What you need to know

Summer 2020 Plans

Bridges is feeling the effects of COVID-19, as are all of our neighbors. We are not unique in having to make difficult decisions, and those difficult decisions continue. 

We are sad to announce that we will not host our traditional Bridges Foundations residential program for 2020 due to COVID-19. Many factors led us to this difficult decision, not the least of which being social distancing guidelines set forth for your safety and the announcement that Furman's campus will be closed through August 1.

But Bridges is not "cancelled" for the summer -- it will just look different! Use this website to learn more about out virtual Bridges summer program for 2020.

Will Bridges take a new class?
Yes! In collaboration with our advisory council, we determined that the need for Bridges is too great to not accept a new class of 25 outstanding students. Their Bridges journey will look very different than that of previous classes, but it will be no less impactful as we walk alongside them through their high school and college careers. Read the announcement of hte Omega class in our May 15 e-news!

What can the community do to help?

  • Keep yourself healthy!

  • Consider being a College Buddy for a college-bound student. 

  • Join us during a summer lunch Zoom to meet students and make connections.

  • Donate to Bridges to help us support students who are experiencing extraordinary situations and need financial help meeting basic needs. Summer is a time of fundraising for us, and without a residential program we are missing an opportunity to connect with potential donors. Please consider donating to help keep our programs running and our students supported! Go online and select "other" for designation and type in Bridges to a Brighter Future.

When will we see each other again?

We hope that by the fall we can host day-only and/or an overnight experience to continue building connections and working on team building. This could be connected to our Back to School Bash, our first Saturday College, and/or Fall Break. We will continue to listen to guidance from DHEC, the school district, and other experts to ensure that we keep everyone healthy and safe.

You can follow what Greenville County Schools is doing for its students during this challenging time, including summer meals for students. Bridges thanks the district for addressing the needs of all our students!