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Get Involved

Get Involved

Together, we can keep families and relationships strong. You can volunteer your time, start a movement in your community or use your talents to a cause that matters to you.


AVANCE Institute is a marriage and family program hosted by churches, businesses, schools and community leaders. It provides leadership development, training in state-of-the-art family and marriage curriculums, and works alongside organizations to increase engagement with the surrounding community.

Family Bridges partners with local organizations to help them dynamically engage with their communities and develop leaders. We train facilitators how to teach social-emotional and professional growth curriculums, share our best-practices model for delivering memorable workshops, and offer marketing support for reaching those in the community.

Volunteers do make a difference

Evidence suggests that volunteers can be as effective as professionals when it comes to the delivery of certain wellness interventions, especially those that are focused on prevention and education. Our AVANCE model uses volunteers that are members of the communities we are working in to create bigger impact and inspire trust. Additionally, by working with volunteers, our programs are a cost-effective strategy to improve community well-being.

Check out this brief study for more info on how volunteers can make all the difference.

Interested in becoming an Avance partner?

To partner with Family Bridges in Illinois or Wisconsin, contact Damaris Bran via email at

To partner with Family Bridges in Arizona, contact Silvia via email at

To partner with Family Bridges in a state that we do not yet serve or outside of the United States, contact Maria via email at

Become a volunteer

Do healthy marriages, relationships and families matter to you? They matter to us too! Want to strengthen your community? We do too! Make a difference in your community by joining our efforts to stand up for healthy marriages, relationships and families.

Volunteers participating in our programs receive training so that they can serve with hope, respect, honesty, unity, identity and balance. Volunteers can provide support in workshops and events, provide mentorship to couples and students, or lead a Family Bridges Growth Chapter to bring our programs to your local community.

For more information, reach out to Christopher at or call 708-524-1600

Bridgekeepers Program

What is Bridgekeepers?

Bridgekeepers is a volunteer coaching program designed to help 18 to 24 year-olds set strong foundations for their future by providing them with guidance along with goal-setting skill sets.

Bridgekeepers’ goal is to connect young adults with coaches they feel comfortable sharing their goals, struggles and dreams. 

Coaches build positive relationships with their coachees to help create individualized approaches to goal planning and professional development, and provide accountability.

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Work at Family Bridges

During my internship with Family Bridges, I learned about family values and how important that is in the workplace and at home. I also feel like I grew as an individual in the sense that I learned that working isn’t just about going to work, it’s about teamwork, a positive attitude, and always getting better at what you do…

Erin Simula, 2017 Visual Communications Intern