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  • 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 twitter.com/BridgeDuPage and facebook.com/bridge.communities 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 […]
  • Extreme Makeover: Bridge Tutor Rooms Edition - Aug 5, 2014
    The tutor rooms in Bridge Communities’ buildings recently underwent an extreme makeover, thanks to the Windy City Project. Organized by Pastors Scott Gillan and Diana Shiflett of Naperville Evangelical Covenant Church, the Windy City Project utilized a team of more than 100 volunteers to raise funds and donate their time and talent to overhauling the […]
  • 8 Easy Ways to Help Homeless Families in DuPage County - Jul 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. 1. Participate in Sleep Out Saturday. With your […]
  • A Heart for the Homeless - Jul 11, 2014
    At Bridge Communities, we know that homelessness can be a difficult concept to explain to your children. How do we explain what homelessness truly means, and what kind of impact it makes on our kids, and on our community? More importantly, how do we answer the question, “Why?” Bridge saw this need, and created the “What’s […]
  • It’s Time To Do Something - Jun 23, 2014
    On November 1, 2014, nearly 2,000 DuPage County residents will spend a frosty night inside tents, boxes and cars to raise awareness about family homeless and money for Bridge Communities’ Transitional Housing Program. The all-night event will be held in 25+ DuPage County communities–JOIN US! Sleep Out Saturday participants of all ages will experience a […]
  • A Chair Affair – An Affair to Remember - Jun 16, 2014
    Last Thursday evening, North Central College’s Wentz Hall was abuzz with excitement. Twenty-seven chairs—some beautifully practical and some beautifully whimsical—that were designed and created by local artists, were auctioned off to supporters of Bridge Communities from Naperville and beyond. These supporters helped to raise money for homeless families in DuPage County served by Bridge’s Transitional Housing Program. […]
  • Our Heroes: The B.R. Ryall YMCA - Jun 12, 2014
    Bridge Communities is fortunate to have great relationships with many outstanding community partners, and the B.R. Ryall YMCA of Northwestern DuPage County is certainly along them. For many years, this YMCA has provided summer camp scholarships to Bridge families, so that their kids can have an enriching day camp experience during the summer, as well […]