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Welcome to Westerville: Neighbors “Bridge” Welcome to New Otterbein Students

With a number of programs and activities designed to help first year students get to know their new University community — Otterbein added another friendly connection this year — a warm welcome to students’ new home from the friendly neighbors who make Westerville the perfect place to live.

When Otterbein approached Rick Bannister, Westerville resident and founder of the “Westerville Neighborhood  Bridges” program, the answer was, ‘yes, of course, we can make that happen!’ Bannister’s motto, after all, is “kindness is cool.”

Bannister issued the call to neighbors and members of four area churches: Church of the Master, Church of the Messiah, Heritage Christian Church and St. Paul’s Church through his online kindness connecting bridge. Westerville Neighborhood Bridges is an online platform that bridges community need and individual requests for help with area citizens who are ready and able to answer that call.

More than 600 personal messages of welcome from members of the Westerville community were shared with entering Otterbein students at their First Year Convocation.

A Kindness Matters Tip:  It’s easy to make a difference! To learn more about Westerville Neighborhood Bridges, visit: westervillebridges.org.

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Welcome to Westerville: Neighbors “Bridge” Welcome to New Otterbein Students

With a number of programs and activities designed to help first year students get to know their new University community — Otterbein added another friendly connection this year — a warm welcome to students’ new home from the friendly neighbors who make Westerville the perfect place to live.

When Otterbein approached Rick Bannister, Westerville resident and founder of the “Westerville Neighborhood  Bridges” program, the answer was, ‘yes, of course, we can make that happen!’ Bannister’s motto, after all, is “kindness is cool.”

Bannister issued the call to neighbors and members of four area churches: Church of the Master, Church of the Messiah, Heritage Christian Church and St. Paul’s Church through his online kindness connecting bridge. Westerville Neighborhood Bridges is an online platform that bridges community need and individual requests for help with area citizens who are ready and able to answer that call.

More than 600 personal messages of welcome from members of the Westerville community were shared with entering Otterbein students at their First Year Convocation.

A Kindness Matters Tip:  It’s easy to make a difference! To learn more about Westerville Neighborhood Bridges, visit: westervillebridges.org.


Kindness Matters is made possible with the generous support of the Kind Columbus initiative at The Columbus Foundation.

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