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GLCAP temporarily closes facilities, modifies TRIPS service due to coronavirus

Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) facilities are closed to the general public in accordance with widespread safety measures to prevent and delay spread of the coronavirus. GLCAP staff will be available via telephone at 1-800-775-9767 and email to continue our services to those in need. GLCAP will notify the public when facilities reopen. Read more here.

The deadline for GLCAP's Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) assistance has been extended through April 30. EHEAP assists those who have utility disconnects, or are facing a disconnect or fuel shortage. The deadline for utility credit applications through the Home Energy Assistance Program has been extended through May 31. For more information, visit our utility assistance page here.

Regarding TRIPS Public Transportation Service: we are reducing rides to transportation for essential needs, waiving ride fares to avoid handling of cash for riders and drivers, and temporarily suspending shuttle service effective April 6. Read more on the TRIPS program page.




Utility Bill Assistance in action

Utility Bill Assistance

Emergency summer and winter utility help and other assistance for managing utility costs.

Homeless Assistance in action

Homeless Assistance

GLCAP can help area homeless residents find stable housing. Learn how we can help find access to supportive services.

Preschool in action

Preschool and Childcare

No-cost and low-cost center-based and home-based learning options through Head Start to prepare children for kindergarten by providing quality education.

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Public Transportation

Need a lift? Call TRIPS Public Transportation.

About Us

Great Lakes Community Action Partnership has been serving the northwest Ohio area for more than 50 years. We began in 1965 as WSOS Community Action Commission following the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which helped create hundreds of community action agencies throughout the United States. Our letters stood for the core counties we served — Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa, and Seneca. Since then, we have progressively expanded the scope of our services, adding other counties, states and even countries to our service area.


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GLCAP Staff Speak

Hear Great Lakes Community Action Partnership staff talk about what working to help people in our communities means to them.

Jo Simms from Head Start

Jo Simms has been teaching in GLCAP Head Start classrooms for more than 40 years and now works as a teacher mentor who helps guide other classroom staff. We have many teachers like Jo in nearly 30 classrooms who help preschool students learn, grow, and prepare for kindergarten.

Joyce Alridge from Supportive Services for Veteran Families

Joyce Alridge is a family advocate with our Supportive Services for Veteran Families program that helps homeless vets and their families secure housing. Joyce and our SSVF advocates have prevented at-risk veterans from becoming homeless, and have moved homeless veterans from shelters and streets into safe, stable housing.


Andy Kruse from Meals on Wheels

Andy Kruse has been a Meals on Wheels Driver with GLCAP for more than 30 years, delivering meals to homebound seniors in the Gibsonburg area. Andy and our team of Meals on Wheels drivers make sure that Sandusky County seniors are safe and have a hot, nutritional lunch every weekday.


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GLCAP facilities to remain closed

Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) facilities will remain closed in respect to the stay-at-home order issued and extended by the Director of the Ohio Dept. of Health by request of Gov. Mike DeWine. This includes all GLCAP Early Childhood Centers, Sandusky County Senior Centers and all other GLCAP locations.

TRIPS suspending shuttle service

TRIPS Public Transportation will suspend its Fremont Shuttle Service effective April 6, as the service has experienced very low ridership due to events surrounding the coronavirus. Those who are current riders of the shuttle are encouraged to utilize TRIPS on-demand service, which will continue to operate as usual during the hours of 5 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 5 a.m.-noon on Saturdays. Rides must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance by calling 419-332-8091.