Community Bridges Inc.
In her first three years as executive director, Shannon Babe-Thomas has led Community Bridges to strong growth in the number of children served and its fundraising. The nonprofit organization’s afterschool and out-of-school program helps address the developmental needs of immigrant and minority girls and their families who live at or below the federal poverty line in Montgomery County.
When Babe-Thomas joined the organization in 2016, it served 159 girls — from fourth-graders to high school seniors — from seven schools. In 2019, it serves more than 360 girls in 14 schools, with plans to add three more schools next year, she said.
During fiscal year 2018, Community Bridges topped its foundation fundraising goal by more than $52,000, raising $231,858, with individual donations up 97% over fiscal year 2017. She expects to top the foundation’s revenue goal of $240,000 this year by at least 120%, and, in looking to 2019, she plans to hire three staff members.
“My passion and determination for the mission of my work drives me every day to not only be my personal best but to ensure that our work is doing all that it can to support girls in Montgomery County,” she said. “I’m an innovative leader who is on track for continued success and growth in the organization, and I strive to be a voice for policy change around racial equity in the county.”
Prior to joining Community Bridges, Babe-Thomas worked for Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital in Washington from October 2002 to May 2016 in increasingly more responsible positions. She started as field director, then moved to membership development specialist, senior membership development specialist and manager of membership initiatives.
Babe-Thomas is active in many other community organizations, including Rotary International, Nonprofit Montgomery, Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Montgomery and YMCA Youth and Family Services.