COVID-19 UPDATES for FHS Students and Families
Join us at the school on April 28th, from 1-5 (during Parent/Teacher Conferences) for our Spring Clothing Giveaway. We will have clothing of all types and sizes. So bring a mask and join us!
Westside FREE meals, produce distributions, and pantry schedule for the third week of February. Check Franklinton.org and Hilltopusa.org for more information.
For those of you with young family members, the Columbus Metropolitan Library is hosting Operation Warm Coat Giveaway on Feb. 23rd. Free coats, books and snacks for kids age 3-6. Click here for more information
Westside FREE meals, produce distributions, and pantry schedule for the last week of January. Check Franklinton.org and Hilltopusa.org for more information.
Westside FREE meals, produce distributions, and pantry schedule for the third week of January. Check Franklinton.org and Hilltopusa.org for more information.
Free Produce Markets Resume in February Access to fresh, nutritious food is critical to health. Many families in our community are struggling to purchase food and other basic necessities. To help residents, Columbus Recreation and Parks’ free Mobile Produce Markets will resume at select community centers in February. In 2020, markets provided nearly 305,000 meals […]
Westside FREE meals, produce distributions, and pantry schedule for the second week of January. Check Hilltopusa.org and Franklinton.org for more information.
Westside FREE meals, produce distributions, and pantry schedule for December 14-20th. Check Hilltopusa.org and Franklinton.org for more information!
The Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) has partnered with Columbus Metropolitan Library to take part in its Virtual Social Services Fair – Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free virtual event will connect you with the help you need, including food access, legal aid, rent stabilization funds, childcare, job help […]
COVID-19 UPDATE From Mr. Griffith as of 12/3/20
Hello again Franklinton High School Friends and Families.
We sincerely hope that everyone is doing OK as we head into the Holiday Season during these most unusual times. We wanted to let you know of a few updates, since Thanksgiving:
- Until January 4, 2021, FHS will be 100% remote, meaning all of our teaching and learning will take place digitally. Our students know that they must join their teacher’s “Google Meets” classes at the same time classes were meeting when we had students in the school. This is new for us and we’ve had good success this week. Students: Make sure that you are checking your Google Classrooms every day and joining all of us for Morning Meeting, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday!
- COMPUTER / DEVICE SUPPORT: Students: If you are having issues with your chrome book or tablet, please contact the school. We can either talk you through your issue on the phone or you can come to the school and swap out your device for another one.
- STAFF AND TEACHERS ON SITE: There is always going to be adults present at the school each day of the week. If you need to pick up something or drop off clothes for the Clothes Drive or for any other reason, please call the school – 614-636-3721 – leave us a message if no one answers and we’ll call you back!
- WINTER CLOTHES GIVE AWAY! Join us at the school on December 11 from 3-5pm, for FHS’s 1st Annual Clothes Drive. We’ll have coats, hats, gloves, scarves, shoes and other clothing items for people of ALL sizes! We will be distributing them in a COVID-safe way. We are also accepting donations at the school. So, bring your masks and join us on December 11 from 3-5 pm at FHS – 880 S. Wayne Avenue.
- BREAKFAST / LUNCH Pick-up Available: We are happy to let everyone know that we will have packaged breakfasts and lunches available for give-away Monday – Friday until December 18 when we go on Holiday Break. Call the school if you have any questions!
10 TV News reports on how students have safely been attending FHS in person this year.
A great first place to start for assistance of all kinds (testing, food, clothes, utilities, etc.) is the Columbus Public Health COVID-19 Resources for Franklin County Residents. This is a master list of resources. Below, you will find some additional resources that we have found helpful.
COVID-19 Testing information:
Home and Utility Support:
Impact Home Fund
Having Trouble Paying Your Water Bill, Rent, or Mortgage?
We're Here to Help.
The Home Relief Fund 2020 works to help renters and homeowners get the assistance they need to avoid water shutoff, eviction, and/or foreclosure. The Home Relief Fund 2020 is administered by IMPACT Community Action (IMPACT) and funded by the State of Ohio through the CARES Act.
Home Relief Grants
Starting November 2, 2020, the state of Ohio, working with local Community Action Agencies, will help eligible Ohioans who are behind on rent, mortgage, and water and/or sewer utility bills catch up on past payments back to April 1, 2020 and provide additional assistance through December 30, 2020.
Ohioans will be able to apply for assistance through their local Community Action Agency starting November 2, 2020. A list of local Community Action Agencies can be found at the bottom of this page.
Ohio households with an annual income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines will be eligible for assistance. Here is the annual income by household size.
Find out more here
COVID-19 Utility Assistance Program from LifeCare Alliance
Relief Available for Families Facing Pandemic-Related Hardship
Without judgment, Mid-Ohio Foodbank partner agencies are here to help connect you to the food you need to live an active healthy life.
NOVEMBER 19 UPDATE: In response to the City's health advisory, beginning on Monday, November 30, CCS will suspend its daily Fuel Up! Meal distribution offering. The District will still offer five-day meal packs to all children 18 and under on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m.
We want to invite the community to join us at FHS Winter Clothes Drive. Friday, December 11th at Franklinton High School (880 S. Wayne Ave. Columbus, OH 43204) from 3-5pm. If you have clothes to don't call 614-636-3721 to coordinate a drop-off or come by Wednesday's from 9-11am.
Addition clothing assistance:
- Baby clothes and supplies
- Church and Community Development for All People - United Methodist Free Store
Address is 946 South Parsons Avenue
Columbus, OH 43206
Phone number - (614) 443-1713
The church offers free clothing, blankets, household items and referrals to social services to families in need. This may be couches, beds, tables, kitchen utensils and so much more
- Church of the Good Shepherd
6176 Sharon Woods Boulevard
Columbus, Ohio 43229
For hours, dial (614) 326-9062
Runs a free store. Based on donations, it primarily provides clothing, personal hygiene items and some small household items in Franklin County.
- Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center
14 West Lakeview Avenue
Columbus, OH 43202
Parents can get work attire and students (kindergarden to high school) free school supplies. There may be books for reading, electronics, shoes, winter coats, and even medical supplies for the disabled or elderly in Franklin County.
- Grace Central Presbyterian Church
Location of clothing bank is 237 West Second Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
Offers clothing to children, low-income individuals, seniors and families. Boots, shoes, school uniforms, and more is passed out.
- Inner City Ministries
846 Sullivant Avenue
Columbus, OH 43223
Offers supply of general clothing items. Low income or those on section 8 HUD vouchers can get furniture (beds, tables, lamps, couches, etc.) for a new home or apartment.
- New Life United Methodist Church
25 West Fifth Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
Free gently used coats, clothing and household linens. Other clothes passed out include new socks, underwear, hats and personal hygiene products for free. The homeless can stop by too.
- Salvation Army in Central Ohio
966 East Main Street, Columbus, OH 43205, telephone (614) 253-6811
888 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, OH 43206, main phone (614) 449-8066
2300 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204, (614) 274-7600
3662 Karl Road, Columbus, OH 43224, (614) 262-9611
760 Worthington Woods Boulevard, Worthington, OH 43085, (614) 846-1884
Provides material assistance and basic needs. This may include access to a food pantry and clothing bank. Other items from thrift stores are furniture, small appliances, clothing and referrals to other community services and resources in Franklin County.
- Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Clothing Distribution Center
578 East Main Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Telephone - (614) 221-3554
A clothing bank and pantry are on site. Or get referrals to low income housing or financial aid. The charity relies on volunteers. A furniture bank, clothes for winter, some school items and more also may be passed out.
- Toys for Tots - Free toys are given to children, most of which are unwrapped/new. There may be games, presents for opening under the Christmas tree, and more. For information on application sites, dial (614) 221-2255.
- Bead of Life Food Pantry - Christmas Baskets
- St. Stephens House - Christmas Cares | Union Shares Christmas Baskets, register by Dec. 10th
- Bethlehem on Broad - 9:30 to 11:30 - A light, healthful meal will be served.
Other Resource Numbers:
- Franklin County Child Abuse Reporting Hotline: (614) 229-7000
- 24-Hour Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1 (800) 273-TALK
- Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-866-331-9474
- Runaway Hotline: 1-800-786-2929
For immediate safety concerns regarding yourself or others, call 911.
Ohio's coronavirus call center is open to answer questions from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The hotline number is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH or 1-833-427-5634.
Mental health emergency (under 18): Nationwide Psychiatric Crisis Line at (614) 722-1800.
Mental health emergency (ages 18 and older): (614) 276-CARE (2273) or (888) 276-2273.
Mental Health Support (Texting): text the keyword "HELLO" to 741741 and expect a reply from a trained support person.