“When good people get together and do good things, then good things happen.”
Bridging founder Fran Heitzman’s words are simple but speak volumes; they ring especially true for us at Indeed, where a core value of ours is Do Good. Tonight in Minneapolis, we’ll be drinking for a good cause while also honoring Fran’s legacy, who passed away on January 11.
At 94, Fran left an indelible mark on the people he served. “The contagious inspiration and passion Fran shared as an advocate for those in need ensured all families were served with dignity and was vital in achieving Bridging’s most recent milestone of serving 95,000 households since its inception/the beginning. His tremendous work ethic, commitment to quality service and unwavering pledge to ensure that ‘everyone has a bed to sleep in’ truly made him one-of-a-kind.” Read more about Fran’s legacy on Bridging’s website.
“Providing household goods for those coming out of homelessness resonates with my morals and values. Bridging allows people a second chance at having a sustainable life after hardship. Especially through winter months, every family deserves comforts that can bring them more opportunity to live a satisfying life,” says bartender Jessica Zottolla, who nominated Bridging.
Funds raised on Wednesday night in the Minneapolis taproom will support the general operating budget at Bridging. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serves primarily the Twin Cities metro area, providing donated furniture and household goods to people transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. Bridging gives hope—and for many—a leap toward stability for the first time. Since 1987, Bridging has served more than 95,000 households, and reduces landfill space by 10 million pounds each year.
Right now, Bridging is in need of towels, which we will be collecting tonight and for the next couple weeks and deliver.
In the Milwaukee taproom, lead bartender Madi Altman has nominated The Women's Center. “I felt the need to make whomever I recommend as meaningful as possible. Being a survivor myself, I chose them because of all of the work and care that goes into them helping every person who walks through their door. It is something we need more of in this world. Anything I can do to help them for helping hundreds of women, I’ll do.”
Founded in 1977, The Women's Center serves women, children, and men impacted by domestic abuse, sexual violence, child abuse, and trafficking. It is Waukesha County’s only agency of its kind, providing a range of life-saving and life-changing programs and services that heal and empower adults and children on their paths to build a future free from violence.