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Room To Grow National, Inc.

Rating: 4.97 stars   36 reviews 1,048

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Human Services


54 W 21st St # 401 New York NY 10010 USA


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


• 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

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Reviews for Room To Grow National, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Room to Grow is an absolutely amazing organization. The entire team is extremely passionate about assisting babies born into poverty by providing their families with the support needed to ensure healthy development and progress during their first three years. Second Chance Toys has worked closely with Room to Grow through our toy donation opportunities and events and we have seen firsthand the passion behind the mission.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I feel in love with this organization as soon as I heard about it. It has a real impact and measurable results which you often don't find.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came to know Room to Grow through my employer. We have worked with Room to Grow for years and have seen firsthand the extraordinary work the organization does. The organization makes the most out of each dollar donated and the staff is incredibly skilled and committed.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been volunteering at Room to Grow for 7 years and it is a wonderful organization. The space itself is colorful and clean, making it very welcoming to the clients who arrive with their children. I've mainly worked with Naomi, who does a great job welcoming the volunteers, explaining the activity we'll be helping with, and answering questions from the volunteers throughout the project. The other staff members I've met have also been extremely friendly, welcoming, and appreciative of the volunteers. By the end of the project, the volunteers feel as though they've truly made a difference and so many return to volunteer each month. I'm looking forward to volunteering with Room to Grow for many years to come!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first came across Room to Grow when I was looking for a children’s charity to donate baby items to. I was delighted to find out that the company that I work for has an ongoing Corporate volunteering relationship with the organization. After doing some research and taking part in my first monthly volunteer session, I realized that this was a charity that I wanted to become more involved in. I was very impressed with the work the organization does. What sets Room to Grow apart from the vast majority of children’s charities is the fact that it’s so much more than just giving away “stuff”. Room to Grow and its staff cares deeply about the families that participates in its programs. The social workers at Room to Grow develop strong relationships with the families that are built on trust and mutual respect. The families receive customized educational and social support for the first three years of their child’s life, paving the way for a brighter forward looking future.

Room to Grow’s impact extends far beyond the immediate families that it works with, it is an integral part of the community and I am so happy and proud to be affiliated with such an organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Room to grow has made such an impact in my life. It has helped me to care for my child in more ways than one. From the clothes and toys he receives every visit to the mentoring and educating on his development. I feel so fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Room to Grow is a very special organization with an extremely noble cause that is changing the lives of babies and young families faced with very challenging circumstances every single day.

With a dedicated focus on providing educational and social support as well as essential gear and supplies to babies living in poverty through their first three years of development, along with their outstanding staff and leadership, Room to Grow gives babies and families in great need a fighting chance to thrive.

The families who participate in this program face intense struggles every single day yet remain extremely optimistic and strong through it all thanks to the wonderful support of Room to Grow...all reasons why I am extremely proud and fortunate to be affiliated with Room to Grow.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our school was looking to partner with an organization that was directly influencing the lives of women and children, and Room to Grow was a perfect fit. They worked with our middle school girls and taught them how a difference can be made on a local level in their city by seeing a need and filling it. The people who work at Room to Grow are incredibly dedicated to their work and want to spread their belief in helping others, and I know they have made a difference in the lives of the girls I teach and in how they view their role in society. I couldn't ask for more in a partnership like this.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I interned with Room to Grow this last summer, and it was one of the greatest experiences I have had with a nonprofit. The women that work at Room to Grow are impassioned and knowledgeable about their field. It is also an incredibly organized nonprofit that serves an important clientele of the New York City area. Each visit parents are provided with a meeting with a social worker, clothing for a week (including coats, shoes, costumes for Halloween), toys, and books for the child and parents. This organization focuses on the first three years of a child's development, which current studies are demonstrating are incredibly vital for ensuring a child does not start kindergarten behind his or her classmates.

For potential donors - it is one of the easiest places to donate with free curbside pick-up or a paid pick-up and delivery service. They provide an inclusive list of what they do or do not accept on their website, and they are always available by phone to ask about other items.

For potential volunteers - the work you do is important for the nonprofit. Sorting through donations and organizing toys and books, there is never a wasted moment of your time. Naomi, who is the Volunteer Coordinator, is not only a sweet and welcoming person, but she also incredibly organized and plans for your time to be spent wisely.

This is an incredible nonprofit filled with and run by inspiring women that are determined to make a change and better the lives of parents in their community.

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