On Tuesday, April 21, we took the van down to Circleville, Ohio, the county seat of Pickaway County. Our goal was to help people enroll for benefits like food stamps and utility assistance. We were honored to have media, both local and national, in tow.
The event was hosted by Pickaway Manor, an assisted-living facility. We were blown away by the efforts of Terri Tyree (a social worker from the Manor) who put in much effort to tell people that we'd be there. Mothers went to the van saying their children brought Benefit Bank fliers home from school. The event was also advertised on the front page of the local paper. Word is that they even put our fliers on pizza boxes!
The event was serviced by the two Mobile Enrollment Specialists - Erin and myself - as well as two counselors from our Columbus office: Jerry Lee and Zach Reat. Over the course of four hours, we helped over a dozen people from Pickaway County apply for benefits. One client was so happy that she asked us to provide her with Governor Strickland's office address so she could write a letter of thanks.
I'd like to extend my hearty thanks to all of the people who made this event such a success.