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Military Families

American Legion

They award college scholarships to military veterans and their families. Their Family Support Network offers immediate assistance for household needs, utilities and food to military families directly affected by Operation Iraqi Freedom and America’s War on Terrorism. Special support programs, such as temporary financial assistance, award cash grants to minor children of veterans who are eligible for American Legion membership, counseling and mental health.
Physical Address: 700 North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
Mailing Address: PO Box 1055, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
(800) 433-3318
legion.org

Branch Military Parent Technical Assistance Center (MPTAC)

The Branch provides access to tools for military children ages 4 to 14. The tools are free and were designed to encourage the child’s ability to adapt to adverse circumstances or trauma; promoting self-advocacy.
6316 South Twelfth Street, Tacoma, Washington 98465
(800) 572-7368
branchta.org

Camp Corral

Camp Corral is a free summer camp for military children ages 8 to 15. Priority enrollment is given to children of wounded, disable or fallen servicemen and servicewomen. The camp is a week-long helps kids learn new skills, build character and make new friends while enjoying the outdoors. Complete their online application for enrollment or call the hotline below for more information.
801 North West Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603
(855) 605-1267
campcorral.org

Dealhack Military Discount Guide

The Dealhack Military Discount Guide is a free guide of product brands that offer active-duty military and veteran discounts. They independently verify each and every store on this list.
2001-21 Grand Magazine Street, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1B5
(646) 494-9242
dealhack.com/blog/military-discounts-guide

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Franklin Park Conservatory is a botanical garden where they offer hands-on classes and workshops in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness throughout the year for kids and adults. They also offer summer camps kids ages 5 to 13 and provide horticulture and landscaping training to low-income adults ages 18 to 30. A reduced rate family membership and free admission on the first Sunday of the month is available for families in eligible programs with proof of participation: CareSource, Ohio Directions (EBT) card, Medicaid card, W.I.C. card or Molina card. Membership discounts are available for full-time, active educator or an active or retired military personnel.
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 715-8000
Membership Office: (614) 715-8054
fpconservatory.org

Joint Services Support (JSS)

Provides assistance with reintegration, transitioning, careers and finances to members of the National Guard and their families. Helps connect individuals with family support programs, behavioral health support and any other services they may be eligible for.
(877) 577-6691
jointservicessupport.org
Service Provider Network: jointservicessupport.org/spn

Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC)

Provides free civil legal assistance and guidance to low income residents and senior citizens of Columbus and Central Ohio (residents of Franklin, Madison, Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union counties). Legal Aid attorneys may be able to assist you with the following types of cases or legal problems: consumer law, family law, housing, public benefits, reentry, seniors, tax, veterans, education and naturalization.

  • Columbus Office:
    1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
    Intake: (614) 241-2001 or Toll-free: (888) 246-4420
    General Inquiries: (614) 224-8374 or Toll-free: (877) 224-8374
  • Marion Office:
    150 Oak Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
    (740) 383-2161 or Toll-free: (888) 301-2411

columbuslegalaid.org

Military OneSource

They provide confidential counseling over the phone, in person and online for money management, parenting services, relocation, deployment and a variety of other services. All members of the National Guard and Reserve Component and all active-duty members of the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, and Air Force are eligible for services, some at no cost.
(800) 342-9647
militaryonesource.mil

Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC)

Helps veterans develop self-reliance and independence by providing access to the resources they need to successfully manage life transitions. Services include mental / physical health resources, housing, legal, employment, training/education, transportation, financial help, and emotional or spiritual support.

  • Columbus Resource Center (serves veterans in Franklin, Delaware, Union, Fairfield and Licking counties)
    1395 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 636-4634 or (614) 636-4362
  • Chillicothe Resource Center (serves veterans in Ross, Pike, Jackson, Fayette and Pickaway counties)
    631 Central Center, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
    (740) 571-4555 or (740) 835-5145
  • Dayton Resource Center (serves veterans in Clark, Miami, Montgomery and Greene counties)
    5420 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights, Ohio 45424
    (937) 329-9559
  • Hamilton Resource Center (serves veterans in Hamilton, Butler and Warren counties)
    633 High Street, Hamilton, Ohio 45011
    (513) 252-2395

milvetsrc.org

Ohio Cares for Military Families

Provides behavioral health services for National Guard members and their families, including the services available through the Department of Veterans Affairs and Vet Centers. Go online to access resources or call the non-emergency resource information line. They can link military families to substance abuse treatment, counseling, suicide prevention services and support specifically geared toward veterans and service men and women and their families.
Non-emergency Information Line: (800) 761-0868
Vets for Warriors: (855) 838-8255
ohiocares.ohio.gov

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

Provides support to family members that have experienced the loss of a loved one in the military. A 24 hour hotline is available as well as a peer mentor program to connect with other survivors or people who have had similar experiences. Sign up online for a mailing list that includes their magazine as well as information on other helpful resources and counseling available.
3033 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22201
(800) 959-8277
taps.org

YMCA of Central Ohio

YMCA provides programs focused on 3 areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Their programs, services and initiatives are for men, women and children of all ages. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.

  • Youth Development: child care, academic enrichment, leadership development, mentoring, youth civic engagement, sports and recreation, swim, fitness, and camps (day, overnight and for special needs)
  • Healthy Living: family time, group fitness classes, personal/group training, water activities, diabetes prevention, and healthy lifestyle classes
  • Social Responsibility: juvenile justice program (like Positive Alternative Learning for Students/PALS), residential and employment services, welcome center for immigrants and refugees, military outreach, support children with special needs (like Early Childhood Resource Network+/ECRN+)

Full Facility Branches

  • Delaware Community Center YMCA
    1121 South Houk Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 203-3051
  • Don M. and Margaret Hilliker YMCA
    300 Sloan Boulevard, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
    (937) 592-9622
  • Downtown YMCA
    40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 224-1131
  • Eldon & Elsie Ward Family YMCA
    130 Woodland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 252-3166
  • Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA
    555 YMCA Place, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
    (614) 416-9622
  • Grove City YMCA
    3600 Discovery Drive, Grove City, Ohio 43123
    (614) 871-9622
  • Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA
    4515 Cosgray Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
    (614) 334-9622
  • Hilltop YMCA
    2879 Valleyview Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 276-8224
  • Jerry L. Garver YMCA
    6767 Refugee Road, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
    (614) 834-9622
  • Liberty Township/Powell YMCA
    7798 North Liberty Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
    (614) 839-9622
  • North YMCA
    1640 Sandalwood Place, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 885-4252
  • Pickaway County Family YMCA
    440 Nicholas Drive, Circleville, Ohio 43113
    (740) 477-1661
  • Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA
    3500 First Avenue, Urbancrest, Ohio 43123
    (614) 539-1770

Outdoor/Multipurpose Facilities

  • Hilltop-Cherry Creek YMCA
    600 Fox Ridge Street, Columbus, Ohio 43228
    (614) 878-7260
  • Hoover YMCA Park
    1570 Rohr Road, Lockbourne, Ohio 43137
    (614) 491-0980
  • YMCA Camp Willson
    2732 County Road 11, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
    (800) 423-0427

Educare Centers

  • Hilltop Educare Center
    1952 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 752-8877
  • YMCA Early Learning Center
    2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
    (614) 342-5836

Early Childhood Resource Network+ (ECRN+)

  • Early Childhood Resource Network+ (ECRN+)
    1907 Leonard Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43219
    (614) 389-9800

YMCA Administrative Offices: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 389-4409
ymcacolumbus.org