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New Miami Schools launches neighborhood bridges to serve at-risk students & families

New Miami Schools to launch neighborhood bridges

New Miami, Ohio, April 19, 2024 – Neighborhood bridges, a 501(c)(3) charity that champions direct local giving in partnering with school district leaders, city leaders and the community to serve our most at risk students, today announced the launch of its 51st “gateway for kindness” to serve the school community of New Miami Schools.

New Miami Schools serves more than 600 students in Butler County Ohio. As a community resource, neighborhood bridges New Miami will aid school counselors, teachers, social workers, and administrators in meeting essential needs for at-risk and underprivileged students and their families.

“New Miami Local Schools is excited to bring the neighborhood bridges organization to our community,” said Rhonda Parker, Superintendent, New Miami Local Schools. “There is a long history of service, support, and kindness toward others within our district. This partnership will allow us to serve not only our students, but their families as well. Neighborhood bridges will help us fulfill our commitment to creating a community where belonging is made real.”

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 New Miami Schools to our southwestern Ohio service area, which is Ohio’s ‘kindness corridor,’ 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. Our goal is to make sure that every student in the New Miami School District has the basic resources they need to attend school every day.”

With the addition of New Miami, neighborhood bridges now serve 8 school communities in the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton areas. The other 7 school districts are: Fairfield, Lakota, Kings Local, Lebanon, Sycamore, Miamisburg, and Mad River Local Schools. Katie Klei and Shayla Hoskins will team up to serve as volunteer area directors for neighborhood bridges New Miami.

The community steering committee includes Katie Klei, Shayla Hoskins, Dianna Theiss, Diane Greggo, Shina Starling, David Wright, Jamie Marlow, Joslyn Benson and Cassie Taylor.

In line with neighborhood bridges’ model of direct local giving, donations for neighborhood bridges New Miami will be used to help students and families in need within the New Miami Local School community.

Individuals and businesses can follow needs in the New Miami Local School community by subscribing to neighborhood bridges New Miami, and by following on social media channels: Facebook: @nbNew Miami and Instagram: @nbNew Miami.

For more information about neighborhood bridges New Miami, or information on Kindness Council sponsorship opportunities, email [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 446,000+ students and families through over $9 million in giving since its founding in 2017.

Neighborhood bridges is headquartered in Westerville, Ohio, and operates its “Gateway for Kindness” in 51 communities throughout Ohio, Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi.

For more information, vision neighborhoodbridges.org.

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