Skip to Main Content

Buckeye Community Connect

Welcome to Buckeye Community Connect, our go-to resource for local services and resources that meet our members’ needs.

Search for community-based organizations that can help with food, housing, transportation, jobs and more! Buckeye can also connect members with our network of over 40,000 community partners throughout the state who can provide additional resources and support. 

To search for local programs, all you need to do is enter your zip code below. Please note that by clicking this link, you will be taken to a new Web page not hosted by Buckeye. 

Check back often for updated resources and our featured community partners throughout Ohio!

Community Partner Spotlight

The Community Partner Spotlight shares good news about some of the great work being done in local communities. This month, we hope you enjoy learning about our friends at the Cleveland Clinic – Taussig Cancer Institute, serving the Greater Cleveland area, Community for New Direction, serving the Central Ohio area, and Health Care Access Now, serving the Greater Cincinnati area.

The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities serves more than 5,000 adults and children through person-centered services and support. As part of that approach, the Board created its FANS Network (Friends, Allies, and Neighbors) to help address unmet needs for the people it serves.

A network of community members gives their time or resources to help enhance the lives of people living with disabilities through four programs:

  • Make Someone’s Day: creates customized care packages and meals
  • Game Nights: donates board games to be used at game nights throughout Lucas County
  • Goodwill vouchers: facilitates donation drives to earn vouchers for individuals in need
  • Golden Furniture Retrievers: helps individuals with developmental disabilities move and pick-up and deliver donated furniture and household items

The FANS Network has partnered with Buckeye for the past year, providing access to quality healthcare services and sponsoring several dances for more than 500 people with developmental disabilities, their family and friends.

For more information or to get involved, visit www.lucasdd.org or contact Gary Arbuckle II at 419-380-4070 or garbuckle@lucasdd.org.

SPARK Ohio (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) is a parent-focused kindergarten readiness program for families with children ages three and four. SPARK programs operate in 22 school districts in nine Ohio counties, serving approximately 2,000 children each year.

A trained parent partner works with each SPARK family to create a learning plan tailored to each child’s needs. The parent partner visits once or twice each month to provide lessons and activities. At each visit, the family receives a book, activities and supplies to work on between visits.

SPARK also conducts developmental screenings, connects families to community resources and offers home- and group-based learning opportunities.

SPARK is a program of the Early Childhood Resource Center, which has partnered with Buckeye for more than a decade. Many participating families are Buckeye members and receive quality healthcare services.

For more information, contact Mary Brady at 330-491-3272 or mbrady@ecresourcecenter.org. To enroll in SPARK, contact Danielle Bunner at 330-455-2972 or danielle.bunner@commquest.org.

REM Ohio was founded in 1987 to provide quality, community-based services for adults with developmental disabilities. Its Ohio Shared Living program connects adults with disabilities to host families so that they can live in private family homes and thrive as part of the community. Currently, the program serves 100 individuals.

Host Home families, called Mentors, are trained and approved to provide quality personal care, individual-focused assistance and supervision. REM Ohio provides Mentors with tools, education and constant support. In return, they earn supplemental income, make a difference and create lasting relationships.

Buckeye has partnered with REM Ohio for one year, providing its clients with access to quality healthcare and community resources.

For more information, contact Rachel Kahle at 614-367-1370 or Rachael.kahle@thementornetwork.com. Or, visit makeadifferenceathome.com.