Opportunities for Kindness
Local single mother and elementary age child are moving due to living situation changing because of grandmothers health. Having to find their own apartment. We are looking to help them with some furniture (Queen bed and box spring, kitchen table and chairs). If you would like to donate these items, or would like to have a special savings rate (40% off retail) to purchase these items for this family please inquire and click on the I CAN HELP button.
Local Single Mom that has moved here from France in need of a place to call home with a host family or an apartment for rent. If you can help this family as she works locally to find a place to live please click on the I CAN HELP button and let us know how you would like to help.
Local dance company needs four pair of pointe shoes and 1 pair of ballet shoes. If you can help or would like to donate towards the purchase of these shoes please click on the I CAN HELP button.
8th grade student has been nominated by one of his teachers to attend the Envisions Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington DC from July 11 -16, 2020. The cost of the tuition is $2,524.00 without transportation and books. Grandmother has paid the deposit of $628.00 for him to be enrolled. The remaining balance of $1,850.00 has been divided in monthly payments of $334.17 monthly from January 15th through June 15th. If you can help with this need please click on the I CAN HELP button and let us know how you would like to help.
Local Senior Citizen is experiencing flooding in her basement and requires a sump pump. Do you know of someone or would you be able to assist in finding a solution to help this Senior who lives on her own and is tired of bailing water daily. If you can help, click on the I CAN HELP button.
Recently Filled Needs
Single Senior Citizen looking to get a new start needs help
Local senior citizen now living on her own needs some help with starting with a new place to call home. We are looking for a couch, twin or queen bed, kitchen supplies (plates, silverware, pots and pans), shower curtain, linens (towels, sheets, blankets, pillows), Small table to use for dining and meals, coffee table. If you can help with any of these items please click on the I CAN HELP button and let us know
3 twin beds needed for family
Local single Mom has need for 3 twin beds. Family has been transient and living with relatives until they were recently awarded a housing voucher which will allow them space and more permanence for actual bed frames. If you can help with this need by donating towards this need an existing bed(s) or would like to know more about special rates we can get to purchase new (at a greatly reduced rate), please click on the I CAN HELP button and let us know how you would like to help.
Bus pass needed to help local resident get to work
Local Gahanna resident in need of a 30 day bus pass, in order to use COTA to get to and from work ($65), due to a turn in the economic situation. If you would be willing to donate to help in this situation, please click on the I CAN HELP button and let us know.
Local family loses everything in a fire. Help us, help them Rebuild
Local family has lost everything in a fire and needs help collecting items to help them get back on their feet. Clothing is of first importance, followed by the other items listed. Thank you for helping!
If you can help with any of these items please click on the I CAN HELP button. For larger items, please allow us to pick them up from you (example: furniture items), the rest you can follow the instructions to bring them to the collection bins we have at each of our fire stations.
Clothing Items: toddler girl, size 5T and 10 children shoe; teenage girl, size 9-10 pants and size women shoe size 9; teenage boy, size medium mens shirt and size 8.5 mens shoe, teenage boy size large mens shirt and 12 mens shoe. Mother is size XL shirt/sweatshirt.
Items they could use, as they were lost in the fire:blanketssheets (twin, full, queen and king size)bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths,winter coats and gloves for all kids, kitchen pots and pans,silverware, plates, soup bowls, dish cloths, hot pads, toilet paper,paper towels, napkins
they lost all their family room furniture,twin beds, queen bed, toddler bed, couch, love seat, TV, end tables, lamps, pillows, kitchen table and chairs
High School students sleeping on floor need two beds
Local family with two high school student children are currently sleeping on the floor in their home without a bed. Looking for a set of bunk beds, or 2 twin beds to help this family. If you can help, or are willing to donate, please click on the I CAN HELP button and let us know how you would like to assist.
Disabled Single parent in need of washer/dryer set
Local Single parent in need of a washer/dryer set to take care of washing families clothing. If you can assist with the donation of either/both items please let us know, or if you would like to donate towards the purchase of either/both, simply click on the I CAN HELP button and let us know how you would like to help.
Child with Cancer - family needs our help
Local family who has a child at a local elementary school battling childhood cancer, has spent so much on treatments (before their deductible), that they are now struggling to afford their monthly needs at their home (rent, electric, gas). A Bridges donor will match what is donated to help with this effort through a cooperative effort. Will you help with a small donation to meet this need (raising $1,600), click on the I CAN HELP button and let us know.
Local Elementary School in need of Washer/Dryer
Sometimes students come to school in the same clothes every day, because they don't have the wherewithall at home to have their clothes washed. We have a local school that wants to remedy that by having a washer/dryer so that they can provide that to their students. Would you be willing to donate a set that you have, or donate towards the purchase of a set that we can give to this local school to help students in need? If you would, please click on the "I CAN HELP" button and let us know how you want to help!
Local Single Senior Citizen in need of Water Heater
Local single mother in need of the replacement of a water heater tank for her home to help take care of her family. If you can help, or would like to donate a water heater, or towards the purchase of a water heater, please click on the I CAN HELP button and we will be in contact with you.
Ron Smith, Area Director
Gahanna Bridges will make use of technology and social media to engage the community in helping to identify specific needs in the community – and then will invite community members to help fill those needs. Gahanna Bridges will work in partnership with Gahanna Residents in Need (GRIN) to help identify and refer needy residents and families to GRIN as well as bridge solutions through other Gahanna service providers. Gahanna Bridges will seek engagement of teachers, counselors, administrators in our schools plus clergy, first responders, and mental health agencies to advocate for those in need. Ron Smith has been involved in a number of Gahanna organizations and currently serves on the boards of the Gahanna Chamber of Commerce (as Vice-Chair of Operations/Business Development), the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Gahanna Residents in Need (GRIN). Ron’s company SOH Productions, was named as the Gahanna Small Business of the Year in 2010 and Ron was named Business Person of the Year in 2015.