Canal Winchester Human Services
The Canal Winchester “Welfare Corporation” was established in 1955 by a group of friends and neighbors who wanted to assist with emergency needs and provide holiday assistance to the residents of the Canal Winchester School District. This organization started with a simple house fire that nearly destroyed all possessions of a local Canal Winchester family. These neighbors and friends realized that there weren’t organizations that would service the Canal Winchester area, and help would not come for this family. These caring neighbors decided that the help had to come from within. The focus of the group remained the same for the most part for nearly twenty years. In 1976, it was decided to incorporate the organization as a non-profit, and in doing so became known as, “Canal Winchester Human Services”.
Today Canal Winchester Human Services continues to do what the founding members set out to do, helping with financial crisis and offering holiday assistance. As of late the organization has added more services to its banner. Transportation for seniors was added in the 1990’s with a volunteer driver and a vehicle. In January of 2008, the operations included two vehicles and two drivers. Days of service and routes have been expanding since. Since 2005, other social service programs of Canal Winchester Human Services continue to improve and grow as well. These programs include Adopt-A-Family Program, Tools for Schools Program, Community Events and Senior Activities. In 2011, the Canal Winchester Human Services will expand once again, voting to acquire the Canal Winchester Food Pantry. The Executive Board of Human Services stated, “As the needs of our community grow, so must the Pantry and as a result, it seemed logical for Human Services to accept this challenge as the Food Pantry is relocated.” Adding this program to Human Services is seen as a, “better opportunity to provide a variety of social services to all of our residents, whatever their circumstance.” Canal Winchester Human Services is committed to providing programs that help all residents be successful, healthy and happy. For more information please see www.cwhumanservices.org.
Primary Contact: Pat Dunlevy
Volunteers Needed: Yes