Opportunities for Kindness
The Upper Arlington Commission on Aging at the Friendly Phone Line Program is available to older adult residents in Upper Arlington who are looking for friendly conversation and social connection.
These calls are not intended to be a space to provide counseling, case management, or health information/recommendations.
Volunteers are required to complete an application, background check and be available for the duration of the pilot program (October 2020-January 31, 2021).
To qualify as a volunteer:
- Appreciate talking to older adults
- Must be 18 years or older
- Be willing to commit to volunteering for four months
- Complete live virtual training (date TBA)
- Complete a background check
All calls will be made using a virtual phone system.
Anticipated start date of the program will be October 2020.
Recently Filled Needs
Senior in need of a few donated groceries
Older adult in need of some groceries to supplement until his meal delivery starts.
3-5 Frozen meals (salisbury steak, meatloaf)
3-5 cans of vegetable soup
Older adult in need of some groceries donated
The following donations are requested:
2 half gallons of Horizon's Organic DHA-Omega 3 milk (red carton)
Orange juice with pulp
loaf of 12-grain bread
Resident in need of volunteer to take return to Amazon Hub Locker
UA Resident is needing to return item to Amazon in the next couple days. This need would involve package pick-up at the resident's home, then dropped off at Amazon Hub Locker at 2114 N High St 43201.
Please call the resident to arrange time to pick up and call when drop off complete.
Resident information will be provided when volunteer is connected via Neighborhood Bridges.
Microwave and vacuum needed for recipient of housing assistance.
Older adult in need of donated groceries
Looking for an individual or group to purchase and deliver the items requested below:
Low Calorie Bread
Turkey for sandwiches
Unsweetened soy milk
Frosted Flakes cereal
Containers of Dannon coffee flavored yougurt
Resident information will be provided so you can call prior to dropping off. Items will need delivered to inside door in locked apartment facility.
Senior needs assistance with grocery shopping & delivery - can reimburse volunteer
Senior in need of someone to help shop and deliver the following grocery items:
- 2 32oz - Coffee Creamer (Caramel or Hazelnut flavor)
- 2 lb salted butter
- 2 loaves of bread (any healthy brand)
- 10 Roma tomatoes
- 1 large package (18 rolls) of Charmin toilet paper
- 2 doz - brown eggs
- 2 boxes - Celestials Tea (spice - Brown Gold box with Tiger on front)
About Upper Arlington
Krystin Macaluso, Area Director
Krystin is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Ohio 21 years ago to attend Ohio University where she met her husband, Tony, a native of Upper Arlington. After graduating with a degree in Organizational Communication Krystin worked in the nonprofit and higher education sectors before obtaining her Real Estate license and joining Tony at Coldwell Banker King Thompson. Krystin and Tony have two sons. Krystin is an active volunteer in the community and Upper Arlington schools. She is currently PTO President for Tremont Elementary. She has also been involved with Kitchen Kapers, Pleasure Guild for Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and is a Parishioner at St. Agatha Catholic Church. Krystin is excited about the opportunity that Neighborhood Bridges will bring to spread kindness throughout the Upper Arlington community!