Neighborhood Bridges – Lebanon

Name of Non-Profit Organization * Neighborhood Bridges-Lebanon
Today’s Date: * Friday, April 24, 2020
Organization’s website
EIN / 501(C)(3)Number * 81-2833176
What year did your organization receive it’s non-profit status? * 2020
Address * 924 Birchwood Drive
Lebanon, Ohio 45036
United States
County * Warren
Your Name * Tracy Funke
Your Title * Area Director
Your email address *
Your Phone Number (513) 403-2502
Executive Director’s Name * Tracy Funke
Executive Director’s email address *
What is the mission of your organization? We advocate for children and families by engaging our community in building & nurturing a gateway for kindness.
Which social causes (up to 3 choices) does your agency address through its programming? * ·       (3) Children

·       (5) Education

·       (8) Health

Any comments about your selections you would like to share with the student philanthropists?
neighborhood bridges, a non-profit charity headquartered in Westerville, Ohio will be launching its Gateway for Kindness to serve the Lebanon Schools community in Lebanon, Ohio.

A 501(c)(3) organization, neighborhood bridges has driven direct support and care to more than 35,175 children and families in just 3 years by inviting school districts, mental health agencies, and clergy to advocate for those in need – then engaging each community to come together to help solve those needs. neighborhood bridges serves 23 communities in Ohio and Alabama:

Ohio: Westerville, Gahanna, Dublin, Worthington, Upper Arlington, Hilliard, New Albany, Sycamore, Big Walnut, and now Lebanon!

Alabama: Hoover, Alabaster, Pike Road, Helena, Trussville, Haleyville, Tuscaloosa, Winfield, Haleyville, Pelham, McAdory Community, Montevallo, and Boaz

In total, neighborhood bridges is supporting more than 150,000 students in these 23 communities.

neighborhood bridges – Lebanon will be led by volunteer Area Directors Tracy Funke, Rebecca Strole, and Lynn Payne.

Tracy Funke has lived in the community for the last 16 years. She is raising her children, Sadie and Simon, in the Lebanon community. Tracy is a dedicated social worker in the school district and has served as a District Resource Coordinator since 2017. You can find Tracy outdoors when the weather is warm and serving as a volleyball mom when it is cold.
Lynn Payne has been a Lebanon resident for 17 years. She and her husband currently have two children in the district. After serving many years as a volunteer in the schools and working for a non profit parenting center for the last five years she is excited to be supporting the families as a District Resource Coordinator.
Rebecca Strole is a stay at home mom, with a background in Public Relations and Recruiting. “My husband and I, and our three kids have lived in Lebanon for 8 years. I enjoy spending time with family, playing with one of our four animals, working out and volunteering in the community. As a city girl transplanted into small town Lebanon, my favorite thing about living here is the people. The long conversations over campfires with neighbors and knowing that no matter where you are, you’ll always be able to find a familiar face. #OnwardLebanon“
School district counselors, administrators, and appointed representatives of service organizations will post needs on behalf of students and families. neighborhood bridges – Lebanon will work with key stakeholders in the community to engage all resources to help drive direct support and care to our students and neighbors in need. Donations can be dropped off at any of the following locations, and donors will receive specific instructions when they offer kindness

Countryside YMCA–Welcome Center
1699 Deerfield Road, Lebanon OH 45036

Bowman Primary School
825 Hart Road, Lebanon OH 45036

Donovan Elementary School
401 Justice Drive, Lebanon OH 45036

Berry Intermediate School
23 Oakwood Avenue, Lebanon OH 45036

Lebanon Junior High School
160 Miller Road, Lebanon OH 45036

Lebanon High School
1916 Drake Road, Lebanon OH 45036

“We are excited by the response of the key stakeholders in the Lebanon community who have come together for the purpose of engaging our entire community in addressing the health and wellness of our students and families. We look forward to partnering with neighborhood bridges in providing hope, access, opportunity, and inclusiveness for all our students” – Todd Yohey, Superintendent, Lebanon City Schools.

Community members and businesses are encouraged to subscribe to neighborhood bridges – Lebanon by visiting our website at:

There is no cost to subscribe and then residents are notified of specific ways they can help. Residents can also follow along on Facebook at:

or on Twitter at or on Instagram @LebanonBridges.

Rick Bannister, CEO of neighborhood bridges added, “We are humbled and excited to include Lebanon in our Gateway for Kindness. Our mission is to engage communities to address the rapid growth of poverty in suburban communities. The response and excitement displayed from school and community leaders in the Lebanon community has been truly inspiring. With this kind of collaborative relationship in Lebanon, it is a shining example to demonstrate that kindness truly has no boundaries and we look forward to offering our support to the children & families of the Lebanon City School community. Lebanon is the FIRST community to launch our Gateway for Kindness in Warren county. Together we will do great things!”

For more information about neighborhood bridges – Lebanon residents are encouraged to send questions to

Does your organization have volunteer opportunities available for students? * Yes, Grades 6 – 12
List possible volunteer opportunities -or- a link to where they can be found on the web. Visit for open oppertunities to Bridge kindness.
Volunteer coordinator Tracy Funke
Volunteer coordinator’s email address
Volunteer coordinator’s phone number (513) 403-2502