September 13, 2017

Americorps members clean graves of veterans at Green Lawn on Patriot Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLUMBUS, Ohio (September 13, 2017) – Ohio Association of FoodBanks Americorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) members from all around Ohio descended on Section 71 of Green Lawn Cemetery to clean the gravestones of more than 300 military veterans from WWI, WWII and the Spanish American War in honor of the National Day of Service and Remembrance, also known as Patriot Day Monday, Sept. 11. According to Randy Rogers, Green Lawn Cemetery trustee, most of the markers in the section had never been cleaned since being installed more than 100 years ago. Rogers added that since so much time has passed, family members of the deceased are no longer around to care for the graves properly. After a brief demonstration of how it was done, the thirty-some volunteers got to work. Spray bottles of a special chemical, called D2, soft brushes and plastic scrapers were used to get the grit and grime off the marble stones with the final step being a final rinse with regular water pumped in from a portable water truck. “Making them look brand new again was really cool and rewarding. It was really cool seeing all the different names and stones and everything,” said Kaimyn Pazco of Americorps VISTA. As we were cleaning them, we imagined what their lives were like and told little stories about each one,” Pazco added. Maureen Allen, director of community services for the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, said the service opportunity was organized in partnership with […]
September 12, 2017

Veterans Food Drive to benefit Veterans Food Bank

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLUMBUS, Ohio (September 12, 2017) — More than 140,000 veterans go hungry in Ohio each year. These veterans rely on food pantries and meal services to feed themselves and their families in times of need. Military Veterans Resource Center’s Veterans Food Bank is hosting its annual Veterans Food Drive now through Nov. 30. The Veterans Food Drive is a volunteer effort to gather canned and non-perishable items to fill the Veterans Food Bank which provides food to veterans who are struggling to provide for themselves and their families during periods of unemployment or career transition. Military Veterans Resource Center will have drop-off locations throughout the state and in each of its four resource centers in Columbus, Chillicothe, Dayton and Hamilton. Acceptable items include canned and boxed items, as well as any other shelf-stable products. To find a drop-off location near you contact MVRC at 614-230-0662. Military Veterans Resource Center helps veterans develop self-reliance and independence by providing ac-cess to the resources they need to successfully manage life transitions. MVRC is based in Columbus and operates four centers throughout Ohio. ###
September 12, 2017

What can you do about the widespread Equifax breach

Last week Equifax announced a “Cybersecurity Incident” in which (Personal Identifiable Information (PII) from about 143 million Americans was compromised by hackers. This amounts to most of the U.S. adult population. As a member or former member of the military,  you are probably wondering what, if anything, you can do about this. First, do not sign up for Equifax’s free credit monitoring.  think twice before signing up for Equifax’s free credit monitoring. You can do this yourself. Monitor your own credit from all three bureaus at If you are affected, you should put a freeze on your report — and possibly a fraud alert. A freeze restricts access to your credit report, making it impossible for a thief to take out lines of credit in your name (unless they hack your PIN, we’ll get to that). When you put a freeze on your report at a credit bureau, that bureau won’t release your report when a company requests to pull it. Let’s say a thief steals your Social Security number and applies for a line of credit with Chase bank. If you’ve frozen your report, Chase will try to pull your report only to find it’s frozen. Thus, the thief can’t open a new account. According to Forbes Magazine,  “Someone who isn’t looking to borrow money may want to freeze their credit for security purposes. A good candidate would be someone who owns their home or is a long-term renter who doesn’t plan on making a new car purchase […]
September 12, 2017

Hiring Fair TODAY at MVRC Columbus

MVRC Columbus will be hosting Quantum Health for a hiring fair TODAY from 1-4 p.m., for Patient Services Representatives and various nursing positions. Bring your Resume and dress to impress! Patient Service Representatives (PSRs) Patient Service Representatives (PSRs) have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives every day, while working in a collaborative, employee-centered environment focused on caring for our members.  We are looking for empathetic, energetic, smart & service-minded healthcare warriors to join our team. As a PSR, you are the first point of contact for our members and their healthcare providers.  Whether answering a seemingly simple question, or unraveling a complicated billing issue, the primary role of the PSR is to serve as an advocate for our members.  By working directly with members, as well as providers, caregivers and other vendors on the member’s behalf, we take the confusion out of the complex healthcare system. Roles and Tasks: Provide exceptional customer service through inbound & outbound calls with our members, their providers, and other vendors, regarding everything from benefits coverage to claims and billing issues Coordinate care by working directly with patients, providers, claims payers, pharmacies, and any other parties relevant to the healthcare of the patient Ask probing questions to identify and escalate issues relevant to a member’s healthcare journey Advocate for our members through education regarding their health plan and available benefits, and connecting the needed resources or parties to support & streamline their healthcare journey Utilize Quantum Health’s systems and technology to accurately […]