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
Sets of door locks needed
To help improve safety and reduce fire safety hazards, a resident is in need of new door locks for 2 doors.
2 total sets are needed.
Requested set is in the link below. It can be a different brand, just needs comparable to what is listed.
Moving Assistance Needed
A resident needs to move out of her long time apartment that is being torn down. Assistance is needed to move the large items (3 dressers, 1 couch, queen bed, and a couple medium sized tables and chairs) from the apartments next to the old Pizza Hut on Lane Avenue to the new apartment on Lane Avenue just across North Star Road sometime between Friday, January 8 and Sunday, January 10.
Ongoing assistance bringing weekly paper closer to door
Older adult is not able to get out to driveway to pick up weekly This Week newspaper. She is requesting paper be placed on top of recycling can so she can open her door to get it. She really enjoys reading the UA News.
Located near Zollinger and Tremont
*Address will be provided upon confirmation with volunteer
UA Senior needs assistance with curbside grocery delivery
Senior in need of assistance with curbside grocery delivery to residence. Would need recurring assistance on weekly or bi-weekly basis now through January. Resident pays for groceries, just needs someone to bring groceries to their residence. Help is much appreciated.
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
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!