Opportunities for Kindness
Our kids need books in our community now more than ever! Dublin Bridges is once again teaming up with Katie Miller and Usborne Books & More to get books into kids' hands! Our goal is to have brand new books on hand to give to children when making deliveries to families in need. Usborne Books and More generously provides an additional 50% of your donation back in free books to Dublin Bridges. So if you donate $100, Usborne Books and More will donate an additional $50 making your donation $150!
To donate to this book drive, https://blessedwithbooks.com/dublinbridges/.
Dublin Bridges, the Dublin Food Pantry, and Welcome Warehouse are working together to keep our Personal Care Pantries that we provide in all of our Dublin City Schools stocked for the new school year. The pantries Include snacks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, body wash, socks, underwear, leggings, to name a few. These items are given to students by staff as they see a need for them. We restock these pantries on a regular basis throughout the year and we need your help! To make a $10 donation to help us maintain the pantries, please click on the following link.
Recently Filled Needs
Grandmother in Need of Temporary Housing
A Dublin Bridges advocate has reached out to us about a homeless grandmother in need of temporary housing. She was the sole caregiver of her father who suffered from dementia and other medical issues and who has since passed. She was unable to work during that time. She is also taking care of her 7-year-old grandson who is currently living with her. She is working with an agency that will be able to provide her with more permanent housing but it has not come through yet. We would like to provide her with a week's stay at an extended stay hotel until she is able to get into more permanent housing. If you would like to donate to this need, please click on I CAN HELP and a donation link will be sent to you.
Lawn Mowing for Senior Citizn
A senior citizen in our community needs her lawn mowed. Volunteer will need to bring a mower.
Dublin single mom of 3 young children in need of washer
A guidance counselor from one of the DCS elementary schools has reached out to us about a mom who solely supports her 3 elementary-age children. The mom is in need of a washer. Her dryer is working fine, but the washer is beyond repair. The family is currently washing their clothes in their bathtub. She is struggling financially ever since her job loss due to Covid and will begin a new job soon after daycare is secured. The school counselor feels she is a very hard-working mom who is very dedicated to meeting her children's needs, and would also like to request a $200 Walmart gift card to help ease their financial stress. If you have a washing machine that is in good working condition or would like to donate towards a gift card, please click on I CAN HELP.
*We will pick up the washer from you to deliver it to the mom.
Domestic Violence Survivor in Need of Assistance
Our partners at the Dublin Food Pantry have reached out to us about a woman in need of assistance. She is a domestic violence survivor who is putting her life back together. She drives for a living and will lose her car if she does not make the $171 payment this month. She also has her belongings in a storage unit on which she owes $231.00. We would like to assist with the car and storage payment this month to help her get back on her feet. If you would like to make a donation towards this need, please click on I CAN HELP and a donation link will be sent to you.
Student in need of Dental Work
One of the DCS elementary schools has reached out to us about a student that is currently suffering from an infected broken tooth and is in need of dental attention as soon as possible. The family has reached out to many free dental clinics but they all have a significant waitlist and this is an urgent problem for this student. Mom is single, currently out of work due to illness, and is also facing serious medical bills of her own so a high-cost dental visit would be hard for her to pay. If you are a dentist, work for a dentist office or know of a dentist that is willing to partner with Dublin Bridges to provide dental care at a reduced rate, please contact us. If you would like to make a monetary donation towards this need, please click on I CAN HELP and a link with donation instructions will be sent to your email.
Washer & Dryer
Our partners at Welcome Warehouse came to us on behalf of a family of 5, soon to be 6, who is looking for a washer and dryer. They are expecting a baby in two weeks and recently had a house fire which made the washer and dryer unrepairable. The father is working but does not earn enough money to purchase these items on their own. With the new baby arriving soon, It would be difficult to take the children and the baby to a laundry mat. If you have a washer and/or dryer in good working condition that you would like to donate, please click on I CAN HELP and we will contact you to arrange to pick them up.
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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