Opportunities for Kindness
Senior in Need of Assistance
A social worker from the OSU Medical Center has contacted us about a senior in need. She lives in a senior living facility in Dublin and is on a fixed income. She was receiving VA benefits from her ex-husband who unexpectedly passed away. Her benefits have been temporarily suspended. She is working with the VA to get her payments reinstated but in the meantime, she has fallen behind on her bills. She is in need of partial rent and copays for her medications. Dublin Bridges would like to assist her with approximately $400 in rent and $250 in medication copays. We would also like to provide her with a grocery gift card. If you want to help with this need, please click on I CAN HELP or use the link, http://bit.ly/donatedublin.
Recently Filled Needs
Seeking Wheelchairs - Pediatric
***We are now only in need of pediatric wheelchairs.**** An advocate from Dublin City Schools has reached out looking for donors who may have a gently used wheelchair (pediatric or adult-size) or medical stroller that needs a new home and could be donated to the schools to help build a bank of "loaner" wheelchairs for students to use in school or in the home/community. The wheelchairs would be loaned to students on a short-term basis. They would like the wheelchairs to have the following features; a headrest, seat belt, 4 tie-down securement locations on the frame, footrests, and working wheel locks/brakes. If you are interested in rehoming a wheelchair, please email a picture to [email protected] to help ensure the chair meets essential safety/use characteristics. If the wheelchair meets the requirements, we will then send the drop-off instruction to you.
Extended Stay Needed for Single Mom of 5
An advocate from one of the middle schools contacted us about a single mom of 5 children needing an extended-stay hotel until the end of the school year. There was a fire at their home so they cannot live there. They have been in a hotel since, but the insurance will stop covering the hotel as of today. Unfortunately, the apartment community has not been able to give them an alternative option for living and doesn't have a date when the apartment will be available. The mom would like to be able to keep her children near their schools until the school year ends. She will then be able to live with relatives further away. If you would like to donate to this need, please click on I CAN HELP and a donation link will be sent to you via email or go to http://bit.ly/donatedublin.
Men's Bicycle Needed
A Student Support Specialist with the Dublin schools is hoping to find a new or gently used men's bicycle for a 9th-grade student in order for him to get to his summer job and also for him to get exercise to manage stress. He is from a large family that only has one vehicle which makes it difficult for them to get him to and from a job. Due to current financial stress in the home, the family is unable to afford to purchase a bicycle for him. If you have a bicycle that is in great working condition, please click on I CAN HELP and we will arrange to pick it up from you. If you would like to make a monetary donation for Dublin Bridges to purchase a bicycle for the student, please go to http://bit.ly/donatedublin.
Seeking Cricket Equipment, Soccer Balls, Volleyballs, and Basketballs
An advocate with the Dublin schools has reached out to us about some sports equipment that she would like for her students. She is seeking cricket equipment, soccer balls, volleyballs, and basketballs. The goal is to use this equipment with the students in a summer program and then in an ongoing manner in the fall. This equipment would be used by students that would like to learn about cricket, get involved in some cricket matches,(as well as soccer, volleyball, and basketball), and possibly a future cricket club team. We are hopeful that some of our generous community members may have a few of these items that are in great condition that they would like to donate. If you have any of these items to donate, please click on I CAN HELP and we will send drop-off instructions. You can also make a monetary donation for Dublin Bridges to purchase new equipment by going to http://bit.ly/donatedublin.
Homeless Senior in Need of Extended Stay
An advocate in the community has reached out to us about a homeless gentleman in need of a temporary stay at an extended-stay hotel. He is in between permanent residences but with all of the fees involved in moving, he cannot afford the cost of the hotel. We are hoping to raise $500 for his stay. If you would like to donate to this need, please click on I CAN HELP and a donation link will be emailed to you.
Personal Care Pantry Supplies
An advocate from one of the elementary schools reached out about some refills needed for their personal care pantry.
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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