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 children with increased access to food when not in school, school supplies to start off the academic year, opportunities for summer camp and a holiday gift program for families.

Youth & Family

Back-to-School Backpacks

When kids head back to school each fall, many families need help providing their children with backpacks and school supplies. For 20 years, this program has been helping local children be prepared for academic success and lessen the financial burden on families. This year, you can help these children and their families by donating in one of two ways:

Shop in person, then drop off  your donations at one of these Community Collection Nights:
• Tuesday, July 13, from 5pm-7pm at the Manchester Community Center, 40 Beach Street, Manchester
• Wednesday, July 14, from 5pm-7pm at the Winthrop School, 325 Bay Road, Hamilton
• Thursday, July 15, from 5pm-7pm at Beverly Bootstraps, 35 Park Street, Beverly

Click here for a list of school supplies needed.

Shop online:
• go to to make your purchases and they’ll be shipped directly to us. Ordering deadline is Wednesday, July 21.

However you participate, you’ll be helping local children be prepared for success next school year. Thank you for your generosity!

Client Registration:
If you need assistance getting a backpack and school supplies for your children, and live in Beverly, Manchester, Essex, Hamilton or Wenham, backpacks will be distributed in the parking lot of our 35 Park Street facility on the following dates and times based on the first letter of your last name:

• Monday, August 16, from 3pm-6pm for last names S-Z
• Tuesday, August 17, from 10am-1pm for last names M-R
• Wednesday, August 18 – NO DISTRIBUTION
• Thursday, August 19, from 3pm-6pm for last names E-L
• Friday, August 20, from 10am-2pm for last names A-D

You must complete a client update form to receive a backpack. Please click here to print the form, then fill it out and bring it with you on your appropriate pick up day. Childs ID, proof of residency, and parent/guardian photo ID will also be needed on your pick up day.  Click here for printable information.


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.

To see a list of Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

If you would like to become an Adopt-a-Family donor for the 2021 holidays, please contact our Development Coordinator 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:  Information about the 2021 program will be available in the fall.

Contact Development Coordinator to Receive Donor Link

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 Family 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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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 Case Manager for More Info

“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