Areas of Need

Help 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.

  • The Turban Project

    Who

    The Turban Project

    Goal

    10000.00

    Description

    The Turban Project began in Ohio and has turned out over 2,000 turbans since June of 2012. Kim, and her husband Eric, are both cancer survivors and work tirelessly raising money for support of cancer patients and to find a cure.

    A card is placed with each turban indentifying the names of those who have made them and that they are blessed by a priest. Priests from St. Edward, St. Francis, Blessed Sacrament, St. Leonard, or Our Lady of Mount Carmel bless the turbans and then they are distributed to the oncology/radiation centers in Licking County. The turbans are free to the patients. We have also mailed turbans, per request, to patients in Florida, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Maine. We have made home visits and workplace visits for the convenience of patients.

    This project has been a blessing that has come to a full circle. Not only do the patients know they are loved and being prayed for, the women who sew, embellish and package, the employees/medical team, and the patients have all felt the love and healing of God’s presence in this ministry. “Joyous” was a beautiful word that a receptionist at one of the offices said describes how people react when either wearing or knowing that someone cares enough to do this for them. It also lifts the spirits of those who work with the patients because it is something positive for them to share with their patients. All donations are tax deductible and a receipt can be given for tax purposes. Soft stretchy knit material, fancy pins, buttons, small butterfly and flower pins, etc., are utilized. Some have made donations “in memory of a loved one.”

    Individual turbans are placed in baggies, blessed by a priest from St. Edward, St. Francis, Blessed Sacrament, St. Leonard or Our Lady of Mount Carmel and then taken to the chemotherapy sites.

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  • Newark Catholic High School

    Who

    Newark Catholic High School

    Goal

    $25,000

    Description

    Newark Catholic is in the process of upgrading their cafeteria which is still original from the creation of the school in 1958. Unfortunately, the school has run into some unexpected costs as the ceiling is made of asbestos. Newark Catholic would like to fully remediate the potential for any harm to come to their students, but in order to fully solve the issue the school needs $25,000.

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  • Tuscarawas Central Catholic

    Who

    Tuscarawas Central Catholic Jr/Sr High School

    Goal

    $17,000

    Description

    Tuscarawas Central Catholic Jr/Sr High School (TCC) has been educating the students of Tuscarawas County since 1970. The school challenges their students academically, socially, and spiritually to be productive, nurturing Christian citizens in our society. At the same time, TCC is a shelter from the violence gripping our modern world. Tuscarawas Central Catholic is in the process of upgrading their security system to ensure that every child can be confident in their safety. The school is planning to upgrade the door locking and key card systems, improve security camera coverage, and increase office visibility. However, the funds which were carefully set aside to help with this safety effort had to be used to pay for emergency repairs to the school’s sewer line.

    Tuscarawas Central Catholic is asking for any assistance the greater Columbus Diocese community may be able to provide. TCC was initially created by merging St. Mary in Dennison and St. Joseph in Dover; as a result they chose The Saints as their mascot. Be a Saint today, and help provide for the safety of our Catholic students.

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  • Back In His Arms Again - Burial for the Needy

    Who

    Back In His Arms Again

    Goal

    $17,500

    Description

    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.

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