BRIDGE of Columbus is hosting two fundraisers to support GED preparation and life-skills lessons for high school dropouts.
The organization’s 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament will be Oct. 13 at Maple Ridge Golf Club, 4700 Maple Ridge Trail.
BRIDGE will also partner with Barnes and Noble for a book fair Oct. 16-17.
Established in 1993, the mission of BRIDGE is to positively impact the lives of high school dropouts through GED achievement and on-going career counseling, according to The Bridge. In addition to academic classes, the 12-week program also includes life skill preparation courses conducted by volunteers from the community.
BRIDGE provides daily seminars in parenting, social responsibility, money management, substance abuse, resume development and job interviewing.
“We encourage our students to take responsibility for their roles in family and community. We provide opportunities for spiritual growth and community service through maintaining supportive relationships by mentoring and remaining visible in the lives of our alumni,” Willie Coleman, executive director of BRIDGE, said in a statement.
The program includes workbooks, lunches, bus passes, application fees for Columbus Technical college, GED testing fees and post-graduate assistance all at no cost to students. In addition to special fundraisers, the majority of BRIDGE donations come from local churches and foundations. Churches also provide the venue to host graduation ceremonies following the completion of each 12-week session.
“Fundraisers like the golf tournament and book fair are so essential to the ongoing work of the organization,” BRIDGE board member Mechell Clark said in a statement. “Our goal is to offer guidance and encouragement in an effort to help program participants become self-sufficient and productive citizens within the community.”
The golf tournament will begin at 11:45 a.m. on October 13 and include a four man scramble format, putting contest and a hole in one car prize from BMW. The fees are $90 for golfers and $200 for hole sponsors.
The Barnes and Noble book fair will include a family night on Oct. 16 with festivities starting at 6:30 p.m. The book fair will continue at 10 a.m. Oct. 17 and include storytelling. The event will include puzzle table activities and door prizes.
Call 706-322-6433 or visit gedbridge.org.