Happy National Nonprofit Day! We hope you can take a few moments today to think about the nonprofits you are involved with, and maybe discover a new one that touches your heart. To celebrate the day, we are excited to share a little bit about ourselves.
Our mission is to transform the lives of young adults with disabilities through the power of a job, and we do that through our values:
- Ability First: Champion what young adults can do in the competitive workplace
- Integrity: Uphold behavior that honors the communities we serve and the brands we support
- Service: Commit to exceeding the expectations of young adults, employers, and partners
- Accountability: Hold ourselves responsible for the commitments we make
- Collaboration: Foster relationships that build trust, respect differences, and realize shared goals
These values have served us well as we approach our 30th anniversary. Did you know we’re 30? And here are some other fun facts:
We started in Montgomery County, Maryland, but now have offices in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York City, Oakland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington DC.
Bridges has helped more than 18,500 young adults start on their transformative path to meaningful work.
We are proud to report an 85% retention rate, meaning that 85% of our participants met with their Employer Representative, completed training, did research, practiced interview skills, applied for numerous jobs, went on numerous interviews, and held a job through a 90-day probationary period. Considering the huge obstacles young people navigate on any given day, with or without a disability, this is remarkable (if we don’t say so ourselves).
We partner with schools and special education programs, other nonprofits designed to support people with disabilities and/or equal opportunity employment, more than 5700 committed employers, local vocational rehabilitation and workforce agencies, and local government programs.
We are supported by an annual grant from the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, federal, state and local grants, donations from corporations and employers who hire Bridges students, and individuals like you.
Hopefully this has inspired you to get involved with Bridges, but also to consider how you can make a difference for someone with a disability who is looking to better their life. If you have a business or are looking to fill an open position, consider contacting us to find a pre-screened, qualified, interested and engaged potential employee. And if Bridges isn’t in your city, consider hiring someone qualified and eager to learn that has a disability. Visit our social pages and our website to hear success stories, or feel free to reach out to us directly to ask anything.