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Newsletter February 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

February Food Drive Bridges will collect non-perishable food, detergents, cleaning supplies and paper products To benefit St. Teresa’s Food Pantry in Summit and The Church Women United Food Pantry in Irvington Donations may be brought to Bridges on Tuesdays: February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and put directly into the Bridges yellow truck (please do not bring food into the building) Contact Craig Prince, Volunteer Coordinator, at, or 908-273-0176 to schedule pick-up of a large donation in the Summit area. Bridges does not have the capacity to store food. All collections will be immediately distributed to the food pantries. Please do not leave food at Bridges with the exception of depositing it in our yellow truck on Tuesdays.


This will give us an opportunity to distribute all donated winter clothing and prepare for spring. Thank you for your generous donations. Thank you for your cooperation.

Over 120 Volunteer at Bridges on MLK Day of Service Bridges had over 120 volunteers of all ages helping in various ways on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. On the ground floor, Ruth O’Brien and Teri Lusty (both Bridges volunteers) coordinated the tying of fleece to make quilts for middle school students. They made 16 quilts that will go to a shelter so that when a new child arrives they will be given a quilt. A special thanks to Ruth for coordinating this project. That required a lot of prep work and time. Also on the first floor, elementary school children wrapped toys and books that will be given to the shelter for birthday gifts. Upstairs, younger students made 300 lunches. The lunches along with others delivered and collected Teri Lusty and Ruth O’Brien with two of the finished quilts. from other groups went out with breakfast bags to Newark shelters. The shelters were grateful. Children at the shelter usually get breakfast and lunch at school, but when school is closed, they miss those meals. Downstairs in our donation room, high school students and adults sorted clothing, made toiletry kits, and helped in many ways to benefit our operations. About 30 high school students and adults viewed the prison re-entry film, No Where to Go, followed by a discussion with the director of the film, Lori H. Ersolmaz of Voices of Hope Productions. If you missed the film and would like to schedule a viewing at your organization, contact Lori at Thanks to all volunteers, the Bridges Board of Trustees and staff and Shaping Summit Together for work-

New Procedures for Signing-up for Runs The new Run schedule for June 1, 2011, through May 31, 2012, will be posted in mid-March as usual. However, before scheduling a Run, we ask that you first contact Craig Prince, Volunteer Coordinator, who will lead you through the new procedures and help you to determine which Run is best for your group and assign a code that will allow you to signup on the website. Craig can be reached at 908273-0176 or at Contact Craig between February 7th and 26th so that you will be ready to sign-up for Runs when they are posted in March 1st.

Run Volunteer Training Video The Bridges training video for Run volunteers is now available on our website ( and on YouTube: The film is a great way to get a good look at a Bridges Run and the role of the volunteer group leader for the Run as well as the individual role on a Run. A training manual accompanies the video on our website. It is a “must see” for all volunteers.

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 2

Anyone out there a member of Kiwanis? If so, we need your help!

First Core Volunteers Welcomed

Volunteer Opportunities 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.

On Friday night, January 21st, the first group of "core" volunteers, Amy, Joan, and Mayra, went out on the Run. It was a bitterly cold night, yet they were enthusiastic and ready to go. As Chip, one of the Run Coordinators reported, they "hit the ground running" and added a whole new dimension to the Runs. Here are some remarks from Joan who wanted to share her experience.

I HAD A GREAT TIME!!!!! It was nice to be able to talk one-on-one to our friends. The main topic of Sorting Donations conversation at Battery Park seemed to be We receive literally tons of donations every year. football. I did meet Theodore and Brenda whose All items need to sorted. Volunteers may join in the story was very sad. They had a fire and lost their 6 sorting any Tuesday between 9 and 3 and/or year old daughter in that fire. I was able to provide Fridays between 9 and 6. Home from college, stop them with a place to go seek help (thanks, Chip for by! knowing where to point them to) for a metro card so that he could get back to work. Organize a Food Drive . See details on page 1 of this newsletter. The hugs and kisses I received were the best ever! I think our friends really appreciated the attention For more details and to register for volunteer before the truck got there. More than one person activities, contact Craig Prince, Volunteer asked if I was going to be there next week. Coordinator at

Events and Announcements High School Students

The first meeting of the student high school steering committee for Teens Tackle Homelessness will be on Monday, February 7th, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Bridges, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit. All high school students are welcome to become part of this steering committee. Teen Tackle Homelessness is a conference on homelessness for high school students. This year, we plan to make the conference more interactive.

Save the Date: Bridges Brown Bag Bash – May 14, 2011

Planning has begun for biennial fundraising event, the Bridges Brown Bag Bash to be held on May 14, 2011, at the Morris Museum in Morristown. Catering by David Ellis Caterers. Entertainment? You just never know at a Bridges Brown Bag Bash. To join the planning committee, contact Page 3


The Brooklyn Bridge topic of conversations didn’t revolve around football. I think they were varied. We had a performance by one special young mother…she was able to moo like a cow! One man was very appreciative of a sleeping bag that he received from Bridges. I have been thinking of him all weekend – hoping that it was warm enough in these sub-zero temperatures. And then there were the volunteers from Kent Place School and Amy, Chip, Dan, and Mayra, it was great to get to know them as well. I really loved getting to know all these people. It is a blessing to be a part of this. I can’t wait to go again. Joan O. See volunteer opportunities for more information.

Volunteers in Action

MLK Day—Fifth graders from Girls Scout Troop 813 from Washington School in Summit.

Youth group from Stanley Congregational Church in Chatham are ready for the Friday, January 28th Run to NYC

MLK Day—A group of young volunteers work together to make bagged lunches.

Run Coordinator, Dan RosenHanst, is ready to introduce Bar and Bas Mitzvah students to Bridges service projects at

Irvington Rotary on a January Run to the Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Corporation organized by Alison Bryant, Irvington Rotarian and member of the Bridges Board of Trustees. Also in the photo, Lois Bhatt (Executive Director) and Kathryn Radutzky (Board Co-Chair).


Bridges Outreach February 2011 Newsletter  

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