Relationships

The deepest, most central core of who we are is driven out of the deep relationships that we have forged as an organization. Our board members, partners, and volunteers are more than “volunteers” they are family. The people who get involved with our organization volunteer their time because they know and love the people in this community.

Story

We can’t know who we are unless we know where we’ve come from. We value story at District Bridges. Whether it’s the story of a business or a resident it’s valuable to us. It helps us stay true to who we are and connect with new people with more stories!

Inclusion

At District Bridges, everyone no matter who or what they are has a place at our table.

Action Oriented

Our organization was founded because people saw a need in the community and took action. That value continues today. Our board is a working board and we have named our committees "Action Teams" because they are focused on real deliverables.

Fun

You have a day job and lots of life responsibilities. Don’t you want your free time to be fun? Us too! We believe that people invest in their community when they can laugh and have fun together. Laughter heals, let’s bring more of that into community development.

Innovation

Someone once said the seven deadly words of an organization are, “ We’ve never done it that way before”... We want to empower people to try new ideas. Sometimes (maybe even often) that means we might fail. THAT’S OK! We believe innovation is essential to healthy development.

Diversity

Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant are two of the most diverse and densely populated neighborhoods in Washington, DC. That diversity is across socioeconomic, racial, cultural, and generational divides. As an organization, we strive to represent this diversity in our leadership and programming.

Collaboration

We work better when we work together. We are blessed to have a long list of organizations and businesses that serve our community. We don’t need to recreate the wheel, we simply need to help connect our community with the resources available to them. District Bridges seeks to be a connector and collaborator.