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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services

Mission: Carasmark seeks to inspire hope in the lives of children and their families by meeting their practical needs.

Results: 9,341 backpacks 841 bags of groceries 538 books

Target demographics: Low-income children and families.

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 1,700 students!

Programs: The Backpack Project- providing backpacks filled with school supplies to students The Food Project- providing groceries to families in need The Book Project- providing books to students for their home libraries

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

cindyg

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great non profit providing meals for poor families and educational supplies for kids in low income schools with integrity and love.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have observed Shannon and Nathan's love for disadvantaged families and children and their willingness to sacrifice their time and energy to help. They are honest, compassionate and persevering in finding ways to touch lives. Weather it is cooking meals for a dozen families, delivering backpacks full of school supplies, or donating money for the funeral of a stillborn child, Shannon, Nathan and their volunteers do very practical things in a way that expresses real love and compassion.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great nonprofit to focus on the needs of high need students and provide them with the tools they need to be successful. Thank you for all you do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an educator in a Title 1 school who was fortunate enough to be affected by Carasmark. We were able to provide 50 school bags to our neediest students filled with school supplies. This allowed our students to start school feeling confident, prepared, and optimistic about the year to come. We are so thankful and fortunate to have been a recipient of this wonderful organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Carasmark is an amazing charity. I know the founder personally and have seen her firsthand, working tirelessly to bless as many people as possible. I am honored to have gotten to be a part of some of the Carasmark events!

Sharon164

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Carasmark is a wonderful charity! They reach out to the community in so many ways, and make it really easy to get involved as a volunteer.

Nathan23

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I know the founder personally, and I have loved being able to participate in just a little of what Shannon does for the community!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Carasmark is a small organization with big heart, goals, and action.
The work that Carasmark does makes differences in individual lives by recognizing needs and coming along side individuals as well as organizations to meet those needs and invest in community in humble, and practical ways.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is such a wonderful charity that really does a great job of seeing needs in the community and responding in effective ways. They are creative, efficient, and caring. A great charity to support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family has had a great experience with Carasmark over the years. We've participated in fundraisers to raise money for their backpack project and food drives to supply kids in need with food. We highly recommend Carasmark and the work they do!

Donor

Rating: 5

Carasmark is such a great charity, they give back on a number of fronts: backpacks with school supplies, healthy meals for those who can't afford them and support for those going through the hardest of times. It's a privilege to support them.

James179

Donor

Rating: 5

They are an amazing charity. Love helping them we we can. Great cause

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Carasmark is an amazing non profit organization dedicated to the well being of our youth! Wonderful volunteers and a wonderful organization!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The incredible team behind Carasmark does a remarkable job at setting lofty goals and exceeding them with true passion, dedication, and incredibly notable organizational skills. I am amazed by their humble approach and genuine tenderness for communities in need. I have been consistently impressed with the radius of impact that Carasmark achieves through their giving, and would highly recommend supporting them with your time and finances.

Donor

Rating: 5

Carasmark is an amazing organization. They pair fun with fundraising and do such wonderful things. Shannon and her team are energetic and inspiring. I whole heartedly support this group.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about Carasmark during the summer of 2013, and I was excited to volunteer for such a terrific cause! Shannon and her team give so much to the community…I am particularly impressed with the aid they give to inner city kids and schools. Way to go!! Keep up the great work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have never seen a charitable organization directly impact our local community as much as Carasmark has. Shannon - the director of Carasmark - is a force like no other. I admire her dedication to ensure that the memory of her daughter is honored by helping local children. Her backpack program is wonderful!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Carasmark is an amazing organization created by amazing people. The work behind Carasmark is crucial and important to changing the lives of children and families in need. Carasmark is an organization centered around compassion, authenticity, and love. I fully support the message this beautiful organization stands for and its' goal to change lives one at a time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer/donor with Carasmark for a few years and I love that Carasmark is passionate and practical. It is making a difference locally, close to home with hot meals or backpacks stocked with school supplies. This type of service is essential in meeting the immediate needs of the community in a very real way. I am happy to support Carasmark and enjoy volunteering to help them make a difference.

Donor

Rating: 5

Carasmark is a humble organization with a lofty quest. I proudly and happily support carasmark and its attention to education and families. It is an organized and well-run group that provides varied and fun opportunities for its donors to show their support throughout the year, both through volunteering and monetary donations. Cannot think of a more worthy organization in which to invest!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered several times for Carasmark and every time am excited by the good work that I see it doing in the daily lives of children and parents. In particular, I have most often assisted with the backpack program which provides kids with the necessary supplies for school that they would be unable to have otherwise. I love this program because it not only provides for these kids in school, but helps the parents to know that their children will be prepared for the school year even when they are unable to provide that for them. I think Carasmark does a great job of quantifiably helping the lives of children, and I look forward to continuing to help the great work it will continue to do in the future.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Carasmark is an incredible nonprofit that has helped thousands of kids over the years receive backpacks and school supplies. Carasmark was founded by people that want to make a difference in peoples lives. Whether it be through backpacks or countless meals made for people in need this non-profit serves its community tirelessly. I have seen the impact first hand.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor/volunteer for several Carasmark events over the last few years and I cannot think of a more worthy cause. Education has been in the spotlight for more than a decade as both students and teachers are constantly being asked to do more with less. Carasmark helps provide resources where they are needed most across two states. Even the basics are lacking in many areas and Carasmark helps fill a critical void and put children on the path to success.

Molly36

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a Family Crisis Therapist in New Castle, DE. I work at Eisenberg Elementary School where 90% of our population lives at or below poverty. We have been so fortunate to have a great working relationship with Carasmark. Each year they donate 100 backpacks to our school. Not just a backpack, but school supplies to go with them! Every student registered as homeless receives a backpack, as well as any other student that arrives either without one, with a broken one or requesting one. If I could describe the looks on the parents face when they realize that is one less thing they need to worry about, it would be a powerful description of relief and happiness. The kids are able to choose which one they want, making them feel like they have picked out their own backpack as well.

I'm not too sure what I would do without the generous donations and work that Carasmark does. It is an amazing non-profit organization that deserves the highest recognition!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Carasmark is a fantastic nonprofit committed to helping families and children in need. There are many different ways you can help out. I especially enjoy working with the backpack program, which provides backpacks full of school supplies to children in need. This is a great nonprofit to get involved in, and the board is full of truly passionate people who are committed to their mission of inspiring hope to families in need.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the director of digital marketing at a non-profit that works with NGOs around the world. I have been continually impressed with Carasmark's ability to execute their mission and truly impact their target demographic.

Lanaya G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so proud to not only know this non profit but to know its founder in a personal way. I have literally seen Shannon go through such a tragedy of loosing her baby girl and turning it into a way to help others. Her actions clearly line up with all she wants to do for others. She is not a founder that sits behind a computer all day and doesnt get out with others. She is the total opposite. She does it all and is involved with every part of this orginazation. Her ability to reach others with what she does allows Carasmark not only to continue to be an orginization worth investing in but as well as one to be spoken about among others. Her fundraisers are well thought out and has allowed the orginization to be where it is today along with investors who believe in Shannon and the purpose of Carasmark. If I could some Shannon up in one word it would be Genuine. That is her non profit as well. Carasmark is an orginization that is full of genuine people with hearts ready to help for none other than the reason being the need is overwhelming and there is a void of places families can truly trust and get the help needed. I do believe that Carasmark will be around for some time and will continue to be a great help to all who are in need.

Lindsay11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Carasmark is a charity that seeks to encourage families by meeting practical needs. Two of the ongoing efforts that have inspired hope in communities with generally lower SES in the Delaware area are the backpack project and the healthy meals program. These two initiatives extend helpful resources to families in need; these programs also extend an opportunity for ongoing relationship with Carasmark initiatives and programs associated with other affiliated non-profits in the area. Carasmark hosts many events that allow community members to get involved in supporting such wonderful efforts to make a positive differences in others' lives.

Lindsay10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped Shannon run a walkathon, Carasmark first fundraising event, here in NY. It felt great to get involved and spread the word of this awesome non-profit! From tea parties to backpacks, Carasmark has done a amazing job of giving back to communities and providing a fun way for individuals and businesses to help. As anyone who is close to Shannon and Nathan knows, this organization carries special meaning to them and I am very grateful to be a part of it.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a NYC public teacher of 8 years, I see everyday the necessity there is out there to have students' basic needs met in order for them to be successful academically and socially in school. I have seen the significant impact that Carasmark has made on elementary school students in Brooklyn, NY. Students that have benefited from this charity come to school with more confidence and the tools needed to be an engaged and successful student in school. The distraught looks on students' faces when they show up to school with nothing are changed to a priceless smile when they are given a free book bag with the materials needed to help them function better in school clearly shows that Carasmark IS making a MARK and changing students' lives in urban areas. Keep up the good work Carasmark! My students need you! - Jes Kruse

Mandy D.

Donor

Rating: 5

Carasmark is an incredible non profit. This organization was developed when Nathan and Shannon lost their daughter Avelin from stillbirth. In her memory, this non profit was developed so she would live on. This couple has reached hundreds and possibly thousands over the years in the most practical ways. By donating meals to those who live in poverty monthly. To purchasing backpacks for children who are in inner city. They fill them with school supplies so they can start their year off right. This organization is a shining light a world that needs to know people care and love them.

B_Walker

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about Carasmark a few months ago from President Shannon Lynch and was in awe of how selfless the organization as a whole is. The fact that the founders of Carasmark were able to take such a traumatic experience and use it as motivation to help others struggling is both amazing and inspiring. I've volunteered my services for an upcoming Carasmark event and am excited to see the organization at work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen so many lives touched through Carasmark. Through their Backpack Project they have literally made a practical and lasting impact in the lives of so many students in need. I have personally been part of their Meals Project, where I have delivered meals to families in need. It has been great to be a part of this excellent organization and to help through who are struggling in life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were so excited to have Carasmark donate approximately 100 backpacks to our students in need this year. The students were so excited to receive a brand new backpack and heir faces lit up even more when hey opened hem up to find some starter supplies. Thanks again!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Carasmark has served the Public School 85 school community for the past three years. Their donation of backpacks and school supplies has helped hundreds of ineer city school children start school right with their gift of school supplies and their motivation and inspiration. Together we can help our children succeed.

Jordan A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Carasmark for several years, and really enjoy making a practical difference in people's lives. It's run with integrity, and is truly focused on caring for people.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Carasmark was founded by an amazing couple who experienced deep grief after the loss of their child. They have dedicated their lives to giving back to others who are also experiencing hard times. Their integrity is unquestionable. Their commitment to excellence is sure.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have tried to take an active role in Carasmark since its founding. It is a solid grass roots organization filled with good people doing their best to help to alleviate the suffering mourning mothers and fathers, as well as always keeping a hand open to people in need in the community.

Your time and your money is always well spent with Carasmark

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of volunteering with this organization for almost 4 years now, and I have seen and heard many great reports from the people that have been impacted by the Carasmark projects. I wanted to be a part of something that meets the practical needs of people in my own area, and Carasmark is exactly what I was looking for!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Carasmark is a wonderful non-profit organization that Shannon and Nathan founded with such vision and purpose. The idea that anyone can help a child or family whose basic needs aren't being met is amazing. This fairly new nonprofit organization is off too a great start with a variety of fundraising events with the goal of helping others is simply admirable. I am proud to be a part of Carasmark and look forward to the results of fundraising and sponsors helping more families/children on a daily basis!

Donor

Rating: 5

Carasmark volunteers and staff have demonstrated compassion, perseverance, focus and thoughtfulness in planning and completing projects to serve at risk families and their children. They consistently provide needed goods and services in ways that encourage and strengthen families in their efforts to feed and educate their children. Their compassion projects are heartfelt.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen some of the work that Carasmark has done in the city of Wilmington, DE. I am part of an organization that works closely with Carasmark, and have seen how valuable their contributions have been.
Hundreds of children in an elementary school where most of the student are well below the poverty line were able to receive new backpacks stocked with school essentials that are unaffordable to many of the families.
A young mom who's baby died suddenly was provided with food for friends and family attending the funeral, an expense they were unable to meet with out help.
Many families that I know, or have some connection with have received generous, home cooked, healthy meals on a monthly basis. This effort helps relieve financial pressures, as well as meeting emotional needs for feeling cared for.
Carasmark has done many other projects as well. These are the ones that I have seen personally, and have witnesses the value they have, and the positive impact on the children and families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work for a partnering organization of Carasmark in Wilmington, DE and in this past year I have been able to deliver over 50 meals provided by Carasmark to needy families who are so appreciative. During this year Carasmark also gladly stepped in to provide practical support and care for a woman who lost her very young daughter.

Donor

Rating: 5

Carasmark was quick to respond to a personal tragedy experienced by someone I knew, while the representative from the organization was sensitive to the needs of the grieving mother.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Carasmark is a growing nonprofit with a consistent track record of working hard to maximize its impact with available resources. The organization meets practical needs of children and families in ways that are meaningful and helpful.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Carasmark is local non-profit organization that meets the practical needs of families. I have been involved in many Carasmark fundraising events that have helped provide meals for needy families in the city of Wilmington, over 200 bookbags with supplies for students in Title 1 schools, and provide financial support to families with specific needs. For example, we were recently able to help a family financially whose house burned down. Another example, is hearing about how the families in Wilmington are looking forward to their next delicious home cooked meal. It is exciting to be a part of an organization like Carasmark because it practically looks to serve others in the local community.

Melissa R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Carasmark is a wonderful nonprofit organization that serves children & families in need! From hot homemade & delivered meals to backpacks loaded with school supplies.
Lots of opportunities to get involved and help your community! Cool fundraisers like tea parties, handmade crafts boutiques and an annual Walk-a-thon! Very family friendly organization to start you & your children on the path to volunteering!