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“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs and disability.


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. 


To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9922 (voice), (800) 877-8339 (TTY) or (866) 377-8642 (TTY).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 


ODJFS – BCR 9/2016







As the employees of the Athens County Department of Job & Family Services, we have been charged with the most serious and important responsibility in government, that of helping our fellow citizens who experience the despair of poverty, hunger, homelessness, and ill health. We believe that our programs represent the conscience of society and that our strength lies in seeking a decent life for all.

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 May Is Older Americans Month


More than 2.5 million Ohioans are 60 or older, and this group is growing more than 20 times faster than the overall population, according to the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA). During Older Americans Month, ODA encourages the public to celebrate the changes that aging brings and replace outdated views with new perspectives.

As Americans are living and working longer, they’re staying active, ODA says, and this year’s campaign theme ─ “Age Out Loud” ─ reflects that. Many older adults are volunteering in their communities, and ODA offers several opportunities for doing that.

Here are a few:


Senior Corps – ODA partners with the Corporation for National and Community Service to provide three nationally sponsored volunteer opportunities. The program matches the personal interests and skills of older volunteers with opportunities at nonprofit organizations to address community issues. “Foster Grandparents” mentor children and young people who are victims of abuse and neglect. “Senior Companions” assist other elders in their communities who have difficulty with simple tasks of day-to-day living. For more information, visit or call (614) 728-2916.


Volunteer Ombudsman Associates – Ombudsman Associates are volunteer advocates who provide a voice for older adults who live in their own homes, nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Volunteers make regular visits, observe conditions, and engage residents in conversation to learn about any problems or concerns they may have regarding care and services. For more information, call (800) 282-1206 or email OhioOmbudsman@age.


Volunteer Lay Leaders – The HEALTHY U Ohio and STEADY U Ohio initiatives rely on volunteers to conduct workshops about chronic disease self-management, falls prevention and more. Volunteers don’t have to be an expert in these topics; they just need to be comfortable working with small groups and leading discussions. For more information, call (866) 243-5678 or contact your area agency on aging by clicking here.

For more information, visit   




                         Athens County EMA will host Senior Safety Day,

          Thursday, May 18th, 10am - 2pm at the Athens County Fairgrounds. 


This event is focused on citizens age 60 and older, it is free and open to the public. 

Participants in this annual event are offered information on many services, including free medical screenings, vehicle safety inspections, transportation services, home safety, exercise and crime prevention, staying healthy by volunteering, and many more.

There will be door prizes, gifts from area agencies, and a free lunch. Registration can be made at the fairgrounds on the day of the event, or pre-registration can be made at United Seniors of Athens County, 594-3535.

Click to view the Senior Safety Day brochure:  2017 Senior Safety Day

For more information, call Athens County Emergency Management at 594-2261, or visit



Image result for images, o'bleness hospital, castrop center, athens, ohio  FREE Sports Physical Clinic


OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital

is offering a FREE Sports Physical Clinic


Saturday, May 20th

Castrop Health Center, first floor

8:00am - 11:00 am


Physicians from OhioHealth Athens Medical Associates, University Medical Associates
and other medical providers from the OhioHealth family

have come together to help get student athletes ready to play.

Middle school and high school students throughout southeast Ohio are welcome.
Sports physicals are FREE. 


For more information click the link: FREE Sports Physical Clinic


Please print and complete the Preparticipation Physical Evaluation form prior to the clinic,

click the link:   Physical Clinic Evaluation form

For more information, call (740) 566.4720.














Athens County Food Pantry   Athens County Food Pantry                                          

If your household income falls below the eligibility requirements for receiving food aid, set forth by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Emergency Food Assistance Program, (based on the number of family members), you may be eligible to receive food aid from the Athens County Food Pantry.


Please be aware the guidelines permit assistance once every thirty days. You must be a resident of Athens County and provide current (within 30 days) proof of  residency and photo identification.


Requirements are:

    - Athens County residency

    - Photo ID

    - 1 piece of mail, with a current mailing address


These items are required each time you pick up a food box.  Your cooperation is appreciated. 




  Poverty Prevention Clinic

Free Legal Clinic For Low Income Residents Of Athens County


                                      2017 Clinic Dates:   

                    January 19, 2017                 July 20, 2017    

                   February 16, 2017              August, 17, 2017

                   March 16, 2017                  September 21, 2017

                   April 20, 2017                    October 19, 2017

                   May 17, 2017                     November 16, 2017

                   June 15, 2017                     December 21, 2017


 Clinic held at the Athens County Department of Job & Family Services, 13183 St. Rt. 13, Chauncey, Ohio

 For further information call Southeastern Ohio Legal Services at 740-594-3558

Subject To Attorney Availability & Clinic Time Allotment





Image result for images, athens public transit New Bus Route includes Chauncey Stop

Athens Public Transit has expanded their route to include Chauncey,  with a stop at the Athens County Job and Family Services location

at 13183 State Route 13.    Besides keeping schedules on their buses, they regularly stock the following locations: Athens City Hall, The Athens Community Center, The Athens Visitor Center, Athens Public Library, The Plains Public Library, Alden Library 2nd Floor, and the Baker Center 4th Floor Service Desk.  In addition, you can find schedules at a variety of local retail, lodging, and medical establishments.

For more information check their website at: 




April 21, 2017 - Unemployment News


Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in March 2017, unchanged from February 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 4,100 over the month, from a revised 5,522,800 in February to 5,518,700 in March 2017.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in March was 294,000, unchanged from February. The number of unemployed has increased by 9,000 in the past 12 months from 285,000. The March unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 5.0 percent in March 2016.

The U.S. unemployment rate for March 2017 was 4.5 percent, 0.2 percentage points lower than in February 2017, and 0.5 percentage points lower than in March 2016.

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Executive Order 2016-03K

Authorizes the Governor’s Office  of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (GOFBCI) to expend its Fiscal Year 2017 Temporary Assistance of Needy Families (TANF) funds totaling $6.54 million as follows:

$251,979 for case management services to assist Moms2B in reducing effects of low birth-

   weight babies.

Up to $1 million to After-School All-Stars for school enrichment programs for low-income, at-

  risk children.

Up to $100,000 for the Truly Reaching You Prisoner Reentry Program in Akron to help parents

   re-integrate into society.

Up to $100,000 to provide early childhood and parenting program services to Mom’s House in


Up to $50,000 to help Coats for Kids in Cleveland provide new coats to at-risk youth.

Up to $100,000 to help Operation Warm provide new coats for at-risk children.

The remaining funds — approximately $4.9 million — are to be used by GOFBCI “to provide support to programs or organizations that promote the mission of GOFBCI and further one

of the four purposes of the TANF program.”






13183 State Route 13

Millfield, Ohio 45761-9901

(740) 797-2523 or (800) 762-3775

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