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Recent posts

You’re keeping Kelly on the road to success
Oct 27, 2014
Our client, Kelly was recently in a car accident; trapped in a patch of bad weather, her car flipped over into an embankment. Thankfully, she and her young son were unhurt, but her car was totaled. Because of your support of our automobile program, we were able to tune up a car donated to Bridge Communities, and provide […]
Our Heroes: Debbie Anderson and Bridge teens taking on the ACT
Oct 20, 2014
Debbie Anderson was a retired high school teacher, looking for a way to get involved with the community, when her neighbor, Jan, let her know about Bridge Communities. Jan, a longtime volunteer for Bridge’s program partner Families Helping Families, told her about the teens served by Bridge, and Debbie knew just the way she could help. […]
Fall 2014 Connections
Oct 14, 2014
The fall edition of Connections, Bridge Communities’ newsletter, is now available! Click here to read about any of our featured stories: -Success story of Bridge graduate Debbie Lively -String Theory’s upcoming Scarf Market benefit for Bridge -Gearing up for Sleep Out Saturday 2014 -Our new partnership with the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club -Employment successes for clients -Summer […]
In Remembrance of Karen Stewart
Oct 7, 2014
It is with saddened hearts that Bridge Communities announces the passing of our beloved Program Director, Karen Stewart, on Sunday, October 5. An integral part of Bridge for 14 years, Karen worked with countless families, community members, mentors and volunteers to end homelessness in DuPage County, and touched countless hearts along the way. We will […]
Proud of our Scholars
Oct 2, 2014
Education is one of the most strongly-held values at Bridge Communities, and we are proud to announce that two Bridge teens, both recent high school graduates, have each been awarded a $1,000 scholarship to use in pursuit of higher education. One now attends University of Kansas; the other is attending Northern Illinois University. To apply for the scholarship, […]
3 Great Reasons to Register for Sleep Out Saturday
Sep 22, 2014
Sleep Out Saturday will be held November 1 this year, and it’s quickly approaching! Here are three great reasons you should register your group to participate today: 1. It’s needed. For the 2013/14 school year, there were 1,633 children in DuPage County schools identified as homeless — a 26% jump from the previous school year. That’s […]
Hog-Wild for Charity at Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ
Sep 16, 2014
  The Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ Cook-Off was held on Saturday, September 13, and more than 1,800 attendees went hog-wild to support the homeless. The event featured concerts by blues musicians Chainsaw Dupont, Buzz Kilman, Mud Morganfield and The Steepwater Band, plus raffles, a bags tournament, a Piglet Playland for kids, and more. Of course, […]
Meet Hamlet
Aug 25, 2014
Hamlet’s the mascot of the Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ, and he’d like to see all his friends while he’s in town. From September 2-12, Hamlet will stop at different downtown Glen Ellyn businesses. Each day, follow his clues on and to find Hamlet. Take a selfie with Hamlet, post it on Bridge’s Facebook […]
Make a Difference in the Lives of Bridge Kids
Aug 18, 2014
At Bridge Communities’ Learning Resource Centers, Bridge kids participate in a variety of fun, educational and enriching programs and activities. We need more volunteers at our Glendale Heights and Westmont locations to help Bridge kids learn and grow–can you volunteer? Learning Resource Center volunteers help out twice a month (minimum) for 2-3 hours per shift. Volunteers connect […]
Calling all volunteers: We need YOU September 13!
Aug 12, 2014
  The 6th Annual Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ is right around the corner, and we need friends of Bridge to help make this a successful event. Sign up to volunteer for a shift! Options include helping with ticket sales, registration, raffles, beverage sales and more. Enjoy a fun day of BBQ, a free concert and […]