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Opportunities for Kindness

Snow Angel Volunteers Needed

We are in need of matching 30 older adults in the community with a volunteer to shovel their snow for this Winter season. In an effort to reduce the risk of falling, the Snow Angels program also provides a meaningful way to give back to others in your community.  

Snow Angels is a collaboration between the Upper Arlington Fire Division's UA CARES program and the UA Commission on Aging. When you call, please provide your address and email and we'll match you with the closest resident in need.

Recently Filled Needs

UA School Counselor advocating for family in need of payment to RESTORE electricity/heat

A local family is seeking assistance to pay an $86 electric bill in order to restore their electricity/heat.  This comes to us from a school counselor who knows the need of the family.


Clothing Needs

Hello! I have a client who has recently left a toxic living environment into a healthier environment. She is low-income and adjusting to price change. She is employed however she is needing some assistance getting started with transitional clothing into fall. Specifically a size 10 Women's tennis shoe. Her work requires a lot of standing and walking around. Other helpful clothing items would be large Women's hoodies, size 8 Women jeans, black workout pants, large women flannels/long sleeve t-shirt. Anything towards this would be helpful. Maybe 1 pair of tennis shoes, a couple of clothing items. Again anything would be appreciated!


Volunteers Needed: Senior Service Days hosted by the Upper Arlington Commission on Aging

Senior Service Days is seeking volunteers. Senior Service Days, along with other Upper Arlington Commission on Aging programs like I Am Fine, help local seniors stay in their homes longer in the the community they love. Simple tasks that many take for granted can seem insurmountable for older adults.

The goal of Senior Service Days is to match older adults who need help maintaining their homes due to caregiving situations, illness, or injury with a group of volunteers. These volunteers assist with yard work including raking leaves, mulching, weeding, and small maintenance jobs. These are small jobs that can be completed in a few hours or less.

Dates and times are flexible for volunteering. Organizations, small groups and families are encouraged to respond. 


Senior Citizen in Need of Tennis Shoes

A local senior in the community has recently received Silver Sneakers. She is low income and is in need of a pair of tennis shoes to participate in the fitness classes. She is a Women's size 8. 

Family with one year-old in need of food, diapers, and clothing.

A UA family is in need of food, diapers and clothing. The child is a 1 year old boy. Gift cards and items are helpful. Because of proximity to Kingsdale, gift cards to those stores are most helpful (they do not have reliable transportation. 


Pool Pass for Family in Need

Looking to raise $260 for a family of 4 that cannot afford a pool pass and would like to enjoy the pools this summer together.


National Sponsors

Ohio Sponsors

Kindness Council Members

About Upper Arlington

Krystin Macaluso, Area Director 

Krystin is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Ohio 21 years ago to attend Ohio University where she met her husband, Tony, a native of Upper Arlington. After graduating with a degree in Organizational Communication Krystin worked in the nonprofit and higher education sectors before obtaining her Real Estate license and joining Tony at Coldwell Banker King Thompson.  Krystin and Tony have two sons.  Krystin is an active volunteer in the community and Upper Arlington schools.  She is currently PTO President for Tremont Elementary.  She has also been involved with Kitchen Kapers, Pleasure Guild for Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and is a Parishioner at St. Agatha Catholic Church.  Krystin is excited about the opportunity that Neighborhood Bridges will bring to spread kindness throughout the Upper Arlington community! 

Michaela Burriss, Area Director  ​

After experiencing poverty and homelessness as a child, Michaela Burriss believes in the power of giving back and creating opportunities for others.  After a local coach let her train for free, Michaela accepted a full athletic scholarship to the Ohio University Varsity Swimming and Diving team, becoming a first-generation college graduate.  A small business owner and public servant, Michaela works from her home office in Upper Arlington doing predominantly consulting and nonprofit education and advocacy work.  An attorney, who has been selected for the Columbus Bar Association’s Barrister Leadership Program and the Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellowship, she graduated from Capital University Law School receiving the “Students Giving Back to Students” class gift in 2012.  She currently serves on the Law School’s Alumni Relations Board.  When she is not working or spending time with her husband Patrick and their fur- babies Bowser and Koopa, Michaela enjoys serving on the LeadershipUA Board of Directors, having participated as a class member in 2015-2016.  She also volunteers with the Upper Arlington High School Women’s Swimming and Diving team and is active in politics. Michaela's unsuccessful bid for Upper Arlington City Council in 2017 garnered national recognition including endorsements from Launch Progress PAC, Run for Something, and EMILY's List - the nation's largest organization for women in politics.  Michaela is thrilled to co-Direct Upper Arlington Bridges and facilitate more of the life altering kindness like she received growing up.

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