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Nonprofit Aims to Bridge the Gap

Bridging in Bloomington provides home goods to roughly 5,000 households per year.

Today, I had the wonderful fortune of volunteering at Bridging, a Bloomington-based nonprofit that provides furniture and home goods to families in need.

I was joined by a handful of other Patch employees, and together we spent the afternoon in a 58,000-square-foot warehouse, unloading new donations and moving other pieces into trucks—trucks that will be delivering much needed furniture to Twin Cities families on Friday morning.

In 2011, Bridging expects to serve roughly 5,000 households—or more than 13,000 individuals—by providing items as large as new sofas and dressers, to things as small as lamps and forks.

If you have unused home goods in good condition that you could donate, Bridging invites you to stop by during all hours of operation—no appointment necessary. The nonprofit also can arrange to come and pick up larger items for you.

In addition to donating home goods, you can donate your time, like I did today. Bridging is a great place for larger groups to schedule volunteer outings. Individuals can also sign up for at least 20 hours of volunteering over a six month period. For more on volunteer opportunities at Bridging, see here.

Rachel Cherry April 08, 2011 at 12:10 AM
This place really opened my eyes to how much I have that I don't use. I will be making a donation in the near future!
Don Wyatt April 08, 2011 at 01:59 AM
It was a great day. Sad that such a non-profit is necessary, but uplifting that families in need are being helped with dignity.
John Hoeft April 08, 2011 at 12:02 PM
It's a great organization! Please donate, volunteer and tell your friends about Bridging.org
Diana Dalsin April 08, 2011 at 05:57 PM
Thank you for the great help yesterday Patch! Thanks to you, clients will receive quality funiture and household goods. Your energy was remarkable! Please come again soon and thanks for spreading the word about who we are and what we need. Diana Dalsin and the Bridging Team
Michael Rose April 08, 2011 at 06:59 PM
I'm speaking for all us when I say, "It was a blast!"

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