IFI COVID-19 Assistance Application

March 14, 2020

Do you need help dealing with COVID-19 in Central Ohio? Sign up for help below!

IFI staff and volunteers care about you and the special circumstances you are facing due to the Coronavirus. While we can’t make guarantees, we are very willing to connect you with an IFI volunteer(s) that is able to assist you.

Here are some of the precautions IFI has taken to protect students and volunteers from the COVID19 virus.

  1. We ask volunteers who are over 60 and have an ongoing illness not to participate in face to face activities.
  2. We ask volunteers and students who participate to take precautions and be aware of the safety risks on the Centers for Disease Control web page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  3. We ask that volunteers and students who have symptoms or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days not participate.

Most of these services are free, provided by the Christians who support and volunteer in IFI.

Each of our host families submits a background check, provides 3 character references in addition to completing a 2-hour training session to teach them about common cross-cultural and communication differences, dietary restrictions, and how to show hospitality, respect and love to international students.

We collect feedback from every student so that we know how they are treated while in the care of our volunteers.

IFI COVID-19 Student Needs Sign-Up Form
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In order to help us assist you, please fill out as much of this form as you possibly can 
Please only complete this form once. 
Filling out multiple forms creates confusion and wastes time. 
If you have a problem with the form or are unsure that we have received it, please email us by clicking .
Health Information
Sorry we are unable to have volunteers meet with you in-person until you are fever and cough free for 2 weeks.  
You can still participate as a Virtual Conversation Partner and receive the Grocery Delivery service, just check the boxes and fill out the forms below.
Service Requested
Please indicate how many nights of temporary housing you need below. Our host families provide 1 to 4 nights of temporary housing completely free of charge. 
Staying longer than 4 days may require a payment agreement with your host. 
Ride to the Airport
Please use this format: mm/dd/yyyy - ex: 02/14/2020 = Feb 14, 2020                             
Do not use a leading zero. Example - 5:02 am is correct - 05:02 am will create an error that will not allow the form to be submitted.

Please let us know if you will be traveling with any family members (all students will need to complete this form).
Interim or Extended Housing
Help With Moving
Please use this format: mm/dd/yyyy - ex: 02/14/2020 = Feb 14, 2020
Ride to the Grocery Store
Virtual Conversation Partner
Practice conversational English with a native English speaker in thirty-minute conversations each week. Please complete the questionnaire below to help us match you with a conversation partner.
Grocery Delivery
A volunteer will contact you for more information!
Student Information

This information is used to identify you in our database - DO NOT TYPE IN ALL CAPS or the form will not submit.

First name, given name, what people call you.
Family name, last name, surname - the name used by your family.
If you use one
yyyy format
This is the email provided to you by your school/university - if you do not know this, please provide us with a second email address. Examples: li.2625@osu.edu; hua.li@capital.edu; huali@student.cscc.edu
General Information
Please use this format: mm/dd/yyyy
Please use this format: mm/dd/yyyy
Referral Info
Did someone you know refer you to IFI for help? Please tell us who so we can thank the family member or friend who referred you to IFI for airport pickup and temporary housing.

Please do not complete this form a second time -- check your email after submitting this form.