Opportunities for Kindness
Recently Filled Needs
Assistance for family hit hard by COVID
A Worthington student is hospitalized with COVID. This is the second family member with this terrible disease. The dad was ill and lost his job so it's a very stressful time for this family. We are pulling together resources for the family. We will be using our grant from the City of Worthington to help with utilities and we have a sponsor for the majority of their rent for April.
We'd like to provide the family with some gift cards for gas, food and household needs. We will gladly accept gift cards or cash donations so we can buy cards that they can use until other resources are available.
Assistance with Deposit
An elementary school principal reached out to seek assistance for a family. The student has a mom who is working and going to college. Together, they have been living with the grandmother. Unfortunately, the grandma moved and now the family has had to find another place to live. Mom can afford rent but not the deposit of $890. We are trying to help her come up with the funds to secure this place and move in next week.
Vehicle for Student
We are trying to help a student find reliable transportation. She is 18 and working hard to manage life on her own. She is living with relatives who are moving out of the area so we are trying to help her be set for success.
This student is working part-time at an area restaurant while completing her final year of school. She plans to start at Columbus State in the fall and will need reliable transportation.
Do you have an older car you can donate? Would you consider a donation to help us find a car? Perhaps you have a connection of an individual or dealership who can help us.
Please reach out if you can help us with this phenomenal student by clicking the "I Can Help!" button below or email [email protected]
Sweatpants/joggers for elementary schools
We have a need for clothes to go into nurses' offices for children who have accidents or get muddy at recess. Specifically, we would like sweatpants/joggers. Gender neutral are best but items in good used condition are acceptable. The need is for kids size small and medium at this time.
Fee for AP Exam
A student who is in AP Physics would like to take the AP exam but the family is havi g difficulty paying the $140. If you are willing to contribute, please use the following link: bit.ly/giveworthington. Thank you!!
Homeless family needing help with Hotel
A family is waiting for their apartment to be finished. They are in need of three additional nights in their current hotel to be able to stay there.
Ray Lees, Area Director
Ray is an adoptive father of eight children. He and his husband, Matt, have lived in Worthington since 2003. Ray has served in PTA leadership positions at Worthington Estates Elementary and Worthingway Middle School. As a former teacher, Ray volunteers regularly to assist teachers with student screenings, tutoring and individual assistance. Prior to becoming a full-time parent, Ray held numerous roles in large and small businesses in Central Ohio. He was a process consultant for Nationwide, network administrator for Behal Sampson and Dietz architecture, training specialist for Nationwide and Sarcom, and a first and third grade teacher. Ray holds a bachelor’s degree in education from The Ohio State University.