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Bibb County Schools to launch neighborhood bridges

WESTERVILLE, Ohio, (November 29, 2023) – neighborhood bridges, a 501(c)(3) charity that champions direct local giving in partnering with school district leaders to serve our most at risk students, today announced the launch of its 48th “Gateway for Kindness” to serve the school community of Bibb County Schools.

Bibb County Schools serves more than 3,000 students and is located in adjacent to Tuscaloosa County in Central Alabama. As a community resource, neighborhood bridges Bibb County will aid school counselors, teachers, social workers and administrators in meeting essential needs for at-risk and underprivileged students, and their families.

“We are thankful for neighborhood bridges and those who made it possible to partner with Bibb

County Schools. Our communities have always played a major role within our schools and this

will allow them to continue to benefit in the greatest way possible by meeting the needs of our

students.” - Mr. Kevin Cotner, Superintendent, Bibb County Schools

Neighborhood bridges drives direct support and care by inviting professionals at schools, mental health agencies, churches and other service organizations to advocate for those in need. Advocates post needs via a secure website that maintains recipient anonymity. Neighborhood bridges then shares those needs with subscribers and followers through daily emails and social media posts—engaging community members to fulfill them. Typical needs include food, clothing, shoes, coats, eye exams, school supplies, school fees, furniture, household items, and monetary donations for household expenses.

“Within the communities we serve, our ‘Gateway for Kindness’ connects those in need with those who can help. We are excited to add Bibb County Schools to our service area,” said Rick Bannister, CEO, neighborhood bridges. “In preparing for this launch, the efforts of local school and community leaders demonstrate that kindness has momentum. Our partnership will direct impact to students and families in need in the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors. Simply put, our goal is to make sure that every student in the Bibb County School District has the basic resources they need to attend school every day. We celebrate the addition of Bibb County to our Gateway for Kindness which now serves 18 communities (of the 24 communities in Alabama) in the 6 contiguous counties of Alabama: Jefferson, Shelby, Bibb, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Fayette. This is most definitely the “kindness corridor of Alabama”.”

Lane Lightsey, Mistie Burkes, Craig Cargile, Stephanie Kemmer, Hollie Tillery, and Carla Hubbard will team up to serve as volunteer area directors for neighborhood bridges Bibb County. Our neighborhood bridges Steering Committee includes:

Brandy Fancher, Town of West Blocton

Britney Dickson, Bibb County Schools

Nicki May, Bibb Medical Center

Kayla Thomas, Bibb County Schools

Kathy McCulley, Know My Hire

Cheryl Fondren, United Way of West Alabama

Karen Burklew, Southern Company

Ernie Cutts, Bibb County Schools

Ty Corbell, Bibb County Commissioner

Katie Crumpler, Bibb Medical Center

Kayla Cooner, Circuit Court - Bibb County

Camille Gibson, Bibb Medical Center

Tiffney McCulley, Town of Woodstock, Alabama

As with all communities, 100 percent of donations for neighborhood bridges Bibb County will be used to help students and families in need in the community.

Community members and businesses can follow needs in the community by subscribing to neighborhood bridges Bibb County https://www.neighborhoodbridges.org/community/bibb-county) and following on social media channels:

Facebook: @nbBibbCounty

Instagram: @nbBibbCounty

For more information about neighborhood bridges Bibb County, or information on Kindness Council sponsorship opportunities, email us at Bibb [email protected]

About neighborhood bridges

A 501(c)(3) organization, neighborhood bridges’ mission is to bridge communities with schools in providing basic needs, removing barriers, and seeking equity for students so they can engage and succeed in school and life. The organization has driven direct support and care to more than 409,000+ students and families through over $8 million in giving since its founding in 2017.

Neighborhood bridges is headquartered in Westerville, Ohio, and operates its “Gateway for Kindness” in 49 communities throughout Ohio, Alabama, and Mississippi.

For more information, vision neighborhoodbridges.org.

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