December 1, 2020

Library partners with local agencies to host Virtual Social Services Fair on Dec. 8

Free one-stop virtual experience for central Ohioans in need

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) is bringing together a variety of agencies during a free virtual event to connect central Ohioans with the help they need.

The Virtual Social Services Fair event will take place Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to anyone in need. Click here to learn more.

Participants will be able to engage with professionals in a “one-stop” virtual location to find help on a variety of pressing issues, including food access, legal aid, rent stabilization funds, childcare, job help and more.

The virtual event is presented in partnership with OhioMeansJobs, Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio, Human Service Chamber of Franklin County and United Way of Central Ohio.

Participating organizations include:

  • United Way of Central Ohio
  • Goodwill Columbus
  • Homeless Families Foundation
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services
  • Huckleberry House, Inc.
  • YMCA of Central Ohio
  • Community Development for All People
  • The Buckeye Ranch
  • OhioMeansJobs

“People in our community are struggling right now,” said CML Chief Community Engagement Officer Donna Zuiderweg. “Through partnership programs like these, we can work to better connect our customers to the help they need, and do so in a way that is safe for everyone.”

CML hosted its first Virtual Social Services Fair earlier this year, on July 30 and 31.

The safety of customers and staff is a priority for the library. Follow CML on social media (Facebook, Twitter) and check for updates. Additional changes in operation will be shared as this rapidly evolving public health situation continues to unfold.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help Centers, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Challenge and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources.