from Board of Elections
On May 5th, 2015, the State of Ohio held a Primary Election. Unofficial election results are available using the link below.
May is Public Assistance Fraud Awareness Month in Ohio and the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services is spreading the word that "Fraud Costs All of Us." With support from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Franklin County JFS is encouraging the public to report suspected public assistance fraud through a public awareness campaign.
In 2014, the agency was ranked sixth in the state for collecting Food Assistance benefits that were improperly issued. The most common type of fraud cases that were investigated by Franklin County included failure to report employment and/or a household member during the application process for public assistance benefits.
Public Assistance fraud is a crime. The consequences of committing fraud may include removal from the program, repayment of improperly obtained benefits, potential criminal charges and possible jail time. Residents of Franklin County may report suspected public assistance fraud by calling Franklin County JFS at 614.233.2095 or visiting http://jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/ReportFraud.
5/1-5/31 - National Foster Care Month
5/25 - Franklin County offices closed in observance of Memorial Day
5/28 - Regional Education Forum: Planning for Pedestrians and Bicyclists, MORPC, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
6/7 - Mingle With Our Mutts, Noon to 2 p.m.
from Children Services
May is National Foster Care Month. It is a time for recognizing and promoting efforts to enhance the lives of youth in foster care. This year's National Foster Care Month theme is Get to Know the Many Faces of Foster Care. When a child cannot remain safely at home, FCCS makes every effort to place them in the least restrictive setting with family members, other kin or in foster homes. Nationwide, there are more than 400,000 youth currently in foster care. There are more than 11,000 children in foster care in Ohio. Children Services works closely with several organizations that provide foster care services, when placement is necessary. Anyone interested in becoming a foster parent should contact a foster care provider agency. Click here to learn more about foster care in Franklin County.
FCCS offers counseling, life skills training, transitional and independent living assistance to youth who are about to age out of foster care through its Emancipation Program. The community also plays an important role in supporting children in out-of-home placement. Volunteers and mentors are needed to spend time and build lasting relationships with children in out-of-home care. Click here to learn about volunteering with FCCS. FCCS also accepts donations to the Children's Fund, which provides special opportunities for children in care, as well as the Holiday Wish Program. Click here to learn more about donor opportunities.
The Franklin County Treasurer's office will be mailing second half property tax bills the week of May 18, 2015. The deadline to pay is June 22, 2015. Tax bill information, as well as a PDF of current bills, is currently available on the Treasurer's Office website to view and print.
The Franklin County Youth Summer Camp Program serves youth ages 5-13 years old at 26 different camp sites located throughout Franklin County. The camps are 8- to 10-weeks long for a minimum of 30 hours a week. This year, approximately 2,290 youth will be given the opportunity to attend a summer camp.
Click the link below for a list of summer camps and enrollment information.
To conclude National County Government Month, the Franklin County Commissioners have released a State of the County report, a first for Franklin County, Ohio.
The 12-page, user-friendly electronic document is meant to serve as a helpful guide to residents and visitors who wish to better understand the value county government has in improving the quality of life and business.
from Metro Parks
Search for caches in the Metro Parks 2015 GeoTrail, May 16 - August 31. Metro Parks' GeoTrail 2015 will take you on a tour of the parks while you learn about animal camouflage, mimicry and other ways wildlife hides in plain site. Visit the Metro Parks website for more information.
from Children Services
The latest issue of the Franklin County Children Services Connects E-Newsletter is here. Features include:
Click here to read the May 2015 Connects E-News.
from Metro Parks
Metro Parks' Nature Adventure Camps are designed to provide Central Ohio youth with the opportunity to discover and experience nature in an engaging, hands-on group setting. Campers will participate in fun outdoor activities, crafts and games. Metro Parks has been offering week-long day camp sessions since 1997. Programs are available for children in preschool through ninth grade.
On May 8, Commissioner Marilyn Brown unveiled a new 5-year, $2.5 million investment in training opportunities for Franklin County residents and businesses called People Works.
People Works includes the addition of an employer liaison service and two new flexible grant programs to facilitate the private sector employment and training of low-income Franklin County residents who currently receive public assistance, and matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities of individual public assistance recipients with the hiring needs of local partnering businesses and organizations.