This page is dedicated to sharing information about the amazing multitude of civic action/ community development groups and organizations that exist in our beautiful city and “in the 132.” Please feel free to reach out with additional group/organization information so that this can become a hub for getting involved. It takes a village!
This Civic Engagement Groups page is a work in progress and will be developed and further organized to share information about what’s happening in our city and “in the 132”!
Bridgeport Arts and Cultural Council
“Magnacon 7 Enterprises is a socially and culturally driven event design, creative thinking consulting firm based in Bridgeport, CT. We take a social entrepreneurial approach to designing, promoting and implementing events, ideas, concepts and social issues to the general public. We use artistic & entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to achieve social change.”
“Bridgeport Generation Now is a movement! We are a grassroots social action network, dedicated to boosting civic engagement. All involvement is voluntary and showcases how our diverse community is actively working to foster positive change.” (bptgennow.org).
Meets: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at B:Hive Bridgeport, 285 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport CT 06604
“The B:Hive was born from our passion for Bridgeport, for business and entrepreneurial spirit, and for each other. The 6 folks behind the Park City’s first coworking and retail space are a motley group, a hexagon-like Breakfast Club. Our home away from your home office, apartment, dorm room, coffee shop, or cubicle, is the perfect place to get stuff done.”
“Bridge House empowers adults living with persistent mental illness to improve their lives and realize their potential. Since its inception nearly 30 years ago, Bridge House has served thousands of members and we continue to provide a critical safe haven for adults in the Greater Bridgeport Area and Fairfield County who are struggling with mental illness. Our programs help adults with mental illness reintegrate into their communities, regain employment, and advance their education.”
“Bridgeport Innovation Place aims to improve Bridgeport’s innovation and economy for the 21st Century by engaging Bridgeport in determining and creating its own future. Our mission is to invite, foster, and empower entrepreneurs and innovators through evidence-based economic development that links to local resources and opportunities.”
“BNT’s mission is to LEAD, EMPOWER and CHANGE Bridgeport neighborhoods, improving quality of life through affordable housing opportunities. To meet this challenge, BNT develops and manages affordable housing, provides comprehensive homeownership education and wealth building services, and supports economic empowerment through its social enterprise initiative. comprehensive homeownership counseling.”
“Bridgeport Rescue Mission is dedicated to fighting poverty from the inside out. We provide vital services to men, women, and children dealing with hunger and homelessness, enabling them to return to the community healed and whole.”
“CTCORE is committed to supporting collective action and moving in solidarity with marginalized groups.”
Meets: Every 4th Monday of the month, Burroughs Community Center, 2470 Fairfield Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06605
“FaithActs for Education is a grassroots community organizing nonprofit based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. We are people of faith building power to get our children the education they deserve.”
Greater Bridgeport Latino Network
“GBLN’s mission is to promote community engagement to address the socio-economic issues affecting Latinos through networking, communication, collaboration and education.”
“Our goal is to provide you with timely information regarding the status of civil rights in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Stratford and Trumbull areas of Connecticut. The Greater Bridgeport NAACP Branch is committed to equality and justice for all. Your oldest and most effective civil rights organization in the country will continue the fight for freedom until all people have realized the equal hand of justice.”
Meets: Every 4th Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:00pm at the Burroughs Community Center, first floor, 2470 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605
“GVI’s mission is to grow food, knowledge, leadership and community through urban gardening and farming, to create a more just food system in Bridgeport. We have four programs: Reservoir Community Farm, School Gardens, Community Gardens, and a Youth Leadership Program.”
“I Luv Bridgeport, LLC. is a branding and community development company strengthening Bridgeport through social engagement, economic empowerment, and cultural awareness.” (Subsidiaries include Bridgeport Arts and Cultural Council, DBMA, etc.)
Kings Food Pantry
30 Florence St. Bridgeport, CT 06607
Open Monday-Friday 10:30am-1:30pm
“LifeBridge Community Services (LifeBridge) understands that people impacted by poverty are challenged by a range of complex social, economic, and health issues, and that their plight affects the quality of life and stability of our communities. Our clients from Greater Bridgeport and lower Fairfield County come to LifeBridge for help in managing financial crises, family challenges, and a chance to develop the work skills they need to achieve employment goals. We inspire and empower our clients by linking flexible, innovative programs to strengthen personal capability, develop skills, and build pathways to economic self-sufficiency.”
“Make the Road Connecticut is an organization that builds membership with low-income and working class Latinos living in Bridgeport, CT and has become a powerful voice on immigrant rights, worker rights, public schools, LGBTQ+ justice, and more.”
“New Prospects is an intensive residential rehabilitation program which offers treatment for adult men and women who are experiencing difficulties with substance dependence and a concurrent psychiatric disorder.”
“Poetz Realm is a haven for artists who want to showcase their talents among like minds.”
Social (main site): https://m.facebook.com/pg/poetzrealm/about/?ref=page_internal&mt_nav=1
The Center for Family Justice, Inc.
“The Center for Family Justice: Domestic and Sexual Violence Services provides free and confidential services to women, men and children. Hope starts here.”
WPKN Independent Community Radio
“WPKN is a 10,000-watt non-commercial radio station founded in 1963 as the college radio station of the University of Bridgeport. While our studios and offices remain on the campus of the University of Bridgeport, in 1989 we became an independent, non-profit 501 (c)3 corporation. Since then WPKN has been a listener-supported community radio station, broadcasting at 89.5 FM.”