WLF Connection (3/16/17)

Michelle Elizondo · Wednesday, March 15, 2017
When I was a kid I loved helping others. When many pictured themselves as doctors or lawyers I pictured myself working for a service organization making the lives of people better. While fate took my career in a different direction the fact remains that you don’t have to work in a service profession to help people.

Recently I sat down with Mindy Heick for an insightful discussion about Community Bridge.

Partnered with West Liberty Foods, Community Bridge is a non-profit organization that provides support to enhance the lives of deserving members of the West Liberty Foods family including both team members and the communities in which they live, work and play.

Providing to those in need is why Community Bridge exists.

Born from a Leadership Development program in August 2012, Community Bridge has eight board members who volunteer their time and ideas. Serving on the board is Mindy Heick, Laura Bothell, Mark Visser, Kira Achen, Liza Hayes, Renee Miller, Angie Crumly and Tracy Walker.

Through generous donations and successful fundraising the non-profit has given nearly $34,000 to individuals, organizations, and community projects.

Family is a word that reaches a broad audience in Community Bridges’ mission. A large focus for the group is helping youth and donating to organizations that are enhancing the lives of others. They have given to such causes such as the Infant Closet, Backpack Program, Flickinger Learning Center and Dutton Field.

They have also donated locally to the West Liberty Heritage Foundation and have partnered with the West Liberty Fire department raising funds for the new addition and the purchase of two power stretchers and replacement ambulance.

What is most near and dear for the group is the ability to help others in their time of need, and to date Community Bridge has donated $23,000 to helping our own.

Being able to give to a West Liberty Foods team member who is undergoing cancer treatments or giving aid to someone whose home was devastated in a fire is at the core of why the organization exists.

Community Bridge is always looking to partner with local organizations and looks to receive suggestions for different giving ideas. Donations can be designated to a specific project or individual and are reviewed by the board on a case-by-case basis.

On the calendar are a few fundraising event that you can’t miss! March 25th they are hosting trivia night to be held at the Muscatine County Fairgrounds Activity Center beginning at 7 p.m. Tables are $80 (max 8 players per table) and there is still time to register!

On April 14 Community Bridge will be hosting their annual Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt at the Muscatine County Fairgrounds.

For more information on Community Bridge or if you have a giving request please contact Mindy Heick at 627-6188 or mindy.heick@wlfoods.com.
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