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8 Easy Ways to Help Homeless Families in DuPage County

July 24, 2014

Whether you have 2 free hours per week or 2 free hours per year, there is a perfect way for YOU to make a difference in the live of homeless families in DuPage County. Here are the top 8 easy ways to get involved at Bridge Communities.

photo1_SOS1. Participate in Sleep Out Saturday. With your family or a group of friends, spend the night of November 1 outside for Sleep Out Saturday. Participants of all ages will experience a night of homelessness by sleeping out in parking lots and parks and backyards. All money raised from the event will support families in the Bridge program, funding the housing, employment training, mentoring, case management, plus tutoring and summer camps for kids. Register your group now!

 

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2. Volunteer at a Learning Resource Center. Get involved by volunteering at one of Bridge Communities community-based Learning Resource Centers (LRC). Volunteers help monitor the LRCs during designated evening hours. No special skills are required – just a desire to interact with elementary and middle school age children in fun and academic activities, and the availability for volunteer twice per month for 2-3 hours at a time.  Adults and teens are both welcome volunteers. LRCs are located in Glendale Heights, Naperville and Westmont and are open on designated evenings. E-mail sharon.drucker@bridgecommunities.org for details.

 

Alica 23. Mentor a Bridge Family. Mentors operate as members of a Bridge Communities’ Program Partner group from their faith-based or community organization. Mentors are the primary contact in the client family’s service team. This team is made up of the homeless family, volunteer mentors and professional case manager. Mentors typically work in a team of two or three volunteers, and meet with the family on a weekly basis. Learn more.

 

IMG_36074. Tutor a Bridge Child. Are you a certified teacher looking for an opportunity to help children of homeless families now living in transitional housing? Students meet with their tutors once or twice each week, for one hour each session. Tutoring typically takes place in one of our three Learning Resource Centers located in Glendale Heights, Naperville and Westmont or one of our other Tutor Centers in Glen Ellyn, Addison and Woodridge. For more information, e-mail theresa.misher@bridgecommunities.org.

 

DenotraRamsey-JodiFegter5. Volunteer for Bridge’s Employment Program. This is a perfect opportunity for busy professionals! We need volunteers to help with mock interviews for our job-seeking clients. Volunteers are needed on an occasional, flexible basis, and must have a history of employment as well as hiring and/or management experience. For details, e-mail mary.zienty@bridgecommunities.org.

 

2014LashondawithCar6. Donate Your Car to Bridge. Without a reliable car, daily activities we take for granted–getting to work, dropping the kids off at school, running errands or making it to a doctor’s appointment–could be incredibly difficult.This is the reality that many Bridge Communities families face every day. By donating your used car to Bridge’s auto donation program, you can help put a family on the way to self-sufficiency. Learn how you can donate your car to a Bridge family

 

photo-25_rotate7. Organize a Donation Drive or Fundraiser. Bridge Communities accepts and distributes donated goods to client families throughout the year. Donated furniture, gift cards, automobiles and gasoline cards are very helpful to families when they experience an unexpected expense that can cause havoc to their limited budget. Donations of unused personal care and cleaning products are always appreciated, too! To learn about donation drive options, e-mail vicky.joseph@bridgecommunities.org.

 

BridgeC(45)8. Throw a Bridge-Themed Birthday Party. As you begin to plan your child’s next birthday party, consider hosting a GIVING PARTY to benefit the client families in the Bridge Communities Transitional Housing Program. As part of the GIVING PARTY birthday, your party guests will participate in activities from “What’s It Like to Be Homeless?” Educational Curriculum and receive Bridge Communities token gifts for a party goodie bag. In lieu of (or in addition to) traditional birthday gifts, your guests will bring a gift for a Bridge Communities family or child. Learn how to throw a GIVING PARTY here!

 

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