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Beverly Bootstraps

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews 1,274


35 Park Street Beverly MA 01915 USA


"Beverly Bootstraps provides critical resources to families and individuals so they may achieve self-sufficiency. We offer emergency and long-term assistance including: access to food, housing stability, adult and youth education, counseling and advocacy. We are community funded and supported."

Target demographics:

Low-income families and individuals in Beverly and Manchester, MA.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

over 4,200 individuals

Geographic areas served:

Beverly and Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts


FOOD ASSISTANCE: Food Pantry, Summer Food Program, Mobile Market, Food Education. CLIENT SUPPORT: Intervention and Advocacy, Resource and Referral Services, Heat and Utility Assistance, Housing Support. ADULT EDUCATION: HiSET Test Prep Classes, English as a Second Language, College, and Career Readiness Classes. YOUTH & FAMILY: After School Homework Clubs, Back to School Backpacks, Adopt -A-Family Holiday Program, Summer Camp Placements. THRIFT SHOP: Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop, shop Bargains for a Cause! 198 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As the E.D. of this organization, I am biased for our organization..... However, the rating I put here reflects the community in which our organization exists. As the food pantry was closing last night, a woman left with tears in her eyes profusely thanking the volunteer and I for the help she received. That gratitude, while directed to two people standing there in the moment, belongs to every person who donates money, food or items to the Thrift Shop, volunteers time and expertise or who speaks well of our work. Remember - our work is broad, with many different programs and our impact is critical to people who need our help. THANK YOU for making Beverly Bootstraps the amazing organization it is.

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Extend the service hours

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Dale - Volunteer

I've helped out in the thrift shop for over two years now and think I've done just about every thing that can be done at least for a volunteer. I donate goods and buy things too!!! I've made many friends there and very much appreciate all that Beverly Bootstraps does for so many people in so many ways!

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My children truly love to donate and help the local community. The collection food drives and adopt-a-family drives at their school really help my children appreciate what they have and learn to help those in need.

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I have been volunteering with Beverly Bootstraps for about 10 years in various capacities, ESOL, pantry, and now have been working at the front desk for 4 years. I volunteer at Bootstraps because I truly believe in their mission "A hand up not a hand out." Beverly Bootstraps delivers their mission with kindness and respect. The organization is well run and responsible. I am so proud to be part of Beverly Bootstraps.

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I was a volunteer at the food pantry until my work schedule changed, but I still believe I will find the right time to continue to help out, beyond my donations to the fuel program, when I can. they provide such a great service to the entire community without judgment. the thrift shop is always bustling and has the best offerings around, the new space is amazing, and having parking is really helpful.

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My first contact with Beverly Bootstraps was as a customer of the thrift store. I love thrift store and flea market shopping, and have shopped there for a number of years. It's one of the best thrift stores around.

I have done a lot of volunteer ESOL teaching internationally over the last decade. A few years ago, I decided to do some longer term ESOL tutoring in my own community. Every Wednesday, I now teach the ESOL students at Bootstraps. It's one of the high points of my week. I learn as much from the students as they do from me. The only "bad" thing about the new location is that I now am at the thrift store at least once a week, after our class. I lot of my students head there too, after class, and we continue the conversation!

Joanna Liss

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I volunteer 2 afternoons a week at the Thrift Store, and spend my hours non-stop tidying up the space, mostly clothes that have been tried on and not put back into the correct racks. I know that all proceeds are used to fund the valuable and essential work of Bootstraps in the community, so feel that I am supporting a wonderful cause, and at the same time am kept busy and active, so that my time on the floor flies by! The other volunteers and staff are cheerful and pleasant to work with, altogether a worthwhile effort.

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Volunteer in food pantry, english language training, donate funds and goods
Our children volunteer there as well
Programs are excellent, facilities are new, and they attract high-caliber volunteers and board members

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volunteer for food pantry and thrift shop
donate money , clothes and food
nice place to volunteer- managers are very nice and
create a great a wonderful supportive team
and volunteer is treated as employee

I would highly recommend it

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As a long-time supporter of the Food Pantry and a friend and colleague of many of the employees there I can't say enough about how this place is all about community and helping people to help themselves. My most recent experience is working out a volunteer opportunity for a family member who is mentally challenged but eager to be useful. The food pantry staff have embraced her and given her self-worth that is immeasurable!

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I contribute to the food pantry and organize drives regularly . . . the amount of food that goes through the pantry is amazing!

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Wish that it wasn't necessary, but since it is . . . keep on doing what you're doing!

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