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SSCC receives donation from Neighborhood Bridges to benefit Parson Pantry, Closet

BOAZ, Ala. – Representatives with the Neighborhood Bridges organization in Boaz recently presented a contribution to Snead State Community College to aid college students in need.

Boaz Bridges presented a donation of $1,000 to Snead State’s Parson Pantry and Parson Closet initiatives. Jamie Bliss, Mina Butler, Rose Moody and Gary Chumley with Neighborhood Bridges presented the donation recently to Snead State President Dr. Joe Whitmore, Snead State First Lady Janet Whitmore, who has overseen the implementation of the Parson Closet, and Snead State Math Instructor Caitlin Dickerson, who supervises the Parson Pantry, including the Rotary Plate and Grab ‘N’ Go stations.

Representatives with the Neighborhood Bridges organization in Boaz presented a $1,000 contribution to Snead State Community College to use for the Parson Closet and Parson Pantry. On hand for the presentation were, from left, Mina Butler, Rose Moody, and Jamie Bliss, all with Neighborhood Bridges, Snead State First Lady Janet Whitmore, Snead State Instructor Caitlin Dickerson, Gary Chumley with Neighborhood Bridges, and Snead State President Dr. Joe Whitmore.

“Boaz is the only community with a Neighborhood Bridges program that also has a college in the community. We’ve been working with K-12 schools, but we wanted to include Snead State because it’s an important part of the community. We appreciate the cooperation of Dr. Whitmore and everyone at Snead State in supporting this partnership,” said Mrs. Bliss.

The Pantry began over a year ago as a means to provide items to students who could use support in meeting their basic needs. Through other donations, the Pantry provides food and hygiene items at no cost to students. The Pantry has also expanded this year to include Grab ‘N’ Go stations, which provide prepackaged food items for students to have between classes, and the Rotary Plate. Sponsored by the Boaz Rotary Club, the Rotary Plate is a way for students to receive hot meals through the Snead State cafeteria, and the cost is covered by the Rotary Club.

This year, Snead State began the Parson Closet, a clothes closet available to students free of charge. The closet provides items for students in need of appropriate attire for a specific purpose, such as an event or job interview, but with no means to purchase the items themselves.

“We’re thankful to have Neighborhood Bridges partner with Snead State to provide resources for our students. Our community has been very supportive of the Parson Closet and Parson Pantry, and it means a great deal to be a part of an area that values the College and wants to provide for our students as they receive a college education,” said Snead State President Dr. Joe Whitmore.

Neighborhood Bridges is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that was launched in January 2017 to respond to the growing rate of poverty in suburban and rural America. The mission of the organization is to bridge communities with schools in providing basic needs, removing barriers, and seeking equity for students so they can engage and succeed in school and life. Neighborhood Bridges is about kindness, speed, efficiency, and bridging all community resources to drive direct support and care to remove barriers for children and families in need.

Boaz Bridges has served the community with other acts of kindness such as providing clothing and food to students, providing graduation supplies to high school students, and providing gas and food money to families of children with medical needs.