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How To Help in Westwood Area

​​In the midst of the COVID 19 crisis, we want to help empower our community to do the most good and make the biggest impact. In times of trouble, we can encourage one and serve one another as we have the opportunity to love our neighbors.  

Donate:

Donations can be dropped off at Westwood United Methodist Church Monday-Friday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

  • Spaghetti/ any kind of Pasta/ Noodles

  • Spaghetti Sauce (can, not glass jar if possible)

  • Vegetables – Corn, Potatoes, Green Beans, Green Peas, Carrots, Mixed Vegetables

  • Fruits- Mixed Fruit also known as Fruit Cocktail

  • Peaches

  • Pears

  • Tuna 

  • Soups- Chicken Noodle, Tomato, Vegetable, Cream of Chicken, Cream of  Mushroom

  • Pork and Beans-  

  • Spaghetti and Meatballs,  spaghettios, raviolis, beans and franks also,  Beef Stew, canned meals

  • Peanut Butter

  • Jelly – in plastic if possible

  • Crackers

  • Gatoraid

  • Prepackaged Breakfast Foods to give away (Granola Bars, Cereal, Poptarts)  

  • Hand Sanitizer and Disinfectant for To Go Food Service and Pantry Lines 

Volunteer:

If you are interested in volunteering sign up to be added to our Westwood COVID 19 Volunteer database.  We will send out Sign Up Genius Forms to best mobilize volunteers when and where we need them in the neighborhood and to streamline communication with local organizations.  Due to the social distancing that is vital, please do not show up to volunteer without an invitation. Also, use wisdom and discretion–we do not recommend those at higher risk to volunteer.  Also we do not want anyone experiencing any signs or symptoms of illness to help.  

Call, text, facebook your neighbors and check in.

Reduce the feelings of isolation and loneliness of people who are staying home while sick or to avoid exposure to COVID-19. Especially check in with the Seniors in our community.  

Current Information on Food Pantries and Meals: 

Monday

Pantry at Cincinnati Urban Promise at 9 am

Community Meal & Pantry at Vineyard Westside at 6 pm

Wednesday 

Food Pantry at My Neighbor’s Place 10-12 am

Central Christian Church of Christ To Go Dinner 5:30 pm

Thursday

Food Pantry at Vineyard Westside from 2-4 pm

WestFed FoodBank at Grace Lutheran Church at 1:30-2:30 pm on the 3rd and 4th Thursday

Saturday

Food Pantry at St Martin’s Church 9-12 am 

Westwood Food Hubs for Children and Youth (0-18)

Monday- Friday*
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will hand out food 2-3 pm for children and youth (18-under) with UMCFood Ministry

www.cincinnatilibrary.org/services/afterschoolsnacks.html

CPS Student Dining Services Meal Pick-up Sites

cps free meal locations

The Cincinnati Public Schools Student Dining Service program will provide an opportunity for families to drive thru or walk up and pick up meals for the children in their family between the ages of 1 and 18 at a number of school sites. Per USDA regulations, children must be present in order for meals to be provided. Meal distribution sites will be set up outside in the parking lot or bus lane at each school.  If driving, please stay in your car and meals will be passed through to the driver based on the number of children in the car.

Meals will be served March 17–April 3 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week with an additional serving day of Tuesday, March 17. All meals will be served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. On Mondays and Wednesdays, children will receive two breakfast meals and two lunch meals. 

 This will be available at Westwood Elementary School, Western Hills High School, and Cheviot Elementary.  

https://www.cps-k12.org/news/coronavirus

Westwood Town Hall CRC has snack packs from Monday-Friday from 2-5

Locations of Meal Hubs and Pantries

Westwood United Methodist Church 3460 Epworth Ave 45211

My Neighbor’s Place 3150 Harrison Ave 45211

Vineyard Westside 3420 Glenmore Ave 45211

Central Church of Christ 3501 Cheviot Ave 45211 

Grace Christian Fellowship 3815 Woodbine Ave 45211

St Martin’s Catholic Church 3729 Harding Ave 45211

Cincinnati Urban Promise 2420 Harrison Ave 45211 

Grace Lutheran Church 3628 Boudinot Ave 45211

Westwood Elementary 2981 Montana Ave  45211

Western Hills High School 2144 Ferguson Rd 45238

Cheviot Elementary 4040 Harrison Ave 45211

Westwood Library 3345 Epworth Ave 45211

Westwood Town Hall CRC 3017 Harriston Ave 45211

Information on COVID 19

cdc.gov/COVID19

Coronavirus.oh.gov

 

 
 
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Gymnasium Update

The Good News:

The work in the gymnasium is on-going, but, as you’ve probably seen, the plastic and plywood have been removed and we are able to use the gym again even though there’s more to be done.  Here’s an update.

  • The ceiling work has been completed. The new materials sprayed to cover all of the exposed ceiling/roof structure provide our gym with improved thermal and acoustical (noise reduction) properties.
  • New L.E.D. lighting fixtures have been installed which give us “instant-on” lighting, better and brighter lighting coverage and also include dimming capability. Also, defective wiring issues have been corrected and the breaker panel in the gym brought up to code.
    This will give us some flexibility as we grow in the future, 
  • 6 new sound-system speakers will be installed within the next week or 2. We are waiting on the delivery of the mounting hardware which is expected by Tuesday (11/26/19).
  • HVAC work continues.  The old air exchange hardware has been removed and new heating units being fabricated by Trane Corporation are due to ship in the next 10-12
    days. Installation will begin upon arrival. The new air conditioners are pretty much ready to be placed, but are waiting for final determination of the location of roof mounted equipment.  This is to ensure the AC equipment location does not impact/interfere with a potential new kitchen design (see next item).
  • The church and UMC Food are exploring the feasibility of updating and creating a more efficient configuration for the kitchen next to the gym.  A meeting has been held with a kitchen architect who has worked with UMC Food on other similar projects. Currently we are waiting for completion of drawings for our review.

The not-so-good news:

2 weeks ago, the water being used in the spraying of the new ceiling material did not get completely shut off at the end of the work day and the issue was not discovered until the next morning.  This resulted in a significant amount of water accumulating on the gym floor and leaking down into some areas on the level below the gym. Water damage remediation immediately commenced upon discovery of the issue and the drying out continues today.  The lower level damage is primarily in the parlor kitchen, a hall closet and some in Rev. Lee’s office. The gym floor has obviously been affected, but determination of what will be needed to get back to pre-flooding condition can not be done until the drying out process is completed.  Work continues to try and speed up this process as much as possible. During this time, all of the affected areas are still useable with, perhaps, some small limitations in the gym. Unfortunately, once the gym floor remedies start, the gym will again be off limits for probably a minimum of 2-3 weeks.  Due to the many upcoming activities scheduled in the gym, we do not anticipate this work starting until sometime in the first quarter of 2020.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask Trustee Co-Chair Roger Lindle or email him at rlindle21@gmail.com

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Cincinnati’s Longest Ice Cream Sundae Building and Eating Party

Wrap up summer by helping to construct an ice cream sundae that’s 1.5 blocks long!

Come on Saturday, August 10 at 5:30 pm to enjoy more than 700 feet of ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, cherries and sprinkles that has been a year in the planning!  The ice cream build is set to begin right at 5:45 pm.  

Fifth grader Jack Crego won Westwood United Methodist Church’s challenge to create a way to help members of the local community to meet each other and develop relationships.

The event is being funded by a mini grant inspired by the Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church’s #SeeAllThePeople project, with other contributions from Kroger and Home Depot.

Construction supplies will be donated to Habitat for Humanity after the event.

You can help make Jack’s delicious dream a reality! Bring your family, friends and camera to make lasting memories and meet new friends.

The ice cream event and sampling is free and open to the public.

Clean-up and tear-down volunteers also welcome.  For more volunteer information, contact sarah@westwoodunitedmethodist.org

The event is being held during Westwood Second Saturday Splash block party, and we will build the ice cream sundae at 3460 Epworth Ave.  

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Hunger Walk and Pancake Breakfast

Spend your Memorial Day with us and walk, run, skip, or stroll around the Ohio River!Now is the time to lace up your shoes and hit the pavement for a tremendous cause! Join us on Monday, May 27th for the 16th Annual Hunger Walk and 5K Run! This year’s race starts bright and early at 9AM. Sign up at http://cincinnatihungerwalk.org/2019/ to join the “My Neighbor’s Place Food Pantry Team” and select “My Neighbor’s Place Food Pantry”
Troop 107 is sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday May 26 from 10:00 a.m. – noon in the Westwood UMC gym. All the donations will benefit the My Neighbor’s Place Food Pantry Hunger Walk Team!