Bridges for Brain Injury, Inc.
Farmington, NY 14425
Phone: 585-396-0070 x312
Contact: Laura Donaldson, Executive Director
Our organization works to bring awareness of the effects of brain injury and disabilities on individuals and their families, while assisting them in rebuilding their skills to complete everyday tasks they were once able to do independently, before terrible tragedy struck in the form of a car accident, stroke, assault, fall, brain surgery and sports, as well as debilitating diseases such as multiple sclerosis and dementia.
Frequently, survivors are placed in nursing homes at a young age or left without a support system to help them cope with their disability and work toward a plan for building their lives. Our services prevent people from being inappropriately placed in nursing homes, institutional settings or from becoming homeless and allows survivors the dignity of living more independently.
Our Wildlife Rockstars Programis a wildlife education outreach group run by our staff and day program members. As part of their rehabilitation, members are trained in the care and presentation of live native and exotic animals, birds, reptiles and more! They inspire audiences with their knowledge of our animal ambassadors and their personal stories of rebuilding their lives following a tragic accident or injury. The Wildlife Rockstars visit schools, veterans, youth & senior groups, nursing homes and community events to share information about the animals and encourage environmental and wildlife conservation awareness.
Currently we serve the Finger Lakes, Rochester and Southern-Tier Regions.
animal related: gift cards to pet stores & Country Max, IAMS cat and dog food, rabbit food pellets, bedding, old towels, pine shavings, horse mats, kitty litter, feeding/water bowls & bottles, paper towels, fresh or slightly wilted fruits and vegetables, plain cereal (ie:, Kix, Chex, Cheerios, etc.), Nature Valley hard granola bars (honey), plain graham crackers, raisins, cranberries, canned cat and dog food, cat litter, Dog/Cat/Bird/Bunny Toys, outdoor gloves, work boots, Carhartt coats/jackets, outdoor buckets/food bowls, animal igloos/huts, bales of clean hay and straw
cleaning supplies: paper towels, new or used hand/bath towels, bleach, laundry detergent, gloves, garbage bags, shampooer, vacuum, brooms/dustpans, buckets, mop, sponges, hand sanitizer, dish soap, hand soap, etc.
office supplies: dividers, pens, dry erase markers, manila folders, copy paper, writing pads, etc.
office furniture: matching chairs with and without arm rests, tables, cabinets
emergency supplies: flashlights, emergency lights, batteries, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, walkie talkies, hand crank radios, etc.
arts and craft items: new or gently used art and craft kits and supplies of all types; and all craft supplies.
social/recreational: gift certificates to movies, sporting events, restaurants, museums, zoo, amusement parks, yard games, footballs/basketballs, board games, puzzles Wii and Playstation games for our day program members.
other: paper plates, coffee, sugar, sandwich/storage bags, plastic wrap, tinfoil, napkins, postage stamps; gift cards to Walmart, Michaels, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Target, Tops, Wegmans, dollar stores, gas stations, etc.
monetary donations are also gratefully accepted for veterinary care, emergency funding and program activities.
- Board members interested in sharing skills and expertise in achieving our mission.
- Student interns and volunteers in the area of human services/social work, psychology, marketing, public relations, music therapy, art therapy, pet therapy, speech therapy, occupational and physical therapy, and fundraising.
- Volunteers appreciated for assistance with planning and implementing special events.
- We are also seeking volunteers who are interested in sharing their skills with day program members either in occasional classes (such as woodworking, computers, cooking, horticulture, animals, jewelry making, scrapbooking, cake decorating, etc.) or in regular mentoring assistance with community outings and classroom activities.