When the Bridgewater Village School closed in 2015, the community framed it as an opportunity to address a documented community need: lack of a licensed childcare center in town. The newly formed Bridgewater Area Community Foundation has been awarded $100,000 for renovations to the former school building, soon to be transformed into the Bridgewater Community Center. “This project is important for the families here to see the school still standing and utilized. There is a sense of excitement now. The community has rallied around this project,” says Melissa Spear, Executive Director of the community center. “I look at the vision for what we are going to be able to do for the community and it’s exciting. It will be the heartbeat of the town. We are so grateful.” In addition to a licensed childcare center, business and community spaces will be available as well as life enriching programs to strengthen social ties and reduce social isolation.
Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant Awarded: $100,000