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: St. Michael School (Lift Project)

    Who

    St. Michael School

    Goal

    $35,358

    Description

    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.

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  • Bridge the Gap: Tuscarawas Central Catholic Elementary School Boiler Project

    Who

    Tuscarawas Central Catholic (TCC) Elementary School

    Goal

    90,000

    Description

    Tuscarawas Central Catholic (TCC) Elementary School is a parish-based school associated with the Church of the Holy Trinity in Zoar, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dover, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in New Philadelphia. The school is kindergarten through sixth grade with 175 students. Tuscarawas Central Catholic Elementary School has been a pillar of the local community with parts of the school building dating back to the 1920s.

     

    Unfortunately, TCC Elementary School’s boiler recently experienced a catastrophic failure. This is the only boiler at the school to provide for the 175 students with no backup. We are asking that Donors from across the Diocese come together to help support the children of Tuscarawas in providing them a new boiler.

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  • Bridge the Gap: 1830-1966 Women of Accomplishment Historic Exhibit at the Jubilee Museum

    Who

    St. Mary of the Springs Academy

    Goal

    10,000

    Description

    A committee of St Mary of the Springs  Alumnae was formed in the spring of  2017 to celebrate, commemorate and tell the story of the pioneer Dominican Sisters and their students and what these Women of Accomplishment were able to contribute from 1830 to 1966 with awareness of Ohio Dominican University today on the grounds of the former St. Mary of the Springs Academy .

    In 1830 Bishop Fenwick asked 4 native born American Dominican Sisters to come to Somerset, Ohio. As they were the first nuns in Ohio they created quite a stir. They established St. Mary’s Academy which eventually prospered from  Ohio frontier days until a devastating fire

    in1866 necessitated an urgent decision. At that time, businessman Theodore Leonard offered land and bricks to build a new St Mary’s Academy in Shepard (Columbus).

    By 1888, there were students at the newly located St. Mary of the Springs Academy from New York City, Washington DC, Memphis ,Tenn. and as far away as County Cork, Ireland. ( The word Springs was added at the suggestion of Bishop Fenwick due to the springs on the new grounds of the school).

    The SMA Room at the Jubilee Museum tells the story of these Women of Accomplishment, both students and  teachers through ephemera and archival  photographs. The  Dominican Sisters long before Women’s education was considered to be important by most, established a nationally known scholarly historic institution for young women, both Catholic & non- Catholic.

    Funding will go toward the $1000 annual stipend requested  by the Museum for keeping this exhibit intact in the  years ahead when all alumnae have passed away. Donations: SMA Room/Jubilee Museum, 3002 Plymouth Ave, Columbus 43209.

    For further information: please email: annseren57@gmail.com

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  • Bridge The Gap: 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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  • Facility maintenance and repair needs

    Who

    Our Lady of Bethlehem School and Childcare (OLB)

    Goal

    $50,000

    Description

    Since its founding by The Sisters of the Poor Child Jesus in 1956, Our Lady of Bethlehem School and Childcare (OLB) has served thousands of children from birth through Kindergarten and their families.  Expert care and exemplary early childhood education are built on a foundation of faith and community.

    Each year, OLB serves approximately 125 students and their families who come from 15 cities in the central Ohio area and more than 14 parishes throughout the Diocese of Columbus.  Compared to 2017-18, we have 80 families who are Catholic (+7) and 23 families who are non-Catholic (+4).  While students enrolled for the 2018-19 school year are predominantly White/Caucasian (85%), we have increased minority representation in our racial composite to include more African American (+1:%), Hispanic (+3%), Asian (+1%) and Indian (+1%) students than in years past.

    OLB’s beautiful campus creates a welcoming yet safe backdrop, and the historic facility a nurturing environment for its students to succeed.  OLB is that comfortable atmosphere that every parent wants for their child, but the age of the building can present financial and operational challenges.  Student tuition and support from the community at large through private donations are the source of almost all funding for our mission.  Facility maintenance that requires significant attention such as electrical and plumbing upgrades, central air conditioning installation, new roofing and flooring and continued upkeep can overshadow our attention to the many other facets of care and education.

    Such extensive and frequent maintenance often disrupts day-to-day operations.  Although student safety and well-being is always maintained, the disruption and adjustments to routines and schedules expends time that could be focused on learning and instruction.  The ability to address maintenance more preventative and more thoroughly would allow us to serve students, families, staff and the community more adeptly and efficiently.

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  • Bridge The Gap: Cristo Rey Professional Work Study Program

    Who

    Cristo Rey Columbus High School

    Goal

    $29,500

    Description

    Cristo Rey Columbus High School employs an innovative Professional Work Study Program (PWSP) in which students work five full days a month in the professional offices of our business sponsors to fund a significant portion of the cost of their education, gain job experience, grow in self-confidence and realize the relevance of their education.

    Central Ohio organizations that want to support both education and future workforce development play a pivotal role in Cristo Rey Columbus’ proven success. Our business sponsors strengthen our efforts to ensure our students are discovering hope for a promising future in a career that will enable them to bring prosperity to themselves, their families, and their communities.

    For more information on how this program works click HERE.

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  • Bridge The Gap: 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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