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. Please consider donating supplies. If you’d prefer to donate without leaving home, you can shop and ship using our Amazon Wishlist here. All donations are due at our 35 Park Street offices by August 2.

Client Backpack Distribution Dates:
Tuesday, August 20, from 9am – 2pm
Wednesday, August 21, from 4pm – 6pm
No pre-registration necessary, but see documents required and more info here.

Supplies Needed

Adopt-A-Family Holiday Gifts

Adopt-A-Family is a program where generous donors are matched with a family who needs assistance providing holiday gifts for their children.

Donors sign up to sponsor a family and may request the number of children they wish to sponsor, as well as their ages. An email is sent in early November letting each donor know about the children to whom they have been matched. Information will include the child’s name, age, wish list and interests. Donors will have about a month to purchase gifts and can bring them to our offices, unwrapped, the week after Thanksgiving.

Parents receiving gifts will come in to pick up the gifts in early December. They will have a chance to see what their children will be receiving, and then are able to participate in the process by being able to wrap the gifts themselves.

Client Registration: Clients in need of assistance with gifts for the 2019 holidays will be able to start signing up in the fall.  More information to follow.

Donor Sign-Up

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

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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“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