Earlier this year we polled our community of moms, asking for charitable organizations in the area that you love to support. Today, for Giving Tuesday, we’re sharing that list and more! If you’re in a position to donate or volunteer you time this holiday season keep reading to learn more about the charities and find links to their websites.
Beverly Bootstraps – Beverly Bootstraps provides critical resources to families and individuals so they may achieve self-sufficiency. They offer emergency and long-term assistance including: access to food, housing stability, adult and youth education, counseling and advocacy. They are community funded and supported through both donations and The Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop, located at 198 Rantoul Street in Beverly.
Change is Simple – From the food we eat, to the energy we use and products we buy, each of our daily actions adds up to leave an impact on our world. Dozens of small changes can be made everyday to live more sustainably. The mission of Change is Simple is to instill lifelong social and environmental responsibility through experiential learning that inspires action for healthy people, planet & community. Located in Beverly, but visiting schools across the North Shore with their classroom, STEM-based, learning program.
Citizens Inn – Citizens Inn, now merged with Haven from Hunger, has served families and individuals across the North Shore for over 35 years. They provide both a safe place to stay and a meal on the table, as well as offering tools to empower families and individuals to find permanent solutions to break the patterns of instability in their lives. Located in Peabody.
Community Giving Tree – Community Giving Tree’s mission is to help low-income families in northeastern Massachusetts raise healthy children by providing recycled clothing, baby equipment and other basic necessities. Locations in both Middleton and Boxford.
Mission of Deeds – With the help of dedicated volunteers and the generous donations of the community, Mission of Deeds serves thousands of families and individuals throughout Middlesex and Essex counties, by providing beds, furniture, and household essentials free of charge for people in need. Located in Reading.
My Brother’s Table – Founded in 1982 and located in Lynn, My Brother’s Table is the largest soup kitchen on the North Shore. They have provided over 3 million hot, free meals and outreach to men, women and children in need. Last year alone MBT served over 186,000 meals.
The Northeast Arc – The Northeast Arc helps people with disabilities become full participants in the community; choosing for themselves how to live, learn, work, socialize and play. To date they have helped more than 300 local individuals with disabilities realize their employment goals. Locations in both Danvers and Peabody. Learn more about their Giving Tuesday impact here.
Pathways for Children – Pathways is a leading provider of education and care programs on the North Shore of Massachusetts serving over 500 children and their families from 14 communities. Their year-round programming, including Head Start and Early Head Start, serves children birth to age 13 and their families. They have centers in Gloucester, Beverly and Salem.
Plummer Youth Promise – Young people who leave the foster care or juvenile justice system without safe, stable, permanent family connections face grim outcomes, including high rates of homelessness, unemployment, early parenting and lack of education. Plummer Youth Promise is changing that by engaging families for each young person they serve while building their skills and community connections. Locations in Salem and Lawrence.
Project Home Again – Project Home Again provides low-income families, free of charge, with new and gently used household goods, furniture, and small appliances necessary to live with comfort and dignity. Located in Andover.
Salem Children’s Charity – Started 26 years ago by a group of friends in Salem, this ornament sale has expanded to also include a Christmas Fundraising Event, raising $40,000 last year alone. 100% of proceeds continue to be distributed directly to Salem children for a rapid response to family tragedies, easing the burdens of children’s families facing serious illnesses and food shortages as well as enrichment programs that they could never afford.
Sweet Paws Rescue – Sweet Paws Rescue is a registered non-profit animal rescue based in Massachusetts. They are a grassroots, boots-on-the-ground, shelterless, foster-based and volunteer-powered organization. Since 2011, they have rescued over 7000 puppies, dogs and cats from the poorest counties in Mississippi and Alabama. They are also a New England resource for the abandoned and displaced, and animals seized in cruelty cases. Learn more about their Giving Tuesday fundraiser here.