A new way to give! You can now text us to make a donation. Text "Justice" to 1-(844)-386-4891 to make a donation!
Dear BRIDGE friends and family:
We hope you are well and want to invite you to join us in sharing the joy of the holiday season!
This #GivingTuesday we are raising loving kindness, money, and holiday gifts for the BRIDGE Food Sovereignty program, and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. And on Giving Tuesday Nov 30, Meta will match $8 million in qualifying donations. Here's some information about our mutual aid work.
We serve 106 families bi-monthly with fresh locally grown food, supporting local businesses, farms and families. Serving 448 individuals with monthly grocery/gas/pharmacy gift cards in $25 increments per household. All constituents from clients to partners to board members and staff support the program as one community serving all of our collective vision and need. We primarily serve the BIPOC community with over 90% participation of the BIPOC Berkshire community members in mutual aid with education, resources on COVID, local assistance, fresh local food (CSAs), etc. ! We also have a keen eye for individuals falling through the cracks, in transition, and in caregiving scenarios.
We continue to spread mutual joy, abundance, knowledge, and good health! Distributing resources in our local community where most needed.
We could use your help! We are raising funds and most importantly we are seeking in-kind support this holiday season. Keep reading!
We are asking for gift cards for tweens and teens in $25 increments. All pledges go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to adopt a family, please contact email@example.com.
You can also make a one-time Giving Tuesday cash contribution here - that will sustain our mutual aid this winter!
As we work on systems change and mutual respect and understanding, BRIDGE is working tirelessly to spread love and kindness, lovingkindness, to families to cultivate and steward healthy, thriving communities for us all.
This Giving Tuesday is about giving our time, attention, and love to one another.
Help our mutual aid continue next year with this one-time gift between now and Tuesday! Please share this link!
And between now and then please be in touch with holiday gifts you can share for our BRIDGE youth.
Here is our wishlist:
HISTORY OF NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE DAY - November 26th
Dr. Arthur C. Parker of the Seneca nation first protested for National Native American Heritage Day between 1912 and 1915. At first, he was fighting for an “American Indian Day” to be recognized within the Boy Scouts of America. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed into law the legislation introduced by Congressman Joe Baca, to designate the day after Thanksgiving as American Indian Heritage Day. The law was established on November 28 as a day to pay respects to the Native Americans for their numerous contributions to the United States. The American Indian Heritage Day was supported by the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and 184 federally recognized tribes.
The Native American Heritage Day encourages Americans of all backgrounds to appreciate the indigenous cultures appropriately, with ceremonies and activities. Schools are also encouraged to enhance their students’ awareness of Native Americans by providing classroom activities focused on their history, contributions, and achievements.
The United States House of Representatives initially passed the Native American Heritage Day Act of 2009, with technical adjustments made by a collective consent in the United States Senate. The House of Representatives unanimously voted to pass the legislation again, including the Senate’s adjustments. The legislation was then signed into public law by President Barack Obama on October 30, 2009.
Native American Heritage Day and Month is a huge platform for Indigenous people to educate society about their communities. On this day, more than ever, they lead the discourse on culture, celebrate their heritage by donning traditional footwear (“rocking the moccasin”) and shed some light on the diverse tribal communities.
Excerpt from the website, nationaltoday.com. Please visit the website for a rich timeline of our Native American Heritage Day: https://nationaltoday.com/native-american-heritage-day/.
2021 December Engagements with BRIDGE:
We are grateful to be in community with you all everyday! In the struggle for justice & humanity together
- Your friends & community at BRIDGE
claim your special gifts this holiday season!
We appreciate you and have small ways to show you this season. Between our annual giving appeal arriving early December and Giving Tuesday, we have a special token of our love and appreciation for our one-time and sustaining pledges.
BRIDGE pin for gifts $1000 or more Restorative Justice Gift box for gifts over $500 and Aunt Elsie's cookies for donations over $250. For Donations $250 and under we will send you our BRIDGE and Not in Our County swag!