Opportunities for Kindness
An advocate at one of our Dublin Middle Schools has reached out in hopes of making it possible for a student to attend the 8th Grade Washington DC trip. The student’s family has been battling cancer for a few years causing high out-of-pocket medical costs, which has put them in a challenging financial situation and unable to pay for the student to attend the school trip. Dublin Bridges would like to provide payment for this student to attend the trip at the cost of $715.00. If you are able to donate towards this need, please click on I CAN HELP and donations instructions will be sent to your email.
Recently Filled Needs
Single mother of 3 in need of food and grocery assistance
A guidance counselor at one of our Dublin elementary schools has reached out on behalf of a mother of 3, including a child with special needs, that is in need of assistance due to recent health challenges and being unable to work for the last several months. The family is in need of gifts cards for food and grocery items and also diapers for the special needs child, specifically Goodnites Pullups, in size large. If you are able to donate towards the purchase of grocery gift cards and diapers, please click on I CAN HELP and donation instructions will be sent to your email.
Financial support for rent deposit
An advocate at one of our Dublin Schools reached out to Dublin Bridges, seeking financial support for a rental deposit on behalf of a homeless family. The family consists of a single mother with 2 middle school-aged children. The mother has endured many serious health challenges, with a history of trauma and domestic violence, leaving her unable to work at this time. Both children have been significantly impacted by their housing status and family trauma. In order to secure an affordable housing opportunity in Dublin that has opened up for them, the family needs helping paying the $1550 deposit. Dublin Bridges would like to contribute towards this deposit to help get this family into safe housing. If you are able to donate, please click on I CAN HELP and a donation link will be sent to your email.
Our partners at Welcome Warehouse came to us on behalf of a family of five who needs assistance paying two utility bills. The family reached their limit with Welcome Warehouse but will be on track once they catch up with their bills. The father lost his warehouse job a couple of months ago when it closed. He found a new full-time job but had a recent health issue due to the stress of their financial situation. The family has three children, one whom is home schooled and another with special needs. The family is under an enormous amount of stress right now and assistance with these bills would take a burden off their shoulders. To avoid electric disconnection, a payment of $318.44 is needed, in addition to $189 to avoid gas disconnection. If you are able to make a financial donation towards this need, please click on I CAN HELP and a donation link will be sent to your email.
Bicycle Needed for Student
A guidance counselor from one of our elementary schools has reached out to us about a student who has had her bike stolen. The guidance counselor feels that it would be in the best interest of the student to have a new bicycle. The family cannot afford to replace the bicycle. We are seeking a used ladies' adult bicycle. We do not have the ability to make repairs to the bicycle so we are asking for it to be in great working condition. If you have one you would like to donate please click on I CAN HELP and we will arrange to pick it up from you.
Medication Assistance Needed for Elementary Student
A guidance counselor from one of the DCS elementary schools has reached out to Dublin Bridges about a dad in need of funds to pay for his child's necessary medication. This dad was recently awarded emergency custody of his children. One of his children is on a daily medication that had previously been covered under the other parent's insurance policy. This insurance is no longer available. Once the father is officially awarded full custody, he will be able to put his children on his insurance policy and the medication will once again be covered. In the meantime, his child needs their medication and dad cannot afford the $500 payment for the medication. Dublin Bridges would like to pay for the medication to help this family. If you would like to donate to this need, please go to http://bit.ly/nbdublinbridges.
Utility Assistance for Mother in Need
Our partners at Welcome Warehouse reached out to us on behalf of a single mother of four in need of utility assistance. The family has reached their limit with Welcome Warehouse but found themselves in a difficult situation when the mother missed three weeks of work due to Covid. In addition to being ill, the company she works at reduced employee hours, making her a part-time employee instead of full-time employee. She has applied for other positions and is waiting to hear back. This month she had to split her payment between rent and utilities and is now facing a utility disconnect. We are hoping to collect $400 to keep her utilities on. If you would like to donate to this need, please use http://bit.ly/nbdublinbridges.
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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