Opportunities for Kindness
Recently Filled Needs
Car Repairs Needed
Sycamore Bridges was contacted by a school advocate to help finance a major car repair. A single mom of four kids has been without transportation for roughly five months. Besides the obvious convenience of having a working car, mom's oldest student is part of the Transition Internship Program (TIP). He is unable to maintain gainful employment without a ride to and from work. Fixing the car will allow her son to resume employment and learn valuable skills to be self-sufficient. Sycamore Bridges has connected with a mechanic who is willing to complete the work for a reasonable cost. If you would like to make a donation to help finance this repair, please click below and a donation link will be emailed to you.
Bridging a Basketball Hoop
Sycamore Bridges was contacted by a donor to find a deserving home for a gently-used, portable basketball hoop. We connected with a community advocate to find the perfect family for this donation.
Seeking Financial Assistance for Family Affected by Cancer
Sycamore Bridges was contacted by a school counselor to assist a single mom whose high school son who was recently diagnosed with cancer. We would like to provide rent assistance while her son is recovering from surgery and undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. Because she is unable to work while her child is receiving treatments, we hope to alleviate some of her financial burdens so she can focus on her family during this difficult time. Our goal is to cover three months (or more). If you would like to make a financial donation, please reply to this post and donation information will be emailed to you.
School Supply Refresh
Covid precautions have caused classroom protocols to change this year, and students are not permitted to share school supplies. As we jump into second semester, Sycamore Bridges learned that some elementary students are in need of replacing basic classroom supplies. It is our hope to replenish the most-needed items for students in our elementary buildings. This need was filled before being posted by a local Girl Scout Troop!
Tuners for HS Band Students
We received a request to purchase 3 tuners and contact mics for our HS band students who are having difficulty purchasing on their own. These items are recommended for all students to maximize their instructional time in class. This need was filled before being posted!
High School Student With Unexpected Medical Diagnosis
A Sycamore High School student with three younger siblings in the Sycamore District is undergoing treatment at Children's Hospital for a sudden and unexpected medical diagnosis. The family is requesting support for traveling back and forth to the hospital, as well as convenient meals for the younger siblings. We are seeking financial donations that will be converted into restaurant and gas gift cards (Chipotle, Subway, Chick-Fil-A, Kroger, Speedway, etc...). If you would like to make a contribution, reply to this post and a donation link will be emailed to you.
Lori Drasnin, Area Director
Lori Drasnin is an active Sycamore parent and volunteer. She previously
served as PTO President for Montgomery Elementary, and currently serves as
Treasurer for E.H. Greene Intermediate. Over the past eight years, Lori has
chaired too many PTO events and fundraisers to count, and brought innovative
and updated programs to the local schools. Lori also organized a Bedtime Bundle
collection for the YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter from 2014-2017, and serves on
the board of Ohio Cleats for Kids (C4K).
Lori holds undergraduate degrees from The University of Michigan, as well as a law degree from Emory University. She practiced product liability defense for six years at Dinsmore in Cincinnati, OH before “retiring” to stay home and raise her children. Lori is married to husband, Jeff, has two boys, Matthew and Ryan, and two puggles, Max & Erma.
Lori looks forward to serving the greater Sycamore community and bridging kindness across the neighborhood.