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Get on the run! Bridge Communities partners with Naperville Marathon

February 26, 2015

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Bridge Communities has signed on as a Participating Charity for the Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon, slated for November 8, 2015! This means that this year, runners can sign up to run and fundraise on behalf of the homeless families served by Bridge Communities. Even better–participating runners receive a code for a $20 discount for agreeing to run on behalf of Bridge!

Runners commit to raising $300 for Bridge Communities, and we’ll help you along your way: in mid-March, you’ll be provided with a fundraising toolkit and a personal online fundraising page.

Signing up is easy. E-mail Chad Pedigo at chad.pedigo@bridgecommunities.org for your signup code, then register on the Naperville Marathon’s website.

 

Why the CCAP $300 million shortfall is a crisis–and how you can help

February 5, 2015
BridgeCommunitiesLogoIllinois is facing a budget shortfall, and as a result, the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) is underfunded by $300 million. Due to this, many daycares and childcare providers may be asking families–including Bridge clients–to pay more for daycare until the state budget is repaired to include this funding. Please click here to read more about this issue.
More than 80% of Bridge families pay for their daycare through CCAP. If this program does not receive funding, their weekly daycare costs may increase from around $30/child to more than $200/child.
We urge you to contact your local legislator to share why childcare is important to Bridge families. Here is sample text you can use when writing your e-mails or making your phone calls:
  • My name is (insert) and I am in (NAME OF YOUR LEGISLATOR) district. I volunteer with Bridge Communities, a nonprofit organization providing transitional housing to homeless families in DuPage County.
  • I am very concerned about the underfunding of the Child Care Assistance Program and the impact it has on Bridge Communities families, and all families in Illinois.
  • The Child Care Assistance Program is underfunded by almost $300 million and is on the verge of collapse.
  • For many of the families, solving this child care crisis will be the difference between them keeping their jobs or having to stay home with their children, or worse, leaving their children home alone or with a sibling.
  • I am contacting you to urge you and the General Assembly to work with the Governor to solve this crisis.
Click here to look up your local legislator’s contact information.
Thank you for helping advocate for Bridge families.

Save the Date: Celebrating Women, Transforming Lives on April 24

February 3, 2015
CWTLOn Friday, April 24, 2015, we will honor two outstanding women in our community: client graduate Ann Marie Andexler; and community advocate and Career Vision executive director Peg Hendershot. Please join us as we hear their inspirational stories and learn of their dedication to helping people in need.

Tickets are now available! Click here to purchase yours today.

Thank you for putting your trust in Bridge Communities to create a better future for the more than 128 families that are served this year. We hope to see you on April 24!

Our Hero: Kristin Tauchen, Bridge supporter and LRC volunteer

January 27, 2015

KTauchen2_cropWhile Kristin Tauchen and her family lived in Minnesota for the past decade, they were active volunteers at an organization that provided transitional housing for the area’s homeless population. So, when they moved back to the western suburbs, they knew they eventually wanted to get involved in a similar organization.

“We were getting settled back in here, but that part of our lives was missing,” Kristin says. Last summer, she was preparing for her daughter’s 2nd birthday party, and knew she didn’t want to have all 75 guests show up with gifts. She did an internet search and came upon Bridge Communities’ Giving Party, and asked guests to instead bring gift cards and quarters to donate to Bridge families. The result was more than $900 in donations!

Soon after, she met with Bridge CEO John Hayner to discuss other ways that she and her family could help out at Bridge. It was obvious that volunteering to lead at Bridge’s Glendale Heights Learning Resource Center with the Kids’ Club would be a great fit. Kristin then met with the other volunteers and kids to see what kind of activities to plan. This year, they have already made duct tape crafts, and they’ll be decorating sugar cookies and making other crafts for Valentine’s Day. Kristin also plans to set up a supply closet of household items–paper towels, toilet paper, toothpaste, etc–at the LRC so that Bridge families can get items as needed.

“What I have come to learn is, I’m not sure it matters what activity we do—it’s more about the time we’re spending and the conversations we’re having with the kids,” Kristin says. “As soon as I walk in at 7 and see the kids smiling, it’s a good feeling. A big part of our life is now back.”

Interested in getting involved at a Bridge Learning Resource Center? Contact Sharon Drucker, Coordinator of Children’s Activities, sharon.drucker@bridgecommunities.org.

We couldn’t have done it without you!

January 23, 2015

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We called, and you answered–because of your generous donations, we exceeded our $150,000 goal, and six new Bridge families will have a roof over their heads this month. Thank you!

Friends like you are the reason that 108 homeless families thrived in Bridge’s transitional housing program in 2014, and even more will transition from homelessness to hope in 2015. We’re also pleased to share that your generosity means that Bridge families will continue to receive tutoring, job coaching, kids’ activities, counseling and more.

Next month, keep an eye out for our 2014 Annual Report, and learn firsthand how you made a positive difference in the lives of hundreds of children and parents, right in your community.

Again, thank you for saving the lives of Bridge families when they needed you.

Help us “Share” the love with MoonShare!

January 6, 2015

profile_moonshareBridge Communities is going into the new year with a goal to “share” the love via a MoonShare grant, as we’ve been selected as one of 50 potential organizations poised to receive a $5,000 grant from Sugarlands Distilling Co. Will you help us?

Earlier this fall, Sugarlands Distilling Company launched a nationwide grant-giving campaign aiming to donate over $60k to non-profits and charitable organizations throughout 2015.

“We love giving back as much as we love making moonshine,” said Courtney DeLaura, national director of MoonShare for Sugarlands Distilling Company in a press release. “We want people across the U.S. to understand the mission of the MoonShare program, which is to shine a light on non-profit organizations seeking to better their communities. MoonShare seeks to share our support of non-profit organizations who believe in the same pursuit of camaraderie – supporting those in need and community building.”

We need Bridge Communities supporters to help us win the grant by voting for us daily until January 31.

Voting is easy: simply click here to access Sugarlands’ Facebook page, “Like” the page, and click on the Bridge Communities logo. You can vote once per day per e-mail address.

Thanks for helping us!

A Happy Holiday for Bridge Families

December 12, 2014

Bridge Communities’ families kicked off their holiday season with a great start at the annual Holiday Party at DuPage Children’s Museum last week. With the museum closed to the public, the kids got to enjoy the space all to themselves, along with fun holiday activities:

-Arts and crafts
-Santa’s Closet, where kids got to choose presents for their parents and siblings
-Dinner buffet
-Pictures with Santa
-Gifts for the kids–everyone got to choose a game for the family, and each child received a new book as well
-Mom’s boutique, where Bridge moms got to select their own gifts to pamper themselves.

With all the Bridge families, mentors, staff and Bridge graduates that attended, nearly 300 people celebrated the occasion. Many thanks to all the dozens of volunteers to helped to make this an outstanding night! 2014 Holiday Party Collage

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