Giving to non-profit organizations or causes occurs with an intention and a motivation behind the gift. On most occasions I believe it happens because of a tug, the kind of tug society identifies as “Pulling the Heart Strings” — services and community organizations that do amazing work to transform lives and lift people up from some of the most difficult places, like hospitals and rehabilitation centers that help children and adults recover from serious injuries or illnesses. These efforts as well as the impact to the people is so easily visible and tangible, it tugs at our hearts to support the work both monetarily and through giving of our time by volunteering.
BRIDGES has always made an impact in the community and too often our efforts and our impact are intangible, indirect and invisible. Too often our efforts are less “appealing” because of the nature of our work and the people we commit to supporting. Our work impacts a long term effort to increase independence in people with disabilities and eliminate barriers that exist in the community. While BRIDGES sees thousands of people a year, our impact to any one person may be one time or several times depending on the situation. And if we’ve done our job well, we usually don’t see them again because of the independence they have achieved. It can be difficult to materialize this idea in a way that tugs at one’s heart, but BRIDGES is a foundation and an anchor of support to so many people in our community who have been empowered to live and lead lives they choose to live connected to the resources they need to achieve independence.
Our tag line “Removing Barriers, Advancing Autonomy” is a summary of our efforts. Where there are societal, attitudinal, and physical barriers, BRIDGES looks to remove them; where we can assist a person with a disability to achieve independence in their own way be it, education, employment or housing, BRIDGES supports each person! Where we can support a business owner or employer on questions around disability and disability workforce, we do! Sometimes, it’s BRIDGES leading advocacy efforts to ensure we have a more accessible community for all to enjoy! This Giving Tuesday, November 30th, we ask you to join us in supporting the mission and efforts of BRIDGES in our community. Our work never ends, even when it’s barely visible. For more information on the various services we provide, visit: www.bridgesrc.org
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