Gratitude for Growth in 2015…and Beyond!

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Some reflections on 2015 by our founder and executive director, Andrea:

At this time of year, we often take time to remember the past with gratitude and joy as we plan for the future.

2015 has been full of incredible growth for Bridges Together.

Teachers and community staff members in about two dozen communities are now using the Bridges Program Curricula to unite nearly 1,500 children in preschool through middle school with hundreds of older adults. And that is just the growth we know about!

We often hear back from the hundreds of professionals we train with stories of how they are empowered to create their own intergenerational moments! Mission accomplished!

In order to let professionals know about the field of intergenerational programming, the resources we have, the trainings we offer – and then to support them in their work – we need help!

We need financial supporters. And believe me, every $10, $25, $100 and $1000 truly helps make a difference when combined with the donations of others, the sale of our Bridges Program Curricula, the fees for professional development and the grants we receive.

If you cherish what we do, if you believe in the work we do, if you have been impacted by Bridges Together or our programs, please make a donation today!

We also need the hands of many to make this work light! In 2015, we have strengthened the organization by adding staff to support those in the field. Take a minute to meet Debbie, Nancy, Julie and Amy – my wonderful colleagues who are passionate about the work we do, are very skilled in their areas and embody the warmth that is so central to who we are and what we do!

We have also welcomed new board members, and you can read their short bios here.

For me personally, I am warmed with December memories of Nonna and Nonno arriving from Italy with treats, the Italian Christmas Eve fish dinner, Santa filling stockings in our home and then spending time with Grandma & Grandpa and our extended family. As a mom, I take the most precious elements of those memories and recreate them for a new generation – keeping the spirits of my ancestors alive and honoring the impact they had on me.

Wishing you and yours a splendid holiday season filled with the generations and peace, joy, love and good health.

 

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