Bridges to Community

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Bridges to Community is an organization that develops poverty alleviation strategies in local communities in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.  The Bridges model works closely with community leaders to create a sustainable system for continued growth and development.  The hands on construction is driven by volunteer support and participation.  There is a dire need for safe and secure housing in Nicaragua.  Bridges to Community selects communities that are in the greatest need and focusing efforts there for 5 years.  The cinder block homes that families receive provide a permanent housing solution allowing the family to focus on steady income and schooling.  The recipients are not gifted the home for free, they are required to pay $10 a month for 7 years to a community fund, managed by local community members, that is used for things like rebuilding a church or purchasing computers for a school.  Thus creating the sustainable model for continued development after Bridges has moved on to another community. 

The William and Mary team spends a week immersed in the culture and life of a town in Nicaragua.  In that week, we spend our daylight hours building a house from the ground up with a few paint buckets, shovels, and wooden planks as our construction equipment! In addition, we have life changing opportunities to spend time with local community members sharing cultures and histories. 

The funds for this service learning trip are used to purchase materials for the home, to pay the local masons we work with, and to pay the community for lodging and food.  The cost of this is steep divided among our 10 member team.  Even if we do not reach our goal, all donations are greatly appreciated in making the dream of a safe and secure house a reality for a Nicaraguan family! 

 Bridges to Community – Nicaragua

 To provide support for a Bridges to Community project in Nicaragua, including expenses related to construction of a house, and for William & Mary teams participating in the project to travel to Nicaragua to live and work within the community on the building of a house.


 Less funding for project.

Additional funds will provide support for future trips to Nicaragua.

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The Class Leaderboard reflects giving from Alumni, Students, Parents
Class YearDonorsDollars
1977 1$50
1986 1$100
2016 1$10
2018 6$75
2019 3$210
2020 2$20

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24% Alumni

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59% Students

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12% Parents

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12% Faculty/Staff

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6% Friends

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Mary Sue Babb
The Dean Family
Nattinee Sittipongporn
Meghan Foley
Sue Peterson
Oakleigh & Tobin Ryan
Sue & Bill Barton
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