Bridge the Gap
Bridge the Gap offers the Catholic community an opportunity to connect with local groups, organizations, schools, and parishes that need additional financial resources to help with a project or program. These funds come from individuals like you – every dollar helps these ministries Bridge the Gap to meet their goals.
The Catholic Foundation takes care to ensure all organizations and requests listed below are in alignment with our Catholic teachings and beliefs. A contribution in any amount is greatly appreciated.
Bridge The Gap: Playground ProjectWho
St. John Paul II Early Childhood Education Center & PreschoolGoal
$20,000DescriptionGive to this Need
St. John Paul II Early Childhood Education Center is a preschool and extended child care center established in January 2019 by The Little Servant Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. Our new faith-based preschool uses a Catholic curriculum that focuses on developing a positive self-image in relation to our loving God for spiritual, education and social development growth. We strive to create learning experiences to nurture the unique potential of each student and foster growth in character and virtue.
As we approach our Center’s first anniversary, we see a need to establish an outdoor functioning playground for our children. We believe outdoor play is critical for young children and the developmental tasks they must achieve–exploring, risk-taking, gross motor development, improved spatial recognition and social skills–all effectively can be learned through outdoor play. While we have been financially prudent our playground concept, is outside of our allotted operating budget.
Currently, our children experience a fully fenced in area with age-appropriate toys, however, we desire to provide them with a functional, safe, and cost- efficient playground area to meet the student’s growing needs. Our dream is to purchase playground equipment, create a garden area for the children to care for their own plants and flowers, and a small grotto area with a statue of Mary to encourage prayerfulness. We are continually humbled by the generosity of our families and contributors who have donated to our school. We are currently seeking additional resources for this exciting project! We hope this playground will further enhance our school’s growth and the quality Catholic Preschool and childcare that we offer in our community.
Bridge the Gap: Bottoms Up Cargo VanWho
Bottoms Up Diaper DriveGoal
$35,000DescriptionGive to this Need
We would like to purchase a cargo van (new, Nissan NV2500), have it wrapped with our logo, etc. and use it as a tool for pick up and delivery of donated diapers as well as a tool for robust public awareness of diaper need and the existence of Bottoms Up.
The model for Bottoms Up is that we distribute donated diapers to needy families through partnership with food pantries and child care facilities. When we first started, less than a year ago, we served a couple of food pantries and distributed a small number of diapers. Today, we serve 17 agencies and this month we’ll distribute more than 10,000 diapers. The demand grows every month and we’ll likely exceed 20,000 distributed per month by the end of the year and service many more agencies. We are the sole supplier of diapers for St. Stephen’s Community House, Bishop Griffin Resource Center, supply diapers to J.O.I.N., St. Vincent’s, The Women’s Care Center, and food pantries in Clintonville, Hilliard, Pickerington, Lancaster, and others.
For more information about Bottoms Up Diaper Drive, please click here.
Bridge the Gap: St. Michael School (Lift Project)Who
St. Michael SchoolGoal
$35,358DescriptionGive to this Need
Established with the support of St. Michael parish in 1954, St. Michael is a Catholic community committed to academic and moral excellence.
Jesus Christ is the source and summit of all we do at St. Michael School, where teachers use best practices to ensure high academic achievement for all learners. School testing and scholarships earned give evidence that St. Michael students out-perform their peers locally and nationally.
Project Description: To put a vertical platform lift into St. Michael School so that we can create handicap access from the parking lot level of the parish grounds into the gym (and ground level of the school building). This meets an existing need for parish, inter-parochial sports and school.
For more information please click HERE.
Bridge The Gap: Back In His Arms Again - Burial for the NeedyWho
Back In His Arms AgainGoal
$17,500DescriptionGive to this Need
Back In His Arms Again’s mission is to honor each life with a dignified and proper burial. We currently serve between 100-120 families each month in the Central Ohio area which is a sizable increase over last year. Franklin county has the highest infant mortality rate in the state of Ohio, in fact, it is the highest infant mortality rate experienced in the past 50 years. This explains why many of our families are from low income areas. Additionally, we serve an equally high number of losses under 20 weeks gestation. As the families contacting us with financial needs continues to increase, our financial resources to assist them with a simple dignified burial is continually strained. This strain has the ministry humbly searching for additional funding resources to provide these families the opportunity to bury their infant with love and dignity in accordance with our most basic Catholic value of respecting all life from conception to natural death.
Due to our current infant death rate in Central Ohio we are experiencing an increase of requests for financial assistance. We have projected the actual ministry needs will exceed $50,000 and between our current funding, generous grants, and anticipated funding from our annual fundraiser and generous supporters we are confident Back In His Arms Again can meet the increased demand for services.