I have been a Board member for at least the past 8 years. I am even more impressed today with the growth and work that the organization continues to do for the community. The staff all do a great job!
My wife and I have been supporters of Bootstraps for many years, so when I retired several years ago I was pleased to join the Bootstraps Board. I have long been impressed with the range of services Bootstraps provides, from food assistance in many forms, to high school equivalency degree programs to basic financial literacy, to English for speakers of other languages. These are all designed to boost clients' abilities to sustain themselves and be confident in providing for, and steering their children.
With more of an "insiders'" view now, I am struck by the lengths Bootstraps goes to create a warm and welcoming environment, and to make programs accessible to people in hours that work for them, even providing child care services while the parents are in classes. Bootstraps helps each client create their own "action plan" and truly does work to tailor assistance to each clients' specific needs. This requires many, many volunteers, but simultaneously provides a valuable and gratifying experience for clients and volunteers alike.
We are blessed to have Bootstraps thriving in our community, and integrating so well with other service providers in Beverly.
My family has been involved with Beverly Bootstraps for the last 7 years. My kids have enjoyed the food drives and shopping for the gifts for the adopt a family program. My kids have also visited the food pantry and have a greater understanding of the needs of the community.
Beverly Bootstraps is an extraordinary organization. Bootstraps improves the services it offers through careful attention to needs -- and what works for its clients. The staff is highly professional - and that includes the volunteers. It is a wonderful resource for Beverly and its neighbors.
I have been involved with Beverly Bootstraps for several years as a volunteer. I am also a board member. I have seen first hand the care and attention that is focused on clients and their needs. The Bootstraps staff and volunteers have created an environment that is safe, respectful and true to it's mission.
I started volunteering with the organization about 6 or 7 years ago and immediately I was so impressed with the wide scope of work they do. It was quite apparent this was MUCH more than a food pantry. They really look at the person as a person and take a VERY holistic approach to helping which I think is really important. I am now a board member and am VERY VERY proud to be connected with such a great group of people and a really caring organization that I feel much a big different in many peoples lives.
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.
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!
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.
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.