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COVID-19 Reentry Kit Challenge

“I look upon all the world as my parish; thus far I mean, that in whatever part of it I am, I judge it meet, right, and my bounden duty to declare unto all that are willing to hear, the glad tidings of salvation.” – John Wesley, Journal, June 11, 1739

Due to increased exposure to the COVID-19 virus, our neighbors returning from prisons and jails are at a higher risk of spreading the coronavirus back into the community. In May 2020, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) asked The West Ohio Conference for assistance in  providing hygiene items and face masks to our returning neighbors. All In Community, the WOC Disaster Response Ministry, and the West Ohio Conference United Methodist Women worked together with churches across the Conference to provide nearly 2,400 health kits with masks, plus an additional 2,500 face masks. Although the original COVID-19 Reentry Kit Challenge is finished, local jails and reentry coalitions are still in need of reentry kits and masks. Find information below on how you and your church can continue to help, or contact Reba Collins, All In Community consultant, at rebakco [at] gmail.com

Individuals and groups will assemble kits according to the checklist PDF below.

  • Once assembled, kits may be dropped off at any of the collection sites at the times and days indicated below. Or they may be mailed to the West Ohio Conference Center, 32 Wesley Blvd, Worthington, OH 43085.
  • If your group contributes kits, please email rebakco [at] gmail.com with the following information: Your name, Name of your group/church, Number of kits, Collection site you used.
  • Financial contributions may be mailed to West Ohio Conference, c/o Mariellyn Grace, 32 Wesley Blvd, Worthington, OH 43085. Put 'Reentry Kits' in the Memo line.

Current District Collection Sites

  • Capitol Area North
    West Ohio Conference Center
    32 Wesley Blvd.
    Worthington, OH 43085
    Contact: Sam Rodriguez
    614-505-7406
    Drop Off: T, Th, 9AM - 4PM
    (Leave at front entrance)

  • Capitol Area South
    Pataskala UMC
    458 S. Main Street
    Pataskala, OH 43062
    Contact: Pastor Nikki Baker
    937-371-5740
    Drop Off: T, W; 10AM-2PM
    (June 9-10, 16-17, 22)
    Location: Courtyard door, North end of building.

  • Foothills
    Grace UMC – Zanesville
    516 Shinnick St,  
    Zanesville, OH 43701
    Contact: office [at] graceumc516.org
    740-452-9317
    Drop Off: June 27, 10 am - noon.

    Foothills District Office
    47 Johnson Rd.
    The Plains, OH 45780-0067
    Contact: Sherri Rogers
    (740) 677-0136
    Drop Off: TBD

  • Maumee Watershed
    Maumee Watershed District Office
    1729 Indian Wood Cir.
    Maumee, OH 43537
    Contact: Michelle Robinson
    419-897-9770
    Drop Off: M, W, F, 10AM – 4PM

  • Miami Valley
    Brookville Community UMC
    114 Hay Ave
    Brookville, OH 45309
    Contact: Nicole Newbauer
    937- 545-3405
    Drop Off: By appointment only

    Aley UMC
    4143 Kemp Rd.
    Beavercreek, OH 45431
    Contact: Pastor Abby Lightle
    familylife [at] aleyumc.org
    (937) 426-3988
    Drop Off: By appointment only  

  • Northwest Plains
    St. Mark’s UMC – Lima
    1110 N Metcalf St.
    Lima, OH 45801
    Contact: Jessie Roark
    567-242-8695
    Drop Off: M-TH; 8AM-Noon

    NWP District Office
    910 E. Third Street
    Ottawa, OH 45875
    Contact: Lesley Moore
    419.523.9901
    Drop Off: M, W, 9am-3pm
    Call First.
  • Ohio River Valley
    Ohio River Valley District Office
    7338 E. Kemper Road
    Cincinnati, OH 45249
    Contact: Office Staff
    513-421-2057
    Drop Off: Call to confirm drop off

    Westwood UMC
    3460 Epworth Ave.
    Cincinnati, OH 45211
    Contact: Barb Vogt
    513-484-2221
    Drop Off: M-F; 10AM-2PM
    June 15-26

  • Shawnee Valley
    McDermott UMC
    26 Hulet Street
    McDermott, OH 45652
    Contact: Rev. Francis Newman
    740-947-4081
    Drop Off: Call for appointment

    Hillsboro First UMC
    133 E. Walnut St.
    Hillsboro, OH 45133
    Contact: Avery Elliott
    937-393-2981
    Drop Off: M-F, 8AM – Noon

    Shawnee Valley District Office
    573 E. Main St.
    Chillicothe, OH 45601
    Contact: Diana Hall
    740-637-0829
    Drop Off: M-TH, 8AM – 4PM
    Call first.

Thank you to all of the groups, churches, and individuals that contributed to the COVID-19 Reentry Kit Challenge!

  • Capitol Area North:
    Powell UMC Tuesday Morning Group
    North Broadway UMC
    Church of the Messiah UMC
    Linworth UMW
    William St. UMC
    Powell UMC - Connecting Threads
    Trinity UMC - LoveThe614 Movement
    Church of the Good Shepherd UMC
    Maynard Avenue UMC
    Church of the Master UMW
    Christ UMC
    Prospect Street (Marion)
    Harlem Road UMC
    Maple Grove UMC
    Christian Endeavor UMC
    North Lewisburg UMW

  • Capitol Area South:
    Pataskala UMC
    Neal Avenue UMC
    First Lancaster UMW
    Scioto Ridge UMW
    Lithopolis UMW
    Stoutsville St. Paul UMW
    Atlanta UMW
    Harrisburg UMW
    First UMC Newark

  • Foothills:
    Central Trinity (Zanesville)
    Christ UMC (Marietta)
    Canaanville UMW
    Rollings Plains UMW
    Coolville UMC
    Hockingport UMW

  • Maumee Watershed:
    Maumee Watershed District UMW
    Portage Christ UMW
    Maumee UMC
    MWD - Worker's Comp

  • Miami Valley:
    Aley UMC
    Brookville Community UMC
    Miami Valley UMW
    Sulphur Grove UMW
    Cable UMC
    Airstream Inc
    Church of the Cross UMC

  • Northwest Plains:
    St. Paul's Findlay UMC
    Ottawa Trinity UMW
    Ada UMW
    St. Andrew's UMW
    Together for a Change
    Allentown UMC

  • Ohio River Valley:
    Oxford UMC
    HOPE UMC
    Westwood UMC
    Hartzell UMC
    Oak Hills UMC
    Calvary UMC
    Church of the Savior
    Otterbein UMW

  • Shawnee Valley:
    Jefferson UMC
    Hillsboro First UMC
    Grace UMC
    Chillicothe First UMC-UMW
    Leesburg UMC
    Simpson Chapel UMW

  • The West Ohio Conference
    All In Community
    West Ohio Conference Disaster Response Ministry
    West Ohio Conference United Methodist Women
    United Methodist Committee on Relief
    Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections