Building Community Bridges raises funds to buy its own building

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A Jefferson City-based nonprofit is launching a fundraising campaign to buy its own building.

Building Community Bridges (BCB), whose mission is to uplift and help young people in the community with regards to self-awareness, education, entrepreneurship and issues that affect their lives, wishes to purchase the building in which he is housed.

The nonprofit wants to raise $ 35,000 for a down payment on the building at 213 E. Adams St. It has raised $ 15,000 (43 percent of goal) through donations, the founder said. Doug Wright III.

Donations can be made on site or through the association’s website, buildingcommunitybridgesjcmo1.org. Volunteer opportunities can also be found on the website. The organization can also be found on Facebook.

The purchase price of the structure is $ 275,000.

The BCB will be hosting a Chili Benefit Dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on October 15 at the BCB. Five dollars will buy a single order of chili hot dog, chili nachos, or a bowl of chili. A dual order costs $ 10.

You can load your bowl with extras, such as cheeses, relish, onions, jalapenos, or crackers for an additional $ 1.

Wright said the organization works with local economic development leaders who help it maintain and purchase its building.

Wright founded BCB in November 2017 to help change the focus of young people in the community and steer them away from poverty, substance use and criminal activity. The nonprofit is also breaking down barriers preventing young people from enjoying future wealth, healthy lifestyles and productive citizenship, according to its vision statement.

BCB is made up of volunteers.

In May 2019, a tornado hit the communities served by the association. While working with the children in the community, the leaders understood the importance of reaching beyond the youth and supporting entire families. BCB and a central committee of community partners, businesses, nonprofits and neighborhood residents have developed plans to address inequalities in the community.

It houses a pantry twice a week and provides meals for children as part of a summer lunch program. It hosts monthly community days, allowing families to relax, play games and enjoy a free meal.

Last summer, the association organized a collection of school supplies and a gift of backpacks which distributed 356 backpacks to children in the region.

“It shows how much there is a need,” Wright said.

Each year, the association offers Easter baskets to children and organizes a Christmas toy drive. Thanks to the drive, the association can offer up to five toys per child as a gift.

The association also offers on-site programs: boxing, dancing and modeling.

BCB organizes an after-school program and offers general education tutoring to young people and their families.

For more information on Building Community Bridges, contact Wright at [email protected] or Executive Director Alicia Edwards at [email protected]


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