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Newsletter April 2011

Bridges Board of Trustees 2010-2011 Janice Beckmen, Co-chair Kathryn Radutzky, Co-chair Bob Rowan, Treasurer

Beth Tulloch, Secretary

Alison V. Bryant John Crosby Laura Fromm Amy Cairns Harrison Diane Hoey Frank Keller Jon Maslin Rabbi Ellie Miller Leonard Prentice Victoria Smith Ginger Stearns Jean Trees William “Prez” Tyus John Vigilante Dimitri Vorona Geoff Worden Emeritus Trustees Judy Newhouse Sarah Rosen Susan Tully Ginger Worden Honorary Trustee Howard Tate

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Irvington—New Run Site On Sunday, March 13th, for the first time Bridges set up its Run right outside the Irvington City Hall in Civic Square. In an effort to expand our reach in Irvington and to build relationships with homeless living in the Springfield Avenue area, we wanted a new location that would be safe, Chatham High School’s Cross County Team and Brookside Comaccessible and munity Church co-sponsored this first Run to Irvington’s Civic within walking Square. Pictured are volunteers with Mayor Wayne Smith (center). distance for the homeless in that area. Mayor Wayne Smith of Irvington was very receptive of the idea and welcomed us to park our distinctive yellow truck in front of City Hall. Mayor Smith was at the first Run greeting our volunteers and those in need. In the first few weeks at this Run site, we have seen on average about 40 individuals. The Irvington Run will alternate between Civic Square and the Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Corporation.


Events and Announcements Do you want to get more involved with Bridges on a regular basis? Get to know our friends on the street? Meet other wonderful volunteers? We have a great team of volunteers who join the Friday night Run in New York City whenever they can, but at least once a month. They head to New York with one of the Run Coordinators and arrive at the Run site before the truck arrives. This is a great time to just share conversation and really get to know the people we meet. “I went on the run last night and it was truly terrific. I've been going on runs for 10 years and last night I was amazed at how much the interaction with our street friends has improved,” John Vigilante. Would you like to be one of these volunteers or like to learn more? Join us for pizza at Joe’s Pizza on Morris Avenue (corner of Springfield Avenue, across from the car wash), on Thursday, May 5th, at 6:30 p.m. Meet some of these volunteers and hear firsthand about their experiences. RSVP to lois@bridgesoutreach.org.

Bridges Brown Bag Bash – May 14, 2011

This major fundraiser for Bridges, held just every other year, will be held at the Morris Museum in Morristown. With David Ellis catering it will be a feast for foodies. Entertainment (well, we can’t give it away, but we promise you will be entertained), live and silent auction and lots of friends. If you have not received your invitation, contact lois@bridgesoutreach.net. See you there! Teens Tackle Homelessness Conference Saturday, November 12, 2011, Kent Place School. A student steering committee from several area high schools has worked diligently to plan this year’s conference on homelessness specifically for teens and their advisors. The program will begin with a keynote address at 3:30 p.m. by Father David Fox of Covenant House in Newark and continue with a choice of workshops from Family Promise’s “Just Neighbors Program.” Round table discussion with those who have experienced homelessness will conclude the conference. The conference is open to all high school students. Admission is free of charge, but advance registration is required. Register now at www.bridgesoutreach.org.

"You may be traveling on a rocky road but soon you'll be on a smooth road." — Words of inspiration by an unnamed “brown bag artist.”

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Thanks to Ann-Marie, Kimberly and Eric for all the brown bag lunches!!!


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers in Action

Easter Sunday We need Run volunteers and lunches for the Irvington Run to Civic Square on Easter Sunday, April 24th. If interested, contact Craig Prince, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteerbridges@gmail.com. Sign-up for Runs NOW The Bridges Run Schedule is now posted. Craig Prince, Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteerbridges@gmail.com will help you determine which Run is right for your group. Smaller group Runs on Saturdays now available. Summer Run Volunteers We are already anticipating a shortage of volunteers for our summer Runs. When your schedule permits, join us. Our homeless friends don’t take a vacation and depend on our visits throughout the summer. To sign-up contact Craig Prince, Volunteer Coordinator at volunteerbridges@gmail.com.

Thanks to all the volunteers at St. Elizabeth in Linden for making 300 lunches and sorting the donations!

Holy Family School in Florham Park made hundreds of lunches every Friday in Lent.

Friday Volunteer Opportunity We are looking for individuals who are interested in a meaningful and regular volunteer opportunity. Bridges is forming a “core” group of volunteers, perhaps 20 to 25, who would rotate one week a month and go out on the Friday night Run to New York City once every 4 or 5 weeks. Your volunteer role will be social and interactive. You will not be asked to bring lunches or other items. We are asking you for your time, friendship, and compassion.

Literally, a truck load of lunches from Mountain Lakes High School students Brenda, Marissa, Harrison, Jenna, Daniella, Sarah and Emma

Sorting Donations We receive literally tons of donations every year. All items need to sorted. Volunteers may join in the sorting any Tuesday between 9 and 3 and/or Fridays between 9 and 6. Home from college, stop by! For more details and to register for volunteer activities, contact Craig Prince, Volunteer

Coordinator at volunteerbridges@gmail.com.

Donate Today!

Bridges receives its funding from foundation grants, a biennial fundraiser, unsolicited donations and one annual appeal. To our donors, thank you. Donations may be made on line at www.bridgesoutreach.org.

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