Athens County to start dialing the area code plus phone number for all calls starting 3/21/15, make your changes now!

26 Feb

unitedappeal:

we will continue to be able to dial 2-1-1 and 9-1-1 directly,

Originally posted on Athens County, Ohio EMA:

740 220 Area Code

Everyone in the 740 area code, which includes more than 30 counties in central and southeastern Ohio, will have to start dialing the area code + phone number for all calls starting March 21, 2015. Callers have been able to use 10 digit or 7 digit telephone numbers since September 2014.

Why is this change necessary? The North American Numbering Plan Administrator, which distributes area codes across the United States, informed PUCO that the 740 area code would run out by mid-2015.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio worked out an overlay area code of 220 to address the problem. Everyone must dial 10 digits for local calls but only new customers would be assigned the new area code, 220.

In addition to dialing the area code + phone number for all calls, you should also complete the following items:

  • Update any preprogrammed 7-digit phone numbers in your mobile device…

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2-1-1 Local Support Group Resource Guide

10 Feb

Find resources for caregivers, recovery and families and more with the Athens County 211 Support Group Resource Guide.

Visit 211athenscounty.org for free downloadable PDF of the guide, and search the site for other community information.

http://tinyurl.com/pr8sofn and click on Informational Materials

Or use the information here…

2015 Support Group Resource Guide
Prepared by United Appeal for Athens County 2-1-1
Call 2-1-1 or visit http://www.211athenscounty.org for updates and additional resources!
It is the intent of this document to list only non-profit or government agencies that provide information or support group services.
Adult Diabetes Support Group 740-566-4877 or 740-566-4872
Athens Community Center, 701 East State Street, Athens, Ohio Meetings: First Tue 6 pm-7 pm
Description: UMA’s Endocrine & Diabetes Center provides a support group for adults with diabetes. Call for information.
AIDS Resource Center
18 North Court Street, Athens, Ohio http://www.arcohio.org 740-331-0407
Description: Provides support services as a primary resource for HIV/AIDS information, testing, and education. Offers
financial assistance for low-income individuals with HIV/AIDS. Call for more information. Office Hours: Hours vary
Al-Anon/AlaTeen http://www.al-anon.alateen.org 888-425-2666
Description: Al-Anon provides a support group for friends and family members of individuals with alcohol dependency
issues. Call or visit the website for more information and meeting locations/times.
Alcoholics Anonymous http://www.ohioaadistrict16.org 614-253-8501 or 740-653-4869
Description: Provides supportive services for people with alcohol dependency issues. Call or visit the website for more
information and meeting locations/times.
Alzheimer’s Association http://www.alz.org/wv 800-272-3900
Description: Provides current information and research for coping with and managing Alzheimer’s.
Athens County Suicide Prevention Coalition Suicide Bereavement Support Group
(Athens-Hocking-Vinton 317 Board) http://www.317board.org/file/suicideprevention.html 740-593-3177
Description: Provides a bereavement support group for individuals who have lost someone to suicide. Call or visit the
website for more information and meeting locations/times.
Athens Mental Health (The Gathering Place)
7 North Congress Street, Athens, Ohio http://www.thegpathens.org 740-594-7337
Description: The Gathering Place provides a drop-in center that offers mental health support services to adults coping with
mental illness. Must be an adult, 18 years or older, and must have a mental illness in order to utilize these services. Call or
walk-in for more information or to begin the enrollment process. Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am-8 pm Sun 10 am-6 pm
The Birth Circle 740-652-6262
Description: Offers pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting support, along with play groups for children. Call for information.
Caregivers of the Elderly Support Group
Athens Community Center, 701 East State Street, Athens, Ohio 740-797-3528
Description: Provides support in understanding, coping with and managing Alzheimer’s disease; help in locating and using
community resources; and current information and research. Hours: Second Tue 5:30 pm-6:30 pm
Celebrate Recovery http://www.athenscommunitychurch.org 740-592-0060
Athens Community Church, 217 Columbus Road Suite 101, Athens, Ohio
Description: Celebrate Recovery is a 12-step Christian-based support group for individuals with addictions, coping with
grief, or facing difficult life situations. Call or visit the website for more information. Hours: Fri 6:30 pm-9 pm
Citizen Circle Hocking Correctional Facility: 740-753-1917 or The Work Station: 877-351-0405 / 740-797-1405
Description: Provides an ex-offender reentry support group meeting on the fourth Monday of each month at the Athens
County Job and Family Services County Home office in Millfield. Includes community members and people who wish to
share community resource information. Call The Work Station to confirm a meeting time and for more information.
HAVAR http://www.havar.org 740-594-3533
Description: Offers day habilitation services for individuals with disabilities. Call for more information.
Dial 2-1-1 from any local phone, (866)784-3132 from any location, or
visit http://www.211athenscounty.org for updates and additional resources.
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2015 Support Group Resource Guide
Prepared by United Appeal for Athens County 2-1-1
Call 2-1-1 or visit http://www.211athenscounty.org for updates and additional resources!
It is the intent of this document to list only non-profit or government agencies that provide information or support group services.
NAMI http://www.namiathensohio.org 740-593-7424
Description: Offers Family Support Group meeting for parents, guardians, and family members of individuals with brain
disorders and/or mental health issues. Call for more information and meeting times/locations.
Narcotics Anonymous https://sites.google.com/site/naarea13/home 800-587-4232
Description: Provides supportive services for people with narcotics dependency issues. Call or visit the website for more
information and meeting locations/times.
National Cancer Information Center http://www.cancer.org/aboutus/howwehelpyou/contactus/index 800-227-2345
Description: Trained Cancer Information Specialists can answer questions 24 hours a day, every day of the year to
empower people with accurate, up to date information to help make educated health decisions. Connects patients,
caregivers, and family members with valuable services and resources or provides information on how to get involved and
support the fight against cancer.
National Parkinson Foundation- Central and Southeast Ohio
55 Hospital Drive Athens, Ohio http://www.centralohioparkinson.org 740-592-5025
Description: Mutual support group for people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers meets at OhioHealth O’Bleness
Hospital. An exercise group also meets Tue and Thu at 3:30 pm. Call for more information. Hours: Second Tue 2 pm
Nicotine Anonymous http://www.nicotine-anonymous.org
Description: Online support groups for people with nicotine dependency issues.
Overeaters Anonymous http://www.centralohiooa.org 614-253-2492
Description: Provides supportive meetings for people with eating-related problems including anorexia, bulimia, obesity and
compulsive eating. Call or visit the website for more information and meeting locations/times.
PFLAG http://community.pflag.org/athensohio 740-593-5659
Meetings at United Campus Ministry, 18 North College Street, Athens, Ohio
Description: Provides information, resources, and a mutual support group for people who are a variety of sexual
orientations, people who are transgender, and their friends and family. Please call to confirm meeting time. Hours: Arranged
Respite Volunteer Program http://www.ohio.edu/chsp/rcs/csd/communityengagement/respite-program.cfm
Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions 740-593-1356
Communication Sciences and Disorders, Grover Center W218, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Description: Free respite services for caregivers of adults with disabilities, with a focus on communication and
socialization. Call or visit the website for more information or to set up a meeting.
Sex Addicts Anonymous http://www.saa-recovery.org 800-477-819
Description: Provides supportive meetings for people who have a desire to recover from sexually compulsive or addictive
behavior. Call or visit the website for more information and meeting locations, times, and formats.
SMART Recovery http://www.ohio.edu/involvement 740-593-4749
OU Campus Involvement Center, Health Promotion, Baker Center 321, Athens, Ohio
Description: SMART Recovery addiction recovery program is founded on a four-point system that offers tools and
techniques for building and maintaining motivation, coping with urges, managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and
living a balanced life. The program has a scientific foundation and teaches increasing self-reliance. Please call or visit the
website for more information. Meeting: Wed Noon-1 pm
Southeast Ohio Breast Cancer Survivors Network 740-698-8571
Meetings at The Plains United Methodist Church, 3 North Plains Road, The Plains Ohio Meeting: Second Thu 7 pm
Description: Cancer support group for individuals who have been diagnosed with, or are survivors, of cancer.
Dial 2-1-1 from any local phone, (866)784-3132 from any location, or
visit http://www.211athenscounty.org for updates and additional resources.
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Congratulations to Athens County 9-1-1 on call center renovations

28 Jan

911 open house

Athens Co 9-1-1 ribbon cutting and rededication Tue, 1/27, 2015 at 11AM. Open house held for the public until 1PM.

22 Jan

Originally posted on Athens County, Ohio EMA:

Athens County 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Athens County 9-1-1 Emergency Communications

Athens County 9-1-1 Emergency Communications will be holding a ribbon cutting and rededication for their renovated 9-1-1 center on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM. The ceremony will be held at the 9-1-1 center located at 13 West Washington Street in Athens in the basement of the Athens County Sheriff’s Office. Following the ribbon cutting an open house will be held for the public until 1:00 PM.

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Peoples Bank Foundation Gift

15 Jan

united appeal Amanda & Ryan stopped by to give us a check from Peoples Bank Foundation, which will help people meet their basic needs in Athens County! With Gratitude, thanks!

Huge Thank You for OHIO Exercise Physiology Learning Community’s Gift

9 Dec

ohio exercise phys learning community

OHIO Ex Phys Learning Community stopped by to give us $200 they raised by selling raffle tickets. What an awesome endeavor by a great group of generous students! Best of luck with exams, You Rock!

You can be a Mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Athens

3 Dec

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Athens serves over 300 at-risk and underprivileged children every year in Athens, Vinton, Washington and Meigs Counties. The majority of the children we serve reside at or below the federal poverty line and live with a single parent or guardian. Over 10% of the children in our program have one or both parents incarcerated.

Although our overall matches for children have nearly doubled in 2014, our matches for children with incarcerated parents have remained the same. We believe that this is due to the lack of awareness of the needs of incarcerated children and of the prevalence of this issue in our community.

Most of the children of incarcerated in our program are young boys in need of male role models and all children with incarcerated parents face an increased risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system, decreased academic performance and lower self esteem. Children with incarcerated parents in our program have reported bullying in school and they often feel isolated from their peers and are reluctant to trust in the adults in their lives.

It is our mission to increase the number of children with incarcerated parents matched with caring mentors in 2015 and we are seeking volunteers with an interest in reaching underprivileged children to help these youths find compassionate role models to inspire and uplift them.

Both national and local research confirms that children who are matched with supportive mentors are:

46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs

27% less likely to begin using alcohol

52% less likely to skip school

37% less likely to skip a class

33% less likely to use violence

Mentors in our program spend 4-6 hours a month with a child in need of emotional support. Appropriate activities often include free or low-cost options such as trips to the park, walks on the bike path, homework assistance, watching movies, playing sports, cooking or even inviting the child to visit your office to learn more about potential careers. Mentors can be adults of all ages and there are no income expectations for mentors.

We encourage you to consider becoming a mentor to a child with an incarcerated parent. Just a few hours a month is all that is required to help show a child their potential for a bright and healthy future. For more information, please call 740-797-0037 or email director@bbbsathens.org.

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