Executive Director John Hannan on Second Quarter Accomplishments

We are half way through 2016 and, thanks to your support, the impact we have had on the lives of Dominicans and Nicaraguans is incredible. In just the last three months, over 150 Bridges volunteers have helped construct 12 homes, 10 latrines, 5 stoves, perform repairs on 8 houses and provide medical attention to over 700 patients in health posts out in the most rural parts of Nicaragua. Combined with the amazing work from the beginning of the year, we have touched the lives of 2,385 people living across 10 communities.

BUT…We still have a ways to go before reaching our summer goals, so don’t stop reading now!  There are 48 families waiting and hoping we can build them a new home, provide a sanitary latrine, a healthy stove or even just repairs to their current house, and that is why I still need your help to be able to make these families dreams a reality.  Let’s not let them down!

This quarter really has been about families–the families in Nicaragua and the DR whose lives you’ve touched with your support, as well as the families that have grown together through a Bridges trip. Dozens of families have traveled to Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic with Bridges to Community already this year, either as part of larger groups or as their own Friends and Family Group. We hope you’ll read some of their stories about why they do Bridges together, and how it makes them stronger as individuals, and as families.

Looking ahead to the fall, we have several wonderful trips and events coming up and I invite you to join us on at least one of them.  Our NY Young Professionals, NYC Professionals, Fall Business Leaders, and “New Friends” trips each provides a great opportunity to build your network or simply meet new people while engaging in meaningful service projects for families in need. Are you interested in the economics of these countries or just want to know what are the best coffees, chocolate and other retail products to buy?  Come on one of our Fair Trade trips to see how fairly traded coffee and direct trade cacao is produced in the mountains of Nicaragua and cloud forests of the Dominican Republic. While there you will experience the most beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna possible.  These trips echo our commitment to creating sustainable futures for Nicaraguans and Dominicans, and that’s why we’ve partnered with Birds & Beans to promote bird-friendly fairly traded coffee that will give you the best tasting coffee while giving back a fair economic deal to Bridges communities.  I hope you will support this great company and promising collaboration.

And there are fun things to be done at home too. I hope to see you at our 2016 Volunteer Appreciation Picnic next week. This free event is a perfect way for you to meet other Bridges members to swap stories while enjoying a summer barbecue right here at Croton Point Park in New York. There are also two great fundraising events in October that I hope you’ll attend—Raise the Roof in the DC area and Rock the Roundhouse in Toronto.

With your continued support, we hope to see our impact grow even more in the months to come. We thank you for your support, and look forward to all the work yet to come this year.