Recently Filled Needs
Assistance for high school senior providing for his family
A high school senior is juggling work and school. He works to pay much of the household bills for their household - being him and his mom. He'd like to save for car but the money is spent on things they need. They're not on the busline and he walks/bikes to his job where there are not many sidewalks. With the cold weather, it's difficult.
We'd like to provide him with Uber cards so he can continue to work and get there safely. We will give him smaller cards that the school counselor will manage. We'd like to have enough cards for a few months. If you can donate, we'd appreciate the help.
Assistance for a Stafford Village resident
A resident of Stafford Village lost their wallet. They have looked for two days with the assistance of others and it has not been found. We are looking for someone to help by providing $100. Half will be put on a Kroger card and half will be put on a CVS cards for required medication.
Family in need because of medical bills and reduced income
The mother of a WKHS student was diagnosed with cancer this summer and has been undergoing treatment. She has had many setbacks, which caused her husband to have to reduce his work hours to help care for her. She is also no longer able to work. With the medical bills and reduced income, they have fallen behind on bills. Specifically, their electric is possibly going to be disconnected. $250 is needed right away with an additional $260 needed in early December to bring the account current.
Rent Assistance After Family Tragedy
This family needs immediate help with their rent after their Father suddenly passed away from a heart attack. There are five children ranging from ages 3 to 11. The 3 year old will be having open heart surgery in the next few weeks. Mom does not have a job currently and has already spoken to the landlord who is unwilling to adjust the rent amount. We are trying to raise enough funds to help provide rent for them for 3 months while Mom works to find a job and childcare. Rent for 3 months would be quite helpful.
Help for family needing housewares
A few weeks ago, we helped a family with furniture and bedding. Since then, we have found out that they have other needed.
- New kitchen and bathroom towels
If you have any of these items and can donate them, that would be great. We will also accept cash so we can purchase items not donated.
Support for a Thanksgiving meal for Stafford Village
The holidays are upon us and with that said we are looking for support from our local community to make a difference in the lives of seniors during the holidays.
Stafford Village will host their annual Thanksgiving Meal on Thursday, November 28th at 3pm. We are asking for $150 to help with purchasing a meal for them. We would also love your time. We are looking for volunteers to help with setup and clean up.
Rent Assistance to Avoid Eviction After Lay-Offs
Both parents of this Worthington family were recently laid off from their jobs and need to continue to be able to provide a home to their two children. Mom is waiting to start her new job later this month, but the family is facing eviction from their town home. We are trying to raise money in order to cover two months of rent for this family to get back on their feet and cover a portion of the additional fees that the complex is charging them.
Please consider donating so a wonderful and hardworking family can helped!
Bed and clothing for a family
A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to have a wonderful student land safely in our school community after his family fled hardship in Honduras and then endured a difficult immigration process. We have learned that his family needs the following things:
- A twin mattress
- Sheets and blankets (twin size)
- boys' size 4/5 and 6/7 items appropriate for fall and winter
hat, gloves, scarf
- Womens' size 0 or XS pants, size small shirts
- Mens' size 36x32 pants and large shirts
Donations of these items will be accepted as well well as cash donations to purchase any items not donated. Thanks for providing support to this family.
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.