The Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services will start two programs this month to help eligible families with clothing and commuting costs.
The school clothing program is for Ottawa County students enrolled in grades K-12, in a public or private school. A $200 gift card for each qualifying student will be given to purchase outerwear, underwear, shoes, or apparel suitable for classroom wear, and/or approved school uniforms. Gift cards will be available from Walmart, Macy’s, Elder Beerman, Sears, and J.C. Penney, on a first-come first-serve basis. Applications will be sent home with students in cooperation with all the schools within the county.
Also in September, a Fuel for Work program is available to eligible adults working outside of the home. A $200 gift card to either Speedway or Marathon will be issued to eligible adult household members that work a minimum of 30 hours per week, outside of the home. Cards are to be used for fuel or automotive needs only.
Applications for either program are available at the Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services, in Oak Harbor, and the Sutton Center in Port Clinton.
Eligibility for the programs includes a household with at least one dependent minor child, and combined earnings that are less than 200 percent of the federal poverty standard. This means that a family of four’s monthly income cannot exceed $3,675, to be eligible for the program.
The Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services is located at 8043 W. State Route 163, Oak Harbor, O.
Applications need to be returned with required documents by Sept. 30. For information, contact the agency at 1-800-665-1677 or 419-898-3688.
Lake board to meet
Having completed a series of special meetings to prepare for the school year in the wake of the June tornado, the Lake Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting Sep. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Lake Middle School.
Elliston-Trowbridge Road, from State Route 163 to State Route 105, will be closed Sept. 7-8 and Nissen Road, from Trowbridge Road to Walbridge East Road, will be closed Sept. 8-9 for construction.
Closure times will be 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Ottawa County engineer’s office said.
Emergency vehicles and school buses only will be allowed on the roads during the restricted times.