The Building A Brighter Future Campaign is our annual Spring fundraiser to support our mission to partner with Bridgeport’s youth and families to build resilience. Due to COVID-19 our spring gala was cancelled, but the need for services is growing and we are asking for your help. Our Urban Scholars Afterschool Program is an essential component of this important work, which has proved more urgent with the pandemic. The goal of the Urban Scholars Program is to help local middle schoolers navigate life’s challenges and increase their opportunities to build resiliency. We are focused on helping families grow stronger and kids to stay engaged in learning. We are building a brighter future for young teens in Bridgeport through our Urban Scholars Program. All services are delivered at no cost to participants.

As of June 1, 2020
66% Complete
225,525 of 340,000 Raised

Prior to the pandemic, one in three children in Bridgeport lived in poverty and 28% had experienced multiple life altering traumas before their 18th birthday. Due to COVID-19, the families we serve must also navigate increased unemployment, limited access to educational resources and social isolation. We support our Urban Scholars with tutoring, academic enrichment and emotional support. Scholar’s enrichment activities include tutoring, the arts, technology and leadership development.

COVID-19 reminds us of how fragile the human psyche is and has reinforced the need to build resilience. Everyone is hurting now; our kids need us even more. Counseling services are offered through telehealth to help children cope and thrive until we reopen – and can return to our child-friendly setting. With your investment, we will help Bridgeport’s youth to truly have a brighter future.

Please join Brendan and Carolyn Miles, our 2020 Brian Langdon Award Honorees, in supporting LifeBridge. The Award recognizes their extraordinary leadership and support of our work. Brendan has served on the Board of Directors since 2015 and Carolyn recently retired as President/CEO of Save the Children.

“This mission resonates with me because I believe in the dignity and potential of each and every individual on this earth. Life’s possibilities and opportunities to achieve them should not depend on where a baby is born, but rather on that young person’s inherent goodness, his or her drive to succeed and ability to overcome obstacles and adversity – which may be inherent in the ambitious goals they have set or in the environment in which they live. Bridgeport’s youth deserve the same opportunities and the resources to help them achieve their full potential as every other kid in Fairfield County – and around the world! LifeBridge is the equalizer. Carolyn’s work at Save the Children proves that it can be done. And, thanks to your dedication we will do it!”

Brendan Miles, LifeBridge Board Treasurer

Building A Brighter Future Campaign/COVID-19 Grants


  • Joyce and Howard Greene
  • Brendan and Carolyn Miles
  • The Trischman Family Foundation



  • Roberta Burns-Howard and Paul Timpanelli
  • The Duepree Family Foundation
  • John Lombardi
  • Near and Far Aid
  • Katie Rust
  • Jayme Stevenson


  • Edwin Farrow
  • Martha and Don Lord
  • James Miller
  • John and Cherie Page
  • Nancy Speer
  • Laura and Packer Wilbur


  • Richard Hockman and Sharon Rehme
  • Lone Pine Foundation, Inc.
  • Morton and Ellie Lowenthal
  • Gail and Elliott Rogers
  • The Ernest and Joan Trefz Family Foundation
  • United Way of Coastal Fairfield County
  • Ken and Rita Weinstein


  • Alan and Melissa Mathis
  • LifeBridge Executive Team


  • Dr. Jeanne Breen
  • Laura Coughlin
  • Steve Finnegan
  • Lawrence Ganim
  • Debra Hertz
  • Brian Kelly
  • Humphrey and Carol Nichols
  • The Nimr Family Foundation
  • Ellen and Steve Tower
  • Dr. Thomas Travers