Opportunities for Kindness
A guidance counselor from one of our elementary schools has reached out to us about a Dublin grandmother who is raising her two grandchildren due to their mom's instability with substance abuse. She is currently living in an extended stay hotel and has found an apartment but cannot move in for another month. The grandmother currently cleans houses for a private agency part-time but is hoping to secure better paying employment. This hotel is in the attendance area of the school that the children attend and provides free wifi and free breakfast, as well as a small kitchen area and laundry facilities. We are hoping to raise $2000 to house the grandmother and two young children for the month. If you would like to donate to this need, please click on I CAN HELP and a donation link will be sent to you.
Dublin Bridges, the Dublin Food Pantry, and Welcome Warehouse are working together to keep our Personal Care Pantries that we provide in all of our Dublin City Schools stocked for the new school year. The pantries Include snacks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, body wash, socks, underwear, leggings, to name a few. These items are given to students by staff as they see a need for them. We restock these pantries on a regular basis throughout the year and we need your help! To make a $10 donation to help us maintain the pantries, please click on the following link.
Recently Filled Needs
Family in need of support with Utility bills
*We have bridged this need to our partners at Welcome Warehouse.*
A high school guidance counselor has asked for assistance on behalf of a family with 4 children who need help this month paying utility bills. Both Mom and Dad are working but due to the extreme needs of two children who have special needs and have been hospitalized, they are struggling.
Grandmother in Need of Temporary Housing
A Dublin Bridges advocate has reached out to us about a homeless grandmother in need of temporary housing. She was the sole caregiver of her father who suffered from dementia and other medical issues and who has since passed. She was unable to work during that time. She is also taking care of her 7-year-old grandson who is currently living with her. She is working with an agency that will be able to provide her with more permanent housing but it has not come through yet. We would like to provide her with a week's stay at an extended stay hotel until she is able to get into more permanent housing. If you would like to donate to this need, please click on I CAN HELP and a donation link will be sent to you.
Domestic Violence survivor needs assistance for a utility disconnection notice
***This need was bridged to our partners at Welcome Warehouse.***
Our partners at the Dublin Food Pantry have reached out to us about a mother of 4 and a victim of domestic violence who is in need of assistance with her AEP bill in the amount of $175.97 in order to avoid disconnection. She is currently working but will be starting a new, better paying job at the end of the month. If you would like to donate to this need, please click on I CAN HELP and a donation link will be sent to you.
Our kids need books in our community now more than ever! Dublin Bridges is once again teaming up with Katie Miller and Usborne Books & More to get books into kids' hands! Our goal is to have brand new books on hand to give to children when making deliveries to families in need. Usborne Books and More generously provides an additional 50% of your donation back in free books to Dublin Bridges. So if you donate $100, Usborne Books and More will donate an additional $50 making your donation $150!
To donate to this book drive, https://blessedwithbooks.com/dublinbridges/.
Lawn Mowing for Senior Citizn
A senior citizen in our community needs her lawn mowed. Volunteer will need to bring a mower.
Dublin single mom of 3 young children in need of washer
A guidance counselor from one of the DCS elementary schools has reached out to us about a mom who solely supports her 3 elementary-age children. The mom is in need of a washer. Her dryer is working fine, but the washer is beyond repair. The family is currently washing their clothes in their bathtub. She is struggling financially ever since her job loss due to Covid and will begin a new job soon after daycare is secured. The school counselor feels she is a very hard-working mom who is very dedicated to meeting her children's needs, and would also like to request a $200 Walmart gift card to help ease their financial stress. If you have a washing machine that is in good working condition or would like to donate towards a gift card, please click on I CAN HELP.
*We will pick up the washer from you to deliver it to the mom.
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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