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Bridge Volunteer Leadership Training - Semi-Annual

Are you looking for a new volunteer opportunity? Are you already a Bridge volunteer and would like to sharpen your skills? Come on out to The Bridge Volunteer Leadership Training! Join The Bridge Volunteer Staff! Check out the Facebook update box above for announcements about the next training. This is a FREE training offered only twice per year. Ages 13 to 113 are welcome. Adult Staff are just as needed as Youth Staff. You must be mature and capable of being a leader and working with a team in a group situation. We also ask that you attend two or more Weekly Empowerment Sessions prior to making the commitment to volunteer. Adults must pass a background check. Food will be provided at the Training. If you are interested in registering or would like more information about the Bridge Volunteer Leadership Training, please visit us on a Tuesday night, or contact us at 856-757-3080 or .

The Bridge Takes A Winter Break - Happy Holidays!

Just a reminder that The Bridge office will be closed the last two weeks in December and will reopen the first Tuesday in January. Weekly Empowerment Sessions are closed the last two Tuesdays of the year. Our Weekly Empowerment Sessions are once again open to the public beginning the first Tuesday in January. See you then!

College Night at the Weekly Empowerment Sessions - September 2011

The Bridge and a number of college students from LHS's Public Health Office are hard at work, planning an awesome College Night for Sept 20, 2011! If you ever dreamed of college, think you might want to go to college, or are just curious for someone else, come and check out this interactive night! Remember, arrive before 7:30p, as we start at 7:30p sharp.

The Bridge Takes Time to Relax & Renew - August 2011

The Bridge Weekly Empowerment Sessions will be closed during the month of August, as well as the first Tuesday night in September. There will be a STAFF ONLY Team Time night on August 2nd, 2011. The Bridge Office will have limited in-office hours, as we will busy with off-site community events. Our Weekly Empowerment Sessions once again open to the public beginning 9/13, the second Tuesday of September. See you then!

The Camden County Bridge has Moved!! - September 2010

It was a bittersweet announcement that was made at our annual Staff Picnic this year. We were all very sad to say goodbye to our old Bridge space: the Mural, the awesome Kitchen/Staff Room, the comfy couches, the soft blue rug, and our wonderful "tree". On the other hand, we're excited to be back on the Lourdes Campus, in a larger and more accessible space! We have worked hard, and are now getting settled into our new location on Vesper Bouevard, between Lourdes Emergency Department and Park Avenue, at the corner of Ormond Ave. We hope you can come visit us in our new digs!
Here's the info for our Camden County Sessions:
WHEN: Every TUESDAY - 7:30pm Sharp to 9:00pm
WHERE: Lourdes Medical Center
            GPS / Entrance: 1499 Vesper Blvd, Camden, NJ
               (btwn Lourdes Emergency & Park Blvd;
                at the corner of Ormond Ave)
            Parking is available on the street, or in the Visitor Lot,
                at the intersection of Vesper and Haddon.
            ~ DIRECTIONS: Google Maps ~ PDF ~ MS Word

Need more info? Call 856-757-3080, or email:

2-page PDF Brochure
Multi-use JPG Image/Flyer/Poster
4-per page PDF Flyers

Bridge Benefit - September 22, 2008

Enjoy a day of golf and networking with the Tri-State chapter of SHRM. The day will consist of many challenges and events. Test your skills with putting, closest to the pin, longest drive and other contests. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Bridge to support their efforts to help area teenagers in our Southern New Jersey region. Click here for Details and Registration See you there!

Bridge Staff in the News! - August 2007

Long-time devoted Bridge Teen and current Adult Staff Member, Peter Burgos, received a 2007 Hero of Everyday Life Award given by the Sodexho Foundation for his work to help stop hunger. Read more... Way to go, Peter!

The Bridge gets a little help from Ron Jaworski's JAWS - October 2005

The JAWS Youth Fund Fall Golf Classic, which is held at Valleybrook Country Club, brings together celebrity athletes and local businesses to raise money and provide grant support to programs serving at-risk youth throughout Camden County. This year, The Bridge was chosen as a funding recipient for this fun event! We know, firsthand, just how fun it was; a bunch of our youth and adult volunteers went to help out during the day! Read more...

The Bridge Hosts Party for 25th Anniversary! - September 2005

Wow - time flies when you're having fun! On Saturday September 24, 2005, The Bridge, started 25 years ago by teens for teens, threw a huge party for its 25th Anniversary! Everyone that has attended The Bridge at one point in time was invited and it was so wonderful to see so many of you (and your families!). Many thanks to all our volunteers who helped plan, organize, cook, decorate, host, and of course, clean-up! See you for our next big Anniversary!

How Has The Bridge Helped You? - Let us know!

The Bridge is looking for stories (testimonials) of how the program has helped those who've attended. If you've been to The Bridge and something you learned helped you in a tough spot in your life, or has otherwise made your life better, please let us know. A simple paragraph or two is fine - spelling and grammar will not be judged, but it does have to be able to be read (ledgible). If you would like to include your name and the year(s) you came to Bridge, you have the option to do that. Your information will be kept confidential. You can email your story to us at , or you can mail it to The Bridge at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes ~ 1600 Haddon Avenue ~ Camden, NJ 08103, or you can text it to us at 856-305-3714. We look forward to hearing your story!

Bridge Chosen as Fundraising Recipient - Spring 2004 & 2005

The 2004 Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year Award Committee chose The Bridge as the recipient of the funds raised by May's Silent Auction! The auction broke records as it raised almost $6000! The 2005 DE Valley HR Person of the Year Award Committee has also generously donated an additional $5000 of the funds raised at the 2005 Event to The Bridge! We thank you!

William T. Grant Foundation supports The Bridge!

The Bridge is pleased to announce that a grant has been awarded by the William T. Grant Foundation in the amount of $4,000. The awarded amount is to be used to supplement project costs associated with the program. The Bridge thanks the William T. Grant Foundation for their support!

Would you like to make a donation?

As a non-profit organization, The Bridge is also always open to donations. If you or someone you know would like to make a financial or material donation to The Bridge, please If you feel called to invest in the work that The Bridge is doing, please visit support.bridge1980.com, or email us at .

Bridging the Gap Health News - Sept/Oct 1999

"You'll be surprised how many kids in the community will get involved in a program like this where there are no barriers, where you can be yourself, and where everyone is treated the same." A quote by Mike Torres, from this very thorough and in-depth article, which includes interviews with three former Bridge youth volunteers as well as Director, Renee Pinardo. Read more...

Got News? 1979-Current

Our hard-working webchick, Maria, is busy updating the News and Awards Pages with articles from the Bridge Archives (also known as the Bridge closet). You can help by links to or scans of articles and news about The Bridge program, as well as the achivements and accomplishments of our Bridge Youth & Adult Volunteers.