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Room to Grow National, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Human Services

Mission: The mission of Room to Grow is to enrich the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development.

Results: • 100 % of parents reported that Room to Grow helped them to feel more confident as a parent • 100% of parents reported that Room to Grow helped them to learn about their child’s physical, social and emotional needs • 97% of parents reported that Room to Grow helped them to learn about major developmental milestones in their child’s life • 97 % reported that Room to Grow helped their child to feel physically and emotionally safe with them

Target demographics: children born into poverty from age 0-3 in New York City and Boston

Direct beneficiaries per year: nearly 700 children and their families

Geographic areas served: New York, Boston

Programs: In 2014, room to grow served 688 families and 734 children. These families visited the sites every three months for a total of approximately 1,800 visits, and received parenting information and support. 131 children graduated from the program during this time and 167 new babies were enrolled. The organization distributed 96,028 new and nearly-new baby items, including developmentally-appropriate toys, books, clothing and equipment. Room to grow engaged nearly 5,000 volunteers who performed a total of 12,220 hours of work to sort, clean, fold, and display donated items and assist with other organizational efforts.

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Room to Grow fulfills its mission of supporting families with all of the necessities to help their child grow and develop by giving out only the highest quality items and their staff truly cares about each and every family that they work with. Having worked with them for the past six years, I believe they are a first in class organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Room to Grow is a great organization and everyone there is passionate about what they do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Room to Grow is an excellent organization that has smart, innovative leadership focused on improving the lives of children and their mothers. The group cares deeply about ensuring their program has the longest lasting impact on the families they serve and achieves the strongest outcomes. They are great to partner with and constantly identify opportunities for visibility, engagement and thought leadership.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Room to Grow has been a grantee of my company for many years. They continue to develop new and unique ways to grow their programs in the community and we proud to have them as a partner!

Kara24

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Room to Grow is an incredible organization! Wonderful resource for families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working with the staff at the Boston office to prepare for a corporate volunteer day through my employer. I was immediately impressed with the dedication of the Room to Grow staff and how hard they work in creating welcoming and supportive environment for their clients. The 40 associates who volunteered with us had a very productive day, and all were moved by the experience of helping Room to Grow meet the needs of the families they serve daily. It is truly an impressive organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such an amazing organization! The work done here is truly inspirational!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that I have been lucky enough to volunteer with for the last year. Their New York office is incredibly friendly, well organized and peaceful. The Room to Grow clients are treated respectfully and equally and the high level of donations has them leaving with supplies for their baby that they can take pride in. The private sessions with RTG's amazing social workers offers crucial support for parent and baby too. This is an inspiring nonprofit to be involved with!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Room to Grow is an amazing nonprofit. It helps underserved families by giving them both parenting support and all the necessities--clothing, books, developmental toys, feeding supplies--for their babies. Room to Grow is making a world of difference in the lives of their clients. Volunteering at this organization is a joy because the staff are so passionate about the mission.

Previous Stories

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about Room to Grow in 2004, and soon started volunteering at this exceptional nonprofit. This nonprofit really spoke to me, because I was a new mom and facing the typical challenges of learning to parent. Room to Grow opened my eyes to the needs faced by families who have young children, but don't always have all the resources they need to give their children the best start in life. Room to Grow has a wonderful program--the organization gives families baby gear, clothing, and books needed for raising an infant/toddler AND provides one-on-one parenting support. I'm proud to continue to help Room to Grow, as it makes a profound impact on families who need support during the critical first three years of their children's lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Room To Grow is a well run organization serving a fantastic cause providing young children in poverty with a variety of necessities. I highly support the organization and I'm happy I was able to assist with the cause!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Room to Grow is an absolutely amazing organization. The entire team is extremely passionate about assisting babies born into poverty by providing their families with the support needed to ensure healthy development and progress during their first three years. Second Chance Toys has worked closely with Room to Grow through our toy donation opportunities and events and we have seen firsthand the passion behind the mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel in love with this organization as soon as I heard about it. It has a real impact and measurable results which you often don't find.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to know Room to Grow through my employer. We have worked with Room to Grow for years and have seen firsthand the extraordinary work the organization does. The organization makes the most out of each dollar donated and the staff is incredibly skilled and committed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Room to Grow for 7 years and it is a wonderful organization. The space itself is colorful and clean, making it very welcoming to the clients who arrive with their children. I've mainly worked with Naomi, who does a great job welcoming the volunteers, explaining the activity we'll be helping with, and answering questions from the volunteers throughout the project. The other staff members I've met have also been extremely friendly, welcoming, and appreciative of the volunteers. By the end of the project, the volunteers feel as though they've truly made a difference and so many return to volunteer each month. I'm looking forward to volunteering with Room to Grow for many years to come!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first came across Room to Grow when I was looking for a children’s charity to donate baby items to. I was delighted to find out that the company that I work for has an ongoing Corporate volunteering relationship with the organization. After doing some research and taking part in my first monthly volunteer session, I realized that this was a charity that I wanted to become more involved in. I was very impressed with the work the organization does. What sets Room to Grow apart from the vast majority of children’s charities is the fact that it’s so much more than just giving away “stuff”. Room to Grow and its staff cares deeply about the families that participates in its programs. The social workers at Room to Grow develop strong relationships with the families that are built on trust and mutual respect. The families receive customized educational and social support for the first three years of their child’s life, paving the way for a brighter forward looking future.

Room to Grow’s impact extends far beyond the immediate families that it works with, it is an integral part of the community and I am so happy and proud to be affiliated with such an organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Room to grow has made such an impact in my life. It has helped me to care for my child in more ways than one. From the clothes and toys he receives every visit to the mentoring and educating on his development. I feel so fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful program.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Room to Grow is a very special organization with an extremely noble cause that is changing the lives of babies and young families faced with very challenging circumstances every single day.

With a dedicated focus on providing educational and social support as well as essential gear and supplies to babies living in poverty through their first three years of development, along with their outstanding staff and leadership, Room to Grow gives babies and families in great need a fighting chance to thrive.

The families who participate in this program face intense struggles every single day yet remain extremely optimistic and strong through it all thanks to the wonderful support of Room to Grow...all reasons why I am extremely proud and fortunate to be affiliated with Room to Grow.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our school was looking to partner with an organization that was directly influencing the lives of women and children, and Room to Grow was a perfect fit. They worked with our middle school girls and taught them how a difference can be made on a local level in their city by seeing a need and filling it. The people who work at Room to Grow are incredibly dedicated to their work and want to spread their belief in helping others, and I know they have made a difference in the lives of the girls I teach and in how they view their role in society. I couldn't ask for more in a partnership like this.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned with Room to Grow this last summer, and it was one of the greatest experiences I have had with a nonprofit. The women that work at Room to Grow are impassioned and knowledgeable about their field. It is also an incredibly organized nonprofit that serves an important clientele of the New York City area. Each visit parents are provided with a meeting with a social worker, clothing for a week (including coats, shoes, costumes for Halloween), toys, and books for the child and parents. This organization focuses on the first three years of a child's development, which current studies are demonstrating are incredibly vital for ensuring a child does not start kindergarten behind his or her classmates.

For potential donors - it is one of the easiest places to donate with free curbside pick-up or a paid pick-up and delivery service. They provide an inclusive list of what they do or do not accept on their website, and they are always available by phone to ask about other items.

For potential volunteers - the work you do is important for the nonprofit. Sorting through donations and organizing toys and books, there is never a wasted moment of your time. Naomi, who is the Volunteer Coordinator, is not only a sweet and welcoming person, but she also incredibly organized and plans for your time to be spent wisely.

This is an incredible nonprofit filled with and run by inspiring women that are determined to make a change and better the lives of parents in their community.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have baby gear that is never used, only photographed, due to our editorial work at Parents magazine and American Baby magazine. We love sending it to Room to Grow, where we know it will get into the hands of just-right families. It's important to us that the organization educates families about why they need certain gear and how to use it correctly. And because the families of Room to Grow are "in the zone," so to speak, we can feel reassured that our donations are going to be used quickly by people who truly need it. Plus, the Room to Grow staff never fails to show their appreciation. :)