"It takes a village to raise a child"- this saying is at the heart of how I approach all of our work with Build-a-Bridge. Raising children is the hardest and most important job anyone can take on and I don't believe caregivers should have to do it alone. I have been in the non-profit healthcare sector for 10 years, the majority of that time I have had the pleasure of working directly in the community. I am a proud aunt of 9 nephews and nieces and love getting to see how they thrive when they receive the medical, mental health, and school support they need- but I also see how much advocacy it takes on their parents part in order to ensure they have the opportunity to be their best selves. That's what my hope is for Build-a-Bridge, that we can equip the amazing caregivers in our community with the resources, support, and encouragement they need to help their children thrive.