Opportunities for Kindness
Welcome Warehouse and Dublin Bridges are working together to help a mother of an elementary student and a toddler who is in need of a medical device called a "WalkAide". This cost of this device is $3346. This mom suffered a stroke and has lost mobility on the right side of her body. She is unable to work due to her stroke so she does not currently have the funds to pay for this. She has already been turned down by Medicare and her private insurance for this device. Her current one is not working properly and she needs to replace it. She wears it on her right leg, right below her knee and it allows her to walk without stumbling and falling. Please click on I CAN HELP if you have access to one or can make a donation to help with the purchase of a new one.
Recently Filled Needs
Purses and Wallets Needed
Our partners at Welcome Warehouse are in need of purses and wallets for their free shop. They are requesting new or gently used purses and wallets for both men and women. If you would like to donate a purse or wallet, please click on I CAN HELP and delivery instructions will be sent to you.
Fees Needed for After School Club
A guidance counselor at one of our elementary schools has asked for assistance for a student who would benefit from attending an after school club that the family can't afford it at this time. The student would like to join the after school club called "Home Alone". The cost of this for the student is $75. If you would like to help with this need, please click on I CAN HELP and a link to our PayPal account will be sent to you once you respond.
Student and Mother Facing Eviction
This need was bridged to the Northwoods Foundation who generously filled this request!
A guidance counselor at one of the high schools reached out to us about a family who is struggling and could use some financial assistance. This is a family of two, the mother and her son. They will be evicted from their apartment later this week. They have quite a history (abusive father/husband), the mother is a Type 1 diabetic, the student had a very serious health concern a few months ago. They are behind on the rent and facing eviction. She is self-employed and cleans houses for a living. They do have a car.
Washer and Dryer Needed for Single Dad
Our partners at Welcome Warehouse have asked us for assistance for a single dad who is seeking a washer and dryer. He lost his wife to cancer and has been struggling to make ends meet. He currently has to go to a laundromat to do the family's laundry. This takes time away from the children and has become costly. He would be so appreciative if someone had a washer and dryer they would be willing to donate to him and his family. If you have a washer and/or dryer in good, working condition, please click on I CAN HELP.
Gas Cards Needed
The Dublin Food Pantry contacted Dublin Bridges on behalf of a family that is in need of gas cards for transportation to the OSU Transplant Center. The gentleman is doing dialysis as he waits for a donor. Dialysis is three days a week plus additional days for more testing, ultrasounds, etc. The family has exhausted their transportation benefits. If you are able to donate funds towards the purchase of gas cards, please click on I CAN HELP and donation instructions will be sent to you when you reply.
Seeking Kroger Gift Cards for Family in Need
A guidance counselor at one of our Dublin Elementary Schools contacted Dublin Bridges and other agencies on behalf of a family with 3 young children that is going through a challenging time. The dad is in treatment for kidney cancer. The mom has been off work for two months due to injuries following a car accident. They are trying to make ends meet on very limited funds. Dublin Bridges would like to provide a Kroger gift card for $200-$250 to help this family during this challenging time. If you would like to donate funds towards the purchase of grocery gift cards, please click on I CAN HELP and donation instructions will be sent to you.
Washer/Dryer Needed for single mom
Our partners at Welcome Warehouse and National Church Residences are requesting help for a single mom. This single mom recently moved to Dublin to be closer to family to make things easier for her financially. She is working a temp job while searching for a more permanent job that will provide more pay and help her to get back on track. She has recently secured living arrangements and is looking for a washer/dryer, which she is unable to afford. If you have any of these items in good, working condition, please click on "I CAN HELP."
Help with after school clubs!
A guidance counselor at one of our elementary schools has asked for assistance for a student who would benefit from attending an after school club but can't afford it. The student would like to join the after school drawing club called "Young Rembrandts". This student would benefit from the creative outlet of drawing and being with friends greatly due to recent events in her life that were beyond her control. The cost of this for the student is $115. If you would like to help with this need, please click on I CAN HELP and a link to our PayPal account will be sent to you once you respond.
Emergency Housing Funds
A social worker from Dublin City Schools would like to support a district family in need of emergency housing funds. The family lacks stable housing and needs help paying hotel room fee (1 week, $41/day) while they explore alternate housing options. If you are able to assist this family, please click on I CAN HELP and a link to PayPal will be sent to you.
Senior Citizen in need of utility assistance
The Dublin Food Pantry has requested assistance for one of their older adult clients, who had her wallet stolen last month. The money that she had on hand was to be used to pay her electric bill, which is now slated for disconnection. Dublin Bridges would like to provide the funds to prevent her electric disconnection in the amount of $297. We greatly appreciate your donations and you can use our PayPal link, which will be sent to you in an email, after you submit your offer to help, on this website site.
Single Mom Needs Help to Get Car Back
A guidance counselor at one of our Dublin high schools contacted us on behalf of a hard-working single mom that is in need of financial assistance to get her car back after a repossession. The mom's primary income is dependent on her car. She got behind on her bills because her previous car had frequent breakdowns and expensive repairs that kept her from working full-time. She was able to purchase a more reliable car with the hope that increasing her work hours would allow her to recoup her lost pay. However, it wasn't enough and she has remained behind on bills and was only able to make partial payments on the new car which led to a repossession. She is becoming further behind on many bills due to her inability to work without a car and to also continue training for an additional, new job that will further supplement her income. Dublin Bridges would like to assist in paying to help this mom reclaim her vehicle, so that she can continue working. If you are able to help, please click on I CAN HELP and a link to our PayPal account will be sent to you.
Bike Needed For Single Mom with No Transportation
A single mom who is working 2 jobs to make ends meet is in need of a bike to cut down on the time she spends walking to her jobs. She currently walks over 20 minutes to and from work. If you have a working woman's bicycle in good condition, please click on I CAN HELP.
Jill Kranstuber, Area Director
Jill is a New Jersey native who moved to Ohio over 30 years ago to attend The Ohio State University. She and her husband Chuck, an attorney and past Dublin City Council Member, past Mayor of Dublin and current Washington Township Trustee have 7 children, all of whom have attended Dublin City Schools. She is also the proud grandmother to 2 year old Oliver. Jill is an active volunteer in the schools and the community. She is the current PTO President at Dublin Coffman High School as well as a member of the Key Communicators at DCHS. She is also a long-time volunteer for the Dublin Irish Festival. In the past, Jill was the Development Director of AIDSWalk Central Ohio. Jill is excited about the opportunity that Dublin Bridges will provide to those in need in our community.
Sarah Savage, Area Director
Sarah has been a Dublin resident for over 15 years. She received her undergraduate degree in Education and Counseling Psychology from Vanderbilt University and her Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling from The Ohio State University. Sarah and her husband, Brian, a Dublin Coffman graduate and local business owner, have 3 children. Sarah loves being involved in Dublin Schools, her childrens' classrooms and the community. She is currently PTO President and member of Key Communicators at Eli Pinney Elementary School and volunteers as a committee chair for the Mount Carmel St. Ann's Women's Auxiliary. She was previously a clinical mental health counselor at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and Gahanna Jefferson Schools. Sarah is thrilled to promote kindness in our amazing community through Dublin Bridges.
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