Friday, October 16, 2015

We are lucky to live in such a caring community!

Not all Polar Bears get to live in a community as connected and caring as Westerville! We have so many great organizations, I doubt I could even name them all!

Especially as the holidays approach, two of my personal favorite organizations are Westerville Area Resource Ministry (Also known as W.A.R.M) and Westerville Caring and Sharing. They both do so much to support our Westerville Families!

Westerville Area Resource Ministry
WARM's mission is to provide compassionate, short-term assistance, educational services, employment services and spiritual support in order to encourage individuals to achieve a God-reliant, self-sufficient life while restoring dignity and hope.

WARM's services and programs include:
FEED – Client Choice Food Pantry
WORK Initiative – Jobs Assistance Program
HOPE Program – For Senior and Disabled Clients
Kids Lunch Club – Free Summer Lunch Program
HELP – Transient Assistance Program
Benefit Bank – Online Filing Software Available

In order to become a client at WARM, you must live within the Westerville City School District, and if you are enrolled in our preschool program, that is where you live! To secure your first appointment for Pantry Services, you can call Hands On of Central Ohio 614.341.2282. If you have any further questions, you can call the WARM office at 614.899.0196.

There are also lots of ways to volunteer at WARM. Did you know our Preschool Director, Mrs. Kile, volunteers each year to help WARM organize their annual Food Truck Festival in September? If you would like to receive information about ways to support WARM you can contact Taylor Owens, Volunteer Services Assistant at, 614.899.0196 x211. More information about this great organization can be found at

Look at all of the Cereal that my friends at the ELC collected for WARM this week!

Westerville Caring and Sharing
Westerville Caring and Sharing (WC&S) assists students and families that are qualified by the free or reduced lunch program through The Westerville City Schools District (approximately 4,100 students) through two main projects. They have a Back to School Project and Christmas Project.

Would your family benefit from assistance this holiday season? Westerville Caring and Sharing representatives will be at the Westerville Library on Oct 23 and Nov 5 from 5:00 - 6:30 PM taking registrations for students/families who might need assistance this holiday season. Packets need to be returned to WC&S by November 13.

General WC&S information

Holiday Packet Information

Enjoy the COLD weather!

The Polar Bear

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