Existing to reduce structural barriers to social and economic mobility to build a more equitable city.

Who We Are

Building Bridges is a non-profit with five signature projects designed to provide equitable access to health, arts and economic opportunity.

Our work bridges communities and creates intentional and sustainable pathways to equitable opportunities.

We build, convene, and innovate in partnership with communities East of the Anacostia River.

Let's Go Celebration | Building Bridges

Building opportunities.

Bridging communities.

Centered Around 3 Core Program Areas

People Planting Flowers | Building Bridges

Building Bridges does not act for the community; we act with the community.

Arts & culture

Economic opportunity

Health & well-being

We’re creating metaphorical and physical bridges to allow our communities to have pathways for success, confidence, and empowerment.

Our Five Signature Projects

11th Street Bridge Park

Washington D.C.’s first elevated park will span the Anacostia River and serve as a new venue for healthy recreation, environmental education, and the arts.

Building Bridges Farms

Providing Southeast communities with greater access to healthy, affordable food, urban agriculture education and career opportunities.


Comprised of three buildings, farm, and playground that sits on 16.5 acres, this humanitarian mall provides world-class services to the east of the Anacostia River community in Washington, DC.

THEARC Theater

Created to provide DC residents living east of the Anacostia River entertaining and enlightening experiences that can impact their lives and brighten their futures.

Skyland Workforce Center

Provides high-quality workforce development programs in one location, leading to work-ready candidates, career-focused job placement, economic self-sufficiency, & improved quality of life.

The Power Of Connectivity

$30 million


700 Partner Organization Employees on Campus

THEARC Theatre I-CAN Program

Arts & Culture

Skyland Workforce Center

1,074 people

Economic opportunity
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Volunteers are key to our success. See what opportunities we offer for you to get involved.

Events & Programs

From theatrical performances to hiring fairs, Building Bridges Across the River offers a full slate of activities that will enrich, empower and entertain members of our community.


Building Bridges Across the River relies on charitable gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies to make our work possible.