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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services

Mission: Bridges unites the deaf, the hard of hearing, and the hearing communities through programs, services, and support, empowering individuals to achieve their full potential.

Target demographics: Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100 people learn conversational ASL; we helped 214 Deaf and hard of hearing individuals get healthier; and our After School Program provided 74 children with tutoring, mentoring, socialization, and literacy help.

Geographic areas served: middle Tennessee

Programs: Sign language interpreting services for the Deaf including both face-to-face and via video remote interpreting; we also offer transcription services for hard of hearing and deaf who do not sign. We have a comprehensive After School Program, Fitness Center, and a Case Management Specialist.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a front desk volunteer and office intern for a little over a month now, and I have absolutely loved the experiences I am gaining through my work. I have been able to expand my knowledge and use of American Sign Language as well as work within and for the deaf and hard of hearing community. The staff is friendly, personable, and understanding of any additional work related commitments I have outside of Bridges. This will be my first "job" in a formal business, and I am pleased of the amount of office experience I am gaining.
Recently, I have been contemplating the possibility of getting an interpreter certification. I know this is because of the positive interpreters Bridges has on staff and the opportunity I've had to work here.
I'm looking forward to closing my summer with Bridges and I thoroughly recommend volunteering for anyone who wishes to engage in ASL as well as the deaf and hard of hearing community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for Bridges about 7 months ago when I decided that I wanted to get serious about learning sign language (ASL). On my first day I was given a tour of the facility, introduced to most of the staff, and felt very welcomed. As these months have gone by I have not only been able to learn ASL, but also get involved in the deaf community, take classes, and learn new skills that have helped me in my personal work life. You can do anything you feel comfortable doing, whether its doing paperwork or greeting people at the front desk, or helping kids with homework in the After School Program. Bridges also hosts many different events throughout the year that are always in need of volunteers. Whatever is it, you will always be welcomed and appreciated.