Pajama Program, Inc.

Rating: 4.94 stars   32 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 34 E. 39th St Suite B New York NY 10016 USA

Mission: Pajama Program MissionThe Need is Great. There are more than 500,000 children in the foster care system in the U.S. and more than 1 million children who are not living with their natural parents. These children have been through great upheaval and trauma, without exception. So many of these children are living in shelters and group homes and too often are shuffled from one temporary home to another. Many of these youngsters have been abused or abandoned, and in many cases, have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a mother or father tuck them in at bedtime and read to them to encourage an early educational experience. They have fallen behind in their reading skills and no longer have access to books to read on a regular basis. They have been removed from school for months at a time with no continuation of their reading practice. Through the Pajama Program, we are contributing to a warmer, more loving and supportive reading environment for these special children.
Programs:  We provide a steady stream of thousands of new books and pajamas to children in need across the country and to several countries around the world. There are now more than 1200 Receiving Organizations. (children's shelters, group homes and temporary living facilities) on our list. Our pajamas and books arrive at each of these Receiving Organizations regularly. We receive emergency calls for pajamas and books on a daily basis and it is our goal to answer each request with pajamas and books for the children immediately.  
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is the most amazing program. The grouops gather new pajamas and books for disadvantaged children. They donate them to groups who are assisting disadvantaged children--homeless, financially poor areas, etc...Our church houses homeless families every Friday afternoon through Sunday night. It is an amazing feeling when you can give a child a brand new pair of pajamas and a book on their reading level. a light goes off in their faces. There are lots of tears and thank yous for the children and their parents who receive this amazing gift. It is a wonderul organization and they touch the hearts of the children. For a time, they enjoy the new pajamas and book and feel that things are better for them. I love helping them out and seeing the wonderful smiles. They serve all ages of children from newborns through young adults. Simply amazing! Karol Warden, Loveland, Ohio

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been able to both help read to the children and help pack pajamas and books. I feel that Pajama Program is providing a wonderful service to children in need need and am happy to have volunteered and will continue to volunteer every chance that I get.

Being there during a reading party, it was easy to see how meaningful it was for the children to receive brand new books and brand new pajamas. I personally believe in this program and hope that it continues to grow and make a difference in as many children's lives as possible.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the joy on the childrens' faces.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

love to see it continue to grow throughout the country to help more children,

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Rating: 5 stars  

I organize my office's volunteer activities, and this organization came to our attention last year through a well known bar association. I have organized readings that have been attended by lawyers in my office, and every volunteer has raved about this program. The Pajama Program provides an extraordinary service for children whose lives are so difficult. It reminds us that only a few hours of our time can touch these children's lives -- and of course we all wish we could do more. The program is extremely well organized, and the staff is sensitive to the needs of the children and the volunteers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The excitement of my colleagues in wanting to help be part of the program. And watching the children themselves delight in having stories read to them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None that I can think of.

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Rating: 5 stars  

For four years I have volunteered at the Pajama Program, working beside
the dedicated staff and other volunteers, opening the many boxes of pjs and books that are donated and then having the pleasure of seeing them
sent to the thousands of children in need around the country. I have also
participated in the reading parties for local children. To see their faces
light up as they hug their new pjs and books is a "natural high" that I
will never forget. Keep up the great worki!!
Gloria Russell

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When reading with young children, seeing how much pleasure they receive when given a new pair of pajamas and a new book.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Reach out so more people know about this great program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a truly great program from beginning to end. Everyone involved genuinely cares about the children who participate. And the children...they look forward to everything from reading the books to the presentation of a brand new pair of pjs. As a volunteer, I feel totally blessed to be a part of such a wonderful organization. By the end of the session, you feel totally connected to the children. I wish I could donate more of my time to this worthwhile cause!!! Kudos to all !!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

You can see the delight in the children's eyes, as well as the excitement in their voices.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a larger space to accomodate more children, maybe even a space with an outdoor area for summetime reading.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Pajama Program does good work and does it well. As a volunteer, I've had the opportunity to work with the children, and I've seen how they light up during the story reading as well as when they receive new pajamas. As a general helper, I've worked with the dedicated staff. They are well organized, do an amazing amount with their resources and are great (and a great deal of fun) to work with.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how excited and animated the children become during the course of the reading and interaction. They often walk in shy and quiet, but walk out with laughter.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

raise its profile.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

give me perspective into my own life as I reached out to these children

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

great!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer with the Pajama Program I have realized how much effort goes into this program. I volunteer as a reader and sorter and packer of donations. It is so wonderful to be involved with people who really care about children's well being.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My personally find it rewarding to read to a small group of children and watch as they slowly gain confidence in me and enjoy the moment more each week.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This program only needs to continue to grow on the path it has already taken.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Pajama Program is run by loving people who are passionate about helping children. Participating in their reading party was one of the most joyous and rewarding volunteer experiences I've ever had! They do wonderful, important work to let children know someone cares about them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Interacting with children of a group home who were delighted to have someone read with them. Knowing that my work packing boxes meant that kids were receiving good books and new pajamas.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would have no suggestions...they do wonderful work!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Pajama Program is a wonderful organization to work with as a volunteer. Everything we need in the way of resources we need to conduct our drives is provided either on the web site or through personal contact with the New York office. The personal satisfaction level is high because we get to see first-hand how the gifts of pajamas and books impact the children and families we serve. I love being part of this effort and plan to make it a life-time part of my volunteer service.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the faces of the children who receive pajamas and books and I love the smiles!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Only increase the outreach ability---and we are always working on that.

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Rating: 5 stars  

II have volunteered with the Pajama Program for the last 3 years and have loved it! My husband and I were in the adoption process when I first became involved with this organization because I wanted a way to help children in need while waiting to adopt. I get thank you notes all the time from various organizations we donated items to and feel that we are really making a difference. Donating new pajamas and books seems so simple and not like a huge thing, but I have seen for myself that it is a huge thing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the results ofthis program since I usually hand deliver the pajamas and books to various shelters in my state. I get sweet emails and thank you notes letting me know that everything we donate is greatly appreciated.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't know of anything that I would change with this organization.

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