The Bridges Network was formed to research model programs, provide training to better understand the underlying issues related to poverty in Blair County, and to network with other agencies and programs that provide resources for low-income residents. Meetings are scheduled the fourth Wednesday of the month at 2:00 pm.

Accomplishment and Activities:

In collaboration with community partners, the work group organized and sponsored six Poverty Simulation events with over 572 participants and volunteers. Please contact us if your group is interested in a poverty simulation.

Conducted fifteen Bridges Out of Poverty training for over 250 participants.

Worked with and/or expanded mentoring and other programs that provide resources to low-income students at the elementary, secondary, and higher education levels.

The work group is exploring how to address food insecurity and food deserts in Blair County, along with the newly formed Urban Ag Network.

Encouraged and supported programs aimed at financial literacy.

Blair County was one of twelve counties from across the country to be chosen by the National Association of Counties (NACo) in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Programs to receive community coaching on efforts to reduce childhood poverty with an emphasis on youth connections. Check out our Youth Connection Task Force page for more information.

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