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Causes: Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: We’re waging a focused campaign against child poverty. Almost 50% of American children live in poor or low income households. For us, the solution is healthy families and public education. We’re building a caring community where we can easily share our gifts to ensure children are connected with what they need, and learn how to read. We seriously support local public schools through tangible and measurable service learning, early literacy and middle school mentoring programming. Poverty is wreaking havoc on healthy families and public education! A Tangible Mission GiftsToGive™ is a magical place. Thousands of local children come here to engage in giving and service. We call it Tangible Philanthropy and Big Citizenship. Kids donate their “gently-used” clothes, toys, books and things they no longer need or use and volunteer at our huge re-purposing center to process, organize and package tons of donations, transforming them into thousands of individual gift packages. Hundreds of local agencies and care givers go on-line and order customized gift-packages for homeless and at-risk children in their care. All this is made possible through the skill sets and commitment of our volunteer management team. Our NGO business model is low cost, high impact and we’re working to be self-sustaining. In essence, we’re building a more caring community by repositioning philanthropy and redefining citizenship. High School Change Makers High School Change Makers Big Values: The Power of Giving and Service; “Tangible Philanthropy” and “Big Citizenship” GiftsToGive is about connecting young people to giving and service through their “doing” Supporting public schools Offering adults a sustainable, tangible philanthropy Providing Kids With the Essentials of Childhood Service Learning Programs with Schools Early Literacy Programs in Kindergartens Middle School Mentoring Youth Philanthropy Student Leadership Intern Programs Happy Birthday Programs Project Cinderella Giving immediate help to kids who need basic essentials Supporting Community Organizations Abby's friends helped her deliver the 600+ books she collected for her mitzvah project. Abby’s friends helped her deliver the 600+ books she collected for her mitzvah project. Supporting public schools, PTO building, volunteer mentoring and early literacy Connecting local agencies, schools, universities and colleges Adding value, being helpful, sharing, not reinventing or duplicating Leveraging existing resources Building Community Around All Children Connecting families to act together to solve shared problems Building community around all our children, while fostering big citizenship Connecting parents to help their children be successful in school

Target demographics: children

Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000 children

Geographic areas served: SouthCoast, Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Programs: Service Learning Early Literacy Youth Philanthropy Middle School Mentoring Student Internships Happy Birthdays Project Cinderella Re-purposing and Re-cycling

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3 Annette17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The best thing for the volunteers & the people they help.
Here are my reasons for 5 stars, I am sure there are many more.

* They reuse and recycle ... less wasteful society better for the planet.
* help those in need with gently used clothes, toys, baby items ....
* teach children(and adults) about giving back
* promote reading
* promote community
* promote volunteerism
**** and my favorite" give volunteers a warm fuzzy feeling" ... a feeling of purpose (see below) ****

Long but true & worth reading .....

After losing my father to esophageal cancer 6 years ago my mother kept busy with her children and grandchildren. Then my siblings moved out of the area, we made my mother an "in-law apartment" and she moved in about 2 & 1/2 years ago. While we spent our days at work my mother was spending her days doing nothing much sleeping until noon, staying up watching tv until 2 am or later. She would meet her sisters sometimes for lunch but it was not enough. She decided she needed to do something. My Aunt found gifts to give. All I can say is now my mother spends a minimum of 30 hours a week volunteering (when she is not visiting my siblings). Sometimes with her sister sometimes alone. Well not alone she has made friends with other volunteers. She gets up early ready to go, comes home tired, sleeps well talks about her day, what they need, what they got done.. She has brought items home to sort or work on. She has me sew items that might be in great shape but coming apart at a seam then I even got hooked. I try to go on Saturdays with her when I can. They need her help and she needed them. I am so Thankful for this organization.