Opportunities for Kindness
Recently Filled Needs
Gentleman Needs Monthly Bus Pass to Get to Work
Support for child wanting to play travel baseball
A counselor reached out to us about a family needing some support for their son to play travel baseball for the Worthington Nationals. The father's position was eliminated two months ago, and he has picked up another job, though lost a significant amount of income. The son is a great little baseball player, worthy of being on the Worthington Nationals travel team. However, due to the cost of the program (close to $350), the son had to turn down the opportunity to play travel baseball.
Would you be wiling to make a contribution to help this talented young man continue to play at a higher level? If so, make a donation here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=Y2D3WSEP9NWPN&source=url
Assistance for an elderly person
A case manager from Syntero is looking for assistance with a client. This elderly person has a fixed income, and has encountered extra medical costs recently, thus is looking for help with some grocery cards in order to buy fruit/produce, toiletries and toilet paper that she cannot get from the food pantries. She is diabetic and needed to purchase additional test strips that insurance will not cover.
Single mother needing utility help
Couple with four children - one disabled - in need of emergency housing assistance and gas card
Cereal for the Worthington Resource Pantry
The cereal shelves at the Worthington Resource Pantry are empty! Can you donate some? Or gather a collection of your friends and neighbors to hold a cereal drive? The pantry happily accepts any brand, but Corn Flakes, Cheerios, and Mini Wheats fly off the shelves. The pantry (6700 Huntley Rd) is open six days a week to accept donations: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9-4; Wednesdays from 8-8; and Fridays and Saturdays from 9-noon. Thanks, community, for being Hungry to Share!
Family Needs Help with Rent due to Unexpected Auto Repair
Mother of two children (13 and 11 years old) had unexpected auto repair on used car of $780. Her rent is $300.00/week and she is now two weeks behind (for a total of $600). She works full time at a restaurant and her weekly take-home pay is $500 - $650 a week. Her husband is unemployed due to a back injury. This is a one-time request to pay her landlord $600 for two weeks rent.
Items for single father and his daughter
A single dad in our community was recently separated from his 11 month old daughter due to a crisis situation. He is being reunited with her next week and we are hoping to provide some supplies for their first month back together. We would like to collect at least a month's supply of the following items to help him be successful:
Pampers Swaddlers (Size 6)
Meijer Sensitive Skin Wipes
Similac Advance Formula (powder)
The brands are specific due to skin sensitivity. If you would like to help, you can provide the item or donate money so they can be purchased.
Family in need of rental assistance
Neighbor facing eviction. The drug crisis has once again hit our community. A woman gave her husband the rent money for their apartment, but he spent all the money on drugs. Although the husband is now in a detox program at The Ohio State University for treatment, the wife has received an eviction notice. She has a job and is a hard worker, but she does not have the money to pay her rent to avoid being put out on the street. She needs $590.00 to keep her in her apartment. All monies donated will be sent directly to the rental company.
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.