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Perrysburg (Ohio) Schools launches neighborhood bridges

Perrysburg (Ohio) Schools launches neighborhood bridges

WESTERVILLE, Ohio, (April 13, 2023) – neighborhood bridges, a nonprofit

organization that champions direct local giving in partnering with school district leaders to serve

our most at risk students, today announced the launch of its 42nd “Gateway for Kindness” to

serve the school community of Perrysburg, Ohio.

Perrysburg Schools serves more than 5,800 students and operates 8 schools district

wide. As a community resource, neighborhood bridges Perrysburg will aid school counselors,

teachers, social workers and administrators in meeting essential needs for at-risk and

underprivileged students and their families.

“We are delighted to begin working with neighborhood bridges here in Perrysburg,”

shared Caitlin Keener, Social Worker, Perrysburg Schools. “Perrysburg is a great community full

of people looking for ways to help and through this partnership with neighborhood bridges, they

can be sure that they are supporting families right here in their own community. We look forward

to seeing how neighborhood bridges can allow Perrysburg community members to come

together and meet the needs of their neighbors.”

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 Perrysburg 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.”

Caitlin Keener and Morgan Casey, both Social Workers for Perrysburg Schools, will

team up to serve as area directors for neighborhood bridges Perrysburg. Our neighborhood

bridges Steering Committee includes: Rachel Abke, Community Member and Parent; Megan

Artz –Community Member, Parent and School Staff Member; Paul Belazis, Board President,

Perrysburg Heights Community Center; Jordan Fults, Social Worker, Perrysburg Heights

Community Center; Justin Fults, Director of Student Services and Well-Being, Perrysburg

Schools; Chris Harper, Assistant Director of Student Services and Well-Being, Perrysburg

Schools; Robin Laird, Community Member; and Jill Morse – Parent, School Staff Member,

Perrysburg Heights Community Center.

As with all communities, 100 percent of donations for Perrysburg will be used to help students

and families in need in the community.

Community members and businesses may follow needs in the community by subscribing to

neighborhood bridges Perrysburg and following on social media channels:


Facebook: @nbPerrysburg

Instagram: @nbPerrysburg

For more information about neighborhood bridges Perrysburg, or information on Kindness

Council sponsorship opportunities, please email us at [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 340,000 students and families through over $7 million in giving since its founding in 2017.

Neighborhood bridges is headquartered in Westerville, Ohio, and operates its “Gateway for

Kindness” in 42 communities throughout Ohio, Alabama, and Mississippi.

For more information, please visit neighborhoodbridges.org.


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