Anita Villalobos | Founder
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2607 N. Oakland Avenue
Springfield, MO 65803
(417) 860-9316

About Us

Mission Statement

Building Bridges – Hand in Hand is a faith based organization with a mission is to provide ample support for children of all ages and various backgrounds through exemplifying empathy, compassion, and understanding. Building Bridges-Hand in Hand enables children to freely express themselves through hands on activities and events without fear of judgment. Building Bridges-Hand in Hand is built upon the idea that everyone should strive to love like Jesus and love everyone, regardless of differences.

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Members of the Board

Levi Wilson

Levi Wilson - Chairman of the Board

Levi found his a passion for nonprofits and volunteering when chairing a benefit motorcycle event for young kids with terminal diseases. Seeing the looks on the children’s faces with the opportunities they were awarded due to the success of the event cut deep into what Levi knew his calling was – to help kids in need. Levi uses the skills that he acquired from earning his Business Administration degree to assist in furthering the cause of Building Bridges Hand in Hand to provide support for children of all ages and backgrounds to find success through self-expression. Levi says that the reason why he is passionate about BBHIH is “Your past should not define your future. Instilling in children of various backgrounds that they can truly become what they desire with hard work and determination is the only way to break the cycle and BBHIH provides resources for that success.”                                                          

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Anita Villalobos - Founder

Anita Villalobos founded BBHIH in 2009. In 2015, after countless hours of work, she was able to turn BBHIH into a 501(3C) non-profit organization. In 2017, over 2,800 individuals have received a “hand-up” from the BBHIH family. Anita believes in a “hand-up” instead of a “hand-out” approach. Encouraging anyone that may be in a tough spot, to have faith, think/stay positive, have an open mind, and strive for change. “Love God, Love one another”

Cherie-Rowden

Cherie Rowden - Administrative Assistant / Secretary

Cherie Rowden is a wife and mother of two amazing children. She has been a part of the Building Bridges-Hand In Hand family for several years. Her passion for working with children and young adults who haven’t always had an easy life comes from her own personal experiences growing up. She feels that even if shes only able to help just one person make a better, healthier life for themselves, then she has done what she has set out to do. She loves volunteering with Harmony House and putting together BBHIH events for the community.

Melanie-Clark

Melanie Clark - Treasurer

Bio coming soon!

Josh Dilsaver - Technology Specialist

 Josh Dilsaver has been a part of the BBHIH family since 2011. He is a member of the board as well as the Technology Specialist. Without Josh, the website as well as being able to have a newsletter would not be possible. “BBHIH is a group of amazing people that come together to do awesome things that could not be accomplished by a single individual. I am excited the organization has grown so fast and look forward to see what we can do in the future”.

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Amanda-Dilsaver

Amanda Dilsaver

Amanda is one of the original officers on the board. She has a passion  for children especially those in the foster care system.  Even before taking a position on the board, Amanda has been very involved with BBHIH and all is functions.

Carolyn Poore

Carolyn Poore - Founding Member in Memoriam

 Carolyn Poore played an intricate part in the BBHIH organization, from finances to being involved with the daily running of BBHIH. She also was very involved with all aspects of BBHIH, using her quilting talents to teach at risk individuals to sew. She lead our Warm Hearts project. A project putting together blankets to pass out in winter to our friends in need.