201501 126“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

There are many ways for you to help strengthen the intergenerational (IG) movement!

Webinar: How to apply for a free Bridges program!

201501 113Join us for a free informational webinar to learn how you can bring a Bridges Together intergenerational (IG) program to your community. We will present grant opportunities to initiate programs in Massachusetts.

The next webinars are scheduled for:

  • Monday, May 11 from 1-2 pm 
  • Wednesday, May 13 from 3-4 pm 
  • Tuesday, May 19 from 10-11 am 

Attend a webinar to learn how you can apply for a free Bridges Together program in your community!

Launch a BT Program

Copy of 2013 Bridges Fashion Event-95Did you know that Bridges Together (BT) has not spent a single dollar on advertising? All of our growth has come from word of mouth and from educational presentations.

Many people are helping to bring a BT program to their own community, or one of their grandchild’s. If you are interested, thank you. Rest assured, we will walk this journey with you and help you every step of the way!

Get started by contacting BT at Andrea@BridgesTogether.org or 978-400-6813.

Network

Weaver (2nd from right) with Ms. Jackie Jenkins Scott, President of Wheelock College (2nd from left) and members of the Award Committee.Are you leading an IG program, as a volunteer or paid staff member? Do you want to meet with others who are doing similar work? Do you want to learn more about central IG topics or perhaps how to get started?

Join our growing Mosaic Network.  We meet regularly for Lunch, Learn & Network sessions, sponsored by the Massachusetts Council on Aging (MCOA).  Starting this fall, we will have a newsletter dedicated specifically to IG Leaders.

To get involved, contact us at Mosaic@BridgesTogether.org

Volunteer

Chelmsford adults and childrenWould you like to volunteer with Bridges Together (BT)?  We help community leaders to connect with local older adults who want to participate in a Bridges program.  We also rely on dedicated volunteers who help us at the administrative level,  so that we may grow more efficiently, touching more lives.

Here are some upcoming volunteer opportunities as of April 2015:

Burlington, MA is starting Bridges: Growing Together in the fourth grade. If you would like to volunteer to participate as an older adult (60 and over), please contact Katie at bercury@bpsk12.org.

Chatham, MA is starting Bridges: Growing Together with elementary school students. If you would like to volunteer, contact Donna at dbender417@yahoo.com.

Harwich, MA is starting Bridges: Growing Together with elementary school students. If you would like to volunteer, contact Barbara-Anne at bfoley@town.harwich.ma.us.

Newton, MA is looking for teens and older adults to participate in a Bridges program. To participate, contact Alison at Education@NewtonCommunityFarm.org or Ilana at the Newton Senior Center (617-796-1660).

Stow, MA is starting a Bridges program in an elementary school. If you are interested in participating, contact Alison at coa@stow-ma.gov.

Worcester, MA will be starting Bridges: Growing Together with elementary school students. If you would like to volunteer, contact Debbie at Debbie@BridgesTogether.org.

If you would like more information about volunteering as an administrator, please contact Info@BridgesTogether.org. 

Donate

2014 Bridges and Andrea Weaver-144At Bridges Together (BT), we are educating professionals about intergenerational (IG) topics.  We are creating a network that connects leaders with other professionals and resources.  We are empowering teachers, community organizers, and participants of all ages to create intergenerational opportunities and programs, such as Bridges, in their own worlds.

During the 2013-2014 year, BT educated nearly 400 professionals and supported eight communities that implemented a Bridges program, involving nearly 1,500 children and older adults.

All of these efforts take financial support.  Grants, sales of program curricula, fees for coaching, and honoraria for speaking engagements do not cover all of the costs.  Donations are critical.

Please make a tax-deductible donation today so that we may continue to educate, empower, and connect. 

You may click the “Donate” button on the upper right of this page to give online or send your checks to:  Bridges Together, PO Box 527, Maynard, MA 01754.

Thank you helping to build more intergenerational bridges!