Opportunities for Kindness
Please consider helping a Worthington family who has been in the district for years! Mom recently lost her job due to COVID layoffs, but has been successful in finding new employment! However, she is worried that she will not be able to cover her family's $1100 rent due October 1st because she will not receive her first paycheck until after that time.
We have many families in out district who lack the technology to be successful. While the schools have loaned Chromebooks to students, this was only meant to be temporary so we are looking to help those in need obtain their own device.
We have developed a partnership with TeamLogic IT who can take older devices, regardless of the operating system. and reimage them into Chromebooks. if you have an older machine and would like to donate it, please review the minimum requirements.
- 2 GB or more of RAM
- USB Port
- Built-in Wi-Fi adapter
- Hard drive
- All hardware items in good working order
- Age of device is less than 6 yrs. old
- Prefer to have built-in camera and speakers
All machines will be wiped to protect your information. Should the machine be rejected, it will be recycled by the company.
If you have any devices that can be used, please click I CAN HELP link below.
Our school kids and staff will be returning to the school building Sept. 29, and will be required to wear masks. Worthington Mask Makers is a group formed to ensure all students can meet the mask requirements when the Worthington School District moves to the hybrid model. They are seeking donations to help with supplies. Items we need include:
• A monetary donation to purchase supplies through Worthington Bridges
• Woven cotton fabric (quilter’s fabric) or cotton bed sheets
• 1/8” Elastic or soft string for tie masks
• Zip Lock sandwich bags to keep masks clean and sanitary.
We are also looking for volunteers. You don’t have to know how to sew to help. We also can use help with prewashing the fabric, tracing/cutting out the pattern and cutting elastic. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, reach out to Annette Witherspoon at [email protected] or join the Worthington Mask Makers Facebook group. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2661902687462369)
Click the I CAN HELP button below to tell us how you want to join this effort. Thanks for helping us protect our students and teachers!!
Recently Filled Needs
Mom & Son Need Gas Cards
A family in Worthington was impacted by COVID-19, causing a single-mom to lose her job. She is starting a new job next week, but she fears that she will not be able to get to and from work without assistance for gas.
Family in Need of Back to School Help
A Worthington family of 7 is struggling to make ends meet. The COVID crisis has made it more difficult for the parents to find better employment.
The family includes 4 school aged kids and a baby.
Kids ages are 15, 13, 9, 6, 2 months.
Due to the crisis, we are not looking for used items for this family. There are a couple ways you can help.
1. Use this link to donate and we will turn it into gift cards: bit.ly/giveworthington (please indicate "family" in the last field of the form.
2. Purchase/donate gift cards from Meijer, Target, and Walmart.
Thank you for your consideration and generosity so this family can help their kids get back to school.
An Elementary principal reached out to us to help a family with rent. When the child came in for his assessment, he disclosed that his family was struggling because of job loss due to COVID-19. We are sponsoring one month's rent to help this family. The family is also receiving help to find other resources.
Masks for school aged children
Worthington Mask Makers is a group formed to ensure all students can meet the mask requirements when the Worthington School District moves to the hybrid model. We are seeking donations to help with supplies. Items we need include:
- Monetary donations to purchase supplies
- Woven cotton fabric (quilter’s fabric)
- Elastic or cording for tie masks
- Volunteer - You don’t have to know how to sew to help. We can use help with prewashing the fabric, tracing/cutting out the pattern, assembling the elastic ties/cords, and distribution.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Annette Witherspoon at [email protected]
Monetary donations can be made by visiting https://bit.ly/giveworthington. In the last field, enter "Masks" in the field and your donation will be directed to this project.
New mom needs rent assistance
A new mom of a one-month old baby in our community is unable to work at this time and desperately needs $800 in rent for this month.
Computer/tablet with video access
Our partners at Syntero have a client who needs some assistance. Their client is in complete isolation at this point in time due to Covid. She is unable to attend her group therapy due to the fact she does not have a device that supports video conferencing. She has Internet access but is need of a device. We would like to obtain a tablet or possibly a laptop that she can use to stay connected.
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.