An organization that helps connect those in the community who need assistance with those who can provide it has taken root in Dublin.
Neighborhood Bridges, a nonprofit charity that was begun earlier this year in Westerville, has expanded to Dublin thanks to the efforts of two parents of Dublin City School District students.
Dublin resident Sarah Savage said she and Jill Kranstuber, through their volunteer work as PTO presidents, were made aware of the economic diversity in the city and school district.
That need motivated the women to launch Neighborhood Bridges Dublin at the end of November.
The organization works with other community organizations such as Welcome Warehouse and the Dublin Rotary organization to figure out specific needs community members have, Savage said.
By posting the needs on dublinbridges.org and social media, other Dublin residents are then able to commit to satisfying those needs.
Dublin Bridges first posted a request for a Dublin Youth Association registration fee and jersey for a Dublin student, Kranstuber said. Within five minutes, another community member had supplied the money necessary to pay for both items, she said.
Dublin Bridges also partners with Two Men and a Truck to move larger items, Savage said.
Recently, the organization was able to supply a couch and a love seat to a family with no furniture in its family room.
While Dublin Bridges is unable to hold donated items, the organization is able to receive monetary donations for future needs, Savage said.
The organization has more than 550 likes on Facebook and just under 300 subscribers to its website. Those who sign up can receive an email every time a new need is posted online.
The Neighborhood Bridges initiative began in Westerville with Rick Bannister, a 43-year resident there.
Like Savage and Kranstuber, he also had been heavily involved in volunteering for the Westerville City School District and said he began thinking of a way to link online technology with community needs.
"Every time we put our hand up and ask the community to help one another, they usually do," Bannister said.
Bannister said he launched Neighborhood Bridges in Westerville in January, and the movement quickly took off.
In addition to Dublin, Neighborhood Bridges has expanded to Gahanna and Grove City, Bannister said, and will launch soon in Worthington and Hilliard.
"This is all about efficiency and really using existing resources," he said.