Social Work Students Bring Ohio Benefit Bank Program to the Mount

Academics, Sociology & Social Work

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back row, left to right: Anna Drees, Maria Destefano, Olivia Karnes, Robert Sanders; middle row, left to right: Chelsea Jansen, Kim Collins, Catherine Schultz; front row, left to right: Olivia Browning, Brie White

The 2017 Ohio Benefit Bank counselors are ready to help fellow students!  In Fall 2015, The Mount's Social Work students developed and implemented a site at the Mount for the Ohio Benefit Bank program.

Each fall, students in the Community/Organizational Development class (SWK 329) undergo training to become certified Ohio Benefit Bank counselors.

This peer-led program is a way for social work students to help Mount students who may be facing tough decisions daily about paying bills, buying food, accessing medical care, and simply stretching their household budgets. The Ohio Benefit BankTM is designed to make it simpler for Ohioans to connect with programs and resources that can make those decisions a little bit easier.

From any computer with Internet access, our trained student counselors can help others to use the online service to complete applications for state and federal programs like food assistance, child care assistance, health coverage, and much more.

For more information on the Mount's social work program, contact Judy Singleton, Ph.D. Department Chair and Associate Professor of Social Work at judy.singleton@msj.edu.