Big Walnut community chooses kindness, launches neighborhood bridges!!
neighborhood bridges, a non-profit charity headquartered in Westerville, Ohio will be launching its Gateway for Kindness to serve the Big Walnut Schools community in Sunbury, Ohio.
A 501(c)(3) organization, neighborhood bridges has driven direct support and care to more than 35,175 children and families in just 3 years by inviting school districts, mental health agencies, and clergy to advocate for those in need – then engaging each community to come together to help solve those needs. neighborhood bridges serves 22 communities in Ohio and Alabama:
Alabama: Hoover, Alabaster, Pike Road, Helena, Trussville, Haleyville, Tuscaloosa, Winfield, Haleyville, Pelham, McAdory Community, Montevallo, and Boaz
Ohio: Westerville, Gahanna, Grove City, Dublin, Worthington, Upper Arlington, Hilliard, New Albany, Sycamore, and now Big Walnut!
In total, neighborhood bridges is supporting more than 146,000 students in these 23 communities.
Big Walnut Bridges will be led by volunteer Area Directors Megan Truax and Julie Adams , who are both Big Walnut residents and active in the community. Megan is the District Nurse for Big Walnut Local Schools. On a daily basis, she encounters students and families in need and sees how those needs can have an impact on student learning. As a member of the Big Walnut community, she knows how generous our residents are and their willingness to care for one another. Julie is a former educator in New Albany Schools and parent of 3 students in the district. Her husband is a teacher at Big Walnut High School, and she realizes the vast impact this program will have on our community and students.
School district counselors and advocates will post needs on behalf of students and families. Big Walnut Bridges will work with key stakeholders in the community to engage all resources to help drive direct support and care to our students and neighbors in need. Donations can be dropped off at Big Walnut Schools Central Office, located at 110 Tippett Court, or at the BST&G Fire Station #350, located at 350 West Cherry Street.
“We are excited by the response of the key stakeholders in the Big Walnut community who have come together for the purpose of engaging our entire community in addressing the health and wellness of our students and families. We look forward to partnering with neighborhood bridges in providing hope, access, opportunity, and inclusiveness for all of our students” – Angie Hamberg, Superintendent, Big Walnut Local Schools
Community members and businesses are encouraged to subscribe to Big Walnut Bridges by visiting our website at: https://www.neighborhoodbridges.org/community/bigwalnut-oh. There is no cost to subscribe and then residents are notified of specific ways they can help. Residents can also follow along on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BigWalnutBridges/ or on Twitter at @BridgesWalnut or on Instagram @BigWalnutBridges.
Rick Bannister, CEO of neighborhood bridges added, “We are humbled and excited to include Big Walnut in our Gateway for Kindness. Our mission is to engage communities to address the rapid growth of poverty in suburban communities. The response and excitement displayed from community leaders in the Big Walnut Schools and Sunbury communities have been truly inspiring. With this kind of collaborative relationship in Big Walnut, it is a shining example to demonstrate that kindness truly has no boundaries, and we look forward to offering our support to the Big Walnut Local Schools community. Big Walnut Bridges is the FIRST community to launch our Gateway for Kindness in Delaware county. Together we will do great things!”
For more information about Big Walnut Bridges residents are encouraged to send questions to [email protected]