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This national award is presented to an outstanding person in the community who has made a significant contribution in the fields of education, family life, and tikkun olam (repairing the world).
NCJW, Louisville Section has previously recognized twenty-five other individuals with the Hannah G. Solomon award since its first honoree in 1966. NCJW is proud to celebrate Joyce Bridge and to include her among these distinguished recipients. “I have such awe for those who have received this before me – I only hope I can live up to their legacy,” said Joyce.
Joyce began her career in New Jersey, working as an assistant at several companies before volunteering in various schools, hospitals, and social service groups while she was a stay-at-home mother. She later went back to work full time for the Community Action Program which ran Senior Citizen Centers, Head Starts, Heat Assistance, worker training programs, and a crisis intervention program. After becoming Director, Joyce helped develop the program that evolved into the Domestic Violence Program working with the court system. Joyce went on to work for the Superintendent of Elections, a computer company as their Director of Operations, and then as a Claims Manager for a major moving company before she resigned to move to Kentucky.
After settling in Kentucky Joyce was President of a local garden club, head of her neighborhood group, volunteered for Flower Buds, Gildas Club, and was a docent at the Speed Art Museum, where she later was a member of the Docent Board in charge of local outings and lunches.
Joyce began attending some NCJW lunches and events and helped at the Nearly New Shop’s annual Fashion Encore and Spring Fling events, before becoming President of the Section in 2015 – a position she still currently maintains. When she worked with other NCJW members to start Court Watch which resulted in the Family Recovery Court – she said there was nothing better she could do to leave another legacy for NCJW and their advocacy for families and children. “This is what NCJW is about and knowing it will continue and expand through the state is the best anyone can wish for. There are so many women and children impacted by this program and its future. The women of NCJW have always stepped up to the hard work and will continue to do so. We make a difference in people’s lives and there is nothing more I could wish for.”, Joyce stated.