Bridges Community Action Partnership
Bridges Community Action Partnership is a private nonprofit community action agency dedicated to helping and serving low-income individuals and families in Delaware, Madison, Union, Shelby, Champaign, and Logan counties. Bridges helps improve the lives of individuals and families by providing a variety of programs and assistance with utilities, home improvement, family development, work resources, safe housing, financial education, and medical needs:
• Family Development (FDS)
• Summer Crisis
• Winter Crisis
• Elderly Home Repair
• Energy Efficiency
• Project Safe Heat
• Electric Utility Assistance Programs
• Getting Ahead
• Medical Assistance
• Cribs For Kids
• Water Utility Assistance
• Work-Related Assistance
• Volunteer Tax Assistance (VITA)
• Financial Literacy
• Homeless Prevention & Shelters
• Referrals & Information
Bridges was established as a community action agency in 1965 as a result of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964—part of President Johnson’s War On Poverty. There are community action agencies in all 88 counties in Ohio, and there are over 1,000 agencies across the nation.
Funding for our services and operations is derived from competitive federal, state, local, and private grants. Bridges administers the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) for our service area, which provides administrative and operational funding, client outreach, information and referral services, and emergency services. Other funding sources include the Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP), the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), local United Ways, private foundations, utility companies, and donations.
Bridges has 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from the IRS. Bridges’ Union County customer service center located in Marysville, Ohio, and we operate customer service centers in each of the counties we serve.
Bridges Community Action Partnership—serving Delaware, Madison, Union, Champaign, Logan and Shelby counties—works to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life for people, families and communities by planning, implementing and coordinating programs designed to impact social and economic problems.
Bridges Community Action Partnership believes that every individual is deserving of a bridge to a brighter future. Together, we span the gap created by poverty and build a safe path for people as they navigate life’s challenges.
Joining together and connecting with people on the road to better places.
Board of Trustees
Barb Lewis, Board Secretary
David Dhume, Board President
Stuart Y. Itani
Pastor James Oates
Terry Emery, Vice President
Ian Evans, Board Treasurer
Rochelle Dennis-Twining, Executive Director
Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies
Bridges is a proud member of the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies, which represents 50 agencies around the state serving the needs of low-income people in all of Ohio’s 88 counties for more than 50 years. Community action agencies provide education and training, emergency services, and other assistance programs to over 800,000 Ohioans annually, administering more than $480 million in resources and employing more than 6,000 people. OACAA serves and supports local community action agencies to make sure that they are the leaders in serving and empowering their respective individuals, families, and communities. For more information about OACAA, please visit www.oacaa.org.