Beverly Bootstraps provides year-round services to local children and families in need. Our Youth & Family programs focus on connecting families with the tools they need to achieve self-sufficiency. We provide important mentoring and support services to those needing academic and literacy support as well as an on-site library, school supplies to start off the academic year, opportunities for summer camp and a holiday gift program for families.

Youth & Family

After-School Homework Club

The After-School Homework Club provides a nurturing environment where staff, volunteers and interns provide mentoring and educational support to students who are at risk of academic failure. Participating students are referred to the program by their parents or school.

Priority is given to families that have utilized other services offered by Beverly Bootstraps and can prove financial need.

Contact Youth Coordinator

Back-to-School Backpacks

The Back-to-School Backpack program has been supplying backpacks filled with school supplies to low-income children since 2001. The goal of this initiative is to help children start the school year off right with the supplies they need to achieve academic success and to minimize the financial burden on families.

Every year we rely on donations from the community to support this program.


2019 Supplies Needed

Kids Eat Healthy Initiative

No kid should go hungry or worry about where their next meal is coming from. Sadly, right here in Essex County, 11.5 % of kids are faced with this challenge every day. Through the Kids Eat Healthy initiative we are committed to supporting local children in need of food.

We do this through our Summer Food and Weekend Food programs which are designed to provide increased access to the Food Pantry and to provide healthy snacks for children when not in school.

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Adopt-A-Family Holiday Gifts

Many families in our community are not able to purchase presents for their children. But through Beverly Bootstraps’ Adopt-a-Family program, donors can help these children receive new clothes, games or toys. Donors will have the unique opportunity to give holiday gifts to local children in need. After all, the holidays are all about giving!

In mid-late October each year, donors who have previously supported this program, as well as those who have requested to be on the mailing (see the button below to request to be added to the mailing), will be sent a link to the Adopt-A-Family profiles.  Donors will be able to choose which families they would like to support during the holiday season. When a donor finds the family or families that touch their heart, they can select them and easily print the shopping lists.

Donors then bring the gifts, unwrapped, to our offices the week after Thanksgiving.

If you would like to become an Adopt-a-Family donor for the 2020 holidays, please contact our Development Assistant below and provide your full name, email address and phone number to be added to the list to receive the website link in mid-October.

Client Registration: For clients in need of assistance with gifts for the 2020 holiday, a registration schedule will be posted in August.

Contact Development Assistant to Receive Donor Link

Summer Camp

Summer Camp is an enriching experience that every child should be able to enjoy. Through the generosity of local donors, each year we are able to provide at-risk children access to a camp experience. Camp slots are provided for free or at greatly reduced prices.

Priority is given to families that have utilized other services offered by Beverly Bootstraps and can prove financial need.

Contact Program Coordinator

“If it wasn’t for you, my kids wouldn’t have a holiday. But because of you, I can now see a smile on their faces.”

– Janelle, single mom of two young boys