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Neighborhood Bridges/Hoover Kicks off in February

January 31, 2019

Greg Bishop (205) 516-4616, Donna Bishop (205) 516-3717,  Janet Turner (251) 591-6806, David Bannister (205) 936-4783

Neighborhood Bridges Logo (HCS) - Hoover Helps, a local non-profit charity working to serve the children, schools, and families of Hoover, Alabama, has connected with Neighborhood Bridges, a Westerville, Ohio charity - and Leadership Hoover - to launch a Gateway for Kindness.

Neighborhood Bridges was founded and launched in January of 2017 to serve the children, residents, and families of Westerville, Ohio.  The web-based assistance program engaged local residents and businesses through direct support and care to more than eight communities. Central Ohio children and families. Now, local leaders have plans to bring that success to Hoover.

Neighborhood Bridges/Hoover will serve as a new initiative inviting all 17 Hoover City Schools' teachers, counselors, and school administrators to advocate for children and families in need. The program will work with key community stakeholders to mobilize resources and direct support. That support could come in many forms: food, clothing, shoes, coats, eye exams, school supplies, school fees, furniture, household items, and other donations as identified.

Greg and Donna Bishop, Executive Directors of Hoover Helps - along with David Bannister of Leadership Hoover, and  Janet Turner, Executive Director of the Hoover City Schools Foundation - will provide the direction to bring about this new initiative for Hoover.

“We are excited about working with Neighborhood Bridges because of the tremendous kindness they currently bring to the people of Ohio. Hoover Helps has been meeting the needs of children in Hoover for years. This additional platform and partnership with Neighborhood Bridges will help our community deliver kindness in a major way,”  Greg Bishop said.

“As a teacher, I helped identify students’ needs, used our resources to satisfy these deficits, and then witnessed students flourish. Now instead of just Hoover Helps and our faith-based partners getting all that gratification, we are providing a simple platform for the community to have the chance to be someone’s hero,” Donna Bishop said.

“This bridge is a city-wide, kids-first initiative.  It will bring city leaders, city services, city business, city charities, city schools, city churches,  and city resources all to the table. This ALL IN, full BUY IN effort lets the entire Hoover community know that there is one vetted bridge for all of Hoover to use to deliver kindness. The bridge is a 100% pass thru, all volunteer-driven charity, so all kindness is passed to the Hoover families. That’s exciting, because when all of Hoover works together, we all win,” David Bannister said.

This collaborative effort to launch neighborhood bridges will include a Board/Steering Committee.  Members include:

Hoover City Mayor Frank Brocato
Hoover City Fire Chief Clay Bentley
Darin Boykin- General Manager of Hwy 150 Wal-Mart
David Cohen of the Whole Scoop and the Hoover City Schools Foundation
Ruth Cole, Leadership Hoover, PTO Liaison
Jaclyn Gardner- Executive Director- Danberry at Inverness
Jason Gaston - HCS Public Relations
Hoover City Councilman John Lyda
Debbie Mar- Area Director - Newk’s
Steve McClinton - Hoover City Schools Foundation & Hoover Helps Board Member
Pastor Wes Savage - Riverchase United Methodist Church
Marley Stephens - Lead Counselor at Hoover City Schools
April Stone - Executive Director of the Hoover Chamber of Commerce

“This Hoover kindness initiative creates an amazing partnership between one of our local non-profits, Hoover Helps, and Neighborhood Bridges. The partnership will empower our school counselors to dramatically expand the help they can provide to those in need and unleash a kindness across our great city,” said Mayor Frank Brocato.

The school system sees opportunities to help students each and every day. Superintendent Dr. Kathy Murphy welcomes the neighborhood bridges concept.

“Having our schools partner with an entity like Neighborhood Bridges will make a world of difference for our counselors, teachers, and others who work tirelessly - beyond their core duties - to ensure students have the best academic experience possible,” Dr. Murphy said.

Rick Bannister, CEO of Neighborhood Bridges, weighed in on his non-profit’s expansion into Alabama.

“We are humbled and excited that Hoover is the first community to launch our program outside of Central Ohio. Hoover is a large and very diverse community, much like my hometown of Westerville. This demonstrates that kindness truly has no boundaries and we look forward to offering our friendship to this process. We are further excited to get the chance to partner with such a fine organization as Hoover Helps.  Together we will do great things!”

Neighborhood Bridges/Hoover will officially launch on Monday, February 4th. For more information or to subscribe visit or Facebook:

About Hoover Helps
Hoover Helps is a non-profit organization focused on meeting the basic needs of the children in Hoover Alabama.  Hoover Helps works with local faith-based organizations, school leaders, faculty members, and other Hoover organizations to make sure our children’s basic needs are met.  Backpack feeding programs are in place to send food home with children that are considered food insecure. This provides food over weekends and extended periods of time out of school.  All Hoover schools have feeding initiatives in place that help over 700 children. Hoover helps also helps provide funding for other feeding projects, summer feeding programs, clothing, shoes as well as providing help to families in crisis.

About Hoover City Schools
Hoover City Schools serves more than 14,000 students across sixteen campuses.  Formed in 1988, the award-winning school system has the state’s highest percentage of National Board-Certified Teachers, more Alabama Teachers of the Year than any other school system, and has been recognized as one of the Safest School Districts in America and Best Places to Teach (  The diverse student body is comprised of students from all over the world; more than fifty languages are represented by district students. HCS strives to provide each student with innovative academic opportunities in order to create lifelong learners.