For Butler, Hamilton and Warren Counties*
*As of 4/11/2023; availability of resources is subject to change. Please contact Miami University Regionals Center for Social Impact with questions, concerns or to share a resource.
The following is only a resource guide; we highly recommend that you use your best judgment and research all resources before utilizing a service. Miami University resources are followed by **.
The resources provided are focused on Butler, Hamilton, and Warren counties. If you live in an area outside of these counties or need assistance that is not listed, be sure to complete the Student Resource Center intake form.
Miami University Regionals Student Resource Center
While ReFuel can still help those affected from the pandemic, they have taken on a much broader role to help all students as the pandemic effects have calmed. In collaboration with Ohio Campus Compact’s AmeriCorps Student Resource Center Program, Miami University Regionals is excited to be able to offer assistance to our students in need. To request support, complete the Student Resource Center intake form.
The purpose of the Student Resource Center is to identify and provide much-needed resources to students who may be experiencing barriers to their academic success. ReFuel is no longer solely virtual and students can visit us at the Center for Social Impact and will connect Regionals students with campus and community collaborators that are able to provide the access to resources that students need to address the issues they are facing.
Devin Anderson, a current Miami University undergraduate, is serving as the AmeriCorps member for the 2022-23 academic year. If you are unable to complete the form, please give us an email refuel@MiamiOH.edu.
Table of Contents
- Covid-19 Information Updates
- Resource Directories
- Public Libraries
- Food/Other Assistance
- Public Transportation
- Emergency Housing
- Internet Access/Technology
- Mental Health
- Substance Use/Recovery
- Nonprofit Pharmacies/Prescriptions
- Physical Health/Wellness
- Jobs and Family Services
- Resources for Spanish Speakers
- Mental Health-Children & Families
- Education/Fun Things to Keep Children Occupied
- Resources for the Aging
- Resources for those with Disabilities
- Resources for Veterans
*Double-check the dates and sources for information you consume to ensure it is accurate and reliable!
- Ohio: Department of Health COVID-19 hotline: 833-4-ASK-ODH
- Kentucky: State COVID-19 hotline: 800-722-5725
- Indiana: SDH Epidemiology Resource Center: (317) 233-7125 or (317) 233-1325 after hours or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
United Way Dial 211
- Can be dialed from any phone (similar to 911); can help individuals find community resources (i.e., food, housing, medical, financial, clothing, etc.)
- Provides updated information about resources available.
- Individuals with pre-paid mobile phones or mobile phones with a non-local area code may call 855-405-7629 for prompt assistance.
- Regional United Way organizations
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
E-Card application for all Ohio residents
*Many private businesses, restaurants, churches and various community groups are offering free food/lunches to children and others in their immediate area. Please check with local websites, news sources, etc., to see what is available in your area.
If you are struggling to afford groceries or to have enough food to eat in a day, please fill out the intake form for assistance.
*Be sure to check each site for the most recent changes impacting public transportation in your area.
CAP Intake Line: 513-381-SAFE (7233)
- Call to get the latest updates about shelter availability and safety recommendations; news story about the city of Cincinnati’s plans to provide housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness
OTR Recreation Center: (513) 381-1893
Many local governments, courts, businesses and organizations offer support to individuals. These supports include and are not limited to:
- Suspension of eviction hearings
- Suspension of disconnection for utilities
- Emergency employee assistance for specific industries
- Credit card companies offering assistance
*Be sure to check resources in your area for up-to-date information on what is being offered. If you are seeking specific financial support, please complete the Student Resource Center intake form.
- Individuals quarantined by a health professional or by their employer are considered to be unemployed and will not be subject to the requirement to actively seek work.
- Companies that determine it necessary to temporarily shut down operations will also be eligible to seek unemployment.
- The one-week waiting period prior to receiving benefits is being waived.
- Outlines changes made due to COVID-19
- Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley has partnered with Montgomery County Jobs and Family Services to offer assistance to individuals who have lost their jobs and need to file unemployment claims. Please call (937) 528-6430 for more information.
- If you need assistance applying for unemployment, one of our AmeriCorps Members would be happy to assist you. Please reserve an appointment slot, and include your question in the description box. Please also be sure to fill out our intake form.
Ohio Means Jobs: County Workforce Development Centers
The following businesses are currently hiring at high volumes:
*This list is not comprehensive. If you have questions about assistance available from your utility company, be sure to check their website and/ or reach out to them directly.
- Email email@example.com to create a ticket; Middletown: 513-727-3356; Hamilton: 513-785-3279
Internet Connectivity Provider Links via Miami University Website**
- FCC Agreement
- Charter is participating in the Federal Communications Commission’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)
- Free internet access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students, call 844-488-8395 to enroll in the program; installation fees are waived for new student households, other eligibility requirements are applied; public wifi hotspots open for public use
*Mental health resources specifically for children are included in the Resources for School-Aged Children tab.
If you are having a mental health emergency, call the Butler County Mobile Crisis number at 844-427-4747. Other options are to call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
- Remote counseling services are now being offered.
- Medicaid or CareSource insurance only; telehealth appointments only, no walk-ins or face-to-face interactions; 513-868-1562 (Hamilton), 513-737-1247 (Middletown)
- Walk-in hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; call first to make sure walk-ins are still available, 513-887-8500
- Walk-in hours Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; call first to make sure walk-ins are still available, 513-649-8008
- Telehealth appointments only, no walk-ins or face-to-face interactions; 513-895-9246 (Oxford)
- Now offering telehealth services. Walk-in treatment for addiction remains open at Hamilton locations; contact 513-299-4053 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Walk-in hours Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 513-299-4053
We understand the importance of daily exercise, the links shared are not an endorsement for any of the businesses listed. Use these resources at your discretion.
- Miami University is partnering with Caravan Wellness to offer the fitness app free to students, faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Info about unemployment benefits, Child Protective Services (family visits, child support, foster services), assistance programs (SNAP, Cash Assistance, PRC funds) and general resources
Catholic Charities SW OH (includes Su Casa Hispanic Center and AccuracyNow Language Services)
- Interpretation for people whose first language isn’t English, bilingual mental health counseling, emergency assistance for those who are Spanish speaking; services are being adjusted to accommodate as many people as possible while also working to protect public health; (513) 241-7745
- A full service mental health and drug and alcohol treatment center; staff provide services to Spanish speakers
Public libraries are an amazing resource for a wide variety of resources for children. All of the links for our regional libraries are located under the Resource Directory tab above.
Virtual Museum Tours
- Home Safaris via Facebook Live, weekdays at 3 p.m.
Online Learning Options
- 60+ Free Online Learning Resources for Teaching Your Students Virtually
- 70 Educational Tools that are currently free
- Free Educational Apps, Games and Websites for Tweens (10-12) and Teens (13+)
- Resources for Teaching Online
Kanopy (free movie streaming service through the library; need a library card)
Public Library Online Resources
- Digital Library
- CreativeBug offers online video DIY tutorials (for adults, too!); access for free with your Cincinnati Public Library card
- Google classroom works on the PS4 and Xbox One browsers for kids with no computers; there are several how-to videos on youtube for assistance
Ohio’s Staying Connected Check-in Service offers help for older Ohioans who feel isolated from the world around them. Go online or call 1-833-ODA-CHAT