RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
Columbus City Schools is working with many of our community's non-profit, business, and social service partners to assist families with access to essential services as our city responds to the threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus. If any organizations or individuals are interested in volunteering or making a donation, please click here for more information.
You can call 2-1-1 (614.221.2255) or visit www.211centralohio.org to reach thousands of social service, government, and community resources in Franklin County to address any problem you might be facing.
Below are additional links to organizations that can connect your family to needed assistance.
HandsOn Central Ohio provides easy, immediate access to thousands of programs and services available at a range of nonprofit, government, and healthcare organizations across Central Ohio. Click here for an interactive resource map or click here for a searchable online database, with information on how you can get help with Adult Care, Emergency Food or Clothing, Health Care, Housing and Utility Assistance, and Mental Health and Counseling Resources.
CAP4Kids offers a listing of many community agencies who are committed to serving children and families, including information on Child Care, Food Assistance, Immigration/ESL, Legal and Financial Help, Medical Conditions or Supplies, Safety, and Shelters. Click here to access the CAP4Kids listing.
Action for Children has a comprehensive listing for more than 1600 child care providers in Central Ohio who are licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services or the Department of Education. To ask for assistance in finding child care, call Action for Children's Information and Referral team Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, at, 614-224-0222 or email your request to email@example.com.
Mid-Ohio Foodbank supplies food to more than 15 different food pantries in Franklin County, where you can get help with food for your family at no charge. Click here to see the list of Food Pantries in Franklin County.
Dial 3-1-1 to access the City of Columbus Service Center for help with requesting non-emergency City services. You can also call 614.645.3111 or click here to visit the 311 website.
Nationwide Children's Hospital can connect you with doctors and health services across the city. Click here to learn more about the Nationwide Childrens Care Connection or call 614.355.2590.
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FREE INTERNET ACCESS
Community partners are offering free internet access to families, for a limted time. The information below is based on news reports from the companies:
Spectrum/Charter Communications: Families without internet will be able to get the service at no cost for 60 days from Charter Communications/Spectrum. Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. The service won't be free after 60 days. Customers will have to notify the company to cancel the service to avoid regular pricing. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
Comcast/Xfinity: New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service was increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward. The company also shared that it will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact the company that they can’t pay their bills during this period. To sign up, applicants can visit www.internetessentials.com or call 855-846-8376 for English and 855-765-6995 for Spanish.