Opportunities for Kindness
A guidance counselor from one of the elementary schools has reached out to us about some items they are hoping to get for their community garden. This community garden began two years ago with the plan on giving their families a plot to plant some food, allow their students to learn about gardening (the history of fresh food, how we use certain foods around the world, the barriers around acquiring fresh food, etc.) and to donate some of their harvest to the Dublin Food Pantry. They have many "dream" items for the garden but are right now seeking 10 bags of mulch as well as a rain barrel, a stand for the barrel, and a hose connection. If you would like to donate any of these items, please click on I CAN HELP.
Dublin Bridges was asked to continue our Snacks for Students program again this summer! This program provides a weeks worth of snacks, every Friday, to our students who pick up free lunches at Dublin school locations. The program began last year at the height of the Covid-19 crisis and was funded mostly by grants and corporate donations. This year we are relying almost completely on individual and community donations. Each week, Dublin Bridges is spending over $3500 in snack purchases. We need your help! Your $20 donation provides a weeks worth of snacks for 2 Dublin students! Click on the link to donate. https://secure.1stpaygateway.n...
Recently Filled Needs
Kitchen Tables and Chairs
Our partners at the Finding Hope Center, who provide Dublin Bridges with furniture for our families in need in a dignified setting, are seeking donations of kitchen tables and chairs in great condition. If you have a set to donate, Finding Hope will pick them up from you. Please let us know if you can donate a gently used set of kitchen tables and chairs in good condition.
Young Adults in Need of Temporary Housing
The Dublin Food Pantry reach out to us about 3 young adults who came to them for food and are in need of temporary shelter. They have been working construction and have been laid off. One of the young men enlisted in the Navy to improve his situation. The Food Pantry has referred them to other agencies that can assist but until those agencies can find them a place to stay, they need temporary housing. They have been living in a tent in the woods. We would like to put them up for a few nights which would cost approximately $300 so that they will have a bed, can prepare a hot meal, and take a shower until their assistance is approved. Please use the following link if you would like to donate to this need.
Volunteers Needed for Snacks for Students
We are seeking volunteers for our Snacks for Students program to help pack and distribute the snack bags. We will be handing out snack bags at the Dublin City School Free Breakfast and Lunch locations. We will be packing the snack bags at Bailey Elementary School on Thursdays from 2-4 pm. Distribution will take place at four elementary schools (Bailey, Deer Run, Olde Sawmill, and Riverside) on Fridays from 11:30 am to 1 pm. The Snacks for Students program will run from June 3 to July 30th. There will be no snack distribution the week of the 4th of July. Please use the SignUp Genius link to volunteer for a specific time slot.
Low income older adult in need of financial help paying for washer/dryer
Our partners at Syntero have referred an older adult with a severe debilitating health condition causing constant pain and limiting the mobility in her limbs. This older adult has guardianship of her minor granddaughter.
Due to the pandemic, the older adult was laid off from her job. She has applied for unemployment benefits but has not received payments yet, causing significant financial hardship.
The client has an HVAC that is emitting carbon monoxide and the air conditioning unit doesn't work at all. The client is concerned about the health risk to her and her granddaughter and is in the process of replacing the unit.
Due to limited space in the HVAC/laundry closet for the replacement HVAC unit, the family is having to replace their poorly functioning washer and dryer with a new stackable set. This will give them the space to accommodate the new HVAC.
The cost of a stackable washer/dryer is $2,191.89. With the substantial cost of a basic HVAC unit, the client can’t afford to pay to replace the current washer and dryer in full but is able to contribute $300. Dublin Bridges is hoping to provide financial assistance for the remaining balance. If you are able to donate towards this need, please click on I CAN HELP and donation instructions will be sent to your email.
Gentleman in need of 2 new tires
The Dublin Food Pantry has reached out to us about a gentleman who has recently had to utilize their services. He is in a bit of a financial crisis right now. He is employed but unfortunately is living paycheck to paycheck. He has had some recent emergency expenses come up that have taken any savings he had. He is in desperate need of two new tires for his car in order for him to drive it safely. We would like to help him with the tires so that he can continue to work. We are hoping to raise $215 to pay for the tires. Please use this link if you would like to donate to this gentleman's need. http://bit.ly/nbdublinbridges
Single Dublin Mother in Need
A DCS elementary school guidance counselor has reached out to us about a recently single mother of two who is in need of help with her water bill of $250, and her car payment of $300. She has started the process for child support and just found a second job. Her rent has dramatically increased which is making it difficult for her to make ends meet. She has also missed some work due to depression. Gas and Grocery cards would help free up money to meet her rent this month as well. If you would like to donate to this need, please click on I CAN HELP and a donation link will be sent to you.
Jill Kranstuber, Area Director
Jill is a New Jersey native who moved to Ohio over 30 years ago to attend The Ohio State University. She and her husband Chuck, an attorney and past Dublin City Council Member, past Mayor of Dublin and current Washington Township Trustee have 7 children, all of whom have attended Dublin City Schools. She is also the proud grandmother to 2 year old Oliver. Jill is an active volunteer in the schools and the community. She is the current PTO President at Dublin Coffman High School as well as a member of the Key Communicators at DCHS. She is also a long-time volunteer for the Dublin Irish Festival. In the past, Jill was the Development Director of AIDSWalk Central Ohio. Jill is excited about the opportunity that Dublin Bridges will provide to those in need in our community.
Sarah Savage, Area Director
Sarah has been a Dublin resident for over 15 years. She received her undergraduate degree in Education and Counseling Psychology from Vanderbilt University and her Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling from The Ohio State University. Sarah and her husband, Brian, a Dublin Coffman graduate and local business owner, have 3 children. Sarah loves being involved in Dublin Schools, her childrens' classrooms and the community. She is currently PTO President and member of Key Communicators at Eli Pinney Elementary School and volunteers as a committee chair for the Mount Carmel St. Ann's Women's Auxiliary. She was previously a clinical mental health counselor at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and Gahanna Jefferson Schools. Sarah is thrilled to promote kindness in our amazing community through Dublin Bridges.
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