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OhioHealth Partners with neighborhood bridges as Central Ohio Sponsor

WESTERVILLE, Ohio, January 7, 2022— Neighborhood bridges, a local, nonprofit that helps students and families in need through direct local giving, today announced that OhioHealth has pledged its support of the organization as a Central Ohio sponsor.

As a community resource, neighborhood bridges seeks to remove non-cognitive barriers to learning. The organization works with school counselors, teachers, social workers and administrators to identify and fill essential needs for students and families by engaging community subscribers wishing to help.

The OhioHealth sponsorship will support neighborhood bridges’ operating model of using 100 percent of donations to drive impact within their community of origin. The organization’s Central Ohio region is comprised of 10 school communities: Big Walnut, Dublin, Gahanna, Hilliard, New Albany, Olentangy, Pataskala, Upper Arlington, Westerville and Worthington.

“We are very happy to help support neighborhood bridges in this way,” said Shawna Davis, VP of External Affairs, OhioHealth. “They have created a truly effective grass roots organization helping students and others who most need it, quickly and respectfully. That is very much in line with our mission to improve the health of those we serve. ”

“As a nonprofit that puts compassion, concern for the underprivileged and community stewardship at the heart of its healthcare experience, OhioHealth’s values are remarkably well aligned with ours,” said Rick Bannister, CEO, neighborhood bridges. “We are fortunate and grateful for their support, which will help us expand our capacity for kindness in 2022.”

How it works

Neighborhood bridges provides fast, efficient and direct support by inviting professionals at schools, mental health agencies, and service organizations to advocate for those in need. Advocates post needs via a secure portal that maintains recipient anonymity. Needs are shared with community subscribers and followers through emails and social media posts. Typical needs include food, clothing, shoes, coats, eye exams, school supplies, school fees, furniture, household items, and monetary donations for household expenses.

With administrative costs under 10 percent, neighborhood bridges maintains an elite standing among other charities. The organization earned Guidestar’s Gold Seal of Transparency in 2021. For more information, to subscribe, or to donate visit www.neighborhoodbridges.org.

About OhioHealth

Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare outreach of the United Methodist Church.

Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 35,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 12 hospitals, 200+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 47-county area. It has been recognized by FORTUNE as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” 14 times since 2007.

OhioHealth hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth Shelby Hospital, OhioHealth Grove City Methodist Hospital and OhioHealth Berger Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at www.ohiohealth.com.

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 222,000 students and families through over $3.5 million in giving since its founding in 2017.

Neighborhood bridges is headquartered in Westerville, Ohio, and operates its “Gateway for Kindness” in 37 communities throughout Ohio and Alabama.

For more information, visit neighborhoodbridges.org.

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