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neighborhood bridges Westerville celebrates our 2021-22 Advocates of the Year


WESTERVILLE, Ohio, (April 14, 2022) — neighborhood bridges, a nonprofit organization that champions local giving to impact students & families in need, is pleased to announce its 2nd Annual Advocates of the Year in Westerville.

Two amazing and caring counselors in Westerville City Schools have been chosen as the recipients of this annual award that celebrates advocacy for students in need. This year’s neighborhood bridges - Westerville Advocates of the Year are Candi Bartlett, Intervention Specialist – Westerville South High School, and Elizabeth Wolfgang, Counselor – Wilder Elementary.

Elizabeth and Candi have been chosen for their continued advocacy for their students and for regularly directing impact by posting needs and partnering with neighborhood bridges to bring about more equity and hope for all students in the Westerville City Schools community.

Since its founding just over 5 years ago neighborhood bridges has engaged 38 communities to partner with local school districts in directly impacting 235,179 students in need. Thanks to advocates like Candi and Elizabeth…and our amazing community…Westerville leads all neighborhood communities in terms of direct impact since the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic.

“neighborhood bridges is designed to provide a tool and community engagement for school counselors and social workers. Candi Bartlett and Elizabeth Wolfgang are relentless in seeking ways to drive support for their students in need. They represent the best of the best in our community and we wanted to simply say Thank You”, Rick Bannister, ceo, neighborhood bridges.

For their efforts neighborhood bridges decided to give each a planter of gift cards to local businesses so that they can pamper themselves a bit, while supporting locally owned businesses. 

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 235,000 students and families through over $4.4 million in giving since its founding in 2017.

Neighborhood bridges is headquartered in Westerville, Ohio, and operates its “Gateway for Kindness” in over 38 communities throughout Ohio and Alabama.

In Westerville, neighborhood bridges is led by volunteer Area Directors Wendy Loeser and Molly Woodruff.

For more information, vision neighborhoodbridges.org

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