Winter months in Northeast Ohio can be tough to get through. Between cloudy days, cold air, piling snow, icy sidewalks, common cold and flu spread, and now with the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be difficult to get out of the house or stay connected to others and to the community.
Direction Home Akron Canton’s partnership with the Akron-Summit County Public Library (ASCPL) has helped spread a little bit of warmth to Summit County residents in December, January, and February. So far, this partnership has propelled our Cabin Fever Kit assembly and distribution so that eligible Summit County residents can gain access to critical health and isolation-prevention information, activities to help them stay engaged, and much-needed inspiration for at-home solutions to seasonal and pandemic-related stressors. Residents can pick up Cabin Fever Kits from their local ASCPL branch as soon as March, and our ADRC screeners have been directing interested callers to their local branches.
ConnectMeDHAD is another initiative that has gained traction because of this partnership. While it is exciting that over 500 individuals in the County will be receiving computers thanks in part to the County of Summit CARES Nonprofit Grant, the access to the technology is not very helpful unless the recipient has the skills and resource knowledge to use it. We are currently working together to develop infographics and device-specific usage guides to ensure a smooth transition for our device recipients. Additionally, the devices will have ASCPL webpages pre-saved to the distributed devices for easy and quick access.
We are happy to continue sharing Library resources on our social media. There are plenty of opportunities for community members to be involved, connected, and informed through the Library. Library cards are free, so we have been directing interested individuals to the card application. Some individuals may not know how they can benefit from applying for a library card or may not have the ability to do so themselves. Similarly, our ADRC screeners have been directing those who need to apply for a new Golden Buckeye Card to their local ASCPL branch.
To stay up-to-date with events and programs offered through ASCPL and through our shared partnership, follow our social media on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or call our Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC):
Direction Home Akron Canton ADRC: 877-770-5558; firstname.lastname@example.org
ASCPL: 330-643-9000; https://www.akronlibrary.org/