Funds released to assist victims of tornado
Area residents who may have suffered damages from the recent tornadoes in Wood and Ottawa counties can find some financial assistance from a grant provided by the Ohio Department of Development, Office of Community Services.
As of June 21, $75,000 is available for the next six months to victims of the tornadoes who may need assistance with insurance deductibles, housing assistance, and other needs that resulted from the tornado disaster.
The grant provides $500 to 50 families in Ottawa County and 100 families in Wood County. Families who are eligible for this assistance are those who are on already established lists created by the county’s Emergency Management Association (EMA) or the Red Cross. In addition, AmeriCorps volunteers from WSOS have been assigned to each county to provide clean up assistance both to the communities as well as to homeowners.
Wood County residents can find information at Lutheran Social Services, 419-836-8986, or the United Way of Wood County. A case manager from Lutheran Social Services will work with Wood County families.
Ottawa County residents should call 419-332-7987 for assistance. A WSOS case manager is working with Ottawa County families.
Lost/found open Wednesday
Genoa school officials have scheduled June 30 as lost and found day, giving area residents a chance to look for items that were dropped off to the school system in the wake of the June 5 tornado that swept into Allen Township after touching down in Wood County.
Items will be in the middle school cafeteria. Personal documents will be displayed in a secure area that will require personal verification to look over, said Mike Thomas, athletic director.
The school will be open from 4-8 p.m.
Residents who’ve found items they believe were lost in the tornado should contact Thomas to schedule a drop-off time.
For information call (419) 855-7781, ext 18.
Request to ag dept.
Senator Sherrod Brown, (D-Ohio), is requesting the U.S. Department of Agriculture commit resources to the recovery efforts of Northwest Ohio communities devastated by the tornados that hit Fulton, Wood and Ottawa counties.
The department’s community facilities programs provide funds for the construction or repair of rural public structures.
“In light of the recent tornadoes in Northwest Ohio, I write to you today asking for your continued support and long-term commitment to rebuilding essential community facilities and providing necessary housing assistance in the affected area,” Brown wrote to Tom Vilsack, secretary of the agriculture department.
Renew Ohio, Rebuild Ohio funding
GenoaBank, has announced a partnership with Ohio Treasurer Kevin L. Boyce to offer emergency relief programs in Northwest Ohio.
Renew Ohio and Rebuild Ohio are now available at all GenoaBank locations and are available to those affected in Fulton, Lucas, Ottawa, and Wood counties.
Martin P. Sutter, President of GenoaBank, announced the bank’s partnership with the Ohio Treasurer’s Emergency Relief Programs during the bank’s recently extended hours at their Millbury Branch; which were extended in an effort to help individuals and small-business customers who were affected by the tornadoes earlier this month.
“Unveiling the Renew Ohio and Rebuild Ohio programs to our communities makes me proud to be a community banker in Northwest Ohio,” said Martin P. Sutter, GenoaBank president. “GenoaBank is committed to aiding the families, businesses, and communities we serve during their time of need. Several bank employees have even volunteered their time to assist with debris clean-up at various sites in the area.”
Renew Ohio will provide $20 million to assist business owners, farmers, and homeowners by providing a 3 percent interest rate reduction on loans over a two-year period. Rebuild Ohio will assist homeowners financing the restoration of their homes through the use of construction loans by providing a 3 percent interest rate reduction on those loans for up to a one-year period. Small business owners and the agricultural community can apply for priority rate reduction assistance through the Treasury’s GrowNOW Program.
To apply for Renew Ohio please visit any GenoaBank branch location. Applications are due no later than Sept. 30, 2010. Funding should be completed by Oct. 31. To learn more about these programs visit: www.tos.ohio.gov.
Tears, hearts & hopes
Safe in the Shade, Inc., a local non-profit that promotes melanoma awareness, is offering T-shirts featuring, “Tears, Hearts and Hopes,” Millbury, OH, 6-5-2010. The cost is $10, with proceeds going to local families affected by the June 5 tornadoes. Shirts are available in sizes S-XXXL.
Safe in the Shade will match all funds raised. For more information, call Eleanor Riffle at 419-836-8117.
BBQ chicken fundraiser
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1459 South St. and SR 795, Millbury, will hold a BBQ Chicken Dinner to benefit tornado victims July 10 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Adult meals include a half chicken, baked potato, baked beans, roll and butter, dessert and beverage for $8. Kids’ meals, available for $3, include a hot dog, chips, brownie or cookie and a beverage.
Drive-through service is available. For tickets, call 419-666-9664.