TBF Response to the Pandemic
Updated June, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Southwest Florida, and for many of our neighbors, its effects have been devastating. Many jobs have not returned, and for those who are employed, work hours often remain curtailed. Incomes that covered household expenses pre-pandemic will no longer stretch to pay for the basics, leaving families who have never before needed help running short of food or unable to pay rent or utilities.  

 

The Bridge Fund is helping to bridge these gaps. Recognizing food as the most critical basic need as the pandemic began, we helped fund several pop-up and mobile pantries, and in January 2021 began a new initiative to set up emergency food pantries and clothes closets in local area schools. To date, TBF distributed more than $300,000 for pandemic-related needs:

 

  • 45% for food

  • 39% for shelter

  • 10% for utilities

  • 6% for transportation

 

Read what our assistance during the pandemic has meant to families, our agency partners and local school communities:

 

  • This year has truly been like no other.  With that in mind, we are so grateful for the help The Bridge Fund has provided to our family.  COVID-19 has disrupted our lives and way of living, you have provided a sense of normality in a time that so many things are changing.  That was gift enough.  You have really impacted my family in such a positive way.  Thank you so much for everything we are truly grateful. Family with 2 elementary school-aged children

 

  • I would like to sincerely thank you for your help. You have no idea how much this means to me and my children. I was so worried trying to figure out how to keep my home. You are a complete blessing. I will forever be grateful to you. Family at risk of eviction within 24 hours

 

  • I want to express our sincere appreciation for the recent assistance you provided to help cancel a family’s the two month outstanding rental debt of a client.  Your thoughtful and immediate support at this critical time has helped her regain some financial ground that had been lost due to her daughter’s extended recovery from COVID-19. Agency note about assistance TBF provided to a single mother who was out of work due to caring for a teenaged daughter who spend 2 months in hospitals due to COVID
     

  • I just want to personally express thanks for the clothing orders made for our students by the Bridge Fund. The jackets in particular have been helpful in keeping our students warm. It is good to know that our team is able to send a student in need to my office and to have them leave enveloped in warmth. It is automatically evident on the students’ faces, from a slight smile to a twinkle in their eye, how grateful they are to walk out of my office well-clothed and warm. It is a blessing to be able to provide them with that resource. I can’t thank you and the Bridge Fund enough!  Elementary School Social Worker

 

  • Good afternoon, I just want to thank you so much for granting our school with the opportunity to really make a difference with our needy families.  Elementary School Social Worker

 

  • Thank you so very much for your amazing and generous donation of $500.00 to our school for food provisions.  This money will help feed our students and their families in times of need.  We are so appreciative of you and your wonderful organization.  It is a privilege to work with you. Again, my sincerest thanks!  You are all angels on Earth!  PK-12 Social Worker

 

Until we can thank you in person, please know that your support ensures that we will be here, helping our neighbors in need during the pandemic and beyond, because where there’s a need, so is The Bridge Fund.