Council supports Neighborhood Bridges program

By Andrea Cordle

Southwest Editor

The Dalai Lama said, “Be kind whenever possible. It’s always possible.”

This is Rick Bannister’s favorite quote. Bannister, a Westerville resident, is trying to expand his Neighborhood Bridges program and wants Grove City to join the movement.

At a recent meeting, Bannister presented the program to Grove City council members. He calls the Neighborhood Bridges program a “gateway for kindness.”

According to Bannister, the program, that started as Westerville Bridges, allows individuals or organizations to advocate or post needs via e-mail or social media. Then a community member or organization can offer to fill that need.

For example, Jane Doe and her children need help with food and clothing. Jane Doe or someone who knows her, can post her needs on Neighborhood Bridges. Then a participating church or charitable organization could provide the needed items to the Doe family.

“We assist seniors. We help kids,” said Bannister. “We bridge the needs to existing organizations who provide assistance. It is a way to use resources to help one another.”

The Neighborhood Bridges program started on Oct. 30 and Bannister now wants to expand.

Grove City leaders said they want to be a part of the program.

“It’s a remarkable program,” said councilman Jeff Davis.

Council members said they would reach out to local organizations to gather more community involvement.

The Neighborhood Bridges program is supported by corporate sponsorships and organizations. It costs nothing to join. For more information on Neighborhood Bridges, visit or email

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