Opportunities for Kindness
We often supply snack and small breakfast items for our middle school students. We are currently in need of:
- goldfish crackers
- nutri-grain bars
We are collecting gift cards and monetary donations to supplement the adopt a family program this holiday season. Thank you for your support!!!
Recently Filled Needs
4 -5 student desks and chairs are needed to provide a dedicated workspace for homework within the home setting.
We have 6 students/families in need of both food and gifts for the holidays. We are requesting gift cards for Meijer, Walmart, or somewhere similar for the families to get food and gifts.
Bins for High School Student Spare Clothing Storage
A high school is in need of some containers to keep extra clothes in at school for a student in need. This helps protect his belongings as well as his peers. A few of these would be ideal. Thank you! https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ste...
Home in Need of Help With Pest Treatment
We have a home with students across multiple buildings that need some assistance with treating pests in their home. Would love to be able to purchase a kit for them to treat on their own.
Flip Phone with Pre Paid Minutes
Two children need to have access to a flip phone as a part of a safety plan. The phone will be used only for emergencies.
In Need of Two Bed Frames and a Mattress Cover for Children
The need is for two siblings. The first grader is in need of a twin sized bed frame and a mattress sanitation cover. The fifth grader needs a full-sized bed frame.
Betsy Thorne - Area Director
Betsy has been an Olentangy resident for over 11 years. She was born and raised in Westerville then attended Ohio University where she met her wife, Nikki. Nikki and Betsy have 2 children in the Olentangy district. Both children are active in sports in the district, participating in soccer, football, basketball and gymnastics. Nikki works for a software company out of Phoenix as well as coaches soccer for Columbus United. Betsy worked at Cameron Mitchell Restaurants corporate office for several years before becoming a stay at home Mom when their first child was born, and now works part time for Stratosphere Consulting. Betsy has enjoyed giving back through volunteering in her children’s schools, working with pet rescues and helping with various fundraisers throughout Columbus. Betsy is so excited to promote kindness throughout the Olentangy district with neighborhood bridges.
Heather Gavlak - Area Director
My name is Heather Gavlak and I live in Delaware, OH with my husband, Bobby, and our 3 kids, Grace (8th), Mitch (4th) and Andy (1st) all in Olentangy Schools. I am an Enterprise Architecture Manager for PNC Bank by day and an advocate for Gift of Adoption and Neighborhood Bridges. I feel very strongly about ensuring that children have what they need to be successful and know that they are well loved. In my free time I love to read and watch every sport my children play - which is literally every sport imaginable. As a family, we have a passion for doughnuts and travel around the globe trying all the doughnut places we can find and posting photos of the adventure (@Doughnutters). Unsolicited recommendations for amazing doughnut places are strongly encouraged :)
Our Steering Committee:
Katie Guntle – LC Realty Association
David Lester – Community Member
Julie Feasel – Women Giving Together
Karen Waters – Women Giving Together
Brandon Lester – Olentangy School Board
Ashlee Gianetti – Columbus United Soccer
Tyler & Tess Elavsky – Ethos Church