We walk, run and play in our shoes. As we play we meet new faces and people and grow as individuals. But what about those that do not own shoes, or those whose shoes cause them pain? For some local children and teens living in shelters this is a reality.
New Kicks for Kids was established by a Dublin teen who had witnessed children and young adults living in shelters but not able to have the simple luxury of a new or well fitting pair of shoes.
Seeking a way to get shoes to the needy, New Kicks for Kids sets out with a mission to work with Columbus manufacturers and distributors to access a larger number of shoes.
A timeless addition to downtown Dublin, The Muirfield Village Garden Club has purchased a Blue Star Memorial Marker. The Blue Star Memorial Program honors service men and women. This program began with the planting of 8,000 Dogwood trees by the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs in 1944 as a living memorial to veterans of World War II. In 1945, the National Council of State Garden Clubs adopted the program and began a Blue Star Highway system, which covers thousands of miles across the Continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii. A large metal Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker was placed at appropriate locations along the way.
Installation of the marker will occur in the Historic Dublin Cemetery in downtown Dublin.
The Dublin Food Pantry is dedicated to providing for the needs of hungry by both collecting and distributing food and grocery products. The Food Pantry also works to educate the community and needy about hunger.
These funds will have a direct impact on the nearly 10,000 people served every year going towards providing fresh, healthy staples for the winter season.
In Ohio, a new program has been put into action that involves collecting contact information from citizens to be stored in a database for emergency personnel use in the event of an accident. Having this next of kin data readily available, should you or a loved one be victim to an accident, can increase the efficiency of contacting family members. Ohio is the first state to create and implement such a program for its citizens. Contact data can be entered at www.myemergencycontactinfo.org or at any Ohio Deputy Registrar’s location.
For the MyEmergencyContactInfo.org organization, the boost of professionalism for their image was made possible with the support of the Dublin Foundation. The donation allowed them to create banners, literature and a table top display to be used at local health fairs, churches, school events, and other community events. Through their increasing presence in the Dublin community and their unwavering compassion for promoting their cause, they were invited to attend other events and continue to uphold their foundation.
Forty Plus of Central Ohio is a non-profit organization that works to assist community members in job searches and career opportunities. The organization is made up of a relentless group of volunteers and professionals who donate their time and knowledge to helping people find jobs. With state of the current job market, they have experienced a wave of new members seeking assistance. In order to serve the community with the consistency they are known for, they needed to update their software, computers and other equipment. Efficiency is important for the organization to remain effective, so they requested the assistance of the Dublin Foundation to help them achieve their goal.
The increase in productivity and the use of new equipment has helped them provide information, training and job-search knowledge for many community members. By providing citizens of the community with the tools to find employment, Forty Plus has helped the city of Dublin remain economically strong.