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Free Benefit Counselor Training Offered

A free Ohio Benefit Bank counselor training will be held at Brown Mackie College, 1700 Fostoria Avenue, Suite 100 on Friday, December 6, 2013 from 9am-2pm.  The training is open to anyone and is suggested for those who work with social service agencies or who are members of the faith-based community and may have interaction with people who need assistance. To register for the training, go to  

The Ohio Association of Foodbanks serves as the home of The Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB™). United Way of Hancock County is the local host organization. The OBB is implemented through a public-private partnership between the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, the State of Ohio, four federal agencies, nine state agencies, and about 1,300 faith-based and community organizations across Ohio.
The OBB helps individuals and families access unclaimed funds, providing revenue to local economies. 
Some programs supported by OBB include: USDA Child Nutrition Programs, Food Assistance (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income/Social Security Disability Insurance, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Healthcare programs for families and children, Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH), Child and Family Health Services, Medicare Savings Program, Extra Help for Medicare Part D, Ohio Senior Community Service Employment Program, Golden Buckeye Program, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Ohio Cash Assistance (OWF), Child Care Assistance, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Veterans Education Benefits, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Free tax filing (federal and state, including e-filing and back taxes), and The Ohio Youth and Young Adults in Transition Universal Plan.
For more information, contact Beverly Phillips, community services director at United Way of Hancock County at or 419-423-1432.