Dear BRIDGE community,
“This moment is where even through our actions, material or not we can truly prove to ourselves power belongs in our own hands.”
We are in times we have never seen before and at BRIDGE we are grateful for our community. We are grateful for the practice we have built together to tackle barriers and build resilient connections. Those connections are holding strong and true over the last few weeks whether it be over Zoom or a conference call.
We have been busy within our network of mutual aid, ie. cooperation for the sake of the common good, among our donors, activists, constituents, stakeholders and employees. Our focus has been preparedness and lifting up our community while supporting each other in mobilizing within and among ourselves. We of course are reaching to those institutions locally, statewide, and federally that can support but/AND we know our strength is in the care shown for your neighbors and family and then trust in that ripple effect.
“Mutual Aid is a way we can build networks in our backyard or our community to give aid and receive it if we need it. We can choose to share instead of hoard. We can choose to help instead of hurt.”
In the work:
Here at BRIDGE, we haven't missed a step! Our programs have been running. We have increased our touchpoints with our program participants over the last weeks and will continue to do so. Our staff have worked hard to pivot to working differently and making our BRIDGE programs successful. Thereby BRIDGE commits to our collective humanity again and over and over.
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Tune in with BRIDGE! We have storytime with JV providing a BRIDGE message for youngsters at noontime during the Week on Instagram. Check these out and tell a friend! JV will be reading some original books and some tried and true authors we love at BRIDGE!
*PROGRAM POSTPONED: Please note (due to COVID-19) we have just received notice today that the Hilton Garden Inn, our host for recording, will be closed ‘til June and also have been asked by participants to postpone the IDEA Institute: Cultural Competence Foundations weekend retreat (tentatively) to May 2020 for our alternative Zoom presentation. We will have some sample programming but the full program will launch in May and the IDEA Institute: Train-the-Trainer will happen at a later date in the Spring. More information to current registrants will be shared shortly! Stay tuned for more digital options over the next month.
All inquiries and RSVPs are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading our updates and being a part of our community! Thank you to the donors who are supporting us and thank you to the volunteers working alongside us every day! And please send love and appreciation to our staff for their work.
Onward in community,
P.s. Please support our efforts by making a contribution today, join Amazon smile or post a Facebook fundraiser in your network!
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Thank you to the Berkshire Bank team for the support and collaboration! The online trainings and chats have been a nice & fun addition to our repertoire and making our essential work even more accessible!