Updates & Resources
Current information about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic can be found at these websites:
Medina County COVID-19 Vaccination Sign-Up Demo
We recently hosted a Zoom demonstration for seniors between the ages of 65-79 on how to register for the COVID-19 vaccine with the ArmorVax system. This joint program was co-sponsored with the Medina County Health Department and the Medina County Office for Older Adults. Kristen Hildreth from the Medina County Health Department presented step-by-step instructions for using the ArmorVax website/application. You can stream the recorded program on WCTV here:
The Medina County Health Department also complied a FAQ sheet based on questioned asked during our Zoom program. You can view and download the FAQ sheet here: ArmorVax Q&A Follow Up.
More information about the Medina County COVID-19 vaccine process and the ArmorVax app can be found at the Medina County Health Department's Current Outbreaks page, located here: https://medinahealth.org/community/current-outbreaks/.
COVID-19 vaccination questions can be sent to the Medina County Health Department at email@example.com.
AARP Tax Assistance
Due to the pandemic and strict meeting guidelines this year, AARP tax assistance volunteers WILL NOT be offering any appointments in Medina County.
Community Action Wayne/Medina
Community Action Wayne/Medina is scheduling appointments for Wayne and Medina County residents. Please call the Wooster office at 330-264-8677 to schedule an appointment. https://www.cawm.org/
United Way VITA Program
The United Way of Summit & Medina’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is providing drive-through and virtual appointments. Visit uwsummit.org/vita or call 211 for more info and to schedule an appointment. Documents can be dropped off at your appointed time at the Financial Empowerment Center (1060 Kenmore Blvd. in Akron).
Food Resources & Financial Assistance
Medina County Office for Older Adults
MCOOA Home Delivered Meals & Shopping Referrals
The Soprema Senior Center staff is able to complete referrals for a number of Medina County Office for Older Adults programs.
Any adult over the age of 60 can now contact Medina County Office for Older Adults at 330-723-9514 to be connected with a volunteer shopper. The volunteer will contact the senior and take their grocery order. They will then shop at any Medina County Buehler’s location (Medina River Styx, Medina Forest Meadows, or Wadsworth) and the customer service desk will facilitate payment with the senior. The financial transaction is between Buehler’s and the senior customer ONLY and the volunteers will complete the shopping and deliver it to the senior’s residence.
MCOOA reached out to Buehler’s Fresh Foods and they responded by adapting their business practice to accommodate seniors who may be somewhat technologically challenged or unable to utilize an online shopping system.
The Medina County Office for Older Adults also delivers meals and shelf stable foods. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.mcooa.org or call the MCOOA at 330-723-9514.
Additional Food/Financial Assistance Resources
Feeding Medina County
FMC’s next food distribution dates are Thursdays, April 15, May 20 & June 17 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am at the Medina County Fairgrounds (735 Lafayette Road entrance). People in need of assistance should bring a picture ID and empty trunk and stay in your car. For more information, call Feeding Medina County at 330-421-4816, or visit their website: http://www.feedingmedinacounty.org/ or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FeedingMedinaCounty/.
Wadsworth FISH is providing assistance with groceries. Families with 1-4 individuals can receive $50 every 90 days for groceries. Call 330-336-4300 or visit https://wadsworthfish.org/.
Wadsworth Salvation Army
The Wadsworth Salvation Army is located at 527 College Street. Their Soup Kitchen has resumed drive-through service, and they may be able to provide financial assistance for rent, utilities, and medical bills. For more information, call 330-335-2327 or visit their website https://neo.salvationarmy.org/northeastohio/wadsworth or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WadsworthSalvationArmy.
Sacred Heart of Jesus - St. Vincent dePaul Society
Applications for assistance are accepted on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 – 8 p.m. for food and financial assistance. Applicants are required to go to the SHOJ parish center and provide a photo identification. Please be informed clients can only receive financial assistance once every six months, food from the food pantry is provided twice monthly. To leave a message for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, call 330-336-3049 ext. 2011. SHOJ "Serving Neighbors In Need" Brochure
Akron Canton Regional Foodbank
The Akron Canton Regional Foodbank is located at 350 Opportunity Parkway, Akron, OH 44307. Their phone number is
330-535-6900 and email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found at https://www.akroncantonfoodbank.org/need-food.
Medina County Job and Family Services
Medina County Job and Family Services is located at 232 Northland Drive, Medina, OH 44256. They can be reached at
330-722-9300 or toll free at 1-800-783-5070. More information can be found at https://www.mcjfs.us/assistance/.
Community Legal Aid provides free assistance to qualifying seniors in Medina County. They may be able to help if you have a civil legal matter. Call their helpline at 800-998-9454 on Mondays & Fridays from 9 am to 12 pm or Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1 to 4 pm. You can also apply online at www.communitylegalaid.org/apply.
SSC's "Ask an Attorney" Program
Gwen Perry, elder law attorney with Phillips & Mille Co. LPA, will provide 20 minute phone appointments on second Tuesdays (April 13, May 11 & June 8) beginning at 1 pm. She will answer your elder law questions (estate planning, probate, guardianship, etc.) at no cost. RSVP to email@example.com or call the Soprema Senior Center at 330-335-1513 with your name and phone number. Gwen will call you at your designated time.
There are no rules about how you should feel after losing a loved one. Gina from Crossroads Hospice understands and will help you get through the grief you are experiencing. Feel free to reach out and call Gina at 330-899-9100. Be sure to tell her you were referred by the Soprema Senior Center.
Friendly Visitor Calls
Does this pandemic have you feeling alone and isolated? The Soprema Senior Center is working with the Medina County Office for Older Adults to provide “friendly visitor” calls to seniors who would like to have a check in call or someone to talk to. If you are interested in having one of our wonderful SSC volunteers call you on a regular basis to chat and connect, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-335-1513 and we’ll set it up!
Do you need a puzzle to work on? Windfall has an extensive library of puzzles, ranging from 100-1,000 piece puzzles. If you live in the Wadsworth City School District and would like to borrow a puzzle (and have it dropped off at your door), please contact Erin at Windfall at 330-334-4491 or by email to email@example.com!
Wadsworth Library Home Delivery Service
Wadsworth Public Library is temporarily offering home delivery services to patrons residing within the Wadsworth City School District. Contact the library by calling 330-334-5761 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your item requests and let their staff know you would like to have your items delivered to you.
Patrons can also visit www.wadsworthlibrary.com to browse and request items through their online catalog, then select Home Delivery as the pick-up location. The library will call you when your items are ready, and a member of their outreach team will deliver your items three to five days after the hold date. Your items will be loaned to you for an extended period of one month, fine-free and delivered right to your door, no contact required.