Your Bridge

We are excited about growing our investment in the children of Bithlo with our new After-School Program called “Your Bridge.”  Many of the older children that we support at the Orange County Academy (OCA) have little supervision outside the hours of school, with no athletic programs, clubs, band, or other developmental organizations at OCA. We are working to close the gap by providing these developmental needs through enrichment activities within “Your Bridge.” Additional mentoring, and tutoring, will also be provided to our after-school kids.

“Your Bridge” is its own 501(c)(3) non-profit, currently using the church’s facilities as our host location.  This program will be financially supported by donations, sponsorships, and fundraising events. We also welcome donations of after-school snacks and sports equipment.  We would appreciate your financial support, noting our funds are completely separate from our donations to OCA. “Your Bridge” is currently provided one day a week, and an average of 12 students a week attend. We are seeking a permanent location in Bithlo closer to OCA to increase accessibility to the OCA students with an aim of running the program 4 days a week.

Our program is primarily volunteer driven. If you have a heart for service, and availability, here are ways to get involved:

General Support and Supervision:  Seeking friendly, outgoing, and ready to help volunteers. You may be tasked with anything from greeting, taking attendance, giving directions, or help set up or takedown, etc.

Sports and Activities:  These volunteers are coaches, players, and encouragement. You may have some skills in tennis, soccer, basketball, flag football, etc. You will help lead and coach sports and outside recreation activities.

Skill and Crafts:  These volunteers have a special interest and enjoy teaching others.  These skills could range from cooking, art, painting, woodworking, sewing, crafts, music, general life skills, to mentoring or tutoring.

Serving Dinner: These volunteers like to cook and serve. Most food is prepared ahead of time at home by volunteers, and reheated at the church.

Safety and Security:  These volunteers are focused on making sure everyone has a safe, enjoyable experience – students and volunteers. You are safety-focused and may demonstrate some basic first aid skills. In particular, you are comfortable maintaining boundaries for the students. You can be firm when needed, but always handle situations in a positive manner with conflict resolution.

Mentoring and Homework Help: Mentor volunteers check in with the students and are good listeners. Homework volunteers are former teachers or particularly strong in math, language arts, science, or history.

If you have any questions, please contact Your Bridge Director, Erin Campbell , Pastor Brian or Pastor Patina.