Local Assistance

UPDATED 6/8/2020

Local Assistance

Below is a list of links to help you through these trying times. If you have a credible item to add to this list, please email us. Thank you!


Lorain County Community Action Agency’s Summer Crisis Program

Beginning July 1st Summer Crisis offers help staying cool for low-income residents who also meet one of the other eligibility requirements. The primary qualification for the program is a gross annual income at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Line ($45,850 for a family of four in 2020).

Residents at that poverty level qualify for help if they are also age 60 or over OR have a documented medical condition worsened by extreme heat. New this year, residents at the 175% poverty level can also receive help if one of the following applies to them:

  • Their electric service has been disconnected or they have received a disconnect notice.
  • They are trying to establish new service.
  • They have been diagnosed with coronavirus in 2020.
  • They are enrolling in PIPP Plus for the first time.
  • They are an existing PIPP customer in default.

For more information

Ways You Can Help

Covid-19 Heroes Fund Campaign

Support our frontline workers who work tirelessly to protect our residents. The Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and MercyHealth are participating with Avon Lake and Avon to show their gratitude toward these hospitals and their caregivers by making donations to the Heroes Fund.
There are three ways to give to the Heroes Fund:

1.) Buying a gift card from an Avon or Avon Lake restaurant and donating it to the Fund;

2.) Donating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); or

3.) Making a monetary donation.

For Additional Information

American Red Cross There is a severe blood shortage due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Avon Lake Fire Department They have a limited supply of personal protective equipment and are seeking donations of:

  • N95 masks
  • Surgical masks with or without face shields
  • Medical isolation gowns
  • Goggle
  • Gloves
  • Hand sanitizer

If you can help please contact Fire Chief Jeremy Betsa at jbetsa@avonlakefire.org or call 440-933-8305 or 440-653-6016.

Repurposing Project Find out how your manufacturing company can play an important role in responding to the challenge of COVID-19.

Vitalant There is an ongoing need for blood donations in the coming weeks. Schedule an appointment today to help patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Read this article from Georgetown School of Nursing explaining the importance of donating blood in a time of crisis.

Emergency Dentists

This list of dentists, organized by county, are willing to see patients who do not have a dentist for emergency dental care. Typically those with dental pain go to an emergency rooms for pain relief and then are instructed to follow up with a dentist.

Job Opportunities

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Avon Lake Businesses

Ace Hardware Now offering curb-side pickup.

Avon Lake Animal Clinic Now offering curbside service for technician visits such as nail trims and anal gland expressions and for medication and food pick-ups.

Offer for Essential Workers:
Paws by the Lake is reopening Monday, April 20th, 2020, and is proud to offer complimentary boarding and daycare services to our essential workers during this crisis! Beginning Monday, April 20, 2020, essential workers can call us at 440.933.5297 to schedule boarding and/or daycare for their pets, free of charge! We appreciate all you are doing for our community and look forward to helping you take care of your pets while you take care of our community through this current climate. This community support is valid thru May 20th, 2020. *Vaccine requirements apply.*

CdK Natural LLC Now offering no-contact FREE local deliveries and porch pickups by appointment. Handcrafted laundry, bath and home products.

CVS Now offering free delivery for prescriptions and everyday essentials.

Element LABS Now offering curbside pick-up for online orders.

Sherwin Williams is open for curbside pickup.

Avon Lake Restaurants

To keep up-to-date on the services that our restaurants are offering, please click on the links below.  Another way to help support our local restaurants is to consider purchasing gift certificates, where applicable. If your restaurant qualifies and isn't listed, please email the information to alctv@avonlake.org.

Big M

Buffalo Wild Wings

Café Melissa


China King 1 Restaurant

China Star

Close Quarters Pub

Dogg House Bar & Grill

Fratello’s Restaurant

Gitta’s Table and Wine Shop

Ibiza Mediterranean Restaurant

Jake’s on the Lake

Johnny's Boathouse

Lakeside Nutrition

Las Cazuelas Mexican Restaurant

Legacy Restaurant & Grille

Mark Pi's China Gate

Parker’s Grille & Tavern

Rico's Taco & Tequilla

Salad Kraze

Tailgators Sports Bar

Taki’s Greek Kitchen

Thai Chili Restaurant

Third Base Bar & Grill

The Kitchen

Local Food Assistance

Avon Lake School’s Grab ‘n Go Lunch Program Avon Lake City School District has implemented a “Grab-N-Go” breakfast and lunch box program. The program is open to all Avon Lake students and to any Avon Lake community member who is truly in need. To participate, please complete the form available on the school website by clicking here, or call the Avon Lake City Schools Food Service hotline number at (440) 930-8215.

Delivery to a resident’s home if they are medically at-risk and should not leave their house is available. Pick-up locations and times are:

Avon Lake High School 9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

Redwood Elementary School 9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Erieview Elementary School 9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Troy Intermediate School 10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Eastview Elementary School 10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Westview Elementary School 10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Learwood Middle School 10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

St. Joseph School 11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Beachpark Tower 11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Community Resource Services New procedures in place including a temporary grocery delivery option. Call 440-933-5639 to place your grocery order from home or from your car. Groceries will be placed into a reusable bag. When you arrive at CRS, stay in your car. Call 440-933-5639 and your groceries will be brought to you.

Lorain County Office of Aging Meals on Wheels among other services for Lorain County residents.

Railroad Brewing Company The taproom has been converted into a makeshift Food Bank. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm. Available items will be posted daily. Those in need can stop in and help yourself. Any unclaimed items will be donated to a local food bank at the end of this crisis.

Second Harvest All Second Harvest and Partner Charity distributions have moved to a DRIVE-THRU model and will only be distributing FREE boxes of assorted shelf-stable food.

Fountain Bleau's BestSide4WestSide You can buy meals for your loved ones or neighbor in need and have them delivered. Or just donate and we will deliver to people in need who have requested meals. Deliveries will start on Easter day, and currently run for two months, or longer if the need should arise. The goal is to raise funds for 6,000 meals. Are you in need of receiving these home style meals? Click Here   Can you buy meals for those in need? Click Here

Businesses with Special Offerings for the Elderly and Vulnerable

Aldi's They have reserved time for vulnerable shoppers on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 to 9:30.

Costco On Tuesdays through Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., U.S. and Canada Costco locations will temporarily implement special operating hours for members who are 60 and older. The pharmacy will also be open during this hour.

Dollar General Dollar General will dedicate the first hour of every business day to senior shoppers and will close an hour early for cleaning and restocking.

Duet Catering Duet will post their food menu daily and offers free delivery for all orders within their delivery area, which includes Avon Lake. They offer various menus with price points that appeal to all age groups, including those that are older and have specific dietary needs.

Giant Eagle Starting March 23, doors will open at 6 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays to accommodate shoppers over 60 years old, have disabilities or who are immune-compromised.

Heinen's The grocery store chain has created a special window between 8 and 9 a.m. every day for seniors or those who may be immunocompromised to shop first.

Target The first hour of shopping every Wednesday will be reserved for “vulnerable guests,” according to a press release from the retail giant. Target stores will also be closing early, at 9 p.m. local time, so employees can clean and restock the stores.

Walmart From March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older. This will start one hour before the store opens. Pharmacies and Vision Centers will also be open during this time.

Whole Foods Whole Foods Market will service customers who are 60 and older one hour before opening to the public.

Relief Assistance

United Way United Way Worldwide has launched a COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund to help with bills, rent and food.

Office of Small Business Relief There is a lot of information out there about the resources available to you during this crisis. Last week, Ohio opened its Office of Small Business Relief, it's website is simple and user-friendly.

Ohio Edison/First Energy still has the suspended disconnect for non-payments until further notice. If customers have trouble paying their bill, they are willing to work with them. Various payment options are available, including:

  • Budget billing, a program that averages usage over 12 months to offer the same bill amount each month.
  • Energy assistance programs or other payment arrangements for eligible customers, based on their situation and state of residence.

Reliable Government Updates

Center for Disease Control

COVID-19 information and update guide Ninth District of Ohio Representative, Marcy Kaptur has published this helpful resource.

Income Tax Deadline Extended The income tax deadline for filing and paying has been extended to July 15th. This is for both Federal and State of Ohio filings.

Lorain County Board of Elections The Ohio Primary election will be April 28th, mail-in ballots ONLY. Go the the Lorain County Board of Elections to request a mail-in ballot. Once you have requested the ballot it will take about two weeks to receive it.

Office of Small Business Relief There is a lot of information out there about the resources available to you during this crisis. Last week, Ohio opened its Office of Small Business Relief, it's website is simple and user-friendly.

Ohio Department of Education

Ohio Department of Health

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Responsible RestartOhio

World Health Organization

In-home Entertainment

Avon Lake Community Television: ALC-TV Weekly Cable Access Program Lineup Schedule - Current and Past Shows Online

Avon Lake Public Library

15 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch On Stage From Home

Cleveland International Film Festival CIFF has compiled a list of films from past CIFFs that are currently available to stream through various platforms, like Netflix, Hulu, and iTunes. Take a trip down CIFF memory lane, rewatch your favorites, and catch up on the ones you missed. CIFF Streams will offer subscribers access to many of the films slated to be part of the CIFF44 line-up! Details are still falling into place, but full information will be available very soon!

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Join their Virtual Classroom everyday at 11:00 a.m. on Facebook live.

Greater Cleveland Film Commission The Greater Cleveland Film Commission is excited to bring you the GCFC Ultimate Streaming Guide, curated with educational as well as entertaining content that can be streamed to your tv, computer or favorite mobile device.

Library of Congress the Library of Congress is collaborating with Captain Underpants, Dog Breath, and Kat Kong (just to name a few of his characters) author and illustrator, Dav Pilkey, to create weekly videos for kids (and adults!) who might want to try their hand at drawing while we’re social distancing at home.

National WWII Museum The Museum is committed to serving students and teachers who are now conducting school online.

Open Culture Free cultural and educational media on the internet.

Travel and Leisure 12 famous museums offer virtual tours you can take from your couch.