Community organization / nonprofit being nominated
Building Bridges Program/Niagara County Sheriff's Office
Tell us a little more about this organization. Please include detailed ways in which this organization makes strides to benefit the community, who is impacted and what future goals are for this organization.
Building Bridges Program
The Building Bridges Program is a free community-based and interactive initiative designed to build relationships between members law enforcement and children that reside in areas of high crime frequency in order to strengthen familiarity and trust in one another. Deputies from the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and Officers from the Niagara Falls Police Department chaperone numerous day trips throughout the area with up to 20 children aged eight to twelve years old. These activities are recreational in nature, and allow participants to see uniformed personnel in a manner that is less frequently viewed – as a person with similar interests, and not simply an armed enforcer of law.
Some examples of these activities have included: a field trip to the Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds, a basketball camp with NCCC Head Coach Bill Beilein, a tour of Confer Plastics, ice cream at De Dee’s Dairy, participation in open skate at Dwyer Arena, a tour of the Aquarium of Niagara, lunch at the Silo Restaurant in Lewiston, and an interactive Law Enforcement display in the City of Niagara Falls.
If selected as a winner, how will the $7,500 prize money be applied?
This grant will be applied to expand the program, reaching into all the cities of our county (Niagara Falls, Lockport and North Tonawanda). With these funds, we will be able to fund more trips, meals and travel expenses for the children who may not otherwise be able to participate due to financial hardships.