In March our lives as we knew it came to a halt amid the pandemic of Covid-19. Operation Venture and Caregiver Support knew many would begin to suffer from the loss of employment as well as isolation from being quarantined through the stay-at-home order.
We moved forward into full motion of support services to door-to-door non-contact operation by evaluating the needs and assessing the ability to acquire partnerships to deliver goods to those in the greatest need.
Partnering with Covelli Enterprises Panera Bread in accepting their donations of breads, bagels and pastries as well as the Miami County Food Insecurities program has enabled us to help families in need. This outreach has gone beyond just our veteran and caregiver population by offering any extras to other families in communities within 20 miles of Miami County. We have provided veteran support bags with a variety of area resource information, puzzle books, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels and sometimes a snack or two. This has been very well received among those we serve.
As the world has started opening back up this summer, we have continued to offer the Panera donations as they come available.
In late July, in partnership with Operation Homefront, we began gathering school supplies and distributing to many counties with an emphasis on our military and veteran community. As supplies permit, we will offer to the general public. Supplies are limited and available at:
Shelby County Vet Services Clark County Vet Services
St Paris Food Pantry Ohio National Guard
Champaign County Vet Services Auglaize County Vet Services
American Legion Post 184 Other locations as needed
In the coming months we will be preparing for the holiday season and we anticipate many with great needs. If you feel led to contribute in assisting a veteran family, please feel free to contact Operation Venture and Caregiver Support at P.O. Box 1755, Piqua, Ohio 45356 or by calling (937)570-6460. We are always willing to partner to improve the quality of life for our veterans and caregivers, one veteran and caregiver at a time.