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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Human Services

Mission: The mission of Room to Grow is to enrich the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development.

Results: • 100 % of parents reported that Room to Grow helped them to feel more confident as a parent • 100% of parents reported that Room to Grow helped them to learn about their child’s physical, social and emotional needs • 97% of parents reported that Room to Grow helped them to learn about major developmental milestones in their child’s life • 97 % reported that Room to Grow helped their child to feel physically and emotionally safe with them

Target demographics: children born into poverty from age 0-3 in New York City and Boston

Direct beneficiaries per year: nearly 700 children and their families

Geographic areas served: New York, Boston

Programs: In 2014, room to grow served 688 families and 734 children. These families visited the sites every three months for a total of approximately 1,800 visits, and received parenting information and support. 131 children graduated from the program during this time and 167 new babies were enrolled. The organization distributed 96,028 new and nearly-new baby items, including developmentally-appropriate toys, books, clothing and equipment. Room to grow engaged nearly 5,000 volunteers who performed a total of 12,220 hours of work to sort, clean, fold, and display donated items and assist with other organizational efforts.

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Room to Grow fulfills its mission of supporting families with all of the necessities to help their child grow and develop by giving out only the highest quality items and their staff truly cares about each and every family that they work with. Having worked with them for the past six years, I believe they are a first in class organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Room to Grow is a great organization and everyone there is passionate about what they do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Room to Grow is an excellent organization that has smart, innovative leadership focused on improving the lives of children and their mothers. The group cares deeply about ensuring their program has the longest lasting impact on the families they serve and achieves the strongest outcomes. They are great to partner with and constantly identify opportunities for visibility, engagement and thought leadership.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Room to Grow has been a grantee of my company for many years. They continue to develop new and unique ways to grow their programs in the community and we proud to have them as a partner!

Kara24

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Room to Grow is an incredible organization! Wonderful resource for families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working with the staff at the Boston office to prepare for a corporate volunteer day through my employer. I was immediately impressed with the dedication of the Room to Grow staff and how hard they work in creating welcoming and supportive environment for their clients. The 40 associates who volunteered with us had a very productive day, and all were moved by the experience of helping Room to Grow meet the needs of the families they serve daily. It is truly an impressive organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such an amazing organization! The work done here is truly inspirational!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that I have been lucky enough to volunteer with for the last year. Their New York office is incredibly friendly, well organized and peaceful. The Room to Grow clients are treated respectfully and equally and the high level of donations has them leaving with supplies for their baby that they can take pride in. The private sessions with RTG's amazing social workers offers crucial support for parent and baby too. This is an inspiring nonprofit to be involved with!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Room to Grow is an amazing nonprofit. It helps underserved families by giving them both parenting support and all the necessities--clothing, books, developmental toys, feeding supplies--for their babies. Room to Grow is making a world of difference in the lives of their clients. Volunteering at this organization is a joy because the staff are so passionate about the mission.

Previous Stories

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about Room to Grow in 2004, and soon started volunteering at this exceptional nonprofit. This nonprofit really spoke to me, because I was a new mom and facing the typical challenges of learning to parent. Room to Grow opened my eyes to the needs faced by families who have young children, but don't always have all the resources they need to give their children the best start in life. Room to Grow has a wonderful program--the organization gives families baby gear, clothing, and books needed for raising an infant/toddler AND provides one-on-one parenting support. I'm proud to continue to help Room to Grow, as it makes a profound impact on families who need support during the critical first three years of their children's lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Room To Grow is a well run organization serving a fantastic cause providing young children in poverty with a variety of necessities. I highly support the organization and I'm happy I was able to assist with the cause!