We Bought Our Building!!!
BCB was created November 16th, 2017, The organization moved to 213 E. Ashley St on August 1st, 2018
Renovations took place in 2020 and the building was purchased on March 11, 2022 and it wouldn't have been possible without our community
Thank YOU community for believing in the vision!!
BUILDING BRIDGES, CHANGING LIVES!!!
Now that we have PURCHASED our building, we want to thank our community who has helped us raise $35,000 for that purpose. Now we are launching Phase 2 of the Capital Campaign to raise funds to turn the former warehouse into an Enrichment Center for people in the community.
The Phase 2 improvements include:
Extending second floor to house LOTUS tutoring program and business hub
Creating community kitchen for summer lunch program and holiday meals
Renovating restrooms to be ADA-compliant
Adding storage for Food Pantry supplies
Bringing facility up-to-date, including enhancing entrances and exits
Making necessary repairs resulting from negligence of the previous owner
With your donation, you’ll begin to assist us in our “Building Bridges, Changing Lives” Capital Campaign, as we continue to:
Vision Statement: Change the direction of our community youth to divert them from paths of poverty, substance use, and criminal activity and breaking down barriers to their future wealth, healthy lifestyle, and productive citizenship.
Put people first. Create jobs, educational resources, and develop youth programs. Promote sustainability in our neighborhood and community. Assist small, Independent, minority business owners. Create a healthy and caring community. Together with your assistance and support, we can achieve our community goals and build a safe and caring community for years to come!
The first step in reaching these goals was purchasing the building (an old warehouse) that we’ve been in since August 01, 2018. Located 213 East Ashley St. Jefferson City, MO, in the heart of low-income families of Jefferson City, this building is becoming an enrichment center for many.
Who we are, how we started
Building Community Bridges has helped to fill the needs in our Community since November 16, 2017, through community partnerships and our volunteer staff. From the beginning, BCB has been 100% staffed by volunteers, including the Executive Director. Community volunteers have partnered with BCB to give back their skills they have learned, are naturally gifted in, or passionate about.
While working with the children in the community, especially in the aftermath of the destructive tornado and floods in 2019, BCB saw a need to extend their assistance beyond just youth, and to the family as a whole. With the overwhelming response of needs from the community, and BCB’s need to fill the gaps, Building Community Bridges created a core committee of community partners, businesses, nonprofits, and neighborhood residents to establish an active plan to combat the inequities in our community. To fund our work, BCB has relied on support from very generous local donors as well as frequent fundraising activities such as BBQ dinners to support its programs.
Building Community Bridges currently offers the following programs for members of the Jefferson City community.
Servicing our community and those afar:
Twice-weekly food pantry (Monday 4:30pm-6pm Thursday 10am-1pm).
Summer lunch program for children. Runs June-August, providing a well-balanced hot cooked meal.
Monthly Community Days: Usually centered around national holidays, these 4-hour events are open to the community and include free activities and games for kids, live DJ, free food, and table for community partners to share information.
Easter basket giveaway: free easter baskets for children, of all ages.
4th of July parade: BCB participates by making a float each year, highlighting BCB programs such as the Jawbreakers boxing program, and Royal Tigerettes dance team.
Soulfest: This weekend festival showcases local small businesses, local artists, music, food, and culture. Friday events are children and teenager focused. Saturday is focused on businesses, a fashion show, and live entertainment. Sunday’s focus is food and Gospel music.
Back-to-school backpack giveaway: The backpacks include all supplies and essential items students will need to start the school year. (Elementary-Middle school students)
BCB Honors: This yearly awards ceremony recognizes our volunteer staff and community partners.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner: BCB prepares a traditional thanksgiving meal which is served to the community, along with activities and games for families.
Christmas Toy Drive: BCB collects new and gently used toys to provide a toy store for parents to get up to 5 toys per child, stocking stuffers, and wrapping paper. Cookies and hot chocolate are served.
Programming offered by BCB: Learning life skills and mentoring the youth is embedded in our programming. Our current programs (listed below) are provided free of charge for all youth 17 and under.
Dance: The Royal Tigerrettes Dance Team, consist of a diverse group of youth male and female, ranging from 8yrs old-18yrs old. They enjoy learning the fundamentals of dance and finding their inner creative. Department Head: Lincoln University Alumni and Dance coach, Mecca Dixon.
Boxing: The BCB JawBreaker’s is an official boxing club registered with USA Boxing Organization, where our youth can have an amateur career in boxing starting at the age of eight that can lead to a pro career. Department Head: Retired Boxer, Shad Howard.
Modeling/Fashion: Is brought to you by Poise Fashion Search. Bootcamp style program teaching the basics in modeling/fashion to the youth, with showcases throughout the year. Department Head: Lincoln University graduate, Khiara Brown.
L.O.T.U.S. after school program: a BCB program that offers after school tutoring in general education for our youth and their families in public school, ranging from elementary to adult education. Department Head: Retired Professor in Education, Dr. Cheryl Hibbett
These programs are offered weekly to our community
(Programs to launch in 2022, with additional funding and resources.)
WVP Productions: learning the fundamentals of video and photograph from shooting to editing. Department Head: Lincoln University graduate, Wolky Belancourt.
Men & Women of Fortitude: youth social group, focusing on educational and social development. Department Head: Lincoln University graduate, Brianna Sales.
BCB Music Department: Offers classes in music. From learning to play instruments, reading and writing music, studio recording and producing, and music therapy. Department Head: Clark Henry
In closing, I would like to Thank you for taking the time to look at what we have accomplished, and how we are “Building Bridges, Changing Lives”. I encourage you to be a bridge builder and join our mission in creating a better community for all. (Mission Statement: Inspire, uplift, and aid youth development through self-awareness programs, education and addressing community issues that impact their daily lives.)
From the great philosopher, Napoleon Hill:
“Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and never the result of selfishness.
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Our Founder Doug Wright, and Executive Director, Alicia Edwards, encourage you to reach out for more information or to schedule a tour of our facility. Thank you for your support.
Doug Wright III Alicia Edwards
"When the man is incarcerated the whole family is incarcerated, When the women is incarcerated the community is incarcerated, When the community is incarcerated the world is incarcerated."