A continuing effort to help those in need is the goal behind an annual conference that kicked off in Marietta Thursday morning.
The Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD) is meeting with a variety of agencies that help children, the elderly and low-income families.
The purpose of the seminars is to discuss programs and funding; as well as taking a look at the past year, and improving the future.
Officials say with more people in need of social services, its agencies become that much more important.
"Whether it be food assistance, weatherization or Headstart; we're seeing our doors open to more and more people. That provides a crucial support for those who are falling deeper into poverty," Niki Morris, Ohio Weatherization Training Center Manager, said.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown was the guest speaker at Thursday's luncheon.