Being part of a Community bigger than Ourselves

This week I feel blown as I look around and see how God is moving. Four months ago, I couldn’t have imagined being where we are now. Our office is getting a fresh new look, coffee subscriptions are available online, and we’re prepping for summer programs. But more than this development, I’ve been blown away seeing all of the caring individuals who have been volunteering and helping us out at The Bridge. Selfless giving has been at the heart of this display over the past few months. Volunteers have been coming left and right, giving of themselves and using their talents to bless this community.

 

Interior designers, students, and sanders have worked with Chelsea to redesign our office space, highlighting the wooden floors, painting tiles, and building a wooden counter. Occasional students and a daily volunteer have been working hard with Jay to plant seedlings which will grow into produce for our Cultivate Training Garden and build a High Tunnel. Our vehicle maintenance guy is ALWAYS willing to take a look into why our vehicles aren’t working on any specific day. Sometimes it’s the battery or a loose wire, but this guy never gives up on trying to find a solution and then drives as well.

Our weekly Middle School leaders, take time out of their schedules to come hang out with youth, supporting and empowering them, and have stepped into differing leadership roles. College students are taking time to develop a good coffee subscription experience (teaching me more about marketing). And of course our coffee enterprise & refugee resettlement volunteer continues weekly to invest his time in helping out wherever is needed, from paperwork to teaching high school students a little about woodworking. 

 

And you know what is the best part about all of this?!? It has been so effortless. We could run ourselves crazy trying to get volunteers. But these past few months, people have just kept coming and offering to use their gifts and passions to help out here. This is a part of our DNA a t The Bridge that we want to continue to grow– being a part of community where everyone is giving and receiving. Sometimes it may be joy, a task well done, word of encouragement, or just simply knowing you’re part of a community that is doing something bigger than ourselves.

Blessed, encouraged, and grateful,

Jessica Skelton
Youth Advocate & Communications