Jiffy Lesica, Bridges Champion: 3-Time Volunteer, Trip Organizer & Fundraiser

Jiffy Lesica is a 3-time Bridges volunteer who has become completely devoted to Bridges since his first Bridges trip. A current senior in high school, Jiffy has led and organized 2 Bridges trips and fundraises to support our vital programming. Jiffy’s first Bridges trip was completely different from what he expected. He says, “I had […]

Sophie Gibson, Bridges Volunteer Since 8th Grade, Organizes Trip for her High School Students

Sophie Gibson, a teacher with St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, VA, is a faithful Bridges volunteer who also organized her first Bridges trip for her students this past June. She wanted her students to be impacted by Bridges the same way she was in her youth.   Sophie was going into 8th grade on her […]

Bridges Adapted to Unrest in Nicaragua This Year

In April 2018, a civil crisis began in Nicaragua. This civil unrest drove the country into a period of instability that is unprecedented in our twenty-four years working there. Because of safety concerns for our North American volunteers, Bridges rerouted all of our volunteer activity to our site in the Dominican Republic and will continue […]

Bridges Reduces Illegal Immigration to the US by Increasing Opportunities at Home

Poverty is a complex problem that, coupled with a lack of opportunity, forces many Latin Americans to leave their homes and migrate to more developed countries. Bridges to Community is tackling that problem and reducing illegal immigration with our multifaceted, sustainable approach to bettering communities and creating opportunities for Nicaraguans and Dominicans in their home […]

Kathleen Stewart: “Empowering People to Help Themselves is so Important”

Kathleen Stewart and her family are believers in Bridges’ programs. As loyal donors, she and her husband Ian first became involved with Bridges through their children. Kathleen’s oldest son was a junior when he went on a Bridges trip with Fox Lane High School in 2005. He had a wonderful experience, so Kathleen decided to […]

Roger Sitkins: “Bridges Made Me a Much Better Person”

Roger Sitkins first traveled to Masaya, Nicaragua with Bridges 13 years ago. He became involved through Mark Rollins, a colleague and current Bridges to Community Board Member. Mark delivered a presentation on the Bridges trip at one of Roger’s client events. There was not a dry eye in the audience when he finished, and Roger […]

Kelsie Nau Student Perspective: “Bridges Completely Changed Me Forever”

Kelsie Nau has been on three Bridges trips to Nicaragua with Arlington High School and has been greatly impacted by the Bridges experience. She says, “I was having a rough time before high school and Bridges completely changed me forever.” Kelsie admits that she was apprehensive before going on the trip. She says, “In all […]

Bedford’s Kathy & Peter DiBiasi: A Change in Perspective

Kathy DiBiasi and her son Peter, a senior at Fox Lane High School, are dedicated Bridges volunteers. They have been on three Bridges trips together, and Kathy herself had traveled on 8 Bridges trips to Nicaragua with Bedford Presbyterian Church before Peter turned 15 and began traveling with her. As the Director of Educational Ministries […]

Hanover’s Matt Prince: The Bridges Experience Breaks Down Barriers

Matt Prince, a Hanover High School teacher, has chaperoned students on 7 Bridges trips since 2012. With an international background—he taught several years abroad in Latin America and has also participated in different international travel programs across the world—he was convinced to take over Hanover High School’s program because of the students. He says, “When […]