Opportunities for Kindness
We've been assisting a family who is moving back to Worthington after they were in temporary housing. They are in need of a couple furniture items as they move back
- Dining table with at least 4 chairs.
- Two twin beds - Frames, mattresses and box springs
If you have any of these items that are in great shape and you're looking to part with, we would love to hear from you. Thanks!!
Recently Filled Needs
Driver needed for senior
Our partners at Syntero asked if we could find a driver for a Worthington senior who is legally blind. She would like to go to Meijer monthly for groceries. She would need minimal help at the store and she has her own money to pay. She prefers morning but no specific day of the week. She's also interested in periodic trips to the Community Center if that would work out too.
If you would like to learn more about helping this community senior, please reach out and we'll connect you with her Syntero case manager.
Couple Faces Immediate Eviction
A couple faces immediate eviction from the Worthington Inn, 7474 N High St, Columbus, OH 43235 if they cannot pay $149 by four pm today (March 28) and needs another $149 until the wife receives her social security check of $845 on Wednesday. The couple was evicted from their apartment on 12/24/21 and has been living in hotels since. They are looking for affordable housing but have not been able to access any so far. They have no transportation. The hotel must have the $149 today.
Elderly resident in need of a vacuum
An elderly resident at Stafford Village is in need of a vacuum cleaner. It can be a used vacuum in good working order or funds to help us buy one for her.
Clothes for two boys - size 8
Two of our elementary boys are in need of size 8 summer clothes. They are both very nice boys and will be grateful for any clothes that your child has outgrown. Shoes and socks are not needed.
If you have these items, please use the I CAN HELP button to learn more about drop off.
Clothes for a high school student
A high school counselor reached out to us to help with spring clothes for a male student who wears an adult medium. He's interested in athletic shorts and t-shirts. We have a partner that can buy brand name clothes at a substantial discount so monetary donations will help us with this student. We will accept gently used shorts and shirts for this young man as well.
Two refugee families in need of support
Worthington Schools recently welcomed two new families to the district, both of which are refugees from Afghanistan. The first family has 6 children, 4 of which attend school; the other has 5 children, with 3 of those in elementary school. The latter family does not yet speak any English. These families are going through the hardest possible challenges, leaving a beloved homeland in a rush and settling in an unfamiliar country. They arrived with no money, few clothes, and even limited possessions. The adults are working hard to learn English and find work to support their families.
The kids, some in school for the first time in their lives, and are seeing their worlds expand in previously unimaginable ways. One of the girls is a talented artist and loves drawing. Another, after attending school for only a few days, was able to recite the entire English alphabet. And yet another child, who has never attended any school prior, is not only being given a whole new path in life, but is experiencing the simple joy of being a kid for the first time. In fact she loves her teacher so much that she even taped up a picture of her next to her bed.
The advocate helping them shared a couple or heart warming stories with us:
- They are all the most gracious hosts. Green tea is always served to welcome someone to their home, and more often than not a delicious meal, complete with the homemade bread they make daily. When I complimented their tea (which is so important to them that it was brought along when fleeing Afghanistan) I was given some to take home for myself. I can't help but think how little they have, yet they still give so willingly.
-The best thing is seeing them play with other kids. One of the boys quickly learned the phrase “let’s go!”, as a friend grabbed his hand and they ran off together, playing and laughing.
Both families need support as they continue to settle here in Worthington. We are trying to raise $4000 to help them with clothing, personal items, rent and utilities (one month each). If you can help, please click I CAN HELP below or give via our link at bit.ly/giveworthington
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.