Posted Apr 6, 2020 at 5:35 PM
The Westerville Education Foundation wants to help support other nonprofits that are serving Westerville City School District families affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The foundation, a nonprofit that promotes educational initiatives in the school district, launched the Big Lift on March 18 to help raise $25,000 each for the Westerville Area Resource Ministry, 150 Heatherdown Drive, and Neighborhood Bridges, 124 Hampton Park E. ″(We) created the Big Lift as a way for us to help support organizations working on the front lines during this crisis to help our students and families in our community,” said Colleen Moidu, the foundation’s executive director. She said the foundation was inspired by the city of Westerville’s announcement of a utility bill “holiday” for April and their request for those who are able to “pay it forward” by donating to a local charity. After speaking with Westerville schools Superintendent John Kellogg about the work being done to serve district families, Moidu said, WARM and Neighborhood Bridges were selected as beneficiaries, with a goal to raise $25,000 for each organization. The foundation has committed to covering all transaction fees so that 100% of the contributions go directly to the donor’s charity of choice, Moidu said.