From Volunteer to Trip Leader: Elyssa Michaels

Elyssa Michaels went on her first Bridges trip in 2003 when she was just 13 years old. It was such an impactful experience that she has returned on 12 Bridges trips since then and even started a Bridges trip at her high school, John Jay. As an adult, Elyssa is now a Bridges trip leader […]

Dylan Eichhorn: 2020 Leadership Dinner Honoree Highlight

Our 2020 Leadership Dinner, to be held on April 23rd, will honor the service-oriented leaders of tomorrow. Dylan Eichhorn is one of seven young people who will be recognized. From Bedford, NY, Dylan Eichhorn has traveled on four Bridges service trips and has been incredibly impacted by his experiences. Dylan’s family became involved with Bridges […]

Bridges to Community Breaks Ground on Primary School in La Guama, DR

This month, Bridges to Community kicked off construction of a new primary school in our partner community of La Guama, Dominican Republic. La Guama leaders and community members, teachers and students, and Bridges volunteers celebrated breaking ground in a commemorative ceremony on Monday, February 10th.  The current 48 square meter primary school in La Guama […]

Tallulah Samberg: 2020 Leadership Dinner Honoree Highlight

This year, Bridges to Community honors the future at our 2020 Leadership Dinner in April by recognizing a group of seven young people who are stellar examples of passionate, service-oriented future leaders.  From Bedford, NY, Tallulah Samberg has traveled on four Bridges service trips and interned with Bridges in our NY office. Tallulah became involved […]

Deena Elrefai: 2020 Leadership Dinner Honoree Highlight

This year, Bridges to Community honors the future at our 2020 Leadership Dinner in April, recognizing a group of seven young people who are stellar examples of passionate, service-oriented future leaders.  From Leesburg, Virginia, Deena Elrefai has traveled on four Bridges service trips and interned with Bridges in the Dominican Republic.   Deena’s family has been […]

Bridges Home Brings Safety and Security

This year, Bridges built 18 houses in our partner community of La Guama, D.R. With sturdy cinderblock walls and a roof attached to the foundation instead of a wobbling structure cobbled together from scrap lumber and plastic sheeting, the homes we build remain standing after a hurricane. With a cement floor instead of damp dirt […]

Scholarship Student Marcos Perez Finishes Elementary School

Marcos Perez Salgado is Bridges to Community’s youngest scholarship student at 14 years old. Marcos was also born deaf. Though Marcos always liked going to school, he was initially denied admission to elementary school as a young child because of his disability. He eventually began attending public school, but had trouble understanding and communicating; neither […]

Community Fund Loan Helps Siuna Man Start Business and Support His Family

Edwin Omar Zeledón (Siuna, Nicaragua) is an enterprising young man with many goals and aspirations for the future. He has been volunteering as secretary of the local Credit Committee on behalf of his neighborhood of Anexo Gaspar in Siuna since 2014. The credit committee oversees loans given out from the community fund. Wheelchair-bound in a […]

Volunteering with Bridges: A Family Affair

Megan McCarthy and her brother-in-law Harry Sober have been on six Bridges trips. They were so impacted by their first experience on a trip to Nicaragua in 2011 that they decided to take all of their nieces and nephews with them when they turn 15. They have traveled with eight of their nieces and nephews […]

New Bridges Home Offers Economic Opportunity

Johana del Socorro Busto López’s family used to live in a crowded home in bad shape in their community of Piedra Menuda, Nindirí, Nicaragua. However, their lives completely changed when they received a Bridges home in February of 2012. Now Johana, her husband Lenin, her mother Julia Migdalia, and her two children, Jared Lenin and […]