Community Action Committee of Pike County assistance programs.

The Social Service Department at the Community Action Committee of Pike County is the main intake center. This is where residents can get information on assistance programs or be referred to another local agency. Outreach is often used as well to help the client get the support they need.

The non-profit will always encourage adult household members to contact the Social Service Department to discuss the problem. If they are behind on their rent, struggling to pay for a medication, or need a job, an intake worker can help them seek financial aid. They assist with finding the most appropriate options to meet the needs of all Pike County residents.

When circumstances require support that the non-profit does not provide directly, the community action agencies Social Services provides information and referral. They have information on what grants or other aid is available through several other community service agencies in Ohio.

In addition to information and referral to programs for low income families, Pike CAC Social Services offers Intervention. The Advocacy will involve direct contact between staff and a third-party individual or concern on behalf of the customer. The team members at Pike County CAC also accompanies the clients to appointments with physicians, legal counsel, disability attorneys, other counselors, and Jobs and Family Services representatives from the government.

Assistance with completing AEP Neighbor to Neighbor Program for paying energy bills is also offered. Applications to this donation service are available through the Social Services Department as well.

Funded by the state of Ohio as well as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the CAC of Pike County Summer Food Service Program serves free, nutritious meals to children and youth aged 18 and under. There is also free food to individuals over the age of 18 who have been determined to be mentally or physically disabled by a state of Ohio or other local public Pike County Ohio educational agencies.

When seeking help to meet nutritional needs, no registration or eligibility forms are required. Meals are served from mid-June through mid-August at Piketon Branch Public Library, Eastern Branch Public Library, local parks, Western Branch Public Library, the YMCA, churches and the Stockdale Community Center.




The Community Action Committee Home Delivered Meal Program brings hot, nutritious meals to the homes of Pike County residents that are seniors who over the age of 60. There is also food for the disabled who are unable to come to the congregate feeding sites. Several programs are in operation to ensure that all who qualify are supplied with regular meal delivery. Food is delivered by volunteers Monday through Friday, with options available for the weekends. The main number is 740-947-5555.

Free Dental Services provided by Valley View Health Center volunteer dentists and hygienists are available. This assistance is targeted at adults and children of all ages. The cleanings/check ups are held at CAC's Piketon and Broadway Street locations.

Some people will need to pay for this. The program accepts Medicaid and most major insurances. Fees are also determined according to a sliding scale, based on family size and gross income. If someone is in a crisis or has low enough income, then this is when the dental care may be offered at no cost.

Free income tax help and filing is arranged. The VITA program provides services to seniors and very low income Pike County residents at no cost to them. They can receive basic income tax return preparation from VITA volunteers, who are IRS-certified. 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.

A select group of volunteers are also certified in providing expanded services, such as Schedule A, Schedule C, and Schedule D. In a typical year, VITA is available from Community Action Committee of Pike County from January 2 through April 15, with appointment times available at the main agency in Piketon and at the Senior Center in Waverly.

The purpose of the Corporation of Ohio Appalachian Development-sponsored and CAC-operated Senior Companion Volunteer Program is to help older residents in the community avoid having to move to assisted living or nursing home facilities. This is volunteer operated.





Services and activities provided include food preparation, sharing a meal, reading, helping with correspondence, shopping, or just taking the time to listen to what the client has to say. Senior Companion applicants 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.

There is a small fee for this community action program. This is required as volunteers receive mileage reimbursement, a small hourly stipend, vacation, and sick leave. None of this compensation is considered as income, so no federal or state of Ohio taxes are necessary. There are no income guidelines for those who benefit from the services of Senior Companion volunteers.

The Community Action Committee of Pike County is open Monday through Friday. Address is 941 Market St., Piketon, Ohio 45661. A toll free number is 866-820-1185.




By Jon McNamara

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