits and state benefits and to represent the association with the Veterans Administration, Congress and any other government office for needed changes.
During the conference, the Hancock County Veterans Service Office gained a second accredited county veterans service officer in Kyle Frias. Frias has been on staff with the Hancock County office since February 2013 and passed his accreditation test with the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers.
Having two accredited representatives will allow veterans to be able to file disability and pension claims at the Hancock County Veterans Service Office faster.
Christian Clearing House
Volunteers and staff with the Christian Clearing House will be helping with the Marathon Classic Ladies Professional Golf Association tournament in Toledo the week of July 14. Christian Clearing House will be one of several nonprofit organizations receiving funds from the tournament. It will use its portion to fund “Project Happy Feet,” an initiative which will provide new school shoes to underprivileged children in 2015.
Plans for the tournament were discussed at the agency’s monthly board meeting, held June 18.
It was reported that 481 requests for emergency assistance were received in May. The clearing house was able to aid clients with over $14,500, a large percentage of which was to assist clients to prevent utility shut off.
AEP’s “Neighbors to Neighbors” program assisted 55 area residents with $14,000 to prevent disconnection. Anyone in need of assistance with an AEP electric bill can call Christian Clearing House at 419-422-2222 to inquire about eligibility.
The Caring Cupboard helped 126 families with hygiene and household items in May. Donations of laundry soap and toilet tissue are always needed as demand is high.
Christian Clearing House will be the beneficiary of the Flirt with Dirt 5K run and walk July 12 at Riverbend Park; and St. John Lutheran Church’s ice cream social on July 17. The annual Olive Garden spagehtti dinner will be held Aug. 12 and the 11th annual golf outing on Sept. 12.
City Mission
A county-wide school food drive in May yielded about 3,000 nonperishable items for the City Mission. Liberty-Benton School was the top donor and received a miniature Darrel the Barrel and a traveling trophy.
Results of the drive were reported at the City Mission’s June 16 board meeting.
So far this year, the mission has housed 305 first-time residents. Eight men and one woman made successful transitions to their own housing in May.
In May, the mission’s Day Center was used by 20 residents and 23 drop-ins, eight people were assisted in finding employment and the Day Center served lunch to 80 guests.
Since the beginning of the year 149 volunteers, including board members and chapel speakers, have accumulated 594 hours. Ohio Northern University nursing students volunteered at the mission in May.
The mission has given out 250 food boxes and 84 personal hygiene packs to individuals and families so far in 2014. Through the nightly perishable food distribution, 619 items of fresh produce and bread have been provided.
Findlay Family YMCA
The Findlay Family YMCA’s annual support campaign is underway and has raised $38,000 toward the goal of $100,000.
The funds help ensure that no one is turned away from the Y due to the inability to pay.
The YMCA is seeking volunteers as well as donors. Those interested should contact Jennifer Treece, development coordinator, at or 419-422-4424.



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