Opportunities for Kindness
Our community is mobilizing to help those less fortunate - especially the students of the school district.
First, we are looking for financial support. If you would like to help students in a specific school, you can now designate your gift at the bottom of our donation form found here: https://tinyurl.com/wotown-covid19
There may be volunteer opportunities but those are still in development. We will keep you posted. If you would like to be contacted once we have opportunities, please complete this online form: https://tinyurl.com/urhttga
Thanks to everyone who is willing to help those in need.
Recently Filled Needs
Family That is Low on Funds and with No Transportation Needs Clothes
An area family with three young boys needs clothes for the children and for the mom. Gently used items are most welcome. Needs include: Six year old boy: Size 7 Clothes, size 13 shoes; Five year old boy: Size 5 clothes, size 12 shoes; Four month old baby boy: Size 6 Months clothes. The mom wears a size large, size 17-18 in jeans, and size 7.5 shoes.
If you do not have the clothing and want to help us financially, we will buy clothes and deliver them. Please use the donation link: bit.ly/giveworthington.
Utility support for a family
A mentor in one of our schools checked in with a student and found out the family was struggling. Unfortunately, the father of the family left and the mother cannot pay all the bills. We are looking to help them with $400 to help with their utilities. Our partners within the school district are working to provide other supports for the family.
Family with Four Young Children Needs Short-Term Housing Assistance and Summer Weight Clothes for the Children
A family with four young children, including a three-week old newborn with health problems (likely Cystic Fibrosis), had to leave their living situation due to the unsafe actions of others in the household. A friend has paid for their housing at a local extended stay hotel until June 2. On June 5, the family will move in with another family member. They need $250 for an additional three nights at the hotel to tide them over. THANK YOU!! THE HOUSING NEED HAS BEEN MET.
The children also need summer clothes - gently worn items would be welcomed. Sizes needed:
- Three week old baby girl - Newborn
- One year old boy - Size 2T clothing, Size 4T shoes
- Three year old boy - Size 3T clothing, Size 9T shoes
- Four year old girl - Size 4T clothing, Size 9T shoes
If you would like to make a cash contribution, please use our link and indicate "Family" in the final field of the donation form. ALL ADDITIONAL FUNDS WILL HELP WITH CLOTHING NEEDS.
May pizza giveaway
Several donors wanted to help a local business and families who are struggling to get a treat. Through their generosity 17 families were fed over four days. Thanks for your support!
Help with hotel costs
From our neighbors at the Worthington Resource Pantry: A woman who is working is struggling to make ends meet with week. She is in an extended stay hotel and needs $103 to stay for the rest of the week.
Rent help for a family
We have a single mom with five children who needs help to pay her rent. She used all her savings to pay this month's rent. She was not eligible for a stimulus check and is just really struggling. She cannot work since the kids are home. Her rent is 880.00 and is due June 1.
Ray Lees, Area Director
Ray is an adoptive father of eight children. He and his husband, Matt, have lived in Worthington since 2003. Ray has served in PTA leadership positions at Worthington Estates Elementary and Worthingway Middle School. As a former teacher, Ray volunteers regularly to assist teachers with student screenings, tutoring and individual assistance. Prior to becoming a full-time parent, Ray held numerous roles in large and small businesses in Central Ohio. He was a process consultant for Nationwide, network administrator for Behal Sampson and Dietz architecture, training specialist for Nationwide and Sarcom, and a first and third grade teacher. Ray holds a bachelor’s degree in education from The Ohio State University.