The Bridges Run is an opportunity for a group of trained volunteers, along with Bridges’ staff, to go directly to the streets and shelters to meet homeless men, women and children. On a typical Bridges Run, our truck is loaded with fresh, ready-to-eat meals in bags, sustainable lunches (long shelf life provisions), and soup, among other items of necessity, for those living on the street or in dire need. Our volunteers share conversation and bridge the gap between the housed and homeless.
PLAN YOUR RUN:
- If you are new to Bridges, please register your Group at firstname.lastname@example.org. It may take up to 2 business days for your account to be ACTIVATED, at which time you may sign up for a Run.
If you would like to join a Run as an individual, please contact email@example.com.
Please note: All run volunteers must be at least high school age.
- Sign up for a Run at one of the links above.
- Sign waiver. Each volunteer must sign the on-line waiver of liability form. ALL RUN VOLUNTEERS MUST BE AT LEAST HIGH SCHOOL AGE.
- Run Procedures and Safety Tips
- Prepare lunches (click here for guidelines)
- Download directions. Please note that the GPS links are through Google Maps. Other map applications, such as Apple Maps, may not display correctly.
RUN Schedule and Locations
|Day||Location||Location Name||Address||Google Maps Link||Departure from Summit||Arrival at Destination||Estimated arrival back to Summit|
|Wednesday||NYC||Manhattan Penn Station||214 W 31st St, New York, NY 10001 (between 7th and 8th Avenue)||Manhattan Google Map Link||6 pm||7-7:30 pm||8:30-9 pm|
|Friday||NYC||Staten Island Ferry Terminal||11 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013||Staten Island Ferry Terminal||6:15 pm||7-7:30 PM||9 pm|
|Saturday||Newark||Blake House at St. James Social Services||604 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Newark, NJ 07102||Blake House Google Map Link||10:15 am||10:45 am||1 pm|
|Sunday||Irvington||Irvington Civic Square||1970 Civic Square, Irvington, NJ 07111||Irvington Civic Square Google Map Link||10 am||10:30-10:45 am||12:30 pm|
Core Volunteers make a commitment to participate in a Bridges Run at least once a month. They are the first to arrive at a Run site and talk to the people waiting there. They reassure the waiting people that the Bridges truck and a team of volunteers will arrive shortly with food and necessities. The Core Volunteers have become an integral part of our Runs and have truly become friends with the homeless people we meet. They provide continuity and have time to continue their conversations from week to week.
Core volunteers are not required to bring brown bag meals. They sometimes ride in the Bridges van, but may be asked to provide their own transportation to Run sites.
Contact the Manager of Operations at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about becoming a Core Volunteer.
A Group of volunteers (houses of worship, corporations, families, neighbors or teams) makes a commitment to participate in a Run of their choice. They sign up in advance and are responsible for providing volunteers and brown bag lunches.
Individual volunteers may join a Run when space permits. As a volunteer, you will be asked to assist the Run Coordinator with various aspects of a Run, from distributing food and clothing to serving soup and beverages. You may be asked to provide some lunches or your own transportation. All Run volunteers must be at least high school age. As always, friendly conversation with our homeless friends is encouraged; fellowship is as important as the food and necessities we distribute.
RUN TRAINING VIDEO: