The Top Seven Reasons Why You Should Make a Gift this Fall

Bridges of Hope is in the midst of our Fall Fundraising Campaign, and this year we need your support to help us reach our goal of raising $80,000 by year-end. Your partnership with Bridges of Hope ensures that your friends, neighbors, and family members are able to get the help they need during a difficult time, and when you make a gift to Bridges, YOU GIVE THE POWER 2 HOPE to nearly 3,000 households in the Lakes Area every year!

Boy With SignYou may be asking yourself why your gift matters–and I’m so glad you did, because here are the top seven reasons why you should make a gift to Bridges of Hope this fall:

  1. It’s 100% tax-deductible. Sure, your support truly helps Bridges, but it can also serve as an added bonus for YOU during tax-time!
  2. If you’ve never made a gift to Bridges before, you’ll join a support network of over 2,500 individuals, businesses, churches, service clubs, and others who make a difference for individuals and families in our community. If you have made a gift in the past, you are already PART of that amazing support network.
  3. Your donation stays local. Bridges of Hope serves anyone who reaches out to us in all of Crow Wing County and the bordering communities like Pine River, Pillager, Motley, and Staples. Last year that was nearly 3,000 households, or about 8,500 people!
  4. Your gift goes to work immediately. We are currently in the midst of our $80,000 Fall Fundraising Campaign, which will ensure we can effectively serve everyone who is calling us this year. Every gift, no matter the size, will help provide hope. If you’ve already given this year, consider making an extra gift of $10-$15 as a “give up my specialty coffee week” gesture, or as a “pay it forward” gift in honor of a friend or family member.
  5. Giving makes YOU feel good! Studies (like this one) have found that when we do something good for others, we reap the benefit of feeling good ourselves—both emotionally and physically.
  6. There are nine dedicated and hard-working staff who will be personally grateful to you. Even after spending over ten (!) years at Bridges, I never cease to feel appreciative and so humbled as I watch the gifts come in each fall: only because of your support are we able to support others in our community.
  7. You can make a real difference in someone else’s life. Without you, Bridges wouldn’t be here—it’s as simple as that. Your gift makes stories like these possible.DonateButtonOrangeLogo

So there it is: your gift is needed this year more than ever before—it’s important to us, it goes to work immediately, it will make a tangible difference for someone in need in our community, you’ll be a part of a larger network of support, and you’ll feel good doing it. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to Bridges of Hope today. We are able to fulfill our mission here in the Lakes Area only because of you. Thank you.

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60K in 60 Days Kick-Off Event a Success

On Friday, November 1, about fifty brave souls gathered at the Franklin Arts Center parking lot for lunch at Prairie Bay’s Side Dish food truck. It was the kick-off event for Bridges of Hope’s fall fundraising campaign: “60K in 60 Days,” and Prairie Bay generously donated a full 25% of their sales to us during the event!

Side Dish Truck & Bridges of Hope

The Side Dish is Ready to Serve!

Lakeland News showed up to cover the event as well, which you can watch here:

There were many bowls of Prairie Bay’s famous Lobster Bisque ladled out; as well as many, many steaming cups of coffee ordered by those who came out both to support Bridges and to take advantage of the Side Dish’s last stop of the season.

The First Customers Put in their Orders at the Side Dish

The First Customers of the Day

Our Staff Are Ready to Greet You!

Our Staff Braving the Weather

The Line Gets Longer at the Side Dish

The Line Getting Longer

We are so thankful for the great show of support on a rather chilly, windy day! YOU helped make our Fall Fundraising Campaign kick-off successful!

Here are a few more ways you can help us build Bridges this fall: