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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Gift Distribution, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services

Mission: To provide birthday cheer for children experiencing homelessness and families in-need.

Results: Since inception in February 2012, Beverly's Birthdays has grown to serve over 10,000 children and families through partnerships with more than 50 agencies in 5 counties surrounding Pittsburgh, PA.

Target demographics: Children experiencing homelessness and families in-need

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2015 alone we provided birthday experiences for over 5,000 children and families through our five (5) programs

Geographic areas served: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Programs: Birthday Parties: We host a celebration at the agency for children who have a birthday during that month/season. The guests are the other children in the program and their families (if applicable). The celebrations are staffed by volunteers and the parties include food, dessert, games/entertainment, and treat bags. Our birthday celebrations represent more than just a party. We believe that birthdays are an opportunity to wish a child a happy and healthy new year, and therefore all of our birthday celebrations expose the children to some type of enriching learning experience. Birthday Presents: All of the children we serve receive a birthday cheer bin on their birthday. This bin is filled with gender and age appropriate gifts, which we can customize. All of our bins include a new book and a new toothbrush/toothpaste. A bin contains $40-$50 worth of items. We believe these extra items help reinforce a "“happy, healthy year…filled with cheer." Itty Bitty Birthday Cheer: This program provides birthday cheer bins (filled with essential newborn items) for newborn babies. We also partner with agencies to provide group baby showers. Help support this program by purchasing an item off of our baby shower registry. Classroom Cheer: In many classrooms it is an ongoing tradition for the students to bring a treat to share with their classmates on their birthdays. Families facing financial hardship may not have the means to provide this special experience for their children to share with peers. We work with schools to provide treat bags for qualified children to distribute to their peers on their birthday. In collaboration with The Education Partnership, we also provide teachers in elementary and primary schools throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region with their own Classroom Cheer Kit. This kit contains everything a teacher would need to celebrate their student's birthdays. The kits are filled based on the teacher’s roster. Birthday-in-a-Bag: Pre-assembled bags filled with all of the necessary items to host a small birthday celebration (cake mix, frosting, plates, cups, napkins, party hats, etc.) to our agency partners that they can then distribute to families in-need. Primarily this program services families who are clients of community food banks. Our largest partners in this program are The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, the Washington County Food Bank, and the Westmoreland County Food Bank.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

In addition to the wonderful work Beverly's Birthdays does, I have been impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication of my fellow Board members. Beverly's Birthday has grown dramatically in the last three years serving more children in more ways -- yet has remained focused on its mission. In every facet of all the services provided, every child helped has been reminded of their being special and their life is worth celebrating.

3 Julie232

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became involved with Beverly's Birthdays through a project in Grad School and have since become a volunteer, donor and board member. I couldn't be more proud to be associated with this organization! The work that they do for children who are in need or even in crisis makes a huge impact. Beyond their work, volunteering for Beverly's Birthdays is fun, well-organized and very rewarding! I dropped off cupcakes to a party and you should have seen the look on the kiddo's faces! Pure joy! The staff are truly the most dedicated people I have come across in non-profit work. You see it in every facet of their programming. A great organization with an amazing mission all around! :-)

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

Beverly's is special in so many ways. The organization fills a need in the Pittsburgh community and beyond unlike any other of our wonderful non-profits. Many of the children Beverly's serves would likely go without any birthday celebration at all. By providing them with a celebration of their very own, Beverly's gives them the tangibles - cake, presents, etc.; but more importantly, a smile, great memories and hope. It is my absolute honor to be a part of this unique organization.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Smiles, replace frowns. Creative games, replace boredom. Smiles, replace tears. Cheer, replaces anxiety. And, a single candle on a cupcake, shines brightly in the hearts of children who find themselves homeless on their birthdays. I just could not be more humbled and grateful to be part of an organization that promises to bring, even for a short while, joy into the lives of children who face homeless every day.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is by far the best small Non Profit Organization around. I have helped with many and none compare to the dedication of the Executive Director at Beverly's Birthdays. Their only intent is to help the children. Amazing!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Beverly's Birthdays is a non-profit with a big heart, strong focus and passionate people; from each volunteer all the way up to the executive director. The growth that the organization has experienced in the last year is astounding, and has allowed Beverly's Birthdays to serve so many more children in need of some birthday cheer.

Josh14

Donor

Rating: 5

I just love the way this organization is so hyper-focused on making their mission become a reality. A truly wonderful cause being carried out by passionate, intelligent, caring people.

Previous Stories
1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Beverly's Birthdays has provided an opportunity for homeless kids of all ages in the Pittsburgh region have birthday celebrations. Each birthday party is filled with games, gifts, and an abundance of smiles and laughter. More importantly, the children get a great childhood memory and a day to call their own. I am proud to support such a wonderful organization and can't wait to continue growing in 2013.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Beverly's Birthdays provides at-risk youth with a birthday party celebration and gifts that make them feel special on their special day! Beverly's Birthdays serves three shelters in the Greater Pittsburgh Area, allowing all children from that shelter to participate in monthly birthday celebrations. Each celebration is decided on by the child's age...ranging from Super Hero parties to Beach-themed parties! Different activities are created for each birthday party like pin the baseball on home plate and water balloon tosses. Each party also has crafts for the kids to make so everyone has something to call their own. After a pizza dinner, we sing "happy birthday" to the birthday boy or girl and they get to make a wish and blow out their very own birthday candles. In my family, birthdays are always a big celebration in which we are surrounded by family and friends. For these kids, they are not as fortunate, many of which never even have a birthday cake, let alone a party. Beverly's Birthdays mission is priceless...touching children in a way no other nonprofit can.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My wife started Beverly's Birthdays in order to help children in need. It has been an honor to be a part of the building of this great organization. Every party I attend is an absolute blast and you can see firsthand why the work we do is so important. Our family is deeply devoted to service and I love that we are able to contribute in such a positive way to our community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is so rewarding to be the Founder of Beverly's Birthdays. I am so grateful for the volunteers, friends and family who have helped make Beverly's Birthdays a reality. When Beverly told me how she had never had a birthday party or a slice of a birthday cake I was compelled to take action. I can't believe how far we have come in the last 18 months! Hooray for spreading birthday cheer!