There are many ways of supporting the vital work of the Bridge Family Center and its numerous programs, from our youth shelters to the Family Resource Center to the Teen Center.
We deeply appreciate donations of goods and services, and welcome gifts of new and used items (in excellent condition) for the children and teens we serve. We maintain an annual wish list of items that may be donated throughout the year, either at our offices or directly to a program site.
Donated services might include cooking, printing, yoga, painting, knitting, or calligraphy—the list is as long as your knowledge and talents. The services might be for an event or a program, or to support the infrastructure of the Bridge.
Please contact Amanda Aronson at 860.521.8035 during our office hours, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, to discuss your interest in donating goods or services to the Bridge.
For our many special events, we welcome donations of raffle and auction items, as well as refreshments, services, and, of course, your gift of volunteer time. If you are interested in donating an item for an event, please call us first so we can discuss it with you. Click here to learn about sponsorship opportunities for a Bridge special event.
Though the media makes the holiday season look sparkling and full of joy, that is not the reality for many of the children & families the Bridge serves. Many of our families express their needs through our counseling sessions, and we operate several residential programs for youth whose lives are in crisis. Most of these young people have suffered tragedy, abuse, or abandonment. To help those in need, we have put together our 2016 Wish List. The items in bold are in highest demand.
Gift cards: Marshalls, WalMart, Kohls, BJs, Best Buy, Babies R Us, Target, Old Navy, The Gap, TJ Maxx, Westfarms Mall, Buckland Hills Mall, Michael's, Jerry’s Artarama, Criterion Cinema, Rave Cinema, CVS, Walgreens, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, restaurants (Subway, Panera Bread, Arby’s, Chili's, Ruby Tuesday's, Olive Garden, A.C.Petersons), supermarkets, Visa and American Express gift cards.
New rain and winter gear for infants, children, and teens: coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and snow pants
Warm, fuzzy socks and slippers for children and teens
Pajamas for children and teens
Arts and crafts supplies
New household items: twin sheets and comforters, towels, bath rugs, Tupperware, pots, utensils, lamps, vacuums, carpet steam cleaner, steam mop, lamps.
Wallets for young men
Teen robes and slippers
Bikes and helmets
Nintendo Wii, games, and accessories; Xbox 360 gaming console; karaoke machine; phones.
New books (birth to elementary)
Hams, chickens, and turkeys.
BIG WISH: Sponsor rent for a year for a homeless youth.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Adults to bake/prepare meals for youth shelter residents; play guitar/sing at holiday parties; volunteers with prior experience with young people to chat, play games, and share activities; volunteers with special skills, such as knitting, yoga, etc., to teach to young children after school or residents in our shelters.